Thursday, 18 April 2013

Our Common Future: Improving Lives in Leicestershire

The past few years have been the hard for our county. Whilst we have paid our council tax, the Government has cut its vital contribution by around 30%. Cuts will now continue for at least two more years because of this Government’s failure to grow the economy.

Under the discredited Tory leadership of David Parsons, Leicestershire’s most needy have borne the biggest burden. It is time for Leicestershire to stop picking on those least able to protect themselves in these hard times. We intend to protect much needed local services through a complete spending review from the base budget, stripping out waste at all levels.

Your Council Tax

Money is tight so we will not raise Council Tax above the planned freeze and 1½% rise. We will also stick to current spending levels but conduct a complete review of base budgets. We will argue the case for Leicestershire to get a fairer slice of the national cake. We will look to invest the Council’s excessive reserves for social care and young people and abolish the gravy train left by the Tories.

Care, Independence and Older People

Huge areas of social care, such as home care for the elderly, have been removed and their eligibility considerably reduced. Our priority will be to halt further reductions in the care of those with learning difficulties, sick, disabled and elderly people.

We will provide more appropriate housing locally, good local placements for those with exceptional needs and stop wasting money on expensive out-of-county places. Leicestershire has been overtaken by other counties who have provided modern purpose built ‘ExtraCare’ housing for people with increasing needs.

Our pledge is to extend the programme of Extracare for older people, providing the care we need.

Children and Young People

The Tories have broken up our county’s celebrated schools system. We must now work co-operatively
with all schools to improve standards, attendance andtackle racism and bullying.

We will review child protection in Leicestershire. Modern children’s homes maintained within the
county where need and costs are justified.

The youth service has been halved. Labour councillors will attempt to rebuild the service from the bottom

Our pledge is to provide grants for youth projects where they are most needed.

Health and Families

County Councillors have statutory responsibility to oversee the local health services. We will do this with diligence putting the needs of patients first, ensuring the large contracts at the disposal of commissioning groups are working for the benefit of the local community.

We will re-envigour school sports partnerships and the Olympic legacy in sport and the arts. Wellbeing
means far more than medical treatment.

Our pledge is to fight the breakup of local Health Services and ensure they are focused on you.

Countryside, Museums & Libraries

We will value libraries and museums. We will protect and improve our flagship museum at Snibston. Leicestershire’s heritage needs both protection and celebrating. We will champion projects like the Charnwood Regional Park and Ashby Canal. We will not let history down by ignoring archaeology.

Transport and the Environment

Climate change is posing real problems and we must reduce carbon in the atmosphere. We need to encourage more people to cycle, better public transport, with fewer car journeys. Flooding must be addressed with measures from gully emptying to major plan-led infrastructure.

We strongly support the electrification of Midland Mainline but will continue to challenge the route and the business and environmental case for HS2.

We will review the failing Park & Ride Schemes with all options open. We will resist large scale incineration of waste in favour of recycling and cleaner technologies.

Our pledge is to prioritise road safety with 20mph limits where residents want them and safe cycle and walking routes.

Jobs and Young People

The national economy is static and our local economy has received less help than other regions. We will boost business plans and marketing of sustainable employment sites including the Rail freight project at Junction 24, and business, science and enterprise parks.

New apprenticeships and training opportunities for young people will be increased. We will explore discount travel cards for young people to cut the cost of fares.

Our pledge is to launch a new Economic Plan for jobs and increase the capacity of the local enterprise partnership, increasing job opportunities and creating at least 1000 new youth apprenticeships.

Improving Lives and Improving Leicestershire

Our Vision for Leicestershire

We need our County Council to ensure the best education for our children, to help elderly people live happy and independent lives, to protect Leicestershire’s countryside, and help deliver jobs and opportunity for residents. We want all those in work to receive a living wage. Labour councillors will dedicate themselves day in day out to achieving this for all residents across all communities.

Who we are

The Labour Party was founded to defend working people and help the weakest in harsh times. The Bedroom Tax and real cuts in help for working people on the lowest wages are the actions of political bully boys and not a government that believes we bear burdens equally as one nation.

Labour candidates share a passion for better social and public services in a world where everyone has the
opportunity to reach their potential. We promise you that all Labour candidates will work hard when elected to serve Leicestershire.

Working Together

Our County Council represents the community in all sorts of ways and has hands on responsibility for key services such as Health and Education. We recognise we cannot do this alone and depend on community and voluntary organisations working together.

The Tory idea of the Big Society has failed largely because they depleted resources for successful voluntary
organisations providing vital services whilst squandered what was left on short term projects.

We will support and rebuild voluntary and community organisations at the grassroots across Leicestershire.

Labour Listening Pledges
  • A New Leicestershire Economic Plan for Jobs, creating 1000 new apprenticeships.
  • Extended Programme for Extracare Homes for older people, providing the care we need.
  • Grants to deliver Youth Projects and Facilities where most needed.
  • Fight the break-up of local Health Services and ensure they are focused on you.
  • Prioritise road safety with 20mph Speed Limits where you want them.
Tory Record  
  • Poor record of Inward Investment  
  • Homes for the Elderly Sold off  
  • School Transport abandoned  
  • Voluntary organisations decimated

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