Building strong coastal, rural and urban economies
I am a keen supporter of independent, ethical businesses in my area and I am a firm believer that properly paid, decent work is a key part of a good life. Labour is committed to fulfilling the potential of our communities by listening to the people and businesses that live there.
Labour will create an economy that works for all, with a proper industrial strategy, fair taxation (95% of taxpayers will be guaranteed no increase in income tax) increasing cooperative businesses and ensuring fair rules for companies and employees.
I regularly work with schools in my community and have seen the loss of specialist teaching and pastoral support as a result of the cuts. With a child about to start school, I know first hand the worth of access to a decent education. Labour values all different types of education, and through creating a National Education Service will ensure people are able to upskill and retrain throughout their lifetime.
I have regularly helped council constituents who have struggled with poor conditions and evictions. We have a housing crisis and Labour has a plan to tackle it. Labour will establish a new Department for Housing to focus on tackling the crisis and to ensure housing is about homes for the many, not investment opportunities for the few. Within 5 years of taking power, Labour will be building at least 100,000 council and housing association homes a year for genuinely affordable rent or sale. Labour will prioritise brownfield sites and protect the green belt. We will start work on a new generation of New Towns to build the homes we need and avoid urban sprawl.
Supportive Social Security
A safety net for everyone is the foundation of a civilised society. We have seen in Morecambe and Lunesdale the effects of the Conservative’s punitive approach to the welfare state. Under Labour, people unable to work or out of work for a period will be properly supported. Labour will scrap unnecessary waits for benefits. Labour will also scrap the Work Capability and Personal Independence Payment assessments and replace them with a personalised, holistic assessment process that provides each individual with a tailored plan, building on their strengths and addressing barriers. Labour will end the pointless stress of reassessments for people with severe long-term conditions.
Sustainable and Affordable Energy for All
Tackling climate change and fuel poverty will be a core part of a Labour government’s policies. Labour will invest in energy infrastructure and jobs, transforming our energy systems and investing in state-of-the- art low-carbon energy production. Proper investment in renewables is essential and I am convinced by the evidence that climate change means nuclear power in Heysham must play a role in the immediate reduction of fossil fuels.