An extra £70m investment in the new Defence & National Rehabilitation Centre (DNRC), announced in today’s Budget could provide a major economic and healthcare boost for Nottinghamshire.
Chancellor Philip Hammond’s announcement will mean that the world-class facility at the Stanford Hall Estate, south of East Leake in Rushcliffe, will be available for members of the public recuperating from major trauma injuries, alongside recovering service personnel.
The expansion of services at the DNRC and the number of people it will treat is likely to lead to extra jobs, more visitors to the area and make Nottinghamshire a major national and international centre for research, training and treatment.
Councillor Kay Cutts, Leader of Nottinghamshire County Council was part of the delegation which greeted the Duke of Cambridge and the Prime Minister to the county earlier this year when the facility was formally handed by the Duke of Westminster.
Reacting to today’s budget announcement, Councillor Cutts said: “I was delighted to learn the Government is to commit up to £70 million towards the civilian element of the new Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre at the Stanford Hall Estate. Not only will this benefit the users of this facility from around the country, it will also have a positive impact on Nottinghamshire’s economy.
“Earlier this year, I was privileged to attend a prestigious event at Stanford Hall, when the Duke of Westminster handed the new defence establishment to the Prime Minister, in the presence of the Duke of Cambridge. It was a memorable occasion.
“At the handover, the Duke of Westminster and Prime Minster made reference to the potential for the facilities to be extended for the civilian population. There is no doubt that this is a world-leading facility and it is excellent to learn in the Chancellor’s budget that plans are progressing to incorporate rehabilitation for civilian patients.
“I know from my tour of the facilities that the centre also brings opportunities for research and training, which means the DNRC will put Nottinghamshire at the forefront of rehabilitation, making our county a national hub for expertise in this area and potentially providing significant spin-off benefits for local patients, our hospitals and other health services.”
The Chancellor also announced additional funding this financial year for pothole repairs (£420m), social care (£650m) and schools (£400m), with an extra £84m over the next five years for children’s social care.
Councillor Cutts added: “It’s encouraging. Any additional funding for important County Council services like social care, schools and roads has to be welcomed, albeit cautiously. We will need to see how this breaks down and what it means for Nottinghamshire. Last winter showed us what an impact the weather can have on our social care services and roads which were already creaking under the pressure of extra demand and under investment.”