As we near the run-up to the election on Thursday 2 May, our ‘the Borough first’ (tBf) blogs will feature our policies that we believe will make the Royal Borough a better place to live and work.
The VALUES POLICY is first as this goes to the heart of what tBf is about and is our main point of difference with other Parties. Why start with something as vague as “values”? Because values are what create a sense of warmth and caring between people; values create communities. Values make a house a home, and values make the Borough not just a place to live in, but a place where people want to live.
We’ve seen plenty of examples of where values haven’t lived up to that promise. Here are just a few:
The Royal Borough calling on our police to rid our Windsor streets of rough sleepers in the run-up to the Royal Wedding.
Prioritising road repairs based on who shouts the loudest, rather than according to need on a rolling, planned basis.
Allocating special education needs (SEND) funding based on the national average proportion of SEND children in schools, rather than the Borough-wide average, which would have been fairer for local children.
Spending £20k on misleading lamppost banners across the Royal Borough to promote the current administration just months before the Local Election
Seeing those less physically able, such as the elderly, struggling with a poor local bus service.
tBf is different. We were established to be an alternative to the old fashioned politics where tribal loyalties trump residents every time. We want to help our Borough make the most of the transformative opportunities it faces in a way that brings our community together and meets people’s needs.
It’s easy to talk about values in general, and even the current Administration professes to follow positive values. The difference is in how values are put into practice. tBf has three values which underpin all we do. These are
Everything we do is driven by these values. We have no tribal loyalties. We will look for good ideas wherever they might come from, as long as they benefit the community and are evidence-based. Our Councillors are committed to the Borough; they are applying their skills and experience to benefit our community, rather than using their roles as stepping stones for national political parties. We want to restore trust in politics, putting People before Politics.
These aren’t just words for us. Every one of our candidates has gone through a rigorous selection process, including interviews that explored their vision for the Borough and the compatibility of their personal values with tBf’s. No candidate has been approved without committing to live our values.
The way we treat each other is at the heart of how well a community works. A harmonious community is a great place to live. It is where everyone is important and valued, where everyone is treated with respect and dignity. Where people can flourish. This is what we want.
By putting values at the heart of everything we do, encouraging the community to hold us accountable to our values, we intend to restore trust in the Council to provide the springboard from which to make RBWM an amazing place to live and work.
Helen Price is a Windsor resident and a tBf candidate for the Clewer & Dedworth East Ward.
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