Bringing Politics Back To Our Communities
The Communities United Party (CUP) objectives is to present a unity in diversity for change and progress in the face of a political climate in which many individuals feel at best disillusioned and at worst betrayed by previous governments. CUP is very impatient to apply the “new thinking” that will end the chaos and sterility of the Conservative /Lib Dem Coalition & Labour for over 18 years. Much of the manifesto deals with the vital social issues, Immigration, NHS, Employment, Crime, Foreign Affairs that affect the personal lives and happiness of us all, the welfare of our Communities and the immediate future of our families/children
A principal objective of the party is to eradicate social injustice that permeates in today’s society. The problems faced by our citizens are far reaching and in their multiplicity range from discrimination to homelessness, debt, domestic violence and various aspects of unfair treatment. There is an imperative need to look for urgent solution to societal problems by involving the communities in decision making in British polity. The soaring prices electricity; making living wage mandatory, Social security benefits which have fallen below the minimum levels of human need;
Such problems, if unresolved, invariably lead to mental health issues, personal violence, loss of employment, loss of income, loss of home and loss of self confidence and identity. The Communities United Party recognises a person’s right to life, security and their voices to be heard as the very tenants of their human rights. The Communities United Party aims to return the vote to the voter enabling the people’s true voice to be heard and have a real influence in the decision making process that effects their lives. Its message being in unity lies strength. The Party seeks to bring accountability whilst in government and rebuild the trust of the people lost through abuse of power, position and false promises aimed at merely securing the vote as opposed to acting in the public interest.
Promote transparency in government
Stop the forcibly imposed parking charges within our communities.
Addressing the issue of excessive rates for small businesses..
Reforming the electoral system & introducing proportional representation.
A review of the ‘Council Tax’ legislation.
Introduce Free University education for all – as it is the case in Germany where free education is a constitutional right.
Increase Funding For the NHS
CUP Working For Our Community
The Communities United Party consists of staff who work tirelessly to ensure that people gain access to justice that they are entitled to by right and not merely by privilege of birth. The Party has a legal arm, KM Legal Advisory, which offers free legal advice and consultation in: Human Rights, Landlords & Tenants, Employment, Education, Crime and Immigration law.
The Communities United Party fervently believes that the strength of democracy lies with the people and each day we endeavour to restore such a premise to its natural seat. We have, in recent years, witnessed the distortion of this political ideology utilised by leaders who have failed to serve in the interest of those in who have placed a trust and confidence. The first step in this direction is through our advocacy for a reform of the voting system in favour of the Alternative Voting System at local as well as national level. This is aim at enabling the political aspirations of voters to be reflected in Parliament and to restore accountability to the people.
The Communities United Party uphold the real prospect of maintaining sustainable communities in the face of its fragmentation precipitated by the Coalition Government disbanding of vital services as part of its cut of public sector budgets. The resultant increased unemployment lends itself to social breakdown as many struggle to make ends meet.
Both the past and present government have played their part in turning the dreams of many prospective teachers, nurses, lawyers, doctors and engineers into the stark reality of lack of fulfilment and mass unemployment creating a lost generation. What has been viewed as the right of all is now deemed a privilege for the elite as parents now pay the price for the aspirations of their children through the introduction of increased college fees: yet another of the coalition government’s empty election promises.
We have seen the legacy of the Labour government in the so named ‘Future Academies’ evidence of the government failure to address the real problem with falling educational standard inner city schools. The Communities United Party recognise that achievement is in the substance and not the form and merely throwing taxpayers money at failing schools, devaluing the wealth of knowledge and skills of experienced educators and replacing this with the less expensive newly qualified teacher for whom, for some, the profession was an option due to financial incentive rather than true vocation.
The Communities United Party aims to restore the value system in schools in order to raise achievement in real terms and not simply massaging exam result percentages that mislead parents and disappoint pupils. The Party advocates inclusive education reflective of every child’s fundamental right to learn in a safe and secure environment in order to reach their fullest potential and, most importantly, develop the qualities of real citizens who make a valued contribution to society.
Perhaps the most immediate and pressing educational matter is glass ceiling education system now implemented which fuels an entire lost generation of: doctors; lawyers, teachers, vets, media producers , as education is now defined by the balance of your account as opposed to the content of your mind. The Communities United Party aims to break that glass ceiling and challenge what is clearly a two tier system that is utterly unjust.
Our country’s “investment in people” is still tragically inadequate. The nation needs and CUP will carry through a revolution in our educational system. ( CUP will cut down our overcrowded classes in both primary and secondary schools. CUP will grant to the universities and colleges of advanced technology the funds necessary for maintaining research standards in a period of rapid student expansion.
The Communities United Party addresses the real problems faced by our changing society. How do we address the increasing problem of unemployment, particularly amongst the young? How are real opportunities for employment created? It seems ironic that within a community termed one of the United Kingdom’s most deprived boroughs there is a vision for future growth and commercial development through the new gateway to Europe and the forthcoming Olympics. However, the message from the government is not one of sustainable communities, job creation or capacity building but to patronise through social development initiatives: affordable housing, new schools and health centres.
The UK London has a rich history of diverse communities and commercial activity that can be revived. The economic revival of our Communities, in line with the
government forecast of Britain’s economic growth, through harnessing local resources and matching skill to opportunity in order to create a clear direction for development, lies at the heart of The Communities United Party’s aim for meeting the challenge of unemployment.
CUP would make sure every community has a neighbourhood police team committed to spending at least 80 per cent of their time on being visible in their neighbourhood, and responding to non-emergency issues within 24 hours. The Communities United Party aim to work collaboratively with the local police to ensure that communities can; determine local policing priorities, take part in neighbourhood police teams meetings and upholding the right of residents to hold senior commanders to account.
We believe in a crime prevention system that puts the victim first in the criminal justice system and based on restorative justice National Victims Service to guarantee all victims of crime and anti-social behaviour sevenday- a-week cover and a named, dedicated worker offering one to- one support through the trial and beyond. The compensation offenders and we will now ensure victims get this payment up front. Identify and fight the causes of crime.
The Coalition Government has recently U-turned with regards to NHS reforms cuts remain on the agenda despite the so called government ‘listening exercise. The reality is that we are seeing not just nurses, but cleaners, doctors and speech therapists’ posts being cut. However, if you cut nursing staff it will ultimately cost more money at the expense of reduced standards of care.
The Coalition government’s plans are to reform the NHS by handing control of much of the NHS budget to GPs in the hope that greater competition will be encouraged with the private sector. However, such plans have been met with huge opposition whilst the bill is still being passed through Parliament. In addition to the government being forced last week to effectively re-open the consultation process after mounting criticism of its proposals, the Minister for Health has received unanimous vote of no confidence from the Royal College of Nursing. Such a turnaround against a wave of opposition simply proves one thing; this government
is self serving and does not serve in the interest of the people who have sanctioned their authority. Unless a continued and united stand is taken the many will certainly suffer at the hands of the few. Since then it has been starved of resources and has failed to adapt sufficiently to modern needs. Serious shortages of hospital staff mean long delays in obtaining treatment. Shortages of general practitioners mean long waits in overcrowded surgeries. Local services for the handicapped and the elderly are severely handicapped by lack of staff. Every part of the hospital service is impaired by outdated premises. As a result of this neglect the patient has suffered – in spite of the efforts of medical staffs. CUP will put the patient first.
CUP will review the whole plan on the basis of a full assessment of local needs and provide the necessary finance to carry the plan through. In particular the plan must ensure that every women who wishes to, or needs to, have her baby in hospital shall be able to do so. CUP will greatly increase the number of qualified medical staff. We shall train more doctors and dentists both by increasing the number of students admitted to existing medical schools and by establishing new medical schools. We shall devote more resources to medical research.
CUP fully back the Royal College of Physicians five-point plan for our Health Service
Remove the financial and structural barriers to joined-up care for patients
“it should be easier for hospitals, GPs and social care teams to work together than separately.” They note a number of current barriers to joined-up care which the next government must address. They state that: potential barriers to collaboration such as mergers and tendering should be removed; leadership should be joined-up through involving GPs in trust boards and increasing secondary care involvement in service planning; innovative models of integration should be promoted; the use of shared outcomes should become the norm; payment systems should be reformed with payments made patient-centred; and the use of electronic patient records based on common record standards should be promoted.
Invest now to deliver good care in the future
Improved efficiency and reconfiguration are not enough to balance the books and “a crisis in care can only be avoided by a significant increase in health funding.” A transformation fund to enable the development of new models of care. Additional money is also required for building bed capacity, improving medical education and training, investment in research and investment in the health and wellbeing of staff.
Prioritise what works in the NHS and improve what doesn’t
Advocate a long-term planning approach to change, looking at a 10-year, cross-party vision for the NHS in all decision making. Politicians should be supportive of service changes where they are clinically led and evidence-based. A national programme for sharing good practice is proposed.
Promote public health through evidence-based legislation
Focus on prevention and the promotion of wellness, rather than just treating illness. This should come through national leadership, giving public health leaders stronger powers to hold decision makers to account, building professional coalitions around major public health challenges and regulation of industry involvement in policy making. National leadership should also address inequality and national action should be taken on tobacco, alcohol and obesity.
Adopt the Future Hospital model as a template for service redesign
Promote their radical new model, which aims to address the changing needs and demands placed on the modern health service. They argue that use of the model will remove barriers to specialist care, prioritise patient experience, recovery and self-management and allow improvements in end of life care.
Climate change is today – a threat in itself to our survival as a species and a warning of more general ecological collapse. The evidence from Copenhagen suggests that mainstream governments just haven’t grasped the nature and scale of the changes that need to be made, from massive investments in energy saving, to green technologies and infrastructure, to transfers of funds to developing countries. Human-made climate change is an unprecedentedly serious threat to our welfare.
The mainstream political parties will have you believe that it’s just an isolated problem. But it’s not. It’s a sign of what’s to come unless we get our planetary home in order. We know that every person, every community, every country has a carbon footprint that contributes to climate change. And we know that those with big footprints – the wealthy and those with extravagant lifestyles – have to make them smaller.
The scale of economic activity has taken us dangerously beyond what the planet can bear if it is to continue to support flourishing human and other life, and population growth only makes things worse. That is why climate change is more than an
isolated threat – it is a warning of the catastrophic social and environmental consequences of business as usual. The failure of the Copenhagen Conference makes it more obvious than ever that finding a global solution to climate change is not just a technical and economic issue. The solution must also involve justice on a global scale, equity and interdependence. And it is an area where the UK should play a leading role in the EU and at international level to secure a fair, ambitious and binding deal. We support the Contraction and Convergence framework for mitigating climate change. Under such a system all countries would eventually converge on the same low emissions per capita. Rich countries would need to contract to that level quickly, while poorer countries would contract much more slowly to that level, or in a few cases expand to meet it.
Under that scenario, and to avoid warming exceeding 2°C, the UK needs to adopt an initial annual carbon dioxide emissions reduction target of around 10 per cent, with the aim of reducing emissions by 90 per cent from 1990 levels by 2030, and 65 per cent by 2020 – starting now.
The first requirement is to end the competitive scramble for building land. CUP will therefore set up a Land Commission to buy, for the community, land on which building or rebuilding is to take place. Instead of paying the inflated market prices that have now reached exorbitant levels, the Crown Land Commission will buy the land at a price based on its existing use value plus an amount sufficient to cover any contingent losses by the owner, and to encourage the willing sale of land. The Crown Land Commission will not, of course, acquire land which continues to be used for agriculture, nor will it purchase the freehold of existing houses and other buildings so long as they remain in their existing use.
As a result of public acquisition, building land can be made available at cheaper prices; although the land will remain in public ownership, new owner-occupied houses built upon it will remain, under the new “Crownhold” system, the absolute property of their owners as long as the house stands.
Planning For A New Communities
We offer no easy solution to our national problems. Time and effort will be required before they can be mastered. But CUP has a philosophy and a practical programme which is relevant to our contemporary needs. The starting point is our belief that the community must equip itself to take charge of its own destiny and no more Nanny State.
CUP does not accept that democracy is a five-yearly visit to the polling booth that changes little but the men at the top. We are working for an active democracy, in which men and women as responsible citizens consciously assist in shaping the surroundings in which they live, and take part in deciding how the community’s wealth is to be shared among all its members.
Two giant tasks now await the nation: first, we must energise and modernise our industries – including their methods of promotion and training – to achieve the sustained economic expansion we need; second, we must ensure that a sufficient part of the new wealth created goes to meet urgent and now neglected human needs.
New Prospects for Peace
To stop the spread of nuclear weapons.
To establish nuclear free zones in Africa, Latin America and Central Europe.
To achieve controlled reductions in manpower and arms
To stop the private sale of arms.
To establish an international disarmament agency to supervise a disarmament treaty.
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