WHAT WE STAND FOR:
- A real living wage for everyone
- Limiting second homes
- More social housing for those who need it
- Making healthy life choices
- Promoting local produce
- Protecting sports and leisure facilities
We want everyone living in Cornwall to have the highest possible quality of life.
This is no easy goal, because many people in Cornwall battle with higher property costs while earning lower wages. Access to comfortable and affordable housing, including social housing for those who need it, must be prioritised.
We encourage creative solutions to housing, such as limiting second home purchase and promoting self-build projects, with stricter guidelines to ensure that new developments include homes that are truly ‘affordable’ for the average earner in Cornwall.
Social housing is being sold off, and we desperately need Cornwall Council to invest in housing for the most vulnerable. Failure to do this forces ever more people into the private rental market, with many living in sub-standard conditions. We think that landlords should be made accountable for providing quality accommodation.
Making rented and owned properties more energy-efficient is another priority, to help those living in Cornwall cut their energy costs.
Cornwall has a thriving agricultural industry and we want to help people make informed decisions about the food they buy. Buying locally produced food is good for our economy and our environment, and we want to support local farm shops and farmers’ markets, which help consumers to access local, affordable produce.
Sport is another powerful tool for social engagement and a great way to combat isolation, as well as helping to avoid physical and mental health problems and improving general wellbeing.
Austerity has hit sports and leisure facilities hard, through cuts and privatisation. We are committed to defending these vital services and promoting the health and social benefits they offer.
Libraries, arts centres and sports centres are not luxuries – they’re at the heart of thriving communities. We want them to be properly funded, but we also support creative, community-led initiatives that can help to save them from closure.