The Labour government elected in 1997 made a real difference to the East of England during its time in office. Now working in opposition we are speaking up for our region and fighting to protect the massive improvements to public services we delivered in office.
The Labour government's legacy for the East of England:
- There are 7,981 more nurses and 3,845 more doctors, as well as 1,337 more care assistants since 1997.
- Funding for the NHS in the East of England has increased from £4.5bn in 2003/04 to £8.1bn in 2009/10.That’s a £3.6billion, 80 percent increase in real terms funding.
- There are 5,170 more teachers and over 15,000 more teaching assistants in the East of England’s schools.
- 396 designated Sure Start Children's Centres offering services to around 305,493 children under 5 and their families.
- By 2009 the number of pupils getting 5+ good GCSEs was up 69% from 45.8% in 1997.
- 1,485 more police officers in the East of England since 1997.