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Transcript of the latest Queen’s speech, outlining the government’s plans for the forthcoming year and beyond.
Higher Education (Freedom of Speech) Bill has been introduced to parliament.
The government plan to reduced Coronavirus infections and to get the country back to normal is working as predicted.
The Prime Minister announced the change in his press conference yesterday.
Guidance on which countries are deemed safe according to the government’s ‘green list’ available.
An update on the government’s response to the French fishermen’s blockade of Jersey.
As a result of the carrier bag charge, the average person in England now buys just four single-use carrier bags a year from the main supermarkets, compared with 140 in 2014.
Residents will be able to leave care homes for low-risk visits without needing to self-isolate on their return.
The legal limit of 30 mourners at a funeral is to be removed as part of step 3 of the Coronavirus roadmap.
Schools will need to follow a new law that instructs them to keep uniform costs down.
The Breathing Space scheme will provide 60 days for those facing financial difficulties to get their finances in order without debts piling up.
Self driving vehicles would be limited to speeds of up to 37 miles per hour on motorways.
The taskforce will identify treatments for patients who have been exposed to COVID-19, both to stop it spreading and to reduce its transmission.
Nine in ten pharmacies across England are now distributing free rapid lateral flow tests for people to collect and use at home.
The benefits of vaccination continue to outweigh any risks but the MHRA advises careful consideration be given to people who are at higher risk of specific types of blood clots because of their medical condition.
The scheme will provide loans to those businesses that need it. It will be operated by the British Business Bank, with loans available through a diverse network of accredited commercial lenders.
After an ongoing review of evidence, it has been decided face coverings will continue to be worn on educational premises.
Pubs, shops, gyms and hairdressers set to reopen.
The government announces the biggest reform of the immigration system in many years.
New rules on for the flying of the Union Flag published by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.
The Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government responds to the findings of the Best Value Inspection Report of Liverpool City Council.
Prime Minister’s statement, marking the one year anniversary of the lockdown.
The next series of easements will begin on 29 March 2021, leading up to what is presumed to be the final end of the lockdown on 21 June.
Last month, HMRC said that due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, they were giving Self Assessment taxpayers more time to pay their tax or set up a payment plan without facing a 5% late payment penalty charge, as long as arrangements were in place by midnight on 1 April 2021.
The new defence review outlines a future vision for the UK armed forces, in which they are ready to effectively deal with new and ever more sophisticated threats.
During a press conference on the 18 March, the Prime Minister said the vaccines being made available across the country are safe, and urged those that are clinically vulnerable to take them.
£5 billion investment in next generation superfast broadband.
The grant scheme has been updated to target less expensive models. Government grants of up to £2,500 will be available for electric cars or vehicles costing less than £35,000.
Prime Minister’s Statement on the Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy
Prime Minister Boris Johnson made a statement to the House of Commons on the Integrated Review of security, defence, development and foreign policy.
Grants of up to £2,000 available.
Statements by the G7 and the British Foreign Secretary.
Our efforts on COVID vaccine supply and manufacturing here in the UK are well progressed. Over 22 million have received their first dose – two-fifths of our adult population.
Schools have begun the process of fully re-opening again.
It follows reports to the government from journalists who have suffered abuse and attacks while going about their work, including being punched, threatened with knives, forcibly detained and subjected to rape and death threats.
Government workplace testing scheme opened to all businesses.
Passengers travelling abroad will need to carry the form showing that their trip is allowed under national lockdown rules.
The Coronavirus Job Support Scheme will be extended until September 2021, as will the Self Employment Income Support Scheme.
As well as tested at school, school aged children will also be tested at home, as COVID-19 home testing kits are made available.
Study on Pfizer and Oxford-AstraZeneca Vaccines Shows Them to be Highly Effective in Reducing Severe COVID-19 Symptoms in Older People
The vaccination seems to be particularly effective in protecting the over 70s and 80s from the worst effects of COVID-19.
Fund extended to help level-up every corner of United Kingdom. £4.8 billion to be invested.
Four step roadmap announced.
All secondary school and college students will take three COVID-19 tests as they return to the classroom from the 8 March at existing school testing facilities.
British drivers will avoid an estimated £50 a year increase in motor insurance costs as the government confirms it plans to do away with the controversial EU ‘Vnuk’ law.
COVID-19 home testing kits can be ordered over the phone without the need for accessing the internet.
Latest updates on presence of COVID-19 variants in the UK.
The government is to take legal measures to strengthen free speech and academic freedom at universities across England.
Overview of the current situation. This should be the final lockdown.
Renters will continue to be supported during the ongoing national lockdown restrictions, with an extension to the ban on bailiff evictions.
Grants of up to £2,000 will be available.
Harsh new measures to be introduced by the government from Monday, 15 February 2021.
The government has instigated a new national scheme for providing free PPE to unpaid carers who do not live with the people they care for.
The Chancellor’s Pay as You Grow repayment flexibilities now include the option to delay all repayments for a further six months, meaning businesses can choose to make no payments on their loans until 18 months after they originally took them out.
From 15 February anyone travelling to the UK from a country on the UK’s travel ban list will be required to quarantine in a government-approved facility for 10 days.
More than 10 million people in the UK have received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, marking a significant milestone for the largest vaccination programme in British history.
The study will determine whether different vaccines can be safely used together.
Britain has asked to join CPTPP, with formal negotiations due to start later in the year.
The visa reflects the UK’s historic and moral commitment to the people of Hong Kong who have had their rights and freedoms restricted.
The earliest schools and colleges will return to work will be 8 March.
HMRC is encouraging anyone who can to file their accounts by 31 January, but is temporarily relaxing the deadline for tax penalties.
It now appears a new variant of the Coronavirus is appearing in London and the South East.
£800 fine announced for people who attend house parties.
The government has published its response to the public consultation on whether or not to decriminalise non-payment of the tv licence.
The services were due to be closed in February 2021, but a decision has been made to defer the closure to later in the year.
The scheme allows schools to place orders for supermarket gift cards on behalf of parents and carers whose children are eligible for free school meals.
Millions of people aged 70 and over and those clinically extremely vulnerable to COVID-19 will be invited to get their vaccinations from today.
Professor Chris Whitty summarizes the UK’s current battled with the Coronavirus.
Passengers arriving from all international destinations will be required to present a negative COVID-19 test result before departing for England to help protect against new strains of coronavirus circulating internationally.
The ban on South Africa has been extended, whilst Israel has been removed from the travel corridors list.
Leaseholders will be given the right to extend to extend the leases on their homes for up to 990 years.
Lockdown grants worth up to £9,000 available.
An update on the fight against Coronavirus COVID-19.
The UK Chief Medical Officers have recommended raising the COVID-19 alert level from 4 to 5.
The government has today (1 January) announced that the education contingency framework will be implemented across all London boroughs, following a further review of the transmission rates.
Funding for high streets in 72 areas to help them recover from the pandemic and to deliver regeneration plans.
One week staggered return for schools and colleges due to the continuing spread of the Coronavirus.
The COVID-19 vaccine developed by Oxford University/AstraZeneca has today been given regulatory approval by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency after meeting required safety, quality and effectiveness standards.
It is recommended this group stay at home at all times.
The Prime Minister has announced tougher restrictions for large parts of South East England with a new Tier 4: ‘Stay at Home’ alert level.
New agreement signed to ensure the smooth flow of trade after Brexit is completed.
Lateral flow tests to be made available to staff and students from January 2021.
Around 3,800 UK businesses export goods to Mexico, which the OECD expects to become one of the world’s 10 largest economies within a generation and which has a market of over 130 million consumers.
Urgent action needed to reduce transmission of the virus in these areas.
The self-isolation period can now be reduced from 14 days to 10 days.