It’s time for real change.

The Labour Party have published an excellent and fully costed election manifesto. You can read or download the full manifesto here.

The key points of the manifesto are as follows:

  1. Build 100 000 Council Homes a year: Labour plans to build 100 000 Council homes a year and 50 000 Social homes per year by the end of the next five year parliament. Rent increases for private renters would become linked to inflation (the cost of living).
  2. Increase the Health budget by 4.3%: this would include a pledge to scrap, hospital parking, basic dentistry and prescription charges.
  3. A final say Brexit Referendum: Labour would negotiate a new Customs union Brexit deal within three months. Then put the new deal back to the people for a legally binding final say referendum within 6 months.
  4. Raise the minimum wage from £8.21 to £10 per hour: This would happen in the first year and would include anyone aged 16 or over.
  5. Pension retirement age to stay at 66: Additionally, for those who work in heavy labour or stressful jobs, the pension retirement age will be further reviewed.
  6. Introduce a National Care Service: This would include free personal care for older people and doubling the number of people eligible for help.
  7. Bring forward Net-Zero carbon emissions target: Labour would bring forward the net-zero carbon emission target to be on track to achieve it by the 2030s.
  8. Nationalise key industries: Labour would nationalise the ‘big six’ energy firms as well as the National Grid. the water industry, Royal Mail, the railways and the broadband arm of BT.
  9. Scrap Universal Credit: Labour would start work on a new improved benefits system to replace the failing Universal Credit.
  10. Abolish private schools charitable status: There are also plans to scrap tuition fees entirely and provide maintenance grants for the poorest students.
  11. Free bus travel for under 25s in England: Also, Labour will reinstate many bus routes that had been previously cut.
  12. Give EU Nationals the right to remain: EU nationals who are currently in the UK, would have the right to remain, without having to apply to continue to work and live in the UK.

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