The Prime Minister will be in the West Midlands today to outline the government's long-term economic plan. David Cameron will explain how he hopes to cut the deficit, taxes and improve the education system.
He is expected to say the government is on track to have created two million apprenticeships over the course of the Parliament, giving more young people the chance to develop new skills that will help them secure their futures.
Following the announcement of a scheme to help homeowners and businesses in flood affected areas, including those in the Midlands, Prime Minister David Cameron has said:
"This Government is continuing to take decisive action across the board to help hard-working people affected by the floods. We have led the immediate response through COBRA, and put in place a range of measures to help people in the longer-term...
... Today I am publishing details of how homeowners and businesses can access a range of new funding schemes which I announced over the last week. We are helping people who need help now and protecting communities who need protecting in the future"
A scheme has been launched by the Prime Minster as part of a comprehensive package to help homeowners and businesses in flood affected areas make their properties more resilient to flooding in the future.
The Government aims to support homeowners as part of the plan:
Help for homeowners
Councils will get £4million to help people whose properties are flooded, with a council tax rebate.
Repair and Renewal Grants will start in April and will help people improve their property’s ability to withstand future flooding.
Grants of up to £5,000 will be paid to flooded homeowners.
Details of a scheme to help victims of flooding in the Midlands, announced last week, have been released today.
The scheme was launched by the Prime Minster as part of a comprehensive package to help homeowners and businesses in flood affected areas make their properties more resilient to flooding in the future.
The Government aims to support businesses as part of the plan:
Support for Businesses
100% business rate relief for three months if flooded since December
Government will reimburse council costs of 100% rate relief
Council funding to help flooded businesses and those who have been indirectly affected through loss of trade
Surjit's brother Jagdeesh Singh told ITV News he has written to Prime Minister David Cameron asking him to put pressure on the Indian Government to reinvestigate the murder of his sister Surjit Athwal.
Ms Athwal was killed in India in 1998. Her mother-in-law and husband were convicted of ordering the killing but no one has ever been found of actually carrying out the murder.
MPs and peers will today pay their respects to Baroness Thatcher after Parliament was recalled from its Easter recess so tributes could be paid to the former prime minister.
They will debate a single line motion which reads: "That this House has considered the matter of tributes to the Rt Hon Baroness Thatcher of Kesteven LG OM."
The Prime Minister will lead the debate on the death of Lady Thatcher, Ed Miliband will follow, before Speaker John Bercow then calls MPs to contribute.
The order paper for proceedings indicate the debate may continue until 10pm, at which point Leader of the House Andrew Lansley will adjourn the Commons until its planned return from the Easter recess on Monday.