When we were re-elected to lead Ealing Council in 2018, we couldn’t have imagined what would have unfolded over the next four years. A global pandemic and political instability brought unprecedented challenges whilst equally highlighting the effects of structural racism and inequality that already existed. The pandemic had a knock on effect on Ealing’s economy, with unemployment growing and Ealing having one of the highest furlough rates in London. As the Government failed to address the housing crisis and failed to reform social care across the country, we experienced an ever-growing demand for our services, whilst also facing crippling cuts to local authority budgets as the Government’s programme of austerity continued.
Despite this, your Labour councillors have continued to fight hard for Ealing’s residents over the past four years. We saved Ealing A&E after the Tories threatened to close it for years and reduced care home admissions by 40% through our Better Lives programme. In 2018, we pledged to build 2,500 genuinely affordable homes before May 2022, and we’ve smashed our target – delivering 2,700 genuinely affordable homes by March. We’ve also taken steps to address inequalities in Ealing: we delivered 750 apprenticeships for local people, provided free school meals for children over the school holidays when the Government refused to help and delivered above average outcomes for our care leavers – with 58% in education, employment or training and 17% going to university. Following the murder of George Floyd and the global movement that followed, we launched Ealing’s Race Equality Commission so we could better understand and act on the consequences of race inequality in Ealing. We also introduced a borough-wide protection order to address ASB across the borough and renewed the ground-breaking PSPO at Mattock Lane Clinic. After declaring a climate emergency in 2019, we adopted the Climate and Ecological Emergency Strategy. Since then, we’ve planted over 37,000 trees, rolled out world-class deep house retrofitting for energy efficiency to our estates and extended our food waste collection service to flats, ensuring that we send almost zero waste to landfill.
However, we know that there is much more to do and that the challenges we face right now must be matched with our ambition for local people in Ealing. That’s why we’re so proud to launch these pledges that respond to the challenges that residents are facing, whilst also taking advantage of the opportunities that remain for us to make a difference for those who need it most.
In the coming weeks, we will launch our local manifesto, setting out our ambitious plan for our seven towns. These key pledges are totally focused on the priorities of Ealing’s residents across each of our seven towns and the core task of making our borough a better place to live, work and visit.
These six pledges for the core priorities of Ealing Labour’s 2022 manifesto:
Recover from the Pandemic
“We will secure 10,000 new, well paid jobs across the borough to help every family get a decent living income”
Coronavirus has hit people’s incomes hard, so we will secure new well-paid jobs, support people back into work after lockdown and deliver more support for small and local businesses to thrive,
Re-Grow, Re-Wild & Recycle
“We will create 10 new parks and open spaces, plant 50,000 more trees, and give 800,000 sqm back to nature”
Everyone agrees we need to tackle the climate crisis, protect the environment and do even more to make our borough cleaner and greener, and make so much more of our borough open and accessible for people to enjoy.
Genuinely Affordable Homes
“We will deliver 4,000 new & safe genuinely affordable homes”
London’s affordable housing crisis means we need to do everything we can to build more homes that cost no more than a third of household incomes, stop people being priced out of local housing, and build many more new council homes for rent.
Tackle the Cost of Living
“We will keep council tax low, help families with the cost of living and protect the most vulnerable”
Since 2010, we’ve saved the average family £2,500, by keeping council tax either frozen or as low as possible and we will continue to do so. We’ll also ensure those on the lowest pay are protected.
Fight Crime & Antisocial Behaviour
“We will invest £13m in fighting antisocial behaviour, burglary, violent crime and violence against women”
After a decade of cuts from the government, the police have struggled to deal with antisocial behaviour and violent crime. We will campaign for the powers we need to enforce the rules to make our neighbourhoods safer, punish rule breakers, and ensure no one is above the law.
Fix Social Care
“We’ve saved Ealing’s A&E, now we need to fix social care, supporting more people to stay at home and paying the London Living Wage to care workers”
COVID-19 has shown clearly that the government should fix social care, so it is not left to council taxpayers. In the meantime, we’ll support 3,000 of the most vulnerable residents get the care they need in their own homes and deliver the London Living Wage for all care workers.