Once again it’s not all doom and gloom in the media. There’s been lots of positivity happening across Britain this week (1st – 7th March).
Here are our best read news stories from the last seven days. Enjoy the positive news. Britain is certainly building back better! #TheGoodNewsThisWeek
10. £79 million to boost mental health support for children and young people
Millions more children and young people will have access to significantly expanded mental health services, backed by £79 million. Young people have been uniquely impacted by the pandemic and lockdown, with NHS research suggesting one in six may now have a mental health problem, up from one in nine in 2017… click here
9. New data show vaccines reduce severe COVID-19 in older adults
New data show both Pfizer-BioNTech and Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines significantly reduce severe COVID-19 in older adults. Public Health England (PHE) has submitted a real world study that shows that both the Pfizer and Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines are highly effective in reducing COVID-19 infections among older people aged 70 years and over. Since January, protection against symptomatic COVID, four weeks after the first dose, ranged between 57 and 61% for one dose of Pfizer and between 60 and 73% for the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine… click here
8. A night of British triumph at the Golden Globes
The Crown’s Josh O’Connor and Emma Corrin led a night of triumph for British stars at the Golden Globes this week. Netflix’s Charles and Diana were the toast of the largely virtual ceremony and won TV drama best actor and actress for their explosive portrayal of a royal marriage in crisis.
Emma Corrin, who played Lady Diana appeared visibly shocked as her name was called to confirm she had won ahead of co-star Olivia Colman’s turn as the Queen and Jodie Comer’s performance in Killing Eve… click here
7. People in Côte d’Ivoire start receiving vaccines thanks to UK aid
People in Côte d’Ivoire are receiving their first COVID-19 vaccines through COVAX this week. To date the UK has committed £548 million to COVAX to ensure global access to vaccines, and has consistently called other donors to step up their support. The vaccines are the first of more than a billion doses going to developing countries this year through COVAX… click here
6. Mental health toolkit rolled out across entire Royal Navy fleet
Every member of the Royal Navy can now boost their mental health and fitness with access to an offline version of the mental health platform HeadFIT. A CD version of digital content has been distributed across the Royal Navy Fleet, Submarine Service, the Royal Marines and Royal Fleet Auxiliary and will be available for those deployed with Carrier Strike Group 2021 as it sets off across the globe. The offline platform will benefit personnel without internet access on operations… click here
5. Budget 2021 sets path for recovery
In a Budget which ‘meets the moment’, the Chancellor has this week set out a £65 billion three-point plan to provide support for jobs and businesses as we emerge from the pandemic and forge a path to recovery. Chancellor’s three-point plan includes: to protect jobs and strengthen public finances, billions to support businesses and families through the pandemic, investment-led recovery as UK emerges from lockdown and future changes to strengthen public finances… click here
4. Space launch from British soil one step closer
A giant leap in British spaceflight history has been made this week as the government publishes its commercial spaceflight consultation response paving the way for space launches from UK soil. Over the past few months, the government has been inviting industry, stakeholders and the public to have their say on the rules that will govern our spaceflight programme – and the consultation has captured the imagination of people across the UK, including schoolchildren… click here
3. Funding announced to safeguard grassroots, elite women’s and Championship rugby union
The Sports Minister has announced the latest tranche of funding from the Government’s Sport Winter Survival Package, which will see more than £40 million provided to support grassroots rugby union clubs and up to £5.5 million to support the launch of the men’s Championship competition from this weekend. The Rugby Football Union (RFU) will distribute a mixture of funding to the community game, in the form of loans and grants, for all levels of the men’s, women’s and youth game at grassroots level, providing a lifeline to communities across the country… click here
2. UK signs Trade Partnership Agreement with Ghana
The UK has this week signed a trade partnership agreement with Ghana that secures tariff-free trade and provides a platform for greater economic and cultural cooperation. The deal supports a trading relationship worth £1.2bn and reinstates the terms of the economic partnership agreement between the two sides when the UK was part of the EU. It means Ghanaian products including bananas, tinned tuna and cocoa will benefit from tariff-free access to the United Kingdom. UK exports are also in line to benefit from tariff liberalisation from 2023, including machinery, electronics and chemical products… click here
1. Funding reforms to ensure UK remains best country to start, grow and list a business
Reforms to the rules that govern how companies raise finance on public markets will ensure the UK remains one of the most attractive places to grow and list successful innovative companies, according to a new review published this week. The UK already has some of the world’s deepest and most liquid equity markets, with over £43 billion raised in 2020, and a track record of attracting the best companies from around the globe… click here
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