Friday, 12 May 2017

Highlight of labour manifesto:

·         Through our National Investment Bank and regional development banks, we will create the conditions required to flourish and grow by every region and nation of Britain.

·         Set out a plan to eliminate the current spending deficit on a forward-looking, five-year rolling timescale

·         When conventional monetary policy is hampered by the lower bound to interest rates, suspend operation of the rule in order that fiscal policy can work with monetary policy to support economic recovery

·         Make the Office of Budget Responsibility responsible to Parliament with a clear mandate to "blow the whistle" on government breaching these rules

·         Invest £250 billion over ten years [In infrastructure]

·         We will also encourage private investment by removing new plant and machinery from business rate calculations.

·         We will deliver universal superfast broadband availability by 2022

·         will invest to ensure all urban areas as well as major roads and railways have uninterrupted 5G coverage.

·         Ensure that 60% of the UK's energy comes from low or renewable sources by 2030

·         Labour will change the law so that banks can't close a branch where there is a clear local need

·         Labour proposes to amend the Companies Act 2006 so that directors owe a duty directly to [to employees, suppliers, the environment etc ]

·         ensure that businesses identified as being 'systemically important' are protected from hostile takeovers, and ensure that when a company is bought there is a clear plan in place to protect workers and pensioners

·         Labour will also legislate to reduce pay inequality by introducing an excessive pay levy on companies with high numbers of staff on very high pay.

·         Reinstate the small business corporation tax rate.

·         Developing a version of the Australian system of binding arbitration and fines for persistent
·         late payers for the private sector.
·         By ring fencing the extra proceeds from tax revenues and lower eligibility for in-work benefits, we will establish a new employment allowance for business that struggle to pay a higher living wage.

·         a locally run, democratically accountable energy supplier, working to tackle Fuel poverty, return profits to customers via reduced tariffs, support community energy projects and have drive larger energy companies to lower

·         We will reject 'no deal' as a viable and negotiate transitionalarrangements to avoid a cliff-edge for the UK economy.

·         We will introduce a ‘presumption of devolution' where powers transferred from the EU will go straight to the relevant region or nation.

·         Labour will guarantee to cover any shortfall in EU Structural Funding that occurs as a result of Brexit.

·         Labour will not make false promises on immigration numbers. Our economy needs migrant workers to keep going.

·         stop employers from recruiting only from overseas, and make zero hours contracts illegal.

·         We will establish a Migrant Impact Fund for public services

·         Labour opposes parallel investor-state dispute systems for multinational corporations and we will open a dialogue with trading partners on alternative options that provide investor protection whilst guaranteeing equality before the law.

·         Labour will build human rights and social justice into trade policy, We will ensure that trade agreements cannot undermine human rights and labour standards

·         Labour will create a unified National Education Service (NES) to move towards cradle-to-grave learning that is free at the point of use

·         a system of high-quality childcareplaces in mixed environments with direct government subsidy.

·         Transition to a qualified, graduate-led workforce, by increasing staff wages and enhancing training opportunities.

·         ending the public sector pay cap

·         giving teachers more direct involvement in the curriculum

·         Labour would introduce free, lifelong education in FE colleges

·         Restore the Education Maintenance Allowance

·         Reverse cuts to Union Learn

·         Labour will reintroduce maintenance grants for university students, and we will abolish university tuition fees.

·         Repeal the Trade Union Act and roll out sectoral collective bargaining

·         Introduce four new public holidays

·         Roll out maximum pay ratios of 20:1 in the public sector and companies bidding for public contracts

·         Ban unpaid internships

·         Abolish employment tribunal fees

·         Double paid paternity leave to four weeks and increase paternity pay

·         Hold a public inquiry into blacklisting

·         Introduce a civil enforcement system to ensure compliance with gender pay auditing

·         We will strengthen the law so that those who work regular hours for more than 12 weeks will have a right to a regular contract

·         Banning payroll companies, sometimes known as umbrella companies

·         Labour will guarantee the state pension "triple lock" throughout the next Parliament

·         The winter fuel allowance and free bus passes will also be guaranteed as universal benefits.

·         We will extend pension credit to 1950s-born WASPI women

·         So Labour will legislate so that accrued rights to the basic state pension cannot be changed

·         Scrap the punitive sanctions regime

·         Scrap the bedroom tax

·         Reinstate housing benefit for under-21 s

·         Scrap bereavement support payment cuts

·         Labour will repeal the following cuts in social security support to disabled people

·         Increase ESA by £30 per week for those in the work-related activity group

·         Scrap the Work Capability and Personal Independence Payment assessments and replace them with a personalised, holistic assessment process

·         By the end of the next Parliament we will be building at least 1 00,000 council and housing association homes a year

·         Labour will implement minimum space standards for new developments.

·         guarantee Help to Buy funding until 2027

·         We will also give local people buying their first home 'first dibs' on new homes built in their area

·         Labour will make new three-year tenancies the norm, with an inflation cap on rent rises.

·         Starting by making available 4,000 additional homes reserved for people with a history of rough sleeping.

·         We will set up a new £250m Children's Health Fund

·         We will hold a public inquiry into medicines, medical devices and medical products licensing and regulation, including Valproate.

·         [on the NHS] Labour will commit to over £6 billion extra in annual funding

·         Labour will repeal the Health & Social Care Act

·         new legal duty on the Secretary of State and on NHS England to ensure that excess private profits are not made out of the NHS at the expense of patient care.

·         we will provide an additional £8 billion over the lifetime of the next Parliament for social care including £1 billion in the first year.

·         Labour will increase the Carer's Allowance for unpaid full-time carers to align the benefit with Jobseeker’s Allowance

·         Labour will recruit 10,000 more police officers to work on community beats

·         Labour recruit 1 ,000 more border guards to add to our safeguards and controls.

·         release all papers relating to the Shrewsbury 24

·         We will immediately re-establish entitlements to legal aid in the private law arena of the family courts.

·         Labour government will introduce a no-fault divorce

·         Labour will also hire 3,000 more prison officers

·         Labour will fund child burial fees for bereaved parents

·         Labour will give communities more power to shape their town centres, by strengthening powers to protect Post Offices, community pharmacies, high street banks, local pubs and independent shops

·         Labour will reverse this privatisation [post office] at the earliest opportunity

·         We will reduce the maximum stake on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals from £100 to £2.

·         Labour will also legislate to increase the delay in between spins on these games [Fixed Odds Betting Terminals]

·         We will introduce regulations to designate and protect routes of critical community value, including those that serve local schools hospitals and isolated settlements in rural areas.

·         Labour will introduce a new Clean Air Act

·         We will establish Blue Belts in the seas and oceans surrounding our island

·         We will introduce a £1 billion Cultural Capital Fund to upgrade our existing cultural and creative infrastructure

·         Labour will maintain free entry to museums

·         Labour will introduce an arts pupil premium to every primary school in England - a £160m per year boost

·         We will extend the Freedom of Information Act to private companies that run public services

·         Labour's commitment to spending at least 2% of GDP on defence

·         Labour will publish a Defence Industrial Strategy white paper, including a National Shipbuilding Strategy.

·         We will introduce strict standards of transparency for crown dependencies and overseas territories, including a public register of owners, directors, major shareholders and beneficial owners for all companies and trusts.

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