Pledges: Democracy and transparency
- Labour will establish new Area Action Groups.
Based upon local communities and wards, these new groups, made up of elected councillors and local residents, will have a real say in the planning of the future of their area.
We will ensure that decisions on the spending of all local budgets allocated to these actions groups is made by all members. A true power sharing arrangement between the Council and the communities.
We will ensure that all targets and outcomes are measured and reported fully and that full audits by an independent organisation takes place each year.
- We will actively promote all council meetings and ensure recordings are available to the public within 48 hours
The Tory Council said they would open up council proceedings, so you can see what is being said. However, it takes weeks before recording is ever released to the public. Our pledge from day 1 is a 48 hour turnaround.
- We will open up Council meetings to key stakeholders
Labour wants to be the most open and transparent council in the towns history. To this end:
Weekly Cabinet briefings will be opened up to include key stakeholders and partners, relating to the agenda.
Labour will ensure that partners and stakeholders have places at the table at all Council Scrutiny committees that affect their work.
- Labour will seek to bring ‘employee representatives’ onto various Council boards.
Labour believes in local democracy and in power sharing. We have committed to sharing the councils roles with local residents and community groups and we do not think that other partner organisations need to be afraid to do the same.
Labour will seek to gain an employee representative onto the Bolton Active, Connected, Prosperous Board, Bolton Cares Board, Bolton Arena Board and Bolton Community Leisure Trust.
- A Labour Council will build a new relationship with Bolton Wanderers
We want the council to continue to assist BWFC as it moves out of difficult financial problems, but in return we want to restore the good working relationships we had in the 80s and 90s. Labour will hold regualr talks with the Club so that there can be a new partnership between the Club, the fans and the Council. Our aim is to give fan based representatives a real say in the decisions of the Club as we all move forward together.
- We will re-institute the ‘Civic Medal’ for Bolton residents and organisations who make an outstanding contribution to our borough
We need to do more as a council to recognise the individuals and organisations who have done so much for the Bolton family.
There are many awards occasions that exist, and all have their merits, but we want to re-initiate the Civic Medal in recognition of our unsung heroes and organisations.