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Putting power in the hands of local people: Labour’s Contract with Residents and Neighbourhoods

Councillor-Warren-Morgan-1_1_.jpgLabour in Brighton and Hove is today launching a five point contract with residents and neighbourhoods aimed at giving people across the city a better service and a better deal from the council if Labour are elected in May.

Councillor Warren Morgan, Leader of the Labour and Co-operative Group, said:

We want to put power in the hands of residents and neighbourhoods, to ensure people can access services simply and easily, tackle problems early and at a local level, and make sure reports are followed up. Residents can expect better from their city council under Labour. 

Labour are pledging to:

  • Devolve power to local neighbourhoods via “local service centres”: town halls, children’s centres, libraries and community centres, where residents can access council services at a venue local to them.

  • Set up integrated teams of council staff in every neighbourhood who will work on the streets to tackle fly-tipping, missed collections, litter and dog mess, housing issues, broken street lights, licensing, planning enforcement and more.

  • Introduce better online and mobile app reporting so that residents can send in a report or complaint and follow how it is being dealt with and by whom. Implement a ‘My Account’ online service where residents can access their council services online, e.g. to pay their council tax and parking permits.

  • Set up a single call centre to deal with all council issues and signpost residents to other local services.

  • Ensure every neighbourhood has a representative local body that can identify local issues and speak for the community, headed by and working with local councillors as community champions.

Labour’s proposals are modelled on work done by Oldham Council: http://www.oldham.gov.uk/. Funding would come from the merging of existing budgets.

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