I have always tried to make sure that the Council delivers best value to residents and that we are honest about our decisions. That's what I hope you will judge my administration on at election time. Councillor Samantha Dixon
Last year Cheshire West and Chester Council was awarded Council of the Year by the Association of Public Service Excellence. This is testament to the hard work of our staff and the patience of residents as the council adjusts and responds to the challenges of the times in which we live.
Tory austerity is holding back communities across Britain and until there is a change of government, it is up to Labour councils like ours to be strong for local communities and to protect public services from the devastating impact of these unfair and damaging policies.
Over the next four years Labour councillors will not give up our mission to create the best possible services for all residents, and to keep the most vulnerable people in our borough safe.
Read or download our manifesto here.
NATIONALLY OUR ECONOMY IS BROKEN
The Conservative Government at Westminster has used the global financial crisis as an excuse to impose eight years of the worst austerity since the Second World War on our country. Whether it’s the NHS, local councils, emergency services or our schools and colleges, they have starved public services of vital funds while increasing the pressure on them by failing to tackle the root causes of the national crisis in public health, social care and homelessness.
Between 2010 and 2020, the Government will have cut £330 million in cash terms from our local council services. By 2020, there will be no revenue support grant funding from central government for our local council at all. Not even one penny.
During this time, the wealthiest people in our country have got richer while the number of children and adults living in poverty increases by the day.
It shouldn’t be this way – we need to rebuild the safety nets that have been eroded by these cuts.
We have a responsibility to help halt the scourge of people being held back by increasing debt and high housing costs, workers being held back by falling real pay and job insecurity, entrepreneurs and managers being held back from growing their business, and children being held back by cuts to education and growing poverty.
Cheshire West residents deserve decent jobs, which provide financial stability and the confidence to spend your money locally. This will help our economy to thrive.
Labour wants to re-imagine our high streets and use heritage, cultural and community assets to help them flourish. We want to support local business, and encourage more people to move, expand or start up in our borough.
The next Labour administration will be bold when it comes to transport as well. We want to keep our borough moving, getting people to where they need to be.
Labour cares passionately about the well-being of residents, so in the face of continued cuts, we need to think differently about tackling the crisis we face with loneliness, housing, mental health, poverty and community safety.
Labour wants to help communities to build resilience, which means residents can face the challenges ahead and go forward with hope and optimism.
Read or download our manifesto here.
CHANGE BEGINS LOCALLY
Labour will use the next four years to give communities a much greater say over the decisions that affect them. This means changing the relationship between public services and local residents, and where necessary, re-building these services in partnership with the communities who use them.
This new way of working will be in stark contrast to the Tory vision, which is one where council services are outsourced to private providers.
Labour’s vision is for a council that works with communities to create services based on social value not just financial value.
And while we work to create social value, we must always consider the economic, social and environmental impact of every decision we take.
A COUNCIL FOR THE MANY, NOT THE FEW
Working together, we can build an alliance between public services, businesses, voluntary groups and other organisations to create something new that will give communities the strength they need to beat the Tory cuts and flourish.
In the past four years, Cheshire West Labour has delivered on the pledges made in our 2015 local election manifesto. We have balanced the council budget and have always been given a clean bill of health from our auditors – unlike other councils who are on the brink of going bust.
This has meant taking very difficult decisions but the choice at the election in May is clear: a Tory council who will continue to use public money to concentrate power in the hands of the few, or a Labour council with a vision for community involvement that puts local power in the hands of the many.
Our vision is to empower local people and local communities, so you can be part of the decisions affecting you.
I am asking you to put your trust in Labour candidates when you go to vote on Thursday 2nd May 2019, so we can work together to build a safer, thriving, more resilient, more optimistic and greener Cheshire West and Chester.
Councillor Samantha Dixon
Local Labour Leader