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 (18th – 24th March 2024):

20. Boost for millions of motorists as 5p cut to fuel duty for petrol and diesel comes into effect

Millions of drivers across the UK will continue to be supported at the pumps from this week as the extension to the temporary 5p fuel duty cut for petrol and diesel comes into effect – putting yet more money in people’s pockets… click here

19. Conservatives announce major reform package to boost apprenticeships and cut red tape for small businesses

Unnecessary regulatory burdens to be slashed through Brexit freedoms saving around £150 million per year for thousands of small businesses. £60 million new investment to enable up to 20,000 more apprenticeships, including for young people and small businesses… click here

18. UK to lead the way so no-one is left behind in a digital world

A new UK digital development strategy published this week sets out how the UK will lead the way and partner with countries around the globe, so no-one is left behind in a digital world. The UK’s new strategy, launched by Development Minister Andrew Mitchell, will support countries to maximise the opportunities and minimise the risks of a rapidly changing digital world… click here

17. Historic Trailblazer devolution deal for North East signed

An historic transfer of power and money from Westminster to the North East was confirmed this week following the signing of a landmark devolution deal between the Government and the leaders of the region’s major councils… click here

16. 4D tech to prevent falls to be rolled out in social care settings across England

4D imaging technology which can prevent falls and automatically alert carers to a medical issue is soon be rolled out in more care homes across England. Whzan Guardian, a UK-developed technology, is a monitoring system that uses 4D mapping technology to track people’s movement around the house and detect falls through sensors placed around the home… click here

15. BRITISH INNOVATION: Self-driving delivery boats to benefit from future transport fund

From the seas to the skies, the UK is set to benefit from new transport technology innovations thanks to government funding awarded this week. Grants will help innovators develop new concepts – such as an automated boat that could deliver parcels by water – to tackle pressing transport issues… click here

14. Historic Football Governance Bill introduced in Parliament

Historic legislation to reform the governance of men’s elite football in England and put fans back at the heart of the game has been introduced in Parliament this week. The Bill comes at a critical juncture for English football, following the attempted breakaway European Super League, and a series of high profile cases of clubs being financially mismanaged or collapsing entirely… click here

13. Largest UK aid delivery enters Gaza to feed 275,000 people

The UK’s largest delivery of aid to Gaza has crossed the border and is being distributed by the United Nations to families in need, the Foreign Secretary has confirmed. More than 2,000 tonnes of food aid, funded by the government, is being distributed by the World Food Programme (WFP) on the ground. This adds to the 150 tonnes of UK funded relief items including blankets and tents… click here

12. New measures to boost resilience of 999 call system

New measures will boost the resilience of the 999-call handling system. A notification system between BT, the emergency services and UK government has been put in place to ensure all ambulance trusts and police forces can rapidly enact a coordinated response… click here 

11. Community Payback: Clean-up scheme expanded nationwide to tackle anti-social behaviour

Communities blighted by vandalism and fly-tipping will be cleaned up by offenders as part of delivering on plans to crackdown on anti-social behaviour. Rapid Deployment teams – made up of offenders serving Community Payback sentences – will be on call to swiftly deal with notorious instances of anti-social behaviour across the country after a successful pilot… click here

10. Financial services optimistic about UK business outlook

Almost 90% of financial services business leaders are confident about business growth for the second quarter. Business leaders in the financial services sector are feeling confident about business growth for the second quarter of 2024, according to research from KPMG UK. The quarterly survey of senior executives working in the sector found that business confidence remains high, building on an optimistic outlook… click here

9. Levelling Up: More than 18,000 government roles relocated out of Westminster

The Places for Growth programme has successfully relocated 18,283 civil service roles from London to locations across the United Kingdom, putting the government further ahead of schedule against its commitment to relocate 22,000 roles by 2027. The region benefiting the most from role relocation is the North West, followed by Yorkshire and the Humber, with 3,720 and 3,392 roles relocated since 2021, respectively… click here

8. Australia selects BAE Systems and ASC to build sovereign nuclear powered submarines

The Australian Government has selected BAE Systems and ASC Pty Ltd to build Australia’s new fleet of nuclear powered submarines in the latest significant development in the AUKUS trilateral security pact between the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia… click here

7. UK leads Europe for state-of-the-art, zero emission buses supporting British jobs and growing economy

Millions of bus passengers will enjoy cleaner, more reliable and more comfortable journeys as the government invests a further £143 million to roll out almost a thousand new zero emission buses in England. Transport Secretary Mark Harper has confirmed that 955 zero emission buses will hit the road with rural areas prioritised as part of the government’s plan to improve local transport… click here

6. UK-Switzerland enhanced Free Trade Agreement takes ‘constructive and positive’ step forward

The fourth round of negotiations on a UK-Switzerland enhanced Free Trade Agreement (FTA) has taken place in Bern, Switzerland. A statement from the UK Government said they are continuing to work together with the Swiss towards an ambitious trade deal. UK-Swiss services trade was worth £27.9 billion in the 12 months to September 2023… click here

5. 100th asylum hotel set to close next week

The government’s plan to reduce reliance on asylum hotels and transition asylum seekers to more sustainable accommodation is making significant progress, with the announcement that the 100th asylum hotel will be closed by the end of March. This milestone marks a substantial reduction in the number of asylum seekers accommodated in hotels, with 20,000 fewer individuals housed in hotels compared to six months ago… click here

4. Number of growing UK sectors hits 10-month high

The number of UK sectors reporting output growth hit a 10-month high in February, with companies indicating rising demand and spreading business optimism, according to the latest Lloyds Bank UK Sector Tracker. New figure show in February, 10 of the 14 UK sectors monitored by the Tracker reported output growth… click here

3. UK set to be a global leader in hydrogen aviation race

The UK is home to many world-first advances in hydrogen-powered aircraft technology, from hydrogen engine testing to the first flights of hydrogen-fuelled planes – making it well placed to be a leader in hydrogen aviation. This would secure substantial economic, employment and sustainability benefits… click here

2. Inflation drops to lowest level in two and a half years paving way for interest rate cuts this summer

Inflation has seen a significant decrease, reaching its lowest level in nearly two and a half years, potentially paving the way for interest rate cuts this summer. According to data from the Office for National Statistics , the consumer price index rose by 3.4 percent in the year to February, down from 4 percent in January… click here

1. BREXIT BRITAIN: UK takes major step towards joining Indo-Pacific trade bloc worth £12 trillion

The UK has taken a major step towards joining the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership this week as the new Trade Act received Royal Assent. The UK will be the first European member and first new member since CPTPP was created, which would have been impossible had we remained in the EU… click here

For last week’s top 20 Great British news stories (11th – 17th March 2024) click here.

By Claire Bullivant

Conservative Post, Founder and Editor

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