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Leader – Jeremy Corbyn

Jeremy Corbyn Labour Leader caricature APT

UK GE2017 Labour Manifesto – For the many not the few

The Labour manifesto focusses on 12 areas;

  1. Creating an economy that works for all
  2. Negotiating brexit
  3. Towards a national education service
  4. A fair deal at work
  5. Social security
  6. Secure homes for all
  7. Healthcare for all
  8. Safer communities
  9. Leading richer lives
  10. Extending democracy
  11. A more equal society
  12. A global Britain

Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour 2017 General Election manifest. Caricature APT

1. Creating an economy that works for all

  • No rises in income tax for those earning below £80,000
  • No increases in personal National Insurance
    Contributions
  • No raises in the rate of VAT
  • Top 5% of earners will pay more tax
  • Raise corporation tax
  • National transformation Fund worth £250 billion
  • HS2 to go ahead and link it to Leeds and Manchester, and then into Scotland
  • Crossrail 2 will be built
  • Science Vale transport arc to be completed, from Oxford to Cambridge through Milton Keynes
  • Rail electrification throughout the country
  • Ensure that 60 per cent of the UK’s energy comes from zero-carbon or renewable sources by 2030   
  • Create an innovation nation with the highest proportion of high-
    skilled jobs in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and
    Development by 2030. We will meet the OECD target of 3 per cent of GDP spent on research and development by 2030
  • Firm ring fence between investment and retail banking
  • Bring private rail companies back into public ownership as their franchises expire
  • Regain control of energy supply networks through the alteration
    of operator license conditions, and transition to a publicly owned, decentralised energy system.
  • Replace our dysfunctional water system with a network of regional publicly-owned water companies
  • Reverse the privatisation of Royal Mail at the earliest opportunity
  • Introduce immediate energy price cap to ensure average household energy bill remains below £1,000 per year
  • Insulate 4 million homes
  • Ban fracking
  • Support nuclear power

2. Negotiating brexit

  • Guarantee existing rights for all EU nationals living in Britain and secure reciprocal rights for UK citizens who have chosen to make their lives in EU countries
  • Reject ‘no deal’ as a viable option
  • Great Repeal Bill to be replaced with an EU Rights and Protections Billto ensure there is no detrimental change to workers’ rights, equality law, consumer rights or environmental protections
  • Ensure that no region of UK is affected by withdrawal of EU funding for the remainder of the Parliament
  • Reinstate Migrant Impact Fund

3. Towards a national education service

  • Overhaul the existing childcare system in which subsidies are given directly to parents who often struggle to use them, and transition to a system of high-quality childcare places in mixed environments with direct government subsidy
  • Maintain current commitments on free hours and make significant capital investment during our first two years of government, to ensure that the places exist to meet demand
  • Phase in subsidised provision on top of free-hour entitlements, to ensure that everyone has access to affordable childcare, no matter their working pattern
  • Extend the 30 free hours to all two-year-olds, and move towards making some childcare available for one-year-olds and extending maternity pay to 12 months
  • Reintroduce maintenance grants for university students and abolish university tuition fees
  • Promise to reduce class sizes to “less than 30” for five, six, and seven-year-olds
  • Devolve responsibility for skills to city regions or devolved administrations
  • Free school meals for all primary school children, paid for by removing the VAT exemption on private school fees

4. A fair deal at work

  • An end to zero-hours contracts to guarantee workers a number of hours each week
  • Introduce four extra public holidays each year to mark national patron saints’ days
  • Maximum pay ratios of 20:1 to be rolled out in public sector
  • Raise minimum wage to at least £10 per hour by 2020
  • Ban unpaid internships
  • Guarantee trade unions a right to access workplaces
  • End the public sector pay cap
  • Repeal the Trade Union Act and roll out sectoral collective bargaining, whereby industries can negotiate agreement as a whole
  • Enforce all workers’ rights to trade union representation at work
  • Abolish employment tribunal fees – so that people have access to justice
  • Use public spending power to drive up standards, including only awarding public contracts to companies which recognise trade unions
  • Give all workers equal rights from day one, whether part-time or full-time, temporary or permanent
  • Shifting the burden of proof, so the law assumes a worker is an employee unless the employer can prove otherwise

5. Social security

  • Cuts to bereavement support payment will be scrapped, as will the bedroom tax and the punitive sanctions regime
  • Reinstate housing benefit for under-21s
  • Guarantee state pension triple lock, as well as the winter fuel allowance and free bus passes
  • Rejects proposal to increase state pension age further
  • A commitment to protect the pensions of UK citizens living overseas in the EU or further afield

6. Secure homes for all

  • Build over one million more homes, with at least half for social rent
  • Homeowners willbe offered interest free loans to improve their properties
  • Guarantee help to buy funding until 2027 and give locals buying their first home first dibs on new homes built in their area
  • Legislate to ban letting agency fees for tenants, and look at giving the Mayor of London power to give London renters additional security
  • Make 4,000 additional homes available for rough sleepers to end homelessness

7. Healthcare for all

  • Deliver safe staffing levels and reduce waiting lists
  • End hospital car parking charges
  • One million people will be taken off NHS waiting lists by guaranteeing access to treatment within 18 weeks
  • Scrap NHS pay cap
  • NHS will receive more than £30bn in extra funding over the next parliament
  • Mental health budgets will be ring-fenced, and Labour will ensure all children in secondary schools have access to a counselling service

8. Safer communities

  • Support the renewal of the Trident submarine system
  • Work with international partners and the UN on multilateral disarmament to create a nuclear-free world
  • Commit to the Nato benchmark of spending at least 2% of GDP on defence
  • Will have a complete strategic defence and security review
  • Insulate the homes of disabled veterans for free

9. Leading richer lives

  • Extend Staying Put arrangements to support all children and young people in residential and other forms of care until they are 21.
  • Eenshrine the European Convention on the Rights of the Child into domestic law
  • Reduce the maximum stake on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals from £100 to £2
  • Labour’s national investment plans include coastal protections, better flood management and the broadband and 4G extensions that will underpin the future success of rural small businesses
  • Allow EU workers employed across    farming,    fishing    and    food    manufacturing to remain in the UK, and reinstate the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Scheme
  • Reinstate the Agricultural Wages Board to underpin employment standards and wages.
  • Make utility companies return roads to a condition no worse than when they started digging
  • Introduce a Public Ownership of the Railways Bill to repeal the Railways Act 1993 under which the Conservatives privatised our railways
  • HS2 to go ahead and link it to Leeds and Manchester, and then into Scotland
  • Crossrail 2 will be built
  • Science Vale transport arc to be completed, from Oxford to Cambridge through Milton Keynes
  • Rail electrification throughout the country
  • Ensure that 60 per cent of the UK’s energy comes from zero-carbon or renewable sources by 2030
  • New Clean Air Act
  • Prohibit the third-party sale of puppies, introduce and enforce a total ban on ivory trading, and support the ban on wild animals in circuses
  • Cease the badger cull, which spreads bovine TB.
  • Labour ended fox hunting, deer hunting and hare coursing. Only a Labour government will maintain the bans
  • Labour will end cuts to local authority budgets to support the provision of libraries, museums and galleries

10. Extending democracy

  • Extend the Freedom of Information Act to private companies that run public services
  • reduce the voting age to 16
  • Establish a Scottish Investment Bank, with £20 billion of funds available to local projects and Scotland’s small businesses
  • Build on the Development Bank of Wales using more than £10 billion from Labour’s new National Investment Bank
  • Continue to fully support the principles and structures inherent within the Good Friday Agreement

11. A more equal society

  • Labour opposes a second Scottish independence referendum
  • Establish a Scottish Investment Bank, with £20bn for local projects and Scotland’s small businesses, creating work and stimulating the economy
  • Build on the Development Bank of Wales using more than £10bn from Labour’s new National Investment Bank
  • Continue to fully support the principles and structures inherent within the Good Friday Agreement

12. A global Britain

  • Labour will not scapegoat migrants and will not set a cap on immigration, describing targets as bogus
  • International students will not be included in immigration numbers, but the party will crack down on fake colleges
  • Labour believes in the reasonable management of migration but will not make false promises on immigration numbers

 

 

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