200 Labour achievements for Brighton & Hove

Leisure, Sports & Culture

  1. Brighton & Hove city status – Labour put in the work to unite Brighton & Hove and made a successful bid for it to become the first new city of the millennium, a status granted by the Queen in 1999. This would not have happened under the Tories who opposed merging Brighton & Hove.
  2. Falmer Stadium – It’s been a long battle, but finally, in 2011 Brighton & Hove Albion will have a proper home when Falmer Stadium opens to the public. Labour fought hard to deliver the stadium for our city, whilst the Tories, Greens and Lib Dems all opposed it. Labour had the foresight to realise the potential behind such a great modern facility. The stadium has brought jobs and investment to the city. It will provide a great venue for football fans, but will also provide a great facility for the community. It will bring tourism to the city, and has great potential as a venue for other entertainment.
  3. The Jubilee Library – Labour’s pioneering Jubilee Library development regenerated a whole area of our city; providing attractive modern facilities and an excellent public service on a site that had previously remained a derelict eyesore for 30 years. The Library itself attracted 810,000 people in its first year and saw a massive 76% increase in borrowing and 23,000 new members. It has won countless awards for its high quality and energy efficient design. While the surrounding area has seen the development of new civic space, and flourishing shops, offices, flats, a hotel and restaurants. The development has brought residents and tourists together in a model example of how we need to move forward as a city – creating jobs, homes and excellent public services in an environmentally sustainable way.
  4. The i360 – A modern Brighton & Hove landmark from the makers of the London Eye. Brighton’s history and character revolves around the visionary and the eccentric. The i360 viewing tower by the West Pier, initiated under a Labour council, would enable visitors to get a 360 degree, 25mile view of our beautiful city and surrounding countryside. When complete it is expected to attract 160 new jobs and 750,000 visitors a year, making it exactly the sort of attraction that our city needs for future tourism.
  5. The Brighton Festival – Labour helped get the Brighton Festival up and running, and we have always given it our full support. Today it brings in over £20million to the local economy every year. Labour has also supported community festivals and local street parties in our neighbourhoods.
  6. Free entry to museums & galleries – Thanks to record investment in our museums and art galleries, Labour’s achievement of free entry means everyone can now enjoy attractions like Brighton Museum & Art Gallery, and the Booth Museum of Natural History for free. Our work with the Renaissance in the Regions scheme helped make museums more accessible to the local community. The Tories have hinted that they might reverse the free entry policy, and reintroduce charges.
  7. The Brighton Centre – Labour had the foresight to build the Brighton centre in the first place and was on the verge of securing major investment to regenerate it when the Tories took over in 2007. Since then the project to create a 21st century venue has stalled. As a city that relies on income from conferences and the arts, we need a centre that can rival those of other cities like Manchester, Newcastle and London. Sadly we are now falling behind thanks to Tory inaction.
  8. Free swimming – Labour’s Swimming Challenge Fund introduced free swimming for under 16s and over 60s to combat obesity, keep people fit and active, and make sure that everyone benefits from the coming 2012 Olympics that Labour helped to secure for Britain. Unfortunately Tory cutbacks will see this come to an end in the coming year.
  9. New libraries at Coldean and Whitehawk – Thanks to Labour councillors, Whitehawk and Coldean enjoy modern library facilities.
  10. Seafront improvements – Labour drove forward improvements to our seafront in the area between the piers under the leadership of Steve Bassam, and in the terraces and colonnades under Simon Burgess. Thanks to Labour the seafront also benefits from facilities like the basketball courts.
  11. Regenerating our streets – Alongside the major projects like the Jubilee Library, streets like New Road have benefitted from Labour vision and investment. Unfortunately the same cannot be said for the Tories who have presided over a lack of progress on the much needed regeneration to parts of our city like Black Rock, London Road, Lewes Road, Edward Street, the Old Market and other areas in desperate need of attention.
  12. Refurbished the Dome complex – Labour invested in refurbishing the Dome, The Corn Exchange and the neighbouring museum and art gallery. Providing modern facilities for the public, and bringing money into the local economy.
  13. Restored the Bandstand – labour successfully pursued Heritage Lottery funding to restore the bandstand to its former glory.
  14. New Deal for Communities – In April 2000, The East Brighton New Deal for Communities (EBNDC) Partnership was awarded £47.2m from the government’s pilot NDC programme aimed at social regeneration of the area covering Bate’s Estate, Higher Bevendean, Manor Farm, Moulsecoomb, Saunders Park and Whitehawk. Money was spent in Whitehawk on various community projects, its most notable being the Crew Club youth centre.
  15. St. James’s street Christmas lights – Labour has backed local residents and business owners in recent years in their efforts to bring Christmas lights to St. James’s Street to attract Christmas trade and to bring together the community. After fundraising efforts raised part of the money needed, Labour candidates approached big companies in the area and secured an £8,000 donation to see the lights come to fruition.
  16. Neighbourhood Renewal programme – The last Labour government funded the Neighbourhood Renewal programme, which has brought benefits to a number of run-down areas across the city.
  17. Sustainable Communities Act – Labour introduced this legislation to open up the powers local councils have to protect and enhance their local communities, including the creation of local residents panels to work with the rest of the community on developing new ideas to enhance the wellbeing of the city.
  18. Saved Preston Circus fire station – Labour supported the Fire Brigade Union in their successful campaign to save Preston Circus fire station after officials sought to sell off the historic central site and waste £4million of taxpayer’s money on moving it to an unspecified location. Nearly £1million has been spent in recent years upgrading the existing site and fire fighters believe a change of site could mean it took longer to reach life-threatening incidents.
  19. Gift aid – Expanded by Labour to remove the minimum donation limit so that however small the contribution local charities in Brighton & Hove could benefit from gift aid – increasing the value of donations by around 28%
  20. Brighton & Hove Arts Commission – Established by a Labour council in December 2004 the Arts Commission is made up of prominent members of the arts and creative industries community in Brighton & Hove. It works as an effective partnership body, taking on a leadership role for the cultural sector in the city and promoting our position as the leading cultural city in the South East. It is involved in a range of activity including the development of policy, fundraising, provision of advice, and the delivery of programs.

Education

  1. More teachers – Brighton & Hove schools now have more teachers and teaching assistants as a direct result of Labour investment, which has seen over 42,000 more teachers and 212,000 more support staff than 1997 levels.
  2. New modern school buildings – Thousands of local children are already benefiting from the investment Labour ploughed into creating modern school buildings and facilities across the city. Take a look at your local school to see the facilities that have recently been built. Good examples include Patcham, Dorothy Stringer, and Varndean high schools.
  3. Building Schools for Future – Labour secured £150million of investment to improve buildings and facilities in Brighton & Hove schools. Local children will now miss out on these improvements after the funding was cancelled in 2010 by the Tory-Lib Dem government to pay for their ideological ‘free schools’ for the few.
  4. Double the investment per pupil – Labour increased real terms education funding per pupil by 110% between 1997 and 2010. Funding per pupil in 1997-8 was £3,030; in 2009-10 it was £6,350.
  5. Improved standards and results in local schools – With more teachers, investment and modern facilities Labour has delivered marked improvement in results from local schools. Labour improved results at all levels and ensured no schools were in ‘special measures’. Since 2007 the Tories have failed to keep our schools improving at the same rate as the rest of the UK as confirmed by the Audit Commission ‘Oneplace’ report.
  6. Sure Start Children’s Centres – Labour started Sure Start because we believe that all children deserve a good start in life. Between 1997 and 2010 Labour opened over 3,500 Children’s Centres nationwide including 15 in Brighton & Hove alone, for instance the Tarner centre. Despite pledging no cuts to Sure Start, in 2010 the Tory council cut over £600,000 from our local children’s centres and further cuts are expected.
  7. Bright Start nursery – Bright Start nursery is an example of a nursery created by Labour, and now unfortunately facing closure by the Tory-run City Council. We are supporting the local campaign by parents and staff to keep it open.
  8. The Brighton Aldridge Community Academy – Created by Labour, but opposed by the Greens for ideological reasons. The academy has secured investment and improved standards for a school that is in a particularly disadvantaged area. We are proud to have secured this investment, and will always put practical solutions to improve education above dogma.
  9. Breakfast & Homework clubs – Labour helped establish breakfast and homework clubs across the city to help families and ensure children get the support they need.
  10. Created specialisms in local schools – We want schools to celebrate what they are best at and help the community and other schools share the benefit of their success. Specialisms in local schools include the performing arts, languages, technology, music and sport.
  11. Greater diversity in the curriculum – Labour doesn’t believe in a one-size-fits-all education. Different children have different needs and passions, which is why Labour developed greater diversity in the curriculum and more programs designed for individuals
  12. Public art in schools – Labour encouraged a successful program of public art in Brighton & Hove schools to stimulate creativity and imagination.
  13. Campaigned for a new primary school in Hove – Labour is acutely aware of the need for a new primary school in Hove. We have campaigned on this issue, raising it up the agenda and putting pressure on our Tory council to listen to the needs of local families.
  14. A primary school place near your home – Labour councils ensured as that children were offered a primary school place as near to the family home as possible.
  15. Introduced literacy and numeracy hours in schools In a drive that has seen standards increase nationally and locally.
  16. Community access – Labour developed the extended schools programme to enable the community to have access to school buildings when not in use for community activities, ensuring the maximum usage and benefit from our great facilities.
  17. Guaranteed free nursery place for every 3 and 4 year old – Labour delivered a guaranteed free nursery place for every 3 and 4 year old, and the most deprived 2 year olds. While the Tories are now proposing top-up fees for children’s nurseries that only the better off can afford.
  18. Additional nursery classes – introduced by Labour in infant and primary schools across Brighton & Hove.
  19. Neighbourhood Nurseries – Labour worked with the private sector to establish these nurseries across Brighton & Hove, particularly in areas of disadvantage. The Neighbourhood Nurseries care for children and support parents into training and work.
  20. Increased Higher Education funding – Brighton & hove is a great university city, and our young people deserve to have the best education new can afford. Education is good for society, good for the economy and good for individuals. That’s why under Labour higher education funding increased by over 25% in real terms between 197 and 2010.
  21. More people from low-income backgrounds at university – Labour increased funding to ensure that more people in places like Brighton & Hove got the chance to attend university than ever before. In 2010 there were around 400,000 more people in university than 1997 levels, and more people from low-income backgrounds than ever before.
  22. More apprenticeships – Labour know that education is not just about school and university. Apprenticeships are a vital form of learning and gaining valuable skills for the workplace. That’s why under Labour the number of apprenticeships doubled, including an increase in Brighton & Hove.
  23. Whitehawk Inn – A community learning centre in South Whitehawk, occupying a former pub. It was founded in 2001 by Labour, and provides various long and short term, full and part time courses in a wide range of subjects as well as providing advice on gaining employment.

Families, Children & Young people

  1. The Child Trust Fund - Created by Labour, now being scrapped by the Tory-Lib Dem government. The Child Trust Fund provided a nest egg saving scheme; directly benefitting over 4.8 million families across the UK and thousands in Brighton & Hove alone.
  2. Child benefit – Increased by 25% since 1997 by Labour, now being cut back by the Tory-Lib Dem government. Child benefit has long supported struggling families. Labour created child benefit, and under Labour it increased significantly benefiting tens of thousands of families in Brighton & Hove.
  3. Working Family Tax credits – Introduced by Labour to support struggling parents back into work on a reasonable wage. The Tories have hinted this will be scrapped; even though in Brighton & Hove 20% of children live in households with no working adults.
  4. Connexions – Created by Labour, now being decimated by our Tory-run Council’s ideological cutbacks. Connexions provided valuable careers advice and support to young people seeking employment.
  5. The Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) – Created by Labour, now being scrapped by the Tory-Lib Dem government even though the Tories and Lib Dems both pledged to keep it before the election. This is one area in which the National Union of Students (NUS) are fighting particularly hard on behalf of Further Education students, and Labour has backed the NUS campaign to keep the EMA which benefits thousands of our city’s poorest students.
  6. The Future Jobs Fund – Created by Labour, now being scrapped by the Tory-Lib Dem government. The Future Jobs Fund was created to ensure, in difficult time, all young people had access to a job, training or education. Before the election the Lib Dems promised to extend this scheme, since the election they have scrapped it. In Brighton & Hove there are currently over 500 16-18 year olds not in education, employment or training. This is one of the highest rates in the country and without support from funds like the FJF or services like Connexions the future looks bleak.
  7. The Crew Club – The Crew Club is a great example of how Labour delivered David Cameron’s vision of a ‘big society’, and why backing up good intentions with firm funding is vital. Parents in Whitehawk approached the Labour council in 1999 for support in opening up a youth club. The club opened on a trial basis with voluntary support, and thanks to funding from Labour’s New Deal for Communities (NDC) alongside a lot of hard-work and dedication from the community the Crew Club was able to transform its facilities, get full-time paid staff workers, and flourish to become the valuable resource it is today with hundreds of members and a great record of achievement for young people and the community.
  8. New children’s playgrounds – Labour secured £1.5million of government funding to create 22 new children’s playgrounds in Brighton & Hove. The Tory-run council have subsequently stopped this programme after spending £70,000 on consultants.
  9. A new Youth Council – Labour established a new youth council in Brighton & Hove for under-21s so that the voice of young people could be better represented in our city.
  10. Free theatre for young people – Labour worked in partnership with theatres to open up the arts to young people by offering free tickets to productions in the Brighton & Hove area.
  11. The Child Safety Strategy – Developed by Labour councillors to tackle issues of youth homelessness and bullying.
  12. Free, healthy school meals – Labour fought for the introduction of free healthy school meals for all primary and secondary school pupils in the city. Whilst the Tories have failed to deliver this since 2007, Labour did manage to expand the number of people entitled to them, which is particularly important for low-income families and in narrowing the health gap.
  13. More registered childcare places – under Labour the number of registered childcare places doubled to over 1.3 million nationally, including an increase in Brighton & Hove of 2000 new places between 2003-7 alone.
  14. The Child Poverty Act – Labour sought to eradicate child poverty, and helped lift over 500,000 children out of relative poverty across the UK during its time in government. The Child Poverty act enshrined this goal into legislation, legally binding future governments to take action to eradicate child poverty.
  15. Brighton & Hove Children’s Festival – established in 2006 with funding from Labour, the Children’s Festival provides hundreds of activities to help children in the city get creative.

Older people

  1. Brighton & Hove Older People’s Council – Labour established the Brighton & Hove Older People’s Council to ensure a stronger voice for older people in the community. The elected council provides valuable advocacy and representation for those over 60.
  2. Winter Fuel payments – Labour introduced these payments and further cold weather payments to eliminate the scandal of fuel poverty among older people. The payments benefit around 2 million pensioners nationwide including thousands in Brighton & Hove. Under Labour the payments were regularly increased, and we fought hard to get the Tories to u-turn on their plans to get rid of the support.
  3. Free eye tests – No pensioner should suffer poor eyesight just because they are too poor to pay for an eye-test. That’s why Labour introduced free eye-tests for all pensioners.
  4. Free TV license – The free TV license for over 75s provides valuable support to the costs of living for older people. The Tories tried to scrap this but were forced to maintain it by Labour pressure.
  5. Free buss pass for over 60s – we know that buses provide a lifeline for many older people, so Labour introduced the free bus pass for all over 60s and disabled people to ensure that money is never a barrier to travel.
  6. Free loft and cavity insulation – Introduced by Labour for the over 70s to combat fuel poverty, keep homes warm, and protect the environment.
  7. Free central heating – introduced by Labour for all Pension Credit recipients to ensure that money is not a barrier to a warm home.
  8. Increased pension – The fight against poverty is one of the central values of the Labour Party. That’s why under Labour the basic state pension rate was increased 12% above earnings since 1997.
  9. Room sharing cut – under Labour Councils room sharing between older people in residential care and nursing homes was cut to a minimum.
  10. New retirement homes – new facilities like those built in Patcham on Preston Road, and the £3.5million New Larchwood home in Coldean are prime examples of how Labour Councils have strived for excellence in our care for older people; providing them with privacy, dignity, and support.
  11. Expanded number of Intermediate Care places – Labour worked hard to expand the number of Intermediate Care places in Brighton and Hove. These places give people help at home or in a special unit for up to six weeks to help them rehabilitate after a stay in hospital or to avoid them being admitted in the first place.
  12. Maintaining independence – Labour worked to increase the level and co-ordination of services maintaining independence for older people and disabled people in Brighton and Hove neighbourhoods, clustered around GP practices and supported by extended polyclinic facilities.
  13. Celebrating Age Festival – As part of the Labour-backed Celebrating Age Festival more than 1,000 older people were consulted about how the city could be made a healthier place to live and grow old in. Unfortunately under the Tories this festival no longer takes place.

Jobs, Business & Economy

  1. Steering Brighton & Hove out of recession – Labour Councils worked hard after the Tory recessions of the 1980s and early 1990s to speed recovery and get our city thriving again. The work undertaken by Labour Councils to attract investment and direct growth saw a boost to our city’s position as a major conference and retail centre, and a leading Cultural and Arts destination. Between 2007 and 2010 Labour steered the UK through the global economic crisis, prevented the collapse of the banking sector, and invested in economic stimulus, supporting people and businesses and not just leaving them to fend for themselves as previous Tory administrations have done.
  2. Positioning our city for the future – Under Labour Councils Brighton & Hove was deliberately positioned to become a hub for the Digital Media and Cultural Industries; by building the innovation centres that nurtured them. Labour is now pushing for our city to be better positioned to make the most of green technologies, new media and medical research. However, we realize that our city needs direction and leadership that the current Tory administration running the council is failing to provide.
  3. Ambitious for Brighton – Labour has consistently been the only party determined to attract investment, jobs and regeneration for Brighton & Hove. Under Labour, major projects like Falmer Stadium, One Brighton, and the Jubilee Library were successfully delivered by a Council with leadership and direction. Over the past four years Brighton & Hove has become closed for business, with few major projects coming to fruition and no sense of direction. Brighton & Hove City Council has become a rudderless ship with no ambition for our city.
  4. Office space – Labour successfully fought to develop modern, flexible employment space in the city to keep pace with other areas and foster new business.
  5. The Lanes and North Laine Business Improvement District (BID) – Set up in 2006 to help small independent retailers flourish. The BID has helped local businesses work together to attract trade and weather the recession. Important both for those businesses and in helping Brighton retain its special individualistic appeal as a place to shop. Labour has sought to create a further 2 BIDs but under the Tories this has failed to happen.
  6. The Minimum Wage – Introduced by Labour in the face of Tory-Lib Dem opposition. Under the Tories it was legal and common for low earners to get as little as £1.20 an hour. Labour increased the national minimum wage above inflation year-on-year, lifting millions out of poverty pay. This remains particularly important for Brighton & Hove where average earnings are below national levels and many work in sectors that are notoriously badly paid. Labour will continue to push for increases to the minimum wage, and we are also fighting for a Living Wage to be introduced.
  7. Guaranteed paid holidays – Labour brought in laws to ensure that everyone who works is entitled to a minimum paid holiday of 5.6 weeks (28 days for someone working 5 days a week).
  8. Maternity & paternity leave – Labour increased maternity leave to 52 weeks and introduced a two-week paid Statutory Paternity Leave for the first time with potential to take up 26 weeks additional paternity leave. Labour also introduced paid adoption leave for the first time.
  9. Improved work hours – Thanks to Labour your employers can no longer force employees to work more than 48 hours a week.
  10. The right to request flexible working – If you have a child aged 16 or under you now have the statutory right to ask for flexible working thanks to Labour. Your employer must seriously consider any application you make, and only reject it if there are good business reasons for doing so. Previously, the right to request flexible working applied to employees with disabled children, or children under the age of six, and carers of adults. In 2008 14 million employees worked flexibly with 91% of requests being granted.
  11. Fair Tips campaign – Labour encouraged hundreds of local restaurants in our city to sign up to our fair tips campaign, pledging to pass on 100% of customers tips to staff.
  12. Protection against unfair dismissal – Labour introduced protections for workers after 12 months in a job, where previously it was 2 years. Labour also increased the maximum compensation from £12,000 to around £63,000.
  13. Rights for Part-time workers – Labour gave part-time workers the right to equal pay rates, pension rights, pro-rata holidays and sick pay.
  14. Right to breaks at work – Labour made it the law that everyone has the right to a 20 minute break if the working day is more than six hours, a minimum 11 hour rest period between working days and at least two days off in a fortnight.
  15. Right to representation – Thanks to Labour every worker now has the right to be a member of a trade union and be represented in grievance and disciplinary hearings.
  16. Rights for parents and carers – Thanks to Labour all parents and carers now have the right to time off to deal with unexpected problems for their dependants, such as family illness.
  17. Campaigning against clone town Britain – We think one of the best things about our city is its diverse, quirky character. This character is built on the back of successful small independent business. That’s why we will always fight to protect local business, and fight against swamping of our streets by chain stores. Labour is currently leading the campaign against a fourth supermarket chain opening on St. James’s Street, and we did our bit to support the successful campaign against yet another supermarket chain opening on Lewes Road. However, unlike the Greens we are not anti-business or anti-supermarket. We believe that everyone should have easy access to a supermarket as well as our much-loved local independent stores. It’s all about balance.
  18. Support for co-operatives, mutuals and social enterprises – Labour introduced a host of legislation between 1997 and 2010 to help small businesses and co-operatives in our city set up and survive.

Health

  1. The new Royal Alexandra Children’s hospital – A modern, award-winning children’s hospital for Brighton & Hove, delivered by Labour in 2007 with £36million of investment. The hospital is one of just seven children’s hospitals nationwide and provides outpatient services, inpatient facilities, intensive care and a 24-hour emergency care service for children referred by GPs and other specialists.
  2. Regeneration of the Royal Sussex – If plans are approved by the council, funding directed by the last Labour government will see the Royal Sussex completely regenerated over the next decade to create new modern buildings and facilities, so that the hospital can provide outstanding care. This is part of the biggest hospital building programme since Labour created the NHS, in 1948. The Greens have expressed outright opposition, whilst Labour is working to ensure the changes provide the maximum benefit and minimum disruption to local residents.
  3. More doctors & nurses – Thanks to Labour’s record investment in the NHS Brighton & Hove benefits from more doctors and more nurses. Nationwide in 2010 there were 44,000 more doctors and 89,000 more nurses on 1997 levels.
  4. Shorter waiting times – by 2010 Labour had delivered the shortest NHS waiting times in Brighton & Hove since records began. Nationally, in 1997 284,000 patients waited more than 6 months for an operation, in 2010 this number was close to zero.
  5. Extended opening hours in GP practices – People in Brighton & Hove have benefitted from the Labour investment that has seen three quarters of GP practices extend their opening hours to provide greater access to healthcare.
  6. Modern health centres – Labour investment has secured the provision of modern health centres, GP practices and dental surgeries across Brighton & Hove, for instance the Wellsbourne Health Centre that opened earlier this year.
  7. Flexible health care – Labour invested in local walk-in health centres like the new one by Brighton Station to provide greater access to healthcare.
  8. Increased provision of sexual health clinic – Across Brighton & Hove the provision of sexual health clinics has expanded thanks to Labour investment and leadership.
  9. Health in pregnancy grant – a one-off payment grant paid to expecting mums to help with the costs of having a baby, and reduce health inequalities. Labour introduced this grant, but the Tories have said they will scrap it in 2011.
  10. Free vaccines against cervical cancer for teenage girls – Labour delivered this major vaccine program free of charge in a coordinated public health drive.
  11. Guaranteed access to a cancer specialist within 2 weeks of GP referral – a pledge Labour delivered, now under threat from the Tory ideological drive against targets.
  12. More operations carried out than ever before – Thanks to Labour investment in modern facilities and doctors, more operations are being carried out in Brighton & Hove than ever before. Nationally in 2010 3 million more operations were being carried out a year on 1997 levels, including double the number of heart operations.
  13. Free prescriptions for people with cancer – providing support for those already going through a difficult time.
  14. Record investment in HIV/AIDS support – Labour have worked closely with organisations like THT and put record amounts into health promotion, testing, and Brighton & Hove’s HIV/AIDS support grant. This funding has now been put under threat by the Tory-Lib Dem government that has lifted the ring-fencing so that it can be spent in other areas instead.
  15. Smoke free Brighton & Hove – It might not have been popular with everyone at the time, but the evidence shows it was the right thing to do. Banning smoking in enclosed spaces has led to massive reductions in second-hand smoking, and has reduced smoking rates significantly.
  16. NHS Direct – set up by Labour to offer free and convenient health advice. Now under threat from Tory cuts.
  17. Race for Health – A drive instigated by Labour aimed at tackling race inequality in health in Brighton & Hove. The drive has been directed by the Primary Care Trusts (now under threat from Tory reforms) and focused on four key health inequality areas; diabetes, strokes, heart disease and cervical screening.
  18. A healthy city – Labour Councils worked in partnership with the World Health Organisation, to gain a national and international reputation for healthy urban planning in Brighton and Hove. This work included introducing a policy to ensure new buildings and urban areas in our city are planned with people’s health in mind. As a result Brighton and Hove was designated as a ‘Healthy City’ by the World Health Organisation in 2004, in recognition of the strong political and partnership commitment to improving health and wellbeing for all residents.
  19. Healthy schools – Labour Councils have worked to provide healthy school dinners, ban junk food from school vending machines, and improve children’s eating and exercise habits across the city. Labour pushed for Healthy Schools status for all local schools.
  20. Raised the legal age of buying cigarettes to 18 – Labour raised the legal age of buying cigarettes and banned tobacco advertising in magazines, newspapers and billboards to stop young people being encouraged to start smoking.
  21. Free fruit for all four to six year olds at school – Helping children get their five-a-day.
  22. Combating obesity – Labour have worked to combat obesity and related health concerns in Brighton & Hove. With funding from Sports England, six physical activity workers were appointed by the last Labour council to work in the less-well-off areas of our city, encouraging people of all ages to be more active.
  23. Director of Public Health – the last Labour council appointed a joint Director of Public Health for the city council and the local NHS, responsible for ensuring that we all lead healthier lives to reduce the burden of illness on our health and social care services.

Housing

  1. One Brighton – Labour were the only party to give their full backing to the One Brighton development that has regenerated the city’s New England Quarter behind Brighton Station and has provided jobs, investment and hundreds of decent and affordable homes for the city. The site had been derelict for decades, but despite that the Greens still opposed the project.
  2. Solutions not just opposition – Labour is the only party committed to delivering the new homes that our city so desperately needs. Whilst we backed recent major developments at brown-field sites like King Alfred and the Marina, the Greens and Tories provided constant opposition but no solutions of there own.
  3. 40% affordable housing in all new developments – Labour introduced and met the requirement for at least 40% affordable housing in all substantial new housing developments, despite opposition from the Tories and Greens. The Tory-Lib Dem government has now scrapped this safeguard.
  4. Reinstating empty homes – Labour Councils have reinstated hundreds of empty private sector properties across the city. Whilst this reinstating our city’s estimated 9,000 empty properties will not solve our housing crisis it is part of the solution. Since 2007 the Tories have failed to follow up on this success, allowing too many homes to remain empty and in disrepair that could be bought back into use for needy families.
  5. Working with housing associations - Labour councils have worked with housing associations to provide thousands more affordable homes on brown-field sites in the city.
  6. Sheltered housing – Labour councils built hundreds of high-quality sheltered homes across the city for elderly and vulnerable residents
  7. Reformed council house finance – so that councils can keep up to 100% of rental income to use to invest and build new homes.
  8. Improving standards of social housing – Labour invested millions in Brighton & Hove as part of a £20billion Labour government program to improve the standards of social housing after the last Tory government left 40% of homes in an unacceptable condition. Funds were spent on new windows, doors, central heating, insulation, kitchens and bathrooms for the homes of thousands in Brighton & Hove. Since 2007, the Tory administration running the council has let these improvements slip; failing to produce the £45million of investment they promised in April 2009. In 2010 almost 4,500 properties in our city were rated ‘non-decent’ dwellings.
  9. Introduced national service standards – for social housing tenants for the first time, including a requirement on landlords to tackle anti-social behaviour.
  10. Reduced homelessness and rough sleeping – Labour reduced homelessness and rough sleeping in our city from the high levels of the nineties to far lower levels now. We are however, incredibly worried about the cuts to home building, housing benefit, and community projects being implemented by the Tory-Lib Dem government.
  11. Tackling temporary accommodation – Under recent Labour councils Brighton & Hove saw a massive reduction in the number of families with children being forced to stay in temporary bed and breakfast accommodation for want of housing.
  12. Greater protections for private tenants – Around 25,000 people in Brighton & Hove live in flats in private leasehold property. Labour’s Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Act gave tenants the right to take over and control the management of the blocks of flats in which they live, and collectively buy out the landlord in certain circumstances. This is particularly important for blocks of flats that had been allowed to deteriorate under poor management and maintenance. Many local leaseholders have made use of these reforms.
  13. Tenant’s deposit protection scheme – Labour introduced a compulsory scheme to protect the deposits of tenants from unscrupulous landlords.
  14. Help for first-time buyers – Labour introduced a series of schemes aimed at supporting first-time buyers who struggle to afford to buy with the low wages, lack of housing and high rents in Brighton & Hove. For instance, shared-equity schemes like Homebuy Direct.
  15. Support during the recession – Unlike the last Tory government, Labour was determined to support families facing repossession during the recent economic downturn. Schemes like Mortgage Rescue were available to help those most vulnerable to repossession.
  16. Introduced changes to planning laws so that Brighton & Hove City Council now has more control over the management of HMOs

Crime & Community Safety

  1. Reduced crime – Successive Labour Councils have worked with the police to reduce crime and the fear of crime across Brighton & Hove, including burglaries, car crime, and unlike most of the country, reduced alcohol- related crime.
  2. More police – Brighton & Hove has benefited from the increased police funding that has secured more police on the beat. Nationally, in 2010 there were 16,000 more police compared to 1997 levels
  3. Police Community Support Officers – Labour established PCSOs, and under Labour leadership Brighton & Hove pioneered some of the first PCSOs co-funded between the Council and Sussex Police. There are thousands of PCSOs nationally, and every day in our city you can see them at work making our communities safer and better places to live. Recent Tory cuts have meant Sussex Police have had to freeze recruitment and now need to make substantial savings despite pre-election pledges that front-line policing would not be at risk. Labour has been at the forefront of campaigns to protect our PCSOs with thousands of residents signing our recent petition to the council.
  4. The Community Safety Team – Established by Labour, now mainstreamed. Pioneered neighbourhood policing, working in partnership to improve community safety, reduce crime and disorder and make people feel safer across the city.
  5. Local Action Teams set up by Labour to involve residents in setting local police priorities. LATs have been a big success across the city particularly in areas like St. James’s Street.
  6. Environment Improvement Team – created by Labour to work with local residents to make safer and more attractive public spaces that reduce the fear of crime and put pride back into communities
  7. Dedicated neighbourhood police teams – introduced by Labour for every community, easily contactable by the people who live in that community and working with them to agree local priorities and deal with people’s concerns.
  8. Strengthened the councils Trading Standards and Licensing functions to deal with the problems caused by alcohol abuse and underage drinking. Labour has enabled tough actions and the revoking of licenses where necessary.
  9. Anti-Social Behaviour Orders – Created by Labour in 1998, and subsequently expanded, to provide Magistrates with greater powers to deal with anti-social behaviour. ASBOs have provided a useful tool to combat anti-social behaviour in Brighton & Hove.
  10. Demoted tenancy – Introduced by Labour in 2003 to give our council and housing trusts more powers to deal with anti-social behaviour from nuisance tenants.
  11. Community Payback – Set up by Labour in 2003, Community Payback has helped derive some community benefit from local crime by getting offenders to help improve the neighbourhood through 40 to 300 hours of unpaid community service, undertaking community-nominated projects like removing graffiti and bringing a sense of natural justice to areas that have suffered.
  12. Tackled hate crime – Labour Councils have consistently worked in partnership with the police and the local community in order to tackle hate crime effectively.
  13. Drug education and intervention – Labour introduced a series of drug education schemes in schools and schemes focusing on persistent offenders in order to reduce drug-use and drug-related crime in the city.
  14. Safe As Houses – Labour developed the Safe As Houses project citywide to deal with domestic violence. Run by the Women’s refuge the project provided practical support for victims of domestic violence, as well as providing preventative educational training and raising awareness of domestic violence issues.
  15. Strengthened the law against domestic violence – Labour strengthened the law through the Domestic Violence Crime and Victims Act 2004, improving how the police, prosecutors and courts handle domestic violence cases.

Environment & your neighbourhood

  1. The most sustainable city in the UK’ – According to the Sustainable Cities Index 2007, at the end of the last Labour Council, Brighton & Hove was judged to be the most sustainable city in the UK. Cities were judged by three criteria; ‘environmental impact’, ‘quality of life’, and ‘future proofing’. Unlike the Tories, Labour’s rhetoric on the environment is followed up by action. Since the Tories took over control of the council in 2007 the city has slipped into third place. Whilst the Greens have spent a lot of time on slogans and a lot of money on publicity and PR to build their brand, a comparison of our records proves that it is Labour that has delivered on the environment in Brighton & Hove.
  2. First ever climate change legislation – Labour introduced the first ever climate change legislation setting legally binding, long-term targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050.
  3. Led international action – Under the last Labour government the UK was a world leader in pushing for tough action on climate change, signing up to the Kyoto Protocol and pushing for international action at subsequent conferences like Copenhagen.
  4. Reduced greenhouse gas emissions – in 2010 UK greenhouse gas emissions were over 21% below 1990 levels; beating our Kyoto target. The last Labour Council also managed to reduce the carbon footprint of Brighton & Hove.
  5. The Sustainability Commission – set up by Labour to pioneer a Climate Change Action Plan for the city.
  6. The Nottingham Declaration – under Labour the council signed up to the Nottingham Declaration, pledging to systematically address the causes of climate change and to prepare the city for its impacts.
  7. Citywide doorstep recycling – Labour introduced recycling facilities to 95% of homes in Brighton & Hove, covering just under 30% of domestic waste; one of the most comprehensive recycling services in the UK. Since 2007 the Tories have failed to increase recycling levels.
  8. The South Downs National Park – Established by Labour in March 2010 to conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the South Downs. Opposed by local Tory MPs.
  9. Low carbon buildings – Labour Councils have implemented nationally recognised, award-winning environmental planning policies in Brighton and Hove for low carbon homes and public buildings. Examples like the Jubilee Library and One Brighton show what can be achieved with progressive environmental planning policies and a council that is willing to be firm in ensuring developers deliver on our tough requirements for energy efficiency.
  10. Subsidised composters – Labour delivered subsidised composters for local residents at a rate of just £5 each to enable recycling of food waste.
  11. Warm Homes – Labour worked with energy companies through the Warm Home Scheme to help make thousands of homes in Brighton & Hove more energy efficient with grants and discounts for heating, cavity wall insulation, and loft insulation; protecting the environment and reducing fuel bills.
  12. Offshore wind farms – Under Labour the UK developed a greater offshore wind farm capacity than any country in the world.
  13. Took the refuse service in-house – Labour brought the refuge services back in-house and delivered huge improvements in waste collection and street cleansing, whilst reducing costs and providing investment in recycling.
  14. Wheelie bins – Labour introduced wheelie bins and communal bins across Brighton & Hove to help people better store their rubbish.
  15. Green Flag park awards – Following a full consultation of residents on use of parks and other public spaces Labour published a new Open Spaces strategy and gained five Green Flag awards for local parks
  16. Blue Flag beach awards – Labour worked to achieve Blue Flag beach awards for our city’s beaches, improving the local environment and attracting greater tourism. Since the Tories took control of the Council in 2007 standards have slipped and in 2009 the hove lawns beach lost its award.
  17. Fair Trade city – Labour pushed for Brighton and Hove to secure Fair Trade City status, which it achieved in 2004, by increasing use of Fair Trade products and promoting Fair Trade across the community.
  18. Think inside the box campaign – Labour ran a successful awareness-raising campaign to get people recycling.
  19. Regular collections – street cleanliness improved under Labour with the introduction of communal bins and regular refuse collections in all neighbourhoods.
  20. Action against fly-tippers– the last Labour Council took firm action against fly-tippers and targeted hot spots. Labour councillors have worked with residents to identify problem areas and take action to address the issues.
  21. Graffiti removal – Labour drove efforts for a City Clean policy to remove all offensive graffiti within 24 hours, and Labour activists have been instrumental in taking action to get specific cases of graffiti cleaned up.
  22. Renewables – Labour increased use of renewable energy in homes and new developments across the city, including wind turbines installed in new council building like the Children’s Centre at Whitehawk, the Westergate Business Centre, and Downs View Link College. These moves were part of a wider plan to move towards the use of 100% renewable sources in council buildings.
  23. Cleaner street hot spots – Labour worked with communities to identify hot spots with poor street cleanliness and agreed local action plans to improve the local area.
  24. Local Authority Sustainable Procurement Tool – Labour pushed the council to use the tool in order to buy more local and reliable goods and services, along with influencing the policies of the businesses we buy from.
  25. Sustainable developments – Labour insisted all new developments had lower carbon footprint – using the Eco-Homes and BREAM ‘very good’ and ‘excellent’ benchmarks.
  26. Pushed for more sustainable car use – Labour councillors pushed for the Council to do more to promote car clubs, electric cars and biofuels. Responding to pressure, in recent years the council has introduced more electric car charge points across the city.
  27. Worked with Brighton and Hove’s Energy Action Partnership to help vulnerable people stay warm through energy efficient heating systems and full benefit take-up in deprived areas.

Transport

  1. Sustainable transport – Labour implemented multi-million pound sustainable transport programs spanning the city to prioritise public transport, increasing cycling and reducing congestion. Since taking over the council in 2007 the Tories have failed to make further reductions in congestion
  2. Built UK’s first cycle freeway – Running from the Downs to the sea.
  3. 20mph zones – Labour introduced 20mph areas in appropriate parts of the city to improve road safety, particularly around routes to local schools.
  4. Park & Ride – Labour Councils delivered Park and Ride services to lessen city-centre congestion and parking problems, and to encourage people out of their cars and onto public transport.
  5. Improved road safety – Labour invested in road safety schemes to reduce pedestrian road casualties and make our city a safer place to live in. Since 2007 the Tories have cut road safety programmes and have failed to reduce the number of pedestrian casualties further, instead they have spent precious transport funding on frivolous vanity projects like the £700,000 they spent on fake marble steps and seats at the clock tower on North Street.
  6. Real time bus information – Labour worked in partnership with Brighton and Hove Bus and Coach Company to introduce real-time bus information throughout the city, used by thousands on residents and visitors every day.
  7. Fighting to save our local buses – Labour secured council bus-subsidy funding for important routes that do not deliver a profit but provide a valuable service to residents. In October 2010 the Tory council announced it would seek to cut £600,000 from this budget, putting vital bus routes at risk. These routes provide an important lifeline for many elderly and disabled residents, as well as families with children. Labour believes cutting them will damage communities and the environment.
  8. UK Cycling Demonstration Town – The last Labour Council won a bid to become one of five UK Cycling Demonstration Towns, bringing in £1.5m to promote and build outstanding cycling facilities in Brighton and Hove. This funding was intended to extend and improve the cycle network, and make it easier to travel safely by bike.
  9. Personal Travel Planning – The last Labour Council successfully trialed Personal Travel Planning in Hangleton and Portslade to encourage people to reduce car journeys through more use of public transport, cycling and walking.
  10. Pedestrianised areas – Labour successfully pedestrianised areas of the City like George Street, despite opposition from the Tories.

Equality & Rights

  1. The Equality Act – a comprehensive package of legislation that addresses gender, race, sexual orientation and disability inequality and gives added protection to those unfairly discriminated against.
  2. The Human Rights Act – Introduced by Labour to safeguard and promote fundamental rights and freedoms.
  3. The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) – set up by Labour as a strong independent body to tackle discrimination and promote equality.
  4. Outlawed age discrimination – in employment, training and education since 2006.
  5. Protection against discrimination on grounds of religion and belief – introduced by Labour in employment (Employment Equality Regulations 2003) and when accessing goods, facilities and services (Equality Act 2006).
  6. The Freedom of Information Act – Introduced by Labour to open up local and national government to transparency and scrutiny. You can now make freedom of information requests to Brighton & Hove City Council to find out information and hold the council to account.
  7. Proud public support for LGBT rights – Labour does not only deliver equality, our councillors proudly show their support in public. Over the years Labour councillors have shown leadership by speaking at a host of events and protests in favour of LGBT equality; from Pride, to award ceremonies, and more sombre events like the hate crime vigil. Equality is at the heart of what Labour stands for and we are proud to shout about it even in the face of prejudice.
  8. Civil Partnerships – Labour introduced civil partnerships to provide the legal recognition and benefits of marriage for same-sex couples. Now Labour wants the government to take the next step and introduce full same-sex marriage. Brighton & Hove held ceremonies as soon as civil partnerships came into law, and undoubtedly the same will be true of same-sex marriage when full marriage equality becomes a reality.
  9. Equal age of consent – Despite a homophobic campaign from the Tories, Labour successfully lowered the age of consent from 18 to 16 removing the overt discrimination previously in place.
  10. Section 28 – Labour abolished this homophobic Tory legislation, despite opposition from right-wing newspapers and people like David Cameron.
  11. Outlawed discrimination in goods and services – Before 1997 it was still legal to discriminate against someone in the provision of goods and services simply because of their sexuality. Thanks to Labour that is no longer the case.
  12. Banned discrimination in the workplace and in vocational training – it seems almost unbelievable now that homophobic discrimination at work was legal in 1997, before Labour changed the law.
  13. Tackling hate crime – Labour included homophobia in the definition of hate crimes & increased sentencing. Locally, successive Labour councils worked with the police and the community to stamp out hate crime.
  14. Adoption and fertility – Despite Tory opposition from David Cameron, Labour legalized same-sex adoption because we know that same-sex partners can be great parents too. Labour also gave lesbians the right to equal access to fertility treatment on the NHS.
  15. The Gender Recognition Act – Labour gave trans people the right to have their true gender legally recognised in law.
  16. Lifted the armed forces ban – Labour lifted the ban on gay people serving in the army – Britain’s own homophobic don’t ask don’t tell policy.
  17. Repealed homophobic offences – such as gross indecency and buggery, which were still on the statute books.
  18. Tackled homophobic bullying in schools – Labour got rid of Section 28, and put pressure on schools to tackle homophobic bullying, investing in toolkits and implementing homophobic bullying policies.
  19. Fought for the international decriminalization of homosexuality – Labour launched a campaign in the UN to decriminalize homosexuality around the world. In many countries LGBT people still face harassment, torture, imprisonment and even the death penalty, just for being gay. It was a Labour government that decriminalized homosexuality in England and Labour fought to end persecution globally.
  20. Ended discrimination against lesbian & gay partners for immigration purposes