Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

We asked each of the main par­ties what a vote for them would mean in this elec­tion.

Here is what they had to say:


Re­build and re­fur­bish ev­ery school. Labour will put the next gen­er­a­tion first and con­tinue to in­vest in our next gen­er­a­tion.

In­vest in Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang’s Main Streets. We’re com­mit­ting £5.5m to South La­nark­shire roads and we will work with our lo­cal busi­nesses to im­prove the lo­cal area.

Op­pose a sec­ond in­de­pen­dence ref­er­en­dum. Labour does not want more divi­sion: we need coun­cil­lors to get on with the day job.

One thou­sand new homes for South La­nark­shire. Only Labour has a plan to tackle the hous­ing cri­sis - the SNP failed on house­build­ing.

Pro­tected care bud­get for our older pop­u­la­tion. We’re stand­ing up against SNP and Tory cuts to our most vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple.


Build new af­ford­able houses and houses for so­cial rent with a tar­get of up to 3000 across South La­nark­shire by 2022.

Get chil­dren off to the best start in life by de­liv­er­ing 30 hours a week free early learn­ing and child­care for three- and four-year-old and qual­i­fy­ing two-year-old chil­dren by 2020, and by clos­ing the at­tain­ment gap, with additional di­rect fund­ing to pri­mary and sec­ondary schools.

Im­prove home and com­mu­nity care for older and vul­ner­a­ble mem­bers of the com­mu­nity. Joined up work­ing with GPs and other health ser­vices.

De­liver real com­mu­nity par­tic­i­pa­tion in spend­ing de­ci­sions by de­volv­ing one per cent of SLC bud­get to lo­cal wards to spend on lo­cal pri­or­i­ties.

Cre­ate a step-change in ef­forts to build the lo­cal econ­omy with a re­view of the £120m City Deal fund­ing and by es­tab­lish­ing an Eco­nomic Fo­rum for Glas­gow City Re­gion.

Lib­eral Democrats

Safe streets - tack­ling traf­fic dan­ger hotspots and park­ing con­ges­tion.

Ac­tion on older coun­cil houses – rough­cast, roofs, paint­work, en­vi­ron­ment.

Ac­tion plan for re­vival of Cam­bus­lang and Ruther­glen town cen­tres – with a dy­namic pro­fes­sional to lead it.

Open­ing up the coun­cil for lo­cal peo­ple – more power for area com­mit­tees, bet­ter con­sul­ta­tion on ma­jor projects, more ac­count­abil­ity by coun­cil ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Cam­paign­ing for men­tal health and well­be­ing – mak­ing men­tal health sup­port quick, ef­fec­tive, and lo­cally avail­able for all those who need it.


Em­power coun­cils and given them a re­newed sense of mean­ing and pur­pose. They can and must be the en­gines of growth.

Em­power lo­cal places by let­ting them take the ini­tia­tive to gen­er­ate lo­cal growth, in part­ner­ship with cen­tral govern­ment. There are dif­fer­ent mod­els for this – City Deals and Growth Deals for ex­am­ple.

Mod­els like lo­cal growth part­ner­ships and growth ac­cel­er­a­tors should be rolled out across Scot­land. Th­ese would bring lo­cal busi­ness and civic lead­ers to­gether to pro­vide the vi­sion and lead­er­ship to drive sus­tain­able eco­nomic growth and cre­ate the con­di­tions to in­crease pri­vate sec­tor jobs in their com­mu­ni­ties.

Busi­ness rates re­form with more lo­cal con­trol and in­cen­tives.

We think that the use of school build­ings and their fa­cil­i­ties should be ex­tended be­yond the school day, to open up ac­cess to sports fa­cil­i­ties and lead the fight against child­hood obe­sity.


En­cour­age shops and post of­fices in lo­cal high streets, rather than chain stores or out-of-town de­vel­op­ment.

Ar­gue for money to be spent on fix­ing our ex­ist­ing roads rather than build­ing new ones, which sim­ply en­cour­age more traf­fic.

Ex­tend 20mph speed lim­its in res­i­den­tial ar­eas to im­prove road safety, re­duce air pol­lu­tion, and give streets back to com­mu­ni­ties.

Cam­paign with our MSPs to bal­ance the rights of com­mu­ni­ties with those of de­vel­op­ers by giv­ing them an equal right of ap­peal over plan­ning de­ci­sions.

Make free child­care hours more flex­i­ble to sup­port par­ents in shift work or ir­reg­u­lar em­ploy­ment to be able to use them. Plan for enough nurs­eries and schools in ar­eas where pop­u­la­tions will rise, and en­sure build­ings are high qual­ity flex­i­ble spa­ces, built by the public sec­tor to last and with en­vi­ron­men­tal sus­tain­abil­ity in mind.

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