In presenting this manifesto I want to highlight another year of achievement for the city and to set out why we can expect more success in the year ahead.

It has been a year of recovery for Exeter as we cautiously start to move on from the pandemic. We are seeing the rewards of the work we did with our partners across the city last year, in supporting and coordinating the response to the pandemic crisis. This has given us the best possible chance of a sustainable recovery.

Exeter Labour Manifesto 2022 - 23
Exeter Labour Manifesto 2022 - 23

City centre footfall has almost returned to pre-pandemic levels. Exeter continues to have one of the lowest shop vacancy rates in the country. Businesses in the city are expressing high levels of confidence in the future – and for good reason.

Of course, the pandemic has impacted on our finances, just as it has done for everyone else. Our Medium-Term Financial Plan identified a need to deliver a combination of reduction in budget and income generation to address a £7.65m budget shortfall by the end of March 2025.

Our One Exeter work programme has been designed to deliver the predicted budget savings and income generation required and this work is now well underway. As well as addressing the budget challenges, it also captures previously identified organisational development work to improve efficiencies and future proof us against future technological developments and enhanced ways of working.

This will allow us to focus fully on our key priorities:

  • A Net Zero Carbon City 2030
  • Our Communities and Homes
  • A Healthy and Active City
  • A Thriving Local Economy and a Well-run Council

Cllr Phil Bialyk, Labour Leader, Exeter City Council

Our city, our future

“By the time they are an adult, a child born in Exeter today will live in a city that is inclusive, healthy and sustainable, a city where the opportunities and benefits of prosperity are shared and all citizens are able to participate fully in the city’s economic, social, cultural and civic life.”

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