Worcester Local Elections May 2023

Worcester Labour Manifesto
Worcester Labour Manifesto

Our Vision for Worcester

The Labour Party has always been about people. The Party was formed to give ordinary people a voice and we have always sought to make people’s lives better, and that is what we are committed to doing here in Worcester.

We will achieve this by:

1. Securing economic growth that makes everyone, and not just a few, better off.
2. Creating a city that is sustainable, healthy and fit for the future.
3. Helping to make our communities safe, clean and accessible to all.
4. Making sure that every house is warm, secure and affordable.

Labour Parliamentary Candidate Tom Collins beginning his campaign to reopen the Worcester  Walk-in Centre with Shadow Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Wes Streeting.
Labour Parliamentary Candidate Tom Collins beginning his campaign to reopen the Worcester Walk-in Centre with Shadow Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Wes Streeting.

1 Growth that works for everyone

We want our local economy to work for everyone. We will help create an environment in which local businesses can thrive, where pay levels match the cost of living, and where people of all ages benefit from economic growth.

We have:
• Championed the creation of the Building Block at Warndon Community Centre to give local people access to training schemes.
• Helped secure £2.96m to invest in support for local start-ups and small businesses from the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.
• Ensured that Worcester City Council and its contracted services pay the Real Living Wage.
• Provided free bus travel for local people in December 2022 to help get people into the city centre.

We will:
• Campaign for better walking, cycling and bus routes across the city – including extending bus operating hours to help people get to work, meet friends and family, and access local public services.
• Invest in our city’s culture and leisure offer to create new job opportunities and make Worcester a destination for tourism.
• Influence local businesses and institutions, such as the University of Worcester, to buy local and help keep money and jobs in Worcester.

Cllr Jabbar Riaz and Labour Parliamentary  Candidate Tom Collins out on the ground  looking at how to improve walking and  cycling routes across Worcester.
Cllr Jabbar Riaz and Labour Parliamentary Candidate Tom Collins out on the ground looking at how to improve walking and cycling routes across Worcester.
Your local Labour Party speaking up for  Worcester with Shadow Armed Forces  Minister Luke Pollard MP, raising the need for  more investment in the city to help local  businesses.
Your local Labour Party speaking up for Worcester with Shadow Armed Forces Minister Luke Pollard MP, raising the need for more investment in the city to help local businesses.

2 A city fit for the future

We want to make it easier for households, communities and businesses to become environmentally sustainable, to improve their health and wellbeing, and to embrace new technologies to help make Worcester fit for the future.

We have:
• Introduced the SHIFT cycle scheme for Worcester City Council employees, and started to champion this scheme amongst other employers.
• Purchased five electric vans to be part of the council’s vehicle fleet.
• Installed electric vehicle charging points in St Martin’s Gate Car Park, and secured funding for two further sites.
• Diverted council funds to help provide free school meals to all eligible children in the summer holidays in 2022, and to provide more support to local community kitchens.

We will:
• Campaign to reintroduce the Worcester Walk-in Centre, helping to bring back accessible healthcare provision and reduce pressure on A&E.
• Introduce new schemes to expand renewable energy generation on council-owned sites, reducing our carbon footprint and creating an income that can be reinvested in the city.
• Work with local and national agencies and groups to improve air quality and reduce pollution.

Cllrs Patricia Agar and Basharat Ali holding  a ward surgery to help local residents get  their issues resolved as your local Labour  Party is on your side.
Cllrs Patricia Agar and Basharat Ali holding a ward surgery to help local residents get their issues resolved as your local Labour Party is on your side.
Cllr Jill Desayrah hosting a weekly  community kitchen - providing a warm  space for local residents to meet up,  share stories and raise issues with their  ward councillor.
Cllr Jill Desayrah hosting a weekly community kitchen - providing a warm space for local residents to meet up, share stories and raise issues with their ward councillor.

3 Cleaner, safer communities

We want everyone to feel safe in their homes and in their communities, where people can take pride in their neighbourhood and have inclusive access to shared spaces and independent shops.

We have:
• Advocated on behalf of local residents to highlight particular issues to the police, and pushed for more action to be done to tackle anti-social behaviour.
• Provided additional council funding to help ease the cost of living for the most vulnerable through further council tax rebates, greater welfare assistance and more support for local charities.
• Achieved ‘Purple Flag’ status for the city centre, helping to improve public safety in the evenings.
• Fought to introduce new pedestrian crossings in the city centre, a new public cricket pitch and new accessibility schemes at the Worcester Museum & Art Gallery.

We will:
• Help introduce a new Worcester Play Strategy to help make our parks and green spaces accessible, safe and clean for children of all ages.
• Work with the police and other agencies to tackle crime, including drug dealing, anti-social behaviour,
vandalism and traffic offences (to help make our roads safer for cyclists and pedestrians).
• Champion equality, diversity and inclusivity in all that we do to make the city more accessible.

Cllrs Robyn Norfolk, Worcester City Council’s  Equality Champion, and Zoe Cookson  celebrating our city’s diversity at Worcester  Pride.
Cllrs Robyn Norfolk, Worcester City Council’s Equality Champion, and Zoe Cookson celebrating our city’s diversity at Worcester Pride.
Cllr Jenny Barnes is cleaning up our streets with  the installation of new, larger waste and recycling  bins.
Cllr Jenny Barnes is cleaning up our streets with the installation of new, larger waste and recycling bins.

4 Warm, secure and affordable housing

We want to make sure that every person in Worcester has a decent home to live in, a home that is warm and suitable for their needs, with secured tenancies for private renters and new homes that are affordable for buyers.

We have:
• Revoked licensing exemptions for Houses of Multiple Occupation (HMOs) across the city to improve housing standards and ensure that private landlords maintain their properties.
• Introduced a ‘Spend to Save’ council budget to better support households who have financial challenges from becoming homeless.
• Campaigned on behalf of social housing tenants to ensure that their homes are well-maintained and their neighbourhoods kept clean.

We will:
• Require housing developers to build energy efficient homes that are available to rent and buy, and that house building does not unduly impact the local environment.
• Tackle rogue landlords and introduce a confidential reporting system for tenants.
• Work with local agencies and charities to offer practical support to rough sleepers to help them find a permanent place to live, and the services to help them get back on their feet.
• Explore ways for the council to build new, energy efficient homes available for affordable renting.

The Labour Party in Worcester is committed to  cleaning up our neighbourhoods and holding  private landlords to account.
The Labour Party in Worcester is committed to cleaning up our neighbourhoods and holding private landlords to account.
Cllr Lynn Denham and the Labour Group at  Worcester City Council is working hard to make  sure housing associations are maintaining their  properties and looking after social tenants.
Cllr Lynn Denham and the Labour Group at Worcester City Council is working hard to make sure housing associations are maintaining their properties and looking after social tenants.
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