This weekend, we will mark 100 years since the end of the First World War, one of the most significant moments in our nation’s history. There are services all across Tamworth and its villages so do please make it down to your nearest one. If you can’t make it to your local service I hope that, wherever you are, you take two minutes to remember those that sacrificed so much.
To commemorate the centenary, the Prime Minister visited Belgium and France, where she laid wreaths and tributes to fallen soldiers. The Government have also made £19 million available for commemorations across the country.
The Armistice gives us an opportunity to come together to remember the immense sacrifices made in war, but also to join with our German friends to mark reconciliation and the peace that exists between our two nations today.
Also, this week the Prime Minister formed five new Business Councils to advise on how to create the best business conditions in the United Kingdom after we leave the EU.
These new Councils, covering different sectors of the economy, will meet three times a year and provide advice and policy recommendations to the Prime Minister on the critical issues affecting business.
The United Kingdom has always been one of the best places in the world to do business – these Councils will build on this success and help business to create more, better paying jobs.
The Health Secretary set out our vision to help people to live well for longer, narrow the gap between the richest and poorest, and save the taxpayer money.
We have made great progress in improving the health of the nation, but people are still spending too many years in poor health, particularly those from poorer backgrounds.
Prevention needs to play a key part in tackling this injustice, which is why we are giving people the knowledge, skills and confidence – as well as the opportunities – to live healthier lifestyles, and making healthy choices as easy as possible.
The Home Secretary met with tech giants in Silicon Valley to assess their progress tackling the evolving threat of online child sexual exploitation.
We have demanded web giants show more progress on tackling this exploitation, or face legislative action. The Home Secretary also committed to improving our response to exploitation, and has launched an investigation into how advertising is funding child abuse sites.
We are leading the response against these sickening crimes, keeping our children safe by preventing offending before it occurs and stopping the abuse continuing by being shared online.
The Energy Minister announced that we will require landlords to install energy efficiency measures in the coldest homes in the rental market.
Excess cold is by far the largest preventable cause of death in the private rented sector, and nobody should struggle to keep warm in their own home.
We will require landlords to upgrade the energy efficiency of the coldest homes before they can be rented to new tenants, saving those who live there £180 a year off their energy bills.
Have a great weekend.