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There will be a national one minute silence at 15:00 on Saturday 17th April to mark the death of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh

Guidance for the Period of National Mourning following the death of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh.

An Online Book of Condolence is now available on the Royal website for those who wish to send a personal message of condolence:

Visit for updates from Buckingham Palace and information about The Duke of Edinburgh's life and work.

The sad death of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh has been announced by Buckingham Palace.

Although this is an extraordinarily difficult time for many, we are asking the public not to gather at Royal Residences, and continue to follow public health advice.

Prime Minister @BorisJohnson's full statement on the death of HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

The Global Travel Taskforce report has set out the approach to safely restart international travel. This will ensure businesses and the economy continue to grow as well as helping reconnect families across the globe.✈️

More on the report 👇

From today, free rapid #COVID19 testing will be available for everyone in England.

Testing will be offered twice a week and will help:
▶️ suppress the spread of the virus
▶️ return to a more normal way of life

Book a test today:

Exciting new partnership between @SSE and @Equinor_UK to deploy the world’s first hydrogen fuelled generator on the Humber

Cutting emissions, creating jobs and attracting investment is a key part of our plan to revitalise our industrial heartlands 🏗️👷🏿‍♂️

Great to visit @IKEAUK in #Greenwich today to see the preparations they're making to welcome customers back safely on 12 April
We’ve supported businesses throughout the pandemic with a £352bn package - including Restart Grants of up to £18k to help firms bounce back 💪🏾


There are just a few days left to register your business for free rapid #COVID19 test kits.

Available for businesses of all sizes in England whether open or closed.

Register by 12 April:

"People should have confidence and come forward for their vaccination when they are offered it."

Professor Jonathan Van-Tam talks about the new advice from the JCVI on the #COVID19 vaccines 👇

Find out more:

Non-essential shops in England can reopen from Monday 12 April.

Make sure you follow #WorkingSafely guidance including:

✅ Use of face coverings
✅ Floor markings to manage queues
✅ Social distancing between customers and staff

Full guidance here:

Worried that somebody you know isn’t being paid the correct #NationalMinimumWage? Find out how you can help them ➡️

📆 From Monday 12 April, pubs and restaurants will be reopening across England

🍻👩‍🍳 There are jobs available in the hospitality sector

👉 Looking for a new role? #Jobhelp is a good place to start: #PlanForJobs

0⃣...Zero emission vehicles are the future...🚗

That is why today we are celebrating the launch of #RouteZero - a new global platform calling for ambitious commitments to drive the shift to clean transport on the road to #COP26

Learn more 👇

#TogetherForOurPlanet | #RaceToZero

"Drive the change you really want to see in the society we live in"

Green jobs are vital in our fight against #ClimateChange, and this #GreenSkillsWeek we want to encourage more women to consider energy careers💚

Listen to @Ifeyinwa_kanu's advice on joining the sector👇


Almost 80% of UK #electricity was produced from low carbon sources on Monday.

🌬️ Wind 39%
☀ Solar 21%
⚛️ Nuclear 16%

By 2030 offshore wind will power all UK homes.

IMPORTANT: We’re aware of scammers mimicking HMRC press office staff. This is a scam. HMRC would never call and threaten legal action. Report scams here. 👇

Personal care businesses in England can reopen from Monday 12 April including:

✔️ hair & beauty salons
✔️ tattoo studios
✔️ spas and massage therapists

Check government's #WorkingSafely guidance as you prepare to reopen to keep staff and customers safe:

The new #DigitalMarketsUnit will help small online businesses thrive and give consumers more choice over who they share their data with.

1 of our 10 #TechPriorities is to fuel a new era of startups and scaleups.

More here:

The Defence School of Transport is the first of four pilot sites to launch a photovoltaic solar farm ☀️

Delivered as part of Project Prometheus, the solar farms will increase renewable energy across the defence estate ♻️

Find out more at

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