Peterborough Liberal Democrats are proud to launch our 2021 manifesto for the May elections. This last year has seen huge changes in the way we live and work and the future of our city is at stake with the combined problems of Covid and the mismanagement of the past 21 years by the ruling Conservatives.
The Liberal Democrats want to create a fair, safe, and sustainable Peterborough in which everyone is equally empowered to fulfil their ambitions and live a healthy life.
We believe that we have the ideas that Peterborough needs in order to build a society in which everyone - regardless of their age, gender, or background - has the opportunity to fulfil their potential and get on in life.
Sadly, under the Conservatives, our city is falling backwards. Our council is over-centralised and secretive, we are failing to act to address the climate emergency, our services are being cut while anti-social behaviour is increasing, and the lack of affordable housing has become a major issue.
The Lib Dems believe that our city can have a bright future, but only with fresh ideas. The stale days of failing Conservative leadership need to make way for new and innovative ideas.
In recent years, Conservative chancellors have cut Peterborough’s grant from central government. On average Central government grants to local authorities were cut 38% in real terms between 2009/10 and 2018/19. The Lib Dems believe that the fight against these cuts should involve doing more than the Conservatives’ ‘Stand up for Peterborough’ campaign which simply seeks to ‘move the deck chairs around’. We believe that much more money needs to be invested in the vital services that local government provides.
With the Conservatives set to lose council seats across the city, it looks increasingly likely that the city council will have ‘no overall control’ by any one party after the local elections. Politicians from all political parties will need to work together to protect and improve the services which many local residents rely on.
This document shows that the Lib Dems are more ready than ever before to help build a city that works for everyone.
Our commitment to the residents of Peterborough is that a council run by the Lib Dems will work to improve the lives of all residents by listening to you and working hard all year round.
This document sets out the policies that Liberal Democrat councillors will strive to implement should we get into a position of power or influence on the City Council. The order and speed with which the policies can be translated into action will depend on the funds available and circumstances prevailing at the time. There are also some policies which relate to responsibilities of the Council's partner organisations, such as the Combined Authority, where the process will involve influencing the decision makers rather than being able to make direct changes to service delivery.
Cllr Nick Sandford - Council Group Leader
Simon Kail - Local Party Chair