Southampton Labour Council’s bold budget

Southampton is a great city and this country’s gateway to the world. We’re in a new decade looking outward to new opportunities. 
 Ten years of a Tory Government has inflicted never-ending cuts amounting to £151 million on our city. We’ve been told that austerity is over, but where’s the evidence? Our communities have lost a decade of social progress and austerity has punished the poorest the most.
 Southampton can’t afford to lose another ten years. We believe that investment is the best way to help our neighbourhoods thrive. 
 At a recent Southampton City Council meeting, Labour Councillors passed a landmark budget detailing our £1bn investment by 2025.  We want to build a City of Opportunity, to unleash the potential of all our people.
 Our new budget sets out how we plan to finance the hundreds of services we deliver every day for the people of the city.
 We know that people are struggling to pay their bills. By careful management of public money, we’re able to propose a freeze on core council tax for residents in 2020/21. 
Southamptons Corporate plan
Southamptons Corporate plan

There are some exciting projects in our plan over the next five years;

  • £32.9m for a new public service hub at Bitterne Precinct – including a state-of-the-art leisure centre, library and other health services.

  • £16.9m for the refurbishment of the Southampton Outdoor Sports Centre, to train our next generation of athletes.

  • £21m to fund our Green City Delivery plan, to tackle air pollution and to become a carbon-neutral council by 2030.

  • £0.3m for the Feed the Future programme providing free healthy foods and holiday clubs at schools to tackle child hunger.

  • Keeping open all Sure Start Centres – as we’ve done over the last 8 years.

  • £1.2m to improve 15 city playparks and opens spaces for children and families.

  • £250m investment in council housing, ensuring housing is safe, energy-efficient and high quality.

  • £2.5m extra invested over the next five years for the improvement of pavements.

  • £0.5m for additional street cleaning and fly-tipping enforcement measures.

This year’s budget will enable us to tackle the big challenges and plan for the future whilst ensuring we get the basics right.

Southampton Labour is working to make our city greener, fairer and healthier, but we need your support and vote on Thursday 7th May.

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