Rachel Maclean, MP for Redditch, has welcomed the Spending Review which provides billions of pounds in the fight against coronavirus, delivers on the Conservative’s promises it has made to the British people and invests in the UK’s recovery.

Yesterday (November 24th), the Government set out an ambitious plan that focuses on levelling up across the country, investing in vital infrastructure that will ensure the UK builds back better from coronavirus.

As part of the Government’s commitments to fund the nation’s priorities, the Spending Review confirmed:

  1. A further £55 million to help with our response to coronavirus – including £18 billion for mass testing, Test and Trace, PPE and vaccines, and £3 billion to support NHS recovery.
  2. A funding boost for the NHS. Next year, the health budget will grow by £6.6 billion, allowing us to deliver 50,000 more nurses and 50 million more GP appointments. We are investing in new technologies and replacing the vast majority of ageing diagnostic equipment.
  3. More money for schools, meaning every pupil in the country will see a year-on-year funding increase of at least 2 per cent. We are also funding our commitment to rebuild 500 schools over the next decade and are providing £375 million to deliver the Prime Minister’s Lifetime Skills Guarantee.
  4. £400 million to recruit 6,000 new police officers – meaning we are on track to meet our manifesto pledge to recruit 20,000 more police officers by 2023.
  5. More than £24 billion investment in defence – the biggest sustained increase in 30 years – allowing us to provide security not just for our country but around the world.
  6. An increase in core spending power for local authorities by an estimated 4.5%, along with over £3 billion of additional coronavirus support and an extra £254 million of funding to tackle homelessness and rough sleeping.
  7. Capital spending of £100 billion next year, meaning vital investment in roads, rail, hospitals, schools, broadband and housing.
  8. A new Levelling Up Fund, worth £4 billion in England to build the infrastructure of everyday life.
  9. A new National Infrastructure Strategy, and a new UK infrastructure bank – headquartered in the north of England – to work with the private sector to finance major new investment projects across the UK.

 Rachel said:

“While the health emergency facing our country is not yet over, the economic emergency has only just begun.

“The Chancellor’s Spending Review tackles this unprecedented situation head on – ensuring lives and livelihoods in Redditch are protected and supported in the weeks and months ahead.

“And despite the pandemic, we’re continuing to deliver on the promises that I made to my constituents at the last election. We’re increasing funding for the NHS, for schools, the police and for our armed forces.”

As Minister for the Future of Transport and Decarbonisation, Rachel has also welcomed the £12 billion announced today to help the UK reach Net Zero by 2050.

“The UK is leading the way in our determination to end our contribution to climate change by 2050, and I know from my job that we’re doing more than other European countries. In this country we are phasing out certain vehicles in 2030; in France, it is 2040. In this country, we are phasing out coal in 2025; in Germany, it is 2038. We are the first major economy in the world to legislate for net zero, and our economy has decarbonised faster than any other in the last 20 years. We’re playing our part in tackling climate change.”