5 Big Questions
Liverpool’s schools are crumbling. Can’t we do anything about it?
Yes we can! Despite the Lib Dem-Tory government slashing £350million of Labour cash which was meant to help rebuild schools, we have found a solution. As part of the City Deal, Labour’s Joe Anderson has secured £millions to rebuild 12 new secondary schools right across Liverpool. More details can be found on Joe’s website, at www.joeforliverpool.com – and by downloading Joe’s manifesto.
We’re desperate for new houses – when will more be built?
The Lib Dem-Tory Government have left Liverpool with a housing crisis. They slashed £130million worth of housing market renewal funding, which was designed to help rebuild new houses. The previous Lib Dem led council admitted to turning parts of the city into ‘War Zones’
However, under the City Deal, Joe Anderson has secured a massive investment in Liverpool’s housing stock. Over the next four years, 5,000 brand new, affordable and eco-friendly homes with be built. We will also work hard to bring more homes back into use. Since Labour took control of the council, we’ve refurbished more homes than we’ve had to demolish. This is a record we’re proud of – and one we want to sustain.
We need jobs. What can Labour do to help?
Liverpool Labour’s top priority is jobs. The Lib Dem-Tory government have left us in a desperate position. Unemployment is sky rocketing, especially among young people.
Liverpool Labour will get behind job creation schemes throughout the city. We are supporting Liverpool Waters, a massive scheme which will provide thousands of new jobs. Thanks to Labour action, we will make sure these jobs go to Liverpool people.
We are also putting in place huge apprenticeship schemes, creating thousands of apprentices across Liverpool, giving young people the chance to work, learn skills and gain qualifications.
The Government are making huge cuts. How will the affect us?
The Lib Dem-Tory government have targeted Liverpool for massive cuts. We have already had to deliver £150million of unfair Government cuts in just two years. There are another £50million on the way in the next two years.
Liverpool has been singled out for the biggest cuts. Despite being the most deprived city in the country, our city has been given the deepest cuts in the country. Where Labour once targeted investment, the Tories now target hardship.
Liverpool Labour will not put in place an illegal budget. We will not take Liverpool back to the havoc of the 1980s, when Militant gave our city a reputation it didn’t deserve.
We will fight to protect the most vulnerable people from the harshest Tory cuts. We will make sure our priorities, and the priorities of the communities we serve and represent, are put first. We have kept open all of our childrens centres. We have protected 18 libraries. We have protected adult social care for those with substantial or critical care needs.
We will do what we can to protect people in the face of the Lib Dem-Tory onslaught.
What can I do to help Liverpool Labour?
Join us! We are a growing party. Since the 2010 General Election, we have added hundreds of new members to our party across all parts of the city. We campaign regularly in every ward, delivering leaflets and speaking to voters. We hold policy forums throughout the city, giving every member of the Labour Party the chance to feed into the policies of the Labour Party on the city council, as well as the Labour Party nationally. And we meet with our MPs and councillors, to share our views on local, national and international topics.
You can join the Labour Party by visiting www.labour.org.uk/join.