Schools and Children’s Services
Wandsworth has many outstanding schools – with dedicated teachers and students achieving great results. But there is a danger that standards will begin falling because local schools face £7m of Government cuts.
Many schools in Battersea, Putney and Tooting are not replacing teachers who leave. Parents are asked to make donations towards classroom equipment. Drama, sport and music are being cut.
It’s desperately sad to see children miss out. Labour will defend local schools from these cuts – the Conservatives have failed to stand up for local schools.
Proof that the tired and out-of-touch Conservatives aren’t up to the job came in a damning Ofsted report on the council’s children services.
After years of Conservative rule the service was rated ‘Inadequate’. It was judged to be putting vulnerable children at risk. Setting this right has already cost Wandsworth council an extra £14 million.
Investment in the under fives has the greatest impact on achievement later in life. So we will make a renewed commitment to Sure Start to give our youngest children, including the most vulnerable, the best start in life. We will also extend the opening hours of the borough’s libraries.
Health and Care Services
Labour will raise the quality of care for older and vulnerable residents.
A key part of our ambitious plan is to pay all carers at least the London Living Wage of £10.20 an hour. Evidence from many public and private employers shows that the London Living Wage help to keep good workers, increase skills and improve the service.
We will strongly support our NHS, working closely with St George’s Hospital and Tooting’s MP, Dr Rosena Allin-Khan.
Family and friends who provide unpaid care deserve more support. One of our councillors will be appointed the borough’s Carers’ Champion. They’ll look at innovative ways to give family members a break while ensuring loved ones are well looked after.
We will appoint a new Mental Health Champion to bring together the work of council departments. Top of their list will be to improve access to mental health support for young people and extend counselling services in schools.
We will launch a drive to improve children’s physical and mental health with nutritious meals, clean air zones – and regular exercise and well-being programmes. Plus a strong new offer for teenagers, including music, sport, performing arts and volunteering.
We’ll open up a new range of creative community hubs in what are now empty shops and community centres. Free swimming will be extended to all children of primary school age.
We will provide adults with severe physical disabilities better facilities, in line with Sadiq Khan’s policies to make London more accessible. We will open a specialist changing facility in each of our town centres: Battersea, Putney, Tooting, Balham and Wandsworth.