Clacton is a great place, there are few that have a character quite like it. However, it is also a place that has great wealth that goes alongside worryingly high unemployment rates and deprivation.
However, we need to be a community that is resilient, this is why I was brilliantly impressed when I read about this in the news. I have also been privileged to work with the Essex Law Clinic to provide free legal advice in Clacton. But the goodwill of volunteers isn’t enough.
We need large scale investment in our town, for example, we can apply to the European Regional Development Fund to get a project in Clacton like the ones that received millions of pounds in Cornwall, they transformed local communities with jobs programs, new businesses and up-skilled people.
The Economist and former Lib Dem leader, Sir Vince Cable, has written extensively about up-skilling. This is where we don’t just fund university places for young people, but help people gain new skills so they can change careers or adapt to new working environments.
With Clacton, this would be transformative in helping regenerate the community and create jobs for the local area and the people who live here.