Pledges: Looking after our Bolton family
- We will sign up to the Care Workers Pledge
It is a scandal that the Tory Council refuses to do this.
On day 1 of the new Labour Council, the Leader will sign this pledge, that guarantees basic human rights for our brilliant care workers.
Many care services are provided by external agencies, but we will do everything in our power to encourage these other care providers to do the same.
Labour will value and support care workers, carers, and care users.
We will become a national example of a Dementia friendly borough, and we will protect the aids and adaptations budget for the elderly and disabled.
- Working in Partnership with local people to tackle poverty in our society
Tackling deprivation in hot spots around the Borough has been a long standing priority for Bolton Labour, but we all have a stake in our future.
A future Labour Council will continue to fight poverty, but we want to share the Councils resources and priorities with local groups and residents.
We will establish new area based groups made up of local councillors and residents that will have an equal say in the distribution of resources to tackle deprivation.
There will be strict criteria to focus on crime, youth services, isolation, mental health, ill health, worklessness, and child poverty. Outcomes must be clearly identified and assessed.
A Fair Funding formula will be established for areas of need, and we want the process to be overseen by non-council scrutiny in an open and transparent manner
- A new cooperative partnership with the Voluntary Sector
Labour recognises the great value that our army of volunteers do in Bolton on a day to do basis. We want to build on this for the future.
We want to build on this by creating real ‘Community Wealth Building’, supporting our local economy and benefiting our communities.
We will recognise groups that make a real difference, by funding to them properly to equip them to do their work, as well as developing new reward and incentive systems.
We will invest in individual skills and development and seek to help launch new groups where there are gaps in geography or service.
We will encourage and expand the community/council partnership approach to environmental issues.
- We will protect and promote all existing Community Centres, UCANs and other facilities.
Labour wants to see ALL community facilities, including those run by our partners, such as schools, used to their full potential.
We want community facilities that are owned collectively by us all to become local neighbourhood hubs.
- We will expand Advice and Support Services
There are number of services directly provide by the Council and others provided by partner organisations that help and support people through difficult times.
Labour will protect funding to Money Skills services, Citizens Advice, Housing and Welfare Advice; seeking to maximise the uptake of available government and council support.
We will actively promote the Credit Union and seek to eradicate the scourge of loan sharks and high interest credit.
- Labour will establish a Disabled People’s Panel
We want to establish an independent voice for disabled people, to advise, consult and recommended to the Council and its partners on all aspects that may affect the lives of disabled people.
- We will strengthen the Armed Forces Covenant
Our former servicemen and women must be recognised with the respect they deserve. Labour will strengthen and broaden our Armed Services Covenant by including all other applicable services.