As the father of three young boys, I know how hard it is to bring up a family.
And as your MP, I’ve tried to support families in these tough times as we recover from the recession and the debts the last Government got us into.
As a junior Minister, I am working right now to introduce tax-free childcare from next September, which will be worth up to £2,000 per child per year. For more information visit this website.
I’ve championed higher standards in our local schools. My children all go to state schools and I believe they are entitled to just as good a start in life as those who go to private schools. That’s why I’ve supported the closure of low performing schools and helped persuade the Government to change the formula it uses to allocate the education budget between different parts of the country. Croydon schools are £12 million a year better off under the new formula.
I’ve voted for extra money for our NHS each year, protecting it from the savings
we’ve had to make in other places. That money has paid for nearly 8,000 more
doctors, more than 2,000 more nurses, nearly 1,700 more midwives and a Cancer Drugs Fund to make sure people get new, life-saving medicines. The NHS saved my life when I had cancer as a child. It is one of the best things about this country and I will always fight to protect it.
I successfully argued for a change in the way the Metropolitan Police allocates its budget across London. As a result, Croydon is getting nearly 120 extra police officers and crime has already started to fall.
And I’ve backed changes to the tax system to ensure families keep more of the
money they work hard to earn. When Labour left office, the personal allowance (the amount of money we can earn before we have to start paying income tax) was just £6,475. By next April, it will be £10,500. As a result, millions of us will have had our annual income tax bill cut by over £800.
Representing my home town in Parliament has been an honour. I will be standing for re-election next May and I’d like to know your views about what my priorities should be if I win. So please take a few moments to let me know what you would like me to focus on by completing this online survey.
If it matters to you, it matters to me.