Labour Just Released Their Manifesto: Here's What It Actually Says
The Labour Party have just dropped their election manifesto, outlining what we can expect if we vote them into government this June.
(With some arguing that their policies are unrealistic, it’s worth pointing out that this is the most thoroughly costed manifesto in history.)
See for yourself what they’re planning:
People earning over £80,000 will pay 45% tax, while people earning over £123,000 will pay 50%. To put this into context, someone currently earning £200,000 will pay about £7,925 extra a year.
If you earn under £80,000 (95% of the country), your taxes will not go up.
By implementing this (as well as some corporation taxes for the very biggest businesses – small businesses will be unaffected), Labour will raise an extra £48.6 billion (£6.5 billion of which will come from clamping down on tax avoidance alone).
Labour manifesto costings in full: spend £48.6bn a year and raise £48.6bn a year. Beautiful symmetry pic.twitter.com/3PfgoBq16a
— Kevin Maguire (@Kevin_Maguire) May 16, 2017
When it comes to the NHS, Jeremy Corbyn has pledged to give an additional £6 billion a year. Labour will repeal the 2012 Health and Social Care Act (which opened it up to privatisation), make all hospital parking (for staff, patients and visiting family members) free, and ensure that all A&E patients are seen within four hours.
They’re going to guarantee access to treatment within 18 weeks, which would quickly take one million people off waiting lists, and are planning to implement a special “Cancer Strategy”, to help people living with the disease.
They’ve pledged to end the “postcode lottery”, and will ensure that the quality of care that you receive from the NHS is not dependent on where you live.
Labour have also specifically outlined plans for people with autism (they’re going to put an end to “social isolation”), diabetes (everyone will have access to a personalised care plan) and HIV. They also have plans to quickly roll out HIV prevention drug PrEP, tackle childhood obesity, and offer more mental health support to children. (They’ll in fact create a new government minister, purely to look at mental health in this country).
New minister for Mental Health…just that alone is outstanding 🎉🎉🎉 #LabourManifesto
— Nicole Bowen (@Bowenea234) May 16, 2017
They will also invest heavily in the training of medical staff, with the aim of making NHS workers the best in the world.
Labour respects the referendum result, and have promised to push forward with Brexit. They’ve pledged to focus their negotiations around retaining businesses in the UK, protecting UK workers’ rights (many of these – such as the right to maternity leave and paid holiday – are currently EU laws), and giving EU nationals already in the country the right to remain.
They’ve also promised to continue working closely with European countries on issues such as counter-terrorism.
I'm reading Labour Manifesto. I'm liking what I'm seeing. Costed, actual policies for all Britons. Too much common sense.
— Stan Collymore (@StanCollymore) May 16, 2017
An Equal Society
Labour have promised to tackle the rise in hate crime, and extend women’s rights. Not only have they promised to work to push for abortion rights in Northern Ireland, but they will also reverse Tory cuts on domestic and sexual violence services. In the UK two women a week are murdered by a current or former partner, and since being elected in 2011, the Conservative government have cut funding to crisis centres by more than a third.
Labour have also pledged to cut the pay gap between Caucasian people, and Black and Asian people, and will take steps to help people living with a disability. At the moment 4.2 million disabled people live in poverty in this country, with many unemployed.
“Labour will act to tackle discrimination, remove barriers and ensure social security delivers dignity and empowerment, not isolation and stigma.”
One of Labour’s biggest promises – they’ll scrap tuition fees. This will cost £11 billion annually, but they’re aiming to create a National Education Service, in the same way that the Labour party once created a National Health Service.
Free “from cradle to grave”, this NES will see children in primary school have their class sizes cut down, their school meals free and their SATs exams put under review (many believe that they’re causing unnecessary stress to kids).
For older students EMA will be reintroduced, unpaid internships will be banned, and the voting age will be dropped to 16.
Just re-read the FULLY COSTED manifesto. It's really something 2B proud of. Rather than sticking plasters, it addresses fundamental problems
— Sarah Champion (@SarahChampionMP) May 15, 2017
Corbyn points out that students currently leave university drowning in debt, and the prospect of buying (or sometimes even renting) a property is unfeasible. He aims to change this, and get young people a better start in their adult lives.
Labour pledge to tackle rising crime rates by putting more police on the streets. They’re also promising increased support for victims of crime.
In terms of prisons, the manifesto argues that overcrowding is putting staff at risk. Under a Labour government, compulsory officer to inmate ratios would be implemented, mental health services within prisons would be improved, and no more prisons would be privatised.
They’ve also displayed a strong commitment to counter-terrorism, and to border control.
Miliband would have loved to put this 'Labour Manifesto' to the public but was too afraid of media. Corbyn's afraid of no one. #grime4corbyn
— Joe Broad (@JoeBroad2) May 16, 2017
Labour have promised to nationalise the railways, adding free WiFi across the whole network and improving access for disabled people in the process.
They’ll put a pay cap on energy bills, meaning that no household will pay more than £1,000 a year.
They’ll renew Trident, but are dedicated to working internationally towards a “nuclear free world”.
You can browse the full manifesto here.
Would you vote Labour? Let us know what you think in the comments!
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