Labour will build a fairer Britain for the many not the few

 

  • Labour will protect the safety and security of the people of Britain
  • Labour will build an economy that puts working people and jobs first
  • Labour will give the NHS and social care the funding they need

 

This election is about the kind of country we want Britain to be. The choice is between Labour’s plan to transform Britain for the many not the few and a Conservative Party that has held people back and put the wealthy first. 

In Tory Britain, people are being held back: the student burdened with debt, the agency worker waiting for the phone to ring, the couple priced out of making a home, the older person facing poverty in retirement. In these and so many ways, every generation has seen hopes dashed as the Tories put tax cuts for the wealthy and big business before the living standards of working people.

Under the Tories, public services have been starved of the funding they need. The NHS and social care have been pushed into a state of emergency, with soaring waiting lists and hospitals in financial crisis. Schools across the country face cuts and class sizes are rising. Our safety has been compromised with more than 20,000 police officers cut since 2010.

The Tories tried to frame this as a Brexit election to avoid scrutiny of their record. But the decision to leave the EU has already been settled by the British people. The choice now is a Tory Brexit geared to the interests  of the City and big business or a Labour Brexit that puts jobs and people’s living standards first. 

A Labour government will seek maximum access to the single market to protect jobs while developing new trading relationships and investing to build a high-skill, high wage economy. With free movement of workers between Europe and Britain ending, Labour will introduce new rules for managing immigration based on what’s best for the economy.

Labour’s manifesto offers a fully-costed programme for a fairer Britain. A Labour government will tackle the social care crisis, give the NHS the money it needs and build a National Education Service. Our National Investment Bank and regional investment banks will finance growth by funding infrastructure projects and supporting new industries. Labour’s 20-point plan for a fair deal at work will give equal rights to all workers from day one and introduce a living wage of at least £10 an hour by 2020.

The Tory manifesto, on the other hand, does not rule out increases in income tax or NIC and contains a triple whammy of attacks on pensioners – removal of the Triple Lock, means testing of the Winter Fuel Allowance and plans to make those who need care pay for it with their homes.  Theresa May’s wobble after an outcry over the ‘dementia tax’ only serves to emphasise that you can’t trust the Tories.  

Our alternative is clear: Labour will deliver a fairer Britain where everyone is rewarded properly for hard work, can afford a home to rent or buy and enjoys dignity in retirement - a Britain for the many not the few.

Investing to transform Britain

Labour’s pledge

  • Set up a National Investment Bank and regional development banks to finance growth
  • Build a National Education Service to invest in childcare, schools, colleges and skills
  • Bring the railways and the water industry back into public hands to put people before profit
  • Take a public stake in the energy industry to keep fuel prices down
  • Support small businesses through a lower corporation tax rate and action on late payment

The Tory threat

  • An economy run for the banks and big business
  • More corporation tax giveaways up to 2020-21
  • No strategy for investment to build the economy

 

Working people

Labour’s pledge

  • No increase in VAT and personal NIC rates or in income tax for 95% of earners
  • Introduce a living wage of at least £10 per hour by 2020
  • A 20-point plan for a fair deal at work, including equal rights for all workers from day one, abolition of employment tribunal fees and four new public holidays

The Tory threat

    • No commitment on NIC or income tax increases
    • A continuing race to the bottom on wages and workers’ rights

 

  • Uncertainty over the state pension age,  

 

 

For the older people

Labour’s pledge

  • Protect the ‘triple-lock’ on state pensions (worth £330 over the last five years).
  • Maintain the Winter Fuel Allowance and free bus passes for pensioners.
  • Invest an extra £45 billion in the NHS and social care.
  • Maintain the state pension age at 66.
  • Justice for women born in the 1950s hit by a five-year rise in pension age.

The Tory threat

  • Scrapping the ‘triple lock’ protecting state pensions.
  • Ending universal Winter Fuel Payments, depriving millions of vital help.   
  • Forcing those who need social care to pay for it with their homes.

 

For young people

Labour’s pledges

  • Scrap tuition fees and bring back student grants and educational maintenance awards
  • Ban unpaid internships and zero hours contracts
  • Restore the right to housing benefit for people under 21
  • Build a million more affordable homes and ban letting agency fees for private renters

The Tory threat

  • Further increases in tuition fees
  • No action to stop exploitation of young people by landlords, letting agencies or employers

 

Defending the National Health Service

Labour’s pledges

  • Invest an extra £7.4billion annually to improve patient services  
  • Take one million people off NHS waiting lists by the end of the Parliament
  • Guarantee patients can be seen by A&E within four hours
  • Scrap car parking changes for patients, staff and visitors

The Tory threat

  • Failure to tackle the NHS crisis by maintaining funding at the present inadequate level
  • Accelerating NHS privatisation (on top of £13bn a year already going to private contractors)