Friday, February 29, 2008

Labour's Top 50 Achievements

Thanks to fellow Labour blogger Luke Akehurst for bringing this list to my attention.

The Party has published this list of Labour's Top 50 achievements since 1997 - a useful reminder:

1. Longest period of sustained low inflation since the 60s.
2. Low mortgage rates.
3. Introduced the National Minimum Wage and raised it to £5.52.
4. Over 14,000 more police in England and Wales.
5. Cut overall crime by 32 per cent.
6. Record levels of literacy and numeracy in schools.
7. Young people achieving some of the best ever results at 14, 16, and 18.
8. Funding for every pupil in England has doubled.
9. Employment is at its highest level ever.
10. Written off up to 100 per cent of debt owed by poorest countries.
11. 85,000 more nurses.
12. 32,000 more doctors.
13. Brought back matrons to hospital wards.
14. Devolved power to the Scottish Parliament.
15. Devolved power to the Welsh Assembly.
16. Dads now get paternity leave of 2 weeks for the first time.
17. NHS Direct offering free convenient patient advice.
18. Gift aid was worth £828 million to charities last year.
19. Restored city-wide government to London.
20. Record number of students in higher education.
21. Child benefit up 26 per cent since 1997.
22. Delivered 2,200 Sure Start Children’s Centres.
23. Introduced the Equality and Human Rights Commission.
24. £200 winter fuel payment to pensioners & up to £300 for over-80s.
25. On course to exceed our Kyoto target for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
26. Restored devolved government to Northern Ireland.
27. Over 36,000 more teachers in England and 274,000 more support staff and teaching assistants.
28. All full time workers now have a right to 24 days paid holiday.
29. A million pensioners lifted out of poverty.
30. 600,000 children lifted out of relative poverty.
31. Introduced child tax credit giving more money to parents.
32. Scrapped Section 28 and introduced Civil Partnerships.
33. Brought over 1 million social homes up to standard.
34. Inpatient waiting lists down by over half a million since 1997.
35. Banned fox hunting.
36. Cleanest rivers, beaches, drinking water and air since before the industrial revolution.
37. Free TV licences for over-75s.
38. Banned fur farming and the testing of cosmetics on animals.
39. Free breast cancer screening for all women aged between 50-70.
40. Free off peak local bus travel for over-60s.
41. New Deal - helped over 1.8 million people into work.
42. Over 3 million child trust funds have been started.
43. Free eye test for over 60s.
44. More than doubled the number of apprenticeships.
45. Free entry to national museums and galleries.
46. Overseas aid budget more than doubled.
47. Heart disease deaths down by 150,000 and cancer deaths down by 50,000.
48. Cut long-term youth unemployment by 75 per cent.
49. Free nursery places for every three and four-year-olds.
50. Free fruit for most four to six-year-olds at school.

You can comment or join Labour here: http://www.labour.org.uk/top_50_achievements

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

You forgot to mention the illegal war in Iraq and the war in Afghanistan.

Darlington Council tax increases under Labour which is of the order of over 70% in the last 10 years.

Spme achievements.

miketually said...

I was going to ask why the SOCPA legislation isn't on the list. Banning political demonstrations outside Parliament, without police permission, must surely be a major achievement?

Anonymous said...

Trying to close the top perrforming secondary school in Darlington.

£2M overspends on the Pedestrian Heart and the Eaastern Transport Corridor.

The refusal to answer awkward questions.

The sham of public consultation which Labour had to be dragged hollering and screaming into accepting.

The feeling there is something nasty lurking in the corridors of Darlington Town Hall.

Ian White, townliar.com said...

All of the above, especially something "nasty" lurking in the Town Hall!

The constant cover ups, and none disclosure of Freedom of Information requests, if of an embarasing nature!

I like "free entry to national museums and gallerys" but you forgot the admission to Darlington Railway museum!

Village Police down to 2 to cover all villages!So wheres the other 13.998 at?

Banned fox hunting and smoking, nothing to be proud of!

Made Brown Prime Minister without an election, who finally went on and broke the promise of an EU referendum!!!!!

I CAN SEE WHY LABOUR WOULD BE PROUD!

miketually said...

Labour have achieved a lot in the last ten years, but their achievements will always be overshadowed by Iraq (I think it says a lot that "Bringing democracy to Iraq" isn't included on the list...) and the erosion of civil liberties. There are also negative sides to a lot of the top 50 achievements:

2. Low mortgage rates
- almost impossible to get onto (or move up) property ladder. Greater percentage of income spent on housing.

6. Record levels of literacy and numeracy in schools.
- Focus on testing and league tables instead of teaching.

7. Young people achieving some of the best ever results at 14, 16, and 18.
- Lowering of standards?

17. NHS Direct offering free convenient patient advice.
- usually "take a paracetamol and then phone your doctor in the morning".

20. Record number of students in higher education.
- Student debt discourages some from going on to higher education and creates a buy-now-pay-later loans culture

24. £200 winter fuel payment to pensioners & up to £300 for over-80s.
- Increased fuel bills. (Was it Labour who added VAT to fuel?) Greater percentage of income spent on energy.

25. On course to exceed our Kyoto target for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
- The next target, of 60% reduction, is inadequate. Adding a runway to Heathrow.

27. Over 36,000 more teachers in England and 274,000 more support staff and teaching assistants.
- Below inflation pay rises for teachers.

43. Free eye test for over 60s.
- Harder than ever to get to see a dentist.

Not that things would have been any better with a different party in charge, I'm sure.

Anonymous said...

Alan Macnab writes...

Interesting achievement about bringing back matrons in hospitals. One of the reasons I thought was to ensure that the wards were kept clean and germ free.

I would agree that the level of attainment in secondary schools has increased. However the worrying trend in Darlington is that at 5 GCSEs A* to C the gap between the Hurworths and Carmels of this world and the rest has widended. The best have got better faster and the remaining secondaries have improved, but more slowly.

There is also a yawning gap at 5 GCSEs A* to C English and Maths between Hurworth and Carmel and the remaining secondaries to the extent that Hurworth and Carmel have improved their scores at this level each year for the last five years whereas the remaining secondary schools are showing a worrying decline at this level over the last two years.

Told you Boro would only win the replay 1-0. Hard work watching.

Justice said...

Where is the £2million plus promised by Wimpeys to allow them to build 233 houses on the old Cleveland Bridge site?

Where is that money?

Why are the District Auditor, the Police and also the Ombudsman investigating that 'promise' reneged on by them and allowed by people like you, Nick?

Is this a new labour achievement?

Corruption of the highest calibre?

Darlo Blogger said...

50 reasons not to shout about TEN+ years in office, lies, spin and more lies and spin, most of what is listed is third rate as list of achievments, what about the 800+ laws against personal freedoms? How about the Iraq war, now there is an achievement, going to war on another LIE, just as you lot "Sexed up" the Iraq dossier, you have "Sexed up" your list of miserable achievements, as you do locally with our money in the 'Town Liar' (not the website).

A party with no "Bottle", your unelected PM dropped and smashed it over his inglorious non-election, the Phantom PM stikes.

You, like brown, epitomise the labour party, Blithering, Bungling, Bufoons, personally I cannot wait to vote old "Slack jaw" out, the country has had enough.