LABOUR’S LOCAL ELECTION MANIFESTO PRIORITIES FOR 2018

Our Top 20 Manifesto Pledges in Brief

Housing And Homes

  • Build a minimum of a thousand council-owned homes to rent over the next five years.

  • Establish its own house building factory which employs local people to build homes for local people.

  • Complete its current citywide programme of fitting sprinklers to all council high-rise blocks.

  • Ensure that the HMO licence scheme in the central wards is renewed and we will also seek to use compulsory purchase powers on long-term empty homes to bring them back into use.

Roads and Transport

  • Invest in an improved pothole repair service where we will see potholes fixed in days rather than weeks or months. 

  • Increase spending on roads and pavement resurfacing; we pledge to complete a hundred schemes next year focusing on small residential roads and cycle routes.

  • Clean up Southampton by investing £400,000 in extra street cleaning; amounting to over 20,000 extra hours of work to spruce up our city.

  • Explore opportunities for ensuring subsidised bus pass provision for women denied by Government fair access to their pensions as highlighted by the campaign group Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI).

Our Environment 

  • Launch its own council owned energy company (CitizEN) and reinvest its profits into alleviating fuel poverty for Southampton’s residents.

  • Press neighbouring local councils to expand the County’s waste recycling facilities to allow a wider range of materials to be recycled (e.g. plastics)

  • Tackle air pollution with a range of measures including introduction of a Clean Air Zone by 2019 with charges for the most polluting HGV’s taxis and buses.

Care For Our Most Vulnerable

  • Help Care Leavers to support their start into independent living by exempting them from paying Council Tax. 

  • Increase investment in advice services for those most impacted by the Government’s benefit changes. 

  • Sign up to UNISON’s Ethical Care and Residential Care Charters ending 15minute care visits and providing care workers with paid travel time.

Economy and Employment

  • Bring forward plans to regenerate large sections of our city centre creating 4,000 homes and exciting leisure and job opportunities.

  • Progress construction of a state-of-the-art Leisure and Health hub at Bitterne precinct.

  • Increase the number of local apprenticeship opportunities directly within the Council and with organisations where we have contracts; we will also provide a minimum of fifty well-paid council apprenticeships a year.

Our Communities

  • Continue its programme of investing in Council play parks starting with Mansel Park and then Riverside Park. 

  • Invest in Christmas lighting for our main district shopping centres in Shirley, Portswood, and Woolston

  • Ensure that Southampton remains a welcoming city to our many diverse communities and adopt a zero-tolerance approach to hate crime by promoting a third party reporting scheme.

 

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