Labour Group Launch 2017 Manifesto

The Labour group of County Councillors have today launched the Manifesto upon which they will campaign to win seats in Essex County Elections (May 2017)

Pictured are Councillors & prospective candidates in the May elections







The Labour Party's manifesto for the Essex County Council elections in May 2017


What matters most to people about where they live is that streets and other public spaces should be clean, tidy and safe. Transport, public and private is also hugely important. Being able to get around is vital for keeping in touch with family and friends, for education, work and shopping..

 Labour in Essex will:

  • Guarantee free bus passes and services for the elderly and extend the service to young people, helping them travel to training and jobs
  • Demand more police and PCSOs on the street, now, to curb anti-social behaviour
  • Oppose Tory cuts in Fire and Rescue Services. Lives must not be put at risk!
  • Adopt a ‘see it, fix it’ approach to pot hole repair
  • Make our public transport system, trains buses and coaches something to be proud of
  • Work with Essex residents to deal with local parking issues
  • Implement and expand Essex`s cycling strategy
  • Devolve grass kerb maintenance and street lighting to your communities, with the funding and power to make key decisions. Only Labour run councils have all-night lighting across Essex
  • Work with partners to promote more affordable and social housing


Giving young people the best start in life

A well-qualified workforce will attract the high-tech and creative businesses to our county. We want Essex children and young people to have the best possible start in life. We will support our hard working teachers and others to help them do so.

Labour in Essex will:

  • Resist the break-up of the County`s education system. We want a good school for every child and one that is monitored by the community it serves and by the Education Authority
  • Implement an immediate review of children’s centre closures
  • Do everything to prevent and reduce domestic violence, and help its victims of all ages.
  • Encourage the police to do more work with schools on drugs and anti social behaviour
  • Support local credit unions so that local families who are struggling with poverty do not fall into the grip of loan sharks.
  • In partnership with businesses and training organisations, we will promote a broad range of skills – from science & technology, through to the creative and performing arts.
  • Restore a professional countywide youth careers service. Promote the creation of real  apprenticeships within a properly regulated system as part of the Education Service


Labour Cares

Everyone needs a helping hand at times. Older people, who’ve done their fair share of life’s work, can remain independent with a bit of help. It`s a national scandal that if you live in an affluent part of the county, you will live seven years longer (on average) than someone born in a more deprived part. We want to cut that difference to help the NHS and all the people of our County.

Not all the solutions to the crisis in health and social care can be found locally, but Labour in Essex will :

  • Work to reduce winter deaths by tackling fuel poverty and trip hazards
  • Ensure that homes and public spaces are modified to help older people and people with disabilities to stay safe.
  • Work with the NHS to improve public health, tackling the killers – smoking, diabetes and  obesity.
  • Help independent living and provide targeted support that helps people to remain independent for as long as possible. We will reinstate a full meals on wheels service
  • Help unpaid carers- family, friends, neighbours - by ensuring they get good advice and support .


We know it is not just about the elderly  but the vulnerable and  those with disabilities  who need the help that Labour will provide, ideally through directly provided public services.


Investing in the future of Essex

Compulsive cuts to services just store up problems for the future. The task we face is not just to save money but spend it more productively for the benefits of all in our County wherever they live

Labour run councils have a record of sound financial management to provide better public services in challenging times.

Labour in Essex will:

  • Work with other public sector organisations - police, fire, NHS, councils, schools, colleges to organise more effectively to make savings to invest in our public services
  • Look to be a model employer paying a real living wage, and leading by example to push up wages and employment standards across the county
  • Work with businesses, large and small, along with public and voluntary sectors to fund economic development initiatives.
  • Rather than taxing to fund previous failures, like the Conservatives, we would only consider raising Council tax to deal with the crisis in health and social care.

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