27/30/2019 SHDC Manifesto launched
Press Release: Totnes and S Devon Labour Party, SW Devon Labour Party, South Hams Labour Campaign Group
Date: 27 March 2019
Contact: Peter McIlven, Election Agent, 07955 730372; Helen Beetham, Press Co-ordinator, 07866 360329
In May, the people of Devon can send a message to this failed government. Enough is enough. We’ve had enough of cuts to vital services – to schools, hospitals and local policing. Enough of libraries and youth centres closing their doors. Enough of elderly and disabled people being left without essential care. And enough of failed privatisations that suck funds out of public services.
Over the last eight years, the Conservative government has cut local council budgets in half. Just last month they slashed another £1.3billion. Labour Councils have shielded the most essential services, but in the South Hams the ruling Conservative group has responded with closures, outsourcing and privatisation.
Across our District, the housing crisis has deepened. Homes are among the least affordable in the country. More people are sleeping rough. We need a planning system that focuses on really affordable homes, especially for rent, and we need to invest in our infrastructure so new homes are sustainable for everyone.
The environment is in crisis. While the Government whips up hatred and division, and argues about how best to rip us out of the European Union, Labour councils are committing to the future. Labour on South Hams council will follow their lead: divest from fossil fuels, ban fracking and single-use plastics, and work for clean air and water.
With hundreds of local members, Labour can stand candidates that really understand the local issues. On Saturday we will launch a manifesto for the South Hams that sets out how Labour will do things differently. From the start, our approach to local government will be open, transparent and democratic. No more decisions taken behind closed doors. No more money wasted on failed mergers. Labour will stand up to every attack on our local services, giving dignity and support to those in need.
Labour will work with community groups and other progressive councillors to provide community transport to isolated residents. We’ll bring back youth services and children’s centres, invest in tourism and the digital economy, and support our regional arts and culture. We’ll fight to reverse SHDC’s current plans to change the way council tax reduction is calculated, ensuring that low income families are not left with bigger bills.
It’s time to take our District back from the Tories. Labour in the South Hams will rebuild our communities and transform our area – for the many who live and work here.
Manifesto Launch and an opportunity to speak with candidates: Saturday 30 March, 10am, School Hall, The Mansion, 36 Fore Street, Totnes TQ9 5RP