Labour pledges to:
Work with the police, tackle unsafe areas, and deal with the causes of crime so all residents can feel safe.
Fight for fair access to NHS services in Westminster, from GPs to the Gordon Hospital.
Invest in our young people and care for our older and vulnerable people, from support in schools and youth services, to a better care service.
Tackle racism and inequality in all forms.
Protecting Our Residents
- Strengthen Council capabilities and work with the police to increase the focus on anti-social behaviour and crimes targeting Westminster’s residents
- Find new ways to engage local people in responding to crime in their area.
- Engage with Metropolitan Police around its vetting procedures and organisational culture in Westminster to rebuild trust with women, LGBTQ+, and our BAME communities.
- Find new methods of early intervention to support those susceptible to becoming involved in crime and address the root causes of crime by tackling inequality and providing new opportunities for young people.
Investing in Our Young People
- Improve Council support for families, particularly those in greatest need.
- Retain and strengthen the vital role the Council plays in supporting Westminster’s schools.
- Protect and expand youth provision to give teenagers more opportunities.
Adult Social Care and Health
- Invest in social care to ensure our older and vulnerable people receive the care they need.
- Bring the provision of care-home services back in house if given the opportunity, seeking to end the disastrous outsourcing that has led to poor performance in previous years and uncertainty in service provision.
- Reduce health inequalities between deprived areas and wealthy areas, looking particularly at the health inequalities for black and minority ethnic communities.
- Challenge the creeping corporate takeover of the NHS, such as the US healthcare company Centene taking over the Randolph Surgery in Maida Vale.
Supporting Our Voluntary Sector
- Tackle underfunding of voluntary organisations.
- Partner with the voluntary sector to genuinely engage with different communities.
- Review provision for community meeting spaces and see how these can be supported and made available for community groups.
- Due to chronic underfunding, the voluntary sector in Westminster is not as diverse as in other boroughs. We want to see the voluntary sector flourish across Westminster, but particularly in our most deprived wards in North and South Westminster.
- Work with the LGBTQ+ community to tackle discrimination and inequalities faced by LGBTQ+ residents. Make Westminster a LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) friendly Council and City.
- Work with our BAME communities to tackle racism, islamophobia, antisemitism and discrimination.
- Ensure women feel safe and have access to the services they need.
- Ensure Westminster and all services are fully accessible to disabled residents.