What the Government has done this week...

Sunday 5th August

  • The Prime Minister and Jackie Doyle-Price outlined plans to implement a new system of consent for organ and tissue donation, saving hundreds of lives each year.

Read more here. 

Monday 6th August 

  • Robert Buckland announced that government had helped more victims and their families get justice last year, after 137 criminals had their sentences increased under the Unduly Lenient Sentence scheme.

The Mirror covered this story. 

  • Jo Johnson committed to directing a third of the Department for Transport procurement spending towards small and medium-sized enterprises by 2022, as part of a drive to build a strong, viable private sector that delivers value for taxpayers and millions of jobs.


  • Nick Gibb announced that nine projects across the country have been awarded a share of £4million to transform the education and outcomes of children taught in alternative provision.

Tuesday 7th August 

  • The Prime Minister confirmed a landmark funding deal with Edinburgh and South East Scotland worth over £1 billion which will unlock economic growth, boost jobs across the region and help build a brighter future for the whole United Kingdom.

You can read ITV's story here. 

  •  Damian Hinds set out his vision to put technology at the heart of education, helping every child to get the best start in life and the skills they need to go as far as their talents and hard work can take them.

Read more here. 

  •  Michael Gove announced that animal abusers who commit the most heinous crimes will face up to five years in jail after draft legislation gained strong support from welfare groups and the public.

 Wednesday 8th August 

  • The Prime Minister and Jeremy Wright joined His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge and 3,000 guests to mark the centenary of the Battle of Amiens.

The Telegraph covered this story. 

  • Jo Johnson announced that train companies are to publish more real-time information to enable tech firms to develop intelligent travel apps for the future.

Thursday 9th August 

  • Tracey Crouch launched a Civil Society Strategy to create stronger communities as part of a more caring society in which people can lead fulfilling and happy lives.

You can read the Sun's story here.


Friday 10th August

  • David Gauke announced that vulnerable offenders with mental health, alcohol and substance abuse issues will address the underlying cause of their offending, through a pioneering scheme.

The Guardian covered this story. 

  •  Philip Hammond welcomed the latest set of GDP figures and also announced that Britain’s world-leading researchers and entrepreneurs will benefit from an additional £780 million to create the technologies of tomorrow.