Friday 22 September 2017

Here are all the key points from Labour's manifesto

Covering everything from education to defence, here’s what Labour plans to do if it wins the election.

By Kameron Virk

Jeremy Corbyn has unveiled Labour’s manifesto, promising “a fairer, more prosperous society for the many, not just the few”.

Here are its key points.

On work

Zero-hours contracts will be banned to guarantee workers a “number of hours each week”.

Maximum pay ratios of 20:1 to be rolled out in public sector.

Four new public holidays to mark national patron saints’ days.

Raise minimum wage to “at least £10 per hour by 2020″.

Ban unpaid internships.

The party will “clamp down on bogus self-employment” and extend rights of employees to all workers – including shared parental pay.

On housing

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Build at least 100,000 council and housing association homes a year by end of the next parliament, for “genuinely affordable rent or sale”.

Guarantee Help to Buy funding until 2027 and give locals buying their first home “first dibs on new homes built in their area”.

Legislate to ban letting agency fees for tenants, and look at giving the Mayor of London power to give London renters “additional security”.

Make 4,000 additional homes available for rough sleepers to end homelessness.

On education

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Labour will create a National Education Service for England to incorporate all forms of education, including into adulthood.

Overhaul existing childcare system and extend the 30 hours of free childcare to all two-year-olds.

Labour promises to reduce class sizes to “less than 30″ for five, six and seven-year-old children.

Devolve responsibility for skills to city regions or devolved administrations.

Scrap university tuition fees and reintroduce maintenance grants for students.

On health

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One million people will be taken off NHS waiting lists by “guaranteeing access to treatment within 18 weeks”.

Free parking in NHS England will be funded by increasing tax on private medical insurance premiums.

Scrap NHS pay cap.

NHS will receive more than £30 billion in extra funding over the next parliament.

Mental health budgets will be ring-fenced, and Labour will ensure all children in secondary schools have access to a counselling service.

On tax

No income tax rises for those earning below £80,000 a year – but “top 5% of earners will be asked to contribute more in tax” to fund public services.

No rise in personal national insurance contributions or the rate of VAT.

Lower small profits rate of corporation tax will be reintroduced to protect small businesses.

On the deficit

Target of “eliminating the government’s deficit on day-to-day spending within five years”.

Ensure national debt is lower at the end of the next parliament than at present.

On infrastructure

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National Transformation Fund will be created to invest £250 billion over 10 years to upgrade economy.

Complete HS2 high-speed rail line, and link the project with other rail investments such as Crossrail of the North and the Durham Freight Centre.

Build a new Brighton Main Line for South East.

Rail electrification and expansion across the country.

On Brexit

Scrap Conservatives’ Brexit white paper and replace with “fresh negotiating priorities”, with strong emphasis on retaining benefits of single market and customs union.

Labour government would “immediately guarantee” existing rights for all EU nationals in Britain.

It would “reject ‘no deal’ as a viable option”.

On immigration

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Labour will not “scapegoat migrants” and will not set a cap on immigration, describing targets as “bogus”.

International students will not be included in immigration numbers, but the party will crack down on “fake colleges”.

On crime

Recruit 10,000 more police officers and work to “eliminate institutional biases against BAME (black, Asian and minority ethnic) communities”.

Reintroduce “effective judicial oversight” on how and when investigatory powers are used, when “the circumstances demand that our collective security outweighs an individual freedom”.

On defence

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Commit to spending at least 2% of GDP on defence.

Support renewal of Trident nuclear deterrent, but Labour will “lead multilateral efforts with international partners and the UN to create a nuclear-free world”.

On utilities

Labour will bring energy supply networks, the water system and Royal Mail, as well as private rail companies, back into public ownership.

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On social security

Cuts to bereavement support payment will be scrapped, as will the “bedroom tax” and the “punitive sanctions regime”, while the housing benefit for under-21s will be reintroduced.

Labour will guarantee state pension triple lock, as well as the winter fuel allowance and free bus passes.

“Rejects” proposal to increase state pension age further.

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