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West of England Metro Mayor Candidate Manifestos

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Find out what the candidates running for the West of England metro mayor have in their manifestos on key issues

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West of England Metro Mayor Candidate Manifestos

  1. 1. youth and adult skills West of England Metro Mayor - Candidate Manifestos No skills policies featured in manifesto Tim Bowles, Conservatives • Increase the number of young people accessing advanced apprenticeships in engineering and related field, with particular emphasis on bringing more of a gender balance to the sector. StephenWilliams, Liberal Democrats • Apprenticeships grant for employers • Adult skills budget • Post-16 further education The metro mayor will have control over the: • Work with the Local Enterprise Partnership, colleges and employers to provide training opportunities, including apprenticeships that track trainees to ensure full training is achieved • Integrate the Apprenticeship Grant for Employers (AGE) into post 19+ training through consultation with businesses and key stakeholders Lesley Mansell, Labour Darren Hall, Greens Aaron Foot, UKIP • Support skilled workers from overseas to remain within the West of England • Work with local businesses, colleges and training providers to create skills program that meets needs of both people and the economy • Commit significant resources into the adult learning sector to develop lifelong learning • Committing to maintain open libraries and centres of community learning • Assist the long term jobless in returning into work John Savage, Independent • Rebalance life chances for the underemployed and disconnected by improving their skills and matching local business’s needs; • Invest in health education; • Bring private sector resource to skills provision; • Influence radical changes on investments for young people and education. No skills policies featured in manifesto
  2. 2. West of England Metro Mayor - Candidate Manifestos • Improve the road network in Bristol and the rest of the West of England • Make sure that vital transport schemes in this area, like reviving our suburban rail services, are strongly championed – and that all communities get their fair share of nearly £1 billion of funding Tim Bowles, Conservatives • Improve road connectivity with a new junction on the M4 to serve the Science Park, ensuring that villages north of the M4 are protected by a new direct link to Yate • Improve rail connectivity with at least four new stations (Ashley Hill, Portway, Charfield and Saltford) • Improve the transport links by bus and rail to the Filton area to support companies in the Aerospace industry • Work with Network Rail to increase the frequency of services along the Severn Beach Line to ensure people are able to get to work without a car • Give high priority to a step change in bus and rail links between our two cities. StephenWilliams, Liberal Democrats • Introduce a regional App and Smart Card System to ensure people can travel with ease • Ensure that there are no further station closures, increase the frequency of existing rail services, and co-ordinate upgrading of existing transport provision • Establish an integrated Transport Authority to provide the services the entire region needs • Push for transport companies to provide free travel to young people aged between 16 and 19 on buses and trains. Lesley Mansell, Labour Darren Hall, Greens Aaron Foot, UKIP • Build a regional, joined-up transport system by pooling community transport budgets to create a social enterprise public transport system • Prioritise space for pedestrians and ensure dedicated cycling routes are integrated into all future transport schemes, ensuring those that are already in place are easier to use • Trial ‘free EV charging’ as part of your parking charge John Savage, Independent • End the 20MPH zones • Open blocked roads • Reduce traffic lights • Look at opening satellite rail stations. transport and infrastructure • Consolidated transport budget • Local roads network • Bus franchising and smart ticketing The metro mayor will have control over the: • Reduce congestion in the region by 15% by introducing a new scheme that provides a discounted fare once a week for anyone who opts to take a peak time bus to and from work • Begin the process of building a modern tram network with three key routes • Introduce e-ticket technology to switch to Smart public transport • Explore new ways to get into Bath and Bristol; • Encourage a more joined up approach to cycling provision
  3. 3. West of England Metro Mayor - Candidate Manifestos • Work to ease the pressure for green field development and the Green Belt. Too often green field development has been the ‘easy’ option when brownfield regeneration sites haven’t been exhausted Tim Bowles, Conservatives • Set up a joint house building social enterprise between the three local councils in order to build homes for sale and private sector rent with the surplus invested in homes for social rent • Build new homes primarily in existing urban areas, promoting brownfield development, new homes will only be added to country towns and villages when adequate public transport is in place. StephenWilliams, Liberal Democrats • Build more social housing and affordable homes • Build 4,000 homes – 1,200 affordable – a year across the West of England by 2021 • Return empty properties into housing stock • Invest in infrastructure to support housing development • Ensure the granting of planning consent is conditional on the existence of public transport links • Make the most out of brownfield development. Lesley Mansell, Labour Darren Hall, Greens Aaron Foot, UKIP • Promote neighbourhood plans and community led developments • Introduce Renter’s Charter and a Living Rent to support landlords and tenants • Introduce an ethical lettings charter that requires landlords to achieve EPC level-C rating in 5 years • Support innovative housing solutions such as custom-build, co-housing and self-finish • Ensure all new developments over 40 units are net-energy positive by 2020, raising building standards to eradicate fuel poverty • Cease the sale of public assets to private developers and introduce an ‘open data land registry’ John Savage, Independent • Protect the Green Belt and prioritise brownfield development • Review land availability and values and have a clear understanding with residents on good locations for growth and ensure service provision • Build new homes – with a significant number truly affordable – and build new communities • Maximise the use of brownfield land by moving towards less conventional construction methods and modular building housing and planning • Strategic Planning • Compulsory purchase powers • Mayoral Development Corporations The metro mayor will have control over:
  4. 4. West of England Metro Mayor - Candidate Manifestos No business policies featured in manifesto Tim Bowles, Conservatives • Establish Bristol and Bath as a national hub for the creative and digital industries, with new opportunities for growth at Temple Meads and Bath Quays; • Use part of the £30 million annual investment fund to create affordable space for start-up creative, high tech businesses and for social enterprises. StephenWilliams, Liberal DemocratsLesley Mansell, Labour Darren Hall, Greens Aaron Foot, UKIP • Pay at least the official living wage and provide greater job security • Work with businesses to set up a Regional Business Investment Fund to focus and strengthen our local economy • Establish specific business contribution schemes to improve investment in productivity, sustainability and energy efficiency John Savage, Independent business and enterprise • Work with employers and trade unions to promote the West of England as a Living Wage region, encouraging local authorities to pay employees and contractors at least the Living Wage as specified by the Living Wage Foundation • Prioritise local businesses for contracts awarded by the combined authority. No business policies featured in manifesto No business policies featured in manifesto
  5. 5. West of England Metro Mayor - Candidate Manifestos No environment policies featured in manifesto Tim Bowles, Conservatives • Establish Bristol and Bath as a national hub for the creative and digital industries, with new opportunities for growth at Temple Meads and Bath Quays; • Use part of the £30 million annual investment fund to create affordable space for start-up creative, high tech businesses and for social enterprises. StephenWilliams, Liberal DemocratsLesley Mansell, Labour Darren Hall, Greens Aaron Foot, UKIP • Raise the region’s profile as a world leader in the low carbon, environmental goods & services, renewable energy and ethical finance • Introduce Clean AirZones for Bristol and Bath • Support local, renewable energy providers • Campaign to stop Hinkley C being built and investing instead in renewable energy; • Ensure farming practices are nature friendly; • Protect & improve green infrastructure including natural schemes for flood prevention and mitigation John Savage, Independent • Set up a commercially attractive regional energy company to encourage investment into carbon free energy sources • Strive to make the West of England Combined Authority run on clean energy only by 2050; • Promote recycling, setting a target of 55% for all waste by 2020. • Require that new homes will be built in sustainable communities and will respect sustainability standards • Look to preserve and enhance our landscape assets. No environment policies featured in manifesto environment

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