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. 

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 (22nd – 28th April 2024):

20. Conservatives launch fund for farmers to manage water resources and safeguard food security

Groups of farmers will be offered support to work together to store water and protect against the impact of drought through a new fund launched by the government this week. The fund will be used by farmers to investigate different methods to manage water in their area… click here

19. New powers to seize cryptoassets used by criminals go live

Greater powers for the National Crime Agency and police to seize, freeze and destroy cryptoassets used by criminals have come into force this week. Organised criminals, including drug dealers, fraudsters and terrorists, are known to increasingly use cryptoassets to launder the proceeds of crime and raise money… click here

18. Work Scheme delivers almost 100,000 placements highlighting Britain’s new approach to Welfare

Almost 100,000 workplace training places have been delivered in the past year for jobseekers, smashing the Government’s 80,000 annual target, new data has revealed. Comes in week that NICs cuts worth £900 hit pay packets ensuring work pays… click here

17. Millions of Brits to take home more cash as new guidance on Tipping is published

Millions of UK workers are set to take home an estimated £200 million more of their hard-earned cash, as landmark legislation on tipping took a step towards coming into force. This week the Government introduced the Code of Practice on the fair and transparent distribution of tips that will have legal effect under the Employment (Allocation of Tips) Act 2023… click here

16. UK introduces world-leading ban on wet wipes containing plastic to be put into law

The UK Government will introduce new world-leading legislation to ban wet wipes containing plastic, the Environment Secretary has confirmed this week. Defra intend to bring forward the legislation for England ahead of summer recess, with Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales following by the autumn as part of an aligned approach to bring the ban into force… click here

15. Government launches new free business management course for small businesses

Government has this week launched the new Help to Grow: Management Essentials course, a short online course with practical tips and resources for small business leaders. This course will support SME leaders to establish their roots as they look ahead to scale up and grow their business… click here

14. Teachers to get up to £6000 extra to teach vital STEM subjects

From September, up to £6000 will be available for teachers working in key STEM and technical subjects such as maths, construction and engineering, as well as early years education, as part of the government’s drive to recruit and retain the best staff, the Department for Education announced. The incentive is backed by £200 million investment to support schools and colleges… click here

13. England Women WIN Six Nations Grand Slam with victory over France

England Women have secured their third consecutive Grand Slam title with a resounding 42-21 victory in Bordeaux, France.  Their triumph was highlighted by tries from Maud Muir, Meg Jones, Marlie Packer, Amy Cokayne, and a brace from Alex Matthews. Throughout the 2024 championship, they conceded a mere 41 points across five games… click here

12. New British Army attack helicopters spearhead major NATO exercise

The British Army’s new Apache attack helicopters flew to Finland this week, ahead of a series of training missions as part of one of the largest NATO exercises since the end of the Cold War. They form part of a fleet of more than a dozen helicopters setting off for Exercise Steadfast Defender in Finland and Estonia… click here

11. Millions more GP appointments in March than before pandemic

New data shows GP teams delivered almost 30 million appointments for patients last month (March 2024), up almost a quarter on the same period before the pandemic. The figures show there were around 29.8 million appointments delivered by GPs and their teams in just one month, compared with 24.2 million in March 2019 – an increase of 5.6 million (23.1%)… click here

10. British aerospace engineering group signs out of this world deal with Elon Musk’s Space X

UK satellite communications company, Filtronic has launched into the future by securing a Strategic Partnership with SpaceX for Starlink constellation. Filtronic’s shares surged 50% to a decade-high on Wednesday after the British engineering group deepened its partnership with SpaceX’s Starlink platform… click here

9. Government plan to save 38 million hours of police time

In response to the Policing Productivity Review commissioned by the Home Office and published last autumn, the government has outlined a £230 million investment over the next four years in new technology such as live facial recognition and drones, aligning with recommendations from the independent Policing Productivity Team… click here

8. PM announces largest-ever military aid package to Ukraine on visit to Poland

The £500 million additional funding announced this week – which takes us to £3 billion in UK military aid for Ukraine this financial year – will be used to rapidly deliver urgently-needed ammunition, air defence, drones and engineering support. The drones will be procured in the UK and the funds will support a scale-up in domestic defence supply chains… click here

7. UK has unique ability to develop, produce and sustain vital defence assets across every domain of warfare

Here in the UK, we have the national industrial capabilities to develop, produce and sustain vital defence assets across every domain of warfare. In particular, we are one of only a small number of nations that have advanced sovereign combat air capability thanks to our long history of research and development in the sector… click here

6. Driving Britain’s cutting edge maritime technology with multimillion pound funding boost

Maritime Minister Lord Davies has announced an £8 million funding boost to put the UK at the forefront of cutting-edge maritime technology. From self-driving boats to streamlined port operations, the use of artificial intelligence (AI) and other innovations will boost the economy and support coastal communities… click here

5. UK ranked best nation in Europe for global talent and London crowned world’s most coveted city for work

The UK is now the most highly ranked European nation for global talent and London has once again affirmed its status as the world’s premier destination for employment. The latest findings are from an independent survey conducted by Boston Consulting Group, The Network, and The Stepstone Group encompassing insights from over 150,000 professionals across 188 countries… click here

4. Britain’s newest world-leading submarine is named Agamemnon

The Royal Navy’s latest Astute Class submarine has been officially named at BAE Systems’ Submarines site in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria. Agamemnon – named after the ancient Greek king – is the sixth of seven Astute submarines being built by BAE Systems. She is due to be launched later this year, ahead of being commissioned into the Royal Navy… click here

3. UK set to increase defence spending to 2.5% by 2030

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has announced the biggest strengthening of the UK’s national defence in a generation, with a fully funded plan to grow the defence budget to 2.5% of GDP by 2030. Delivering a speech alongside NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg in Poland, a country at the vanguard of the continent’s defence, the Prime Minister said we are at a turning point in European security… click here

2. King Charles to return to public-facing duties

A statement from Buckingham Palace ) this week said His Majesty The King will shortly return to public-facing duties after a period of treatment and recuperation following his recent cancer diagnosis. To help mark this milestone, The King and Queen will make a joint visit to a cancer treatment centre next Tuesday, where they will meet medical specialists and patients… click here

1. Rwanda Bill becomes law in major illegal migration milestone

Robust operational plans are in place to ensure a first flight to Rwanda can be delivered within 10-12 weeks, with multiple flights set to take off after this. The Bill makes it unambiguously clear that UK Parliament is sovereign, and the validity of any Act of Parliament is unaffected by international law. Ministers will be able to retain the decision on whether to comply with interim measures from the European Court of Human Rights, for example, a Rule 39 injunction… click here

For last week’s top 20 Great British news stories (15th- 21st April 2024) click here.

By Claire Bullivant

Conservative Post, Founder and Editor

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