The Lib Dem General Election manifesto has been launched today. The full document is available to download; however, this is a quick reference list of our priorities:
Health & Social Care
- Saving the NHS by putting a penny in the pound on Income Tax to give the NHS and social care services the cash injection they need.
- Transforming mental health care with waiting time standards to match those in physical health care.
- Home not hospital: better integration of health and social care and limiting the amount elderly people have to pay for social care.
- Investing nearly £7 billion extra in our children’s education – increasing school budgets and the Pupil Premium to protect against rising costs and pupil numbers, and introducing a fairer national funding formula.
- Investing in high-quality early years education, tripling the Early Years Pupil Premium to £1,000.
- Opposing any new selective schools and giving local authorities proper democratic control over admissions and new schools.
- Boosting the economy with a major programme of capital investment aimed at stimulating growth across all areas of the UK
- Eliminating the deficit on day-to-day spending by 2020 to control the national debt, and then borrowing only to invest.
- Ensuring strong public services by investing the proceeds of a 1p rise in Income Tax in the NHS and social care, and commiting to protecting the schools budget in real terms.
- Ensuring that four million properties receive insulation retrofits by 2022, prioritising fuel-poor households.
- Preventing 40,000 deaths a year with our Air Quality Plan to reduce air pollution.
- Ensuring British farming remains competitive and doesn’t lose out – refocusing support towards producing healthy food and public benefits.
- Extending free childcare to all two-year-olds and to the children of working families from the end of paid parental leave, and encouraging new fathers to take time off with an additional month’s paid paternity leave.
- Reaching a housebuilding target of 300,000 homes a year by 2022, including half a million affordable and energy-efficient homes, with direct government commissioning where the market fails to deliver.
- Introducing a new Young Person’s Bus Discount Card for young people aged 16–21, giving a two-thirds discount on bus travel.
- Making the positive case for immigration and reducing hate crimes by targeting the people who commit them and making all hate crimes aggravated offences, allowing for harsher sentencing of perpetrators.
- Defending human rights: we will vote against any attempts to scrap the Human Rights Act or withdraw from the European Convention on Human Rights and we will strengthen the UK’s commitment to international human rights law.
- Offering safe and legal routes to the UK for refugees, expanding the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme to offer sanctuary to 50,000 people over the lifetime of the next parliament and reopening the Dubs scheme to take 3,000 unaccompanied refugee children from Europe.
- Defending international co-operation against the rising tides of nationalism and isolationism, supporting multilateral organisations like the UN and NATO which are increasingly under threat.
- Spending 0.7% of gross national income on aid: reducing poverty, defending human rights, protecting the environment and preventing violent conflict worldwide.
- Controlling arms exports to countries listed as human rights priority countries in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s annual human rights report and suspending arms sales to Saudi Arabia.
- Creating a better democracy with a fair voting system in local government and Westminster, with votes at 16 and preventing evasion of constituency election spending limits.
- Delivering on our promises to Scotland in full, devolving more powers to Wales and securing the political stability of the Northern Ireland Assembly.
- Meeting the needs of England with ‘devolution on demand’, letting local areas take control of the services that matter most to them.
Families & Communities