16 December 2014
Camden Green Party has responded to Camden Council's recently published 2015-18 budget plans with a series of measures to help raise revenue and reduce the impact of central government cuts and protect vital services.
Key proposals include a Workplace Parking Levy, to encourage lower car use by charging £500 a year to businesses that provide two or more spaces to employees.
There is also a call for a Camden-wide referendum on a council tax increase, after a recent Camden Council consultation suggested 60% of local residents would be happy to pay a small amount more for vital services.
Highgate Green Party councillor Sian Berry said:
“In the face of huge cuts from central government we have to take radical steps if we aren't to see local services wither away and abandon our ethical commitments like paying a living wage.
"Given the impacts of people commuting by car into our borough, measures like a Workplace Parking Levy, could make a huge difference as it has in Nottingham, where it has funded a new tram line.
"With this simple measure, which we could bring in alone or by collaborating with other boroughs, we could raise around £2 million a year for transport projects, helping to improve our health and environment, and reducing pressures on other budgets.”
Further Camden Green Party's proposals in our report include:
More project managers working for Camden to reduce the cost of Better Homes and repair contracts - recent savings from employing surveyors suggest more than £10 million could be saved from works on council and leaseholder homes.
A Sustainable Savings Fund that invests capital funds now to save on future budgets, including eternal wall insulation and solar panels on council properties, and a switch to LED lighting on streets and estates
A London Living Wage and ethical conditions of work in external contracts
Support for community centres and libraries, including a new reserve fund, peppercorn rents and help with administration for volunteer boards
Higher parking charges for second and third cars, and the most polluting diesel vehicleB, to reduce air pollution
Doubling the current empty homes levy on council tax
Bringing in an ethical advertising policy, and new Parisian-style advertising pillars for local business advertising, doubling up as community noticeboards
Pushing for a Supermarket Levy on large retailers
Increasing the use of Camden buildings and open spaces for paid events and filming