My Plan for Redditch, which I was re-elected to deliver at the 2019 General Election, sets out seven key promises I made to you. I’m determined to deliver on the promises I have made to you.
The Alex & Health Services
Unlocking Redditch's Full Potential
In September 2019, Redditch was revealed as one of 101 towns across the country invited to develop proposals for a new generation of multi-million-pound Town Deals as a result of Rachel’s lobbying efforts.
Since then, and despite the pandemic, a local Town Deal Board, which is a group made up of local businesspeople, community leaders, the Leader of Redditch Borough Council and the town’s MP, worked hard to develop Redditch’s Town Investment Plan.
The plan was then submitted to Government in January 2021 after receiving cross-party support at Redditch Borough Council.
In June 2021, the ambitious proposals secured the backing of £15.6 million of Government investment and will be used to invest in skills, digital manufacturing and town centre regeneration in accordance with the Town Investment Plan.
This funding represents one of the single largest Government investments in Redditch since it became a new town in the 1960s.
It comes on top of the £1 million advance Redditch was awarded in 2020 from the Towns Fund in order to accelerate investment in the town, taking the total amount of funding Redditch has received to £16.6 million.
Greener, Reliable Buses
Since I was first elected, I have been holding the bus operators in Redditch to account.
Undoubtedly Redditch’s bus service needs improving, and I’m working with the Government and our County Council to achieve this.
We’re making progress, with Worcestershire County Council’s bid to introduce zero emission buses in Redditch as part of the Government’s Zero Emission Bus Regional Areas Scheme.
The County Council, with the support of Rachel, submitted an expression of interest to the Department for Transport to access the funding available. It was announced last year that the County Council had been successful in this first step and was asked to develop a full business case for investment. A business case has been submitted and the County Council is now awaiting the outcome.
There is also the County Council’s Bus Service Improvement Plan – with the Council bidding for £86 million in Government funding to back their ambitious plans. Rachel has backed the plans by writing to the Department for Transport in support of the County Council’s bid.
Improving Social Care
I said in 2019 I would support proposals which will reform the social care system in this country, and that’s exactly what I intend to do.
My mum is living with dementia, and after navigating the social care system for many years now, I know the system is in need of desperate reform. This is why I made social care reform a central pledge in my re-election campaign, and so did the Government.
The Health and Social Care Levy will ensure we fund this in the fairest way possible, where every individual will contribute according to their means.
This UK-wide ringfenced Levy will provide an extra £12 billion a year for the NHS and social care, enabling our health service, the envy of the world, to tackle the COVID backlog and to prevent millions of families facing the catastrophic costs of care.
As a Conservative, the last thing I want to do is to raise taxes, but this Government isn’t ducking the incredibly tough decisions it needs to make.
Protecting Our Planet
Climate change is a serious and pressing concern. I know that many Redditch residents care deeply about our environment. The UK has a leading role to play in tackling climate change. However, this also needs urgent attention from the Governments of the world.
For more on what I’m doing to support efforts to tackle climate change please click here.
More Police on our Streets
When I’ve been out talking to residents on the doorstep, crime & anti-social behaviour are consistently the top two issues my constituents raise with me.
Since I was elected I have voted for the biggest increase in police funding since 2010, supported tougher sentences & measures to equip police officers with the tools they need to protect themselves.
By the end of 2019 there will be more police on our streets here in Redditch. North Worcestershire policing area will have an extra 35 officers patrolling it.
123 police officers have been recruited in West Mercia in the first year of the Prime Minister’s campaign to recruit 20,000 officers. The addition of these new officers brings the total number of police across West Mercia up to 2,297, meaning there are now more frontline officers on our streets to keep the public safe.
In addition to the 123 officers recruited as part of the Government’s election promise to recruit an extra 20,000 police officers by March 2023, West Mercia’s Police and Crime Commissioner, John Campion, has also recruited 277 additional officers, meaning there are 400 more police officers than when he was first elected in 2016.
Levelling Up School Funding
Since I was first elected in 2017, I’ve been working hard to end the historical underfunding of schools in Worcestershire. We are now seeing more money going into our schools, whilst at the same time standards are rising.
Schools in Worcestershire will receive £473 million in 2022/23 – a boost of £33 million as part of the Government’s commitment to level up school funding.