ACCOUNTABLE DEMOCRACY

  • Make the City Council more accountable to people by changing to the committee system. We've already launched a petition under the Localism Act 2011 to get a local referendum on the issue.
  • We remain committed to electing councillors by thirds until a proportional electoral system is available for council elections in England, as is already the case in Scotland.
  • Oppose the Tories' proposals for changing the local planning system. It will replace case-by-case assessments of individual applications with a zoning system (10-year plans). People's right to comment on individual applications will be much reduced.
  • Allocate funding across the city in a fair and transparent way, making sure it is spent on residents' priorities.
  • Continue giving Neighbourhood Boards/Forums an annual budget of £10,000.