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Liberal Democrats Manifesto focuses on Brexit

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

 

Liberal Democrats launched their manifesto today in London. Leader Tim Farron, told his audience, that voters had the opportunity to 'change Britain's future.' He put Brexit at the heart of his speech saying leaving the Single Market was a 'time bomb' for the UK's public services.

The Policy Pledges

  • Second EU referendum on Brexit deal
  • 1p in the pound on income tax to raise £6bn for NHS and social care services
  • End the 1% public sector pay cap
  • Invest nearly £7bn extra in education
  • Ban the sale of diesel cars and small vans in the UK by 2025
  • Scrap the planned expansion of grammar schools
  • End imprisonment for possession of illegal drugs for personal use
  • Reinstate university maintenance grants for the poorest students
  • Increase maximum sentence for animal cruelty from six months to five years, and a ban on caged hens
  • Extend free childcare to all two-year-olds and introduce an additional month's paid paternity leave for dads
  • Reverse cuts to work allowances in universal credit and housing benefit for 18-21 year olds
  • Levy up to 200% council tax on second homes
  • Take over the running of Southern Rail and Govia Thameslink
  • £300m for community policing in England and Wales
  • Press for the UK to unilaterally guarantee the rights of EU nationals in the UK
  • Membership of the single market and customs union
  • Transform mental health care and waiting times
  • End the public sector pay freeze for NHS workers
  • Reinstate student nurse bursaries
  • Raise the amount people earn before losing Carer's Allowance from £110 to £150 a week
  • Triple the Early Years Pupil Premium to £1,000
  • End the 1% cap on teachers' pay rises
  • Scrap the planned expansion of grammar schools
  • Double the number of businesses that hire apprentices.
  • Eliminate the deficit on day-to-day spending by 2020 to control the national debt, and then borrowing only to invest
  • Raise employee national insurance threshold to the income tax threshold, while protecting low earners' ability to accrue pension and benefit entitlements
  • Ensure those with the highest incomes and wealth are making a fair contribution
  • Reverse cuts to corporation tax from 20% to 17%, capital gains tax, marriage allowance
  • Raise inheritance tax threshold
  • Action on corporate tax evasion and avoidance
  • Reforming corporation tax to develop a system that benefits the smallest
  • Review business rates
  • Stamp out abuse of zero-hours contracts
  • Build 300,000 homes a year by 2022, including half a million affordable and energy-efficient homes
  • Ensure at least four million homes are made highly energy efficient (Band C) by 2022, with priority given to fuel-poor households
  • Create at least 10 new garden cities in England
  • Oppose expansion of Heathrow, Stansted or Gatwick and any new airport in the Thames Estuary - instead focus on improving existing regional airports such as Birmingham and Manchester.
  • Prevent 40,000 deaths a year with Air Quality Plan to reduce air pollution
  • Aim to generate 60% of electricity from renewables by 2030
  • Oppose 'fracking'
  • Establish a £2bn flood-prevention fund
  • Increase maximum sentence for animal cruelty from six months to five years, and a ban on caged hens
  • £2bn to ensure the provision of high-speed broadband across the rural UK
  • Extend free childcare to all two-year-olds and to the children of working families from the end of paid parental leave
  • An additional month's paid paternity leave
  • Reverse cuts to work allowances in universal credit and housing benefit for 18-21 year olds - increase jobseeker's allowance and universal credit for 18-24
  • Scrap the 'bedroom tax' and the work capability assessment
  • Maintain the 'triple lock' of increasing the state pension each year.
  • Bring in a legal, regulated market for cannabis
  • £300m for community policing in England and Wales
  • Vote against attempts to scrap the Human Rights Act or withdraw from the European Convention on Human Rights
  • Offer safe and legal routes to the UK for refugees - offering sanctuary to 50,000 Syrian refugees over five years
  • Spend 2% of GDP on defence
  • Spend 0.7% of gross national income on aid
  • Provide free further or higher education for anyone who has served in the armed forces for 12 years or more.
  • Votes for 16-year-olds
  • Reform the House of Lords with a proper democratic mandate
  • Prohibit MPs from accepting paid lobbying work
  • Trial weekend voting to help raise turnouts in elections

How will it be funded


  • Ensure those with the highest incomes and wealth are making a fair contribution
  • 1p in the pound on income tax to raise £6bn for NHS and social care services
  • Reverse cuts to corporation tax from 20% to 17%, capital gains tax, marriage allowance
  • Action on corporate tax evasion and avoidance
  • Lower the level inheritance tax starts

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