The Prime Minister’s New Deal for Britain is “critical for our plans to revitalise and rebuild Redditch” – Rachel has said.

In Dudley today (June 30th), Prime Minister Boris Johnson set out an ambitious economic strategy to rebuild Britain, putting jobs, skills and infrastructure investment at the heart of the Government’s economic recovery post-coronavirus.

The Government will use the coronavirus pandemic to tackle this country’s great unresolved challenges of the last three decades which successive governments have ducked: to build the homes, to fix the NHS, to tackle the skills crisis, to mend the indefensible gap in opportunity and productivity and connectivity between the regions of the UK, and to unite and level up.

Over the next five years, the Government will invest more than £600 billion in the UK’s future prosperity, and today’s announcement brings forward £5 billion of capital investment projects, supporting jobs and the economic recovery across the country. This includes:

  • An Opportunity Guarantee for young people, so that they can be assured they will have access to work or training.
  • £1.5 billion this year for hospital maintenance, modernising the mental health estate, accelerating new hospital building projects, and expanding A&E capacity.
  • £100 million this year for 29 projects in our road network to get Britain moving,
  • Over £1 billion to fund the first 50 projects of a new, ten-year school rebuilding programme, starting from 2020-21.
  • Accelerating of existing programmes to repair and upgrade schools and FE colleges. This will be worth £560 million and £200 million respectively this year.
  • Over £280 million to support and modernise the criminal justice system creating jobs; £142 million for digital upgrades and maintenance to around 100 courts this year, £83 million for maintenance of prisons and youth offender facilities, and £60 million for temporary prison places, creating thousands of new jobs.
  • £900 million for a range of ‘shovel ready’ local growth projects in England over the course of this year and next, as well as £96 million to accelerate investment in town centres and high streets through the Towns Fund this year. This will provide all 101 towns selected for town deals with £500,000 – £1 million to spend on projects such as improvements to parks, high streets, and transport.

Rachel said: “I was thrilled to hear the ambition in the Prime Minister’s plan. This New Deal will be critical for our plans to revitalise and rebuild Redditch with support of central government investment.

“I’m already leading a local task force, set-up in the wake of the coronavirus, which is creating our local vision on skills, health, the environment, entrepreneurship and by backing business.

“Our town is already going to benefit from today’s announcement. As Redditch is one of the town’s awarded a deal of up to £25 million from the Towns Fund, we will see immediate investment in our town this year with the Government accelerating this work.

“But our ambition doesn’t stop there. I will be ensuring, as my constituents have come to learn by now, that our Alexandra Hospital benefits from this investment – and by that I mean returning services.”