Labour: Caring for Plymouth
We knock on doors across the city all through the year, it’s the best way we know of hearing what people across our city are thinking about how the Council should be spending
its, or your, money. Last year, we heard time and time again that people felt that the Conservative-led council had failed to look after our city. Streets and drains and pavements were grubby, untouched an uncared for. We promised to improve those things and restore pride in our wonderful city. We’ve used independent monitoring of the standard of street and road care which demonstrates things have improved, but there is more to do, and we won’t rest.
We have made improvements to the services we provide for older, vulnerable citizens, our young people and children, and driven our economy hard, bringing thousands of new jobs to the city to improve wages, opportunities and life chances. We’ve issued a new housing plan, not just to tackle homelessness but to meet care needs and the aspirations of people who just want a decent home. And we’ve taken huge strides to care for the environment, with plans for the UK’s first national marine park, more trees and wildflower areas being planted, and we’ve declared a Climate Emergency to commit us to tackling climate change.
We’ve worked really hard to bring in new business, and Plymouth now leads the region in attracting overseas investment. We have brought in more money for transport, for digital work, for skills and training, and for supporting children with special educational needs. We continue to support a network of libraries, children’s centres, meals on wheels and have ensured no cuts to subsidised bus routes in Plymouth this year. The Conservatives put your council tax up by just under 10% over 2017 and 2018.This year, Labour have just delivered the lowest council tax rise in the whole of Devon and Cornwall.
Delivering on our Manifesto Commitments
In 2012 we were elected on a manifesto containing 100 pledges. We delivered 99 of them. In 2014 we were re-elected on a manifesto of 50 pledges and we delivered all 50 of them. Labour has a record of delivery in Plymouth despite the massive cuts inflicted on the council and our city by the Government – £750 million over the last ten years. So it is with our current Manifesto, which we now reissue and refresh for the 2019 election. Last year we published a four-year programme of 100 Pledges for Plymouth. We have now delivered 43 of those pledges in just our first year back running Plymouth City Council.
It is vital that our city keeps on course, and based on what you’ve told us, these five issues are at the top of our agenda:
- Building homes for Plymouth – We will deliver 1,000 homes a year for the next five years. Truly affordable, to rent and to buy – the right homes in the right place for Plymouth people.
- Caring for Plymouth’s environment – We will lead the battle against single-use plastics, put our new Plan for Trees into practice, and campaign to deliver a National Marine Park.
- More and better jobs for Plymouth – We will invest in developments like Langage, Oceansgate, Hearder Court and in the City Centre to bring well-paid, secure jobs to Plymouth.
- Council Tax as low as possible – We know Council Tax is an unfair tax that hits people on lower incomes hardest. That’s why we will always keep any rises we are forced to make as low as possible.
- Fair funding for our schools – Plymouth schoolchildren are funded over £300 a head less than the national average. We will campaign for fair funding for nurseries, schools and colleges in Plymouth.
Remember, the Conservatives have failed us nationally and locally. Please use your vote for a better, greener and fairer Plymouth, and to send Theresa May the message that her austerity agenda is not over, and is not welcome in our city.