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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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
“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