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Jobs and living standards –

Labour’s pledges on the economy

Earning a living is fundamental to everyone’s quality of life. People look to our Council to take a lead on action on the economy by, at the very least, using local businesses when possible, and insisting they treat workers decently and protect the environment.

Labour locally would go further by:

  • learning from other councils who are nurturing prosperous economies (in which more people can work where they live and don’t have to commute miles) by linking community, cooperative and public assets into a mutually supporting network that creates wealth and keeps it local;
  • boosting start-ups and small businesses by setting up hubs with superfast broadband and shared resources such as printers;
  • encouraging heritage and tourism projects which will make full use of North Somerset’s rich assets;
  • supporting our high streets to focus on their local communities, and use empty shops for projects which will attract more people to the area;
  • setting a good example by paying all staff directly employed by the Council (whatever their age) at least the real Living Wage (currently £9 per hour);
  • requiring all Council contractors do the same with their workers.
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