Britain Deserves Better
Things aren’t like they used to be. After 13 long years, we are all paying the price for the Conservatives’ political choices. Their legacy is rising inflation and a cost-of-living crisis which has resulted in record levels of poverty and inequality. They have crashed our economy, they have decimated our NHS, and they have brought public services to the brink of collapse.
Give us back our half a billion pounds
Cheshire West and Chester Council has experienced over half a billion pounds of cuts from central government in the past decade, whilst at the same time rising inflation, an aging population, a mental health crisis and a poverty emergency has meant that demand for services and the cost of running these services has increased. Every Conservative Chancellor has told councils to put up council tax to meet these demands but rising costs and declining budgets mean a huge gap has opened up.
This is forcing councils to make tough choices, including cutting front-line services, raising taxes and charging for things they didn’t charge for in the past. It is also leaving budgets stretched for things like street cleaning, youth services, education, arts and culture, and economic development.
The Labour Difference
The Conservatives have taken our country backwards, not forwards. Locally, Labour has a strong record of standing up for communities against the Conservatives’ cuts and austerity. That’s why we hope you will support us with your vote on Thursday 4th May. We are trusted, local and on your side:
The Conservatives’ national record
- Over 1,000 libraries closed
- Over 650 children’s centres closed
- Over 400 swimming pools closed
- Over 60 museums closed
- National crisis in social care
- Historic cuts to policing numbers across UK and rising ASB
Labour’s local record
- We’re keeping libraries open and investing in their future
- We’re keeping children’s centres open to support families and give children the best start in life
- We’re keeping swimming pools open to support the health and well-being of residents
- We’re subsidising museums because we’re proud to share our heritage and culture
- We invest 55% more than the average Conservative council in services which support older people to live in their own homes for longer.
- We invest 14% more than the average Conservative council in community safety, including street wardens. We also spend 106% more on CCTV in public places to identify ASB and prosecute offenders.