You can see our 2017 City Council Report here.
Your third ‘Annual report’ from Labour Councillors details the many ways we have protected and improved the services you value the most. We are continuously increasing council efficiency to offset the ending of all core Government grant in 2019, and to make sure every penny of your council tax is spent well.
We target £1.1m to Cambridge residents who need our help the most, plus £900,000 in grants for local voluntary groups. We are funding Citizens Advice Bureau outreach advice centres, and encouraging and supporting businesses so that hundreds more local employees now receive the ‘Real Living Wage’ of at least £8.45/hour, the minimum needed to survive in Cambridge.
Building more affordable housing is critical. Labour’s Mayoral candidate Councillor Kevin Price secured £70m from Government for at least 500 new Cambridge council homes by 2022, plus £100m devolution funding for over 2000 new Cambridgeshire Housing Association homes.
We persuaded the City Deal to develop a central Cambridge ‘Clean Air Zone’, and have already won significant financial backing from the Government to tackle air pollution in the city, including over £400,000 to support electric taxis.
We kept city streetlights burning overnight despite the County Council switch-off, and are now paying extra to increase light brightness until 2am, ensuring people young and old return home safely.
We work closely with Cambridge MP Daniel Zeichner and your Labour County Councillors to get the best deal for Cambridge, and protect jobs after Brexit.
Finally, our officers have helped us identify a massive £50m in previously idle council reserves forgotten by the Lib Dems. We are investing it in property and housing to earn millions to protect your services, and all of this helps us create ‘One Cambridge – Fair for All’.
Councillor Lewis Herbert
Leader of Cambridge City Council
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