Oxford has the least affordable housing in the UK. We believe that access to affordable, secure and decent housing is a human right, not a privilege. Nobody should be left homeless or have insecure accommodation.
Both City and County Councils have a key role to play in delivering sustainable transport solutions; including using the planning system to reduce the need to travel. In the past, there have been many poorly designed schemes implemented without proper consultation.
When it comes to health, Oxfordshire is a two-tier County. Most enjoy above average wellbeing but Oxford also includes six wards which are amongst the most deprived in England. In these areas, death from preventable causes, self-harm and obesity are above average.
Under pressure from the Greens, the Council has recently committed to go ‘net zero’ by 2030 and set itself the target of making the City ‘net zero’ target by 2040. Though worthy, these commitments exclude many sources of carbon emissions and are largely unfunded.
All species on Planet Earth are the life support for all others. Greens have long warned of the threat posed by the loss of species – a threat parallel with climate change. We need to do more locally to protect our flora and fauna.
COVID-19 turned the world upside down, rapidly followed by a cost of living crisis. These events have exposed the major weaknesses in our economic system and the deep-seated inequalities in our City. Invariably, it is the most vulnerable whom have suffered the most.