Labour's Contract

photo_1_(2).JPGWhat would you change if you ran the city?

Today we have launched the ten key commitments on which Labour in Brighton and Hove will fight the next election, the ten pledges that we are asking you to support.

This city is crying out for change, desperate for a competent council leadership which will improve the lives of residents across the city in every community. Labour will deliver that change, will set the city council the task of tackling poverty and promoting opportunity for all.

Our goals: better jobs, more homes, excellent schools and decent basic services.
Our values: fairness, sustainability and competence.


If you elect Labour councillors at the local elections next May:

  • We will make collecting refuse, increasing recycling and cleaning the streets a top council priority. The Leader and senior councillors will directly oversee work to improve the service.

  • We will commit to tackle the city’s housing crisis, aiming to build at least 500 council houses by 2019, and securing 40% affordable homes in new housing developments.

  • We will consult on introducing a register of landlords to protect tenants in the private rented sector, promote secure tenancies and tackle rip-off fees through a Tenant’s’ Charter.

  • We will build a new secondary school to meet the growing need for places across the city, and it will be run by the council under powers restored by a Labour government. We will work to ensure all schools are accountable and offer excellent education.

  • We will aim to keep any increases in council tax and parking charges within inflation-level rises, with additional income invested in public services, road safety and transport infrastructure that the city needs and residents want.

  • We will establish a Fairness Commission to tackle the growing poverty and inequality in the city, independently chaired, reporting within a year and funded within existing budgets, to set out an action plan for the Labour Administration and partner organisations to implement.

  • We will work to support a broad, sustainable and prosperous economy that benefits all parts of the city, with secure jobs paying the Living Wage and action to combat zero-hours contracts. There will be innovative proposals in our manifesto to help small and medium sized businesses in the city.

  • We will ensure that major projects that are built in Brighton and Hove offer jobs, homes and new facilities for the city, are affordable, are rigorously scrutinised and are delivered on time with private investment not taxpayer debt.

  • We will seek to eliminate youth unemployment in the city within four years, with real apprenticeships and career opportunities for young people.

  • We will aim to keep public services local and democratically accountable, with power devolved to communities. Sustainability and Co-operative principles will run through the solutions we develop to meet the funding challenges we face.

If you believe an affordable home should be within reach for every family, if you believe an excellent school is the right of every pupil, then say you are with us.

Tell us what you think, and let's start the conversation on how we build a better Brighton and Hove today. You can leave a comment below, or Tweet us at @BHLabour, using the hashtag #OurCity.

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commented 2018-04-23 07:52:36 +0100

Labour, you had my vote in the general election and you’ll have it again in our local election. I work hard every week in self employment. My fiance, step and I live in a council flat, we pay our rent, council tax and bills on time every month. Yet our local council refuses to maintain the building, tackle the issue of drugs next door and continues to go directly against our tenency agreement and standards of decent leaving. We work hard as a family and feel we deserve more. I feel council housing, especially for those of us who are employed and contribute towards our economy, deserve more funding and maintenance in our homes and lives. I had to fight a war with the local council just to get enough bins for our small block ! Will you offer better than this ?
commented 2015-02-09 09:59:03 +0000
Priorities for me : affordable housing and landlord register : tackling expensive public transport and updating keycard ticket technology, bring local bus prices for kids down and introduce carnet tickets on trains to London: New secondary school would be great if affordable and necessary: rubbish collection should be improved, Brighton is the dirtiest town ivw ever lived in. I would pay more taxes.
commented 2014-11-04 12:35:05 +0000
Oh, no mention I see about doing something about the dilapidated state of the seafront. None of the above concerns me, after having voted labour all my life, time to become a tory I think!
commented 2014-10-29 07:56:59 +0000
Hi. I am a life long labour voter. However I am concerned that at the next general election the local left vote in the 3 seats will be split between the Greens and Labour.
In order to keep the Tories out and secure a national win for Labour I believe an electoral pact with the greens is required.
I would propose Labour step aside in Kemptown to give the Greens a clear run and in return the Greens step aside in Hove to give Labour a clear run. Pavilion can be fought out between the two parties.
I believe Green MPs would support many labour motions in parliament and be prepared to support a Labour led coalition if required.
Let’s leave the differences aside in order to stop the Tories destroying our country.
commented 2014-09-29 04:32:00 +0100
Have Labour signed up to support New Deal for Brighton and Hove ( 90% of households get a tax cut and the local rich pay more, what’s not to like? It could show we really mean business. I see no other party is supporting it. Give the Green a run for their money and let’s be radical.
commented 2014-09-28 07:33:43 +0100
Basically I think these are very good. I think this will really help our campaign. However, I would suggest:
1 – perhaps we should also say we’ll pay the refuse collectors fairly.

2 – very good.

4 – very good, especially ‘run by the council’. But what does ‘ensure all schools are accountable’ really mean? Schools are already highly accountable through the Ofsted inspection process. Teachers certainly don’t want further regulation. It would also be good to say that we will engender an ethos of trust in teachers. Ensuring educational excellence also requires the alleviation of child poverty; good educational outcomes for all is not just about ensuring excellent inputs (quality teaching) it also requires targeting the environmental drivers of low attainment e.g. poverty, poor housing, sub-optimal parenting etc. It would be good to mention extra resourcing for the pre-school years, especially for the Children’s Centres. There is voluminous research that intervening pre-school is the best (and most cost effective) way to improve attainment in school.

6 – very good. But maybe we need to be a little clearer on what we might do. Income inequality can only be achieved through redistribution of resources (i.e. allocation of resources by need) – that effectively means that some (the richest) will have to pay more in taxes and charges etc. in order for the poor to be less poor; unless we believe the Tory credo that poverty can be solely alleviated by economic growth – which I don’t believe – then some people will have to give up something! I appreciate that this doesn’t necessary win us votes from the rich – but they vote Tory anyway!

10 – what does power devolved to communities mean in practice? ‘Power’ requires democratic regulation. Democratic regulation is often absent from informal communities of interest, which actually represent powerful individuals in those communities, not the majority will of those communities. Brighton and Hove City Council is a genuinely democratically accountable body. I would be very cautious about devolving ‘power’ from an elected body to community groups which don’t have rigorous democratic governance.
commented 2014-09-25 18:40:08 +0100
How are the new school, homes, job placements, enhanced refuse collection services and infrastructure going to be funded within a promised pledge of not increasing taxes?
Disappointing there is nothing mentioned on tackling the continuous public disturbance caused by travellers, street drinkers and night time disruption.
Nothing about addressing the high student occupancy that’s keeping family size homes out of the market.
Nothing about serious reinvestment in repairing and enhancing the sea front infrastructure that’s so desperately needed.
Nothing about reducing traffic congestion and enabling safe and affordable multimodal transport as an alternative to cars.
Nothing about addressing the lapse licensing laws that have saturated the city with underage and dependant street drinkers and the underlying crime and anti-social behaviour this causes.

Besides that at least you’ve provided a manifesto.
Now tell us how you’re going to pay for it.

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