No spin, just the plain facts of what each of the main parties are promising to do for Glasgow.
Glasgow to keep all of the business rates it raises
Right to Bid introduced to allow community and voluntary bodies to take over running of Council services
Right to Buy introduced for community groups to allow them to gain control of assets and land
Support directly elected Lord Provost and propose elected police commissioner
Support freeze but ambition to reduce Council Tax by 10% over four years
Reduce senior staff by 10% or more
Introduce competition and outsourcing in areas of Council where it will generate reductions in expenditure
Additional funding to provide Rapid Response Teams to deal with litter
Fine businesses who do not clean up the front of their shop
Additional funding for allotments on brown field or similar sites
Extend opening hours of subway
Reduce taxes on businesses by looking at Rates to see if the Council can lower to attract businesses into local town centres
Offer unused Council premises to business start ups at low cost rents Town centres and land
Strategic review of education including possibility of free schools and vocational schools run by parents, businesses and third sector
Provide free transport at statutory level of 2 and 3 miles similar to other local authorities
Additional funding to Strathclyde Police to provide additional 30 officers across Glasgow
Full Glasgow Conservative Manifesto
Ensure that support for apprenticeships, community benefit clauses and a living wage is guaranteed in Council contracts.
Introduce food growing, cooking and life skills classes in all schools under the Council’s control to encourage lifelong learning and improved access to healthy eating.
Develop training programmes in renewable technologies and home insulation in partnership with local schools, housing associations and Glasgow City Building. Improve housing standards and create local jobs through a programme of house-building and refurbishment.
Accelerate the transition of social housing from the Glasgow Housing Association to local, community housing groups where tenants request it.
Expand the budget for tackling homelessness.
Increase funding for Community Services and Restorative Justice programmes. Expanding the scope of community sentences allows offenders to help rebuild the community bonds they have broken, and to work on developing skills for the future.
Place at least 10% of Council owned land in regeneration areas under community control.
A maximum class size of 25 would benefit
Set up a public owned Renewable Energy Development Company to raise revenues from the Feed-in Tariff, give extra support to small green tech businesses within the city, and encourage a cheaper, more efficient approach to energy consumption:
An electrical/fuel-cell bus upgrade plus ‘Fastlink’ bus-only lanes.
Improving links between the River Bus and other public transport networks.
Improvements to rail services for suburban communities.
The introduction of smart cards for all public transport.
Use the Government Feed-In Tariff and Renewable Heat Incentive to develop renewable energy projects such as biomass or biogas to produce Combined Heat and Power technology, solar thermal panels on all new buildings, and on older buildings where practicable, solar photovoltaic panels to power heat pumps and large-scale, community-owned wind generation.
Organise the regular collection of food waste, which can be used to generate biogas and provide an efficient, low-cost form of energy.
Full Glasgow Greens Manifesto
Council Tax freeze for the next five years.
Target irresponsible dog owners and litter louts by introducing dedicated enforcement officers in every ward.
Create Glasgow’s online museum and art gallery, putting all of the city’s artworks and artefacts on a unique website, and will extend outreach work within the city’s schools.
Establish a network of running trails within the city’s parks.
Guarantee every child 15 hours of free childcare at the start of the term in which they turn
3 – up to 5 months earlier than present and worth up to £1500 for every child.
Open a further 10 family learning centres across the city.
Revamp and completely refurbish George Square.
Build 3,500 new homes over the next five years
Create 1000 new jobs each year for young people, graduates and the over 50s
through the Commonwealth Graduate Fund and Commonwealth Jobs Fund.
Introduce a “Glasgow Guarantee” for all of our young people – providing every young person aged 16-24 with support in the form of an apprenticeship, training or work.
Make Glasgow a wireless city, providing a free wi-fi network across the entire city, and will increase uptake of broadband among social tenants.
Provide an Affordable Warmth Dividend of £100 to all our people who are aged over 80
Introduce a Smart Card to operate across all forms of public transport.
Full Glasgow Labour Manifesto
Cap class sizes at 20 in S1 and S2 for Mathematics and English.
Invest in a new primary school building programme to ensure our children are educated in the best possible environments.
More support for foreign language teaching.
Set up partnerships with local schools so that school facilities are available to the community, including young people, particularly at weekends and during holidays.
Create more rapid response teams to tackle problems with fly tipping, dog fouling and litter and strengthen enforcement action against offenders.
Resurface the roads with the biggest pothole problems and repave the most dangerous and uneven pavements.
Double the number of grit bins on our streets.
Protect Glasgow’s parks and green spaces from development.
Identify waste land to turn into allotments and community gardens.
Work with local primary schools to ensure all children can have access to gardens and allotments to learn about healthy, locally grown food.
Devolve more power down to Area Committees, which will have extra control over local spending, including new Neighbourhood Improvement Funds.
Work with Housing Associations to improve housing conditions in the city and to tackle poor landlords and poor private rented accommodation.
Increase numbers of community police
Increase the number of Neighbourhood Watch schemes
Reduce class sizes and recruit more teachers
Full Glasgow Liberal Democrat Manifesto
Guaranteeing every 16-24 year old a place in education, work or training and providing more support for small businesses to create jobs.
Refurbishing schools and launching a drive to raise attainment in classrooms.
Guaranteeing at least 600 hours a year of free nursery education for every three and four year old.
Getting the basics right through better maintained roads and cleaner streets, including a clampdown on dog fouling and fly tippers.
Promoting a more open and accountable council by giving citizens a direct say in what we do.
Faster assessment and better integrated delivery of care across health and social work, providing
people with real choice and control.
Promoting new green energy schemes for the city and improved recycling rates – saving the city money as well as helping the environment.
Keep council tax frozen until 2016, giving a helping hand to families in these tough times.
Ensure a more open and accountable Council with a Petitions Committee to give citizens a direct say in decision making.
Appoint a Carer's Champion, to promote carers in the policy process and to consider how more support can be targeted by the Council to carers and the organisations that support them.
Deliver faster assessment and better integrated delivery of care across health and social work, providing people with real choice and control over their support.
Pay a living wage to council employees - and encourage other employers to do the same - and guarantee no compulsory redundancies.
Full Glasgow SNP Manifesto