Weekend Brief

Week-in-brief: For the week ending 18 May 2018
 

We are building a Britain fit for the future 

  • We want every child to have the best start in life and every generation to be better than the last. That’s why we are working hard to build a stronger, fairer economy and a more caring society - a country where everyone’s hard work is recognised and rewarded, and people can lead fulfilling, happy lives. This way we can build a country that works for everyone, one which is ready to meet the challenges of the future head on, with hope and optimism that our best days lie ahead of us. 

Getting the best Brexit deal

  • We will publish a White Paper on our proposed future relationship with the EU, setting out our aims clearly to our EU partners, we will provide further clarity to the negotiations and make a significant step towards our strong new relationship with Europe.
     
  • We want the best Brexit deal for the whole country, delivering on the referendum vote to get control of our money, borders and laws, while building a strong new relationship with Europe. We will leave the EU and the Customs Union, we want to have as frictionless trade as possible, an independent trade policy where we can sign our own trade deals, and no hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. 

Helping to create good jobs

  • New jobs figures show the employment rate is at a record high, unemployment is at a 40-year low and that wages are rising at a faster rate than inflation. These figures also show the rate of women in work is at a record high and the number of young people out of work is down by nearly 408,000 since 2010.
     
  • The Conservatives are working to make sure that our economy remains strong so we can continue to create better, higher-paying jobs. Labour’s reckless plans for the economy would put all of this at risk.

Reducing maximum stakes on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals

  • On 17 May we announced that the maximum stakes on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs) will be reduced from £100 to £2 to better protect consumers and communities. Tough action is needed to protect players and make sure those whose lives have been ruined by gambling receive the help they need.

The Hackitt Review into building regulations 

  • The Grenfell Tower fire was a terrible tragedy that should never have happened, Dame Judith Hackitt’s comprehensive report will see compressive reform of the building sector.
     
  • We have listened carefully to concerns, the Government will consult on banning the use of combustible materials in cladding systems on high-rise residential buildings. This report’s publication is a watershed for everyone who has a stake in ensuring that the people living in buildings like Grenfell Tower are safe – and feel safe. We also announced this week that we will fully fund the removal and replacement of dangerous cladding by councils and housing associations, estimated at £400 million. 

East Coast Rail 

  • Virgin Trains East Coast has delivered a quality service on the East Coast line, with some of the highest passenger satisfaction rates in the country. But, Stagecoach and Virgin Trains got their bid wrong and are now paying the price. 
     
  • We will launch the new, long-term brand for the East Coast Mainline by recreating of one Britain’s iconic rail brands – the London North Eastern Railway. This will start the move to a situation which leaves one single team operating the railway – bringing track and train, public and private, together.

The violence in Gaza 

  • The loss of life and the large number of injured Palestinians is tragic, and it is extremely worrying that the number of those killed continues to rise. Such violence is destructive to peace efforts. We call on all sides to show restraint and refrain from any further violence.

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