Council elections: Labour pledges no-one will get left behind or ignored
- Credit: St Albans Labour Party
We spoke to St Albans Labour Party ahead of the county and district elections on May 6 to find out what they perceive to be the key issues locally, and what policies they want to introduce to tackle them.
Party spokesman Iain Grant explained: "Even without coronavirus, this set of elections would have been challenging enough. Ten years of Tory austerity – five of which were ushered in by the Liberal Democrats in coalition – have wreaked havoc on our public services.
"Local authority finances are under massive pressure. Remember the loss of Nascot Lawn respite centre, removing vital support from some of our neediest families? As ever, cutbacks hit the poorest in our society hardest.
"With coronavirus, the pressures are even greater: on our hardworking NHS and care services (whose reward is a £3.50 a week pay rise?).
"And on all those providing us with essential services over the past year - our shop workers, refuse collectors, postal workers, our public transport and taxi drivers.
You may also want to watch:
"Nationally, Labour is committed to securing our economy, protecting the NHS and rebuilding our country. We promise that no-one gets left behind or ignored.
"So nationally, it was Labour who brought the motion to defend the £20 uplift to universal credit and pushed for free school meals being reinstated for needy families over the holidays.
"Locally, our commitment remains the same – ensuring we build a vibrant, inclusive, forward-looking city and district.
We are committed to driving the climate change agenda, through practical, achievable measures.
- 1 Five Guys coming to St Albans
- 2 Property Spotlight: A huge family home on a sought-after St Albans street
- 3 GP to retire after 52 years in the NHS
- 4 Why have police failed to prosecute over destruction of Smallford Pits wildlife site?
- 5 Housing boom sees St Albans homes earning more than their owners
- 6 St Albans MP describes fire safety row as ‘national scandal of epic proportions’
- 7 Hertfordshire estate agency chain acquires local rival
- 8 'We must act now' - villagers in renewed fight to save pub
- 9 Woman stops Harpenden traffic in climate change protest
- 10 Mouth of the Tyne: Delight for Hebburn Town but FA Vase joy is hurt by lack of fans
"Our councillors have backed 20 mph zones since 2005. In 2019, we secured council support for a ‘car free day’ to include improved, more accessible public transport.
"Labour will press for better housing, at genuinely affordable rents – the homes we need, in the places we want. And backed by the schools, roads and facilities to create truly sustainable communities, not car-dependent outliers.
"The failure of Tory and Lib Dem administrations to update the St Albans Local Plan in 27 years is a lamentable indictment. This city and district deserve better.
"Labour will promote more local employment e.g. via start-up hubs, with diversified leisure uses to sustain our retail centres. To read our full manifesto commitments, visit www.stalbanslabour.org.uk.
"Thursday May 6 is the opportunity to use your voice to call for better from your district and county council. A vote for Labour will make that change happen."