Thursday 19 October 2017

Here are the key points from the Green Party manifesto

From working towards a universal income to introducing a “living rent”.

By Kameron Virk

The Green Party has launched its manifesto, which it has called the Green Guarantee.

Here’s a look at its key policies.

On work

A universal basic income will be piloted in a government-sponsored scheme, as a “means to increase security and avoid the poverty trap”.

Phase in a four-day working week, abolish zero-hour contracts, increase the minimum wage to £10 an hour by 2020 and end the gender pay gap.

Require a minimum of 40% of all public sector company boards to be women.

Scrap age-related wage bands.

On housing

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Introduce a “living rent” through rent controls, bring an end to letting fees.

Build zero-carbon homes, including 100,000 social rented homes, each year by 2022.

Reinstate housing benefit for under 21s.

On health

Roll back privatisation of the NHS.

Introduce mental health training in the public sector, and bring mental health care in line with physical health care.

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Invest in social care for the elderly and all those who need it.

On young people

Lower the voting age to 16.

Greater access to free condoms and sexual health clinics.

Introduce non-biased political education to schools.

On education

Abolish SATS and reduce class sizes.

Scrap university tuition fees, fund full student grants.

Restore the Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA), put a greater focus on apprenticeships for those aged 16-25.

On Brexit

A referendum on the details of the Brexit deal, with the option to reject and remain in the EU.

Protect freedom of movement, safeguard human and environmental rights.

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On the environment

Introduce an Environmental Protection Act to restore the environment, enhance biodiversity and promote sustainable food and farming.

Invest in flood defences and a programme of home insulation.

Replace fracking, coal, fuel fossil subsidies and nuclear with renewable energy.

Action to reduce plastic, including Deposit Return Schemes, with a zero waste target.

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On transport

Renationalise the railways (as well as energy, water, and the Royal Mail), and increase bus services and rural areas.

Phase in free local public transport for young people, students, people with disabilities and older people.

Invest in regional rail links rather than HS2.

End subsidies on airline fuel, and cancel all airport expansion.

Increase incentives to take diesel vehicles off the roads.

On tax

Reinstate the higher level of corporation tax for big businesses and include a wealth tax on the top 1% of earners.

Introduce a “Robin Hood” tax on high value transactions in the finance sector. Tax inheritance based on the wealth of the recipient.

Remove VAT from sanitary products.

On defence

Scrap the Trident nuclear deterrent.

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Implement an immigration and asylum system that “recognises and takes responsibility for Britain’s ongoing role in causing the flow of migrants worldwide”.

End arms sales to “oppressive regimes”.

On extremism

Scrap the “xenophobic” Prevent strategy, instead pursuing community-led approaches to tackling extremism in all forms.

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