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 Residents of Southport who rent their homes from private landlords were given hope of more stability and financial security following Labour's announcement on fair rent policy.

Labour has promised to bring in new 3 year secure tenancy agreements whereby landlords will be barred from increasing rents above the rate of inflation.

In addition new legislation will require landlords to disclose rents charged to their last tenants so that householders have proper information and can negotiate the best deal at the start of their contract. Rogue landlords who do not keep their housing stock up to basic standards will have their “buy to let” tax relief slashed.

Liz said "This is fantastic news for nearly 7,500 households in Southport who rent their house privately. People want security but many families are having to move year after year, even having to change their kids school as a result. Many are forced to rent for the long term because they cannot afford to raise the deposits needed to get on the housing ladder. This policy is a lifeline to these Southport families and individuals."

Labour's policy on private rents will help thousands in Southport says Liz Savage

 Residents of Southport who rent their homes from private landlords were given hope of more stability and financial security following Labour's announcement on fair rent policy. Labour has promised to...

conf_speech2.jpgHere's a summary of the promises I've made to the people of Southport during this camapaign; this is what I'll do if I'm elected as your MP:

Work positively with Sefton Council to regenerate our town and ensure the fantastic heritage of Southport is retained.

As Southport’s MP I would work positively with the leader and cabinet of Sefton Council, pushing for regeneration of the Town Centre whilst ensuring that the heritage of Southport is retained.  I have already started work on this – for example I’ve met Sefton Council’s leader and discussed with him how Lord Street’s Conservation Area status can be used to encourage shop owners (many of whom are out of town investment companies) to renovate the canopies above their shops. As your MP I would bring together local residents, the council, the Business Improvement District team, the Local Enterprise Partnership and many other stakeholders to work together and cooperate towards a single goal of regenerating Southport.

Promote changes to pre-pay meters and will commit myself to fairness on household fuel.

I would put forward measures to promote change to pre-pay meters for Gas and Electricity.  Many people who are on or below the poverty line are forced on to these more expensive meters and are forced to pay for the meters as well as being on some of the most expensive tariffs.  Figures show  that in Southport there are as many as 6,000 electricity and over 4,000 gas pre- payment meters. I would seek to make this fairer with energy companies having to apply to the regulator before enforcing a pre-pay meter.

As your Labour MP you can be certain that I would vote for Labour’s household energy price freeze and support fixing the broken energy market with a tough new regulator to curb rip-off bills. I am also committed to Labour’s plans to end the scandal of cold homes and fuel poverty by upgrading the energy efficiency of at least five million homes over the next ten years, saving the average household £270 a year on their fuel bills.

Support the repeal of the Lib Dem and Tory damaging NHS reforms.

I have experienced Social Care both as a patient and as the daughter of someone with a brain tumour.  I have seen the strain our care system is under which leads to pressures on our NHS. As your local Labour MP I would be vigorously supporting Labour’s proposals to streamline social care and integrate it with the NHS. Labour will guarantee a GP appointment within 48 hours. You can be certain that a vote for me is a vote against damaging privatisation of our NHS.

Campaign for Better local transport As Southport’s MP I would be voting for Labour’s policy to allow more train operating companies to become publicly owned and for them to work in the best interests of passengers and not just shareholders. We would expect over time to see improvements in Merseyrail services to Liverpool and Northern Rail services to Manchester. I'll support the Labour policy of re-regulating our buses which will mean Merseytravel can provide a truly integrated transport system, with more affordable fares, in a similar way as London Transport.

Liz Savage's Election Pledges to Southport

Here's a summary of the promises I've made to the people of Southport during this camapaign; this is what I'll do if I'm elected as your MP: Work positively with...

Town_Hall_smaller.jpgNew research has shown that recent proposals to change local government boundaries and create a new Southport council could increase council tax for local residents by a massive 25.7%. Southport Labour Party has uncovered information showing that the last time Sefton’s boundaries were reviewed by the government in 1997 a report from accountancy giant KPMG was commissioned to look at the potential costs of reorganisation. Additional annual and transitional costs at that time were identified by KPMG at up to £3.4m and £2.3m. Accounting for inflation this would translate to a budget gap that could lead to an ongoing increase in council tax of 15.3% plus a on-off increase to pay for reorganisation of 10.4%.

Southport Labour's parliamentary candidate Liz Savage commented "These figures are admittedly quite old but if anything it’s likely the amounts will have increased. It’s not feasible to come out of Sefton, financially or practically. Quite simply it doesn't add up and Southport people would be worse off. Again we are seeing evidence of political posturing before an election. It's not even clear where we would go even if the boundary commission agreed a change.   "

 

Here's the details of the calculation:

 

Click here to see an extract from the boundary commission report in 1997 that shows the KPMG figures.

Click here to see details of the council tax requirement in Sefton's budget.

The document here shows that 36.1% of Sefton’s council tax including precepts is collected in Southport.

2015/16 total council tax requirement = £103.2m

So the approximate total raised in Southport will be 103.2 X 36.1% = £37.26m

Additional annual costs (as per extract) = £3.4m. At today’s prices this equates to £5.70m (http://www.thisismoney.co.uk/money/bills/article-1633409/Historic-inflation-calculator-value-money-changed-1900.html)

Transitional costs (as per extract) = £2.3m. At today’s prices this equates to £3.86m

Assuming that in order to secure agreement from the remaining parts of Sefton, transitional costs and ongoing costs are borne by the "new" council:

Ongoing annual cost of 5.7/37.26 = 15.3%

A one-off cost of 3.86/37.26 = 10.4%

Assuming that transitional and ongoing costs are met through council tax, first year increase = 25.7%

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