2018 Labour Council Achievements
We know that with every passing day of this chaotic and damaging Tory government, Labour MPs
are a government in waiting. But Labour in councils up and down the country are already in power and
are changing our cities, towns and regions for the better.
Here are some of the initiatives that your Labour council has delivered for Southampton;
Our Completed Manifesto Commitments (Since May 2018)
- Renewed the HMO licence scheme in the central wards and started a pilot to bring long-term empty homes back into use.
- We’ve exempted Care Leavers’ from paying Council Tax. Helping young people who leave care to get a decent start in life.
- Launched our energy company (CitizEn) and reinvest profits into alleviating fuel poverty. We believe that no one should have to choose between heating and eating.
- Increase investment in advice services for those most impacted by the Government’s benefit changes. Solved the Southampton Advice & Representation Centre (SARC) issue.
- We’ve worked with partners to launch a network of hate crime reporting centres.
- We’ve delivered on an improved pothole repair service – a new find & fix team is in place.
- We’ve invested extra £400k in street cleaning.
- Invest in Christmas lights in Shirley, Portswood and Woolston.
- Increased the number of local apprenticeship opportunities in the council and with organisations where we have contracts.
- We completed the largest ever consultation on the Clean Air Zone with nearly 10,000 people submitting their views.
- We now offer a package of measures to support Electric vehicle ownership;
- Free crossing of the Itchen Bridge for Electric vehicles
- Subsidised season tickets and the first council recharge points (over 100).
- 22% of Taxi’s are now Low Emission Vehicles (helped by our scrappage scheme).
- Work began on the largest Housing with Care facility in the City (84 bed) – Potters Court.
- The city’s first collaborative co-working space designed for creative, digital and knowledge based businesses called ‘Network’ is on course to open in the New Year. We’ve transformed a disused floor at the Marlands and soon entrepreneurs and co-workers will have an exciting place to create, work collaboratively and grow their businesses, creating more jobs and broader opportunities here.
- We’re on course to retrofit all our Council owned Tower Blocks with Sprinklers – safeguarding our residents.
- Southampton City Council is set to lead a Hampshire-wide partnership after securing £2m of funding to deliver a new ‘Apprenticeship Hub’ in the Solent region. Co-ordinating good quality apprenticeships to help people learn a new trade or retrain.
- We were successful in receiving money funding for Clean Bus Technology – ensuring all buses operating in the city have the cleanest emissions possible for Diesel engines.
- • We’ve installed free water fountains in the Civic and the Common for the public to use.
- • We were in the Good Growth for Cities index – Southampton is now the 3rd highest ranking city for good growth in England.
There is still more work to be done and your Labour Councillors will continue to fight for our city and its residents.