Cicero Elections’ Manifesto Hub has collated the policies of the four main parties’ manifestos. Please click on each policy area to reveal details of the promises and pledges each party has made.
Establish funding streams to ensure investment for the long term, and make a modern technical education available to everyone, throughout their lives, to provide the skills they need.
Replace 13,000 existing technical qualifications with new qualifications, known as T-levels, across fifteen routes.
Increase the number of teaching hours by fifty per cent to an average of 900 hours per year and make sure that each student does a three-month work placement as part of their course.
Invest in FE colleges to make sure they have world-class equipment and facilities and create a new national programme to attract experienced industry professionals to work in FE colleges.
Establish new institutes of technology, backed by leading employers and linked to leading universities, in every major city in England.
Deal with local skills shortages and ensure that colleges deliver the skills required by local businesses through Skills Advisory Panels and Local Enterprise Partnerships working at a regional and local level.
Allow large firms to pass levy funds to small firms in their supply chain, and work with the business community to develop a new programme to allow larger firms to place apprentices in their supply chains.
Explore teaching apprenticeships sponsored by major companies, especially in STEM subjects.
Introduce a UCAS-style portal for technical education.
Help all workers seeking to develop their skills in their existing jobs by introducing a new right to request leave for training for all employees.
Help workers to stay in secure jobs as the economy changes by introducing a national retraining scheme; under the scheme, the costs of training will be met by the government, with companies able to gain access to the Apprenticeship Levy to support wage costs during the training period.
Encourage the world to visit, study and do business in the UK through the GREAT Britain campaign and Visit Britain.
Maintain free entry to the permanent collections of our major national museums and galleries.
Introduce a new cultural development fund to use cultural investment to turn around communities.
Hold a Great Exhibition of the North in 2018.
Support a UK city in making a bid to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games.
Place the BBC World Service and the British Council on a secure footing so they are able to promote the best of British values around the globe.
Final Brexit agreement will be subject to a vote in both houses of parliament.
Leave the Single Market and Customs Union but seek a deep and special partnership including a comprehensive free trade and customs agreement.
Enact a Great Repeal Bill and bring forward a number of additional bills to ensure that when we have left the EU, there is a clear statutory basis for UK authorities to exercise powers that are currently exercised through EU law and institutions.
Will not bring the European Union’s Charter of Fundamental Rights into UK law and will not repeal or replace the Human Rights Act while the process of Brexit is underway (but will consider human rights legal framework when the process of leaving the EU concludes).
Remain signatories to the European Convention on Human Rights for the duration of the next parliament.
Consider making financial contributions to specific European programmes in which the UK might want to participate.
Maintain the Common Travel Area and maintain as frictionless a border as possible for people, goods and services between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
Workers’ rights conferred on British citizens from membership of the EU will remain.
Make it a priority in negotiations with the European Union that the 140,000 staff from EU countries can carry on making their contribution to the health and care system.
Create a United Kingdom Shared Prosperity Fund, taken from money coming back to the UK as it leaves the EU, to reduce inequalities between communities across the four nations. The money that is spent will help deliver sustainable, inclusive growth based on the modern industrial strategy.
Strengthen the hand of regulators. Strengthen the powers of consumer enforcement bodies to order fines against companies breaking consumer law and deliver redress for wronged parties.
Explore how to give consumers a voice in the regulation of business.
Put the interest of vulnerable consumers first, including considering a duty on regulators to weigh up their needs.
Investigate how switching sites can better serve competition, including by providing shoppers with information about quality of service and complaints.
Strengthen the hand of online consumers.
Act to make terms and conditions clearer, and end the abusive use of subscription services, including by making it clearer when free trials come to an end.
Subject to sensible safeguards, will introduce, for employees, a right to request information relating to the future direction of the company. These arrangements will apply to publicly-listed companies.
Consult on how to strengthen the corporate governance of privately-owned businesses.
Legislate to make executive pay packages subject to strict annual votes by shareholders and listed companies will have to publish the ratio of executive pay to broader UK workforce pay.
Companies will have to explain their pay policies, particularly any complex incentive schemes, better.
Commission an examination of the use of share buybacks, with a view to ensuring these cannot be used artificially to hit performance targets and inflate executive pay.
Require companies with more than 250 employees to publish more data on the pay gap between men and women.
Continue to work for parity in the number of public appointments going to women, and push for an increase in the number of women sitting on boards of companies.
Take steps to improve take-up of shared parental leave and help companies provide more flexible work environments that help mothers and fathers to share parenting.
Support companies to take on parents and carers returning to work after long periods of absence and back similar schemes in the public sector, including the NHS.
Ask large employers to publish information on the pay gap for people from different ethnic backgrounds.
Update the rules that govern mergers and takeovers. Require bidders to be clear about their intentions from the outset of the bid process; that all promises and undertakings made in the course of takeover bids can be legally enforced afterwards; and that the government can require a bid to be paused to allow greater scrutiny.
Ensure that foreign ownership of companies controlling important infrastructure do not undermine British security or essential services, including in the telecoms, defence and energy sectors.
Continue to meet the NATO commitment to spend at least 2 per cent of GDP on defence and increase the defence budget by at least 0.5 per cent above inflation in every year of the new parliament.
Invest £178 billion in new military equipment over the next decade, creating high-skilled jobs across the whole country.
Invest £740m investment in digital infrastructure so that by the end of year 19 out of 20 premises have access to superfast broadband.
Roll out of the gov.verify digital identification service, so that people can identify themselves on all government online services by 2020, using their own secure data that is not held by government. As well as extending this platform more widely available, so that people can safely verify their identify to access non-government services, such as banking.
Help for innovators and startups by encouraging early stage investment as well as considering further incentives under our worldleading Enterprise Investment Scheme and Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme.
Further help for digital businesses to scale up and grow, with an ambition for more to list in the UK.
Ensure digital businesses have access to the best talent from overseas to compete with anywhere in the world. This will be complemented by at least one new institute of technology in the UK, dedicated to world-leading digital skills and developed and run in partnership with the tech industry.
Establish a Digital Charter underpinned by regulatory/legal framework covering digital companies, social media platforms and content providers to make the UK the safest place in the world to be online.
Meet the current OECD average for investment in R&D of 2.4% of GDP within 10 years.
Repeal the Fixed Term Parliaments Act 2011.
Legislate for votes for life for British overseas electors.
Continue with the current boundary review, enshrining the principle of equal seats, and reducing the number of MPs to 600.
Legislate to ensure that a form of identification must be presented before voting, to reform postal voting.
Continue to ensure the work of the House of Lords remains relevant and effective by addressing issues such as its size.
Review the honours system.
Respect the devolution settlements: no decision making that has been devolved will be taken back to Westminster.
Continue to give local government greater control over the money they raise and address concerns about the fairness of current funding distributions.
Start moving significant numbers of UK Government civil servants and other public servants out of London and the south-east to cities around the UK.
Prohibit councils from creating any new places in schools that have been rated either ‘inadequate’ or ‘requires improvement’ by Ofsted.
Introduce new funding arrangements so we can open a specialist maths school in every major city in England.
Conduct a review of school admissions policy.
Strengthen the teaching of literacy and numeracy in the early years.
Increase the overall schools budget by £4 billion by 2022, representing more than a real terms increase for every year of the parliament.
Schools in England will offer a free school breakfast to every child in every year of primary school, while children from low-income families will continue to receive free school lunches throughout their years in primary and secondary education.
Introduce comprehensive Relationships and Sex Education in all primary and secondary schools to ensure that children learn about the risks of the internet, including cyberbullying and online grooming.
Set up a new Shale Environmental Regulator, which will assume the relevant functions of the Health and Safety Executive, the Environment Agency and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.
Change the proposed Shale Wealth Fund so a greater percentage of the tax revenues from shale gas directly benefit the communities that host the extraction sites.
Work with farmers, food producers and environmental experts across Britain and with the devolved administrations to devise a new agri-environment system, to be introduced in the following parliament.
Deliver on commitment to improve natural flood management, such as improving the quality of water courses to protect against soil erosion and damage to vulnerable habitats and communities.
Continue work to conserve the marine environment off the coast of the United Kingdom.
Continue to take a lead in global action against climate change, as the government demonstrated by ratifying the Paris Agreement.
Champion greater conservation co-operation within international bodies, protecting rare species, the polar regions and international waters. Work with Overseas Territory governments to create a Blue Belt of marine protection in their precious waters, establishing the largest marine sanctuaries anywhere in the world.
Produce a comprehensive 25 Year Environment Plan that will chart improvement in the environment as the UK leaves the European Union and takes control of environmental legislation again.
Maintain the competitive element of the retail energy market by supporting initiatives to make the switching process easier and more reliable, but the safeguard tariff cap will protect customers who do not switch against abusive price increases.
Commission an independent review into the Cost of Energy, which will be asked to make recommendations as to how to ensure UK energy costs are as low as possible, while ensuring a reliable supply and allowing the UK to meet the 2050 carbon reduction objective.
Ensure that smart meters will be offered to every household and business by the end of 2020, giving people control over their energy bills that they have not had before.
Improve the energy efficiency of existing homes, especially for the least well off, by committing to upgrading all fuel poor homes to EPC Band C by 2030; and review requirements on new homes.
An ambition that the UK should have the lowest energy costs in Europe, both for households and businesses.
Introduce an industrial energy efficiency scheme to help large companies install measures to cut their energy use and their bills.
After the UK has left the European Union, form an energy policy based not on the way energy is generated but on the ends desired – reliable and affordable energy, seizing the industrial opportunity that new technology presents and meeting global commitments on climate change.
Safeguard the post office network, to protect existing rural services and work with the Post Office to extend the availability of business and banking services to families and small businesses in rural areas. The ambition is that all routine small business and consumer banking services should be available in rural post offices.
Reduce insurance costs for ordinary motorists by cracking down on exaggerated and fraudulent whiplash claims.
Strengthen Britain’s response to white collar crime by incorporating the Serious Fraud Office into the National Crime Agency, improving intelligence sharing and bolstering the investigation of serious fraud, money laundering and financial crime.
Continue to regulate more efficiently, saving £9 billion through the Red Tape Challenge and the One-In-Two-Out Rule.
Update the rules that govern mergers and takeovers, requiring bidders to be clear about their intentions from the outset of the bid process; that all promises and undertakings made in the course of takeover bids can be legally enforced afterwards; and that the government can require a bid to be paused to allow greater scrutiny.
Ensure that the NHS and social care system have the nurses, midwives, doctors, carers and other health professionals that it needs. Make it a priority in negotiations with the European Union that the 140,000 staff from EU countries can carry on making their vital contribution to health and care system, and continue investment in numbers of students in medical training.
Ensure that the NHS has the buildings and technology it needs to deliver care properly and efficiently, by building and upgrading primary care facilities, mental health clinics and hospitals in every part of England.
Recover the cost of medical treatment from people not resident in the UK.
Implement the recommendations of the Accelerated Access Review to make sure that patients get new drugs and treatments faster while the NHS gets best value for money and remains at the forefront of innovation.
Review the operation of the NHS internal market and, in time for the start of the 2018 financial year, make non-legislative changes to remove barriers to the integration of care.
Support GPs to deliver innovative services that better meet patients’ needs, including phone and on-line consultations and the use of technology to triage people better so they see the right clinician more quickly.
Introduce a new GP contract to help develop wider primary care services.
Retain the 95 per cent A&E target and the 18-week elective care standard so that those needing care receive it in a timely fashion.
Recruit up to 10,000 more mental health professionals. Require all medical staff to have a deeper understanding of mental health and all trainees will get a chance to experience working in mental health disciplines; ensure medical exams better reflect the importance of this area.
Introduce the first new Mental Health Bill for thirty-five years, putting parity of esteem at the heart of treatment.
Reform outdated laws to ensure that those with mental illness are treated fairly and employers fulfil their responsibilities effectively.
Transform how mental health is regarded in the workplace: Amend health and safety regulations so that employers provide appropriate first aid training and need assessment for mental health, as they currently do for risks to physical health, and extend Equalities Act protections against discrimination to mental health conditions that are episodic and fluctuating.
Consider the findings of the Stevenson-Farmer Review into workplace mental health support, working with employers to encourage new products and incentives to improve the mental health and wellbeing support available to their employees.
Train one million members of the public in basic mental health awareness and first aid to break the stigma of mental illness.
Address the need for better treatments across the whole spectrum of mental health conditions. Make the UK the leading research and technology economy in the world for mental health, bringing together public, private and charitable investment.
Deliver the reforms proposed in the Housing White Paper to free up more land for new homes in the right places, speed up build-out by encouraging modern methods of construction and give councils powers to intervene where developers do not act on their planning permissions; and diversify who builds homes in this country.
Reform and modernise the home-buying process so it is more efficient and less costly.
Crack down on unfair practices in leasehold, such as escalating ground rents.
Improve protections for those who rent, including by looking at how we increase security for good tenants and encouraging landlords to offer longer tenancies as standard.
Enter into new Council Housing Deals with ambitious, pro-development, local authorities to help them build more social housing.
Build new fixed-term social houses, which will be sold privately after ten to fifteen years with an automatic Right to Buy for tenants, the proceeds of which will be recycled into further homes.
Continue the £2.5 billion flood defence programme that will put in place protection for 300,000 existing homes by 2021.
Control immigration and secure the entitlements of EU nationals in Britain and British nationals in the EU.
Ask the independent Migration Advisory Committee to make recommendations to the government about how the visa system can become better aligned with the industrial strategy. The Committee’s advice will allow the setting aside of significant numbers of visas for workers in strategically-important sectors, such as digital technology, without adding to net migration as a whole.
Double the Immigration Skills Charge levied on companies employing migrant workers, to £2,000 a year by the end of the parliament, using the revenue generated to invest in higher level skills training for workers in the UK.
Continue to bear down on immigration from outside the European Union.
Increase the earnings thresholds for people wishing to sponsor migrants for family visas.
Toughen the visa requirements for students and expect students to leave the country at the end of their course, unless they meet new, higher requirements that allow them to work in Britain after their studies have concluded. Overseas students will remain in the immigration statistics.
Spend more on research and development, to turn brilliant discoveries into practical products and transform the world’s industries – such as the batteries that will power a new generation of clean, efficient, electric vehicles.
Deliver the infrastructure – the road, rail, airports and broadband – that businesses need.
Ensure consumers and businesses have access to the digital infrastructure they need to succeed.
Work to provide gigaspeed connectivity to as many businesses and homes as possible.
Introduce a full fibre connection voucher for companies across the country by 2018 and by 2022 have major fibre spines in over a hundred towns and cities, with ten million premises connected to full fibre and a clear path to national coverage over the next decade.
Protect critical national infrastructure by ensuring that foreign ownership of companies controlling important infrastructure does not undermine British security or essential services.
Create UK sovereign wealth funds, known as Future Britain funds, which will hold in trust the investments of the British people, backing British infrastructure and the British economy. The Conservative Party anticipates early funds being created out of revenues from shale gas extraction, dormant assets, and the receipts of sale of some public assets. They will also encourage pension funds with an interest in joining Future Britain funds to do so.
Upgrade energy infrastructure in an affordable way and establish an industrial energy efficiency scheme to help large companies install measures to cut their energy use and their bills.
Extend mobile coverage further to 95 per cent geographic coverage of the UK by 2020. By the same date, all major roads and main line trains will enjoy full and uninterrupted mobile phone signal, alongside guaranteed WiFi internet service on all such trains.
Allow greater private sector access to the wireless spectrum and begin the roll-out of a new 5G network, with the majority of the population covered by a 5G signal by 2027.
Ensure immediate stability by lodging new UK schedules with the World Trade Organisation, in alignment with EU schedules to which we are bound whilst still a member of the European Union.
Seek to replicate all existing EU free trade agreements and support the ratification of trade agreements entered into during our EU membership.
Introduce a Trade Bill in the next parliament.
Create a network of Her Majesty’s Trade Commissioners to head nine new regional overseas posts, who will lead export promotion, investment and trade policy overseas.
Reconvene the Board of Trade with a membership specifically charged with ensuring that we increase exports from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland as well as England.
Take a more active role in supporting British consortia to win the largest and most innovative contracts around the world (unspecified).
Put UK Export Finance, which ensures that no viable UK export fails for lack of finance or insurance, at the heart of the UK’s trade promotion proposition.
Continue to modernise courts, improving court buildings and facilities and making it easier for people to resolve disputes and secure justice.
Take action to make it harder for people to enter the country if they have a criminal conviction.
Ensure that child victims and victims of sexual violence are able to be cross-examined before their trial without the distress of having to appear in court.
Invest over £1 billion to modernise the prison estate, replacing the most dilapidated prisons and creating 10,000 modern prison places.
Protect armed forces personnel from persistent legal claims, which distress those who risk their lives, cost the taxpayer millions and undermine the armed forces in the service they give. British troops will be subject to the Law of Armed Conflict, which includes the Geneva Convention and UK Service Law, not the European Court of Human Rights.
Strengthen legal services regulation and restrict legal aid for unscrupulous law firms that issue vexatious legal claims against the armed forces.
Introduce better compensation for injured armed forces personnel and the families of those killed in combat.
Maintain and strengthen the Armed Forces Covenant.
Help veterans to start new careers by ensuring that the skills and qualifications they gained in service are recognised by civilian employers and by introducing a one year holiday on Employer National Insurance Contributions for firms hiring service personnel after they leave service.
Improve the co-ordination of government services to veterans, including housing, employment and mental health services, by introducing a Veterans Board in the Cabinet Office.
Create a national infrastructure police force, bringing together the Civil Nuclear Constabulary, the Ministry of Defence Police and the British Transport Police to improve the protection of critical infrastructure such as nuclear sites, railways and the strategic road network.
Bolster the response to cyber threats on private businesses, public services, critical national infrastructure, and individuals, working with the National Cyber Security Centre to prevent attacks wherever possible and with the police and international law enforcement agencies to ensure perpetrators are brought to justice.
Build on the Policing and Crime Act, which introduced better co-ordination of policing and fire and rescue services, with greater devolution of criminal justice responsibility and budgets to local commissioners.
Continue to support the successful expansion of auto-enrolment to smaller employers and make it available to the self-employed.
Promote long-term savings and pension products, including the Lifetime ISA, to incentivise more people to make provision for long-term needs.
Give The Pensions Regulator (TPR) increased powers to scrutinise and where necessary in extreme cases stop mergers, takeovers or large financial commitments that threaten the solvency of company pension schemes.
Give TPR new powers to issue punitive fines for those who have wilfully left a pension scheme under-resourced and, if necessary, disqualify the company directors in question.
Consider a new criminal offence for company directors who recklessly put at risk the ability of a pension scheme to meet its obligations.
Means test Winter Fuel Payments for pensioners.
Maintain all other existing pensioner benefits.
Take concerted action to help secure the long-term sustainability of the Scottish economy.
Work to re-establish a strong, stable and inclusive Northern Ireland executive at the earliest opportunity. Uphold the essential principle that Northern Ireland’s future should only ever be determined by democracy and consent.
Seek to ensure that Northern Ireland’s interests are protected in the Brexit process.
Use the structural fund money that comes back to the UK following Brexit to create a United Kingdom Shared Prosperity Fund, specifically designed to reduce inequalities between communities across our four nations.
Consult on how to extend the safeguard tariff cap to micro-businesses.
Ensure that 33 per cent of central government purchasing will come from SMEs by the end of the parliament.
As part of the industrial strategy, explore how government can do even more to support innovation by small and start-up firms.
Introduce a single capital floor, set at £100,000, which will ensure that, no matter how large the cost of care turns out to be, people will always retain at least £100,000 of their savings and assets, including value in the family home. Extend the current freedom to defer payments for residential care to those receiving care at home, so no-one will have to sell their home in their lifetime to pay for care.
Bring forward a Green Paper on the measures above, including a a cap on the amount people have to pay for care costs.
Address system-wide issues to improve the quality of care and reduce variation in practice.
Ensure care system works better with the NHS to reduce unnecessary and unhealthy hospital stays and delayed transfers of care, and provide better quality assurance within the care sector.
Give workers a new statutory entitlement to carer’s leave.
Stick to the plan to reduce corporation tax to 17% by 2020.
Simplify the tax system and review the business rates system.
Increase the personal allowance to £12,500 and the higher rate to £50,000 by 2020.
No increase to the level of Value Added Tax.
Take further measures to reduce online fraud in Value Added Tax.
Continue to ensure that local residents can veto high increases in Council Tax via a referendum.
Conduct a full review of the business rates system to make sure it is up to date for a world in which people increasingly shop online.
Make longer-term reforms to the business rates system to address concerns about the way it currently works, including ensuring more frequent revaluations and explore the introduction of self-assessments in the valuation process.
Legislate for tougher regulation of tax advisory firms.
Improve HMRC’s capabilities to stamp down on smuggling, including by improving policing of the border as we leave the European Union.
Remain committed to the devolution of Corporation Tax powers subject to the executive demonstrating fiscal stability.
Continue programme of strategic national investments, including High Speed 2, Northern Powerhouse Rail and the expansion of Heathrow Airport.
Continue to develop the strategic road network, providing extra lanes on motorways and improving key routes whilst also paying attention to parts of the country left behind because of poor transport connections.
Continue to invest in roads to fix pinch points and open up opportunities for new housing and local growth.
Invest £600 million by 2020 in electric vehicle technology and use, and ensure almost every car and van is zero-emission by 2050.
Create extra capacity on the railways, which will ease overcrowding, bring new lines and stations, and improve existing routes – including for freight.
Support local authorities to expand cycle networks and upgrade facilities for cyclists at railway stations.
Examine ways in which the regulation of utilities and transport infrastructure can be improved to deliver a better deal for customers and sharper incentives for investment efficiency.
Continue the roll-out of Universal Credit, to ensure that it always pays to be in work but no plans for further radical welfare reform in this parliament.
Get 1 million more people with disabilities into employment over the next ten years.
Give employers the advice and support they need to hire and retain disabled people and those with health conditions.
Legislate to give unemployed disabled claimants or those with a health condition personalised and tailored employment support.
Work to help those groups who have in the past found it difficult to get employment, by incentivising employers to take them on.
For businesses employing former wards of the care system, someone with a disability, those with chronic mental health problems, those who have committed a crime but who have repaid their debt to society, and those who have been unemployed for over a year, the Conservatives will offer a holiday on their employers’ National Insurance Contributions for a full year.
Provide targeted support for young people between the ages of 18 and 24 so that everyone, no matter what their start in life, is given the very best chance of getting into work.
Await Matthew Taylor’s final report on the changing labour market but will act to ensure that the interests of employees on traditional contracts, the self employed and those people working in the ‘gig’ economy are all properly protected.
Support the Apprenticeship Levy while taking measures to ensure high quality by requiring the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education to report on an annual basis to the Secretary of State on quality outcomes of completed apprenticeships.
Work with devolved administrations to improve the operation of the levy.
Give employers more flexibility in how the levy is deployed, including allowing the levy to be used for pre-apprenticeship programmes.
Set a target to double the number of completed apprenticeships at NVQ level 3 by 2022.
Guarantee trade union representation in the governance structures of the Institute of Apprenticeships.
Protect the £440 million funding for apprenticeships for small-and medium-sized employers who don’t pay the levy.
Set targets to increase apprenticeships for people with disabilities, care leavers and veterans, and ensure broad representation of women, BAME, LGBT and people with disabilities in all kinds of apprenticeships.
Consult on introducing incentives for large employers to over-train numbers of apprentices to fill skills gaps in the supply chain and the wider sector.
Increase capital investment to equip colleges to deliver T-levels and an official pre-apprenticeship trainee programme.
Introduce free, lifelong education in Further Education (FE) colleges. Set up a commission on Lifelong Learning tasked with integrating further and higher education.
Introduce a £1 billion Cultural Capital Fund to upgrade existing cultural and creative infrastructure.
Maintain free entry to museums and invest in the museums and heritage sector.
Introduce an arts pupil premium to every primary school in England and put creativity at the heart of the curriculum.
Launch a creative careers advice campaign in schools to demonstrate the range of careers and opportunities available and the skills required in the creative industries.
Improve diversity on and off-screen.
Review extending the £1,000 pub relief business rates scheme to small music venues and introduce an ‘agent of change’ principle in planning law to ensure that new housing developments can coexist with existing music venues.
Hold a national review of local media and into the ownership of national media.
Push sports authorities to make rapid improvements on access provisions for sporting events for fans with disabilities, and enforce anti-bot legislation and implement the recommendations of the Waterson Review to ensure fair opportunities for fans to buy tickets.
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. Immediately guarantee the rights of EU staff working in our health and care services.
Reject ‘no deal’ as a viable option and negotiate transitional arrangements to avoid a cliff-edge for the UK economy.
Drop the Great Repeal Bill, replacing it with an EU Rights and Protections Bill that will ensure there is no detrimental change to workers’ rights, equality law, consumer rights or environmental protections as a result of Brexit.
Legislate to guarantee that Parliament has a meaningful vote on the final Brexit deal.
Introduce legislation to ensure that there are no gaps in national security and criminal justice arrangements as a result of Brexit. Will seek to retain membership of cross border agencies such as Eurojust and Europol, and continue European Arrest Warrant arrangements.
Ensure there is no drop in EU Structural Funding as a result of Brexit until the end of the current EU funding round in 2019/20.
Seek to stay part of Horizon 2020 and its successor programmes and welcome research staff to the UK. Seek to maintain membership of (or equivalent relationships with) European organisations such as Euraton and the European Medicines Agency. Seek to ensure that Britain remains part of the Erasmus scheme.
End the uncertainty for farmers and food producers by securing continued EU market access allowing British farmers and food producers to continue to sell their products on the Continent.
Amend company law so that directors owe a duty directly not only to shareholders, but to employees, customers, the environment and the wider public. Labour will consult on bringing forward appropriate legislation within this Parliament.
Amend the takeover regime to ensure that businesses identified as ‘systemically important’ have a clear plan in place to protect workers and pensioners when a company is taken over.
Legislate to reduce pay inequality by introducing an Excessive Pay Levy on companies with staff on very high pay.
Implement the Parker Review recommendations to increase ethnic diversity on the boards of Britain’s largest companies.
Close the pay gap for Black and Asian workers by introducing equal pay audit requirements on large employers. Benefit ethnic minority workers who are more likely to be on low pay by making the Minimum Wage a real Living Wage.
To tackle maternity discrimination, work with the Health and Safety Executive to make mandatory a workplace risk assessment for pregnant women so necessary adaptions can be made, and review support for women who have miscarriages. Reverse the employment tribunal fees and extend the time period for applying for maternity discrimination to the employment tribunal from three to six months.
Require firms supplying national or local government to reduce boardroom pay excesses by moving towards a 20:1 gap between the highest and lowest paid.
Ensure that the armed forces are properly equipped and resourced to respond to security challenges. Commit to effective UN peacekeeping.
Commit to spending at least 2% of GDP on defence.
Support the renewal of the Trident nuclear deterrent.
Lead multilateral efforts with the UN to create a nuclear-free world.
Publish a Defence Industrial Strategy White Paper, including a National Shipbuilding Strategy.
Will resist any proposals to abolish the right to seek legal redress against the MoD where compensation claims cannot be otherwise settled.
Promote greater awareness of the Armed Forces Covenant, seek greater consistency in its implementation by public authorities and promote increased participation in the Corporate Covenant.
Drive up standards in Service Accommodation and take action where private companies have failed deliver, and roll out a Homes Fit for Heroes programme that will insulate the homes of disabled veterans for free.
Reduce the size of the House of Lords, end the hereditary principle and reduce the voting age to 16.
Repeal the Lobbying Act and introduce a “tougher” statutory register of lobbyists.
Oppose Scottish independence and campaign for the Union.
Introduce a fairer funding formula for schools and invest in new school buildings.
Ensure that all schools are democratically accountable.
Invest in measures to close attainment gap between children from different backgrounds.
Reduce class sizes to less than 30 for all five-, six-, and seven-year-olds.
Introduce free school meals for all primary school children, paid for by removing the VAT exemption on private school fees.
Launch a commission to look into curriculum and assessment, starting by reviewing Key Stage 1 and 2 SATs.
Tackle the teacher recruitment and retention crisis by ending the public-sector pay cap.
Consult on introducing teacher sabbaticals and placements with industry.
Deliver a strategy for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) based on inclusivity, and embed SEND more substantially into training for teachers and non-teaching staff.
Reintroduce maintenance grants for university students and abolish university tuition fees.
Put the country back on track to meet the targets in the Climate Change Act and the Paris Agreement.
Introduce a new Clean Air Act to deal with the Conservative legacy of illegal air quality.
Safeguard habitats and species in the ‘blue belts’ of the seas and oceans surrounding the UK.
Set guiding targets for plastic bottle deposit schemes, working with food manufacturers and retailers to reduce waste.
Work with farmers and foresters to plant a million trees of native species to promote biodiversity and better flood management.
Establish a science innovation fund, working with farmers and fisheries, that will include support for our small scale fishing fleet.
Take energy back into public ownership to deliver renewable energy, affordability for consumers and democratic control.
Insulate four million homes as an infrastructure priority and offer homeowners interest-free loans to improve their property.
As part of the Brexit negotiations, prioritise maintaining access to the internal energy market.
Create a more diverse banking system, backed up by legislation.
Change the law so that banks can’t close a branch where there is a clear local need.
Create regional development banks to support local businesses and regional industrial strategies.
Mandate the new National Investment Bank, and regional development banks in every region to identify where other lenders fail to meet the needs of SMEs and prioritise lending to improve the funding gap. Establish a Scottish National Bank under Scottish control with £20 billion of lending power. Build on the Development Bank of Wales using more than £10 billion from Labour’s new National Investment Bank.
Overhaul the regulation of the financial system, putting in place a firm ring-fence between investment and retail banking that will protect consumers.
Launch a consultation on breaking up RBS to create new local public banks that are better matched to their customers’ needs.
Extend existing Stamp Duty Reserve Tax to cover a wider range of assets.
Give communities more power to shape their town centres, by strengthening powers to protect institutions like high street banks.
Set up a commission to establish a Post Bank, owned by the Post Office and providing a full range of banking services in every community.
Eliminate the current budget deficit within five years.
Task the Office for Budget Responsibility with overseeing Labour’s Fiscal Credibility Rule, which is based on the principle that Government should not be borrowing for day-to-day spending but that future growth depends on investment. The OBR will be accountable to Parliament.
Consult on implementing the recommendations of the Kerslake Review of the Treasury.
Guarantee that patients can be seen in A&E within four hours.
End mixed-sex wards in hospitals.
Deliver the Cancer Strategy for England in full by 2020, helping 2.5 million people living with cancer.
Introduce a new Index of Child Health to measure progress against international standards, and report annually against four key indicators: obesity, dental health, under-fives and mental health.
Set up a new £250 million Children’s Health Fund to support our ambitions.
Publish a new childhood obesity strategy within the first 100 days.
Scrap the NHS pay cap, putting pay decisions back into the hands of the independent pay review body.
Commit to over £30 billion in extra funding over the next Parliament through increasing income tax for the highest 5 per cent of earners and by increasing tax on private medical insurance, and by freeing up resources by halving the fees paid to management consultants.
Introduce a new office for Budget Responsibility for Health to oversee health spending and scrutinise how it is spent.
Repeal the Health and Social Care Act.
£8bn over the lifetime of the next Parliament for social care, including £1bn in the first year.
Create a National Care Service.
Increase the Carer’s Allowance for unpaid full-time carers to align the benefit with rates of the Jobseeker’s Allowance.
Ring fence mental health budgets and invest in early intervention by increasing the proportion of mental health budgets spent on support for children and young people.
Establish a new Department for Housing to focus on tackling the housing crisis.
Overhaul the Homes and Communities Agency to be Labour’s housing delivery body and give councils new powers to build homes in local communities.
Guarantee Help to Buy funding until 2027 and build thousands more low cost homes reserved for first-time buyers. Local people buying their first home will also get ‘first dibs’ built in their area.
Introduce controls on rent rises, make three year tenancies the norm with an inflation cap on rent rises.
Make 4,000 additional homes available and reserve them for people with a history of rough sleeping.
Set up a new system which is based on economic needs, balancing controls and existing entitlements. This may include employer sponsorship, work permits, visa regulations or a tailored mix of all these.
Establish a Migrant Impact Fund for public services under additional pressure in host communities.
Review the current arrangements for housing and dispersing refugees, as these are not currently fit for purpose.
Stop including students in immigration numbers.
For each strategic industry, establish a council modelled on the highly successful Automotive Council to oversee its future security and growth.
Encourage private investment by removing new plant and machinery from business rate calculations.
Appoint a Digital Ambassador to liaise with tech companies to promote Britain as an attractive place for investment.
Establish a National Investment Bank (NIB) financed with public capital, which will be leveraged using additional private sector finance to give £250 billion of lending power over 10 years. The NIB will provide patient, long-term capital to finance higher risk R&D intensive investments, and will be tasked with helping to deliver the industrial strategy .
Renationalise railways, buses, water, energy and the Royal Mail.
Deliver universal superfast broadband availability by 2022.
Improve 4G coverage and invest to ensure all urban areas, major roads and railways have uninterrupted 5G coverage.
Set out priorities in an International Trade White Paper to lead a national debate on the future of Britain’s trade policy.
Through the ‘Just Trading’ initiative launched in 2016, work with global trading partners to develop a ‘best-in-class’ free trade and investment agreements that remove trade barriers and promote skilled jobs and high standards.
Rejoin the Government Procurement Agreement.
Champion the export interests of SMEs, ensuring all new trade agreements include a commitment to support their market access needs.
Ring-fence Tradeshow Access Programme grants to help SMEs reach new customers around the world.
Create a network of regional trade and investment champions to promote the export and investment interests of businesses across the country, and include regional representation on any overseas trade missions.
Actively support international negotiations towards an Environmental Goods Agreement at the WTO. Use trade negotiations to boost market access for British environmental goods and services, alongside support for investment into new green technologies and innovative low-carbon products.
Develop capital investment schemes and other incentives to encourage investment into the UK, especially into target areas identified by the industrial strategy.
Review historic investment treaties with other countries, ensuring they are fit for purpose for the 21st century.
Oppose parallel investor-state dispute systems for multinational corporations and open a dialogue with trading partners on alternative options that provide investor protection whilst guaranteeing equality before the law.
Recruit 10,000 more police officers to work on community beats, and 500 more border guards.
Establish a National Refuge Fund and ensure stability for rape crisis centres.
Conduct a major review of the Prevent programme.
Retain the Human Rights Act.
Hold public inquiries into historic injustices, including Orgreave and blacklisting.
Consider the recommendations of the Access to Justice Commission established by Lord Bach. Immediately re-establish entitlements to legal aid in family courts.
Introduce a no-fault divorce procedure.
Consult on establishing an environmental tribunal.
Hire 3,000 more prison officers, while reviewing the training and development available.
Publish annual reports on prisoner-staff ratios, with a view to maintaining safety and ending overcrowding.
Extend the use of technology in court services where it enhances access to justice, timely dispute resolution and efficient administration.
Protect the pensions of UK citizens living overseas in the EU or further afield.
Explore options for further transitional protections, to ensure that all women born in the 1950s who had their state pension age changed have security and dignity in older age.
Legislate so that accrued rights to the basic state pension cannot be changed, but future benefits can.
Commission a new review of the pension age, specifically tasked with developing a flexible retirement policy to reflect both the contributions made by people, the wide variations in life expectancy, and the arduous conditions of some work.
Restore confidence in the workplace pension system and put people rather than profit at its centre. End rip-off hidden fees and charges, and enable the development of large efficient pensions funds, which will mean more cash for scheme members and lower costs for employers.
Establish a Scottish Investment Bank, with £20 billion of funds available to local projects and Scotland’s small businesses.
Set up an inquiry into blacklisting and urge the Scottish Government to hold an inquiry into the actions of Scottish police during the miners’ strike.
Build on the Development Bank of Wales using more than £10 billion from the new National Investment Bank.
Bring forward legislation to make the devolution settlement more sustainable as set out by the Welsh Labour Government in its Alternative Wales Bill.
Continue to fully support the principles and structures inherent within the Good Friday Agreement and remain committed to working with all sides to deliver real peace and greater prosperity to Northern Ireland.
Reinstate the lower small-business corporation tax rate.
Introduce a package of reforms to business rates – including switching from RPI to CPI indexation, exempting new investment in plant and machinery from valuations, and ensuring that businesses have access to a proper appeals process – while reviewing the entire business rates system in the longer run.
Scrap quarterly reporting for businesses with a turnover of under £85,000.
Declare war on late payments by:
o Using government procurement to ensure that anyone bidding for a government contract pays its own suppliers within 30 days;
o Developing a version of the Australian system of binding arbitration and fines for persistent late-payers for the private and public sectors.
Bring forward legislation to create a proper legal definition for co-operative ownership. The National Investment Bank and regional development banks will be charged with helping support our co-operative sector. Aim to double the size of the co-operative sector in the UK, putting it on a par with those in leading economies like Germany or the US.
Increase the social care budgets by a further £8 billion over the lifetime of the next Parliament, including an additional £1 billion for the first year.
Increase the Carer’s Allowance for unpaid full-time carers to align the benefit with rates of the Jobseeker’s Allowance.
Guarantee no rises in income tax for those earning below £80,000 a year, and no increases in personal National Insurance Contributions or the rate of VAT.
Income tax increases for top 5% – Lowering the threshold for the 45p additional rate to £80K and reintroducing the 50p rate on earnings above £123k.
Increase corporation tax, raising the headline rate to 21% from 2018-19, 24% from 2019-20, and 26% from 2020-21. Small Profits (below £300,000) rate is 20% from 2018-19 and 21% from 2020-21.
Pledge not to extend VAT to food, children’s clothes, books and newspapers, and public transport fares.
Scrap the bedroom tax.
Act decisively on tax havens, introducing strict standards of transparency for crown dependencies and overseas territories, including public register of owners, directors, major shareholders and beneficial owners for all companies and trusts.
Reinstate the lower small-business corporation tax rate and scrap Quarterly reporting for businesses with a turnover of under £85,000 (see small business section).
Extend existing Stamp Duty Reserve Tax to cover a wider range of assets, ensuring that the public gets a fairer share of financial system profits (see financial services section).
Legislate to reduce pay inequality by introducing an Excessive Pay Levy on companies with staff on very high pay. Levied as a percentage of the total compensation above the lower limit; where an individual is engaged through an intermediary structure, it is levied on the structure. The principle is to charge employers for paying exceptionally high rates to individuals. With a starting rate of total compensation charged to the employer for those paid over £0.33m, based on HMRC Survey of Personal Incomes data, the total amount raised would be over £1.3bn (including behavioural impact). (See corporate governance section).
Guarantee that any airport expansion adheres to tests that require noise issues to be addressed, air quality to be protected, the UK’s climate change obligations met and growth across the country supported.
Bring railways back into public ownership, as franchises expire or, in other cases, with franchise reviews or break clauses. Introduce a Public Ownership of the Railways Bill to repeal the Railways Act 1993.
In public ownership, will cap fares, introduce free wi-fi across the network, ensure safe staffing levels, end the expansion into driver only operations, and introduce legal duties to improve accessibility for people with disabilities.
Extend powers to re-regulate local bus services to all areas that want them and support the creation of municipal bus companies that are publicly run for passengers not profit.
Introduce regulations to designate and protect routes of critical community value, including those that serve local schools, hospitals and isolated settlements in rural areas.
Position the UK at forefront of the development, manufacture and use of ultra low emission vehicles, supporting the creation of clean modes of transport through investment in low emission vehicles.
Reform the legislation governing taxi and private hire services, introducing national standards to guarantee safety and accessibility, updating regulations to keep pace with technological change and ensuring a level playing field between operators.
Reset the UK’s road safety vision and ambitiously strive for a transport network with zero deaths, reintroducing road-safety targets, setting out bold measures that will continuously improve safety standards.
Reinstate housing benefit for under 21s.
Review cuts to work allowances in Universal Credit and the decision to limit tax credit and Universal Credit payments to the first two children in a family.
Incorporate the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities into UK law.
Introduce a new Social Security Bill to repeal cuts in social security support. This will include commissioning a report into expanding the Access to Work programme.
Increase Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) by £30 per week for those in the work-related activity group, and repeal cuts in the UC limited capacity for work element.
Increase Carer’s Allowance by £11 to the level of Jobseekers’ Allowance.
Implement the court decision on Personal Independence Payment (PIP) so that there is real parity of esteem between those with physical and mental-health conditions.
Scrap the Work Capability and Personal Independence Payment assessments and replace them with a personalised, holistic assessment process that provides each individual with a tailored plan, building on their strengths and addressing barriers. Labour will end the privatisation of assessments.
End reassessments for people with severe long-term conditions.
Strengthen access to justice for disabled people by enhancing the 2010 Equality Act enabling discrimination at work to be challenged.
Shift the burden of proof so that the law assumes a worker is an employee unless the employer can prove otherwise.
Set up a dedicated commission to modernise the law around employment status, led by legal and academic experts with representation from industry and trade unions.
Introduce a 20-point plan for security and equality at work, including a civil enforcement system to ensure compliance with gender pay auditing.
- Give all workers equal rights from day one, whether part-time or full-time, temporary or permanent – so that working conditions are not driven down.
- Ban zero hours contracts – so that every worker gets a guaranteed number of hours each week.
- Legislate to ensure that any employer wishing to recruit labour from abroad does not undercut workers at home – because it causes divisions when one workforce is used against another.
- Repeal the Trade Union Act and roll out sectoral collective bargaining – because the most effective way to maintain good rights at work is collectively through a union.
- Guarantee trade unions a right to access workplaces – so that unions can speak to members and potential members.
- Propose four new public holidays – bringing our country together to mark our four national patron saints’ days. These will be additional to statutory holiday entitlement so that workers in Britain get the same proper breaks as in other countries.
- Raise the Minimum Wage to the level of the Living Wage (expected to be at least £10 per hour by 2020) – for all workers aged 18 or over, so that work pays.
- End the Public Sector Pay Cap – because public sector workers deserve a pay rise after years of falling wages.
- Amend the takeover code to ensure every takeover proposal has a clear plan in place to protect workers and pensioners – because workers shouldn’t suffer when a company is sold.
- Roll out maximum pay ratios of 20:1 in the public sector and in companies bidding for public contracts – because it cannot be right that wages at the top keep rising while everyone else’s stagnates.
- Ban unpaid internships – because it’s not fair for some to get a leg up when others can’t afford to.
- Enforce all workers’ rights to trade union representation at work – so that all workers can be supported when negotiating with their employer.
- Abolish employment tribunal fees – so that people have access to justice.
- Double paid paternity leave to four weeks and increase paternity pay – because fathers are parents too and deserve to spend more time with their new babies.
- Strengthen protections for women against unfair redundancy – because no one should be penalised for having children.
- Hold a public inquiry into blacklisting – to ensure that blacklisting truly becomes and remains a thing of the past.
- Give equalities reps statutory rights – so they have time to protect workers from discrimination.
- Reinstate protection against third party harassment – because everyone deserves to be safe at work.
- Use public spending power to drive up standards, including only awarding public contracts to companies which recognise trade unions.
- Introduce a civil enforcement system to ensure compliance with gender pay auditing – so that all workers have fair access to employment and promotion opportunities and are treated fairly at work.
Work with the Apprenticeship Advisory Group to increase the number of apprentices from BAME backgrounds, ensure gender balance across industry sectors and encourage under-represented groups to apply.
Identify and seek to solve skills gaps – for example the lack of advanced technicians – by expanding higher vocational training such as foundation degrees, Higher National Diplomas, Higher National Certificates and Higher Apprenticeships.
Ensure that all the receipts from the Apprenticeship Levy in England are spent on training, aiming to fund a wider range of types of training.
Develop the skilled workforce needed to support this growth with a major expansion of high-quality apprenticeships, including advanced apprenticeships, backed up with new sector-led national colleges.
Develop a national skills strategy for key sectors, including low-carbon technologies, to help match skills and people.
Build digital skills in the UK and retain coding on the national curriculum in England and meet all basic skill needs, including digital skills as well as literacy and numeracy by 2030.
Create individual accounts for funding mature adult and part-time learning and training, and provide for all adults individual access to all necessary career information, advice and guidance.
Facilitate across the UK an effective and comprehensive system for credit transfer and recognition of prior learning and qualifications.
Move towards introducing ‘safe standing’ at football clubs, requiring the Sports Grounds Safety Authority to prepare guidance for implementing this change.
Protect the independence of the BBC and set up a BBC Licence Fee Commission, maintain Channel 4 in public ownership and protect the funding and editorial independence of Welsh language broadcasters.
Protect sports and arts funding via the National Lottery.
Maintain current standards of intellectual property (IP) protection with continuing co-operation on enforcement of IP generated in the UK and working within the EU to ensure the continuation of territorial licensing of rights.
Create creative enterprise zones to grow and regenerate the cultural output of areas across the UK.
Examine the available funding and planning rules for live music venues and the grassroots music sector, protecting venues from further closures.
Press for the UK to unilaterally guarantee the rights of EU nationals in the UK, ending their ongoing uncertainty and call for the overhaul and simplification of the registration process and the requirements for EU nationals to obtain permanent residence and UK citizenship.
Any deal negotiated for the UK outside the EU must ensure that trade can continue without customs controls at the border, and must maintain membership of the single market.
Support the principle of freedom of movement and any restrictions sought by the government must take account of the vital importance of EU workers to the British economy, including public services.
Defend social rights and equalities such as the right to 52 weeks’ maternity leave and rights to annual leave currently based on EU law.
Protect Erasmus+ and other EU-funded schemes which increase opportunities for young people.
Strive to retain traveller and tourist benefits such as the European Health Insurance Card, reduced roaming charges and pet passports, all of which are at risk by leaving the European Union.
Strengthen worker participation in decision-making, including staff representation on remuneration committees, and the right for employees of a listed company to be represented on the board. Change company law to permit a German style two-tier board structure to include employees.
Reform fiduciary duty and company purpose rules to ensure that other considerations, such as employee welfare, environmental standards, community benefit and ethical practice, can be fully included in decisions made by directors and fund managers.
Reduce the reporting requirement for disclosure of shareholdings to 1% in order to increase transparency over who owns stakes in the biggest companies.
Require binding and public votes of board members on executive pay policies.
Continue the drive for diversity in business leadership, pushing for at least 40% of board members being women in FTSE 350 companies and implementing the recommendations of the Parker review to increase ethnic minority representation.
Extend the Equality Act to all large companies with more than 250 employees, requiring them to monitor and publish data on gender, BAME, and LGBT+ employment levels and pay gaps.
Extend the use of name-blind recruitment processes in the public sector and encourage their use in the private sector.
Require diversity in public appointments. Introduce a presumption that every shortlist should include at least one BAME candidate.
Extend requirements on companies to strengthen responsibility for supply chains, focus on good practice in tackling modern slavery, including training for police and prosecutors in identifying and supporting victims, and implement the Ewins report recommendations on domestic worker.
Strengthen our armed services and address critical skills shortages by recruiting STEM graduates to be armed forces engineers, providing ‘golden handshakes’ of up to £10,000.
Recognise the expansion of warfare into the cybersphere, by investing in our security and intelligence services and acting to counter cyberattacks.
Work to lead international nuclear disarmament efforts.
Maintain a minimum nuclear deterrent.
Build on the framework for defence co-operation that is already wellestablished with France, the Netherlands, Germany and other European partners, and promote European defence integration where appropriate by enhancing European defence industry co-operation.
Support the Armed Forces Covenant and ongoing work to support veterans’ mental health.
Review the current Career Transition Partnership with a view to extending its remit to provide free further or higher education for anyone who has served in the armed forces for 12 years or more.
Continue to champion the Northern Powerhouse and Midlands Engine initiatives and invest significant capital resources in infrastructure projects across the north of England and the Midlands.
Devolve further revenue-raising powers away from Westminster, to regions from Cornwall to the north-east.
Introduce ‘devolution on demand’, enabling even greater devolution of powers from Westminster to councils or groups of councils working together – for example to a Cornish Assembly or a Yorkshire Parliament.
Introduce votes at 16 for all elections and referendums across the UK.
Ensure that every reasonable effort is made to ensure that those people legally entitled to vote are included on the electoral registers, with far greater efforts in particular to register under-represented groups such as young people qualifying for the first time and students moving to universities.
Introduce the Single Transferable Vote for local government elections in England and for electing MPs across the UK.
Enable all UK citizens living abroad to vote for MPs in separate overseas constituencies, and to participate in UK referendums.
Reform the House of Lords with a proper democratic mandate.
Take big money out of politics by capping donations to political parties at £10,000 per person each year, and introducing wider reforms to party funding along the lines of the 2011 report of the Committee on Standards in Public Life.
Strengthen trade union members’ political freedoms by letting them choose which political party they wish to support through the political levy.
Cancel the boundary review due to report in 2018.
Mandate the provision of televised leaders’ debates in general elections based on rules produced by Ofcom relating to structure and balance, and allowing for the empty-chairing of party leaders who refuse to attend.
Strengthen and expand the lobbying register and prohibit MPs from accepting paid lobbying work.
Introduce legislation to allow for all-BAME and all-LGBT+ parliamentary shortlists.
Make parliament more family friendly, and establish a review to pave the way for MP job-sharing arrangements.
Protect the Pupil Premium which targets extra help at disadvantaged children.
Increase our Early Years Pupil Premium to £1,000 per pupil per year.
Raise the quality of early years provision and aim for every formal early years setting to employ at least one person who holds an early years teacher qualification by 2022.
End the 1% cap on teachers’ pay rises.
Guarantee that all teachers in state-funded schools will be fully qualified or working towards qualified teacher status (QTS) from January 2019.
Support proper long-term planning of initial teacher training places, prioritising close partnerships with higher education and specialist routes such as Teach First in order to recruit the highest-quality teachers in shortage areas such as science, technology, engineering, the arts and maths.
Give democratically accountable local authorities clear responsibility for local school places planning and repeal the rule that all new state-funded schools must be free schools or academies. We will encourage local head teachers with a strong record to play a key role in school improvement, working with schools and local authorities.
Scrap the planned expansion of grammar schools and devolve all capital monies for new school spaces to local authorities.
Allow Ofsted to inspect both local authorities and academy chains.
Rule out state-funded profit-making schools and ensure that new schools are built in areas where there is a need for new school places, instead of wasting money on oversupply.
Ensure that identification and support for special educational needs and disabilities takes place as early as possible. All new policies should have an assessment of how they affect pupils who have special educational needs, and ensure they adhere to duties under the Equality Act.
Introduce a curriculum entitlement – a slimmed down core national curriculum, which will be taught in all state-funded schools. This will include Personal, Social and Health Education: a ‘curriculum for life’ including financial 29 Liberal Democrat Manifesto 2017 literacy, first aid and emergency lifesaving skills, mental health education, citizenship and age-appropriate Sex and Relationship Education (SRE).
Improve the quality of vocational education, including skills for entrepreneurship and self-employment, and improve careers advice in schools and colleges.
Improve links between employers and schools, encouraging all schools to participate in employment and enterprise schemes that promote regular experiences in business. In particular, we will seek to inspire more children and young people to follow technical and scientific careers through partnership with relevant businesses.
Extend free school meals to all children in primary education and promote school breakfast clubs.
Reinstate maintenance grants for the poorest students, ensuring that living costs are not a barrier to disadvantaged young people studying at university.
Establish a review of higher education finance in the next parliament to consider any necessary reforms, in the light of the latest evidence of the impact of the existing financing system on access, participation and quality, and make sure there is no more retrospective raising of rates, or selling-off of loans to private companies.
Ensure that everything is done to maintain the high environmental standards created by the EU in UK law, including the closest possible co-operation on climate and energy policy.
Establish a £2 billion flood-prevention fund focused on providing support for small community and council-led schemes to reduce upstream flooding, and the knock-on effects in downstream and coastal areas, in addition to improving flood defences, and introducing high standards for flood resilience for buildings and infrastructure in flood risk areas.
Pass a Zero-Carbon Britain Act to set new legally binding targets to reduce net greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2040 and to zero by 2050.
Set up a British Housing and Infrastructure Development Bank to mobilise investment into the low-carbon and sustainable infrastructure the UK needs to remain competitive.
Support the Paris agreement by ensuring the UK meets its own climate commitments and plays a leadership role in international efforts to combat climate change.
Support an ambitious carbon capture and storage programme, which is essential for delivering clean industrial growth.
Oppose ‘fracking’ because of its adverse impact on climate change, the energy mix, and the local environment.
Accept that new nuclear power stations can play a role in electricity supply provided concerns about safety, disposal of waste and cost are adequately addressed, new technology is incorporated, and there is no public subsidy for new build.
Maintain membership of Euratom, ensuring continued nuclear co-operation, research funding, and access to nuclear fuels.
Pass a Nature Act to put the Natural Capital Committee (NCC) on a statutory footing, set legally binding natural capital targets, including on biodiversity, clean air and water, and empower the NCC to recommend actions to meet these targets.
Significantly increase the amount of accessible green space, including completion of the coastal path, and create a new designation of national nature parks to protect up to one million acres of accessible green space valued by local communities.
Introduce stronger penalties for animal cruelty offences, increasing the maximum sentencing from six months to five years, and bring in a ban on caged hens.
Pass a Zero-Waste Act, including legally binding targets for reducing net consumption of key natural resources, and introducing incentives for businesses to improve resource efficiency.
Establish a statutory waste recycling target of 70% in England and extend separate food waste collections to at least 90% of homes by 2022.
Building on the success of our plastic bag charge, introduce a 5p charge on disposable coffee cups to reduce waste.
Pass a new Green Buildings Act to set new energy-efficiency targets, including a long-term ambition for every home in England to reach at least an energy rating of Band C by 2035.
Ensure that at least four million homes are made highly energy efficient (Band C) by 2022, with priority given to fuel-poor households.
Restore the zero-carbon standard for new homes which was set by Liberal Democrats in government and since abandoned by the Conservatives, increasing the standard steadily and extending it to non-domestic buildings by 2022.
Expand community energy schemes, encourage councils to develop community energy-saving projects and local electricity generation, and promote city-scale demonstration projects in electric vehicles and clean energy.
Continue to back new entrants to the energy market, aiming for at least 30% of the household market to be supplied by competitors to the ‘Big 6’ by 2022.
Ensure the City of London retains its full rights in EU financial markets.
Tackle financial exclusion by taking forward the recommendations of the House of Lords Select Committee on Financial Exclusion, in particular by expanding the Financial Conduct Authority’s remit to include a statutory duty to promote financial inclusion as one of its key objectives.
Require the major banks to fund the creation of a local banking sector dedicated to meeting the needs of local SMEs.
Introduce a digital bill of rights that protects people’s powers over their own information, supports individuals over large corporations.
Once current expenditure is bought into balance, ensure that overall public spending grows roughly in line with the economy.
Introduce a statutory independent budget monitoring agency for health and care, similar to the Office for Budget Responsibility.
Produce a national workforce strategy, ensuring that we never again experience a shortage in the numbers of GPs, hospital doctors, nurses and other professionals that the NHS needs.
Promote easier access to GPs, expanding evening and weekend opening to meet the needs of local patients, encouraging online, phone and Skype appointments, encouraging GPs to work together in federations and allowing people more choice.
Provide national support to struggling GP practices, preventing mass practice closures.
Support GPs to come together to collectively provide services such as out-ofnormal-opening-hours appointments.
Publish a National Wellbeing Strategy, which puts better health and wellbeing for all at the heart of government policy.
Develop a strategy to tackle childhood obesity, including restricting the marketing of junk food to children, restricting TV advertising before the 9pm watershed and closing loopholes in the sugary drinks tax.
Reduce smoking rates, introducing a levy on tobacco companies so they fairly contribute to the costs of health care and smoking cessation services.
Support good practice among employers in promoting wellbeing and ensure people with mental health problems get the help they need to stay in or find work, with a ‘wellbeing premium’ to reward employers who take clear action to measurably improve the health of their employees.
Accelerate the roll-out of Individual Placement and Support, a proven approach to getting people with mental ill-health back into work.
Develop a public health campaign promoting the steps people can take to improve their own mental resilience – the wellbeing equivalent of the ‘Five a Day’ campaign.
Transforming mental health care with waiting time standards to match those in physical health care is outlined as a priority for the Lib Dems in the next Parliament.
Ringfence funding from within the one penny Income Tax rise, to provide additional investment in mental health.
Increase access to clinically- and cost-effective talking therapies so that hundreds of thousands more people can receive this support.
Transform mental health support for pregnant women, new mothers and those who have experienced miscarriage or stillbirth, and help them get early care when needed.
Ensure that all front-line public service professionals, including in schools and universities, receive better training in mental health.
Tackle stigma against mental ill-health, including by building on the good work done by organisations such as Heads Together and changing the standard of proof in suicide conclusions in the Coroner’s Court.
Directly build homes to fill the gap left by the market, to reach the housebuilding target of 300,000 homes a year, through a government commissioning programme to build homes for sale and rent. Ensure that half a million affordable, energy-efficient homes are built by the end of the parliament.
Create at least 10 new garden cities in England.
Set up a new government-backed British Housing and Infrastructure Development Bank with a remit including providing long-term capital for major new settlements and helping attract finance for major housebuilding projects.
Enable local authorities to enforce housebuilding on unwanted public sector land.
Hold an annual debate in parliament on skill and labour market shortfalls and surpluses to identify the migration necessary to meet the UK’s needs.
Remove students from the official migration statistics.
Continue to allow high-skilled immigration to support key sectors of our economy, and ensure work, tourist and family visas are processed quickly and efficiently.
Ensure that the National Infrastructure Commission takes fully into account the environmental implications of all national infrastructure decisions and devolve significant infrastructure spending to local areas.
Complete East West Rail, connecting Oxford and Cambridge and catalysing major new housing development.
Develop a strategic airports policy for the whole of the UK, taking full account of the impacts on climate change and local pollution.
Continue to champion the Northern Powerhouse and Midlands Engine initiatives and invest significant capital resources in infrastructure projects across the north of England and the Midlands.
Build on the Coalition’s industrial strategy, working with sectors which are critical to Britain’s ability to trade internationally, creating more ‘catapult’ innovation and technology centres and backing private investment in particular in green innovation.
Build on the success of Tech City, Tech North and the Cambridge tech cluster with a network across the UK acting as incubators for technology companies.
Increase community policing in England and Wales by giving an additional £300 million a year to local police forces to reverse the increase in violent crime, boost community confidence and increase the flow of community intelligence.
End the 1% cap on police pay rises.
Require all front-line officers to wear body cameras on duty, protecting the public from abuse of power and police officers from malicious accusations.
Introduce a Victims’ Bill of Rights that will create a single point of contact for victims in the criminal justice system, increase victims’ access to information about their cases, and give victims the right to request restorative justice rather than a prison sentence.
Introduce a presumption against short prison sentences and increase the use of tough, non-custodial punishments including weekend and evening custody, curfews, community service and GPS tagging.
Transform prisons into places of rehabilitation, recovery, learning and work, with suitable treatment, education or work available to all prisoners; adopt a holistic approach to prisoners with multiple problems, and ensure that courses started in custody can be completed on release.
Reduce the overrepresentation of individuals from a BAME background at every stage of the criminal justice system, taking into account the upcoming recommendations of the Lammy review.
Ensure that the UK retains international arrangements for jurisdiction, the recognition and enforcement of judgments and for family cases currently enjoyed under the EU Brussels I and Brussels II regulation and the Hague child abduction convention.
Conduct an urgent and comprehensive review of the effects of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act on access to justice, particularly funding for social welfare appeals, and domestic violence and exceptional cases.
Reverse the massive increases in court and tribunal fees, which prevent many from pursuing good cases.
Continue to modernise and simplify court procedures.
Establish a review to consider the case for, and implications of, introducing a single rate of tax relief for pensions, with the aim of being simpler, fairer and more generous than the current 20% basic rate relief.
Remove Winter Fuel Payment from pensioners who pay tax at the higher rate (40%).
Retain the free bus pass for all pensioners.
Work hard to ensure that Scotland remains a part of the United Kingdom. Oppose a second independence referendum and oppose independence.
Deliver proper home rule for Wales and a Welsh Parliament by implementing the remaining Silk part 1 proposals on financial powers and the Silk part 2 proposals to devolve powers over transport, youth justice, policing and other justice powers.
Raise the status of the National Assembly to become a Welsh Parliament, strengthening its capacity to scrutinise legislation and to hold the Welsh Government to account. Recognise Wales as a distinct legal jurisdiction.
Abolish the economically distorting tolls on the Severn Bridge, after the costs have been recouped in 2018.
Maintain the common travel area and freedom of movement in Northern Ireland.
Ensure that the international human rights protections hard wired into the Good Friday Agreement are not compromised.
Protect the rights of Northern Ireland citizens living and working in the EU, and EU citizens living and working in Northern Ireland.
Protect the current financial settlement and the funding of programmes supporting peace and reconciliation in Northern Ireland.
Create a new ‘start-up allowance’ to help those starting a new business with their living costs in the crucial first weeks of their business.
Support fast-growing businesses seeking to scale up, through the provision of mentoring support.
Review Business Rates to reduce burdens on small firms, and make them the priority for any future business tax cuts.
Reform the Regulatory Policy Committee to remove unnecessary regulation, reduce regulatory uncertainty, and support new markets and investment, particularly in low-carbon and resource-efficient innovation.
Aim to double the number of SMEs participating in the digital economy by supporting ICT capital expenditure by businesses in non-digital sectors.
An immediate 1p rise on all rates of income tax, with the proceeds (£6bn) to be ringfenced and spent exclusively on the NHS and social care services.
In the longer term, commission the development of a dedicated health and care tax on the basis of wide consultation, possibly based on a reform of National Insurance contributions.
Establish a cross-party health and social care convention to carry out a comprehensive review of the long-term sustainability of the health and social care finances and workforce.
Introduce a statutory independent budget monitoring agency for health and social care, to report every three years on how much money the system needs to deliver sustainable treatment and care.
Aim to bring the NHS and social care into one seamless service, with pooled budgets in every area by 2020.
Move towards free end of life social care.
Raise the amount people can earn before losing Carer’s Allowance from £110 to £150 a week, and reduce the number of hours’ care per week required to qualify.
Give the NHS a legal duty to identify carers and develop a Carer’s Passport scheme to inform carers of their NHS rights, such as flexible visiting hours and access to support.
Reforms to Capital Gains Tax and dividend tax relief, and refocusing entrepreneurs’ relief. The Lib Dems would reverse a number of the Conservatives’ ‘unfair and unjustified’ tax cuts, including:
o The cutting of Corporation Tax from 20% to 17%.
o Capital Gains Tax cuts.
o Capital Gains Tax extended relief.
o The Marriage Allowance.
o The raising of the Inheritance Tax threshold.
Take tough action against corporate tax evasion and avoidance, including by:
o Introducing a General Anti-Avoidance Rule, setting a target for HM Revenue and Customs to reduce the tax gap, and continuing to invest in staff to enable them to meet it.
o Reforming Corporation Tax to develop a system that benefits the smallest companies while ensuring the biggest multinationals cannot avoid paying sums comparable to nationally based competitors. Consult on shifting away from a profits-based tax to one that takes account of a wider range of economic activity indicators, such as sales and turnover.
o Reviewing the Business Rates system, prioritising reforms that recognise the development of the digital economy, lessening the burden on smaller businesses, and ensuring high streets remain competitive. Consider the implementation of Land Value Taxation.
Conduct a full-scale review into the burden of taxation and spending between generations to ensure that government policy promotes fairness between generations.
Reform vehicle taxation to encourage sales of electric and low-emission vehicles and develop electric vehicle infrastructure including universal charging points.
Lead international action to ensure global companies pay fair taxes in the developing countries in which they operate, including tightening anti-tax haven rules and requiring large companies to publish their tax payments and profits for each country in which they operate.
An immediate 1p rise on the basic, higher and additional rates of Income Tax to raise £6 billion additional revenue, which would be ringfenced to be spent only on NHS and social care services.
Encourage the swift take-up of electric and driverless vehicles.
Pass a Green Transport Act, introduce an Air Quality Plan to reduce air pollution and protect UK citizens, and support the manufacture of low-emission and electric vehicles. This will include:
o A diesel scrappage scheme, and a ban on the sale of diesel cars and small vans in the UK by 2025;
o Extending ultra-low-emission zones to 10 more towns and cities;
o All private hire vehicles and diesel buses licensed to operate in urban areas to run on ultra-low-emission or zero-emission fuels within five years; and
o Reform vehicle taxation to encourage sales of electric and low-emission vehicles and develop electric vehicle infrastructure.
Ensure that new rail franchises include a stronger focus on customers, including a programme of investment in new stations, lines and modern trains.
Establish government-run companies to take over the running of Southern Rail and Govia Thameslink, with a long-term plan to find more effective and sustainable ways of managing these franchises involving greater powers for local government.
Introduce a new Young Person’s Bus Discount Card, for young people aged 16–21, giving a two-thirds discount on bus travel – allowing young people to access education, apprenticeships and work.
Shift more freight from road to rail.
Introduce a rail ombudsman to enforce passenger rights and improve the provision of compensation, with the power to sanction rail companies as appropriate.
Take 13,000 children out of poverty by letting both parents earn before their Universal Credit is cut and also reverse cuts to the Family Element.
Encourage people into work by reversing the cuts to Work Allowances in Universal Credit, enabling people to work for longer before their benefits are cut.
Raise awareness of, and seek to expand, Access to Work, which supports people with disabilities in work.
Improve links between Jobcentres and Work Programme providers and the local NHS to ensure all those in receipt of health-related benefits are getting the care and support to which they are entitled.
Accelerate the roll-out of Individual Placement and Support, a proven approach to getting people with mental ill-health back into work.
Uprate working-age benefits at least in line with inflation.
Abandon the two-child policy on family benefits and abolish the Conservatives’ ‘rape clause’ where a woman has to declare children that are born as a result of rape in order to access benefits.
Help young people in need by reversing cuts to housing benefit for 18-21-year-olds and increase the rates of Jobseeker’s Allowance and Universal Credit for those aged 18-24 at the same rate as minimum wages.
Reverse cuts to Employment Support Allowance to those in the work-related activity group.
Scrap the discredited Work Capability Assessment and replace it with a new system, run by local authorities according to national rules, including a ‘real world’ test that is based on the local labour market.
Extend transparency requirements on larger employers to include publishing the number of people paid less than the living wage and the ratio between top and median pay.
Establish an independent review to consult on how to set a genuine living wage across all sectors.
Modernise employment rights to make them fit for the age of the ‘gig’ economy, looking to build on the forthcoming Taylor report.
Strengthen enforcement of employment rights, including by bringing together relevant enforcement agencies and scrapping employment tribunal fees.
Extend requirements on companies to strengthen responsibility for supply chains, focus on good practice in tackling modern slavery, including training for police and prosecutors in identifying and supporting victims, and implement the Ewins report recommendations on domestic workers.
Stamp out abuse of zero-hours contracts. Create a formal right to request a fixed contract and consult on introducing a right to make regular patterns of work contractual after a period of time.
Expand Shared Parental Leave with an additional ‘use it or lose it’ month to encourage fathers to take time off with young children. Make Paternity and Shared Parental Leave a ‘day one’ right.
Fund more extensive childcare, and provide better back-to-work support to reach an ambitious goal of one million more women in work by 2025.
Call on the UK government to examine a reduction in VAT for the hospitality sector, levelling the playing field with other EU nations and creating new jobs.
Press the UK government to ensure border checks are as seamless as possible after the UK leaves the EU, making it as easy as possible for international tourists to visit Scotland.
Continue to push for greater authority and funding to be moved from BBC network to BBC Scotland. Also continue to push for a fairer share of the TV licence fee raised in Scotland being spent in Scotland.
Seek to protect local news and other content provided by local commercial radio stations, recognising the valuable contribution they make to informing and entertaining listeners.
Make the case for the Scottish Parliament to have the power to decide which sporting events in Scotland are included in the list of those that are free to view in Scotland.
Demand that the UK government reinstates its funding for Gaelic broadcasting.
Seek to safeguard the rights and protections citizens currently enjoy as a result of EU membership.
Press the UK Government to seek the consent of the Scottish Parliament to the terms of the Brexit Bill.
Retain commitment to the Council of Europe, the European Convention on Human Rights and their institutions.
Call for clarity on long-term funding arrangements after Brexit and ensure current funding levels are matched.
Oppose any moves that would seek to use security co-operation as as a bargaining chip in Brexit or trade negotiations with our European friends and neighbours.
Call for the introduction of a fuel duty regulator which delivers more stability to the cost of filling up cars.
Seek to ensure that Scotland does not lose out on the EU commitment to abolish mobile roaming charges.
Press the UK government for stronger consumer protection against ticket touting, and will seek a ban on software used by ticket touters which instantly purchases large volumes of tickets.
Continue to argue for Scotland to have full responsibility for the regulation of gambling.
Seek an early opportunity to pursue a Bill at Westminster to ensure the UK government commences the duty contained in the Equality Act requiring public bodies to evaluate the impact of their policies to reduce inequality.
Equal pay audits should cover gender, race and disability. SNP MPs will support lowering the threshold to 150 employees, from the current level of 250 employees, and the introduction of sanctions, including fines, for employers that fail to comply with the law.
The Scottish Government is committed to legislating for gender balance in public sector boardrooms. SNP MPs will call on the UK government to do likewise.
Ensure that maternity and workplace rights are not eroded.
Push the UK government to ensure all workplaces provide information to new parents on their rights when they return to work and to enforce those rights.
Press the UK government to introduce a proper legal right to breastfeed in the workplace.
Press the UK government to meet their international obligations with regard to multilateral nuclear disarmament.
Support long-term investment in HMNB Faslane as a conventional military base.
Act to ensure the UK government prioritises the duty of care to service personnel, veterans and their families, especially in the event of a loss of a serving relative, and press the UK government to put the Armed Forces representative body on a statutory footing.
Support the abolition of the House of Lords.
Support lowering the voting age to 16.
Support introducing Proportional Representation for elections to the House of Commons.
Support the right to vote of citizens from other EU countries resident here.
Oppose the exorbitant cost associated with the refurbishment of the Palace of Westminster.
Work to ensure that there is as much support as possible for disabled people, and people of all classes, races and gender identities to stand for election to the House of Commons.
Support strict rules on lobbying and enhanced registration thresholds for campaigners but oppose the restrictions on the activities of campaigning charities. Will push for those parts of the Transparency of Lobbying, Non-party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Act 2014 which have been used to gag campaigning organisations to be removed.
Continue to invest in and reform school education, with the new National Improvement Framework, the Scottish Attainment Challenge and the £120 million Pupil Equity Fund.
Guarantee the continuation of tuition free university education.
Call for the full reinstatement of the Post-Study Work Visa scheme.
Call for a Scottish representative to be a standing member of the UK Research and Innovation Board, which decides on allocation of UK research funding to UK universities.
Press the Westminster government to include onshore wind, the lowest cost renewable energy technology, in its industrial strategy.
Support the development of wind and other renewable energy projects in the Northern and Western Isles – and a clear timescale for the delivery of the electricity interconnectors needed in the islands.
Work to protect Scotland’s place in Europe’s energy markets and funding programmes – ensuring continued funding and cooperation with the EU for Scotland’s renewable energy sector.
Seek to build a regulatory environment which supports investment in new energy storage schemes,
Continue to demand the reform of the punitive transmission charging regime, which has come to symbolise the UK government’s repeated failure to deliver energy policies which meet Scotland’s needs.
Hold the UK government to account over its support for the Hinkley white elephant.
Work to prevent the threat of Brexit being used by the UK to reduce commitments to tackle climate change or to undermine the European Union’s efforts to fight climate change and protect the environment.
Oppose any relaxation of the laws on fox-hunting.
Put in place an energy price cap on standard variable tariffs, ensuring a fair deal for customers and energy suppliers.
Introduce a new duty to be placed on energy companies to set out a clear timetable to reduce the number of people on prepayment meters.
Immediately implement the Competition and Markets Authority’s recommendations on metering to reduce costs for households.
Put in place a requirement for energy companies to prioritise the roll-out of smart meters to those households at risk of fuel poverty.
Introduce financial health checks to help people switch to the lowest tariffs and provide advice on reducing energy use.
Take new action, alongside Ofgem, to identify those at risk from fuel poverty, with new legislation to ensure these groups are on the lowest energy tariff possible starting with those eligible for the Cold Weather Payment.
Call for a freeze on any further increases in Insurance Premium Tax.
Support the “creation of a robust regulatory framework to ensure that the UK economy is now vulnerable to a re-run of the 2008 financial crisis”. Specific measures proposed in relation to the banking sector are:
o Reinstating the reverse burden of proof requiring senior managers to demonstrate that they had done the right thing where wrongdoing had emerged on their watch.
o Support a comprehensive investigation into LIBOR rigging.
o Call for protection for whistle-blowers in the banking and wider FS sectors.
o Press for the public interest to be fully protected in any future disposal of shares in RBS.
o Call on the UK Government to compel the banking industry and LINK members to sign up to the Universal Cash Deposit Transaction.
Vote against any further privatisation of the NHS in England and back any moves to restore it to a fully public service.
Work on a cross-party basis to support an NHS Reinstatement Bill that returns the NHS south of the border to its founding principles.
Remain committed to free prescriptions.
Press the UK government to re-commit to key policies which can only currently be implemented at Westminster – such as closing the loopholes in the sugary drinks tax, tightening regulation of broadcast and digital junk food advertising seen by children, and introducing clearer food labelling.
Stand firm against the demonisation of migrants.
Press the UK government to confirm the rights of EU nationals to remain as a matter of urgency. We expect the rights of UK nationals living in the EU to be guaranteed in the same way.
Continue to make the case for the reintroduction of a Post-Study Work Visa scheme for Scotland.
Oppose the Skills Immigration Charge.
Press the UK government to limit immigration detention to 28 days.
Support the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Connectivity to host a summit on mobile “not spots”, inviting service providers and the UK government to put forward concrete actions for improving mobile connectivity across Scotland
Call for greater transparency in any international trade deals agreed following Brexit.
There should be clear guidance and a mandate for the Small Business Commissioner to play a role in delivering the Industrial Strategy.
Call for continued co-operation on detecting, disrupting and detaining criminals across borders through Europol. Seek assurances that law enforcement agencies will continue to have the same level of access to Europol as they currently enjoy.
Vote to protect the Triple Lock on State Pensions.
Oppose increases in the State Pension age beyond 66.
Continue to support the WASPI campaign.
These additional powers will include:
o Powers that will be repatriated from Brussels to the UK that currently sit within the competences of the Scottish Parliament, like agriculture, fisheries and environmental protection;
o Powers to be repatriated in reserved areas, such as employment law, which protect fundamental rights currently enjoyed by the people of Scotland;
o New powers, beyond those being repatriated, including, but not limited to immigration; powers to conclude international agreements in areas of the Scottish Parliament’s responsibility, and powers that would allow Scotland to meet the regulatory and administrative requirements of continued European Single Market membership.
As long as part of the Scottish Parliament’s budget continues to be determined by Westminster, fight to protect the Barnett formula.
Push for a formal, independently chaired review of the recommendations by the Office of Tax Simplification to assess which should now be taken forward.
Press the UK government to phase the introduction of the Quarterly Digital Tax Reporting over a fiveyear transition period, and consider industry calls for exemptions to those who are not incorporated or VAT-registered.
Work to ensure that UK agencies are working with Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise to support Scottish businesses to export.
Support the introduction of effective legal protections to ensure small businesses – particularly those attempting to scale up – are paid on time.
Press the UK government to ensure that it is demonstrating best practice on paying small businesses promptly for the services they deliver.
Continue to press the UK government to work with the Scottish Government to support Scotland’s businesses in the wake of Brexit, and ensure their voice is heard during negotiations.
Oppose any increases in VAT or National Insurance.
Oppose any further reductions in Corporation Tax.
Improve transparency of tax paid by major international companies and make beneficial ownership of companies and trusts public.
Support the reversal of the married couple’s allowance, the reversal of the reductions to the bank levy and the introduction of a tax of bankers’ bonuses.
Make a strong case for the full devolution of Network Rail so that we can deliver a more effective and efficient rail service for Scotland.
Engage the UK government in discussions on the feasibility of improving cross-border rail links, including linking Carlisle to the Borders Railway.
Press the UK government to commit to the Open Skies Agreement in Brexit negotiations to ensure there is no loss of flights to or from Scotland and our airports are not disadvantaged.
Work with the Scottish Government, Visit Scotland, Scottish Development International and UK departments to secure an expansion of international flights to and from Scotland, opening up new markets for trade and tourism.
Protect vital Scottish air connections to other parts of the UK.
Continue to work with local partners as part of City and Regional Deals to deliver improved connectivity including an Inverness Airport Rail Hub.
Ensure the UK government continues to work with the Scottish Government to secure an exemption from air passenger taxes on Highlands and Islands flights.
Press for the abolition of the two child cap on tax credits and the associated Rape Clause.
Vote to ensure that benefits increase at least in line with CPI inflation.
Continue to call for the Scottish Parliament to have full control over all social security benefits, so that we can deliver a system based on dignity and respect that is tailored to the needs of all the people of Scotland.
Urge the UK government to follow the lead of the Scottish Government to review Personal Independence Payments, ensuring assessments, descriptors and award times are appropriate and rooted in respect and dignity.
Call for the current Work Capability Assessment to be halted, and a new system to be put in place.
Support reversal of the cuts to Employment and Support Allowance.
Support restoration of housing support for 18 to 21 year olds across the UK.
Support the reversal of the cuts to Bereavement Payments and Widowed Parents’ Allowance.
Support repeal of the Trade Union Act 2016 and a ban on exploitative zero-hours contracts.
For the NHS, the Scottish Government will work with unions to submit evidence to the independent pay review body on the impact of pay restraint and ask it to make fair recommendations.
Enter into negotiations for next year’s pay settlement in good faith and with a view to agreeing a fair outcome that takes account of both the public finances and the cost of living.
Press the UK government to follow the lead of the SNP Scottish Government, by establishing a Fair Work Commission – with representation from trade unions, public sector organisations, and businesses – to ensure workers’ rights across the UK are not diminished as a result of Brexit.
Call for the UK government to follow the lead of the Scottish Government by abolishing fees for Employment Tribunals.
A better, fairer Britain; fairness and redistribution of wealth; increasing the size of the state – nationalisation of key industries; greater investment in the NHS, social care and education; strengthening workers’ rights.
Open, tolerant and united; protecting Britain’s place in Europe; sustainable and balanced economy; live up to environmental obligations; more for younger voters.