Henry Smith MP welcomes £14 Billion Cast Boost for Schools

Henry Smith MP has welcomed the Prime Minister’s announcement that the Government are boosting schools with a record £14 billion, levelling up per pupil funding across the country so every child in Crawley has a world class education.

Investing in Education and Achieving Results

Next week sees the start of the new school year and I wish every one of our local schools every success, building on this year’s great exam results. While there is more money going into education than ever before, the large growth of pupil numbers has meant that per pupil funding has fallen. When this is added to the imbalance of school funding across the country that built up under previous governments, this has seen financial pressures in schools in the south of England outside of London. As a school governor myself in Crawley, this is something that I am very aware of.

The Importance of Gambling Regulation

The last two decades have seen a major deregulation of gambling, with it being much easier to gamble and with widespread advertising. For most of us this hasn’t been an issue, but it has been for an increasing number of people and the effects on them and their families can be truly devastating. For them, lives are literally wrecked.
I believe the impacts of online betting have yet to be fully understood. Lives are ruined on a daily basis and younger people are increasingly exposed to it. Teenagers play online games and it is now incredibly easy for online gambling to become an extension of that. Things have moved on from playing fruit machines in the pub.

Henry Smith MP Welcomes Record Employment Figures

Official ONS figures show that in the south east of England, there are 4,660,702 people in work – meaning that since 2010, 468,363 more people have been able to access the security of a job.

Tough on Crime

I very much welcome Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s strategy to get tough on the criminals who blight our streets and neighbourhoods. To deal with crime effectively, it requires a strategic approach that looks at everything. It is not just as simple as needing more police, as much as the 20,000 additional police that has been pledged is very helpful. We need to look at many things, including laws, tougher sentencing, police powers, rehabilitation and prisons.

Arguments for Attendance and a Thorough Contribution

After reading last week’s Observer Labour column, the old saying of “those in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones” sprang to mind. It was disappointing that Labour’s County Council Group Leader was selective with facts and disingenuous with information, intentionally leaving out context that provides the full picture. An example being his highlighting of the cost of redundancy payments, but not mentioning the ongoing major annual savings thereafter following restructures. With Labour in Crawley, it is all about trying to secure political advantage, not genuinely trying to address difficult issues.