Worcester’s MP Robin Walker was in the Chamber yesterday afternoon to hear the Chancellor, and fellow Worcestershire MP, Sajid Javid deliver his first Spending Review setting out clear plans for public spending, investment and, after almost a decade spent getting the economy back on track, we are now able to turn the page on austerity and begin a new decade of renewal.
Robin was pleased to see the Spending Review reaffirming the Government’s commitment to the NHS, giving it a cash increase of £33.9 billion a year by 2023-24 compared to 2018-19 budgets. A new £1,000 personal development budget over 3 years for every nurse, midwife and allied health professional will support their professional development training. This announcement follows Tuesday night’s meeting of Worcestershire MPs with Health Secretary Matt Hancock, pressing the need for more capital funding to upgrade the Worcestershire Royal Hospital.
Having heavily campaigned for fairer funding for schools and advocated for increased funding for schools across Worcestershire, Robin was pleased to see this Spending Review provide a concrete increase in funding; every secondary school will be allocated a minimum of £5,000 per pupil by 2020-21, and every primary school £4,000 per pupil by 2021-22. In addition, there is over £700 million extra funding to support children and young people with special educational needs compared to 2019-20 funding levels, and £400 million to train and teach more than a million 16 to 19-year olds the skills they need for well-paid jobs in the modern economy.
Continuing the positive steps Conservative Governments have taken to protect our environment, £90million has been allocated to accelerate decarbonisation schemes, improve air quality and to protect and enhance biodiversity. At least £250 million will also be provided to the international climate and environment funds, including the Green Climate Fund – the leading fund dedicated to helping meet the landmark Paris Agreement on climate change.
Given Robin’s commitment to supporting our veterans, detail announced yesterday included £5million for the Government’s first office dedicated to British veterans. For the first time, there will be an expert team at the heart of government focused on championing veterans’ rights and welfare, and signposting people to services they need. The money will help give former servicemen and women better and quicker access to medical treatment and training opportunities. It will also tackle the growing number of homeless veterans.
Speaking after the Spending Review, Robin said:
“This was a positive Spending Review which reflected the good health of the UK economy by the Chancellor, despite the political uncertainty of ongoing negotiations with the European Union.”
“This Spending Review serves as an excellent indicator of the priorities of the new Government, with significant increases to One Nation policy areas such as our National Health Service, education, for primary, secondary and further education colleges, and a large injection of cash into social care provisions.”
“These are the domestic issues, outside of the Brexit debate, that constituents raise with me and my team regularly and I am glad to see the Chancellor prioritise the policies that matter most to the people of Worcester.”