My main hope for the year is that the General Election in May delivers a Government which implements Labour’s plan for Britain’s future and tackles the cost of living crisis.
Measures that Ipswich residents have told me they are particularly keen for a Labour Government to deliver are:
An £8 National Minimum Wage
Freezing energy prices
Increasing free childcare for 3 and 4 year olds to 25 hours per week
More money for the NHS paid for by a Mansion Tax on homes worth over £2 million
Scrapping the Bedroom Tax
Obviously I hope that I will be elected to Parliament to represent Ipswich so that I can vote for these measures.
Ipswich Borough Council will continue to prioritise bringing new jobs and growth to Ipswich.
More than 100 new council houses will be completed, providing much-needed new affordable housing and jobs in the local construction industry.
Work should begin on major new office developments in Princes Street.
The council will also be working hard to progress its plans to sort out the Stoke Bridge entrance to the Waterfront and to realise the massive jobs potential of the Sproughton Sugar Beet site.
I would like – but don’t expect – Suffolk County Council to abandon its plans to close the Meredith and Quayside children’s centres in Ipswich when it announces its plans in January.
Finally – and it’s probably the kiss of death – I am more hopeful than I’ve been for many years that Ipswich could finally get back into the Premiership.