Our key pledges

The following pages set out what we will do to achieve this. Our key pledges include:

• Create more than 1,000 new jobs through more businesses locating to Northshore and Stockton Town Centre

• Secure 2,500 jobs including a major apprenticeship programme for young people, attracting new green tech businesses, continuing to regenerate town and neighbourhood centres, and supporting the decarbonisation of our vital petro-chemical and process sectors

• Provide more and better homes including working with housing providers to build 2,500 new homes over the next four years including 100 affordable homes each year; extra care for older residents; bring 300 empty properties back into use; and improve the private rented sector

• Deliver our Green Vision including continued weekly general refuse collections while improving recycling; providing great parks and green spaces; and reducing council, domestic and industrial carbon emissions

• Put Stockton on the map as an outstanding place for arts, cultural and sporting activities and opportunities, and for people to enjoy year-round exciting events and festivals

• Safeguard our vulnerable adults and children in our borough from harm, and give them opportunities for a better future by investing and targeting resources to help those most in need

• Develop more services to meet the changing needs of our residents including for those with dementia, autism, and mental health problems; people leaving hospital after treatment; carers and those experiencing or at risk of domestic abuse

• Improve public health, life expectancy and physical exercise rates and reduce inequalities across our borough by targeted and early intervention activity and affordable active leisure and sports opportunities

• Tackle poverty including reducing fuel poverty by making more homes warmer; providing alternative finance and emergency support options to loan sharks and payday loan companies; and supporting communities to play a bigger role in improving their local areas

• Value the public sector and its workforce and lead a council that delivers quality services, manages its finances well, pays a Living Wage, and provides real value for money