Ben Gummer’s Achievements:- (from the map on his website)
- When local residents expressed concern about fly-tipping in their area, Ben successfully campaigned to get the area cleared.
- Ben believes that affordable childcare is important to help with parents’ work flexibility and toddlers’ development. Ben has voted for key reforms to help families including extending free childcare to include under two year olds from the lowest income families, and in 2015, childcare will be exempt from tax up to the value of £10,000.
- Tower Ramparts and the Cattle Market bus stations were in dire need of refurbishment- so Ben secured the money to do the job. As part of the £21 million ‘Travel Ipswich’ scheme, both bus stations have now been completely rebuilt.
- Ipswich has a growing population and needs more space to teach. With Ben’s support, the government is spending the millions of pounds our schools need to build the additional classrooms, ready for new pupils when they arrive.
Ben has been campaigning for the government to do much more for young people in Ipswich. In October, last year, Ben secured a massive deal: £10 million for skills training, 5,000 apprenticeships by 2019 and a new Youth Job Centre. This new City Deal will help 3,500 young Ipswich people into good stable employment. Youth unemployment is now 40 per cent lower than when Ben became the town’s MP, but there is still much more to do.
- Ben has enthusiastically backed government measures to help small businesses by cutting National Insurance for every business by up to £2,000 from April 2014. That’s two thousand for every business- money they can better spend on improved wages, investment or a new job position.
- Town Centre defended from floods- Ipswich docks
Ben secured £30 million for new flood defences which will make Ipswich much more secure and provide businesses with the confidence to develop more land in the town centre.
- Better, faster trains
Ben’s largest and most complex campaign is fighting for better, faster rail services to
and from the town. Last November, Ben was pleased to announce the Chancellor had listened to Ben’s campaign and will commit to delivering the much needed investment our town’s rail service desperately needs.
- Suffolk New Academy
In June 2014, Ben marked the beginning of the end of a long journey for Suffolk New Academy. After local people had been promised so much over the years but had little delivered, Ben stepped in. After years of lobbying, Ben secured the funds and the rebuilding of Suffolk New Academy began.
Ben regularly steps in to help protect local bus services around the town. Take when the no. 16 bus was under threat: Ben worked with local councillor Nadia Cenci and launched a petition, collecting hundreds of signatures. Now, thanks to Ben’s intervention, the no.16 bus has been reinstated.
When proposals were made to build a new toll road on the A14, Ben did what he promised at his election and put Ipswich first. He made strong representations to the government on behalf of Ipswich drivers and hauliers, making the case direct to the prime minister and to the chancellor. As a result, the government will now build the road but without a toll.
- The government has given over £2.5 million for Suffolk road repairs- the equivalent of filling in 55,000 potholes. Ben has been campaigning to ensure a significant amount of these extra funds are used to repair Ipswich roads and has already had successes in Prince of Wales Drive and Clapgate Lane.
- Following intense lobbying from Ben and Holywells councillors, the County Council decided not to proceed with the proposed traffic light plans at the top of Bishop’s Hill.
- When St Alban’s approached Ben for help in securing the money for it to build a new sixth-form centre, Ben got to work. Work on the new building has just begun and will give St Alban’s the space it needs to expand.
- New stroke care unit
After launching a petition, along with local residents and the Ipswich Star newspaper, Ben secured funding for a new stroke care unit. Now Ipswich residents can expect better stroke care services, but there is more to be done. Ben will be continuing his fight to turn Ipswich Hospital into a regional centre of excellence.
- New GP surgery for East Ipswich
The GP surgeries in north-east Ipswich offered a great service but their buildings were no good. When doctors came to Ben for help, he started work on securing the new surgery they desperately needed. After many months of badgering ministers and regional health officials, Ben secured the promise of a new doctor’s surgery on the old West Villa site. Soon patients and their GPs will have a hyper-modern surgery, more parking facilities and better treatment options.
- £5 million for Ipswich heart services
Under the previous government’s plans, Ipswich residents would have had to travel out of the county for great heart services in Norwich or Cambridge. Since his election, Ben is proud to have secured £5 million for a new heart unit at Heath Road which was opened in March 2014.
- New Council Homes
Ipswich has not built any new council homes for decades, but in one of the first laws Ben voted for as your MP, he secured the money and permission for the Borough Council to start building again. Since then, the government has given Ipswich Borough Council millions of pounds for new homes.
- Ipswich Academy
One of Ben’s first campaigns was to secure new schools buildings for Ipswich Academy- formerly Holywells High School. Ben won the money for the new school to be built on a new site by Gainsborough Sports Centre, and the new buildings were opened three years later.
- Since his election, Ben has worked hard to protect Sure Start in Ipswich. Ben has kept to his promise to protect Sure Start: back in 2010 there were 9 children’s centres in Ipswich, now there are 10 – providing a wide range of services to more families, more children and closer to home.