Worcester Labour City Manifesto 2018

WORCESTER LABOUR PARTY– KEY PLEDGES AND MESSAGES

Key Pledges

Secure homes for all
We will build more affordable homes for rent; bring long term empty properties back into use and support the ‘Living over the Shop’ scheme to turn empty space above shops into affordable accommodation.
We will crack down on rogue landlords and introduce city-wide licensing of private landlords to tackle poor housing conditions and bring homes up to decent homes standard.
We will eliminate the use of B&Bs for homeless families and actively explore more imaginative and caring solutions for them.
We will fight to eradicate homelessness in the city and support people on the streets to re-build their lives.

Supporting local communities
We will work closely with Worcester Community Trust and other organisations to make sure our community centres become the heart of their communities, increasing provision for children and young people and tackling isolation and loneliness amongst older people.
We will work with teachers and parents to fight government funding cuts to education. We will fight to maintain nursery places and to support all those with special educational needs.
We will help local people obtain good advice and the financial support they are entitled to when they encounter difficulties.

Caring for our environment
We will increase recycling rates in the city, provide recycling facilities in all Council buildings and improve provision of recycling facilities in the city centre (recycling ‘on the go’)
We will deliver real improvements to air quality by closing the Croft Road Lorry Park, reducing the number of HGVs in the city centre, encouraging less polluting buses and taxis in the city centre and campaigning against idling vehicle engines.
We will implement a safe cycling strategy and promote safe walking and cycling, including better targeting and enforcement of traffic regulations.
We will work with local communities to develop community gardens and local food projects. We will protect and enhance Worcester’s riverside, canal, parks and green spaces for people and wildlife promoting city-wide “bee corridors”.
We will drive forwards a campaign to minimise plastic use in the city. We will ban the use of single use plastics in all Council buildings and work towards eliminating /reducing use of plastics on a wider basis.
We will seek measures to encourage and support the development of local energy schemes providing jobs and renewable energy for the city – a cleaner, greener Worcester in the 21st century.

Health care for all – creating a Healthy city
We will continue to promote Worcester as a disability-friendly city, taking measures to improve access to our shops, buildings and visitor attractions and making sure that Worcester City Council offers full access to all its services for anyone with a disability. We will work towards making Worcester a “Dementia Friendly” City.
We will support measures to improve the health and well-being of residents, including walking and cycling, community sports and leisure activities for all ages, and raising awareness of support services available to residents.
We will fight for better, properly funded NHS services, an end to long waits for treatment and oppose all moves to privatise NHS services and government plans for “accountable care organisations”.

Creating an economy that works for all
We will create an economy that works for all, with the local supply chain at its heart so that local businesses and their employees benefit. We will work to make Worcester a city of opportunity, with good quality apprenticeships, access to training and skills development and decent wages.
We will adopt the UNISON Apprenticeship Charter and encourage businesses to offer high quality apprenticeships so that our young people get the skills they need to help them secure better opportunities.

Welcoming Visitors to our City
We will continue to raise and develop the potential of the riverside and Worcester’s great heritage. We will work with partners, businesses and visitor attractions to develop and expand the range of tourist trails, attractions and activities on offer for visitors making sure that everything is fully accessible. We will support and encourage a wide range of festivals in the city as well as existing arts organisations.

Key Messages

Our vision is for a modern city with good jobs paying decent wages, with plentiful clean air and abundant green spaces where people can live healthy, fulfilling lives in friendly, safe communities where we support each other – a city for the many not the few.
We will work for a city that is good to live and work in, is safe, friendly and where people feel happy, healthy and supported in a clean, green environment.
The Tories are holding Worcester back – cutting funding to zero will wreak havoc with our most vulnerable residents, our communities and our City.
They refuse to tackle congestion in Worcester – the biggest barrier to developing the local economy and attracting new jobs into the city.
Air quality in Worcester city centre is not safe for people’s health and environment; a result of Tory intransigence on traffic– we will take the measures required to ensure that air quality does not fall below legal standards.
They have cut back local support services leaving vulnerable people without vital housing support and drug and alcohol services.
In the face of Tory cuts to council funding and services, we will fight to maintain and extend high quality local services that benefit the people of Worcester and protect the most vulnerable residents.
Worcester Labour continues to deliver for the many not the few.
• We introduced the real Living Wage to Worcester City Council
• We stopped the privatisation of the waste collection and street cleansing services, modernised the service and improved standards while cutting costs
• We secured funding for Disability Sport Worcester and Worcester Play Council to develop accessible sport and play across the city
• We secured funding for DisabledGo, a website that includes information on the accessibility of Worcester’s streets, shops, buildings and visitor attractions
• We built new play areas In Oldbury Road and Medway Road
• We secured funding for our parks, and achieved a Green Flag award for Fort Royal Park
• We spearheaded the development of Riverside Park
• We increased investment in apprenticeships and skills development
• We invested in the new Science block at Worcester Sixth Form College and gave them a grant to develop their links with local businesses for more and better work placements for our young people
• We maintained funding for the Discretionary Welfare Assistance Scheme to ensure help is available for those in greatest need in our city
• We have championed affordable housing for city residents, using every opportunity to secure social housing for rent
• We have led the campaign to end fuel poverty in the city, working with Act on Energy to ensure the most vulnerable families get help with heating costs
• We led the development of the Healthy City strategy and action plan, keeping the health and wellbeing of our residents at the forefront of all local policy making

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