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:
What do the Greens say about...
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.