Rogue land­lord crack­down plan

Birmingham Post - - NEWS -

THE Labour man­i­festo also con­tains pledges to in­crease reg­u­la­tion and en­force­ment of pri­vate land­lords to raise stan­dards across the hous­ing mar­ket.

And af­ter years of pri­vatis­ing coun­cil ser­vices with mixed and of­ten ex­pen­sive re­sults the Labour coun­cil will of­fer in house staff and ser­vices pre­ferred bid­der sta­tus when new con­tracts are up for grabs.

The Labour lead­er­ship has al­ready re­duced its Ser­vice Birm­ing­ham IT deal with Capita and taken staff back in house to save £43 mil­lion over three years.

There is a pledge to fi­nally cre­ate a coun­cil owned en­ergy com­pany, which has been dis­cussed for sev­eral years now, and a wa­ter sup­ply com­pany.

It prom­ises to en­sure com­mu­ni­ties ben­e­fit from ma­jor in­vest­ments like HS2 and the Com­mon­wealth Games through train­ing, busi­ness and job op­por­tu­ni­ties as well as new fa­cil­i­ties and hous­ing.

This in­cludes a new skills fund to help small busi­nesses in­vest in trad­ing and ap­pren­tice­ships.

On bins the Labour lead­er­ship has al­ready pledged, un­der pres­sure from the op­po­si­tion, to re­tain weekly col­lec­tions for four years as well as de­liver long awaited im­prove­ments in re­cy­cling.

There is a prom­ise to work with oth­ers, such as the NHS and com­mu­nity groups, to tackle iso­la­tion and lone­li­ness.

And a pledge that the Com­mon­wealth Games will not im­pact on coun­cil ser­vices and will leave a legacy of fa­cil­i­ties, sport and homes for peo­ple across Birm­ing­ham.

But apart from a broad prom­ise to cre­ate a greener and cleaner city there is no de­tail on plans to cut air pol­lu­tion in the city cen­tre.

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