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

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Here are our 20 best read and most shared positive stories from just this week (4th – 10th March 2024):

20. Rolls-Royce Submarines to create over 200 jobs with new offices in Cardiff and Glasgow

Rolls-Royce Submarines has announced plans to open new offices in Cardiff and Glasgow to attract the best talent and meet growth in demand from the Royal Navy and the recent AUKUS announcement. The locations of satellite offices in Cardiff and Glasgow, funded by the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD), have been selected to help access the skilled talent pools in both regions, with more than 100 jobs being created in each city… click here

19. New funding to boost space sector growth across the UK

Six projects across the UK’s growing space sector have been announced this week at Space-Comm Expo, following publication of the government’s Space Industrial Plan. Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd, one of the nation’s leading satellite manufacturers, has won a project from the UK Space Agency’s flagship Space Clusters Infrastructure Fund. The £250,000 public investment, matched by the company, will enhance SSTL’s facilities with a Research and Development Imager Cleanroom in Guildford… click here

18. New law to make justice more accessible for innocent people wronged by powerful companies

Ordinary people mistreated or wronged by big, powerful companies will have a better chance of bringing them to court to access justice, thanks to plans unveiled this week. The Lord Chancellor, Alex Chalk, will introduce a new law to make it easier for members of the public to secure the financial backing of third parties when launching complex claims against moneyed corporations with sizeable legal teams which they could otherwise ill-afford… click here

17. Hedgerow regulations to be brought into law to protect wildlife

English hedgerows will be protected in law as the government sets out its plans for domestic hedgerow regulations, following a consultation last year. Backed by over 95% of consultation responses, and providing continuity for farmers and land managers, the regulations will include a two metre ‘buffer strip’ from the centre of hedgerows with no cultivation or application of pesticides or fertilisers, and a hedge cutting ban between 1 March and 31 August to protect nesting birds… click here

16. Increased 2024 funding for nursing in care homes

Increased funding for care homes providing nursing will support tens of thousands of care home residents with nursing needs, following confirmation that the government will increase the rate by 7.4% for 2024 to 2025. The standard weekly rate per person provided for NHS-funded nursing care, will increase from £219.71 to £235.88 from 1 April 2024, with funding paid by the NHS directly to care homes who provide nursing care… click here

15. New laws to crack down on online prison content

New laws will see harmful content filmed inside prisons removed from social media platforms more quickly – shielding victims from further trauma and protecting prison security. The Prison Media Bill, will for the first time put beyond doubt the illegality of filming and uploading footage filmed behind bars. The new laws close this loophole and criminalise posting of videos – as well as photographs and audio recordings – regardless of whether the uploader is in custody or not… click here

14. Boost for UK farmers and the British countryside with extension to Agricultural Property Relief

The Government has announced an extension to the existing scope of Agricultural Property Relief. This will now include all environmental land management schemes, covering the Sustainable Farming Incentive, Countryside Stewardship (and other stewardship schemes) and Landscape Recovery, as well as the England Woodland Creation Offer and other similar schemes from 6 April 2025. The extension also applies to the rest of the UK, benefiting all British farmers… click here

13. Keeping primates as pets banned as UK ranked highest G7 nation in World Animal Protection’s Index

The UK was the first country in the world to introduce animal cruelty offences and is the highest ranked G7 nation according to the World Animal Protection’s Index. Measures have also been signed into UK law this week to ban the keeping of primates as pets. It will no longer be possible to keep primates as household pets in environments that fail to provide for their needs… click here

12. £360 million to boost British manufacturing and R&D

The Chancellor has announced a significant investment package in the UK’s life sciences and manufacturing sectors, as part of the government’s plan to grow the economy, boost health resilience and support jobs across the UK. The funding will go towards several companies and projects who are making cutting edge technology in sectors key to economic growth and part of wider government support to ensure the UK is the best place to start, grow and invest in manufacturing… click here

11. UK van market delivers best February performance since 1998

UK demand for new light commercial vehicles grew by 2.2% in February to 17,934 units, marking 14 months of consecutive growth, according to the latest figures published this week by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders. While February is traditionally a lower volume month, as many operators delay procurement until March for the new numberplate, the increase represents the best February performance since 1998… click here

10. UK leading the way in European spaceflight as Government injects £10 million into SaxaVord Spaceport

The Government has revealed plans to invest into SaxaVord Spaceport, positioning the UK as Europe’s first and sole licensed vertical launch spaceport for a groundbreaking milestone. The proposed investment, alongside £40 million of private funding accumulated to date, is set to expedite SaxaVord’s capital works program. The funding will help facilitate the first-ever orbital launch from UK and European soil, scheduled for this summer… click here

9. Since 2010 the UK economy has created an average of 800 jobs a day

Despite covid lockdowns, despite the war in Ukraine, despite destructive Bank of England policy creating a big inflation then seeking to create a small recession, unemployment has gone lower over the last 14 years and many jobs have been created. Remain said Brexit would mean big job losses. It meant the reverse. The UK ran out of workers and turned to inviting in even more people to take all the extra jobs. Today this presents a better opportunity… click here

8. AstraZeneca plans £650 million investment in UK

In a significant move to fortify the UK’s Life Sciences sector and bolster pandemic preparedness, British multinational pharmaceutical and biotechnology giant AstraZeneca has unveiled plans to invest £650 million in the UK. The pharmaceutical firm’s investment will boost the UK’s £108 billion Life Sciences sector which currently provides over 300,000 high skilled jobs across the UK… click here

7. Sensational drop-goal from Marcus Smith secures victory for England over Ireland

In a thrilling match, Marcus Smith secured victory for England on Saturday with a last-minute drop-goal, ending Ireland’s hopes of a double Grand Slam in the Six Nations championship. Despite Ireland’s strong start and a 12-8 lead at halftime, England fought back with tries from George Furbank and Ben Earl to take a narrow lead in the final quarter. However, a second try from Ireland’s James Lowe put them back in front, setting the stage for Smith’s dramatic winning kick… click here

6. UK to supply more than 10,000 drones to Ukraine

Britain steps up support to Ukraine today with a complete package of £325 million for cutting-edge drones to help fight Putin’s illegal invasion. The announcement was made by Defence Secretary Grant Shapps as he met President Zelenskyy in Kyiv this week. The investment, which will deliver more than 10,000 drones for the Ukrainian Armed Forces will harness the UK’s world-leading defence industries to deliver advanced new drone capabilities to Ukraine throughout 2024… click here 

5. Babcock to create 1,000 new jobs at state-of-the-art manufacturing and shipbuilding facility in Scotland

Babcock is creating more than 1,000 new jobs at their large-scale, advanced manufacturing and shipbuilding facility in Rosyth. The recruits will join the state-of-the-art advanced manufacturing and digitally enabled facility that in recent decades has seen investment of more than £200 million. The roles will support programmes like the Type 31 frigate design and build programme… click here

4. British pound is the only major developed world currency to strengthen against the dollar this year

Sterling has emerged as the only major developed world currency to strengthen against the dollar this year. The pound climbed to a seven-month high of $1.2893 against the US currency on Friday, reflecting a 1 percent gain so far in 2024. Support for sterling has been bolstered by upbeat business surveys and traders adjusting their expectations… click here

3. UK new car market records best February for 20 years

The UK new car market has recorded its best February performance for two decades as registrations rose 14.0% to 84,886 units, according to the latest figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders. It was the 19th month of consecutive growth, which has primarily been driven by fleets investing in the latest vehicles. Indeed, fleets and businesses were responsible for the entirety of February’s increase, with registrations up 25.2% and 15.5% respectively… click here

2. Chancellor delivers lower taxes, more investment and better public services in ‘Budget for Long Term Growth’

More tax cuts for working people, more investment and a plan for better public services headlined Chancellor Jeremy Hunt’s ‘Budget for Long Term Growth’ this week. With the independent Office for Budget Responsibility confirming inflation is set to fall to target a year earlier than previously expected, wages rising consistently and the economy outperforming European neighbours… click here

1. BREXIT BONANZA: Australia’s biggest pension fund to invest more than £18 billion in UK by 2030

A fresh £8 billion investment from Australia’s biggest pension fund, AustralianSuper, will take its total investment in the UK to over £18 billion by the end of the decade. The UK-Australia free trade agreement, which came into force on 31 May 2023, includes comprehensive provisions on investment, which has made the UK a more attractive place to do business… click here

For last week’s top 20 Great British news stories (26th February – 3rd March 2024) click here.

By Claire Bullivant

Conservative Post, Founder and Editor

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