James Brokenshire has welcomed the Prime Minister’s New Deal for Britain, an ambitious economic strategy to rebuild Britain, putting jobs, skills and infrastructure investment at the heart of our economic recovery post-coronavirus, and delivering on our manifesto pledges to level up the entire country.
The Government will use the coronavirus pandemic to tackle this country’s longstanding issues to build the homes, to fix the NHS, reform skills provision, to mend the gap in opportunity and connectivity between the regions of the UK, and to level up.
The Government will invest more than £600 billion in Britain’s future prosperity, as well as bringing forward £5 billion of capital investment projects, supporting jobs and the economic recovery, including:
- £1.5 billion this year for hospital maintenance. This will improve patient care, make sure NHS hospitals can deliver world-leading services and reduce the risk of coronavirus infections.
- £100 million this year for 29 projects in our road network to get Britain moving.
- Over £1 billion to fund the first 50 projects of a new, ten-year school rebuilding programme, starting from 2020-21.
- £560 million and £200 million for repairs and upgrades to schools and colleges respectively this year, including Beths Grammar School, Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School, Days Lane Primary School and Old Bexley Church of England School in the constituency.
- £142 million for digital upgrades and maintenance to around 100 courts this year, £83 million for maintenance of prisons and youth offender facilities, and £60 million for temporary prison places.
- £900 million for a range of ‘shovel ready’ local growth projects in England, as well as £96 million to accelerate investment in town centres and high streets through the Towns Fund this year to spend on projects such as improvements to parks, high streets, and transport.
Commenting, James said:
“Whilst Coronavirus has been one of the biggest challenges this country has faced, the Government’s determination to level up and unite our country is only strengthened and this New Deal for Britain will prepare our country to open up the economy again and be able to progress with extraordinary levels of energy and speed.”
“I am pleased this investment will go some way to improving the lives of my constituents as we recover from Coronavirus and in particular I welcome that some of our local schools have been listed as the first to benefit from funding for improving school facilities and creating a better learning environment for pupils and teachers.”