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Sajid Javid, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

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‘Big opportunities ahead’ for Kent says new Communities Secretary

Sajid Javid, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

Sajid Javid, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

In a letter to the KM Group, Sajid Javid, the new Communities Secretary, has stated that Kent has “reasons for optimism” as he sets out how he wants his department to deal with local government.

The former Business Secretary, who took over the Communities Secretary role last month following Theresa May’s cabinet reshuffle, detailed three objectives for the nation. These are to build more homes, push economic growth and “strengthen the bonds between people within our communities”.

“Big opportunities lie ahead for Kent,” he said. “Unemployment is falling, and significant investment has been secured for the local economy.

“There are challenges ahead, too, but we can overcome them if central and local government keep working together.

“I’d argue that the most effective politics is local politics, and I’m ready to work closely with local government – town by town, city by city and county by county – to build the homes we need, help local businesses grow and create jobs, and provide excellent public services.”

Mr Javid also goes on to say that the vote to leave the EU was a “momentus decision” which had created tensions in society. As a result he has pledged £1million to fund projects which challenge prejudice.

He said: “We must uphold the principles of tolerance and mutual respect – these are the values which bind us together.”

With regards to the Kent economy, Mr Javid noted a number of initiatives which put the Garden of England in a strong position.

He said: “There are many reasons for optimism. A new Enterprise Zone in North Kent is driving innovation in life sciences and advanced manufacturing, while the Thames Gateway 2050 Growth Commission is preparing plans to unleash the huge economic potential of the area.

“Together we will build more homes, help more businesses grow, and help councils deliver better public services. You can count on my support.”

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