31 MAR 2018

Coastal Scene Column - 30th March 2018

"I met the Secretary of State for Local Government, Sajid Javid last week to discuss the good news that Suffolk's bid to the Housing Infrastructure Fund has successfully reached the next stage. Late last year I wrote a letter in support of Suffolk County Council's scheme for significant improvement along the A12 corridor between the A14 and A1214. The Government will now work with the County Council to help develop the business case for these highway works. This is a clear recognition from Government that the right infrastructure improvement works need to be in place whilst we build the 2,000 much needed new homes at Adastral Park.

Talking of roads, I'm delighted that the Department of Transport has this week allocated £2.5m of extra funding to Suffolk County Council to help repair Suffolk's highways. The recent winter weather has caused numerous potholes to appear and this additional money will help ensure that they are fixed.

Our NHS staff work incredibly hard, day in, day out, to care for Suffolk patients and deserve a pay rise. Due to the Government's balanced approach to the economy, I am delighted that the Health Secretary has been able to confirm a rise of at least 6.5% - and up to 29% depending on current pay points - for our hard-working nurses and other NHS staff. As a result, the lowest earning NHS staff such as porters, cleaners and hospital caterers will see their wages rise by 15 per cent over the next three years.

Finally, I was pleased to welcome students from the University of Suffolk to Westminster recently. Following their tour of the Palace of Westminster, I spoke to them about my role as Member of Parliament for Suffolk Coastal and Defra Minister. They were keen to talk and hear more about our environment, including what we can all do to reduce our plastic consumption."

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