On 5 May you elect a new District Council. We are proud of our vision for a green, well-run, open and trusted South Cambs. Our manifesto builds on the success of other Labour Councils. For example, Labour in Cambridge City leads the way on the environment, anti-poverty and affordable homes.

South Cambs has suffered from years of dominance by just two parties: first the Conservatives and now the Lib Dems.

The ruling Lib Dem group asks you to ‘trust them’ yet they have failed to issue any audited accounts since taking charge four years ago .

(Correct at 18 March 22)

There is little accountability in planning as many decisions are made by officers. Labour wants community involvement in decisions, with a bigger say for Parish and Town Councils through a Parish Forum. We will hold ‘Leader of the Council Question Time’ so the public can quiz the Council.

Last May, Labour’s Dr Nik Johnson won the directly elected Mayor of Cambs and Labour gained seats to be part of the Joint Administration at the County Council.

Voters are turning to Labour’s positive plan and our track record of delivery. It is time to change to Labour in South Cambs.

A Labour council will:

Act on the climate and biodiversity emergencies.

Work closely with the Labour Mayor of Cambridgeshire to deliver the Climate Action Plan. And operate to recognised United Nations climate and biodiversity agreements.

Create the Council’s first-ever antipoverty strategy to address effects of poverty e.g food parcels and tackle the causes e.g. pay the Real Living Wage.

Be responsible in budget setting. Ensure openness, transparency and accountability in decisions and in spending taxpayers’ money.

Insist on at least 40% affordable housing across new build sites. The default will be Council homes for social rent.

Exercise the Council’s powers for good e.g. local and ethical buying. Enhance natural habitats through Biodiversity Net Gain targets in developments.

Follow planning laws and encourage as much participation as possible. Update the planning portal for easier use, version control and good archives.

Apply good business practice by publishing dashboards that show targets, current status and best achievements by similar councils.

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