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Safe, clean and active communities

We are determined to play our part, working with other organisations and local people in making the Bradford District a safer and cleaner place where everyone can play an active role in their community.

However, Government funding for Bradford Council services has been cut by £165 million in the last few years and the reductions are set to continue.

With a lot less money than we’ve all been used to we can only make the district safer, cleaner and more active if the Council and other public services work with each other – but also with local people, communities, business and the voluntary sector – to change the way things are done.

Reading our New Deal in action case studies might prompt you to get involved with one of them. Or, you might have an idea about how you and others can take responsibility for providing a service in your community.

Good schools and a great start for all our children

We believe that every child in the Bradford District should have the opportunity to realise their full potential and that working together with determination, purpose and ambition we can achieve this.

Improving educational attainment and making sure that all our children go to a good school and have a great start in life are among the biggest and most important challenges that we all face. It is crucial to the future success of our young people and of the district and the changes we need can’t happen unless we all work together.

Government funding for Bradford Council services has been cut by £165 million in the last few years and the reductions are set to continue. In the future we’ll have a lot less money than we’ve all been used to. We can only make the changes needed to give all children a good school and a great start if the Council and other public services work together with pupils, parents, communities, business and the voluntary sector to change the way things are done.

Better skills, more good jobs and a growing economy

We need to look at what we can all contribute to improving skills, increasing the numbers of good jobs and growing the economy because the district faces some big challenges.

With public money very tight and demand for services increasing it will take the energy, efforts and resources of us all – the Council and public services, local people, communities and business – to succeed in meeting those challenges.

We can help to reduce people’s reliance on public services and support and the district’s reliance on shrinking Government grants by working together to grow the local economy.

Increased prosperity, more good jobs and successful businesses means fewer people relying on services, fewer people claiming benefits and higher living standards for everyone. It means more income from local business rates that can then be used to help to pay for the services that we all care about and rely on.

Everyone can play a part and working together we can use all the district’s assets and resources to help make it a more successful and prosperous place.

Could you do your bit by volunteering? We have great ‘Friends of’ groups helping out in our parks and museums and our volunteer-led Sneaky Peeks tours of City Hall have been a tremendous success. You could help to run a community library, help children to read, become a school governor, or assist in running a luncheon club.

Reading our New Deal in action case studies might prompt you to get involved with one of them. Or, you might have an idea about how you and others can take responsibility for providing a service in your community.

Better health, better lives

It’s great that people are leading healthier lives and living longer and we want everyone to be able to enjoy good health and a good quality of life whatever age they are.

By 2020 there’ll be another 20,000 of us – 4,000 more children and young people under 16, 7,000 more people of working age and another 9,000 aged over 65.

More people can place more demand on public services. Government cuts mean that Bradford Council, like all local authorities, has to reduce spending, and so do other public services which are all under pressure because of extra demand and tight budgets. With less money local services can’t do all the things people have become used to them doing and more and more we will have to provide services only to the people who need them the most.

We can only try to ensure that people enjoy better health and better lives if we all work with each other – the Council and public services, local people, communities and business – to change the way things are done.

We need to agree a new deal between public services and the people who live and work in the district.

Together we face some big challenges and it will take the energy, efforts and resources of us all to meet them. Organisations across the district have committed to work together to deliver services and work in a way that promotes what people can and want to do.

Reading our New Deal in action case studies might prompt you to get involved with one of them. Or, you might have an idea about how you and others can take responsibility for providing a service in your community.