My twelve-point plan for Worcester
Speaking up for Worcestershire’s NHS
– The Worcestershire Royal Hospital needs an upgrade to its A&E, I will fight for the £25million upgrade local clinicians have backed. We will keep investing in more frontline staff, better GP opening times and more hospital car parking.
More and better apprenticeships
– Local apprenticeships have doubled in the last 5 years even while we have driven up quality. I want to see 15,000 places in Worcestershire by 2020.
Keep supporting pensioners
– Since 2010, I have supported an increase of £950 a year to the basic state pension, I want to see pensions continue to rise in line with or above inflation as well as take millions of pensioners out of tax.
Supporting families in Worcester
– I back Conservative plans to double the amount of free childcare for three and four year-olds to 30 hours a week, increase childcare places & provide a married couples tax allowance.
Backing businesses to create jobs
– When you help local businesses expand, they create jobs and invest in skills. I’ve led the charge for reforms to business rates to help the High Street, backed the Employment Allowance and start up loads. Unemployment has been halved in Worcester since 2010 but we can go much further.
To win even more funding for our schools
– I’ve led the f40 campaign which won an extra £6.7million for Worcestershire schools each year, but there is more to do and I want to continue the progress to win fair funding and keep investing in our schools.
To continue to have real ambition for Worcester
– I want Worcester to be a first rank city. I’ve fought for an 8-lane swimming pool, a strong high street, regeneration and investment in local sport.
Making sure work always pays in our city
– We’ve taken thousands of local people out of income tax by raising the threshold from £6,475 to £10,600. I want to go further so people on the rising minimum wage keep the money they earn and deliver a tax cut for thousands more by raising it to £12,500.
Delivering affordable homes for Worcester
– Conservatives have consistently got more homes built. I back plans to build new homes on brownfield sites. Help to Buy already helps more families own their own home in Worcester & the New Homes bonus gets new affordable homes built, I’ll fight Labour’s plans to scrap it.
Giving people in Worcester a greater say
– I back a referendum on the EU and will deliver it. I also want to see Counties have a greater say on infrastructure & investment and will keep campaigning for English votes on English laws.
Fixing Worcester’s traffic problem
– After decades of no progress we are getting the Southern Link dualled. I want to see the Carrington Bridge included in this and will fight for the funding needed. I’ve also fought for £78million to fix local roads and pavements.
Better rail links & Fast Track Worcester
– We need better trains and shorter journey times, I led the Fast Track Worcester campaign to secure a 2 hour journey time to London and have already won funding to upgrade our stations. The Conservatives will freeze regulated fares.