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.