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Iconic British Exports Expected to Benefit from Any Trade Deal with Australia 
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Iconic British Exports Expected to Benefit from Any Trade Deal with Australia 

World famous British food and drink, car, rail, and fashion industries are among those that could benefit from tariff-free trade with Australia. Department for International Trade and The Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss MP 7 June 2021 Some of the Britain’s most famous exports could enjoy major wins from a UK-Australia trade deal, the Department for International Trade has revealed. UK negotiators are working to remove tariffs impacting our car, train, fashion, and food and drink industries, making it cheaper and easier to sell goods to Australia, supporting jobs and boosting the economy. The Government’s latest research estimates that 6.5m jobs were supported by exports in 2016 and were generally higher paying, with wages in jobs directly and indirectly supported by exports around 7% h...
Surge Testing to be Deployed in Calderdale
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Surge Testing to be Deployed in Calderdale

Working with the local authority, NHS Test and Trace is providing additional testing in areas across the Todmorden, Park and Warley wards of Calderdale. Department of Health and Social Care 7 June 2021 NHS Test and Trace – in partnership with the local authorities – is launching additional testing and genomic sequencing in Calderdale. Additional testing is being offered in the Todmorden, Park and Warley wards of Calderdale. This surge testing is being deployed from Tuesday 8 June following the identification of a small number of confirmed cases of the B.1.617.2 (Delta) variant. All the confirmed cases have been instructed to self-isolate and their contacts have been identified. Everyone aged 12 and over who lives or works in these areas is strongly encouraged to take a COVID-1...
Foreign Secretary Visit to Saudi Arabia
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Foreign Secretary Visit to Saudi Arabia

On a visit to Saudi Arabia, the Foreign Secretary discussed shared interests including trade, security and climate change. Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office and The Rt Hon Dominic Raab MP 7 June 2021 Today (7 June 2021), British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab met with HRH Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman, HRH Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan and others in the Saudi Government. Foreign Secretary Raab set out the UK’s ambition for a closer partnership with Saudi Arabia based on a commitment to trade and regional security. Talks also focussed on the UK’s ambition in tackling global issues, including climate change, in the lead up to the COP26 climate conference. The Foreign Secretary raised human rights concerns, notably around justice reform and freedom of ...
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...
Surge Testing to be Deployed in Derbyshire
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Surge Testing to be Deployed in Derbyshire

Surge testing being deployed in Derbyshire following the identification of a small number of confirmed cases of the variant first identified in India, B1.617.2 Department of Health and Social Care 3 June 2021 NHS Test and Trace – in partnership with the local authority – is launching additional testing and genomic sequencing in Gamesley Ward, High Peak in Derbyshire. This surge testing is being deployed following the identification of a small number of confirmed cases of the variant first identified in India, B1.617.2. All the confirmed cases have been instructed to self-isolate and their contacts have been identified. Everyone aged 5 and over who lives or works in this area is strongly encouraged to take a COVID-19 PCR test from today, whether they are showing symptoms ...
UK Government Funding Available for Northern Ireland
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UK Government Funding Available for Northern Ireland

UK Government funding available for Northern Ireland Northern Ireland Office 3 June 2021 The UK government is committed to supporting communities across Northern Ireland to ensure that no community is left behind and to seek to build a more prospectus and stable future as we recover from the Covid-19 pandemic. A number of new funds were announced at Budget to help build local economic growth and strengthen communities across the whole of the United Kingdom (including Northern Ireland, Wales, and Scotland). Each of these funds has been designed to account for Northern Ireland’s unique place within the United Kingdom. Funds open for bids now Levelling Up fund UK Community Renewal Fund Levelling Up Fund £4.8 billion investment across the UK in infrastructure and c...
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...
Over £1 billion Savings for Motorists as Whiplash Reforms Come into Force
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Over £1 billion Savings for Motorists as Whiplash Reforms Come into Force

Motorists across England and Wales will save up to £35 a year on their insurance as new rules on whiplash claims come into force today (31 May 2021). Ministry of Justice and The Rt Hon Robert Buckland QC MP Published: 31 May 2021 Last updated: 31 May 2021 — See all updates car insurance premiums expected to be slashed by around £35 a year new online portal to make claims process simpler Mmedical evidence now mandatory under clamp down on exaggerated claims The changes are designed to reduce the unacceptably high number of whiplash claims made each year, with more than 550,000 in 2019/20 alone, which will allow insurers to cut premiums for millions of drivers. The reforms include a new user-friendly online portal for road traffic accident claims under £5,000 – si...
Over 40 Contemporary Artists Supported by Government Art Collection Response to Covid-19 Pandemic
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Over 40 Contemporary Artists Supported by Government Art Collection Response to Covid-19 Pandemic

The Government Art Collection (GAC) has acquired works by 45 contemporary visual artists from across the UK Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport, Iain Stewart MP, Caroline Dinenage MP, and The Rt Hon Brandon Lewis MP 31 May 2021 £230,000 acquisition project supported artists throughout the Covid-19 pandemic 90 pieces by 45 contemporary visual artists celebrate and support diversity of creativity across the UK Works will be displayed in Government buildings around the country, and internationally in British Embassies and Residences In response to Covid-19, the Government Art Collection (GAC) has acquired works by 45 contemporary visual artists from across the UK. The X-UK project celebrates the diversity of creativity around the country, and has supported...