Help with cost of living and community investment fund promised in Torfaen labor manifesto

Torfaen’s Labor group has launched its manifesto ahead of the upcoming local elections, pledging to help residents weather the cost of living crisis and invest in schools and other services.

In launching its manifesto and key pledges ahead of the May 5 election, the group said it “will be our priority to help people get through” the cost of living crisis.

Several promises were made in the manifesto, including for “A Stronger Torfaen”, “A Fairer Torfaen”, “A Greener, Cleaner, More Active Torfaen”, and “A More Prosperous Torfaen”.

The group has pledged that, if re-elected, council tax will be kept “as low as possible”, with increases not exceeding 1.9% for the next two years.

Other cost-of-living commitments include rolling out free school meals for all primary school-aged children, and supporting community groups and food-sharing programs to stay supplied.

The Labor group said it would aim for Torfaen to become the first ‘right to food’ borough in Wales.

Measures to provide more affordable housing have also been promised, with the group saying it will work with social landlords and developers on the issue.

Anthony Hunt, leader of the group, said: “Our promises – for a stronger, fairer, cleaner, greener, more active and more prosperous Torfaen – are a clear vision for the future of our communities, ambitious but pragmatic. and deliverable.

“Over the past few years, we have worked hard with our communities to maintain services and help people through the pandemic.

“Now, with the cost of living crisis hitting people and the Conservatives in government failing to act, we need union advisers more than ever to stand up for our communities.

‘Others may disparage our region or make impossible promises they cannot keep, but it is the labor advisers who can work as a team to secure the future.’

The group is also committed to investing in schools, social services and other services.

The council has already committed £1million to a Covid Recovery Fund, but the Labor Group is proposing to double that amount and turn it into a new £2million Community Renewal Fund to invest more in the borough .

Investments in roads and public transport are also included in the manifesto, including £1million to improve road surfaces, pavements and abandoned curbs in the borough this year.

Plans to improve the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal and the British to Talywain would also be advanced, according to the manifesto.

Action to tackle the climate emergency, a zero-tolerance approach to waste and the promotion of green spaces in the borough are part of the commitment to a greener, cleaner and more active Torfaen.

The group also says it will work with businesses to support jobs and investment in infrastructure and transport, as well as encourage the rollout of Real Living Wages in the borough.

Jill E. Washington