While Labour has been running Ealing Council we have frozen the Council Tax. With the cost of living crisis pressing down on local families through stagnant wages and rocketing household bills the Council Tax freeze is crucial help for everyone in Ealing trying to make ends meet. If we are re-elected on 22 May we will freeze Council Tax again in 2015/6 for a fifth consecutive year.
We have also been grappling with unprecedented £87m Tory led government cuts to our budget and a £7m shortfall in Council Tax freeze subsidy. Despite this we have not closed any of our Children's Centres, nor cut our youth service and we have put unprecedented capital sums into expanding our schools. We have also targeted our reducing budgets on the increasing numbers of elderly and physically and mentally disabled.
We invested £2m more than the Tories promised in resurfacing our roads and pavements. We worked with the police to bring crime rates down, investing in more police officers, CCTV in crime hotspots and alley-gating. We have pushed ahead with major regeneration projects on our main housing estates creating new affordable homes and jobs. We have not closed any of our libraries or leisure centres, modernising and refurbishing many of our libraries and providing new sports facilities.
I'm proud of what Labour has achieved for Ealing in difficult times but there is more to be done and it won't be easy. The Tory led government has a similar round of budget cuts in the pipeline for Ealing Council and our frontline services will come under massive pressure.
The battle to save our local Hospitals will go on and we will expose the Tory lie that they have 'saved' Ealing and Charing Cross A&Es. We oppose their plans to close Central Middlesex and Hammersmith A&Es after the election.
The local Tories false promises can only be met by closing community facilities and slashing services that will hit the weakest and most vulnerable hardest. Make sure you, your family and friends vote Labour on Thursday 22 May to defend our Community.