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22 May 2019

Alzheimer’s Society announces the winners of ground-breaking crowdsourcing ideas programme, with cutting edge technology How do I? and Jelly Drops at their Annual Conference.    

Alzheimer’s Society’s new ground-breaking crowdsourcing ideas programme - which aims to hunt out innovations to help people with dementia live better - is delighted to announce its first two winners: The How Do I? app, which helps people affected stay independent for as long as possible with smartphone videos Jelly Drops, treats to help ease dehydration The smartphone app ‘How do I?’, which can help people with dementia to carry out everyday tasks like boiling a kettle, by flashing up ‘how to’ videos when their phone scans an object, has today been awarded funding by the UK’s leading dementia charity to bring the product to market. The videos not only provide prompts of daily routines – how to make a cup of tea or take a bath – but can also remind people with dementia of forgotten memories, with loved ones able to record an explanation of a photo, and the memory it captures.  The app is announced as figures released by Alzheimer’s Society for Dementia Action Week...
22 May 2019

The Secretary of State’s decision to ditch the £30,000 salary threshold is a victory for common sense, says Sarah McMonagle, Director of Communications at the Federation of Master Builders.

Sarah McMonagle, Director of Communications at the Federation of Master Builders, said: “The Secretary of State’s decision to ditch the £30,000 salary threshold is a victory for common sense. "I’m glad the Government has recognised our calls to look again at this London-centric salary threshold and accept that such a move would exclude thousands of skilled workers, based on a meaningless salary threshold, who can make a positive contribution to our economy. "The Government now needs to reassess the skills threshold they have proposed in the Immigration White Paper and reduce the Level required from 3 to 2. "The majority of UK construction workers are trained to Level 2 so to impose a Level 3 requirement on migrant workers is unjust and counterintuitive.  "With 64% of construction SMEs struggling to hire bricklayers, we will not be able to build the 300,000 new homes the Government has pledged to deliver without migrant workers. "Even as we up the ante in terms of training...
22 May 2019

The Home Secretary, Sajid Javid has asked the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) to scrap plans to impose a £30,000 salary threshold on EU citizens coming into the UK after Brexit.

Javid has instead asked the MAC to consider allowing companies to pay the “going rate” for foreign workers, whilst also taking into consideration regional salary levels. The committee’s proposals were published in October 2018 and included in the Government’s Immigration White Paper. The National Federation of Builders (NFB) welcomes the home secretary’s initiative to scrap the arbitrary £30,000 salary threshold for EU migrants after Brexit in favour of a more flexible approach to immigration. Such a threshold would create an additional barrier to building new homes and make life harder for SMEs and regional contractors, particularly at a time when the construction industry continues to face significant shortages of skilled workers. Richard Beresford, chief executive of the NFB said: “The Government needs to understand the high value of construction workers to the economy, when deciding the immigration rules for EU workers after Brexit. “Faced with the most significant housing...
22 May 2019
Mark Francois

Tory MP Mark Francois has been condemned after he appeared to use violent imagery as Theresa May spoke in the Commons.

The hardcord Brexiteer was caught “shaking his head and running his finger along his throat like a knife” during Prime Minister's Questions. The incident came amid mounting speculation that Conservative MPs will launch a fresh bid to unseat her within days. Mrs May has come in for severe criticism from her party colleagues after she presented her “new” Brexit deal, which included a mechanism that could end up with another EU referendum. Cabinet ministers are also understoof to be mulling their next moves, with members of the so-called 'Pizza Club' of Brexiteers meeting in the Commons shortly before PMQs. During the session, Sunday Times journalist Tim Shipman tweeted: “Mark Francois has just signalled to the press gallery, shaking his head and running his finger along his throat like a knife.” The move prompted a swift response from Lib Dem MP Jo Swinson, who evoked the murder of Labour MP Jo Cox during the 2016 EU referendum, as well as the foiled plot to kill another Labour MP,...
22 May 2019
Theresa May at PMQs

Theresa May has been accused of throwing Northern Ireland veterans “to the wolves” as Tory MPs tore into the Government’s treatment of soldiers who served in the Troubles.

The Prime Minister faced fury from her own backbenchers in Prime Minister’s Questions over the work of the Historical Investigations Unit, which was set up to probe unsolved killings stemming from the decades-long conflict in Ulster. Former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith, who served tours of Northern Ireland as a member of the Scots Guards, said the Government risked abandoning his former colleagues. Raising the cause of a friend "who was tortured, murdered and his body has never been found", the Conservative Brexiteer said: "None of those who served have called for an amnesty. What they have called for is fairness and justice. “Many, many old veterans now are finding, having been cleared decades ago, that the PSNI [Police Service of  has now proceeding against them with no new evidence. He asked the PM: "How is it that I can say to my old colleagues that his government has not abandoned them?"   "Why, prime minister, are you pandering to Sinn Fein IRA" while "...
22 May 2019
Theresa May

Theresa May today begged MPs not to “duck” their duty on Brexit by voting down her controversial plan which has sparked a furious backlash from across the political divide.

The Prime Minister admitted she would not be in office for much longer as she warned the House against continued “arguing and getting nowhere”. But Jeremy Corbyn said his MPs could not “vote for a deal on the promise of a Prime Minister who only has days left in her job”. And Downing Street insisted the Commons will vote on the Withdrawal Agreement Bill in the first week of June - despite Michael Gove hinting that the plan could be ditched. Mrs May laid out a “new” Brexit deal yesterday, which is set to be published as draft legislation on Friday. She insisted she had compromised on areas such as workers' rights, environmental protections and a second referendum in order to woo Labour MPs. But Tory MPs who had previously backed her plans immediately lined up to condemn the new bill, arguing they could not vote for a vehicle that could lead to a fresh referendum. Addressing the Commons, Mrs May implored warring MPs to put their doubts about the bill to one side to make sure the UK...
22 May 2019

The construction trade association responds to a new Home Office report:  “Independent Review of the Modern Slavery Act 2015: Final Report” 

The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) has long campaigned for contractors to be aware of the existence of modern slavery within construction and face up to the human rights risks in supply chains. Their 2018 report “Construction and the Modern Slavery Act, tackling exploitation in the UK”, their third focussing on the issue, highlighted the aggressive business models and unethical procurement and recruitment practices present in construction which have, in part, led to the National Crime Agency (NCA) identifying construction as one of the most common sectors for labour exploitation in the UK.  The Home Office has now published an “...
22 May 2019
PMQs

Theresa May faced MPs in the Commons for a gruelling session of PMQs. She was taken to task by Tory MPs angry about the ongoing investigations into Troubles veterans.

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22 May 2019
Go-Ahead’s landmark air-filtering bus in Southampton, which cleans the air around it as it travels

The Go-Ahead Group warmly welcomes today’s report from the House of Commons Transport Select Committee, which calls for a national strategy to support bus use across the United Kingdom.

A dedicated national strategy for Britain’s buses is long overdue. The Government has strategies for walking, cycling, for the railways and aviation yet there’s no joined-up strategy for buses, which account for two thirds of public transport journeys.   More than 3.5 million people travel to work by bus and many more rely on them for access to schools, hospitals, shops and local services. As this country faces an epidemic of loneliness, it’s vital that we ensure communities are connected.    Too often, we are seeing housing developments built with no thought paid to bus links, leading to sterile, isolated communities dependant on car use. Buses need to be considered in the planning process at the very beginning of new housing developments.   We fully endorse the committee’s call upon the Government for a joined up approach with local authorities to set targets for bus use. We urge a co-ordinated approach, too, in tackling worsening traffic congestion and in giving...
22 May 2019
PMQs

Theresa May will face MPs in the Commons for a gruelling session of PMQs followed by a statement about her 'new deal' Brexit plan. Watch the whole thing below the blog window.

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