The Liberal Democrats have launched their 2017 General Election Manifesto. Here's our summary of what's inside.
Surrounded by hundreds and hundreds of Lib Dem members, Tim Farron, Leader of the Liberal Democrats, has launched the 2017 Lib Dem Manifesto - Change Britain's Future. It is our plan for a fairer Britain where people are decent to each other, with good schools and hospitals, a clean environment and an innovative economy. And it's well worth a read!
Here are some of the headlines (including a bit of something all our LDCF members helped make happen! Hint: see housing section)...
Europe - Someone is going to have to make a decision on the final Brexit deal and the Lib Dem manifesto says it should be the people rather than the politicians through a referendum on the deal.
Schools - The Lib Dems are proposing to invest an extra £7bn in our children's education - investing in school budgets and the Pupil Premium to protect against rising costs and pupil numbers. We plan to triple Early Years Pupil Premium to £1000, extend Free School Meals to all children in primary education and oppose and new selective schools.
Health and Social Care - To address the crisis in our NHS, the Lib Dems are planning to add a 1p rise on the basic, higher and additional rates of Income Tax to raise an additional £6bn for NHS and social care services. We are also planning to establish a cross-Party health and social care convention, transform mental health care and better integrate health and social care.
Environment - Our environment proposals include an ambitious Zero Carbon Britain Act that will set new legally binding targets to reduce net emissions by 80% by 2040 and to 0 by 2050. Combined with this, we plan to expand renewable energy, aiming to generate 60% of electricity from renewables by 2030.
Housing - Excitingly, in the housing section of the manifesto, we can see a bit of the homelessness policy we at LDCF wrote! Lib Dems want to 'end the scandal of rough sleeping'. The manifesto also proposes to build 300,000 homes a year throughout the next Parliament, end all the Right-to-Buy pilots that are selling off social housing and reverse cuts to housing benefits for 18-21 year-olds.
Religious Freedom - The manifesto, again, stands up for freedom of religion and belief. It states the Lib Dems will campaign to reduce intolerance, we will guarantee the freedom of people to wear religious or cultural dress and we will appoint an ambassador-level champion for freedom of belief to drive British diplomatic efforts in this field.
International Development - There is a big section in the manifesto on our commitment to making a better world. In it, we commit to maintaining our commitment to spend 0.7% of UK gross national income on aid (which we legislated for in the last parliament). We also commit to leading international action to ensure global companies pay fair taxes in the developing countries in which they operate.
Refugees and Asylum Seekers - Tim Farron has been a strong advocate for refugees and asylum seekers searching for safety. Building on his previous campaigning, the manifesto commits to offering sanctuary to 50,000 people over the lifetime of the next parliament and reopening the Dubs scheme to take 3,000 unaccompanied refugee children. It also commits to ending indefinite detention by introducing a 28-day limit.
Family - To support and strengthen families in the UK, building on Shared Parental Leave that we introduced in the last parliament, we will introduce an additional month's paid paternity leave.
Read the full thing here.