STATS and figures can seem disconnected from real life, however, when we’re talking about the economy, wages and peoples’ livelihoods, they are very important – writes MP Rachel Maclean.
Redditch is at the heart of manufacturing and new technologies. From car parts, to vertical farming projects to aerospace manufacturing – our town definitely punches above its weight.
There are 355 more businesses in Redditch since 2010. That’s new businesses being set-up, businesses moving to our town, jobs being created and boosting Redditch’s economy.
Fundamentally our economy continues to remain strong, providing entrepreneurs with the confidence to set-up their own business and giving established firms the confidence to grow.
This has contributed to the fact that there are now more people in work than ever before in the UK.
In Redditch the claimant count has fallen by 34 per cent since 2010. And with the National Living Wage increased to £8.21 and the Personal Allowance raised to £12,500 – that’s more money in the pockets of Redditch residents.
I fundamentally believe that if you work you should be able to get on and do well in life. For many that means buying their own home.
The Help to Buy scheme has made home ownership a reality for so many people. In Redditch, 481 people have been able to buy their own home thanks to this scheme.
And when people have worked hard their entire lives they deserve a decent and comfortable retirement.
Since automatic pensions enrolment was introduced in 2012, it has helped more than 16,000 people in Redditch save for their future.
My priority as your MP is always to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to build a better future, achieve their potential and provide for their family.