GREAT BRITISH NEWS: Top positive news stories from across the UK this week

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You might not hear about it on a lot of the other news outlets, but remember positive things are happening across our great nation. 

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Here are our 20 best read and most shared positive stories from just this week (5th – 11th February 2024):

20. UK satellites to become more sustainable and easier to maintain thanks to UK Space Agency funding

The UK Space Agency has announced funding for work which aims to prolong the life of satellites, as part of efforts to ensure space remains sustainable for future generations. The package includes a £2 million upgrade to the Satellite Applications Catapult’s In-Orbit Servicing and Manufacturing facility at the Westcott Space Cluster in Aylesbury… click here

19. £1.1 billion awarded to roll out lightning-fast broadband in hard to reach towns and villages across England

The government’s rollout of next-generation broadband is steaming ahead with around £1.1 billion in contracts now signed to connect 677,000 rural homes and businesses across England. Project Gigabit is a flagship programme to connect hard-to-reach areas which, without government intervention, would miss out on the industry’s rollout of faster, more reliable ‘gigabit-capable’ broadband… click here

18. New Disability Action Plan to make UK most accessible place in the world

The government has launched its new Disability Action Plan – 32 steps it is taking to make the UK the most accessible place in the world for disabled people to live, work and thrive. From helping to ensure more disabled children can use their local playground to supporting assistance guide dog users and aspiring disabled politicians, the Disability Action Plan outlines concrete changes designed to make a real difference now and in the future… click here

17. UK research investment to boost Britain’s semiconductor industry

Two new UK ‘Innovation and Knowledge Centres’ will receive £11 million each to help bring new chip technologies to market. The new funding and support has been unveiled today to back British scientists working on world-leading chip development which could help to power advancements in AI and will underpin the technologies needed to reach net zero. Two new research hubs in Southampton and Bristol have received a cash injection to boost research in silicon photonics and compound semiconductors… click here

16. Millions more dental appointments to be offered under NHS Dental Recovery Plan

Patients will benefit from millions more NHS dental appointments over the next year, thanks to a major new plan to ensure easier and faster access to NHS dental care across England. Under the plans, supported by £200m of government funding, NHS dentists will be given a ‘new patient’ payment of between £15-£50 to treat around a million new patients… click here

15. New teaching apprenticeship set to transform pathway to classroom

New teacher degree apprenticeship will support schools to recruit and retain the excellent teachers they need in vital subjects including maths. A new teaching apprenticeship will launch this autumn revolutionising the way schools recruit teachers while supporting more people to earn while they study for a degree. The teacher degree apprenticeship will offer a high-quality, alternative route for people to become qualified teachers… click here

14. North East moves one step closer to historic Mayor and £1.4 billion investment

The North East of England will soon enjoy the economic benefits of a £1.4bn investment as legislation is laid in Parliament to implement a new devolution deal. The reforms will provide a directly elected mayor for seven local authority areas across the North East with the first election taking place in May 2024. It will result in new powers and major new funding for the region, including the largest investment fund of any of the deals announced since the Levelling Up White Paper’s publication… click here

13. Backing British Innovation: £100 million to UK’s biotech to pioneer new tech and increase national resilience

£100 million has been awarded to biotech firms across the UK to help pioneer new technologies that will help prepare for pandemics, innovate farming, and protect against floods. The cash will be given to six new ‘Engineering Biology Mission Hubs’ and 22 ‘Mission Award’ projects across the country, that will look to build on Engineering Biology’s enormous potential to address global challenges, drive economic growth, and increase national resilience… click here

12. Funding for seafarer cadets available for an extra 6 months

Seafarer cadets can now continue to access financial support for their training up until spring 2025, as funds have been locked in for a further 6 months. In 2022 the UK government announced an increase in training subsidies for cadets, leading to more than £40 million being awarded to the Support for Maritime Training (SMarT) fund, as well as providing additional support for junior officers. With this pot of money, eligible seafarers have the opportunity to get half of their training paid… click here

11. UK’s first space degree apprenticeship launched

BAE Systems and the University of Portsmouth have launched the UK’s first ever degree apprenticeship in Space Systems Engineering. Applications are now open for the first intake of space degree apprentices who will be part of exciting projects such as Azalea, which is due to launch its first multi-sensor low earth orbit satellite cluster in 2025 to deliver intelligence in real-time to military customers. Apprentices will learn on-the-job critical skills at BAE Systems sites in Alton and Guildford… click here

10. New data sharing powers save taxpayers £137 million since introduction

The government will retain data sharing powers introduced in the Digital Economy Act (2017) after a statutory review published today finds they have saved taxpayers at least £137 million since coming into force. The Act was introduced to provide a permissive legal gateway for data sharing between public bodies in order to combat fraud against the public sector and reduce debt owed to the public sector… click here

9. England’s top doctor hails hard work and dedication of staff as NHS waiting list falls for third month in a row

New figures show the NHS waiting list fell in December for the third month running, while winter pressure continued to hit the health service hard with A&E and ambulance services experiencing their busiest ever January. England’s top doctor hailed the hard work and dedication of staff as new figures show the number of patients waiting for elective treatment fell by more than 19,000 in December… click here

8. Pride of Britain: Red Arrows unveil diamond season plans  

The Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team officially launched their diamond anniversary campaign this week – including unveiling special artwork that will be carried on each of the team’s distinctive Hawk jets. A new nine-aircraft show is part of plans for the milestone season, featuring manoeuvres not seen for a generation in the Red Arrows’ display routine, which changes each year. One of the world’s premier aerobatic teams, the Red Arrows had completed nearly 5,000 displays, in 57 countries… click here

7. Police to be given powers to arrest protesters who wear face coverings

Police will be given powers to arrest protesters who wear face coverings to threaten others and avoid prosecution, and pyrotechnics will be banned at protests. The new laws will crack down on dangerous disorder, following warnings from police chiefs that some protesters are using face coverings to conceal their identities, not only to intimidate the law-abiding majority, but also to avoid criminal convictions… click here 

6. UK extends tariff-free trade with Ukraine until 2029

UK to support Ukrainian businesses by extending tariff-free trade until 2029. Most UK-Ukraine trade will remain tariff-free until at least 2029, thanks to an extension agreed this week to support Ukraine’s long-term economic recovery from the war. The commitment forms part of the UK’s efforts to support Ukraine following Russia’s full-scale and illegal invasion, which has disrupted supply chains and transport routes and impacted Ukraine’s ability to export goods… click here

5. UK defence industry spending tops £25 billion for first time

Defence spending with UK industry by the Ministry of Defence has topped £25 billion for the first time, official statistics have revealed. The 2022/23 statistics, published today, detail the money spent by the MOD with UK defence companies. The breadth of spending highlights the government’s commitment to continually improving the defence sector, while supporting the economy and creating hundreds of thousands of jobs across the country… click here

4. Backing British Innovation: £100 million to UK’s biotech to pioneer new tech and increase national resilience

£100 million has been awarded to biotech firms across the UK to help pioneer new technologies that will help prepare for pandemics, innovate farming, and protect against floods. The cash will be given to six new ‘Engineering Biology Mission Hubs’ and 22 ‘Mission Award’ projects across the country, that will look to build on Engineering Biology’s enormous potential to address global challenges, drive economic growth, and increase national resilience… click here

3. UK is first major economy to halve emissions new official statistics show

The UK is the first major economy to halve its emissions – having cut them by 50% between 1990 and 2022, while also growing its economy by 79% – new official statistics released today confirm. This compares to a 23% reduction in France and no change in the USA between 1990 and 2021. With renewables now accounting for more than 40% of the country’s electricity – up from just 7% in 2010, this shows the UK is leading the way on cleaner energy… click here

2. UK based fusion machine reliably generates fusion energy whilst setting a world-record in energy output

One of the world’s largest and most powerful fusion machines based in Oxfordshire, has demonstrated the ability to reliably generate fusion energy, whilst simultaneously setting a world-record in energy output. UK Atomic Energy Authority’s JET facility has demonstrated the ability to reliably generate fusion energy whilst simultaneously setting a world-record in energy output. These notable accomplishments represent a significant milestone in the field of fusion science and engineering… click here

1. Britain’s first private nuclear power station to be built in Teesside using small nuclear reactors hailed by Boris

Britain’s first private nuclear power station is to be built in Teesside using small modular reactors which were championed by Boris Johnson. Four small modular reactors (SMRs) will initially be built on the north bank of the River Tees producing 1.5 gigawatts of power which is enough to power two million British homes… click here

For last week’s top 20 Great British news stories (29th January – 4th February 2024) click here.

By Claire Bullivant

Conservative Post, Founder and Editor

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Main photo credit: Phil Dye RAF Photographer – UK MOD © Crown copyright 2024. MOD Crown Copyright News / Editorial Licence.

1 COMMENT

  1. all sounds great but what i want to hear is illegal immigrstion and why it’s gone quiet.
    how many hotels are used , how many rental housing , how many being stopped , how many deported , let’s have these statistics please

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