Katherine Low Settlement asks all parliamentary candidates standing in the constituency of Battersea, Balham and Wandsworth Town to endorse, campaign and deliver (if elected) the following:
- Build more social housing: triple the amount of genuinely social (not ‘affordable’) housing in Wandsworth by 2022 (the end of the next parliament); and that 25% of all new building developments in Battersea should be social housing.
- Invest in more ESOL (English) classes: inject an additional £50m into the national English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) budget over the course of the next parliament. People’s ability to speak and communicate in English will increase integration in local communities, tackle isolation and further meet the Prevent agenda.
- Address school exclusion policies: we are very concerned about local education academies’ exclusion policies being used unfairly for black and other minorities young people including those from refugee backgrounds, particularly boys. This is resulting in young people getting lost in the a system which is failing to provide the education they need, and leaving them at a higher risk of dropping out of education early, not fulfilling their potential, involvement in gangs, radicalisation and unemployment. If elected, we ask our MP to take up the issue of academies’ exclusion policies and the increase in the use of ‘managed moves’ by academies both locally and as a national issue.
- Improve Universal Credit: improve work incentives within Universal Credit to become a better tool to tackle in-work poverty.
- Wandsworth Welcomes Refugees: work with Wandsworth Council to welcome five Syrian refugee families by Christmas’17.
These recommendations for government policy changes have been developed from the issues arising from the local people we work with in Battersea and the wider Wandsworth community. We would actively encourage all parliamentary candidates to take these up and champion them.
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Vote: The General Election is taking place on Thursday 8th June 2017
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Meet the candidates: Please attend ‘Battersea Question Time’, a free hustings event we’re holding in partnership with the Battersea Society and Wandsworth Radio on 23rd May, 6.30pm-8.00pm at York Gardens Library & Community Centre, 34 Lavender Road, London SW11 2UG