Pledges: Democracy and transparency
Democracy and transparency
Devolving power and Empowering citizens:
- Labour will establish new Area Action Groups based upon communities within wards. Made up of elected representatives and local people, these groups will have a real say in the future of their area.
- Decisions on local spending of local budgets will be devolved to these groups. A true power sharing arrangements between the council and communities.
- We will ensure that all target and outcomes are measured and reported fully and that full audits take place.
- A Labour Council will enhance the Citizens panels, to make it a true consultative body
Transparency and accountability:
The next Labour Council will be the most open and transparent in the history of the borough
- All council meetings will be actively promoted with recordings being available for viewing within 48 hours rather than the current ‘several weeks’.
- We will open up key Council meetings to public questions.
- We will not be afraid to seek the views of other interested parties on key issues and will ensure that key stakeholders and partners have places at the table at relevant Scrutiny Committees.
- Labour will seek to gain employee representatives on the ‘Active Connected Prosperous Board’, Bolton Arena, Bolton Community Leisure Trust and Bolton Cares.
- Some council services have been outsourced to other organisations, thus reducing democracy and accountability. When the opportunity arises for the renewal of contracts, we will look to bring these services back under council control.
Social responsibility: Business and Bolton Wanderers:
- The Council on a regular basis may need to give short term support to a local business to protect jobs during a cash flow problem. We believe that this is the right thing to do, but businesses who are helped should give something back.
- We would strongly encourage these businesses to fully engage in the civic life of the borough, for example by supporting the Mayor’s Charity or sponsoring events.
- Any, and all assistance should righty face audit and due diligence with internal processes before any help is agreed.
- The Council has financially assisted Bolton Wanderers over many years, and we believe that this was/ is the right thing to do. However, in return we want our football club to also look at its openness and transparency.
- Our aim is to establish a new partnership with BWFC, for our mutual benefit, and to give fan-based representatives a real say in the decisions of the club as we move forward together.
Civic pride and Town Twinning:
- We need to do more as a Council to recognise the unsung individuals and organisations who have done so much for the Bolton family.
- Labour will reinstate the Civic Medal in recognition of the people and organisations of the borough who make an outstanding contribution.
- We will look to reintroducing the ‘best garden in the borough competition’ and will actively seek ideas for new awards and recognitions.
- All potential recipients of the awards would be decided by an independent panel chaired by the Mayor.
- Will we strengthen the links between Bolton (including our local borough towns) and our twin towns, in particular the strengthening of links between schools, youth groups and voluntary organisations.