Rutland MP Alan Duncan reflects on a busy year
We have had a busy year here in Rutland, marked by both achievements and challenges.
I was delighted that a few months ago Rutland was ranked number one in the country in terms of providing integrated health and social care services for residents. Our health providers work very closely together to reduce confusion, duplication and delays for service users and I am glad all their hard work has been recognised.
We have also been making steady progress with the plans for the St George’s Barracks site, once the army vacates it in 2021. I am very conscious that there are still key concerns around the scale and pace, and I know the council and the MOD will continue to work with local groups and parish councils to take such views into consideration.
I will be meeting with the council in the New Year to discuss the latest version of the masterplan, ahead of it being considered at full council on January 21.
At the national level, the Government has committed to providing the NHS with an extra £20.5 billion by 2023-24; we have cut income tax for 32 million people, helping them to keep more of what they earn; and we have frozen fuel duty for the ninth year in a row. At the same time, we continue to prudently manage the country’s finances, whilst sensibly investing in our key public services.
The deficit is down by three quarters, unemployment is at a 40-year low, and pay cheques are rising faster than inflation.
As we look to next year, I remain hopeful that Parliament will find a way forward through the current impasse, supporting a Brexit deal that brings our country back together, delivers on the commitments that have been made, and protects our economy.
All that is left is to wish all readers a happy and prosperous New Year.
by Alan Duncan
Rutland and Melton MP