Our Local Policies

 UKIP Council Elections Manifesto 2013

 

UKIP is known for its opposition to the European Union; but as the newest and fastest growing of the UK's four major political parties we stand for a lot more than that. We believe that government at local, national and european level has become too remote from the people.

We believe that they have forgotten that they work for us. Bureaucrats and professional politicians have taken over and the people's voice – the voice of common sense – is too often ignored and over-ridden. UKIP stands for bringing back power to the people; for decisions made locally, not nationally; for common-sense policies that make people's lives easier and government that does what the people need, and no more:

 ● Tax should be as low as possible.

 ● Protecting the greenbelt – opposing wind farms and HS2.

 ● Cracking down on crime and anti-social behaviour.

 ● More police on the streets.

 ● Cutting council executives and managers, not front-line services.

 ● Controlling immigration.

 ● Giving real decision-making to local communities.

 ● Money for local services, not the EU.

 

UKIP in local Government

There are UKIP councillors all over the country, at parish, town, borough, district, county and unitary level. They all work the same way. Where UKIP is in charge in local government, we use that power to:

 ● Cut costs: We believe that council taxes should go down, not up, especially when times are tough and people are finding it hard to make ends meet. That means finding ways of delivering services more cost-effectively, not just automatically cutting service delivery.

 ● Improve services: Good management, partnership working and sensible planning, based on the single aim of working for local people rather than playing political games, can transform the way local government is delivered. Working with and energising volunteers and community groups can pay dividends. Ending EU open door immigration and putting local people first will ease the pressure that local services are under.

 ● Achieve consensus: UKIP is unique in local government, because we do not 'whip' our councillors to follow party diktats, or toe the party line. Instead, we expect our councillors to represent the wishes of their electors at all times. That means it's easier to get agreement for the things that really need doing.

 ● Stop the local government ‘gravy train': Council executives earning more than the Prime Minister, rising councillors' expenses, unnecessary departments doing politically-correct things like diversity monitoring, these are where we will cut, not at the front line or among the low-paid.

 ● Preserve our communities: We don't believe that councils have to stand by and just wave through the wishes of central government and big business. So we'll stand up for local decision-making and fight proposals like unwanted housing developments, unwanted out-of-town supermarkets and inappropriate energy schemes like incinerators, wind and solar farms that will ruin the character of our communities.

 

UKIP priorities

  ● Local referenda: It's time to bring power back to the people: so major decisions should be subject to binding local referenda, if the people demand it. On the petition of 5% of the local population, major planning and service provision decisions should be put to a local vote.

 ● Proper controls on immigration: Our housing, education, health and social services cannot cope with constantly rising numbers of people coming to live and work here from abroad. We must end open door immigration from the EU and run a properly controlled system to admit manageable numbers of people who have something to offer our country.

 ● Prioritising services for local people: We must end benefit and health tourism and give priority to local people for housing, education, health and social services. In planning, local people's opinions should be respected and not overruled.

 ● Moving government closer to the people: Councils should be able to set and keep a large proportion of their local business rates, so they can provide incentives to encourage enterprise, attract jobs and regenerate town centres. We will also cut unelected quangos and mega-ministries in Whitehall. We will give more power over health, education and social care to elected boards at county level.

 ● Spending our money at home: While our membership of the EU costs £53m a day – and another £23m a day goes out in foreign aid – jobs, services and benefits are being cut here. UKIP believes that we should save that money to help rebuild our debt-ridden economy.

 ● Fighting crime and anti-social behaviour: Britain's communities suffer from an unacceptable level of crime and anti-social behaviour. We should overhaul the system to make sentences meaningful, rehabilitate offenders, deport foreign criminals, free up the police from excessive form-filling and tackle nuisance neighbours and anti-social behaviour.

 

What your UKIP councillors will work for:

 Remember – UKIP councillors are expected to follow the best interests of their constituents, not just toe the party line as the other parties instruct theirs to do. That's why we don't prescribe what they will do. But here is how UKIP approaches local government:

 

Democracy: Introduce local referenda on major planning decisions, such as out of town or large scale supermarket developments, wind turbines, incinerators, solar farms, major housing developments and transport schemes like HS2.

Economy & Enterprise: Reduce tax and business costs to stimulate the economy. Make it easier for smaller and local businesses to tender for local authority contracts. Let local authorities set and keep a large proportion of local business rates, rather than it being taken by central government so they can provide incentives to encourage growth. Give councils the power to reduce local business rates.

Environment, Planning & Housing: Reduce the demand for housing by ending EU open door immigration. Prioritise and provide incentives to reuse Britain's empty homes. Direct new housing and business developments to brown field sites and protect the green belt. Protect communities by giving a right to referenda and removing developers’ right to appeal against local planning decisions. Stop preferential treatment to ‘special’ groups such as travellers - rules should apply fairly and equally to all. We oppose the government’s ‘bedroom tax’ which will not release housing stock, it will just make people in them poorer.

Education: Build more grammar schools, reinstate the student grant and educational maintenance allowance, encourage vocational apprenticeships, give parents the right to choose where their children go to school, protect rural schools, more support for home schooling and introduce elected county education boards.

Public Health & Social Care: Put local communities at the heart of health care by introducing elected county health boards. Improve care for the elderly and oppose the government forcing people to give up their homes to pay for care. Oppose cuts to frontline doctors, surgeons, dentists and nurses but encourage the removal of failing managers and executives. Support the availability of specialist care as needed, to save lives now lost through delay.

Transport & Roads: Improve road maintenance as a priority. Mending potholes should take priority over council vanity schemes. Upgrade public transport, especially maintaining and reinstating rural bus routes that many communities depend on and which feed town-centre businesses and markets. Re-open railway lines where needed. Increase provision of free parking to regenerate town centres and boost business. Encourage free parking at hospitals and protect free parking for blue badge holders. Oppose road tolling other than for foreign lorries.

Culture & Heritage: Preserve our public libraries and develop a local buildings listings programme to allow communities to protect buildings of local importance. Safer Communities: Support the police to keep real police officers on the beat to protect local people from anti-social behaviour. Fight the scrapping of front line police jobs, have a zero tolerance approach to antisocial behaviour and crack down on nuisance neighbours.

 Children and Families: Develop and invest in youth services, facilities and youth clubs. Encourage young people to have a voice through empowerment schemes such as youth councils. Energise the voluntary sector: Devolve budgets to local communities. A community which owns its assets is one that will support and look after them, often through the use of volunteers at a cost saving that can not be achieved by the State, it is however important that budgets are devolved for looking after the asset, not just the costs of running the asset.

 And here’s how we would save your money:

 ● Cut excessive councillors’ allowances and expenses,

 ● Slash excessive pay deals for senior council staff.

 ● Limit the number of high paid council employees.

 ● Cut the councils’ advertising and self promotion budgets.

 ● Build partnerships to reduce costs.

 ● Abolish non essential and politically correct positions & red tape.

 ● Leave the EU and save £53 Million every day.

 ● Drop the EU Landfill Directive.

 ● Control immigration and ease the burden on local services.

 ● Close unnecessary central government departments & quangos.

 ● End wasteful EU and UK subsidies to ‘renewable energy scams’ such as wind turbines and solar farms.

 ● Require all visitors to exhibit adequate health insurance at port of entry.

 ● Make it easier for schools to sack bad teachers.

 ● Reduce bureaucracy in the education system.

 ● Sell unused state owned property and assets.

 ● Tax foreign lorries using British roads.

 ● Oppose EU directives adding artificial and detrimental costs.

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Does this sound more appealing than our present Councillors' policy of "Do whatever the local Tory Party says you must do?" If you want real Change, vote UKIP in the 2015 East Herts District Council elections and get Councillors that listen to YOU not to Tory policy!