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

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The BBC and most other news outlets may not be interested in featuring these positive British news stories but we certainly are.

Keep checking in with the Conservative Post to see good news every day – the resurgence of British manufacturing, how our military is flying the flag across the world, positive policy making, global trade deals, British innovation, our wonderful royals and many other things to be proud of. 

Here are our 20 best read and most shared positive stories from just this week (1st – 7th April 2024):

20. Cash boost for households as historic National Living Wage increase comes into effect

Thousands of households across the UK are set to be around £3,850 better off as a raft of economic policies come into force this week. An increase in the National Living Wage and a drop in energy prices mean certain households will stand to get this extra cash in their pockets… click here

19. Bumper month for new vans as fleet demand surpasses 50,000 units

More than 50,000 new light commercial vehicles (LCVs) joined UK roads in a bumper March for fleet renewal as more businesses upgraded to the very latest models than in any other month during the past three years. 52,916 new vans, 4x4s and pickups were registered, up 11.1% as Britons increasingly depend on vans for everything from online shopping to local trades… click here

18. Thousands of families spared from damaging courtroom conflict

More than 27,000 separating families have saved money, protected their children and avoided lengthy, combative courtroom battles, thanks to a £23.6 million government scheme. The Family Mediation Voucher Scheme provides funding to help families navigate the complexities of separation, giving them the opportunity to settle issues around childcare and finances outside of court… click here

17. 100,000 patients receive early access to latest cancer therapies on NHS

Almost one hundred thousand cancer patients have now benefitted from early access to the latest and most innovative treatments, thanks to the NHS Cancer Drugs Fund. The NHS is set to hit a major milestone in April with 100,000 cancer patients benefitting from faster access to more than 100 drugs (in over 250 indications) through the Cancer Drugs Fund to help improve, extend and save their lives… click here

16. Nearly £17 million of drugs seized by Royal Navy in the Caribbean Sea

Royal Navy warship HMS Trent seized drugs with a street value of £16.7 million in two separate blows to drug runners in the Caribbean. British sailors, Royal Marines and a US Coast Guard team on HMS Trent intercepted a smuggling speedboat immediately following a port visit to the island of Martinique. The warship launched her fast sea boats, piloted by Royal Marines of 47 Commando… click here

15. Conservatives save six vital community spaces from closure in Wales

Six vital community assets in Wales like local pubs, music venues and football clubs have been saved from closure, thanks to £3.1 million announced by the UK Government. This investment from the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities’ Community Ownership Fund will ensure these beloved establishments are protected, ensuring they will be around for generations to come… click here  

14. Multi-million pound boost for grassroots cricket

An investment of £35 million in grassroots cricket facilities and widening access to the sport within state schools is the latest move by the Government to get one million more young people physically active by 2030. The investment will include 16 state-of-the-art all-weather cricket domes built outdoors in cities across England… click here

13. Scotland promoted in New York as the city celebrates Tartan Week

A celebration of Scotland’s culture, heritage and global business contribution has been taking place in the US this week with Minister John Lamont flying the flag for Scotland at New York’s annual Tartan Week festivities. The Minister has been attending a number of events, culminating in the annual Tartan Day Parade, led by this year’s Grand Marshal, Emmy Award-Winning Scottish actor Dougray Scott… click here

12. UK Space Agency announces new office in Wales

The UK Space Agency is opening an office in Wales for the first time as it works to support the space sector across the UK. Aligned with the government’s Levelling Up strategy, the expansion will enable the Agency to collaborate more closely with the UK’s thriving space sector, while promoting regional skills and job opportunities to deliver increasingly ambitious missions and capabilities… click here 

11. Parents to save thousands in childcare cost with new funding

First phase of the biggest ever expansion of childcare starts giving working parents of two-year-olds access to 15 hours a week. Thousands of parents of two-year-olds across the country are getting help with their childcare costs as the first phase of the biggest ever expansion in childcare starts. Working parents of two-year-olds are now able to access 15 hours a week of government-funded childcare… click here

10. Huge expression of confidence in UK’s housebuilding and construction market with £68 million JCB order

The UK’s Morris Leslie Plant Hire has kicked off its 50th birthday celebrations by placing an order for a huge fleet of new JCB machines worth £68 million. The machines will all be supplied throughout 2024 in an expression of confidence in the UK’s housebuilding and construction market… click here

9. Upgraded phone technology rolled out across England’s GP practises making appointment booking easier

More patients are now able to get through to their GP surgery for an appointment, thanks to upgraded phone technology rolled out across the country. Almost every GP practice in England has upgraded their phone systems. More than 5,800 GP practices use a digital system for answering patients’ calls… click here

8. £5 billion in support for energy bills paid this Winter

An estimated £5 billion in support has been paid throughout Winter to help families with energy costs. Halving inflation has ensured everyone’s money goes further and the UK Government say they remain committed to supporting households across the country with 11.8 million pensioners receiving up to £600 in Winter Fuel Payments and Pensioner Cost of Living Payments… click here

7. UK signs £2 billion Dominican Republic deal opening up pipeline of infrastructure projects for British businesses

Lord Offord has signed a Government-to-Government agreement with the President of the Dominican Republic that will open access to a pipeline of infrastructure projects worth over £2 billion and strengthen trade ties between the two countries, helping to grow the UK economy. The agreement marks the start of a new strategic partnership between the UK and the Dominican Republic… click here

6. WORLD FIRST: Thousands living with type 1 diabetes across England set to receive an ‘artificial pancreas’

Tens of thousands of children and adults living with type 1 diabetes across England are set to receive an ‘artificial pancreas’ in a world-first initiative being rolled out by the NHS. The groundbreaking device continually monitors a person’s blood glucose, then automatically adjusts the amount of insulin given to them through a pump… click here

5. Major jet fuel facility in Wales gets green light in investment creating 150 jobs

LanzaTech UK has been granted permission to setup a sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) facility on a former-industrial site at Crown Wharf. The proposed alcohol-to-jet facility in Port Talbot will produce about 100 million litres of SAF per annum – about 10% of the sustainable aviation fuel that the UK plans to use by 2030. The plans put forth by carbon recycling company LanzaTech aim to convert waste carbon… click here

4. UK and US announce partnership on science of AI safety

The UK and US have signed this week a Memorandum of Understanding which will see them work together to develop tests for the most advanced artificial intelligence models. Signed by Technology Secretary Michelle Donelan and US Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo, the partnership will see both countries working to align their scientific approaches and working closely… click here

3. New laws which clamp down on disruptive protesters come into force

The UK government has implemented new laws aimed at addressing disruptive protests, with Serious Disruption Prevention Orders coming into effect this week. The new orders grant police the authority to intervene before individuals cause significant disruption, particularly those who have a history of protest-related offences or have disregarded court-imposed restrictions… click here

2. Team GB confirm British athletes WILL wear traditional Union Jack at Olympics

After initial backlash over the altered Union Jack design, Team GB has confirmed that athletes will revert back to wearing the traditional flag at the Paris Olympics this summer. The controversy surrounding the Team GB flag design for the upcoming Olympics sparked a heated debate among fans and leading sporting figures… click here

1. Boost for small business as VAT threshold raised from £85,000 to £90,000 and rates frozen

Small businesses have this week received a boost as the VAT registration threshold is raised from £85,000 to £90,000, and £4.3 billion of business rates relief comes into force. Raising the threshold will take 28,000 businesses out of paying VAT altogether, and ensure the UK has a higher threshold than any EU Member State and joint highest in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development… click here

For last week’s top 20 Great British news stories (25th – 31st March 2024) click here.

By Claire Bullivant

Conservative Post, Founder and Editor

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