Citizens UK Manifesto

The Citizens UK Manifesto has been created with input from 300 institutions from across the UK and is very much about citizens doing things for themselves not just asking government to provide services. It is about active citizenship and the co-production of services that meet local needs. Each of the themes includes useful background information and very brief case studies and sets out what citizens will do for themselves, not just what it asks of government.

The eight themes covered are:

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Residents for Uttlesford

While we have our own strong localist movement in Cornwall, Yorkshire is moving in the same direction – away from Westminster>>> and even in Uttlesford, a district in Essex, local residents are campaigning to have their needs placed first. In my contact with Dan Starr from Uttlesford, here is what he had to say

 “The residents of our district seems to be sick of being lorded over and told what to do to by people that seem out of touch with local issues. We have a district council that is just following national party orders and trampling over local people. We are primarily focusing at the district level, not national/MP”.

Residents for Uttlesford  have grown from an advocacy group for local towns and villages to form their  own local party. Their aim is to provide a “strong, independent voice for the needs of residents that is free from the national party whip”. Their   first residents’ Independent candidates were elected in 2013 and now they have  launched a party (just for their district).

They have  got our first 2 councillors (1 county and 1 district council) elected last year when the seats became available.

“We plan to stand a good number in the May 2015 district elections to gain control of our district council. We have since gained 3 more district councillors as existing ones have defected to us as they have got sick of being told how to vote by their party masters”. Dan Starr, Uttlesford

Manifesto by KONP Bristol

“I coordinate Protect Our NHS in Bristol and we’ve started the process of organising exactly what you’re promoting. We are goping to run our own hustings in three key local constituencies and will be taking our manifesto (attached) to challenge all PPCs to debate this with us”. Mike from Bristol

Here is the Manifesto by Keep Our NHS Public in Bristol>>. It is much more robust than the section on the NHS in the sample manifesto I have created

PROGRESS FOR ANYTOWN DISTRICT

Forward-thinking development that ensures the environment is resilient and able to absorb the demands we place on it – ‘Smart-growth’ – is the way forward to make meaningful progress.

To do this we need to unlock brownfield land and link sustainable transport with the regeneration of towns and villages as healthy, distinctive, vibrant places to live and work.

We want to see places created that will be a joy to live in and visit now and in the future.

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NHS TO REMAIN A PUBLIC SERVICE

Health and health care are basic human rights, not marketable commodities and The NHS was created out of the ideal that good healthcare should be available to all, regardless of wealth. When it was launched by the then minister of health, Aneurin Bevan, on July 5 1948, it was based on three core principles:

  • that it meet the needs of everyone
  • that it be free at the point of delivery
  • that it be based on clinical need, not ability to pay

These three principles have guided the development of the NHS over more than 60 years but we believe these core principles are best expressed in a Publicly Funded, Publicly Provided and Publicly Accountable NHS.

84% of the public want the NHS in public ownership (see source)   

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