Anas Sarwar: Glasgow Labour has the vision for the future
THE upcoming Local Government elections are your chance to choose your City Councils priorities for the next five years.
Only six days away, these elections will decide our City's future direction, how we build on our successes and how we deal with the challenges that still remain.
In Glasgow, Labour has a proud record of delivery and a positive offer for the future. By putting you first, we want to make sure that the Council's priorities match your concerns and aspirations.
Glasgow Labour has invested £550 million to refurbish or rebuild more than 100 local schools and nurseries. They have prioritised education so that over 90% of S4 pupils now achieve a minimum of five Standard Grades and that every year for the past decade, the number of Glaswegians in higher education has increased.
Glasgow City Council made tackling anti-social behaviour a top priority. And by working in partnership with Strathclyde Police, our City has developed world-leading initiatives that have reduced youth crime by 69 per cent and are now being used as a blueprint to fight gang violence in cities around the world.
When David Cameron and George Osborne decided in last year's budget that despite rising energy prices, high food prices and inflation, our City's pensioners could live with a £100 cut to their Winter Fuel Allowance, it was Labour who stood up for pensioners.
Introducing the Affordable Warmth Dividend ensuring that no pensioner over 80 had to choose between heating and eating.
Our City has taken great steps forward but there are still much more that we must do.
That is why our manifesto, which you can read here, is focussed not on providing a 'stepping stone' to separation, or transferring decision making from George Square to Holyrood, but on continuing our work and moving Glasgow forward.
It is not a co-incidence that last year Glasgow was the only major city in which unemployment fell, but unemployment still remains Glasgow's largest problem.
That is why Glasgow Labour passed a budget that will see £25 million invested in targeted schemes to deliver 5000 new jobs for the people of our City, twice as much as any other party.
Labour will continue to invest in our children's future by rebuilding or refurbishing every primary school in our city, fighting the SNP's massive college cuts and introducing scholarships for pupils in partnership with local businesses.
Glasgow relies on its public transport system and Labour is fighting to stop the Scottish Government's cuts to our City's bus network and train stations, and will campaign for re-regulation of our buses so community links are put before profit.
We recognise that local communities want the tools to be able to improve their own local areas. So we will fight for more powers to deal with rogue and absentee landlords and establish a factors commission within one month of being elected.
Taking action to tackle our city's housing problem by building 3,500 new homes and helping first time buyers to get on the property ladder.
Labour will also ensure that Glasgow is at the forefront of innovation providing a free wireless network to make it a wireless city and continue to work towards making Glasgow the most sustainable city in Europe over the next 20 years.
I am proud of Glasgow Labour's record and our commitment and vision for our City. We will continue to work hard to stand up for Glasgow and deliver for the Glasgow people's priorities. When you go out to vote on Thursday remember that it is Scottish Labour that will put you first
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