The Green Party Manifesto: the bitesize edition!

The Green Party 2015 manifesto is out but what does it all mean? We've broken down the manifesto into bitesized chunks to highlight the key policies:


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Education

  • Scrap university tuition fees.
  • Promote a comprehensive system of local schools offering mixed ability teaching staffed by qualified teachers.
  • Bring Academies and Free Schools into the Local Authority system.

Economy

  • End austerity and restore the public sector, creating over one million good jobs that pay at least a living wage.
  • Pay for this with a new wealth tax on the top 1%, a Robin Hood Tax on the banks and the closure of tax loopholes.
  • Increase the minimum wage to reach a living wage of £10 an hour by 2020.

Health

  • Fight for a publicly funded, publicly provided health service free at the point of use.
  • End the creeping privatisation of the NHS and repeal the Health and Social Care Act 2012.
  • Make mental health a much higher priority with resources to match this status.

Environment

  • Take serious action on climate change by working with other countries to ensure global temperatures do not rise beyond 2 degrees.
  • Phase out fossil-fuel based energy generation and nuclear power.
  • Invest in a public programme of renewable generation, flood defences and building insulation.

Housing

  • Abolish the cruel and unfair bedroom tax.
  • Build 500,000 social rented homes by 2020 and bring empty homes back into use to ensure everyone has access to an affordable place to live.
  • Cap rent and introduce longer tenancies to provide greater protection for renters.

Transport

  • Return the railways to public hands to stop profits being put before passengers.
  • Introduce an immediate cut in fares of 10% to give passengers a much-needed financial break.
  • Promote walking and cycling to help reduce pollution and improve people’s health.


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