One Cambridge Fair for All
We’re really excited to present our manifesto for the City Council elections on May 6th 2021. It’s an ambitious and forward-thinking manifesto, put forward by an experienced and committed group of councillors, that builds on our impressive track record of delivering for Cambridge and offers a strong vision for the next four years.
We’re ready to meet the main challenge of tackling inequality in our city – continuing to support those residents who need our help, especially through our pioneering work on food justice – while also making sure that we look after our planet and its resources. This going to be absolutely key to Cambridge’s future, and it needs a Labour-run City Council to achieve these aims.
Together with our record of delivery on new council housing – genuinely affordable housing for local families – and longer-term accommodation for our city’s homeless, as well as our fight to protect services from continued Government cuts, these are our four key pledges to residents across Cambridge. Tackling poverty and inequality, acting on the climate and biodiversity emergencies, building more new council homes and reducing homelessness, and delivering services despite a decade of underfunding and cuts by central government.
The last year’s been tough for us all, and communities across the city have really had to pull together to support each other, but together we’re looking towards a bright future for a fairer, more sustainable Cambridge.
Pledge 1: Tackle poverty and inequality and promote food justice
Cambridge Labour will continue to address poverty across the city through our anti-poverty strategy, and promote diversity, seeking to make Cambridge an inclusive, welcoming place for all. We will continue successful policies such as our Community Grants scheme, and promoting a Real Living Wage as well as helping local people to take action to improve their local area through a new community seed fund’. We will also resettle a further 200 refugees, build more disability friendly play areas and Changing Places toilets, and strive to make more places in our city safe spaces for the LGBTQ community. See pages 4 – 7 of our manifesto for more details.
Pledge 2: Achieve a net zero council and address the climate and biodiversity emergencies
Cambridge Labour will continue to tackle the climate and biodiversity emergencies, and achieve a net zero council by 2030. We also remain committed to a vision of sustainable development that allows us to meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. We will ensure our new council homes are built to passivhaus standards wherever possible, replace city council vehicles with electric vehicles as the default option, champion the restoration of the chalk streams in and around Cambridge and assess all our policies against their impact on the environment. See pages 8 – 11 of our manifesto for more details.
Pledge 3: Build a new generation of council homes and reduce homelessness
Cambridge Labour will continue our ambitious council house building programme and give every homeless person new opportunities. We will build a further 1000 new council homes, with as many as possible at passivhaus or net zero carbon standards. We’ll also work with tenants’ groups to stand up to private landlords, provide more housing for intermediate rent to make housing more affordable for local people, and stand up for leaseholders facing cladding bills and unfair charges. And we will continue to support our city’s homeless. For more details, see pages 12 – 13 of our manifesto.
Pledge 4: Deliver essential services in the face of Tory government cuts
Cambridge Labour will deliver high quality essential services, in the face of continued government cuts, to support the most vulnerable in our communities during the pandemic – and beyond. We’ll keep Cambridge streets clean and tidy and hold more community skips days, as well as investing in and improving our city centre. We’ll support our local businesses, through our new Economic Recovery Officer, and invest £700,000 in boosting the hospitality sector. And we’ll provide free and subsidised activities to residents so that everyone can access what our wonderful city has to offer.