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 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.”

Liz Savage’s Election Pledges to Southport

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.

Lib Dems plan for Southport out of Sefton could see 25.7% council tax rise

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 (

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%

We’ve listed the appalling voting record of Southport’s Lib Dem MP

lib-dems-dead_bird.pngHere in Southport we’ve been following the voting record of the Liberal Democrat MP for the past five years.  We think it’s a gruesome record and makes particularly hard reading for those people who voted Lib Dem to “keep the Tories out”. People in our town, particularly our most vulnerable residents, are really suffering as a result of the coalition government and the support it has received from MP’s like John Pugh.

So here’s his voting record, broken down into categories as best we can. All the data here is taken from the website and the descriptions of the votes are their summary of each individual motion.



21st Jan 2015

voted against raising an extra £2.5 billion for the NHS from measures including a tax on properties worth over £2 million.

5th Feb 2014

voted for the Government’s policies for regulated competition within the NHS

18th Dec 2013

voted to remove the guarantee of a GP appointment within 48 hours during winter 2013

17th July 2013

voted to support the Government’s actions in relation to the NHS



28th June 2010

voted to raise VAT to 20% from the 4th of January 2011.

3rd July 2012

voted against cutting VAT from 20% to 17.5%



2nd July 2012

voted to set the additional rate of income tax, applying to income over £150,000 per year, at 45% for 2013-14, a reduction from the previous 50% rate

18th April 2012

voted against requiring the chancellor to review the possibility of reintroducing a tax on bankers’ bonuses and how the revenue raised could be spent on tackling unemployment



4th April 2011

 voted in favour of cuts to the number of police officers

10th Feb 2015

voted to set central government funding of policing for 2015-16 at a level 4.7% lower than was set for 2014-15.

8th Sept 2010

voted in favour of introducing elected Police and Crime Commissioners




26th Oct 2010

voted to abolish child trust funds, the saving gateway scheme and health in pregnancy grants



6th Dec 2010

voted against spreading cuts to local government funding more evenly over four years and ensuring they do not fall disproportionately on the most deprived areas

13th Feb 2013

voted to approve the amounts of Revenue Support Grant proposed by Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government to pay to local councils in 2013-14

31st Jan 2012

voted against requiring central government reimbursing local councils for the full costs of their council tax reduction schemes for people in financial need.

17th May 2011

voted against enabling councils to protect retail diversity

8th Jan 2014

voted against giving local councils powers to prevent the proliferation of fixed odds betting terminals and betting shops

16th Oct 2013

voted against giving more powers to local communities in relation to high streets and town and city centres.



19th Jan 2011

voted in favour of scrapping the education maintenance allowance (EMA) in England.

27th April 2011

voted against protecting the Sure Start network of Children’s Centres

13th June 2011

voted against introducing a childcare element to Universal Credit

29th Jan 2014

voted against requiring all teachers in all state-funded schools to have, or be working towards, Qualified Teacher Status

19th Nov 20130

voted against increasing the amount of free child care offered to parents of 3 and 4 year olds from 15 to 25 hours



23rd Nov 2011

voted in favour of cutting the subsidy for electricity generated via renewable or low-carbon methods on 12 December 2011 and against ensuring the future of the payments.

14th Jan 2015

Voted against requiring energy suppliers to pass savings on to consumers when wholesale costs fall.

11th Jan 2012

voted against a series of measures aimed at making energy bills more affordable, including extending benefits, reforming the energy market, reducing VAT on home improvements and reforming the Green Deal scheme

4th Dec 2013

 voted against requiring laws, and a strategy, aimed at addressing the fact some people are unable to afford adequate home heating



11th Jan 2012

voted to allow individual rail fares to be increased by more than the amount of the Government’s cap on average increases

16th May 2012

voted against reducing public transport fares, and against reducing VAT on fuel to help motorists and boost the economy

5th Nov 2014

voted against local government having powers to develop more integrated, frequent, cheaper and greener bus services with integrated Oyster card-style ticketing.



12th Mar 2013

voted against a tax on properties worth over £2 million to fund a tax cut for those on middle and low incomes



27th Feb 2013

voted in favour of a housing benefit under-occupancy penalty

17th Dec 2014

voted in favour of housing benefit penalties for social tenants deemed to have excess bedrooms

10th July 2013

voted against an assessment of the cumulative impact of the changes made by the Government that affect disabled people



23rd Jan 2013

voted against more regulation of the private rental sector, against a national register of landlords, against clearer information on charges, and against the promotion of longer tenancies when tenants want them.

9th July 2014

voted against calling on the Government to increase the rate of house building to 200,000 homes per year by 2020



26th Mar 2013

voted to reduce the minimum consultation and notice periods for large scale collective redundancies.

19th Mar 2012

voted to increase the minimum qualifying period for the right to claim unfair dismissal from one year to two years for employees starting new employment

31st Oct 2011

voted against making legal aid available in clinical negligence cases.



27th Oct 2010

 voted to prepare for and permit Royal Mail privatisation.



17th Dec 2014

voted against proposals to reduce dependency on food banks via various measures including tackling delays in the benefits system, more affordable utility bills, and an increase in the minimum wage.



16th Oct 2013

 voted against a consultation and call for evidence on the use of zero hours contracts

15th Jan 2014

voted against strengthening the enforcement of the minimum wage, against increasing the national minimum wage, and against encouraging employers to pay a living wage.



8th June 2011

voted to increase the state pension age for women sooner than 2020 and against independent research on the impact of Government policies on women which could widen inequality between women and men

21st May 2013

voted against allowing same sex couples to marry



26th Oct 2011

 voted against creating jobs, investing in infrastructure and raising the UK’s recycling target to 70%

25th April 2012

voted against requiring the Civil Aviation Authority to have regard to working with other bodies to meet the UK’s greenhouse gas emission reduction obligations.

8th Dec 2014

voted for the wide range of provisions in the Infrastructure Bill which include introducing strategic highways companies, giving British Transport Police more powers, introducing species control orders, changing the planning system for national infrastructure projects, and enabling the extraction of petroleum and geothermal energy from land at a depth of at least 300 metres below the surface without the permission of the landowner.