The Lincolnshire Economy
The County Council elections in Lincolnshire are taking place not only against the backdrop of a pandemic but also after a decade of Tory austerity measures. Those cuts in public spending have particularly hit our local economy as well as the funding of the NHS and Local Government services. Cut’s in public spending have weakened the foundations of our society. It has stripped communities of jobs and essential services and led to 1 in 5 children in Lincolnshire now living in poverty. Meanwhile the current Tory County Council sits on millions of pounds of unallocated funding.
The State of the Lincolnshire Economy
2020 figures for average wages in Lincolnshire show a variation between £26,100 a year in the Boston area and at £26,100 a year and £33,600 a year in South Kesteven – Grantham, Stamford and Bourne whilst the figure for Lincoln was £30,600. Nationally the average wage was £38,600. In short, Lincolnshire is a low wage economy with relatively few high skilled, high waged jobs and something needs doing about that.
Labour’s Response: The Economy and the Environment
Upskilling will be a critical part of a post-covid recovery and everyone in Lincolnshire should be able to participate. That is not the case at the moment. Labour, by its very name, is best placed to create jobs that stimulate economic recovery.
To do this we will work more effectively with local, national and international business, the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership, our Universities, Colleges and Schools as well as Trade Unions to stimulate more job opportunities for our residents. We recognise that our coastal towns – Boston, Skegness and Mablethorpe – particularly need more help and we will press government to do more to support these local economies.
Labour County Councillor’s will also put green initiatives at the heart of our economic recovery. In doing so we will seek to involve all parts of the Lincolnshire community and at the same time focus on delivering good quality, skilled jobs that pay a living wage. Our ambition is for Lincolnshire County Council to become Carbon Neutral by 2030, a policy objective which we have already put before Council. Sadly, the Conservatives preferred to vote against 2030 and preferred the later date of 2050 which is where it stands at the moment. We all want to see that decision reversed.
The County Council election on May 6th represents a choice between continued, deliberate Tory led decline or a revitalised local Labour economy that enables better opportunities for all.
Every year whilst in opposition Labour County Councillors have put forward an alternative budget that would have promoted more and better paid jobs and alleviated hardship for thousands of Lincolnshire residents, yet the Tories continually reject our proposals outright.
Voting Labour on May 6th will bring practical, common-sense thinking to how the Lincolnshire economy is run and our environment protected
Portfolio Holder for Customer Experience and Review
City of Lincoln Council