Jeremy Corbyn : Photo Credit: Aaron Chown/PA Wire
Jeremy Corbyn : Photo Credit: Aaron Chown/PA Wire

SOUTHAMPTON’S LABOUR COUNCIL WINS NATIONAL RECOGNITION FOR INNOVATIVE WORK

Southampton City Council has been featured in a national publication showcasing the innovative work of Labour councils. Southampton City Council was chosen for inclusion in the Local Government Association Labour Group ‘100 More Innovations’ publication for eight different initiatives from being the first Labour authority to introduce a parental leave policy for Councillors to the ambitious plans to improve air quality and address housing and employment needs.

‘100 More Innovations’ was launched at Labour’s Local Government Conference on Saturday 9th February 2019, where it was praised by party leader Rt Hon Jeremy Corbyn MP in his speech as ‘evidence of how Labour councils are delivering for residents’.
Despite councils losing 60p out of every £1 of government funding since 2010, Labour councils are still leading the way in delivering positive outcomes for their communities. Tory austerity has hit Labour areas particularly hard, with an average spending power cut of more than £500 per household in Labour areas, but only £115 per household in Tory areas. Southampton City Council alone has seen a budget cut of £802 per household since 2010, but is still managing to deliver positive outcomes for the local community.
Examples in ‘100 More Innovations’ from other Labour councils include a pioneering model for improving the outcomes of foster care by Doncaster Council, a new social work skills academy set up by Plymouth City Council, Southwark Council’s ‘Fizz Free February’ initiative to reduce the number of sugary drinks consumed by children, and Gedling Council’s crackdown on single use plastic.

Chris Hammond & Jeremy Corbyn at LGA Warwick 2019
Chris Hammond & Jeremy Corbyn at LGA Warwick 2019

Christopher Hammond, Leader of Southampton City Council said:

“Southampton’s Labour Administration has worked hard to make sure our communities are protected from the worst of Tory austerity. By doing the City Deal we delivered 1100 jobs for people with long term health conditions who would otherwise have struggled to get back into work. Being featured in a national publication shows that Southampton City council is leading the way and delivering for residents”

Andrew Gwynne MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government said:

“I congratulate Southampton City Council for their inclusion in ‘100 More Innovations’, which highlights the innovative ways Labour councils are delivering for local communities. Labour councils are leading the way in standing up for the local services that people rely on. Local government is under enormous pressure because of politically motivated Conservative cuts that have hit our poorest areas hardest. It’s time for a Labour government that will give our communities the funding and support they need, and that will act in the interests of the many and not the few. Until then we need to elect as many Labour councillors as possible on 2 May to stand up to the Conservatives’ cuts.”

  1. The publication “100 More Innovations of Labour in Power” has been collated by the LGA Labour Group. You can view the publication here: https://www.local.gov.uk/sites/default/files/documents/Labour%20-%20LGA%20100%20more%20innovations%20FINAL.pdf
  2. You can read all about all the  LGA Labour Innovations online at https://www.lgalabourinnovations.com/
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