Stoke-on-Trent’s newest political party Community Voice is proud to release our Draft Policy Document,in keeping with our ethos of openness and transparency.
Should anyone wish to join our group, there is an application form available on our website. There will be a Community Voice meeting next Tuesday 3rd August in the Council Chamber which is open to the public.
All our Policies here are in Draft form ready for our Policy Conference in October 2010.
These are initial thoughts and areas to cover which will be detail at our conference as well as adding a more comprehensive list of policies cover many different additional areas.
Adult Social Care
Community Voice spokeswoman: Pauline Joynson
Providing quality social care for adults and older people, giving them dignity and independence, is one of the great challenges of our generation, but one that must not just be left to private business to supply.
Community Voice’s commitment is to:
*keep city council care provision within the council and resist privatisation
*improve provision for older people and their carers dealing with dementia and other similar or relate health issues
*monitor, scrutinise and hold to account all care providers to improve and maintain high standards
*make sure all services provided by the council take into account the needs of elderly and disabled adults
Children and Young People
Community Voice spokeswoman: Janine Bridges
Top quality education as well as proper protection for those at risk or in local authority care are vital to the future success of our city.
Everybody deserves the opportunity of an education that gives them the chance to fulfil their full potential.
All children should be safe from harm and given a loving, warm caring environment in which to grow up.
Community Voice commits to:
*campaign against proposals for school Academies
scrap selective education
*make sure schools are at the centre of their communities through community and dual use of resources
*close large children’s care homes and provide care in small “family” size homes.
*invest in social workers and their support
Community Voice Spokesman: Mike Barnes
Democracy is fundamental to our beliefs and organisation.
This is embedded in our Principles and Constitution:
“Democracy ““ We endeavour to embed democracy, openness, honesty, transparency and accountability at our core within our party, as well as in the wider community and society. This shall be laid out in our policy document entitled “Democracy”.”
This policy shall be laid out in detail at our Policy Conference in October 2010.
Key Objectives for Community Voice are:
*Replacing the Cabinet System in the Council with an Enhanced Committee System, giving people more say and accountability to the important decisions that affect their lives.
*All Quangos should be subject to democratic and accountable processes. For example, bring health bodies under the Local Authority, scrapping the NSRP, LSP etc
*Scrapping Area Implementation Teams and replacing them with Neighbourhood Committees or Councils to give people a real say in their own neighbourhoods, streets and communities.
*Giving residents the power of recall over all their elected representatives were wrongdoing has been proven.
*Making all public bodies open and transparent, improving the response to FOIs
*Strengthening Scrutiny powers and giving more powers to local people to scrutinise decisions
*Campaign for Senior Officials in Public Office to be prosecuted where serious maladministration is proven or where the public or elected representatives have been misled.
Community Voice spokesman: Mike Barnes
Housing is a key indicator of society’s commitment to social justice ““ homelessness should not be tolerated in a modern caring city.
Everybody should be entitled to a warm, dry, safe place to live in, to bring up a family ore retire in.
Our commitment is to:
*campaign to get councils to start building homes
restore all public social housing to local authority, democratic control with consistent standards and allocations policies
*restore the apprentice schemes in the council
resist any proposals to “sell off” our council housing
give residents more say in how their rent is spent on their homes
Resources, Finance & Budget
Community Voice Spokesman: Peter Kent Baguley
Every penny counts these days as the squeeze is put on public spending. We all know that the City Council has to make savings, but these should be measured and appropriate.
Community Voice Commitments shall be to:
*Constructively participate in the council budget process and service cuts
*Provide an alternative budget if necessary
*Slash the use of unnecessary consultants current used to excess by the council
*Keep public services public ““ delivered in the interests of the customer not for the profits of shareholders
expose waste, fraud, misinformation and mismanagement within the council and make those responsible accountable.
Anyone interested in finding out more about Community Voice please visit our website below.