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The draft manifesto of the UK’s main Labour opposition party has been leaked ahead of the general election on June 8. Entitled “For the many not the few”, it focuses on the economy, Brexit, education and work, and the main points are summarised below

Economy

A fair taxation system
— No rises in income tax for those earning below £80,000 a year, in personal national insurance contributions or VAT
— Corporations to pay “a little more” while still keeping UK corporation tax low
— Reintroduce the lower small profit rate of corporation tax for small businesses
— Exclude small businesses with a turnover of under £83,000 from quarterly reporting
— Take action on late payments to businesses

Fiscal credibility
— Eliminate the current budget deficit within five years
— Leave debt as a proportion of GDP lower at the end of each parliament
— Compliance to be overseen by strengthened Office for Budget Responsibility

Industrial strategy
— Invest £250bn over 10 years in upgrading transport, energy and digital infrastructure through a National Investment Bank
— Ensure that 60 per cent of UK energy comes from low or renewable sources by 2030
— Remove new plant and machinery from business rate calculations
— Universal superfast 30 mbps broadband for all households by 2022
— Legislate to make it harder for banks to close branches

A new deal for business
— Give company directors new duties to serve wider interests beyond shareholders
— Protect “systemically important” businesses from hostile takeovers
— Ensure protection for workers and pensioners when a company is bought
— Roll out maximum pay ratios of 20:1 in the public sector and for companies bidding for public contracts
— Reform business rates, including switching from RPI to CPI indexation
— Allowances for business that struggle to pay minimum wages

Sustainable energy
— “Emergency” energy price cap of £1,000 a year
— Central government control of power transmission and distribution grids
— At least one publicly owned energy company in every region of the UK
— Insulate 4m homes
— Ban fracking
— Support further nuclear projects
— Put UK on track to meet climate change targets
— Prioritise access to EU internal energy market and Euratom.

Brexit

— Guarantee existing rights for all EU nationals living in Britain and secure reciprocal rights for UK citizens in EU countries
— Negotiate transitional arrangements for leaving EU
— Seek to maintain membership of European organisations such as EMA, Erasmus and Europol
— Devolve powers repatriated from the EU
— Cover any shortfall in EU Structural Funding throughout the next parliament
— Ensure no return to a hard border in Ireland and no change in sovereignty of Gibraltar

Immigration
— Replace income thresholds with an obligation to survive without recourse to public funds
— Stop employers from recruiting only from overseas
— Establish a Migrant Impact Fund to help public services in host communities

International trade
— Ensure trade deals safeguard the right to regulate in the public interest
— Work to end the dumping of state-subsidised goods on UK markets
— Develop an export incentive scheme for SMEs

Education

Early Years
— High-quality childcare places with direct government subsidy
— Maintain current commitments on free hours and extend the 30 free hours to all two-year-olds

Schools
— Transitional relief for schools set to lose out under the new funding formula
— Allow local authorities to open schools
— Reduce class sizes to under 30 for all five, six, and seven-year-olds
— Introduce free school meals for all primary school children, paid for by removing the VAT exemption on private school fees
— Reintroduce national pay bargaining
— Scrap plans for schools to pay the apprenticeship levy

Further and adult education
— Free, life-long education at Further Education colleges
— Restore the Education Maintenance Allowance for 16-18-year-olds

Apprenticeships
— Maintain the apprenticeship levy while taking measures to ensure quality
— Give employers more flexibility in how the levy is deployed

Higher education
— Abolish university tuition fees
— Reintroduce maintenance grants for university students

Fair work

— Set up a new Ministry of Labour
— Give all workers equal rights from day one
— Ban zero hours contracts
— Ensure that any employer wishing to recruit labour from abroad does not undercut workers at home
— Repeal the Trade Union Act and roll out sectoral collective bargaining
— Guarantee trade unions a right to access workplaces
— Introduce four new public holidays
— Raise the minimum wage to the level of the living wage
— End the public sector pay cap
— Ban unpaid internships
— Enforce all workers’ rights to trade union representation at work
— Abolish employment tribunal fees
— Double paid paternity leave to four weeks and increase paternity pay
— Strengthen protections for women against unfair redundancy
— People who work regular hours for more than 12 weeks will have a right to a regular contract

Self-employed workers
— Shift the burden of proof, so that the law assumes a worker is an employee unless the employer can prove otherwise
— Fines for employers not meeting their responsibilities
— Banning payroll companies
— Extend the rights of employees to all workers
— New statutory definitions of employment status

Social security

— Guarantee the state pension “triple lock” throughout the next parliament
— Winter fuel allowance and free bus passes will also be guaranteed
— Legislate so that accrued rights to the basic state pension cannot be changed
— Pension age will not rise beyond planned age of 66 by the end of 2020
— Scrap welfare sanctions and bedroom tax
— Reinstate housing benefit for under-21s

Housing

— By the end of the next Parliament build at least 100,000 council and housing association homes a year
— Establish a new Department for Housing
— Protect the greenbelt
— Implement minimum space standards for new developments
— Keep the Land Registry in public hands
— Guarantee Help to Buy funding until 2027
— Introduce controls on rent rises and new consumer rights for renters
— Remove restrictions that stop councils building homes
— End ban on long-term council tenancies
— Suspend the right-to-buy programme
— 4,000 additional homes reserved for people with a history of rough sleeping

The NHS and social care

— Guarantee patients can be seen in A&E within four hours
— People with a long-term condition, such as those with diabetes, will have the right to a specialised care plan
— Increase health visitor and school nurse numbers.
— Publish a new childhood obesity strategy
— Hold a public inquiry into contaminated blood
— Scrap the NHS pay cap
— Reintroduce bursaries and funding for health-related degrees
— Commit to over £6bn extra in annual funding through increasing income tax for the highest 5 per cent of earners
— Reverse privatisation of NHS
— Provide an additional £8bn over the lifetime of the next Parliament for social care
— End 15-minute care visits and tackle the exploitation of staff on zero-hours contracts
— Ringfence mental health budgets

Crime & justice

— Recruit 10,000 more police officers to work on community beats
— Conduct a major review of the Prevent programme.
— Recruit 1,000 more border guards to add to our safeguards and controls.
— Open an inquiry into Orgreave
— Re-establish entitlements to legal aid in the family courts
— Introduce a no-fault divorce procedure
— Reintroduce legal aid provisions for the preparation of Judicial Review
— No private prisons
— Hire 3,000 more prison officers

Local communities

— Devolve powers over economic development, complete with the necessary funding
— End cuts to youth services
— Protect Sure Start centres
— Tougher regulation of commercial fostering agencies
— Protect and modernise libraries
— End the closure of Crown Post Office branches
— Reverse Royal Mail privatisation
— Reduce the maximum stake on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals from £100 to £2
— Halt the cuts to the Fire & Rescue service
— Reinstate the cross-Whitehall ministerial group on tourism
— Allow EU workers employed across farming, fishing and food manufacturing to remain in the UK

Transport

— Bring railways back into public ownership, as franchises expire
— Complete the HS2 high-speed rail line from London through Birmingham to Leeds and Manchester, and then into Scotland
— Build Crossrail 2
— Upgrade highways and improve road works at known bottlenecks
— Support the expansion of aviation capacity

Environment

— Introduce a new Clean Air Act and establish Blue Belts in seas and oceans surrounding British Isles
— Protect bees by prohibiting neonicotinoids
— Plant 1m trees of native species
— Cease the badger cull

Culture

— Introduce a £1bn Cultural Capital Fund
— Maintain free entry to museums
— Introduce an arts pupil premium to every primary school
— Review, extending the £1,000 pub relief business rates scheme to small music venues

Media

— Ensure future of BBC and public service broadcasting
— Implement the recommendations of part one of the Leveson Inquiry and commence part two of the inquiry

Extending Democracy

— Establish a Constitutional Convention to take forward the debate about a new constitutional settlement for the entire UK
— Second chamber should be democratically elected
— Extend the Freedom of Information Act to private companies that run public services
— Reduce the voting age to 16
— Repeal the Lobbying Act and introduce a tougher statutory register of lobbyists

England

— Create a role for a Minister for England
— Remove the requirement for directly elected mayors in combined authorities

Scotland

— Oppose a second Scottish independence referendum
— Establish a Scottish National Bank under Scottish control

Women

— Continue to ensure a woman’s right to choose a safe, legal abortion — and legislate to extend that right to women in Northern Ireland

Diplomacy

— Comprehensive peace in the Middle East based on a two-state solution
— Support Palestinian recognition at the UN
— Implement the Arms Trade Treaty
— Suspend any further arms sales to Saudi Arabia

Defence

— Commit to spending at least 2 per cent of GDP on defence
— Support the renewal of Trident
— Lead multilateral efforts to create a nuclear free world

Development

— Continue to meet UK commitment to spend 0.7 per cent of GDP on foreign aid
— Strict standards of transparency for crown dependencies and overseas territories

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