Labour 2015 Local Council Manifesto


Kingston upon Hull


Labour Party Manifesto


2015 Local Elections






Labour in Hull has had to make some very tough decisions over the past four years as the Coalition Government has continued to strip essential funding away from this city. 

By 2015, this council will have had its Government grant funding reduced by £48m, which equates to 10p in every £1 in 2014/15 and a further 15p in every £1 in 2015/16. The city’s tight boundary means that we are restricted in how we can generate revenue from businesses who are, and want to develop here. The effects of continued cuts to central funding in Hull is more damaging than for Councils with a far greater Council and Business Tax income. This is why we want to expand this city’s potential to draw in greater locally generated funding and why we have been calling for a Combined Authority in this area, which can attract greater growth, jobs, investment and funding.

The services people depend on have always been our top priority but because of Government imposed cuts, we have had to reduce some of the things we do and deliver other services differently and this looks set to continue. The people we employ have accepted reduced terms and conditions as part of this and some have and will choose to leave the council because of these continued funding cuts.

Hull has been targeted for excessive cuts since 2010 and the Tory/Lib Dem Autumn Statement, fully supported and co-authored by the Lib Dems,  has made it clear that they intend to make even greater cuts if they remain in power nationally.  Labour in Hull will not be passive observers to managed the decline of this city. We have made bold decisions that have secured huge amounts of inward investment and we will continue to build for a better future. No other party has this vision and commitment for the people of Hull.




Councillor Stephen Brady

Leader Hull Labour Group




The 2015 local elections in Hull come in conjunction with the General Election. The decisions made at the ballot box this year will have implications for years to come. We have suffered disproportionate and unfair funding cuts which have been part of a deliberate attack on northern, Labour councils.  However, Labour in Hull have taken bold and decisive steps to weather this Tory-Lib Dem Coalition storm.  Labour has looked to Europe for jobs and growth because the economic decisions of the current government are only growing zero-hours contracts in low paid jobs with no security. 90% of the jobs generated under the Coalition since 2010 have been in London. When they claim the recession is over they mean ‘in London’, not here. Only the Labour led Council has invested to grow our economy now and for the future.


Our vision was to push for improvements to the city via road and rail links, which benefit the potential of our city to attract investment and therefore jobs and business. In driving this forward, we have worked in partnership, locally and regionally, with many who shared this ambition and at last, Hull and the region will benefit from a huge investment to ensure that linkages to our port and the developments around it mean better and faster transportation of goods. It will also allow the city centre to be better linked to the riverfront, allowing everyone to enjoy and benefit from the potential to develop business and recreation as our city grows and flourishes.


Hull needs these developments because we have been in the shadows for too long, ignored by national and regional plans, and not understood by central government. Our decision to go for City of Culture 2017 marked our view that it was time to raise our profile, celebrate our culture and heritage, and share our uniqueness with the world. This is about ‘doing it for ourselves’, and not relying on anyone else to do it for us. After decades of high unemployment, we now have the potential to ‘take off’ economically and 2017 will shine a light on Hull and reveal that potential to the world.


The elections in 2015 will be a referendum on jobs and services. If the Liberal Democrats start to regain seats, our city’s potential will be dulled. They will waste more public money on pointless, procedural ‘Call-in’s’ aimed at giving themselves a platform from which to talk down the city. They will call more extraordinary Council meetings to ‘debate’ meaningless, outmoded and ill-informed motions.

We must remember that the Lib Dems welcomed the local council funding cuts in 2010 but have tried to blame Labour for the consequences of them. Nick Clegg has stated that he is proud of the Chancellors Autumn Statement which will see further public spending cuts of £65.5 billions, with possibly another million public sector job losses. Nick Clegg supports the Tories in lowering public spending to the levels of the 1930’s. UKIP would go even further.

As the Lib Dems have withered as a party and the Tories have revealed that they are the same old ‘Nasty Party’, UKIP has dressed themselves up as the party of ordinary people. They are not. They represent the ambitions of the most wealthy and powerful to role back all the advances in our society that defend and protect working people and the values of a decent and just society as well.  


Labour’s ideas are a bold statement about Hull and its potential both as an economic powerhouse and a great place to live and enjoy. Hull can be both, it is already recognised as a top place to live and one of the ‘coolest’ places to visit and stay.




To understand why the Lib Dems should never be allowed to wield power inHullyou need only look at what they did when they did. When Labour regained control of Hull City Council in 2011, we inherited a council that had failed to deliver and had welcomed the cuts to council and voluntary sector funding imposed by the Tory-led Coalition Government.


Despite year-on-year increases in funding from the previous Labour Government, the Lib Dems inHullhad already started making cuts before the General Election of 2010. After selling-out in 2010 by aligning themselves with the Tories the local Lib Dems relished their chance to accelerate the cuts.


Between 2006 and 2011, the Lib Dems embarked on a programme of cuts and closures that could have come out of any Tory Party Manifesto of the last 30 years. It was no surprise to us in Hull that they could so easily go into coalition with the Tories nationally in 2011. They:


  • o   Abolished FreeHealthySchool Meals in Hull but then supported a Tory proposal to introduce free school meals nationally.


  • o   Abandoned Labours Subsidised Healthy Meals on Wheels Scheme and privatised it to a company that delivers microwave TV dinners.


  • o   Closed two Older Peoples’ Residential Homes and planned to close Day Centres.


  • o   Squandered £7m of Labour Government money aimed at flood relief and prevention on a ‘Transformation Programme’ that did not save anything.


  • o   Cut funding to community groups and Voluntary Sector service providers without consultation.


  • o   Planned Local Economic Partnership, (LEP), based on tourism, even though their own Government Minister opposed it.


  • o   Cut all funding to the ‘Connexions’ careers advice service to young people at a time when youth unemployment in Hull was one of the highest in the country.


  • o   Wasted £104m Capital money raised by the second KC shares sell off for no gain.


In opposition, in Hull, they have fully supported the coalition government and its austerity cuts, which have hit so many people so hard while pointing the finger at everyone else. They are in denial about their role in Government, which is why so many have turned their backs on them here.







By being a British city that is part of Europe, acting as a partner and welcoming new technology we have seen a massive investment in our future from the largest green renewable energy manufacturer in the world, Siemens. UKIP not only opposed the technology but also said that Siemens were not welcome here.  It has also taken huge efforts to ensure the Tories did not scupper the development by being indecisive over their energy policy, which still relies heavily on fossil fuels in the future through the concerning and dubious use of ‘fracking’.


The decisions taken by Labour in Hull since 2011 have helped shape a future that focused on jobs and skills growth in this area. In 2011, Labour dismissed the Lib Dem plans for a LEP based on tourism in partnership with Scarborough.  Instead, we favoured a Pan-Humber LEP based on attracting large-scale manufacturing, utilising the unique geographical position of the Humber Region to Europe, maximising the potential of the growing demand for offshore renewable energy generation and greater trade with our European partners.  


Labour committed £5m for infrastructure changes to help secure the Siemens investment through the Councils City Plan. In the budget debate in February 2014, prior to the Siemens announcement, the Lib Dems proposed to remove this money. That would have had disastrous consequences for the city and the region.


Only the Lib Dems would favour an economy built solely on tourism when the chance of long-term manufacturing jobs was on the horizon and we could have a strong tourism pull as well because of the successful City of Culture 2017 bid, built on our strong cultural offer anyway. Only UKIP would turn their backs on generations of jobs and prosperity for Hull people because of outmoded beliefs and ignorance.


Labour will:


  • Work to build the local economy with our partners, new and old, with the vision of creating 7,000 new, secure, high quality jobs within 10 years.


  • Work to ensure that high quality skills training is ingrained in the local education and training sector to ensure these new jobs go to local people, now and in the future.


Labour has worked to secure jobs and growth in Hull and will continue to do so, strengthening the local economy, despite government cuts and policy.





The previous Labour Government invested hundreds of millions of pounds in Gateway Pathfinder to help regenerate areas inHull. In 2010, the Tory-led Coalition cancelled these projects leaving residents high and dry and areas blighted.  Since then, Labour has worked tirelessly with council officers and through the LEP to secure pockets of funding to regenerate areas and to build properties. While these schemes are in no way as extensive as those taken away by the Coalition Government, they are welcomed and much needed. Hull City Council will again build new council houses alongside other new properties and developments.


Despite the Government dramatically reducing the Council’s funding for housing services Labour has managed to allocate £75m funding to support several housing schemes in the City, which will help to deliver long term regeneration across the city and also help to fund the building of new housing in areas like Orchard Park and Newington and St. Andrew’s.

Although the Government is determined to put a strangle hold on local government through draconian cuts to funding, Labour has protected services provided to residents by being innovative and making the most of the limited funding available.

This Labour Council has managed to deliver regeneration on a more modest scale, such as ECO funding, (before the Government halted this last year), which breathed new life into Holland, Airlie and Albermarle Streets and  by the completion of regeneration schemes, like on Ings. We will continue to look for funding for both private and public schemes alike because good housing is a key regenerator.

By working in partnership with the private and social rented sectors, we will always seek to maximise available funding.

Our efforts mean that projected funding represents an estimated £500m of spending on housing inHullover the next five years.


Labour will:


  • Work in partnership to generate funding and access all; available funding to build affordable housing in Hull.


  • Build new Council Houses in Hull and work with the private and social rented sector to grow the housing choice in Hull.


Labour will work to protect public housing and to ensure Hull is included in all future house building programmes.





The last Labour Government gave a huge boost to people aged over 60 and those with disabilities and serious illnesses by introducing free off peak travel. InHull, Labour went one better, further making buses travel free at all times, not just off peak.


Labour, locally and with our MPs, lobbied hard for the reduction in theHumberBridgetolls as part of joining up theHumberregion economically. Labour also successfully lobbied hard for the Government to provide essential funding to improve the A63 for businesses and residents and build a better linkage between the city centre and the riverfront forHullresidents


Labour will:


  • Continue to lobby for transport improvements to be delivered in time to make the best from the manufacturing investment we face as a city and region, maximising the potential to grow jobs and success for the residents of Hull and the whole economic region.



Labour understands the importance of safe, reliable, transport across communities and the role efficient transportation has in growing businesses and jobs.





Hullstill has very high levels of childhood and adult obesity. Combined with other health issues, people inHulldie younger than they should.


In 2004, Labour introduced the Free Healthy Primary School Meals Pilot, which was evaluated byHullUniversity. This pilot was a resounding success in terms of tackling obesity, improving attainment at school as well as actual attendance. The Lib Dems stopped this inHull, reintroducing charges and then increasing them twice before losing power in 2011. Then after sabotaging our health free meals scheme inHull,  they welcomed the idea of free primary school meals nationally. In power, Labour negotiated with school Head teachers to reduce the cost from £1.50 a £1 per meal in 2011 and has continued to work with the Health Service locally to offer a further reduction to 50p per meal in primary schools.


Labour also believes that the Coalition have let down thousands of children who attend academies and free schools by allowing these types of schools to provide any food they wish and not meet minimum health standards. Only the two-faced Lib Dems could end a successful health school meals project inHulland then about face to support the proposal of free school meals nationally.


Labour Will:


  • Work pro-actively and innovatively with all our partners, such as the Care Commissioning Group through our Health and Wellbeing Board, to improve the health of Hull residents now and in the future.


  • Work and lobby to improve the quality of school meals and to bring back properly funded free primary school meals.


  • Promote Healthy Lifestyles by ensuring affordable, high quality and accountable leisure facilities that can be accessed as widely as possible.


  • Support local sports teams and clubs to mentor and engage communities with fitness programmes.


  • Maintain free peak time bus travel in Hull and the region for pensioners and people with serious illnesses or disabilities.



Labour will deliver these commitments to benefit all sections of our community and to ensure a brighter, healthier future for the people of Hull.





The previous Labour Government put a Children’s Centre or Surestart within walking distance of every community. The Tory-led Coalition Government have cut funding to these local services but locally Labour has worked hard to support them as best we can. If the Tory’s form the next Government the funding for Children’s Centres will go altogether.Hull’s Labour Council worked with the previous Labour Government to secure £420m to revamp every secondary and special school inHull. Our success is there to see and our children will be better equipped to benefit from the growth in local jobs our other commitments will generate as a result.


In 2011, Labour put funding back in to the City Music Service, which had been cut by the Lib Dems. This much-valued service continues to do excellent work with young people in the city.


Labour has also provided funding to reduce the cost of primary school meals, helping to support families and ensure children get a hot school meal, which will help them achieve and attain at school. Nationally, the Coalition has presided over an ideological attack on education and teachers, putting unqualified people in charge of delivering essential education to our children.


Labour Will:


  • Work to secure support for our children’s centres.


  • Use available funding wisely and innovatively to ensure the continuation of libraries and expand the services available from them such as Internet Access.


  • Lobby for greater funding to secure the future of Libraries in Hull.


  • Continue to fund the City Music Service.


  • Continue to subsidise primary school meals and work to reduce the cost further, so children can access a healthy, hot school meal.


  • Work with our partners to ensure the education package provided meets local and national needs.


Labour will work with our partners in education to ensure that our children’s education is high quality and meets the needs of people now and in the future.





Labour delivered a raft of measures to improve the lives of children, from lifting children out of poverty to providing Free Healthy Primary School Meals that resulted in direct health improvements, improvements in school attendance and educational attainment. The vision Labour had when it delivered free healthy school meals a decade ago has now become national government policy. Those in the Lib Dems who abolished our scheme here now support it being rolled out nationally, what a pity they could not have shown the same commitment to the people of Hull a decade ago. If they had, a generation of children would already have reaped the benefits highlighted in the evaluation report of the scheme that the Lib Dems ignored and tried to suppress.


Since 2010, youth unemployment has blighted the country, especially in the north. The Coalition has axed funding to support services, local councils, abolished the Education Maintenance Allowance; (EMA); that enabled young people to engage with education and skills training; and to trebled university tuition fees – putting university beyond the reach of many and committing young people to a start burdened with crippling debt.


In terms of apprenticeships, the Coalition has invested unwisely by creating a massive expansion of low quality qualifications that are not recognised across the world and not valued by many employers in the UK. While the Tories and the Lib Dems quote the ‘quantity’ of these schemes, 75% of them have no training element, most are for only six months and do not go to school leavers but to existing employees in low paid work. The majority of people receiving these low quality courses are aged 25 or over.


This is the politics of ‘Never mind the quality, feel the width!”, and it is unacceptable and insulting. While young people from our EU neighbours can benefit from jobs growth across the EU, young people here are stuck in low paid, low skilled and insecure jobs thanks to an investment in low quality qualifications aimed at allowing politicians to claim credit for expanding apprenticeships. We can do better!


Young people deserve to be listened to and to get high quality guidance, direction, help and support to reach their potential and be involved in society rather than just observers of it or hostile to it because they are excluded. This is why Labour, in 2011, restored funding to the local ‘Connexions’ careers advice service which the previous Lib Dem Cabinet has axed.  We all have a responsibility in this as parents, teachers, and members of a community as do the young people themselves.


Labour Will:


  • o   Call for real investment in high quality, Level 3 apprenticeships, which will equip our young people with the training, and skills they need to find and keep a quality job.


  • o   Insist that businesses we procure services from also invest in high quality apprenticeships


  • o   Develop more apprenticeships within the Council and call upon local businesses to do the same.


  • o   Work with our partners to make sure the council listens to young people when developing services and support.


Labour is delivering for young people, engaging young people and helping them reach their true potential.





The previous Labour Government lifted many older people out of poverty with Pension Tax Credits and Winter Fuel Payments. Labour’s All Day Free Travel in Hull has helped older people to remain connected to friends and loved ones in the city and region especially as the ‘Cost of Living Crisis’ has meant less money for most people. Nationally this scheme is under threat and likely to disappear after the 2015 election if Labour do not win.


Labour Will:


  • Work to protect Winter Fuel Payments.


  • Work to maintain free peak time bus travel in Hull and the region for people aged over 60 and the chronically sick or disabled.


  • Work to retain a network of high quality locally accountable and responsive homes and day centres, ensuring access to respite and care when needed.


  • Continue to consult with the Better Government for Older People representatives and represents their views in Cabinet.


Labour has worked locally and nationally to lift older people out of poverty and improve lifestyles and opportunity and will continue to value the input of older people in our society.





The previous Lib Dem Council spent £7 million of Flood Relief money given toHullby the previous Labour Government on a failed ‘Transformation Programme’, which did not make any actual savings. They din not do anything to prevent flooding, which happened again in December 2013. In addition, they had over £104m in Capital reserves yet our roads and pavements crumbled around us while they just pointed at potholes.


At the same time, they also failed to spend their own road and pavement repairs budget. Given the state of our roads, this mismanagement is scandalous.


Since 2011, Labour has programmed our much-reduced budget to spend the available money on these essential repairs. The money allocated has been used in full, each year. The response from the Lib Dems has been to criticise the road repairs they should have been delivering when in power.


Labour will:-


  • Continue to plan effectively the delivery of road and pavement repairs within the allocated budget in full.


  • Lobby for increased funding to repair and maintain our roads and pavements.


  • Provide a programme of new LED lighting throughout the City


Labour has delivered genuine long-term improvements for roads and pavements despite breathtaking funding cuts imposed by the Coalition Government.





Labour has a long and proud record of supporting sport and providing high quality leisure facilities in this city.


When Labour was in charge of the council, we built the KC Stadium, which helped springboardHullCity’s revival and is the home of a Premiership Football Club and a Super League Rugby League Team.  The Lib Dems opposed this investment but, as usual, took the credit when it opened.


Labour also invested in developing both rugby league clubs inHull, helping them to secure their futures. Most recently, the Council funded a new stand atCravenPark, increasing capacity and quality.


Labour decided to bid for ‘City of Culture 2017’ following the failed bid by the previous Lib Dem led Council. This was part of the long-term vision held by Labour and was initially not supported by senior officers. The decision proved to be the right thing to do and galvanised the city to display its uniqueness, current offer our potential. In contrast, the Lib Dems failed in their bid to be City ofCultureand during the budget debate in February 2014, tried to sabotage the City of Culture 2017 by pulling the funding because they believed it was developing “too fast”.


Labour has also had to review leisure and cultural services because of the eye-watering cuts to council funding imposed by the Coalition Government, which will amount to over £160m by 2018. This review included looking at the future of the range of swimming provision across the city and led to the development of a partnership funding arrangement with the local NHS to maintain the pools at Ennerdale Leisure Centre. Such arrangements represent a short-term fix to a long-term and deep funding crisis caused by Tory/Lib Dem Coalition Government. Labour will re-shape how these essential services are delivered while keeping local accountability. Labour will also deliver modern leisure facilities that meet local need in Hullinto the 21st Century. This is an example of Labour’s commitment to not stand by and allow the ‘Managed decline of the city and its services’.


Labour will:


  • Continue to work with key partners locally, regionally and nationally in building for 2017 and maximise the economic status, cultural potential and legacy that UK City of Culture 2017 represents.


  • Labour will deliver innovative and effective ways to develop and deliver accountable leisure services for generations to come as part of a ‘KWL style’ Council wholly owned Company.


Labour has delivered on maintaining and developing local services despite swingeing government cuts. Labour will continue to put the needs of local Hull people first.





In 2011, the Lib Dems axed £982,000 from Streetcare Services, which resulted in a third of the workforce leaving the Council. As a result, green areas suffered across the city. By the time Labour came to power in 2011, these workers had already gone and could not be replaced. This did not stop the Lib Dems trying to blame Labour when areas became overgrown.


The Lib Dems sided with the Tories on the Crime and Policing Panel in refusing funding for Police Officers. It is no coincidence that Hull now has the lowest Policing levels since the 1980’s and for the first time in over 10 years crime rose in the city.


Labour has delivered on increasing the amount of domestic waste diverted from landfill to over 64%. In addition, recycling and composting levels have risen from to over 53%.


All of these things impact on our communities and general wellbeing and Labour has made a significant difference where we can and argued to defend community safety against Lib Dem and Tory attacks.


Labour has opened a ‘grown-up debate’ about the boundary of the city, which excludes suburbs that are naturally conjoined to the city and who look to the city as their centre. It has been the case, for too long, that the Council Tax payers ofHullhave solely funded the commercial, retail, cultural, heritage and leisure offer, which is accessed and utilised by people from all over the East Riding. Hull City Council also contributes to developing jobs and services for local people, not just those who presently live within the restrictedHullboundary. The greater funding opportunities, that having a wider boundary presents is a benefit to everyone who lives and works in Hull and its suburbs and would allow for improved and more accountable local services. However, this alone is not enough. If this city and area is to progress and develop, there has to be unification across authorities on issues such as transport, regeneration, planning and inward investment. This ‘Combined’ approach on these key challenges is essential and long overdue. This approach does not loose identity or control, it grows it and adds more.



Labour Will:


  • Continue to lobby for a sensible debate about boundaries and joining in a Combined Authority on transport, regeneration, planning and inward investment.


  • Work with our Labour partners in the Police and crime Panel to improve policing.


  • Continue to improve our waste collection, recycling and composting scores so that less goes to landfill, thereby saving money and protecting our environment now and for generations to come.



Your community is not safe with the Lib Dem’s, they sided with the Tories to reduce policing levels.




This Tory-led Coalition led us into a double-dip recession and narrowly avoided a triple-dip recession. Their continued support for extreme austerity endangers the economy of this country and across the EU. Prior to 2010 the economy had actually started to recover but the rapid and deep austerity cuts of the Coalition killed off that early recovery and our economy flat-lined for over three years. The longest recession in history, and avoidable. The Tories and the Lib Dems would have us believe that theUKeconomy is now growing due to their measures. In reality, 90% of new jobs are inLondonand most are zero hours, low paid, temporary or part-time. They would have us believe that we are now better off. People inHulldo not see it that way.


The actions of the previous Lib Dem Council by slashing £800,000 from the funding to help start up small  and new businesses was just more of the same from a party which in Hull are no more than Tories in drag.


InHull, Labour has shown its’ commitment to attracting jobs and building a future in which people will see hope. The decisions we made in 2011 and since would not have been made by anyone else. The Lib Dems have opposed virtually everything Labour has done. This is a clear measure of why they are not fit to represent the people ofHull. They are a failed and crumbling party.


UKIP pretend to speak for ordinary working people but are made up of multi-millionaires who want a return to a ‘mythical golden age’ that only existed for the super rich. They hate Europe becauseEuropemakes laws that protect people at work or are vulnerable. UKIP claim to be all things to all people but are in fact Tory rejects.


The EU is the largest trading market in the world, bigger even than theUSA. It benefits its members. UKIP would see us left to trade on our own, looking in through the window to see if we can spot a good deal or two for companies owned by rich men making the maximum profit by driving down wages and conditions to 1930’s levels.  If UKIP got its’ way there would be no investment in the Green Renewables Sector, Britain would continue to stagger on, completely reliant on dodgy Russian gas, expensive Middle East oil  and dangerous UK ‘fracking’.


At the 2015 Elections voters have few choices. The Tories with endless austerity and policies for the rich and powerful, the Lib Dems with no direction, no integrity and no purpose, or UKIP, the Tories ‘B Team’, so right-wing that even most Tories don’t like them.


Or Labour, a party that has helped turn around the future of Hull, that is engaged with our neighbours both here and in Europe and which is determined to grow our economy, jobs, training and to look after people in a caring and responsible society. The choice is simple.


Vote Labour in 2015.





Working for you to deliver on:-


Jobs and Growth


Housing                                                               Transport



Health                                                                 Education



Young People                                                 Older People



Roads and Pavements                              Sport & Leisure



Community, Environment & Safety               Building Our Future








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