Nottingham Labour is ambitious for the city’s development. However, Nottingham people will not feel the full benefit of this if they are not well enough to take advantage of new opportunities. As part of the Government’s reorganisation of the NHS, the Council has been given responsibility for the public health of the people of Nottingham for the first time. Caring for our older residents, as well as 6,500 vulnerable adults, is now a key council responsibility.
However, across the country, social care services have not always worked effectively with services provided by the NHS. Integrating health and social care will be a key issue for the next government, and in Nottingham we have taken the lead on this with our ‘Better Care Fund’ plan, rated one of the best in the country. We will develop this plan further, ensuring better care for our vulnerable residents.
The National Health Service is a key dividing line between the political parties. Labour founded the NHS, invested in it for decades and believes that healthcare should be available for everyone – not just those wealthy enough to aford it. A Labour win in the General Election will mean 20,000 more nurses, 8,000 more GPs, 5,000 more care workers and 3,000 more midwives – all paid for by tobacco companies and by closing tax loopholes. In contrast the Tories and Lib Dems have forced an expensive top-down reorganisation costing £3bn and which has led to rocketing waiting times, the failure of the Cancer Guarantee and 5,500 fewer nurses. As for UKIP, they want to sell of the NHS and charge you to see your GP. Only with Labour is the NHS safe.
Good health and social care services are a vital part of making sure that all citizens can benefit from our city’s improvements. But we also need people to exercise personal responsibility for their health; making good lifestyle choices and using the excellent facilities provided for them.
To find out more about Nottingham Labour’s Manifesto and plans for a healthier Nottingham down load our PDF HERE
As our economy remains on the edge of recession, Nottingham Labour has made “Keep Nottingham Working” a priority. We know how corrosive and damaging unemployment is to local communities and how demoralising the search for work can be. We know too that the economic wellbeing of the City depends on keeping people in work and able to spend in City shops rather than on the dole and claiming benefit.
That’s why over the last two years, the Council has helped fund over 1100 ‘Future Jobs Fund’ jobs and “Nottingham Jobs Fund” jobs created 700 Community Programme placements with business and the voluntary sector, and 200 apprenticeships in our own departments. We also helped and supported 300 people into work in the private sector through a number of other employment initiatives. We will continue to make job creation a priority even though the new Conservative and Liberal Democrat government has abolished the Future Jobs Fund and cut the Working Neighbourhood Fund Nottingham used to keep local people in work.
Conservative and Liberal Democrat cuts will increase unemployment in Nottingham, put local companies out of business and put economic recovery at risk. Despite the impact of those cuts on the City Council, Nottingham Labour is committed to doing all we can to promote local investment and to link public sector investment to local jobs and training opportunities. We will ensure that as far as possible our communities are protected from the cuts and local people are trained and ready to take advantage of the recovery when it comes.
To find out more about Nottingham Labour’s Manifesto and plans for Work in Nottingham down load our PDF HERE
Nottingham is one of the most diverse, integrated and welcoming cities in the UK and one of the best places to be a student. Our city has lots to offer students and recent graduates with thriving live music, theatre and dance scenes. The city centre nightlife is nationally renowned and has won a ‘purple flag’ for the past four years in recognition of the safe, clean and enjoyable experience it offers. Nottingham also has beautiful parks, award-winning public transport, miles of car-free cycle tracks and the highest number of independent retail stores outside London. Labour councillors work closely with elected officers from both the students’ unions and have campaigned together on several issues including extending CCTV coverage, encouraging recycling of waste and making cycling easier and safer. We’ve also been successful in securing free parking permits for students on healthcare placements outside of the city. Drawing on the Nottingham Student Manifesto written by students from both universities and New College Nottingham, this following document sets out our ambition to make Nottingham an even better place to be a student, and somewhere that more students choose to stay after they graduate.
To find out more about Nottingham Labour’s Manifesto and plans for Students in Nottingham down load our PDF HERE