|Councillor Gary Malcolm|
We have a sound platform to continue the good work that the Liberal Democrats have done as part of the coalition government.
Ealing has seen investment to improve many core services. We have delivered:
- £45 million to Ealing schools, since 2010, to benefit the most disadvantaged children.
- Free school meals for 13,400 children in Ealing in school years Reception, 1, and 2.
- Almost 8,000 apprenticeships giving our youngest members of Ealing a greater future.
- 5,500 more residents in Ealing in work, compared to 2010.
- A £900 income tax cut for over 150,000 Ealing residents, taking 22,000 of them out of tax altogether – something the Conservatives said back in 2010 wouldn’t be possible!
- A £950 cash increase for 38,000 pensioners in Ealing, compared to 2010.
- Tax-free early years education or weekly childcare for 10,500 Ealing families.
- Waiting limits for mental health treatment for the first time.
- Equal marriage – allowing same-sex couples the right to marry here in Ealing Town Hall - something Labour said they had a principled objection to only a few years ago.
Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate Jon Ball has been visiting residents in Ealing, and they say they are looking forward to voting Liberal Democrat because of the £8 billion a year we will invest in the NHS, something that not one of the other parties have pledged to match.
Housing in many areas including Southall and Acton needs improving. Our policy to introduce a ‘Rent to Own’ scheme will allow young people to buy their own home without needing a deposit, by ‘buying’ a share in their homes by paying their rent.
We will cut bus fares by two-thirds for 21,600 16 - 21 year-olds people in Ealing.
We will also give a £250 respite bonus every year to 3,570 full time carers in Ealing.
We will require that all children should be taught by a qualified teacher: currently 115 teachers in Ealing are unqualified.
Ealing Labour have failed: rather than invest in our shared future like the Liberal Democrats, they have closed day centre after day centre, making life worse for vulnerable groups like the elderly and those with disabilities.
The Liberal Democrats have made Ealing a fairer place already. A vote for the Liberal Democrats on May 7 and will help us all go further.