Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Newspaper column 24 June - Employment, planning, aerohub and care

The number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) in our constituency has now more than halved since 2010, a fall of 52% from 1815 claimants in 2010 to just 879 in 2015, also 409 less than at this time last year.  The Conservative Long-Term Economic Plan is clearly working and we will continue on this path to bring greater prosperity to Cornwall.

While I welcome this drop, I recognise that there is much more to do. Apart from improving the employment rate in mid-Cornwall, I also want to make these jobs better paid.  This task is not made easier when new housing developments are given the green light but do not bring any corresponding investment in infrastructure.  A plan to build 190 new homes in Holmbush, in St Austell was approved at appeal this week but sadly very little corresponding infrastructure investment is on offer.  I will continue to fight for the services we so desperately need including; more school places, better roads and more GPs.

The Aerohub Enterprise Zone at Newquay airport is an example of where those better-paid jobs will come from in the future.  The Enterprise Zone offers incentives for aeronautical and space-related companies to operate in Cornwall.  With significant land to expand into, and an existing aeronautical infrastructure, the Enterprise Zone has room to grow. Later this year we can expect to see the team from Bloodhound SSC test their car at Newquay before attempting the land speed record in South Africa.  I am excited by the vision for the Aerohub as a centre of excellence and innovation in the aeronautical industry, and will do everything I can to support its development and bring the chance of a future in this industry to our young people.

Opportunities such as the Aerohub will boost our local economy and in turn, it is a strong and growing economy that will provide the funding that our vital services need.  

With a growing elderly population and an increase in those who suffer with conditions such as dementia, adult social care is one of the biggest challenges facing our future. I was delighted to be able to visit Kimberley Court in Newquay as part of the National Care Home Open Day. Kimberley Court is one example of the many excellent care homes we have looking after the elderly members of our communities.

This government is committed to working for better integration between our health and care services and I will be working with colleagues in Cornwall and Westminster to make sure our care services are as well run and funded as possible.

My team and I are here to serve the whole constituency and seek to make a real difference to the lives of everyone who needs help and support in any way.

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