LABOUR’S MANIFESTO FOR THE HERTFORDSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL ELECTIONS
4 May 2017
WE WILL PROVIDE EXCELLENT PUBLIC SERVICES
Message From Chair of Hertsmere CLP and Member of Labour Eastern Regional Board.
The forthcoming Hertfordshire County County Council elections come at a critical time. A sustained period of Tory cuts to our key services coupled with national uncertainty over the long-term economic impact of Brexit have heightened the sense of concern and uncertainty that voters across Hertsmere have conveyed to us on the doorstep.
The Tories are putting your family’s prosperity and Britain’s future at risk. Under the Tories it is harder and harder to support yourself and your family. The Tories have cut support for working people, a move which is set to leave over two million families an average of £1,600 a year worse off. The Tories’ failure to invest for the future threatens Britain’s recovery.
Britain is facing a housing crisis; rents are getting higher and higher. And for a growing number of people in Hertfordshire owning a home is a dream and not a reality.
Under the Tories Hertfordshire has faced unfair cuts to the vital services you rely on. The NHS is in crisis, hospitals are understaffed
and it is harder to see your GP. The Tories have cut police funding leaving our community at greater risk. Violent crime is rising and over 18,000 police officers have been lost, meaning it is even harder to keep Hertfordshire safe.
It doesn’t have to be like this.
Labour offers a real alternative for you and your family.
We are proud to set out the details of that alternative we will offer under a Labour led Hertfordshire County Council in this
manifesto for the County elections.
This manifesto details how Labour will stand up for you and your community. Do get in touch if you would like to discuss this or any
other local issue in more detail.
Our ten promises for Hertfordshire are outlined in detail in this manifesto -
- They include: Bringing failing care services in-house;
- Working to save your NHS services that are failing under the Tories;
- Turning our street lights back on at night;
- Restoring bus services and paying our fair share for Hertfordshire’s TfL buses;
- A Freedom Pass for Hertfordshire’s senior citizens, disabled people and many students;
- Labour will re-open all Household Waste Recycling sites seven days a week;
- Labour will take the lead in providing Social Housing for rent;
- We will provide first class schools for all our children.
- This election is a chance to vote for a local Labour Party that will stand up for you as local people.
- Labour will stand up for families and businesses by creating decent jobs and tackling low pay.
- Labour will support working people by investing in new and affordable homes to rent and buy.
Chair, Hertsmere Constituency Labour Party & Jewish Labour Movement
The government has cut council budgets severely.
Making different choices from the Tories,
Labour can make ten promises to you.
OUR 10 PROMISES
1. Labour will bring failing Care Services in-house
Too many care homes are now at risk of failing. £5 billion has been
cut, nationally, from care services in the past 6 years and the results are
obvious. This risks the well being of residents as well as the jobs of hard
pressed care workers. We will take over responsibility for failing care
services and make them fit for the people of Hertfordshire. We will
help set up co-operative systems so that all homes can buy in quality
services and supplies. We will have Care Homes and Home Care
that are run efficiently by staff working on a proper living wage, with
consequent high morale, and that have the ability to speedily take in
patients who no longer need to stay in hospital.
1a. Labour will also review the way
Care in the Home is administered
Care in the Home must be properly organised and funded so that it
functions for the benefit of those who can be looked after in their
own homes. The Tories and Lib Dems have shown they don’t want this.
Labour will make the right choices on this service and improve it.
2. Labour will work to save your NHS services
that are failing under the Tories
We will seek, in consultation with key commissioning groups, to bring
in more front-line clinicians and make sure the care of patients is the
first call on funding. Nationally £9 billion has been cut from the NHS in
the past 6 years – the current crisis was inevitable and avoidable.
Working with the Care Services we will develop a system that will free
up more beds and give the NHS the chance to treat more patients.
Labour is the only party that will stay true to the ethos of the NHS.
The Tories will continue to squeeze the life from it, the Lib Dems will
shed crocodile tears whilst fully supporting Tory cuts, and the UKIP
leader just wants it fully privatised.
3. Labour will return to full night lighting
If Labour is elected to run Hertfordshire County Council on May 4th,
we will switch the street lights back on. It was Labour’s idea to update
the street lighting system to make it more efficient, save energy and
save money. With this new system we will be able to effectively
manage each community’s individual needs. Street lights save lives –
that’s why they were put there.
4 Labour will make Highways Maintenance
a First Class service
Our roads and pavements are a disgrace. The maintenance was outsourced
by the Tories and they reduced it from Gold Standard to
Bronze - and it shows. Potholes, failed street lights and unnecessary
flooding are the result. This failed contract ends in 2019 and Labour will
re-establish an in-house department that provides a real public service
for the benefit of the public. Labour will also properly maintain and
expand the cycle network across the County, so that cycling is seen as a
benefit not as a danger.
5. Labour will restore bus services and pay our
fair share for Hertfordshire’s TfL buses
For too many years the Tories have set about destroying the ethos of
Public Transport. Almost all services are greatly diminished and we no
longer pay for TfL buses; how long will TfL ‘subsidise’ Hertfordshire
residents? Make no mistake, another Tory administration after May will
see contracted bus services scrapped. Labour will re-negotiate the bus
franchises for the benefit of the people. Labour will also seek to use
the County’s development company to run services. We need smart,
efficient and reliable public transport services. People need choices so
that they can rely on these services.
We will work with the Mayor of London and TfL to continue providing
quality public bus services into Hertfordshire for the benefit of the
residents. Labour also believes there is an urgent need to negotiate
with TfL and Central Government, the means by which Hertfordshire
can have transport access across the County. The current plan to
implement an extension of Crossrail 2 from the Kings Cross area to
East Hertfordshire (around the Cheshunt area) should include a
possible route across the County westwards finishing in Buckinghamshire
- thereby giving full public transport access North, South, East
and West around the County
5a. Labour will provide access to a
Freedom Pass for residents
In London, senior citizens, the disabled and some student groups have
benefited from the Mayor of London’s Freedom Pass. We think the
people of Hertfordshire should have access to a similar scheme. When
elected, Labour will seek to introduce a Freedom Pass for Hertfordshire
6. Labour will ensure First Class schools for all
All children will have access to a First Class education system.
Financial or post-code inequalities will be eliminated from nursery,
primary, secondary and further education. School place availability
will be properly planned, and we will reduce the need for children to
travel across the county to get their education. We will oppose any
government attempts to remove local accountability for parents and
elected representatives. We will oppose forced academisation and
any plans to re-introduce selection for our children through the
creation of new grammar schools. With all our might we will champion
developing the imagination, skills and talents of every child, and will
wholeheartedly support vocational as well as academic education.
Every child in Hertfordshire should be entitled to and receive the very
best education we can provide. We can do this at their local school in
their local community.
7. Labour will improve Children’s Services
Children’s Services have borne the brunt of severe cuts in funding. This
has been a perplexing and deeply worrying consequence of the Tories’
ideological austerity plan. If Labour is elected, these cuts will stop.
We will ensure that the wishes and aspirations of parents of children
with special educational needs or disabilities are fully taken into
account. We will stop the Tory Council’s shameful practice of pursuing
legal action against families; instead we will establish a high quality
mediation process for disputes. We will ensure that the families of
children with special educational need have access to help and support
throughout their child’s education. We will work with Youth Connexions
to make sure that all young people receive timely and expert Careers
Advice and information about all the youth services available in our
community. Labour will also restore funding to Hertfordshire Home
Start and will maintain, rebuild and support the Sure Start Centres.
8. Labour will re-open all Household Waste
Recycling sites 7 days a week
Incidents of fly tipping have increased by 17.9% since the closure of
the waste recycling sites. It costs more to clean up fly tipping than to
provide adequate waste disposal. The Tory council was warned this
would be the consequence of their actions, but arrogantly refused to
listen. The waste and recycling sites provide a much needed and
much used public service for residents; Labour will re-negotiate the
outsourced contract and re-open the sites, or bring this public service
back in-house. Profits will be re-invested in our public services.
9. Labour will review &repair our flood defences
The Tories on Hertfordshire County Council have been left floundering
by their own government on many issues - none more so than flood
defence. The County Council has been given the title of Local Lead
Flood Authority, but without funding or power to act quickly. In the
last three years they have conducted two Flood Defence Reviews, and
then done absolutely nothing. Labour would establish, as a matter of
urgency, a £6 million Flood Defence Reserve Fund and start protecting
our residents immediately.
10. Labour will take the lead in providing
Social Housing for rent
This Tory government has failed to make good on its promises on
housing. They throw figures around like confetti – 200 thousand, 300
thousand, and one million new homes per year by 2020. They haven’t
built affordable housing (real affordable housing) because they don’t
believe in affordable housing. Labour absolutely believes in providing
real affordable housing for local people.
Labour in power will work through its own development company and
with other councils and developers to build, and make land available
for, social rented homes as a matter of priority.
The Tories have long claimed we are the “County of Opportunity”.
However, owing to their actions and bad choices, we are on the brink
of becoming the “County of the Bare Minimum”.
We desperately need a Labour
administration after May 4th.
Labour will make better and more informed choices
of how we spend the public’s money.
Potters Bar West & Shenley
Labour Candidates in Hertsmere 4th May 2017
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