Building Community Wealth
Building Community Wealth

We’ll build community wealth by boosting wages, supporting small businesses and not-for-profits and ensuring land is developed for everyone’s benefit, not just property developers.

Fair employment

  • Carers and other outsourced council workers to earn at least the living wage by April 2022.
  • No ‘fire and rehire’ for council jobs and work with other employers to rid these practices from the city. 
  • A ‘Fair Work Portsmouth’ campaign for local workers to be paid the living wage, proper sick pay and have decent employment rights.

Keeping the pound in Portsmouth

  • Work with other large employers and spenders to agree best conditions and contracts when hiring for services, to drive up wages, social and environmental standards and put local small businesses and not-for-profit organisations at the top of the list. 
  • Encourage alternative forms of ownership, eg. cooperative enterprises, to spread a range of economic benefits. 
  • Bring £30m of contracted out services back in-house as they come up for renewal, eg. housing repairs, landlords’ maintenance, refuse collection etc.

Making Best Use of City Land 

  • Ensure affordable housing on all council owned sites with 100% as the norm and minimum of 50% where private homes enable development.
  • Minimum levels of affordable housing, with community facilities, when public sector partners sell land for housing. 
  • Highest possible design and environmental standards in the new local plan, with minimum affordable housing requirements for new developments. 
  • No more selling off of empty council homes.
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