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Education and skills
We will address disparities in skill levels and educational attainment within the region, to bring the worst performing parts of the region in line with the best. In so doing we will seek to make investment (per head) comparable with Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, and London.
We will address disparities in health outcomes within the region, to bring the worst performing parts of the region in line with the best. In so doing we will seek to make investment in health (the NHS funding formula) commensurate with levels of demonstrable need.
We will address disparities in infrastructure investment (per capita) between the East of England and the Greater South-East, to reduce travel times on road and rail, to bring the costs of public travel (per mile) in line with London, and to improve freight infrastructure links to the Port of Felixstowe, and investments in Stansted airport.
We will campaign to improve the supply of housing, to buy and to rent, to meet the demand for high quality and affordable homes. We will explore public-private funding models for regional investment in housing in line with regional growth aspirations and optimal travel-to-work patterns.
We will explore options for practical tax incentives for businesses and lobby Government for greater flexibilities in the region, including tax rebates for skills development, reduced corporation tax (in line with Northern Ireland) and the introduction of a localised ‘Tourism Tax’.
We will work with the business community to promote innovative ideas that will save energy and improve the environment. We will use our links with the government to promote these ideas in Westminster and demonstrate the region’s commitment to the UK’s net zero target