THE LIBERAL DEMOCRATS will fight for ‘more resources and better services’ if elected to Solihull council.
The party has outlined its vision for the borough in the run-up to the May 3 council elections.
It will push for increased resources for Solihull police despite budgetary constraints, claiming the controlling Conservative councillors are in denial about the reality of increasing crime.
The Lib Dems will focus their efforts on retaining important services at Solihull Hospital and demanding ‘decent homes at a reasonable cost for our children’.
Their manifesto says schools are struggling with increasing costs and limited budgets and they claim Solihull schools are some of the worst funded in the country.
The party has also pledged to combat hidden deprivation that they say is often ignored by ruling Conservatives.
A Lib Dem spokesperson said: “Councillors and candidates are working with community groups to identify and solve problems in their areas. In some cases they’ve established such groups.
“Each Lib Dem candidate pledges to continue this valuable work, to counteract the impact of widespread cuts imposed the ruling conservative group.
“The borough’s residents don’t get the policing they pay for. We will work to keep police resources in Solihull, in spite of the squeeze on budgets, to ensure that officers and vehicles are quickly available to respond to the rising fear of burglaries and vehicle crime.
“We believe that councils should be allowed to re-invest funds from the sale of property in new homes for working people.
“But where new homes are built the plans must consider the impact on local residents.
“We will fight to reverse the real-terms budget cuts – the cuts that the Conservatives deny.
“We don’t believe that parents should be sending money to schools to pay for essentials like books, pencils and paper.
“Solihull’s schools are some of the worst funded in the country. This must end.
“The Lib Dems, if elected, will provide strong challenge to the conservatives who currently have an stranglehold in the council chamber. A vote for the Liberal Democrats is a vote for a strong voice and a hope for a better Solihull.”