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Statement in Response to the Manchester Arena Inquiry Report
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Statement in Response to the Manchester Arena Inquiry Report

Commenting on the report of the Inquiry to investigate the events of the 2017 Manchester Arena terror attack, Acting Chief Executive of the Security Industry Authority (SIA) Michelle Russell made the following statement. Security Industry Authority 17 June 2021 Volume one of the report, which addresses the security arrangements at the Arena on the night of 22 May 2017, has been published today. Our thoughts today are with those who lost loved ones, suffered injuries, and had their lives shattered because of that terrorist attack at the Manchester Arena that night. Our priority in licensing individual security officers and working with suppliers of private security to improve standards, is always the protection of the public. The report findings provide learning and reflecti...
Celebrating Refugees Across the UK
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Celebrating Refugees Across the UK

Government recognises and celebrates the contributions of refugees who have resettled in the UK. Home Office, Chris Philp MP, and The Rt Hon Priti Patel MP 14 June 2021 This week is Refugee Week – a UK-wide festival celebrating the contributions, creativity and resilience of refugees and people seeking sanctuary. The government will be marking the occasion by sharing powerful stories of refugees who have come to the UK through government-backed legal routes to start a new life in the UK. Home Secretary Priti Patel said: This week casts a spotlight on all those who have enriched our communities since arriving in the UK looking to rebuild their lives. Thanks to the generosity and support of the British people, thousands of refugees from every part of the world are here makin...
Care Home Residents Can Stay Overnight As Visiting Restrictions Ease
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Care Home Residents Can Stay Overnight As Visiting Restrictions Ease

Care home residents will be able to spend more time with family and friends. Department of Health and Social Care and Helen Whately MP 14 June 2021 Residents will be able to spend time away from their care home with family and friends Every resident can nominate an ‘Essential Care Giver’ to provide additional support during visits This is the latest cautious step taken to restore care home visits to as close to normality as possible Care home residents will be able to spend more time with family and friends, including overnight stays as part of an easing of visiting restrictions announced today. Currently residents can only leave the care home for a visit if outdoors or for high-priority reasons, such as a dental or GP appointment, but will now be able to leave the hom...
Ofsted Review of Sexual Abuse in Schools and Colleges
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Ofsted Review of Sexual Abuse in Schools and Colleges

10-06-2021 Sexual harassment is still trivialised and normalised throughout society, and we urgently need to boost the focus around both preventing and responding to the sexual harassment. Commenting on the Inspectorate’s publication detailing how sexual harassment, including online sexual abuse, has become ‘normalised’ for children and young people, Dr Mary Bousted, joint general secretary of the National Education Union, said: "Sexual harassment is still trivialised and normalised throughout society, and we urgently need to boost the focus around both preventing and responding to the sexual harassment which happens in every school and college. Listening actively to girls and women staff is crucial. "The Ofsted review finds a very similar picture to that revealed by the work of th...
The Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2021
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The Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2021

‘Caring Nation’ at the centre of Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2021. Cabinet Office and The Rt Hon Boris Johnson MP 11 June 2021 The Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2021 demonstrates the extraordinary efforts made by individuals in all four nations of the United Kingdom during the pandemic. The List includes those who have worked throughout the crisis, putting others before themselves - from caring neighbours, frontline and community heroes, to those supporting the UK recovery. The Birthday Honours List 2021 is the most ethnically diverse list to date, with 15% of recipients coming from an ethnic minority background. In a year that has truly tested the resolve and determination of the country, almost 23% of recipients are recommended for COVID-19 service. These include recipi...
Achievements of Welsh Birthday Honours Recipients Celebrated
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Achievements of Welsh Birthday Honours Recipients Celebrated

Actor Jonathan Pryce and Grand Slam-winning rugby captain Ryan Jones are among people from Wales to receive awards in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list. Office of the Secretary of State for Wales and The Rt Hon Simon Hart MP 12 June 2021 Secretary of State for Wales Simon Hart has praised people from Wales who have received awards in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list 2021. The list recognises the work and achievements of a wide range of remarkable people across the United Kingdom from all backgrounds. Recipients from Wales in 2021 include individuals who worked tirelessly during the COVID-19 pandemic, volunteers who have given up their time to help others and worked towards effecting positive change throughout Wales. Expressing his heartfelt thanks for their “inspiring achi...
New Education Award Empowers Young People to Tackle Plastic Pollution
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New Education Award Empowers Young People to Tackle Plastic Pollution

The Environment Agency has joined forces with national school network Partners in Excellence to launch a plastic pollution-focused award for young people. Environment Agency 8 June 2021 Key Stage 3 and 4 students from Partners in Excellence (PiXL) member schools can sign up for the ‘Green Edge Award’ programme from September and undertake one of three award levels – Apprentice, Pioneer and Graduate. The award is centred around character development with each award level focussing on 5 attributes – leadership, organisation, resilience, initiative and communication. Students will be encouraged to demonstrate these skills through a series of activities, including plastic waste surveys, organising litter picks, and setting up repair cafes. The award content has been produced by th...
New Funding Aims to Create 19,000 Jobs and 17,000 Homes
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New Funding Aims to Create 19,000 Jobs and 17,000 Homes

New One Public Estate and MHCLG funding aims to create 19,000 jobs and 17,000 new homes. Cabinet Office 4 June 2021 Funding has been awarded for over 160 projects across England, which will aim to deliver over 17,000 new homes, 19,000 new jobs and save taxpayers £34 million as the UK government continues on its mission to build back better and level up across the country. £30 million of investment will see 160 projects supported across England. Plans for better use of public sector land will aim to unlock 17,000 new homes, 19,000 new jobs and save taxpayers £34 million in running costs. Funding has been awarded through the Land Release Fund (LRF) and the One Public Estate (OPE) programme, which works with 97% of councils in England. One Public Estate - a national progr...
Memorial Trees Planted in Oxford to Remember Lives Lost Around the World
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Memorial Trees Planted in Oxford to Remember Lives Lost Around the World

Health ministers from across the world have come together in a tree-planting ceremony to remember those who have tragically lost their lives to coronavirus (COVID-19). Department of Health and Social Care 4 June 2021 Health ministers and local nurse plant trees following end to UK-hosted G7 talks Lasting memorial in Oxford Botanic Garden for lives lost globally during the pandemic This year marks the 400th anniversary of the garden’s foundation and its contribution to scientific discovery in Oxford Health ministers from across the world have come together in a tree-planting ceremony to remember those who have tragically lost their lives to COVID-19, marking the conclusion of the G7 Health Ministers’ Meeting in Oxford today (Friday 4 June). The Health and Social Care Se...
Drivers Urged to Clean Up Their Act as Part of  National Spring Clean 
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Drivers Urged to Clean Up Their Act as Part of  National Spring Clean 

Highways England is calling on drivers to do their bit to reduce litter levels on the nation's motorways as part of the Great British Spring Clean (28 May - 13 June) Highways England 1 June 2021 Litter presents a serious safety risk and besides being unsightly, it’s also a risk to wildlife and the environment.  So, Highways England has joined Keep Britain Tidy’s Million Mile Mission to help clear litter from the roads.   Highways England litter picks somewhere on its network almost every day. It’s taking part in Keep Britain Tidy’s campaign, helping by keeping England’s motorways safe and well-maintained while also encouraging drivers to take their litter home. Last year the company collected 12,000 bags of litter during the Great British Spring Clean. Highways England’s He...