Building a Better Borough

Five years ago Rotherham Council was still in turmoil. In our last manifesto, we committed that Labour councillors would turn the Council round, and put the borough’s children and young people where they always should have been – at the top of our agenda. That’s what we have done.

The improvements we have made have given us a platform to start making the other changes that Rotherham needed to see. We have started the biggest council house building programme in years. Our roads investment has reduced the number of potholes in the borough’s roads by a third. Because we have been ambitious for our local economy, we have secured critical investments; the McLaren plant at the Advanced Manufacturing Park, Gulliver’s Valley theme park, and the University Centre Rotherham as part of our town centre masterplan.

That progress has come despite the fact that the Tories have forced £200 million of cuts on your council. That has meant tough decisions had to be taken – and will still mean difficult choices lie ahead, even if the money begins to come back. The Tories just won’t give our borough a fair deal.  But that hasn’t dimmed our ambition for Rotherham and the surrounding areas, and the people who live in them.

At this critical election, Rotherham can’t afford to put that progress at risk.

Over the last year, through the Coronavirus pandemic, the need for strong public services has been clearer than ever. None of us exists in isolation. Whether it’s help when ill or dealing with the cruel fallout from the pandemic, we depend on each other. Good public services are social justice made real.

So at this election we set out not just the most comprehensive Labour agenda for Rotherham Council ever, but also the most ambitious. It’s an agenda for a stronger, fairer economy, and ensuring that no Rotherham resident gets left behind. This is Labour’s agenda to build a better borough, and what you should expect from Labour councillors:

  • £2.2m extra to keep our streets clean
  • 1,000 new council homes, and ending rough sleeping
  • Jobs and investment in economic recovery
  • Investing in every library
  • Halving the number of potholes
  • Supporting our most vulnerable children and families

Over the coming pages we set out how we intend to improve the lives of people in Rotherham. But we can only do it with your support.

No other party will be setting out this kind of bold agenda. No one else is rooted in our communities and able to make the commitments that your Labour candidates can.

We can’t afford to go backwards.

Only Labour will stand up for the public services, jobs and homes that our communities need. And if you value those, we need you to vote for them on Thursday May 6th.

Use the links below to learn more about our policies or download our complete manifesto here.

Rotherham Labour Councillors’ contract with you

Effective councillors provide important leadership in the community, hearing your views and holding the council to account for the services it delivers. In exchange for your support, this is the Labour Contract between each of our candidates and their local electorate to:

  1. Be accessible to residents, on email, by phone, and at face to face surgeries
  2. Consult with local residents on their priorities for spending ward budgets, and report back with an annual report as a minimum
  3. Play a full role in the town hall, including in Scrutiny or Cabinet
In this year
In this year's local elections, we've set out not just the most comprehensive Labour agenda for Rotherham Council ever, but also the most ambitious.
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