An HTML version of our local election manifesto for Somerset West & Taunton Council is below. You can also download a PDF copy here:
Change is coming: make it a change for the better
From April we will have a new, much bigger local council.
On May 2nd you can choose who will represent you for the next four years.
On 2nd May electors have a chance to choose a new Somerset West and Taunton Council that puts the needs of its residents at the heart of what it does. The policies outlined in our manifesto have been designed by local people for local people.
All too often the voices in grass-roots communities, from Exmoor National Park to the Somerset levels, have been neglected. We can, and will do better, given the chance. Every Labour councillor will work with their community to build an inclusive and forward-looking new council focused on supporting health, well-being, creativity, opportunity and prosperity.
When they were in government Liberal Democrats supported the Conservatives to impose their austerity regime on the country. For nine years Councils across the country have been starved of essential funding, and the people who have suffered the most are the poorest among us. Universal Credit is making things harder for many, and still the cuts come.
For too long the councils of West Somerset and Taunton Deane have been controlled by people who’ve lacked vision and ambition for the area. Decisions have been made over the heads of the people they were supposed to represent. We have seen council services cut, including public toilets closed and public seating removed, while money is earmarked for lavish vanity projects.
There is no magic wand to bring back the services we have lost straight away, but Labour councillors will test every future policy against its impact on those who are most in need.
The most important aid to making change happen is knowing how things work now. It helps to know who to contact with individual problems and, where possible, to work with others on issues that have a wider impact.
- Make it easier to find information about the council and how to make your voice heard.
- Consult and involve communities in council decisions that affect their lives.
- Establish constructive links with groups representing local interests and concerns.
It takes less than a minute to vote on 2 May- but it could make all the difference.
To register to vote or to arrange a postal or proxy vote, you can call the council’s Electoral Registration office on 01823 358692. They can complete the form with you by phone or send you a form to complete yourself. If you are online go to https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote. You will need to give your National Insurance number and date of birth.