It’s a fact that having the right skills and being in work is key to living a fulfilled life. We are committed to encourage a thriving local economy, with a job available for everyone of working age. The economic wellbeing of our city depends on keeping people in work wherever possible, able to spend their earnings to boost the local economy, rather than claiming out of work benefits.
Over the past 4 years, we’ve worked hard to create jobs for local people and we’ve had some real success. We’ve developed our ‘Growth Plan’, a strategy for delivering the kind of economy we want in our city. Unemployment has fallen and we’ve invested around £1 billion to support the growth of the construction industry. Through funding projects like the tram and the station we’ve provided jobs for local people. Our Employer Hub has placed almost 1700 people in work, and the Nottingham Jobs Fund has so far found work for a further 800.
Over the next 4 years, we will work with Intu to refurbish the Broadmarsh Centre and create an attractive and inviting entrance into the city, from Nottingham Station and the South of the City. We want to create a new conference centre that can cater for national events, bringing people and businesses to our city and we’ll continue to look for funding opportunities to regenerate areas like Sneinton Market. We also want to make the most of smart technology to create increasingly accessible and cost effective council services.
The Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition policies have made it difficult for the economy to grow, as their austerity budgets have pulled money out of the local economy. Despite this, we want to see every person in Nottingham with the skills and ambition to find work, and we want to create jobs for them to fill. But we also expect our working age citizens to seek work and be involved in training and self-improvement. In this way, we will do all we can to make sure Nottingham’s economy prospers.
To find out more about Nottingham Labour’s Manifesto and plans to grow Nottingham download our PDF HERE