NOVEMBER 2018 NEWSLETTER FROM
MATT HANCOCK MP
Here’s a snapshot of what's been happening in Westminster and West Suffolk
Thank you for subscribing to this newsletter and for your interest and support. I try to keep my constituents up to date about all the work that is going on both in Westminster and in West Suffolk. In Westminster, Brexit dominates the agenda, but in my role as health secretary, we have been buoyed by the recent announcement of the massive cash injection into the NHS. It will allow the NHS to continue to provide an excellent service for you and your families and I pay tribute to our incredibly hard working NHS staff. Locally, in West Suffolk, the work of government goes on, as well. We are very well supported by the outstanding elected representatives and officers of both St Edmundsbury Borough Council and Forest Heath District Council. Their dedication and hard work contributes enormously to making West Suffolk such a great place to live.
£20.5bn more a year for the next five years for the NHS
In the Budget, announced on Monday, the NHS will receive an additional £20.5 billion a year until 2023-24. Mental health services will receive an additional £2 billion each year. This funding will see an investment of £250 million a year into new mental health crisis centres with the intention of alleviating strain on A&E departments across the country. The additional £2 billion will also cover children and young persons' crisis teams, additional mental health ambulances, 24/7 support via the NHS 111 hotline and community services such as crisis cafes. This is excellent news for the long-term future of the NHS.
Funding for social care
Local authorities in England will receive £240 million fund to help local areas ease winter pressures on the NHS. The extra funding, could be used to pay for home care packages to help patients get out of hospital quicker including home adaptations and enablement packages so carers can help patients to regain mobility and independence.
In West Suffolk
West Suffolk early years Ofsted ratings
Very good news for early years’ provision in West Suffolk – 97% of all non-domestic childcare providers have been rated “outstanding” or “good” by Ofsted. This is excellent – giving children the best start in life is incredibly important.
Boost for fibre broadband for Suffolk
There was terrific news for Suffolk in the budget earlier this week…Suffolk County Council will receive £5.9m to bring full fibre broadband to key public buildings. Suffolk is the first local area in the country to have this money released to it from the Local Networks challenge fund. Getting fast internet speeds to public buildings is a significant step forward towards creating a modern, digital society.
Remembrance Day 2018
This year, Remembrance Day is Sunday 11 November, and it is all the more special as we commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War. There will be a series of events to mark the end of the Great War, from the National Service of Remembrance at the Cenotaph to more local ones around West Suffolk. These are the culmination of many commemorative ceremonies and events that have taken place over the past four years including ones honouring the Battle of the Somme, the Battle of Passchendaele, the Hundred Days Offensive, as well as many others. I hope you might be able to find a Remembrance Day service locally to attend.
Download the Matt Hancock app
The Matt Hancock app was launched officially in February with a huge amount of media attention. Around 10,000 people have downloaded the app, and the number of users continues to rise significantly every day. This app is a real step forward in creating a digital community for all of us here in West Suffolk to discuss the issues affecting our communities and our country.
I hope you will download this free app either thought the Apple app store or through the Google Play store - just search for “Matt Hancock MP”. Through the app, you will be able to be the first to hear my announcements and be alerted to news affecting West Suffolk. But most importantly, this app will give you the platform in which to get in touch with me and the other users of the app to discuss the issues that are most important to you.
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Tour of the Houses of Parliament
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I am always keen to hear about the issues, both local and national, which matter most to you. Please do get in touch if you feel I can be of any assistance.
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