Ealing Labour has launched its manifesto ahead of the 2018 local elections taking place on Thursday, 3rd May.
The manifesto outlines our broad vision and growing ambition for the Borough, even in the most difficult of times. Genuinely affordable homes. A decent living income. Healthy people and thriving neighbourhoods. These are the priorities of the Ealing Labour Party going forward into 2018 and beyond.
Labour have achieved a great deal since we came to power in Ealing in 2010. Whether building new homes, enhancing our green spaces, fighting to Save our Hospitals or campaigning alongside residents against Brexit, we have delivered a great deal in the last eight years.
But following the 2010 election, it became immediately clear that the Conservative-Liberal Democrat government would begin to target local councils with the most savage of cuts.
In Ealing the government has cut almost 65% of our revenue budget. We have £143million less to spend on services across our Borough. Given increasing size and age of our population, we will need to have found £265 million of savings by 2020 just to balance the books.
This is the context in which we make our pledges to the Borough in 2018.
Council Leader Julian Bell said:
“Over the past eight years Ealing Labour have never shied away from tackling the big issues facing our Borough.
Whether building new homes to tackle London’s housing crisis, enhancing our green spaces, campaigning to save our hospitals or fighting to keep us in Europe; we will always be on the side of local residents.
This manifesto is a firm foundation upon which we want to build on our record in Ealing and when voters head to the polling stations on May 3rd I hope they continue to support our vision for the Borough.”
Cllr Peter Mason, Cabinet member & manifesto co-ordinator said:
“As the democratically elected representatives of Ealing, we know that we are elected not just to run the council, but to lead the Borough.
We will always ensure that we protect the most vulnerable in our society first, and work to make our Borough more equal. This can only be achieved in the spirit of cooperation, where we work together with residents, businesses, voluntary groups, charities, unions and across the public sector.
We are confident that the vision and ideas that we have set out to achieve are the ones that the residents of Ealing will show their support for on May 3rd.”