Budget Amendment for a Cleaner, Fairer, Safer City

On Tuesday 12th December, Lib Dem councillors put forward an amendment to the Conservatives' Council Budget for 2018/19. We sought to make changes which would have contributed towards making Portsmouth a cleaner, fairer and safer city. Sadly, the Portsmouth Labour councillors put forward no amendment or alternative to the Conservatives' plans whatsoever.

To help clean up the city, the Lib Dem plans would have seen:

  • additional cleaning for local shopping centres across the city
  • more enforcement officers walking the streets of Portsmouth
  • new free-of-charge means tested bulky waste collections
  • new multi-use bins across the city

To treat people fairly and care for the vulnerable, the Lib Dem proposals would have seen:

  • the lowest paid council employees paid the Living Wage as defined by the Living Wage Foundation
  • the provision of lockers for homeless people to use during the day
  • the reintroduction of a Dial A Ride service
  • a grant to Off The Record to bring back open access 1:1 counselling for young people in the city
  • positive mental health and wellbeing promoted through new free to attend music events
  • the reintroduction of residents parking zones where residents have already voted in favour of them

To keep the city safe, the Lib Dem amendment would have led to:

  • the reinstatement of the Domestic Violence Victims Support service
  • additional community wardens to work with communities

Click here to read the full amendment which went before the Full Council.

Unfortunately, these plans were voted down by Conservative, UKIP and Independent councillors with the single Labour councillor present choosing to abstain.

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