Manifesto for Worcester 2022
Worcester Labour Party: Manifesto City Council elections
Covid-19 has revealed a lot about our city and our world. We saw which workers are truly essential, we learned the value of green and public places, and rediscovered the strength that comes from looking out for each other. It also exposed profound weaknesses, like insecure work and unhealthy environments.
As we emerge from this pandemic, we cannot return to business as usual. We must rebuild for a better future. We must secure our local economy by creating good jobs, growing Worcester’s economy so it works for everyone. We must protect family budgets from Tory tax rises and the cruelty of cuts.
Labour want a future that can provide opportunities for all. We want to restore people’s pride in where they live, and give every family the security they need.
We want to create a city in which the whole community can thrive, living healthier, happier and more prosperous lives.
Our vision is to make Worcester the best place to grow up in and the best place to grow old in.
Secure, well-paid jobs, good skills training and investment in local businesses
Labour’s plan for Worcester is for an economy that works for all. We will create an environment in which local businesses can thrive, where pay levels match the cost of living, where young people can expect high quality apprenticeships and where graduates want to stay and contribute.
- provide skills training and retraining schemes through skills workshops linked to local employers, near to where you live
- support local businesses to offer high quality apprenticeships and invest their workforce
- support start-up hubs and provide start up and growth grants for new and existing local small businesses and the self employed
- campaign for local employers and their suppliers to pay the Real Living Wage, using the example of Worcester City Council
- provide incentives to local industry and business to use their spending power to ‘buy local’ and stimulate local supply chains, keeping money and jobs in Worcester
A green and healthy City, fit for the future
Labour’s plan is to show real leadership, properly facing up to the climate emergency. We want to make it easier for businesses and households to reduce their carbon footprint and use less plastic. We will safeguard people’s health and wellbeing with access to green spaces, preserving biodiversity. Labour will clean up our city’s air by creating better, healthier alternative options to travelling by car.
- create safe cycling and safe walking routes across the city, bringing pressure to bear on the County Council where they are reluctant to act and employing an Active Travel Officer to develop schemes to make cycling and walking easier
- improve air quality by better enforcement of traffic regulations, including idling vehicles
- provide public EV charging points
- support and promote projects to improve biodiversity across the city, including using the planning system to ensure improving biodiversity is included in all developments
- help tackle the cost of living crisis by funding local food growing projects, community larders and community fridges making use of council owned land and buildings
Safe, clean neighbourhoods with good local facilities for all ages
Labour’s plan will fight crime, allowing every part of Worcester to be free from fear, and for everyone to feel safe in their own home. We will make sure that the heroes who helped our communities get through the pandemic are supported to keep up their good work into the future. Together we will harness the power of the city’s people to guarantee we can take pride in every part of our City.
- work with the police and other agencies to tackle crime and antisocial behaviour, including drug dealing, vandalism, speeding traffic
- take action to improve personal and community safety, with improved CCTV, better lighting and easier reporting of crime
- keep streets free from litter through more regular street cleaning and local community litter picks and keep Worcester tidy campaigns
- provide good quality play facilities for children and young people, including those with disabilities, near to where you live and build a skate park and bike pump track
- support local community centres, schools and other community venues to become active social hubs for all ages, tackling isolation and loneliness and providing practical support to those in need, through eg. food parcels, benefits advice, job coaches
Secure, affordable, good quality homes for you and your family
Labour’s plan will tackle housing shortages, improving the quality and affordability of housing available. We understand that everyone deserves a decent home which suits their needs, and will work tirelessly to make that a reality. We will fight back against Tory government housing policies that rig our housing system in favour of developers and the wealthy.
- crack down on rogue landlords in the private rented sector and enforce better standards of accommodation by introducing a confidential reporting system for tenants
- develop ways to enable the council to build new, fully energy efficient homes at affordable rents, such as a Local Housing Company or land co-operatives
- tackle the cost of living crisis by putting pressure on housing developers to deliver fully energy efficient homes for rent and to buy
- work with local agencies and charities to offer practical support to rough sleepers, helping them find a permanent place to live and access the services they need
- end the use of bed and breakfast accommodation for homeless families
A welcoming City, with top class sports, leisure and shopping accessible to all
Labour’s plan is to further enhance the beauty of our city and its rich cultural scene. Worcester has something for everyone, a great heritage offer including buildings, collections, and a vibrant music and cultural scene; Labour will build on these by fostering community arts initiatives. Our tourism and sporting attractions provide fun and enjoyment as well as bringing in prosperity to our local economy and providing jobs and opportunities; Labour will complement these with new pop-up initiatives in vacant shops. Labour will ensure that fun activities are accessible to all across all parts of the City.
• protect and develop our parks, riverside and publicly owned green spaces and promote their use for recreation, leisure and health
• promote community-based arts, music and leisure making use of community venues around the city
• support the use of empty shops and buildings for ‘pop up’ and community activities
• improve ways for people with disabilities to access city centre buildings, sports and leisure venues and shops and actively promote disability awareness training
• ensure that all developments related to sports, leisure and tourism are family friendly and dementia friendly