PROMISES MADE, PROMISES KEPT !
Some parties seem to think that election promises aren’t real promises. That’s not the way Conservative Kent sees it. Four years ago we made commitments to families, older people, young people and businesses. Here’s just a snapshot of what we delivered …
- SERIOUS ABOUT SCHOOL STANDARDS
224,500 young people attend nearly 600 schools in this great county and Conservative Kent focusses constantly on standards. The result? The number of schools rated GOOD or OUTSTANDING is now UP from 71% to more than 90% in just three years. Kent’s young people are outstripping national attainment levels at ALL Key Stages.
- BOOSTING SKILLS, BUILDING REAL CAREERS
We promised to put APPRENTICESHIPS back at the heart of skills and that’s exactly what we did. They’ve been hugely successful. We’ve also created new GUILDS to ensure that when Kent firms are ready for workers, Kent workers are ready for firms.
- DELIVERING BETTER SOCIAL CARE TO MORE PEOPLE
Supporting more people with complex care needs in times of rising demand required real leadership. That’s why running a common sense council is important. It meant we were able to target funding where it’s really needed – providing high quality social care to the vulnerable and the elderly. It’s no time to put that at risk.
- PREVENTION IS AS IMPORTANT AS CURE
It’s better for everyone if communities and families can be helped to become stronger BEFORE problems or issues arise. That’s why we’ve been committed to preventative services in areas like community health, troubled families and early years. It’s worked.
- IN TOUGH TIMES, WE STAYED FAITHFUL TO YOUR PRIORITIES
One of the benefits of focussing on Kent, rather than on politics is that we can recognise a community’s priorities when we see them. As a result, we have invested in libraries, country parks, quality social care and the great youth services you told us you wanted to see.
- WE LISTENED
Some councils seem to forget that THEY are here to serve YOU – not the other way round! We like to do things the way YOU want them. So, when you told us how much you valued valued late-night streetlighting we did it YOUR way and the lights stayed on ( but we made them more efficient and environmentally friendly ) . You told us you were fed up with potholes so we implemented ‘find and fix’ to repair those you reported. We give local budgets to Members to spend in their own communities. It’s a record of common sense.
Some of our priorities for the next 4 years
- INVESTING IN EDUCATION
Conservative Kent benefits from great schools, great teachers and great students but the work to improve and invest in schools must never stop. In the years ahead we will continue to focus on school standards and putting parental choice at the heart of what we do. We will complete the rebuilding of our network of special schools and continue supporting the 25,000 pupils who rely on the Young Person’s Travel Pass. We’re committed to giving young people the best start in life.
- FUNDING THE HIGHEST QUALITY ADULT SOCIAL CARE
We make no apologies for Kent’s Social Care Precept because we have committed every penny of it to securing services for the most vulnerable in our society. Good care costs money and a community means nothing if it’s not there to support those who need it. We don’t like putting up tax – it’s against our instinct and our history – but we are 100% committed to meeting the enormous challenge of providing quality social care. It’s the mark of a good society.
- PRACTICAL SUPPORT FOR ENTREPRENEURS AND BUSINESSES, LARGE & SMALL
Some political parties give the impression that business is a dirty word. Not us. Whether it’s a high-tech business in Sandwich or a baker of cupcakes in Thanet, they ALL contribute the jobs and prosperity that keep the Kent economy buzzing. We’re commiteed to helping by improving the employabilty of local people, making direct use of grants and business support, delivering the better broadband they need and encouraging Kent businesses to grow.
- KEEPING KENT MOVING
Few councils have been as active, or successful, as Conservative Kent when it comes to promoting the modern transport infrastructure we need. We’ll continue our successful Rail User Summits and develop plans to see more influence over public transport pass back to the communities who use them. We’ll the support schemes to ease the congestion pressure in towns and villages from Dartford to Dover.
- READY FOR WORK, READY FOR LIFE
The resurgence of Apprenticeships has been one of Conservative Kent’s proudest achievements. Now, we want to see the number of Kent young people able to take up a modern apprenticeship DOUBLE ! Britain’s had enough of schemes and gimmicks. We will help people learn skills from those who have them and create careers not just jobs.
- A HEALTHIER COUNTY
Let’s get one thing clear. The NHS doesn’t belong to ANY political party. Not us, not Labour, not anyone. It belongs to the millions of people who love, support and fund it. Your County Council can help the NHS by promoting proper community and home-based care for those who need it – relieving the pressure on hard-pressed wards and A&E departments in hospitals across the County . We want MORE healthcare professionals in the community. That means a new army of district nurses, community physiotherapists, mental health practitioners and care professionals – not managers and administrators – right there where you live.
- TACKLING THE MISERY OF POOR MENTAL HEALTH
Mental health has not always enjoyed parity of esteem with physical wellbeing. We are committed to support steps to put that right. Support for the mental health needs of young people, efforts to improve mental wellbeing at all stages of life and supporting the care of dementia will be a focus for Conservative Kent.
These, and more, are our priorities for the years ahead. Please don’t put them at risk.