Wednesday, 25 November, 2020
Laura Evans 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.
On Wednesday, 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:
- 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.
- 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 investing in new technologies, building 40 new hospitals, upgrading 70 more and replacing the vast majority of ageing diagnostic equipment.
- 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.
- £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.
- 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.
- An increase in core spending power for local authorities by an estimated 4.5 per cent, along with over £3 billion of additional coronavirus support and an extra £254 million of funding to tackle homelessness and rough sleeping.
- Capital spending of £100 billion next year, meaning vital investment in roads, rail, hospitals, schools, broadband and housing.
- A new Levelling Up Fund, worth £4 billion in England and £800 million in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, to build the infrastructure of everyday life.
- 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.
- Support for every country across the United Kingdom, increasing Scottish Government funding by £2.4 billion, Welsh Government funding by £1.3 billion, and £900 million for the Northern Ireland Executive.
Commenting, Laura said:
“Today’s spending review reaffirms our commitment to protect jobs and livelihoods while taking the responsible actions needed to give our economy a fighting chance to recover from the Covid pandemic.
The Spending Review delivers on the governments promises to support local public services;
Confirming an additional £100 million commitment to the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund, to boost small and medium business (SME) growth in the North of England, including the North West.
Reinstating links between Bolton, Radcliffe and Bury, through the Restoring your Railway New Ideas Fund.
Investing £500 million to be spent in the next four years for the development and mass-scale production of electric vehicle batteries and components, as part of our commitment to provide up to £1billion, boosting investment into our strong manufacturing bases including in the North West.
This will include £100 million in new R&D funding for low carbon automotive innovation, match-funded with industry. The North West has received over £3million in R&D grants through this Advanced Propulsion Centre programme since 2013.
We will see the the area benefitting from the Government plans to relocate 22,000 staff from London to the rest of the UK by 2030.This spending review provides a total investment of £132 million in the relocations programme which 2,500 Home Office staff to be moving out of London to places such as Manchester. HMRC’s modern, new offices in Liverpool and Manchester will open as part of HMRC’s ongoing programme to move to 13 large regional centres across the UK
£14.6 billion investment in Research and Development in 2021-22, which will be available to support UK innovators and researchers across the UK, including those in the North West, pursuing ground-breaking ideas and developing new technologies."
Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak MP said:
“Today’s Spending Review delivers the priorities of the British people. Our health emergency is not yet over, and the economic emergency has only just begun; so our immediate priority is to protect people’s lives and livelihoods.
“But today’s Spending Review also delivers stronger public services - paying for new hospitals, better schools and safer streets. And it delivers a once-in-a-generation transformation in our approach to infrastructure. Creating jobs, growing the economy, and increasing pride in the places people call home.”