This year Eastleigh has Borough and Parish elections. Please click the link below to find out who you local Labour candidate is. Labour has a full slate of candidates, click here to find out yours. If you don't yet see your candidate, please do either keep checking back or get in contact with us.
Our Election Statement
Eastleigh Borough Council’s failure to produce a Local Plan has put it at risk of losing local control to central and currently Conservative government control. The Local Plan is important to make sure that the housing needs of the borough are met alongside an adequate provision of infrastructure and services. In 2014 the Council’s proposed plan was rejected by the Government’s Planning Inspector, in part, due to the lack of affordable housing and the reliance on private rental provision to meet this shortfall. We agree that private rent generally fails on affordability, adequate standards and on long term secure tenancies. Whilst the Liberal Democrat controlled Council advises it is meeting the 35% affordable housing quota on new developments only a fraction of this will go into socially rented provision, which is where the local needs lie. It will also be at rates significantly higher than traditional Council housing where rents were based on an affordability rate of 25% of household income (roughly 50% of market rents) and likely to push more people onto housing benefit and or into poverty.
The proposed new local plan will see over 5000 houses built North of Bishopstoke and Fair Oak, threatening ancient woodland, with a by-pass that has yet to be confirmed as feasible. Most of these houses will not be affordable to local residents and the development is likely to attract new populations from outside. Like many residents we urge the Council to reconsider and to put local needs for affordable housing first and also to protect areas of significant environmental interest against “developer led” investment and profit.
We in Eastleigh Labour are also concerned about the threat of increasing levels of poverty within sections of our community, particularly with the role out of Universal Credit and the still significant cuts to benefits that this will entail, plus the wider effects of increasingly insecure contracts of work and low pay. We are committed to setting up a means to monitor this with a view to eliminating local poverty and to help alleviate the significant impact that this can have both in terms of human suffering and to the longer impact that poverty is acknowledged to have on future local budgets.
Finally we would like to see greater diversity in our elected representatives on the basis of age, wealth, occupation, disability, ethnicity and gender so that all local voices can be heard. Labour in Eastleigh is no longer an outsider. With over 500 members locally we will ensure our voice is heard. We came second in Eastleigh South and Bishopstoke West in 2016 and saw our vote increase by 60% in last year’s General Election. Due to recent boundary changes all seats are up for election this year so there’s no better time to Vote for Change.
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