Election 2017: Summary of Labour Manifesto pledges

Labour Manifesto 2017

The Labour Manifesto was published on Tuesday, with Jeremy Corbyn pledging to “build a Britain that works for the many, not the few.”

Here is a breakdown of some of the key points:

Economy and Infrastructure

  • End zero hour contracts
  • Ban unpaid internships
  • Increase tax for those earning above £80,000
  • Raise the Minimum wage to the level of the Living Wage
  • Re-nationalisation of the railway system
  • Spend £250 billion over the next 10 years on infrastructure

Brexit

  • Retain access to the Single Market
  • Protect the rights of EU workers
  • Ensure there are no gaps in national security
  • Continue to take in “fair share” of refugees

Education

  • Abolish tuition fees
  • Reintroduce maintenance grants
  • Free school meals for all primary school children
  • More schools-based counseling to improve children’s mental health

Energy and Technology

  • 60% of the UK’s energy to come from zero-carbon or renewable sources by 2030
  • Universal superfast broadcast across the country by 2022

Health and Social care

  • Extra £6 billion a year for the NHS
  • Extra £9 billion on social care
  • Guarantee patients can be seen in A&E within 4 hours
  • Increase tax on private medical insurance
  • Implement a ‘sugar tax’ as part of their strategy to counter childhood obesity
  • Protect spending on mental healthcare and increase proportion spent on children

Housing

  • Build at least 100,000 homes a year to be used for social housing
  • Build thousands more low-cost homes for first time buyers
  • Give housing benefits back to 18-21 – year-olds
  • Ban letting agency fees for tenants
  • Inflation caps on rent rises
  • Scrap the bedroom tax
  • Suspend the right-to-buy policy

The Labour leader has assured voters that funds received from increased tax rates on high earners and big corporations will be enough to cover extensive plans to renationalise Britain’s industries.

In response, the Conservative party have raised concerns over the potential funding gap caused by Labour’s spending plans.

In the following week, Theresa May will reveal the new Tory manifesto to the public.