Laura Sharman 25 November 2019

Tories promise cash boost for infrastructure and skills

Tories promise cash boost for infrastructure and skills image

A Conservative Government would deliver record investments in infrastructure, childcare and skills, according to the party’s manifesto.

Launching the manifesto over the weekend, Boris Johnson pledged more than £4bn investment in local transport schemes, with £2bn earmarked for the country’s biggest ever pothole-filling programme.

Other spending commitments include £3bn for a new National Skills Fund, £1bn to increase the availability of after school and holiday childcare, and £6.3bn on energy efficiency measures.

A £3.8bn Social Housing Decarbonisation Scheme will focus on improving the insulation provided in two million social homes.

A long-term budget for the NHS has also been promised to help appoint 50,000 more nurses and build 40 new hospitals over 10 years.

However, the manifesto has been criticised for a lack of detail on tackling the social care crisis.

Don Peebles, head of policy and technical at CIPFA, said: 'The party’s pledges do not reflect the current stress on public services and lack the necessary funding to set services back on solid fiscal ground.

'The manifesto also fails to follow through on the party’s previous promises to tackle social care. The proposed £5bn in social care funding is merely a short-term package that fails to address the care crisis and limits councils’ ability to adequately plan for the long-term.'

Mr Johnson also pledged to reach net-zero by 2050 and implement a ban on exporting plastic waste outside the OECD.

The Conservatives have also pledged not to raise the rate of income tax, VAT or National Insurance through a ‘Triple Tax Lock’.

It’s party time image

It’s party time

Paul Marinko tries to help the sector navigate the web of policy commitments for local government on offer after 12 December.
Collaboration is the key to tackling homelessness image

Collaboration is the key to tackling homelessness

With the support of stakeholders, including forward-thinking local authorities, Beam’s innovative support model ‘swiftly removes every barrier faced by homeless people from entering the workforce’, says Seb Barker.
SIGN UP
For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Trainee Craft Employee x6

Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council
£18,795 - £19,945 per annum
Seeking to recruit several Trainee Carpenters within the Asset Management and Maintenance Service. Sandwell, West Midlands
Recuriter: Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council

Social Worker - Family Support & Protection

Essex County Council
£26001.0 - £30000.0 per annum
Please note this role is based in Clacton and is open to Newly Qualified Social Workers (NQSWs). The starting salary for NQSWs is £27,775 per annum an England, Essex, Clacton-On-Sea
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Corporate Director of Neighbourhoods and Climate Change

Durham County Council
£148,583
You will manage a range of front-line services including bins and waste, transport, environmental health, technical services, partnerships and... Durham (County)
Recuriter: Durham County Council

Corporate Director of Regeneration, Economy and Growth

Durham County Council
£148,583
Seeking candidates who are adept at building relationships, able to work successfully with regional and national partners... Durham (County)
Recuriter: Durham County Council

Tenancy Enforcement Assistant

Royal Borough of Greenwich
£22.377 - £23.607
Looking for individuals who have an interest in the environment with good customer service skills, flexible approach to work and a good team player. Greenwich, London (Greater)
Recuriter: Royal Borough of Greenwich

Local Government News

Latest issue - Local Goverrnemnt News

This issue of Local Government News explores how councils can tackle modern slavery and trafficking in their supply chains, finds out more about Cambridge's first cohousing scheme and the launch of a new project to build a shared service pattern library for local government.

This issue also contains a special focus on children's services and how councils are protecting children following local safeguarding children boards being abolished.

Register for your free magazine