HARLOW MP, Robert Halfon, welcomed the Chancellor’s spending announcements today, as Sajid Javid set out the Government’s spending plans for what his office describe as “could be the United Kingdom’s first year outside the European Union”.
In a press release published by Mr Halfon’s office, the spending plans are described as follows:
Cutting the Cost of Living
This year, Harlow residents benefited from lower taxes for lower earners and the biggest ever increase to the National Living Wage, adding £690 a year to pay packets.
Today, a package of spending measures was announced that will see every Harlow resident get even more for their hard work.
Ensuring Brexit Means Brexit
The Chancellor first committed an extra £2 billion to deliver Brexit by 31st October, respecting the wishes of Harlow residents, who voted 68% to leave the European Union.
Championing Education and Apprenticeships
During his statement, the Chancellor congratulated Robert Halfon MP for his representations on further education and announced a £400 million increase in 16-19 education funding, meaning more money for our outstanding Harlow College.
Schools in Harlow will also benefit from a giant cash boost of £14 billion, with every primary school in Harlow receiving at least £3,750 per pupil and every secondary school being allocated a minimum of £5,000 per pupil, next year.
The Chancellor announced an extra £700 million extra for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, ensuring that no one is held back from reaching their potential.
Our hardworking Harlow teachers will also be rewarded, with starting salaries rising to £30,000 by 2022/3 to attract the very best graduates to teaching.
Building an Even Better Harlow
£200 million will be spent on transforming bus services across the country, ensuring Harlow residents will have better transport links to schools, colleges and work.
Tough on Crime
Essex Police have already announced three more constables and 1 sergeant on our streets in Harlow, including a dedicated Harlow Town Centre Police Team.
But, today, the Chancellor confirmed even more money, £750 million, to help fund the first year of the Government’s plan to recruit 20,000 new police officers.
New funding for 10,000 new prison places will also ensure that the criminal justice system functions more effectively.
Protecting Our NHS
On top of the £34 billion increase to NHS spending, the Chancellor committed a further £6.2 billion for our healthcare services next year, helping to alleviate the pressure on our hardworking staff at the Princess Alexandra NHS Hospital and reduce waiting times at GP surgeries.
Our local councils will also have access to new funding of £1.5 billion for social care.
To tackle homelessness and rough sleeping on our streets in Harlow, the Chancellor announced an extra £54 million.
Rob Halfon MP said:
“I work hard everyday to try and get more investment for our public services in Harlow, particularly for education and police services.
“It is great news that every primary and secondary school in Harlow will get between £4,000 and £5,000 more per pupil from next year, and Harlow College will benefit from the extra £14 million for FE.
“Essex Police have already announced an extra 218 officers in Essex this year alone and I strongly welcome the Chancellor’s announcement of 20,000 more police officers and 10,000 more prison places to clamp down on crime.
“I am continuing to campaign for a new hospital in Harlow and I welcome the Government have confirmed a further £6.2 billion for our NHS.”
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