Across England, communities are suffering. Cuts devastate local services and corporate profit-seeking threatens the environment.
In most cases, councils have chosen to rely on conventional, top-down solutions to address resident’s needs arising from these challenges. Libraries close, green spaces vanish, potholes grow and street lights dim.
The local elections in May 2019 are a chance to take a stand, to unleash the power of fresh thinking and communities to make lives better – to vote Green
Green councillors are beholden to no-one apart from the residents they serve. They believe in listening to residents and trusting local people with the power to transform their lives and the places they love.
The Green plan to unleash the power of local will protect and revive our communities, after years of neglect and decline.
A vote for a Green councillor in May is a vote to............................
The Government’s ideological commitment to austerity has seen £50 billion cut from council services since 2010. These cuts - forced through from Westminster - have closed libraries, forced councils to sell public land and laid off the council staff that collect litter, repair roads and care for older people.
The cross party Local Government Association estimates that councils face a further shortfall of £8 billion by 2025 with the most basic of services being eroded, decimating our communities.
A vote for the Green Party in May is a vote against such outdated, disastrously imposed establishment thinking. It is a vote for a new, fresh approach.
The Green Party is committed to campaigning to restore the £50 billion of public money taken from councils – having Greens elected to councils will send a strong message to Westminster that people have had enough of losing cherished local services.
At a local level, having Greens on your council means having champions for investment in local services, fighting to improve public spaces, increase access to social housing and to provide more walking, cycling and public transport opportunities.
It means having councillors looking beyond the tired stock answers and convention-sapped ambitions of the establishment parties. Green councillors embrace the new and relish the
bold; harnessing resident’s skills and trusting local knowledge to solve local challenges, from declining high streets to under resourced public transport.
Unlike councillors from the establishment parties, Greens are not subject to a Party whip that orders them to vote according to the needs of the party machines and their colleagues in Westminster.
This means they are free to put the residents they represent front and centre, and to fight without fear of favour for their interests - and the radical solutions that will make their lives better.
The Green Party offers a unique plan to reinvigorate local government at its time of greatest challenge - to unleash new thinking and community power to make local lives and places better.
When Greens get elected our communities benefit from real change. Electing one more Labour or Conservative councillor doesn’t make a difference – Green changes everything. The below outcomes are just a few of the amazing wins elected Greens have secured for their communities over the past twelve months:
MAKING ROADS SAFER
Green councillors in Lambeth successfully introduced a 20mph speed limit on the A23 in an attempt to cut serious injuries and deaths on the road.
Across the country green councillors work with their communities on initiatives such as community speedwatch, safer cycle and pedestrian lanes.
PRESERVING GREEN SPACES
A Green councillor led campaign in Sudbury, Suffolk saved precious water meadows from plans to concrete over them for a new road.
Across the country Green councillors campaign to save green spaces, ensuring Local Planning policy protects our environment.
PROTECTING CARER LEAVERS
Solihull Green councillors secured councilwide agreement to exempt young care leavers from having to pay council tax.
Across the country Green councillors work with officers and communities to help those who struggle day-to-day with finances.
On Stroud District Council, a Green councillor chairs the Environment Committee and has overseen the Council becoming carbon neutral (first in Europe) and the most improved recycling authority in England, sending the least amount of waste to landfill than any other authority.
Across the country Green councillors challenge the status quo to reduce the carbon footprint of councils and bring the climate emergency to the agenda.
Kirklees Green councillors successfully persuaded the Council to pass motion to only approve fracking applications that could prove they would have net zero carbon emissions emmissions impact.
Across the country Green councillors join campaigners on the front line to protect the damage to our environment and future generations being done by the policies of the establishment parties.
GROWING LOCAL DEMOCRACY
Green councillors successfully campaigned for Worcester City Council to move from a Cabinet system, where power was concentrated in the hands of one Party, to a Committee system requiring all councillors to work together.
Across the country Green councillors campaign to open up decision making and increase community involvement in it.
The Green Party has big, bold ideas to create a confident and caring Britain that we can all be proud of. We aren’t afraid to hope for a better future or to be honest about how we get there. We believe in being brave, in speaking our minds, and in standing up for what matters. We are proud to do politics differently.
Imagine a government that trusts in our common humanity and our capacity to govern ourselves. Imagine a government that believes that the best way forward is by working with each other, rather than against each other. Imagine a government that prioritises the rights of citizens and the environment over those of corporations. Imagine a government that gives everyone a chance and leaves nobody behind in a confident and caring Britain. That’s the kind of government we would work for.
This is what Green MPs promise to do for you and the people and places that you love.
-We will campaign for your right to vote on the final terms of the Brexit deal, including an option to stay in the EU.
-We will push for genuinely affordable, warm homes for everyone and a public health system free for all.
-We will fight for equality, and for a society where nobody is left behind.
-We will always act strongly on climate change and to protect the natural world we love.
-We will stand up for what matters. This is our Green Guarantee to you.
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We want to build a better, more positive future for everyone and in particular for young people. We want that future to be safer, happier, more equal and more secure.READ MORE
We should all have a safe, affordable, secure and warm place to call home. The Green Party will tackle the causes of the housing crisis: giving renters a fair deal, making social housing widely available and bringing the housing market under control.READ MORE
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The Green Party will work to increase public investment in the railways, trams, ferries and buses, as well as to make our streets and roads safer for everyone.READ MORE
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