Every time we ask residents what is most important to them, jobs come out top. Under this government too many people have been left without a job, or stuck with insecure hours and low pay.
Labour will help get people into work. We will support the creation of 5,000 new jobs for local people, continuing the work we have already started to encourage business and employers to take on local people.
We’ll also offer every young person access to job support, training or an apprenticeship.
As an employer, we’re also one of the first councils to pay the London Living Wage so that are employees don’t have to struggle to make ends meet, and we’re working to make sure all our contractors do too.
Since David Cameron and Nick Clegg came to power, we’ve seen too many local shops end up boarded up, with our high streets blighted by rows of only payday lenders and bookmakers.
We want our town centres to be vibrant, community hubs again. We want to boost trade in our town centres, support small businesses and markets and help businesses set up Business Improvement Districts, bringing new opportunities to the local area. And we’ll continue to demand new planning powers from Government so we can have more say in the kind of shops and business that open.
On the other hand, if the local the Lib Dems and Tories had succeeded in their attempts to block developments of homes, schools and new leisure centres in Streatham and Clapham, it would have cost hundreds of local jobs.
It was a Labour government that brought in the Minimum Wage, and it is Labour councils like ours that are bringing in the Living Wage.
Labour nationally would introduce a Compulsory Jobs Guarantee, under which 18 to 24-year-olds out of work for a year will be offered a taxpayer-funded job for six months.
What we’ve done already:
We’ve supported the major redevelopment scheme in Vauxhall Nine Elms – the biggest new development in Europe – which will create 25,000 new jobs and 15,000 new homes.
We are working with Lambeth College and schools to extend apprenticeship schemes.
We act as a key referral agency for people seeking work at the Green Man Skills Zone.