Statement - Spending Round 2019

Today's Spending Round announcements by the Chancellor, Sajid Javid, contain much welcome news for North Devon.

First and foremost, schools will benefit from an overall funding increase of £2.6 billion next year. This means per pupil funding of at least £5,000 in secondary schools and £3,750 in primaries. This fairer funding is something for which I have lobbied hard on behalf of North Devon, so I'm delighted the Chancellor has listened.  For further education, there's a £400 million increase in funding.  This is a direct result of lobbying by colleges such as Petroc which I've strongly supported, and is the right decision for our young people.

The Chancellor also confirmed an extra £750 million to recruit 20,000 new police officers, and I will continue working with our Police & Crime Commissioner, Alison Hernandez, to make sure Devon & Cornwall's force gets fair recognition for the demands placed upon it, especially during the summer months.

Sajid Javid also made clear that we'll start seeing the £33.9 billion cash increase for the NHS making a real difference to our frontline services, and I know this will be welcome news for staff and patients at North Devon District Hospital.

Overall, the Chancellor announced that every government department will see a real terms increase in funding next year.  This is only possible because of the Conservatives' careful management of the economy and the hard work of staff in our public services.  I will continue lobbying to make sure North Devon receives its fair slice of the cake.