According to the Labour Party website the Labour Party have achieved the following in their time in power:
Labour believes in delivering social justice to all wherever they live. That means that we insist on national standards in key areas and that we fund local services to help deliver this fairly. But we are clear that the best way to govern ourselves and to deliver excellent services is in most cases through decentralisation and devolution.
We believe that wherever possible we should pass influence, power and control to the people, to local institutions and groups, to front line staff and to local councils. We do this because we trust the people to be the best authors of their destinies, and want to see power spread through our society. Labour’s approach is rooted in the idea that local people and communities possess the ingenuity and common sense to run their own affairs and collectively solve their problems, given the right framework of resources and support from central government.
Labour in local government is working to deliver high quality, value for money local services. On average, Labour councils cost the local taxpayer less than Tory or Lib Dem councils.
* We are handing more powers to local authorities and supporting measures to help communities and individuals get involved in local democracy, such as participatory budgeting and citizens juries.
* We have provided local government with a 39 per cent real terms increase in funding in our first ten years in office and have allocated an extra £8.9 billion over the three years of the current funding settlement. This contrasts with a 7 per cent real terms cut during the final four years of the last Tory government.
* We have reduced bureaucracy and red tape, with a reduction in national performance indicators from around 1,200 to under 200 and less ring-fencing of funding.
* We restored London-wide government, abolished by the Tories, by creating the Greater London Assembly and the position of Mayor of London.
* We have seen an urban renaissance in Britain’s great towns and cities – regeneration on a massive scale in the centres of cities such as Birmingham, Cardiff, Glasgow, Manchester and Newcastle.
New Labour, your Britain:
* We will support and develop the role of the local councillor, while seeking to encourage people from a more diverse range of backgrounds to get involved in civic life.
* We will give a stronger voice to communities to help shape the places they live and local services.
* We are reducing the amount of central prescription so that local authorities and their partners are better able to respond to local needs and demands.
* We are strengthening Regional Development Agencies to help them in supporting economic recovery in our regions and to end the disparity in economic development between and within regions.
Labour Party Local Government Policy :http://www.labour.org.uk/local_government1
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