"It’s good news that Coronavirus cases are coming down once again - and even though Covid hasn’t left our community and probably never will, we are working hard at the global level to tackle this health issue in an accelerated way. The same is true for tackling the other global challenges of our time such as climate change and conserving nature. They go hand in hand as has been seen at COP26, one of the biggest conferences we will ever host in the UK – with world leaders coming together to ensure that the race against climate change is one that we win together. I was in Glasgow in my role as Secretary of State for Work & Pensions as the UK is leading the way in harnessing the power of pensions to invest in green infrastructure. We are the first country in the world to introduce mandatory reporting of climate risks for pensions. This means that from now on the risks associated with pension investments on the climate must be assessed. We have, therefore, set out how we expect they should realign their reporting to help with internationally agreed global targets. Mobilising the finance of pension schemes to keep 1.5 alive, channelling investment towards our net zero target and securing good outcomes for savers. Leading to prosperity for people and the planet.
On that note, I was pleased that the Environment Bill, which I am proud to have helped shape when I was Environment Minister, became the Environment Act last week. This new legislation will improve air and water quality, tackle waste, increase recycling, halt the decline of species and improve our natural environment - delivering the most ambitious environmental programme of any country on earth.
Finally, as we head towards winter, I encourage everyone 40+ to book their Covid booster and for teenagers to get jabbed. I’ve been pressing the case with the local NHS and I’m pleased that Cutlers Hill pharmacy is now part of the national booking system. The GP will also continue to host clinics. It’s really is important that all those eligible get their third jab."