COVENTRY UKIP has announced it will run on a platform for ‘ordinary working people’ in the upcoming council elections.
The party confirmed it we will be standing eight candidates in the local elections in Coventry on May 3.
It says it is pleased with the number of candidates it is fielding after the party’s difficulties in the last few months.
Its two radical campaign policies are exiting the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) and reducing the number of councillors in Coventry City Council.
The party claims the WMCA is an ‘unnecessary layer of government which should be abolished much like the EU’.
UKIP claims ‘membership fees’ also cost Coventry taxpayers up to £250,000 every year.
In its plans to shake up council, the party proposes reducing the number of councillors for each ward from three to two and only staging council elections every four years instead of the current cycle of every year for three years out of four.
The party says the current system is ‘completely dysfunctional’ and it also proposes abandoning deputy cabinet positions and reducing the cabinet from ten members to seven.
UKIP has also pledged to build more social housing and provide temporary accommodation for the homeless.
It has said it will introduce free parking at weekends to encourage more people to shop in the city centre.
It also says it will move to protect Coventry’s post-war heritage buildings.
It seeks to repeal planning permission for student accommodation at the old Coventry and Warwickshire Hospital site.
UKIP says it would like to see a new health or social care facility built on the site instead to help alleviate traffic congestion and demand on services at the University Hospital site.
It would also oppose further development on greenbelt land or new student accommodation outside the city centre.
A UKIP spokesperson said: “We are extremely pleased with the number of candidates we have after the party has had a difficult time over the past few months. We are also pleased that UKIP now has the right leader in place and Gerard Batten has the full support of our members in Coventry. We believe that UKIP is still important and is the only party that represents the views of ordinary working people.
“We believe that councillors are not doing enough to protect social care or encourage local housing associations to build more social housing.
“The total cost of our pledges will depend on the savings that we can make. We know that reinstating council tax support will require significant savings to be made or need additional funding but UKIP will work hard to achieve this.
“UKIP will look at making savings across the council whilst protecting social care.”