Manifesto 2019 – Serving Nottingham Better

Nottingham Labour want to make sure that local people can access the best possible services from Nottingham City Council and from their councillors. Nottingham Labour councillors are the only local representatives with a track record of being on the side of local people and standing up to protect services and spending for Nottingham.

Since 2015, we are proud to have achieved:

  • Created 3 new joint services centres in Dales, Hyson Green and Strelley, bringing library, Police, NHS and welfare advice under one roof for local people.
  • 70p of every pound spent by the City Council is spent with Nottingham businesses.
  • Raised more than £20 million in income from commercial activities to reinvest into public services.
  • Provided almost 250 young people with apprenticeships at the City Council and supported 2/3 of them into permanent jobs.
  • Supported Nottingham Credit Union to provide ethical and sustainable finance and borrowing to more Nottingham people.

Conservatives nationally have led 8 years of ideologically driven funding cuts to councils, which are putting local services at risk and failing to recognise changing demographics or show ambition for cities like Nottingham. Since 2013/14,, Nottingham has lost more than £100million in government Revenue Support Grant funding. Local Conservatives have repeatedly failed to stand up against these cuts. We are committed to ensuring Nottingham people get value for money in their council services and that is why if elected in May we will:

  • Deliver an integrated benefit, housing aid, Futures and DWP service under one roof at Nottingham City Council’s head office.
  • Become the country’s most commercial council, bringing in at least £4 million more from commercial activiities to support services local people rely on.
  • Allow neighbourhoods to invest and run their own local community hubs and assets through Community Asset Trusts.
  • Ensure Nottingham City Council jobs pay at least the living wage and wherever possible, commission services from organisation that do the same.
  • Work with local businesses to create a £2.5 million fund which provides 500 new apprentices for people from diverse backgrounds.

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Manifesto 2019 – Living in Nottingham

There are many things about Nottingham that make it a great place to live, work, learn and have fun. We have the best public transport in the UK outside of London, many affordable and good quality homes and a wealth of green and beautiful parks and open spaces enjoyed by thousands of Nottingham residents.

We have a strong record on making Nottingham a better place to live. Some of our best achievements since 2015 have been:

  • Introduced a selective licensing scheme, meaning that 97% of private rented homes in the city are now regulated and standards are on the up.
  • 2500 homes that Nottingham people can afford to rent or buy built or in progress.
  • Invested £1.2 million in 23 play areas across the city.
  • Introduced energy efficiency measures to more council homes, including solar panels to a further 1366 homes and secured over £4.8 million to fund further improvements.
  • Created an integrated oyster style transport tickets, the Robin Hood Card, which is now used by more than 50,000 people.

We’re proud of Nottingham and we want to keep making our city an even better, more exciting place to live. Over the next 4 years, Nottingham Labour wants to help make our city an ever better place to live.

  • Provide settled homes as emergency accommodation for homeless people instead of bed and breakfasts and introduce a “no first night out” policy for rough sleepers to ensure no one need sleep rough in Nottingham.
  • Fill 50,000 potholes, replace 250 pavements and resurface 100 roads.
  • Complete the development of and reopen Nottingham Castle as major national heritage attraction.
  • Deliver an annual kerbside collection of unwanted bulky waste items for every resident.
  • Double the number of residents using Robin Hood Energy and continue to provide extra discounts for those who live in the city.

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Manifesto 2019 – Growing Nottingham

Nottingham Labour wants to develop a thriving local economy where local businesses grow and prosper, money is spent in the local economy and there are jobs and careers available for local people. In the last four years some of the things we have achieved include:

  • Supported 8000 people into work through the Nottingham Jobs Fund.
  • Established Nottingham as one of the best UK cities for business start ups.
  • Established a creative industries hub and a centre for excellence for environmental technology.
  • Supported Nottingham College to secure £58million for a new City College Hub on Broadmarsh East site with construction underway.
  • Revitalised Bulwell and Clifton town centre through transport investment and a targeted action plan.

We want to create an attractive and vibrantcity that has all the services people need, recognising the changing uses of the city centre and embracing the opportunities this presents. We’ll promote a thriving economy where businesses invest and prosper and our city and neighbourhoods are at their best. And this will ensure that Nottingham people benefit from more jobs and increased prosperity. Some of the things we will do if elected in May include:

  • Redevelop the south side of the city centre, including completing the college, library and Broadmarsh carpark, bus station and shopping centre.
  • Reduce the number of empty shops from 15% to below 10%% and return Nottingham to the top 6 retails rankings outside London.
  • Bring 20 vacant sites back into use to provide employment opportunities for local people.
  • Continue to guarantee a job, training or further education place for all 18-24 year olds.
  • Ensure the development of at least 500,000 square feet of Grade A office space to encourage inward investment in the city.

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Manifesto 2019 – Respect for Nottingham

Nottingham Labour remains committed to reducing crime and anti-social behaviour and encouraging different communities to live together and get on well. Here are some of our achievements since 2015 to help keep people safer:

  • 100 Community Protection Officers working across all wards of the city.
  • Reduced the number of repeat victims of domestic violence down by more than a third.
  • Increased the reporting of hate crime by 89%.
  • Protected Environmental Health Officers from cuts, making sure Nottingham’s restaurants are properly regulated and inspected.
  • Ensured Nottingham City Homes take a tough line on tenants involved in drug dealing, knife and gun crime.

Nottingham Labour wants to work with the Police to achieve our mutual vision of a safer Nottingham and believe now we are far better placed than 4 years ago to do just that. To keep Nottingham people safer, some of the things we will do include:

  • Create a dedicated noise nuisance hotline and respond to complaints of noisy neighbours in 48 hours.
  • Work with at least 500 young people each year at risk of becoming involved in gangs and knife crime or at risk of exploitation.
  • Campaign to increase the number of Police Officers and PCSOs on Nottingham’s streets.
  • Host an extensive programmes of community events and activities to bring people together in every neighbourhood, reflecting and celebrating our diversity.
  • Create a Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy,working with our partners including the Police, transport providers and venues to address the safety of women and girls in their homes and their communities.

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Manifesto 2019 – Nottingham People

Nottingham is a vibrant, exciting city we can all be proud of. It’s a place
where our communities are strong and diverse and stand together to celebrate successes and to take care of each other. Nottingham is also one of the country’s youngest cities, making it a lively and dynamic place to be. Nottingham Labour is proud to be a part of this great city and will continue to support our reputation as a place where people can get along with
each other, especially in difficult times.

We have a strong record on delivering for all of Nottingham’s people. Some of our proudest achievements since 2019 include:

  • Almost 90% of Nottingham children are attending schools judged good or outstanding by Ofsted, up from 69% in 2015.
  • Increased the number of Nottingham foster carers by 30%.
  • Delivered over 150,000 free books to more than 5000 children as part of the Dolly Parton Imagination Library.
  • Worked in partnership to retain all 18 Children’s Centres across the city.
  • Created 62 new special school places for children with additional needs and worked with mainstream schools to support hundreds of other children.

Nottingham is a great place and it’s the people who make it. Nottingham Labour is committed to investing in Nottingham people and encouraging everyone in Nottingham to be ambitious for themselves. That’s why some of the things we are committed to doing over the next four years include:

  • Set up a council owned company to deliver care services in Nottingham, with a well trained and well paid workforce, to improve the quality of care.
  • Reduce permanent exclusions by 50% and campaign against permanent exclusions and off-rolling to make sure every Nottingham child is in school.
  • Ensure that all Nottingham children attend a school judged good or outstanding by Ofsted.
  • Tackle holiday hunger by supporting school holiday lunch clubs in our most deprived neighbourhoods and campaign to extend free school meals to all primary school children by 2025.
  • End period in Nottingham by ensuring free sanitary products are provided to young women who need them.

Download the full Nottingham Labour 2019 manifesto here.

Nottingham Children Should Read Early and Read Often

It is integral to get our children reading from a young age. Not only are children receiving books from the Dolly’s Imagination Library initiative 28% more likely to start school ready to learn, but they are more likely to enjoy reading. The initiative seeks to close the attainment gap by intervening at an early stage.

The Imagination Library is a brilliant scheme which delivers a free book to children aged 0 to 5 years on a monthly basis. The scheme has reached a milestone with 5,000 children receiving books and more than 150,000 books have been delivered.

In 2018, the Imagination Library initiative was active in 7 wards across the city. Cllr David Mellen smashed his 2018 target of reading to 2,018 children as well as raising £4,456 – over £1,200 more than its original £3,018 target. The 2019 Big Reading Challenge has made similarly excellent progress with an aim of reading to at least 5,000 children between 28th January and 19th March 2019. As of 12th February 2019, £1,651 of a £5,000 target has been raised with 5 weeks to go. Now almost 5,000 children receive a book each month and the DPIL is delivered in 10 of the city’s 20 wards. If you would like more information about the campaign or would like to donate to this worthy cause, please follow this link:

Nottingham City Council has introduced other initiatives aiming to promote reading across the city. In November 2018, plans were put through to develop a new Central Library as apart of the Broadmarsh car park development that is equipped for the 21st century, with an ambition of being the best children’s library in the country. A contractor for the project was appointed earlier this month. We hope that the new library and the success of Cllr Mellen’s Big Reading Challenge will consolidate our early years success, with Nottingham placed in the top 10 cities in the country for improvement in learning to read and write through phonics. The Reading Challenge also complements our status as a UNESCO City of Literature, allowing us to transform lives through reading and the arts. There are lots of culture-based events run by the organisation which are taking place over the next few months, ranging from the UK Young Artists’ Takeover (8th-11th February) to talks and book launches. For more information, please follow this link:

Nottingham Commits to Become Carbon Neutral by 2028

Nottingham Labour has been at the forefront of creating a more sustainable and greener city for the past two decades. However, the recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report “Global Warming of 1.5°C”, shows the urgency for more action in order to prevent irreversible climate change and protect Nottingham citizens from flooding, drought, heatwaves and other extreme weather events. That is why Nottingham Labour used January Full Council to commit to making Nottingham a carbon free city by 2028, two years ahead of the target of many other cities which have taken similar pledges.

Over the past two decades some of the action Nottingham City Council has taken as a part of the green agenda has included:

  • Signing the Nottingham Declaration on Climate Change in 2000 with a follow up in 2011,
  • £15 million investment in one of the UK’s largest electric bus fleets
  • Developing and expanding the electric tram network
  • Improving cycling facilities, including bike hubs and a cycle hire scheme
  • Significant investment in cycle corridors
  • Introduction of the Workplace Parking Levy – tackling congestion and containing traffic growth, while generating funds to invest in public transport and
  • Installing solar panels on 4500 domestic properties across the city.

Sustained action over the next decade is critical. The IPCC report urgently reminds us that we must go further and faster in our efforts to keep within the boundary of a global temperature rise of 1.5C, and the devastating impacts this would have around the world. This temperature rise doesn’t sound like a lot, but there is already evidence of what a changing climate can do to people’s lives. Our weather is becoming more extreme as climate warms, we are getting warmer, drier summers, with more extreme storms, and warmer, wetter winters.

Nottingham has made a good start, already meeting our 2020 energy strategy emissions target early, reducing emissions by 39% for the city and 43% per person. The next aim is to lead the way nationally and play our part in the global effort against climate change by becoming a carbon neutral city by 2028. Work is already being done towards a long-term citywide sustainable development strategy which will set out a positive vision for a sustainable future for Nottingham.

I look forward to us delivering on the important motion.

Cllr Sally Longford,
Portfolio Holder for Energy and Environment

Nottingham Supports Small Businesses

Small businesses in Nottingham play such an important role. They provide people with choice, good value within easy reach of their homes and ensure wealth is reinvested back in local communities.

This is why last week I was proud to join the University of Nottingham, B-Global Nottingham’s Black businesses Network, The SheEO Alliance, D2N2 Growth Hub and Growing Nottingham at the ‘Actualising Your Goals 2019’ event taking place at The Ingenuity Centre, University Nottingham, Triumph Road. The event brings together SME business owners and introduces people to the tools and support available to help their businesses grow and thrive. The event is also aimed at encouraging young people to think about setting up their own SMEs as a chosen career path.

Nottingham has a proud record in promoting small businesses and is recognised as England’s top city for small business growth. Likewise, Nottingham City Council’s procurement Strategy puts small and medium enterprises (SMEs) at its heart with £48 million worth of contracts awarded to SMEs in 2016/17 to help support the local economy.

This is why Labour councillors were keen to take part in December’s Small Business Saturday and visited local shops in their wards. They enjoyed the opportunity to speak to the owners about what challenges they face and what more the council can do to help support and grow their businesses.

Cllr Leslie Ayoola
Executive Assistant for Small Businesses and social enterprise/ Digital inclusion and IT

No Homeless Children in Bed & Breakfast’s Over Christmas

Earlier in 2018 we set the target of ensuring Nottingham City Council would not need to temporarily accommodate any children in a Bed & Breakfasts by the end of the year. After a lot of hard work and focus, I was proud to hear on Christmas Eve there are now no children staying in a B & B in Nottingham.

Homelessness is on the rise across the country, with Shelter estimating nationally 130,000 children are in temporary accommodation and 10,000 expected to wake up on Christmas Day in a B & B. Until 2015 we had not had to use Bed & Breakfasts for over a decade. Likewise, until 2010 Nottingham City Council alone used to receive £26 million annually in funding for the underlying issues that can lead to homelessness, and at that time levels of homelessness in Nottingham and nationally were much lower. Since then, this funding has been scrapped altogether and the money we do receive from government to support our services. Revenue Support Grant funding has also dropped from £126million in 2013/14 to just £25million now. In addition to this, the Government’s changes to welfare, specifically its introduction of Universal Credit, is leaving more people in debt, rent-arrears and ultimately homeless. In October, there were over 100 households in Nottingham who had to be temporarily placed in B & Bs, of which two-thirds were families with children.

Over the past few months we have been bringing together lots of council services to reduce the number of people in bed and breakfasts to zero. This has included buying back council housing lost under right to buy to be used as more suitable temporary accommodation and taking action to prevent unnecessary evictions in the first place. Last year, we were able to prevent 258 people from sleeping rough and this year we have secured an extra £420,000 to help fund this work and provide extra bed spaces to cope with an additional demand.

Thank you to Housing Aid, Community Protection, Framework, Emmanuel House, Nottingham Together and Nottingham City Homes for working so hard together to achieve this target. Their work has ensured there is enough alternative accommodation for homeless families in hostels, such as social housing or private housing.

Our task now is to maintain this throughout 2019.

Cllr Linda Woodings
Portfolio Holder for Housing, Planning and Heritage

Register to Vote Today!

100 years ago today was the first time that women were able to vote in a General Election and also the first time that women were allowed to stand for election to Parliament.

This was achieved after more than eight decades of campaigning by both men and women, including the courageous suffragettes.

Although only some women got the right to vote in 1918, the change led the way to all women getting the vote ten years later and forced politicians to consider ‘what will women think?’ when they wrote their manifestos and put new laws into place.

In the 21st Century most of us can only imagine a time where women had no legal status, no rights over their own children, no ability to divorce, except for the wealthiest (and only in the cruelest of circumstances).

The right to vote led to significant improvements to women’s basic rights and later to progressive laws like equal pay and the Sex Discrimination Act.

Voting itself and being registered to vote are so important; women should be heard, their voices counted and their views known. On this important anniversary I’d urge all women to make sure they are registered to vote.

Make sure you’re registered to vote in upcoming local elections and in case a snap general election or referendum. New voter registration rules mean that you now have to register every year.

You can register easily online

Councillor Linda Woodings
Portfolio Holder for Planning, Housing and Heritage