Our Pledges for a Stronger Oldham
The COVID-19 crisis makes it more important than ever that we are ambitious for our borough, investing where necessary to create jobs and make Oldham a great place to visit, work and live. We focus on keeping money in the borough by spending more with local firms and paying a real living wage, and our investment plan will build homes, provide opportunities for businesses and create jobs. We put the green agenda front and centre, taking an approach to regeneration that is about people rather than profit.
The council is a living wage employer, and our investments will mean more well paid jobs and opportunities across the borough Cllr Sean Fielding, Leader and Cabinet Member for Economy and Skills
Education remains the crucial driver of Oldham’s future success. Every Oldham child should expect an excellent education, and to be equipped with the knowledge, skills and experience to go on to succeed in work and life. That’s why we’re creating the Education Alliance – an innovative new partnership aimed at improving all of Oldham’s schools – combined with a community-led approach that addresses the different challenges we face across the borough. We’re also investing to expand places at Oldham’s good and outstanding schools.
By working together, Oldham's Education Alliance will ensure every young person has a great start Cllr Shaid Mushtaq, Cabinet Member for Education
The COVID-19 crisis has shown the importance of our health and care sector, and the incredible way in which Oldham’s health services work together to support residents. Through a genuinely integrated approach to health, with hospitals, GPs, carers and the voluntary sector working in harmony, alongside innovations like the Oldham Healthcheck, we are helping Oldham residents live longer and happier lives.
We're bringing the health sector together locally so that residents have a better experience, and healthier lives Dr Zahid Chauhan OBE, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care
Oldham desperately needs more homes: to house the homeless or those in temporary accommodation, to allow people to upsize or downsize as their families change, and to address the climate crisis by making houses more energy efficient and reduce travel times. Our priority will always be building on brownfield sites and protecting the greenbelt, and that is the central focus of our approach to housing in 2020/21.
Oldham should be a green and affordable place to live. That's why we've written a Housing Strategy focused on brownfield development and building affordable homes Cllr Hannah Roberts, Cabinet Member for Housing
Oldham Labour are committed to delivering an “Oldham Green New Deal” – making the council carbon neutral by 2025 and the borough carbon neutral by 2030. As part of this we’re creating Northern Roots, the UK’s largest urban farm and eco-park. Find out more at https://northern-roots.uk/
Northern Roots is a gamechanger, and our ambitious plans to make Oldham the greenest borough in GM are boosted by a thriving community energy sector. Cllr Abdul Jabbar MBE, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Finance and Low Carbon
The volume of people volunteering in response to the crisis demonstrates the strength of Oldham’s community. We are working closely with residents, partner organisations and across the council to drive a recovery that enables Oldham to build back better, in a way that is safe and inclusive.
Oldham's people are what make it great. We have to work together to create jobs and reduce isolation Cllr Arooj Shah, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for COVID-19 Recovery
From our parks to our towns and out into the Peaks, Oldham is a great place to live. We’re committed to keeping the streets tidy, the roads in good condition, and the air clean. We’re also making Oldham more “liveable”, with new walking and cycling routes, investments in outdoor and community facilities, and better public transport.
Investing in road improvements and street cleaning has made a real difference. New walking and cycling routes, and outdoor facilities, will make Oldham an even better place to live. Cllr Barbara Brownridge, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Culture
Children and Young People
The council’s most important role is protecting our children and young people. That’s why we’ve invested an additional £12m in Children’s Services, and are working tirelessly to ensure all our children grow up in safe, nurturing environments and have the support they need to flourish. A review of our children’s homes is being conducted so we can keep as many of our young people as possible in the borough, and in the kind of environment we’d want for every child.
We're lucky to have a fantastic Youth Council, whose work last year led to the introduction of free prescriptions for care leavers up to 25 - a national first! Cllr Eddie Moores, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People
The pandemic has shown the importance of the council working closely with partners like GPs, the police and housing providers to make things simpler for residents. We’re bringing these partners together under one roof in hubs around the borough to build collaboration and help residents get the help they need quickly and simply.
Working together means we're able to support residents more effectively, with more local knowledge. Cllr Amanda Chadderton, Cabinet Member for HR and Corporate Reform