The pick of today’s Government announcements:

The government daily makes announcements and introduces legislation which impacts us all, wherever we live, so in this new round-up or digest, we hope to give you a taste of what’s coming.

Lottery Scratchcards

The minimum age to play National Lottery scratchcards and online instant win games could be increased to 18 to protect vulnerable young people, Minister for Sport and Civil Society Mims Davies announced today.

The current age limit for all National Lottery games is 16, but the government will now consult on whether it should be raised to 18 for some or all National Lottery games and products.

Low Paid Workers

Millions of low paid workers in the UK could receive more workplace protections in a move announced by the Business Secretary Greg Clark today. The government has announced its latest measures to advance the ‘Good work plan’, the largest upgrade to workers’ rights in a generation. The proposals include the body having consistent powers to enforce payment of the minimum wage, labour exploitation and modern slavery, along with holiday payments for vulnerable workers and safeguarding agency workers. The consultation considers whether the body should also enforce workplace discrimination, harassment and bullying. Take part in the consultation here.

Wage Boom for Workers

New statistics show wages are booming for UK workers, with regular pay rising 1.7% in real terms (above inflation) – meaning people’s earnings are rising at their fastest since October 2015. As 354,000 more people entered the workforce in the last year, female employment in the UK also continued to increase, remaining at its record high of 72.0%. New figures also show the level of youth unemployment in the UK has nearly halved since 2010, falling by 47%. Overall the UK’s unemployment rate remains at its lowest since 1974 at 3.8%, with female unemployment reaching a new record low of 3.6%. The largest fall in unemployment was also among people unemployed for over a year – showing the success of a reformed welfare system designed to help people overcome their personal barriers to work. Bear in mind this is all statistical!

Personalised number plates

Thirty years of providing personalised registrations to motorists have seen DVLA sell nearly 6 million of them to motorists, generating around £2 billion for the Treasury.

Social media, young people and mental health

From a speech by the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care on how we can protect children:

Responsibility: everybody playing their part – social media companies, government, parents and carers.

Research: building the evidence base to improve our understanding, and improve the new technology.

Resilience: teaching the right way to respond to challenges.

That’s how we protect our children. And that’s how we build a safer, healthier world for them to grow up in.

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