Skelmersdale

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Independent Party

Manifesto

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Seven Wards, One Community”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aims:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We aim to be as a party, a group of independent councillors that work together for the town of Skelmersdale on a non partisan basis.  We aim to ensure that all our members are hard working and locally focused that put community at the top of their agendas rather than national issues.  The Party intends to nominate candidates in the Lancashire County Council and West Lancs Borough Council elections. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Candidates will be guided by the Bell Principles

 

 

 

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abide wholeheartedly by the spirit and letter of the Seven Principles of Public Life set out by Lord Nolan in 1995: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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be guided by considered evidence, our real world experience and expertise, our constituencies and our consciences

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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be free from the control of any political party, pressure group or whip

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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be non-discriminatory, ethical and committed to pluralism

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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make decisions transparently and openly at every stage and level of the political process, enabling people to see how decisions are made and the evidence on which they are based

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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listen, consulting our communities constantly and innovatively

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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treat political opponents with courtesy and respect, challenging them when we believe they are wrong, and agreeing with them when we believe they are right

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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resist abuses of power and patronage and promote democracy at every level

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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claim expenses, salaries and compensation openly so the public can judge the value for money of our activities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As Borough Councillors

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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We are and will continue to campaign for the creation of a Skelmersdale Town Council

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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We will adopt one of a Labour Councillors “Key objectives and responsibilities”. 

 

 

“Councillors will be expected to host weekly surgeries to ensure that you are hearing concerns from your constituents and taking action on problems in the area.” Quoted from “Becoming a Labour Councillor The What, why and how”

 

Although we would host monthly surgeries and others by a mutually convenient appointments.

 

 

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We will campaign to introduce the Community Infrastructure Levy to developments with the Skelmersdale Boundary.

 

 

The Community Infrastructure Levy is a national planning charge introduced as a tool which allows WLBC to raise a considerable amount of money to help deliver infrastructure that supports the development of an area.  Throughout the whole of West Lancashire the Borough Council has taken the decision to exempt Skelmersdale from the CIL levy, which makes development with in Skelmersdale less costly and more attractive.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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We will work with other interested parties for the benefit of Skelmersdale.

 

 

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We will campaign for a reduction in the numbers of Borough Councillors from the current 54; this will be one step in reducing the burden and cost of Councillor Allowances.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Step two in reducing the cost of Councillor Allowances we will campaign to reduce them from the current £4,842 which is the highest in Lancashire to the mean average for the region which is below £4,000.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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We will oppose a West Lancs Borough Council and Sefton Council Merger.