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Here are our 20 best read and most shared positive stories from just this week (22nd – 28th January 2024):
Sixty per cent of the English population will now live in a place covered by a devolution deal, thanks to another historic deal signed with Devon County Council and Torbay Council. This is up from 41 per cent when the government published its major levelling up plan almost two years ago, meeting a key commitment to devolve powers to more areas across England. This means an extra 10 million people will now benefit from new powers handed from Westminster to their local leaders… click here
One of the British Army’s most prestigious brigades will operate as the core response unit for NATO this year. Thousands of British Army soldiers are now on standby and ready to deploy within days as a first response unit against threats to NATO members. Exercise Steadfast Defender will see 16,000 British Army troops deployed across eastern Europe from February to June 2024, with tanks, artillery and helicopters… click here
The head of the NHS has praised the hard work of staff for rolling out 5,000 additional permanent, staffed beds this winter – during a period of significant pressure. New figures published this week show last week, hospitals across the country had an average of 99,750 core beds in place each day – up 2,000 since the start of the year (97,619 w/e 31 Dec) to align with the expected peak in Covid and flu admissions… click here
British shipbuilding, fabrication and marine engineering business, Harland & Wolff has announced that it has reached 1,000 employees across the company, as it continues to actively recruit new staff to meet demand at its UK fabrication sites in Appledore, Arnish, Belfast and Methil, and commercial footprint in Aberdeen, London and Southampton. The milestone was passed last month and came at the end of a significant year for the business, a year in which it was awarded a contract to build three Fleet Solid Support (FSS) vessels… click here
UK demand for new light commercial vehicles (LCVs) grew by 21.0% to reach 341,455 units in 2023, according to the latest figures published this month by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders. More businesses invested in fleet renewal every month in 2023 compared with the year before – with a record number of zero emission vans joining Britain’s roads. In 2023, Britain saw an additional 59,316 LCVs of all types and sizes join its roads… click here
15. Sir James Dyson’s to build first-class science, technology, engineering, art and maths (STEAM) centre
A £6 million donation from Sir James Dyson to build a first-class science, technology, engineering, art and maths (STEAM) centre in Wiltshire has received the green light from Education Secretary Gillian Keegan. The expansion will see purpose-built rooms equipped for design, technology, art, science, and mathematics-based activities as well as additional classrooms… click here
One of the largest in Europe, the Gateshead mine water heat network is a major milestone in decarbonising heat and a real-world example of how communities could benefit from using historical industrial mining infrastructure to create an eco-friendly future. By tapping into the potential of water-filled, abandoned coal workings, this innovative project harnesses geothermal energy from mine water to generate localised secure, low-carbon heat… click here
The NHS has become the first healthcare system in the world to provide a new blood group genotyping test which is set to transform care for patients living with sickle cell disorder and thalassaemia, with almost 18,000 people in England now being eligible. People with sickle cell disorder and thalassaemia in England will now have access a world-first ‘blood matching’ genetic test on the NHS to better match their blood transfusions, reducing the risk of side effects and offering more personalised care… click here
Zombie-style knives and machetes will be outlawed under legislation laid this week. A surrender and compensation scheme will launch in the summer. Dangerous zombie-style knives and machetes will be banned under new legislation to take these weapons off our streets and keep young people safe. Under the measures, first announced last year and laid before Parliament today, it will be illegal to possess, sell, manufacture or transport these zombie-style knives and machetes… click here
More than 1,100 grassroots sport projects will benefit from £93 million of funding as part of the continued drive to get more people active, the Government has announced this week. From Belfast to Bracknell, over 1,100 projects are receiving funding that will go towards facilities such as changing rooms, pavilions, state of the art 3G artificial grass pitches, goalposts and floodlights, improving access to sport and physical activity for local communities… click here
Councils across England will receive a £600 million support package, in addition to funding outlined at the provisional settlement, to help them deliver key services, the Levelling Up Secretary has announced this week. The support package comes as the government has made significant progress on its economic priorities of halving inflation, growing the economy and reducing debt… click here
There are more nurses and midwives working in the NHS than ever before according to new figures published this week. NHS England data shows the number of nurses and midwives working in the NHS in England is now at 372,411 – the highest recorded number ever, meaning there are over 20,000 more in the NHS workforce going into this winter compared with last year. The number of midwives has grown by more than 1,100 from last year to 23,396 – the largest number of midwives ever… click here
1,400 additional e-bikes will be added to the fleet this summer, giving many more Londoners the opportunity to benefit from an affordable, convenient and sustainable way of travelling. A new day pass will also be introduced from Sunday 3 March and will provide excellent value to customers, with a daily rate of £3 for unlimited hires up to 30 minutes within 24 hours… click here
7. Anti-drone no fly zone laws to combat prison smuggling come into force
Criminal gangs who try to fly phones, drugs and weapons into prisons using drones face finding themselves there instead under tough new restrictions came into force this week. The new law makes it an automatic offence simply to fly drones within 400 metres of prisons and young offender institutions. Previously, police could only act where there was evidence of contraband being smuggled… click here
A multi-million-pound package will help businesses across the UK to cut their emissions and energy bills. Over £190 million will be made available to help industry in the transition to net zero, reducing emissions as they switch to cleaner, cheaper energy. An Industrial Energy Transformation Fund will also offer support for businesses to switch to more energy efficient technologies through a new phase opening on Monday… click here
The UK, US and Australia have imposed coordinated sanctions on Hamas this week to disrupt the terrorist group’s financial networks. Five key figures and an entity involved in the leadership and financial networks of Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) are the subject of the UK’s new sanctions, which will help to cut off the flow of funding that supports these terrorist groups, including from Iran… click here
The UK is a step closer to becoming fully-fledged member of the CPTPP trade group after Singapore became the second country to ratify the UK’s membership. Singapore has formally ratified the UK’s accession to the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), becoming the second existing member to do so after Japan late last year… click here
The government has made an additional £1.3 billion available to support the construction of Sizewell C, which will create thousands of jobs and enough stable, cheaper and more secure power for up to 6 million homes. The largest funding package to date will allow early construction works to continue ahead of a final investment decision later this year… click here
UK vehicle production hit 1,025,474 units in 2023, according to the latest figures published this week by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). With 905,117 cars and 120,357 commercial vehicles (CVs) produced, output was up 17.0% on the previous year. The easing of pandemic-related challenges, from chip shortages to lockdowns, and increasing electrified model production, combined to drive annual output above one million for the first time since 2019… click here
London has retained its crown as the top global financial centre as New York City slips to second position, new figures reveal. The report, Our Global Offer to Business: London and the UK’s competitive strengths supporting economic growth, benchmarks the performance of the world’s leading financial centres across 101 metrics including a new metric measuring business infrastructure resilience… click here
For last week’s top 20 Great British news stories (15th – 21st January 2024) click here.
By Claire Bullivant
Conservative Post, Founder and Editor
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