The Labour Party launched its manifesto telling voters what can be expected from a potential Labour Government. In the UK the voluntary and charitable sector has been hit hardest through austerity. It has been far easier for local authorities to cut funding for outside agencies than to cut from their own resources. Possibly we might all have taken the same action. Who knows?
Local authorities are not just tasked with emptying bins, making sure the street lights work and managing parks. Just as is expected of central Government, local authorities look at gaps in provision, assessing local needs and fill those gaps, often through specialist services offered by the voluntary and charitable sector. This sector has led the way in delivering services for the disabled, champion inequality in society, proactively campaigned and shaped services to reduce social isolation, set up food banks and the list goes on.
Since 2010 austerity has seen the decline in much needed services that have been decimated because the voluntary sector is seen as an add on, led by passionate people who are not seen as equals professionally, compared to their private and public sector equivalents.
The Labour Party has pledged democratic decision making by communities about the services required locally that reflect their needs. The party promises to stimulate local economies by reviving local high streets, whether those are in small rural villages or city centres.
The media has frequently criticised the Labour Party for being anti-business. You cannot get more business friendly that trying to revive local retail businesses. Local businesses employ local people who spend locally creating further employment locally and so the cycle of increased economic activity grows.