The Labour Party has announced that it will be contesting every seat on Richmond Council in next month’s local elections in an attempt to break the Tory-Lib Dem coalition stranglehold on the local authority.
The Labour Party will fight all 54 council seats up for grabs on 22 May and is seeking to build on the success of the 2012 Greater London Assembly elections where it pushed the Lib Dems into third place in Richmond upon Thames. The party's canvass returns suggest that the trend is continuing.
Labour has announced five key pledges to ensure a fair deal for Richmond and Twickenham residents.
When elected, Labour councillors will work hard to:
- Build more affordable housing With average house prices exceeding £800,000 and thousands waiting for affordable homes, Richmond Tories and Lib Dems have a poor record on affordable housing. As the borough fast becomes an enclave for the privileged few of our children will be able to live here.
- Get more frontline police on the borough’s streets The Tory cuts have gone too far, with fewer police officers and community support officers patrolling our streets, police station closures and reduced opening hours.
- Persuade Richmond Council to pay its contractors a Living Wage Paying all council contractors at least £8.80 an hour is fair to employees and good for productivity and growth. It is shameful that council contracts do not allow care workers to be paid a wage (just £8.80 an hour) that supports even a basic standard of living.
- Expose the scandalous waste of money on free schools We need good schools in those parts of the borough where pupil numbers are forecast to rise – and we need them to be staffed by properly qualified teachers.
- Make Twickenham a good place to live if you need more support in the home More and more of our elderly need social care, yet the council plans to spend less and less. Our elderly and infirm should get the best social care and charges levied by the council must be based on the ability to pay.