Ellie's plan for Herefordshire
Ellie has spoken with thousands of voters in North Herefordshire and has found their concerns share a lot of common ground. You have told Ellie about:
- feeling tired of being taken for granted,
- how the cost of living is grinding you down or you’re worried about the impact on people close to you,
- your struggle to get medical appointments, the fruitless search for NHS dentists and your fears about social care costs,
- hearing news about pollution in our rivers and witnessing local changes in nature and wildlife, which are worrying too.
You’ve also been keen to tell Ellie about the pride you feel in Herefordshire’s strong communities and beautiful countryside. All these conversations have shaped Ellie’s plan for North Herefordshire.
Three actions cut across all of the detail.
First that Ellie will fight for fair rural funding, to make sure our transport systems, our health and care provision and our farmers all get funding that reflects the difficulty of providing rural services. It’s obscene that Londoners receive more funding per capita than Herefordians when services are so much cheaper to provide there.
Second that Ellie will keep on listening to everyone’s hopes and concerns. There are deep problems facing the services we all depend on and solutions will emerge from listening to and working with all sides.
Third that Ellie will be pushing for wealth taxes on the very richest in the UK to help fund the investment we all need. Costs are so high at the moment because investment has been too low for too long. Investment will unleash benefits that will bring down costs and raise further tax revenue.
Renew our Economy
We have a real opportunity to renew the local economy so that it’s fit for the future. Ellie’s plan for Herefordshire is full of practical solutions that are ‘win-win-win’: good for business, good for people, and good for the planet.
- Attracting and keeping younger people in the county with excellent training opportunities
- Boosting tourism, bringing more money into the county
- Supporting small businesses to continue thriving
- Improving housing, old and new, so everyone can afford to live in a cosy home
- Expanding cheap renewable energy
- Upgrading transport options, including roads, rail, rural buses and disabled access
What will this really look like? Learning from our neighbours like the successful fflecsi buses in rural Wales. Better paid jobs in the county. Rent controls to bring the housing market within reach of younger people.
Repair our NHS
We all rely on strong and effective public services. We need to support the frontline workers who care for us in our times of need.
- Ensuring health and social care are fully joined-up and free at the point of need
- Training more doctors and nurses, and ensuring NHS pay keeps up with inflation
- Investing more in preventive healthcare, helping us all live longer, healthier lives and reducing demand on GPs and hospitals,
What will this really look like? Attracting NHS staff to the county so there are more appointment available and less waiting. Offering training to local people so they can make the most of NHS employment opportunities too. Promoting every chance for people to be more active in their community to combat loneliness.
Restore our rivers
We have a responsibility to protect nature. We need to stop pollution and take action on climate change.
- Supporting nature-friendly farming, and ensuring that farm subsidies pay for environmental and social benefits
- Helping farmers to sell more produce locally, including through a free primary school meals programme for all using locally grown food
- Ensuring the polluter pays so companies stop using nature as a dumping ground by boosting the powers of the Environment Agency and bringing water companies back into public hands.
- Protecting Herefordshire’s meadows, orchards and woodlands and planting many more trees
What will this really look like? Farmers proudly meeting best practice with the involvement of their local communities. Water Protection Zones for the Lugg and the Wye, so that we all know the rivers are improving.