It’s time for a change at Hampshire. The Conservatives have cost you more and delivered less, slashing vital services while spending money on bureaucracy, consultants and glossy reports. Our roads and pavements are in decay. One in ten parents fails to get the school of their choice for their child. Social care is in crisis. Promises of broadband for all, green energy schemes and Extra Care places have been broken. Hampshire deserves better. It’s time for a Liberal Democrat-led Hampshire.
Roads & Transport
The Conservative record: Pavement resurfacing down to once in every 123 years and getting worse, and a poor record of investment in new roads and transport. £1/2 million insurance bill for trips and falls. No strategy for air quality and noise pollution.
The Lib Dem alternative: Bring forward investment in new roads and transport, ensure that repairs last, and where there is new development ensure infrastructure comes first. Real action to make walking and cycling safer and attractive to all, and to tackle congestion. Create 20mph zones where there’s local support.
The Conservative record: One in five subsidised buses cut over the last five years, with subsidy levels lower in cash terms now than 30 years ago.
The Lib Dem alternative: Support family and young people using buses alongside the concessionary fare scheme for older people and work with District Councils managing parking to support bus issues and integration with rail transfers.
The Conservative record: Failure to invest in renewables to create green energy, save residents cash and create income to protect services.
The Lib Dem alternative: Roll out solar pv projects, district energy schemes and a council energy company with low energy tariffs for Hampshire residents, supporting innovation for electric cars and supply.
The Conservative record: Threatened closure of Recycling Tips with illegal charges, more fly-tipping, domestic waste recycling on the decline.
The Lib Dem alternative: Halt the Waste Tip closure programme and work with Districts collecting waste to expand the range of materials that can be recycled at the kerbside with glass and food waste collection for all.
The Conservative record: Patchy home and business broadband and a failure to deliver “super-fast broadband for all”.
The Lib Dem alternative: Speed up broadband delivery and partnership with providers for free wifi in public places.
NHS and Social Care
The Conservative record: Conservative MPs and councillors have voted again and again to slash care for the most vulnerable. Bed-blocking is getting worse, with cancelled operations and harm for some of Hampshire’s most vulnerable residents. Increased charges and failure to deliver promised Extra Care beds.
The Liberal Dem alternative: Only the Lib Dems are arguing for a separate National Health Tax to give us a fully funded plan for a national health and care service, reverse cuts in mental health budgets, and protect public health to protect health and avoid sickness.
Young People and Skills
The Conservative record: Youth services axed and 72 children’s centres closed bringing misery for mums, and one in ten parents not getting the school place they want for their child.
The Lib Dem alternative: Work with local Councils, the voluntary sector, partners and schools to create a new offer for young people to give skills and confidence for their future and support to parents. Speed up delivery of new school places for local children.
Libraries & Culture
The Conservative record: Library closures with the mobile library services axed and the book fund raided.
The Lib Dem alternative: An end to the library closure programme and partnership with villages and communities for new library spaces with extended hours.
Property & Investment
The Conservative record: Failure to invest in Hampshire’s business assets to save jobs and create income for the Council to protect services.
The Lib Dem alternative: Invest in Hampshire to help keep jobs in our towns and raise new income as a real alternative to cuts.
The Conservative record: A slash and burn approach to cuts with no prioritisation of vital services, and a broken promise on Council Tax – up 9% in the last two years.
The Lib Dem alternative: A more commercial approach to slash bureaucracy to keep costs down, protect more services and a fair approach to Council Tax.