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Prime Minister invited COP President to update Cabinet on climate change today

The Prime Minister opened Cabinet by thanking those involved in sending an aid support package, which included a number of oxygen concentrators and ventilators, to India to assist their work in tackling coronavirus. The first shipment arrived in the country today.

The Prime Minister said he was proud the UK has been able to help and that this sort of action – along with delivery of core government commitments – is what the public want their government to focus on.

The Prime Minister then moved onto a discussion on the forthcoming Queen’s Speech; the focus of which will be to demonstrate how we will build back better from the pandemic and fulfil our pledge to unite and level up the country. The PM thanked Cabinet colleagues and their departments for their ongoing support in getting the content of the Speech ready for May 11th.

The Prime Minister highlighted that departments are being asked to take part in a savings and efficiency review ahead of the Spending Review later this year. The purpose is to learn the lessons from the last year in how we can run services more efficiently and ensure that we focus our high levels of spending on our key priorities. This is a standard part of the Spending Review process.

Cabinet then received an update from the Northern Ireland Secretary on the programme of events planned to mark the Centenary year. Cabinet agreed that there is so much the UK has gained from Northern Ireland and that it has gained from being part of our Union, and how in the last 100 years, Northern Ireland has contributed significantly to the rich fabric of the UK’s cultural life and will continue to into the future.

The PM invited the COP President to update Cabinet on the work that is being undertaken to ensure COP delivers on the government’s desire to increase international ambition to tackle climate change ahead of the summit in November. The PM highlighted that tackling climate change remains our number one international priority and that this will be achieved in a way that benefits the UK public, creating sustainable, high wage jobs for years to come.

Cabinet concluded with an update on the pandemic. The PM re-iterated that the data continues to look good but warned that we are not out of the woods yet as variants of concern continue to pose a threat. The PM said that while the road ahead looks positive, there will still be challenges and this Government will continue to take tough decisions where necessary to protect both lives and livelihoods.

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