Labour has spelt out 10 key pledges that the party hopes will help it to win the local elections next year.
They were set out at an event on Brighton seafront attended by candidates and party members.
Warren Morgan, leader of the opposition Labour group on Brighton and Hove City Council, described the pledges as a “contract with Brighton and Hove”.
Councillor Morgan said that if Labour won the election it would aim to build at least 500 new council homes within four years.
A Labour administration, he said, would also build a new secondary school to avoid demand outstripping places in the city and work to aim to eliminate youth unemployment through new apprenticeship schemes.
He said: “This city is crying out for change, desperate for a competent council leadership which will improve the lives of residents across the city in every community.
“Labour will deliver that change, will set the city council the task of tackling poverty and promoting opportunity for all.”
He said that an incoming Labour leadership would establish a year-long fairness commission to tackle poverty and promote opportunity.
It would work to deliver new facilities for the city on time, in budget and without committing the city’s taxpayers to further debt.
And improving the city’s refuse and recycling service would be a “top priority”, he said.
But Labour council would not increase council tax or parking charges above the rate of inflation, he added.
The local party has also relaunched its website.
Councillor Morgan acknowledged the challenge of bridging the council’s £100 million fiding gap over the coming four years and said: “These ten commitments will form the foundations of our detailed manifesto next year and the direction of travel of our Labour administration for the four years of our term of office if elected in May.”
The 10 pledges would meet the party’s goals of better jobs, more homes, excellent schools and decent basic services, he said.
And they reflected the party’s values of fairness, sustainability and competence.
The 10 pledges are
- We will make collecting refuse, increased recycling and cleaning the streets a top council priority. The leader and senior councillors will directly oversee work to improve the service.
- We will commit to tackle the city’s housing crisis, aiming to build at least 500 council houses by 2019, and securing 40 per cent affordable homes in new housing developments.
- We will consult on introducing a register of landlords to protect tenants in the private rented sector, promote secure tenancies and tackle rip-off fees through a tenant’s charter.
- We will build a new secondary school to meet the growing need for places across the city and it will be run by the council under powers restored by a Labour government. We will work to ensure all schools are accountable and offer excellent education.
- We will aim to keep any increases in council tax and parking charges within inflation-level rises, with additional income invested in public services, road safety and transport infrastructure that the city needs and residents want.
- We will establish a fairness commission to tackle the growing poverty and inequality in the city, independently chaired, reporting within a year and funded within existing budgets, to set out an action plan for the Labour administration and partner organisations to implement.
- We will work to support a broad sustainable and prosperous economy that benefits all parts of the city, with secure jobs paying the living wage and action to combat zero-hours contracts. There will be innovative proposals in our manifesto to help small and medium sized businesses in the city.
- We will ensure that major projects that are built in Brighton and Hove offer jobs, homes and new facilities for the city, are affordable, rigorously scrutinised and are delivered on time with private investment not taxpayers debt.
- We will seek to eliminate youth unemployment in the city within four years, with real apprenticeships and career opportunities for young people.
- We will aim to keep public services local and democratically accountable, with power devolved to communities. Sustainability and co-operative principles will run through the solutions we develop to meet the funding challenges we face.
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