All the evidence show austerity is hurting the economy and taking money from your pocket. The Conservative-led Council has cut too far, too fast. Just like the Liberal Democrats did before them.
Today, local cuts to Sure Start centres and domestic violence services unfairly hit the vulnerable hardest. Soon, we’ll all feel the pinch – from transport, to healthcare and emergency services. Ofsted has rightly criticised the Council’s education failures. We say people of all ages deserve better.
Labour will do what Conservative Councillors and MPs will not: we will lobby Government to increase our city’s formula grant. In other words, we’ll stand up to get more money for Portsmouth.
Standing up for local jobs
A Labour campaign is challenging David Cameron’s broken promise to bring ship-building home. Meanwhile, the council has bought a warehouse in Gloucester for £8m. And they will rely on business rates to plug a gap left by years of Lib Dem and Conservative under-investment. Labour stands up for local businesses, and new secure work.
Keeping you safe from crime
Labour’s campaign to save Central Police Station has made waves in the media. Now, the police and crime commissioner has agreed to build a new policing hub in Portsmouth, instead of Havant. We will keep standing up to protect policing in the community from more cuts. With crime in the city up by 9%, it has never been more important.
Brighter futures for our children
The government scrapped Labour’s plans for a state-of-the-art school in Paulsgrove. Then they refused to fund enough school places. Now they want to turn all schools into academies, with no say for parents. Our children deserve the best chances to succeed. Labour councillors are campaigning to fund a good education for all, across the city.
The homes we deserve
Overcrowding. Insecure tenancies. Lack of social housing. Rising homelessness. Stalled building projects. And forecast population growth of 4.5% by 2021. That’s why Labour stands up for smarter, fairer, sustainable approaches to housing in our city. We promise to keep listening to you, and to champion the solutions local people need.