Labour Party 2017 manifesto snapshot

The Labour party have released their 2017 party manifesto this week, in the lead up to the June 8th election. These documents can be a bit chunky, so our Support Team member and political guru, chelseadagg3r, has broken it down into an easy-to-understand snapshot.

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Education

Education

  • Cut University tuition fees and reintroduce maintenance grants
  • Create a unified National Education Service (NES) for England to move towards cradle-to-grave learning that is free at the point of use
  • Re-introduce bursaries and funding for health-related degrees.
  • 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
  • Transition to a qualified, graduate-led workforce, by increasing staff wages and enhancing training opportunities
  • Invest in measures to close the attainment gap between children from different backgrounds
  • We will extend schools-based counselling to all schools to improve children’s mental health
  • Embed SEND more substantially into training for teachers and non-teaching staff
  • Oppose any attempt to force schools to become academies

 

Health

Health

  • Invest in the future of the NHS with over £30 billion through the next Parliament
  • Treatment guaranteed within 18 weeks
  • Patients in A&E will be guaranteed to be seen within 4 hours
  • Free parking in NHS England for staff, patients and visitors
  • Reverse privatisation of the NHS
  • Ensure that NHS England completes the trial programme to provide PrEP and fully roll out the treatment to high-risk groups to help reduce HIV infection
  • Everyone with a long-term condition will have the right to a specialised care plan, and access to condition-management education
  • Pay cap scrapped

 

Economy

Economy

  • Will tackle the gender pay gap
  • Small businesses at the centre of economic strategy
  • Deficit on day-to-day spending to be eliminated within 5 years
  • Manifesto fully costed, with all current spending paid for out of taxation or redirected revenue streams
  • Zero hours contracts outlawed.
  • Unpaid internships banned.
  • Employers stopped from only recruiting from overseas.
  • Bring minimum wage in line with living wage - at least £10 by 2020

 

Immigration

Immigration

  • Fair rules and reasonable management of migration, not resorting to ‘bogus’ targets
  • Will end indefinite detentions
  • Will protect those already working here, whatever their ethnicity
  • Will stop overseas-only recruitment practices
  • For areas where immigration has placed a strain on public services Labour will reinstate the Migrant Impact Fund and boost it with a contributory element from the investments required for High Net Worth Individual Visas
  • Will crack down on fake colleges
  • Will uphold the proud British tradition of honouring the spirit of international law and our moral obligations by taking our fair share of refugees

 

Housing

Housing

  • Invest to build one million new homes, including 100,000 council and housing association homes by the end of next parliament.
  • Rent rises capped to inflation and legal minimum standards in properties for rent.
  • 4,000 homes for people with history of rough sleeping.
  • Will be building at least 100,000 council and housing association homes a year for genuinely affordable rent or sale by the end of next Parliament

 

Environment

Environment

  • Ensure that 60 per cent of the UK’s energy comes from zero-carbon or renewable sources by 2030
  • Remove carbon from electricity generation by 2030
  • Keep forests in public ownership
  • Create an Energy Security Board to plan and deliver the energy mix we need, including renewables, nuclear, green gas, carbon capture and storage, and clean coal
  • Ban fracking

 

Tax

Tax

  • Rises in income tax for those earning over £80,000
  • Raising £19.4billion by raising corporation tax 26 per cent
  • Extra powers for HMRC to chase individuals and companies who avoid tax

 

Brexit

Brexit

  • Accepts referendum result
  • Will reject ‘no deal’ as a viable option
  • Will drop the Conservatives’ Great Repeal Bill, replacing it with an EU Rights and Protections Bill
  • Will secure continued EU market access
  • ‘Presumption of devolution’ where devolved powers transferred from the EU will go straight to the relevant region or nation
  • Will immediately 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

 

Transport

Transport

  • Railways brought back into public ownership
  • Fares will be capped and free WiFi introduced across the network
  • HS2 will be completed and will link with a "Crossrail of the North"

 

Foreign

Foreign

  • Should be guided by the values of peace, universal rights and international law
  • When the current Trump administration chooses to ignore shared values, whether by discriminating on the basis of religion or breaking its climate change commitments, we will not be afraid to disagree
  • Labour will work tirelessly to end the conflict in Syria and get the diplomatic process back on track, while fully supporting international efforts to investigate, prosecute and convict the perpetrators of war crimes
  • Publish a strategy for protecting civilians in conflict, setting out detailed plans for work on conflict prevention and resolution, post-conflict peace-building, and justice for the victims of war crimes
  • Will appoint dedicated global ambassadors for women’s rights, LGBT rights and religious freedom
  • Insistence on multilateral political dialogue to work through threats to global peace from regions such as Korean Peninsula and the South China Sea
  • Cease arms exports to countries where there is concern that they will be used to violate international humanitarian law
  • Will continue to spend 0.7 per cent of gross national income on overseas development assistance

 

Defence

Defence

  • Labour is committed to a responsive, high tech armed forces
  • Committed to effective UN peacekeeping, including support for a UN Emergency Peace Service
  • At least 2% GDP to be spent on defence
  • Labour supports renewal of Trident
  • Will ensure those in the Armed Forces get the pay and living conditions that their service merits
  • Personnel who are injured while serving should have prompt access to support and compensation and Labour will resist proposals to abolish the right to seek legal redress against the MoD where compensation claims cannot be otherwise settled

 

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