Brent Labour Manifesto 2014

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  • Most people think political manifestos should be a contract.

    This contract is our manifesto.

    Brent LabourTogether were better

    Better backing to get through tough times.

    Better job opportunities for local people.

    Better homes.

    Better starts in life for our kids.

    Better care for vulnerable residents.

    Better, cleaner, greener, healthier spaces.

    Better, safer streets.

    Better connected communities.

    Brent Labour Leadership Team

  • You probably dont need us to tell you that moneys tight.

    Rising food and energy bills, rents and rates mean everyones having to watch the pennies.

    The same can be said for your local council.

    Because of big cuts from the Coalition Government, Brents Labour-run council has 700 less to spend on every single home in our borough than we did four years ago.

    With less money to go around, we have to think differently.

    By changing the way the council works, we believe we can keep on making life a bit easier for you and the other 311,999 people who call our borough home.

    Brent Labour has a plan to renew our boroughs sense of community.

    We want to help build a Brent where people come together to change things for the better.

    Well help by joining with charities and community groups to make council services work better for you. Whether that means giving local families more say over how their local childrens center is run, or making sure your elderly relatives or neighbours meals on wheels is delivered by a familiar face.

    Brent LabourTogether were better

  • Well help by making it easier for you and your neighbours to club together and make your money go further. Supporting you to get cheaper electricity and gas, and building up local credit unions so that everyone in Brent can get a loan at a good rate if they need one.

    And well help by creating good quality jobs and training programmes for local people. Making sure companies that want council contracts do their bit for our borough, and carrying on the fight for the London Living Wage throughout Brent.

    We want to make sure local people can afford to stay local, so well build 3,000 affordable homes over the next four years, and set up a not-for-profit lettings agency to bring down rents.

    We believe theres strength in numbers.

    We know that, by unleashing the power of our community, together we can turn the challenges we face into opportunities and emerge from tough times as a fairer and better borough.

    We are on your side.

    This is our vision for Brent. We hope it will be yours too.

    Brent Labour. Together were better.

    Brent LabourTogether were better

    Muhammed Butt, Brent Labour Leader

  • Local people deserve a fair days wages for a fair days work. Brent Labour will work to make sure everyone who works with Brent Council pays their employees no less than the London Living Wage, and set up a special task force to encourage as many local businesses as possible to become LLW employers.

    We believe theres strength in numbers. Well help neighbours to club together and get cheaper gas and electricity.

    Payday lenders grind down people in need into spirals of debt, dependence and depression. Well ban these legal loan sharks from advertising on council-owned billboards and bus stops.

    By keeping our money local (and well away from the paws of big banks,) we can make it go a lot further. Well build up local credit unions to make sure everyone in Brent can get a loan at a good rate if they need one.

    Well work with the Citizens Advice Bureau and other community groups to offer local people help to develop budgeting skills and debt advice at the first sign that theyre falling behind on their bills.

    Labour will continue to make sure pensioners and disabled people dont have to pay much Council Tax, and reduce the amount paid by other disadvantaged groups.

    Better backing to get through tough times.

    Brent LabourTogether were better

  • Brent Labour will work closely with local businesses, job centres, charities and the College of North West London to help 1,000 Brent residents, including a lot of long-term unemployed and working aged disabled people, find work.

    Well will make sure companies that want council contracts do their bit for our borough by investing in jobs for local people, training programmes for unemployment residents, local charities or community projects.

    Brents young people deserve better than having to choose between a low-paid job with little or no security or the dole. Labour will create 100 new apprenticeships in the council workforce by 2017.

    And well grow our boroughs economy to better serve its people- pushing on with the transformation of Wembley and South Kilburn and investing in growth areas including Alperton, Queensbury and Church End.

    Better job opportunities for local people.

    Brent LabourTogether were better

  • We want to make sure local people can afford to make a home for themselves in our borough once they feel ready. Thats why well kick off an ambitious council house building programme and work with housing associations to build 3,000 new affordable homes throughout Brent by 2018.

    Well spend 110 million over the next four years to radically improve the quality of existing council houses.

    Well set up a not-for-profit lettings agency to bring down the cost of renting and help people get longer term lets.

    No one should have to live in just a dank shed with barely enough room for a bed. Labour will weed out unscrupulous rogue landlords by requiring everyone looking to rent out a private property in our borough to license it with the council and go through basic safety checks.

    We believe local people have a right to know whos really benefiting from our benefits system, so well publish an annual register of all companies and individuals in Brent getting over 250,000 in housing benefit payments.

    Better homes.

    Brent LabourTogether were better

  • Brent Labour understand that nothing sets a kid up better in life than a good education. Thats why well make sure that, by 2017, every single school in our borough is rated good or outstanding.

    A school place is the most basic building block of a good education, but Brent primaries are chock-full. Well spend 100 million to create 3,500 new school places for our boroughs children.

    We reckon that the best way to make sure our kids manage money well in later life is to teach them the value of saving while theyre still at school. Labour will open a savings account at a credit union with a starter deposit of 10 for all Year 7 children living in Brent.

    We know that we wont be able set our kids up for life unless were able to set them up for the school day. Well work with local schools to create more Breakfast Clubs and make sure pupils in our

    borough get the right fuel they need to learn.

    Weve seen first-hand that childrens centres can transform kids chances in life. Well carry on fighting to keep your local childrens centre open, and give community groups and young people more say over how its run.

    Well work with charities and community groups to reform the councils youth services so that they better support your son, daughter, niece or nephew to learn the skills theyll need to find a job and succeed.

    We realise that the best way to support young people in our borough is often to lend a hand to mums and dads. A lot of parents in our borough are working two or three jobs, and nights, just to get by at the minute. If you have to work unusual hours, well connect you with a qualified and affordable childminder so you can sleep better at night too.

    Brent LabourTogether were better

    Better starts in life for our kids.

  • We dont think people who are sick or in need of care should have to worry about whether a service is provided by the council or the NHS. Well join up Brents health and social care services to meet each patients unique needs.

    Well help older and disabled people to live at home for longer by giving them more say over their own care, installing more grab rails and stair-lifts in their homes and providing more Extra Care (or very sheltered) housing.

    Well invest in new and improved facilities at local day centres, and launch new community programmes to give older and vulnerable residents a chance to get to know new people.

    Caring is a tough job and carers deserve our support. Well work with local support groups to find and offer help to more unpaid carers through our new Carers Hub. And well reach out to teenage carers, who are less likely to know what help is available.

    Better care for vulnerable residents.

    Brent LabourTogether were better

  • Local people deserve clean streets. Well continue the crackdown on fly tipping which saw Brents Labour-run council prosecute 668 people last year.

    Well carry on collecting your old kitchen appliances, furniture and other bulky items for free.

    To forge a greener future for Brent kids, Labour will plant 1,200 trees and reduce our boroughs carbon emissions by 15% by 2018.

    We believe vibrant and varied high streets are the heart of local communities. Well limit the number of betting shops, payday loan lenders, pawnbrokers and takeaways in our town centres and on our high streets.

    Well spend 1 million over the next four years to improve cycling routes and provide more training courses for adults and children.

    Brent Labour will open more outdoor gyms throughout our borough.

    Better, cleaner, greener, healthier spaces.

    Brent LabourTogether were better

  • Brent Labour will work with the police, neighbourhood watch groups and local people to make sure viol