In a historic first we are particularly pleased to be able to field a candidate in the constituency of Romsey and Southampton North this election. The constituency is a large one and incorporates a diverse community of city, town and rural families. As such the issues facing the constituency are varied and demanding.

Climate Change

It is important that we reduce our CO2 footprint to avoid potentially catastrophic climate change. Local residents in many parts of the constituency have already seen and felt the effects of serious flooding. Climate modellers suggest that without change in our behaviour, these types of events – which are highly disruptive for both commerce and daily life – as well as seriously unsafe – will become commonplace. Like it or not, we have to get serious about this, and only the Green Party is truly committed to the kind of change we need.

We will work to:

  • Improve and encourage efficient public transport
  • Invest in new technologies to produce clean and sustainable renewable energy production
  • Encourage households to reduce energy use, through insulation and efficient systems, and use local renewable energy generation techniques such as solar panels and wind turbines

Health

For more than two decades now, different governments have tried to introduce completely artificial “market” mechanisms into the NHS, with a view to allowing private companies to make profits from this vital public service. The Green Party believes that Healthcare is not a commodity to be bought and sold and will aim to put the NHS back in public hands. We also recognises the need for better elder care in Southampton and will work to improve services for the frail and elderly whilst ensuring that mental health is made a bigger priority.

We will work to:

  • End creeping privatisation of the NHS 
  • Stop pay cuts of NHS staff
  • Make mental health a bigger priority 
  • Improve elder care 
  • Ensure health care services are delivered with compassion

Transport

A Green transport system is socially just. At its heart is a re-nationalised rail service affordable by all. Improvements to bus services, cycling and walking schemes mean easier access to vital services and places of work for everyone. A Green transport system reduces road danger, cleans up our air and minimises congestion. It should use electricity, not oil and will transform our towns, cities and villages into places where people can more easily live, work and interact.,

We will work to:

  • Re-nationalise the railways and reduce fares
  • Improve bus services and promote cycling and walking, reducing pressure on road networks
  • Encourage electric vehicles (using renewables)
  • Promote a transport strategy that encourages communities instead of dividing and harming communities

 

 

"Faced with an economy that’s now built on looking after the interests of the few not the many, every other party is at best tinkering at the edges.  The Green Party offers a completely different way of doing things, based on achievable and sustainable policies that will create a fair deal for all while leaving a positive legacy behind for the next generation.”

Ian Callaghan Parliamentary Candidate Romsey and Southampton North

 

 Economy

Over the last five years the Coalition’s austerity policies have continued the relentless growth of inequality in Britain.  Greens believe that the economy should be organised for the common good not for the good of a small elite or the largest companies.  While balancing the books, we will seek to reverse the drive to inequality by introducing a living minimum wage and a mix of tax measures aimed at the richest and at closing loopholes and abuses.  We will stop the benefits cap and spare room tax, and end the punitive sanctions regime that sanctioned 12% of claimants in the constituency in the last year.

We will work to:

  • End austerity and restore the public sector, creating over one million good jobs that pay at least a living wage
  • Pay for this with a new wealth tax on the top 1%, a Robin Hood Tax on the banks and the closure of tax loopholes
  • Increase the minimum wage to reach a living wage of £10 an hour by 2020
  • Stop the benefit cap, spare room tax and the punitive benefit sanctions routine
  • Cap rents and introduce longer tenancies to provide greater protection for renters

Education

The Green Party believes in investing in the young. We will scrap University tuition fees that currently put a burden of debt on students that most will be unable to pay. We will promote a comprehensive system of local schools offering mixed ability teaching, staffed by qualified teachers, and bring free schools and academies back under local authority control. In addition to secondary education we will introduce free pre-school education.

We will work to:

  • Scrap university fees
  • Promote comprehensive education staffed by qualified teachers
  • Bring free schools and academies back under Local Authorities
  • Abolish SATs and constant testing of pupils

Housing

Since 2001 house prices have risen to unsustainable levels and lost their connection to average salaries. Council house building effectively stopped in 1984 and has resulted in a shortfall of social housing. While other parties continue to rely on private sector schemes which will most likely never materialise, the Green Party, through local government, will build half-a-million new socially rented homes over the next 5 years, stop building on flood plains and cap excessive rents instead of housing benefits.

We will work to:

  • Minimise greenfield development
  • Deliver 500,000 new socially rented homes
  • Develop houses evenly across the nation
  • Stop building on flood plains
  • Bring 700,000 empty homes into use
  • End private renting rip-offs and unscrupulous letting agents charging extortionate fees
  • Promote long-term tenancies
  • End the cap to housing benefits and bedroom tax