December 2020: News from your local MP

December 22 2020

The economic emergency has only just begun

Chris SkidmoreAS the local MP, I have welcomed the Chancellor’s Spending Review and its focus on protecting jobs and investing in our local services because, while our health emergency is not yet over, the economic emergency has only just begun.
It is important to deliver stronger public services and I am pleased to see that our local councils will continue to be financially supported so they can continue to provide support to local communities and vulnerable residents.
Next year, the health budget nationally will grow by £6.6 billion, allowing us to deliver 50,000 more nurses and 50 million more GP appointments – many of them within our local area.
And, having consistently campaigned for fairer school funding, I am delighted at ministers’ commitment to increase the schools budget by £7.1 billion by 2022-23, compared to 2019-20. That’s the biggest school funding boost in a decade and because our area is one of the lowest funded, it means our pupils will be one of the biggest gainers.
I have long championed investment for our local infrastructure, education provision and transport services and will continue to campaign for these projects to be funded out of the record £100bn the Chancellor is setting aside for capital investment next financial year.
For the coming new year, as your local MP I will continue to build on our work and push for the additional crucial investment needed for the regeneration of our Kingswood High Street and the full restoration of the Whitfield Tabernacle.
I will also continue to engage with Government at the highest level to back the bid for a new secondary school to serve our growing community in Lyde Green, to secure the appropriate education provision for our local families and children.
Finally, I wanted to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
We don’t know yet what celebrations we will have, but I hope that 2021 will be a better year than 2020.
News of the roll-out of a vaccine is extremely promising, and I hope that light is now at the end of what has been a dark tunnel.
We will bounce back from this, but we will do so faster if we can help support each other as a local community, a community which I am proud to represent.