We believe that the council should be run by local people who care passionately for our city and answer to us not their political masters in London.
As a principle, we believe that council tax should be kept as low as possible whilst delivering effective public services; services should not be run for profit and therefore will never outsource a service for its own sake; and that we need to take action now to improve the local economy, education and health outcomes for our residents.
We are a local party so do not have a policy agenda for the country.
We do not stand in national elections but we will be challenging the national politicians to put Newcastle first by:
Promoting the creation of a new universal income for all British citizens in place of almost all benefits and the tax free allowance. This will eliminate benefit sanctions, reduce benefits dependence and allow those who choose to retrain or establish a business to be safe in the knowledge that they have a non-means tested basic income as a safety net;
Supporting the establishment of English and Welsh Parliaments to make laws for our country. By significantly reducing the number of MPs, stripping back the Lords and sharing the Parliament building in London, we can resolve the democratic deficit within the UK with little extra cost;
Campaigning for better connections for the North East to the rest of the country. We want to see improvements to the A1 North and South of Newcastle and the A69 to the West. We support Scottish National Party proposals to start building High Speed rail line between Edinburgh and Newcastle.
We want to get a good deal from Brexit, are concerned about uncontrolled immigration and we want more investment in Newcastle and the North East.
Our local policy agenda is focused on building a council that is responsive to the local community. We also want to put more power in the hands of local people through representative structures at street level, protect local services from politically motivated cuts and make improvements to our local infrastructure.
We have campaigned for:
More jobs for Geordies.
New homes for local people in the places where they are needed.
A better start in life for young people by tackling the causes of Newcastle's poor education outcomes.
Defending the greenbelt and open spaces.
A new kind of politics, in which we would make the council more responsive to the needs of local people and introduce a new right for citizens of Newcastle to challenge the council.
Supporting vulnerable citizens by continuing to defend the interests of vulnerable citizens who rely heavily on council services.
End the war on motorists but supporting improvements to public transport and the cycle network.
The creation of a publicly owned energy company for Newcastle to tackle fuel poverty by cutting bills and generating power from sustainable sources.
You can help to develop our policy agenda for the city by contacting us to get involved with Newcastle Independents. Click here to contact us.
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