Ely & District Progressives

Local people attempting to shake up local politics

Progressive policy overlap

There is a large amount of policy overlap the 3 progressive parties locally. They have similar ideas about housing, education, transport and may other policy areas.

Here’s a breakdown of overlap from the 2015 manifestos which shows a large degree of similar thinking at the national level even then.

Our local parties are more alike than their national parties were in 2015 or indeed are now.

Labour Lib Dems Greens
Finance
Increase taxes on richer people
We will reverse the Government’s top-rate tax cut, so that those with incomes over £150,000 contribute a little more to help get the deficit down. Introduce a banded High Value Property Levy on properties worth more than £2 million Raise the additional (top) rate of income tax to 60%. This will help bring down the maximum salary ratio in any workplace from the best paid to the lowest paid to no more than 10:1
Remove tax loopholes inc. Non-Don status
We will abolish the non-dom rules so that those who live permanently in the UK pay tax in the same way as the rest of us. Restrict access to non-domiciled status, increasing the charges paid to adopt this status and ending the ability to inherit it. Obliging banks to provide information about companies automatically to HMRC, and abolishing the rule that allows non-domiciled residents not to pay tax on foreign income
Reduce tax on those earning the least
We will introduce a lower 10p starting tax rate to help those on middle and lower incomes, which will be funded by ending the Conservatives’ Marriage Tax Allowance. We will not increase the basic or higher rates of income tax or national insurance. Raise the Personal Allowance to at least £12,500, cutting your taxes by around £400 more Abolish the income tax personal allowance. Then pay every woman, man and child legally resident in the UK a guaranteed, non-means-tested income, sufficient to cover basic needs – a Basic Income.
Fully support a meaningful Living Wage and take action to try to ensure employers pay it
We will promote the Living Wage by giving a tax rebate to companies that sign up to become Living Wage employers in the first year of the next Parliament. We will also require listed companies to report on whether or not they pay the Living Wage and use government procurement to encourage more employers to pay it, following the lead of Labour councils across the country. Establish an independent review to consult on how to set a fair Living Wage across all sectors. We will pay this Living Wage in all central government departments and their agencies from April 2016, and encourage other public sector employers to do likewise. Increase the minimum wage to reach a living wage of £10 an hour by 2020.
Energy
Regulate the energy industry for the benefit of consumers
We will freeze gas and electricity prices until 2017 and give the regulator the power to cut bills this winter. We will reform the broken energy market so that families and businesses get a fair deal. We will also take on the Big 6 – setting a target for 30% of the energy market to be supplied by independent companies, rather than monopolised by one small and overly-powerful group. Ensure that consumer energy tariffs are progressive, so small consumers pay less per unit than larger ones, that special needs are recognised, that people are not cut off when they can’t afford to pay, and that people are not forced to have prepayment meters.
NHS
Reverse the move to privatisation of the NHS
We will stop the drive towards privatisation, and where private companies are involved in providing clinical services we will cap their profits to ensure resources are spent on patient care. Always ensure access to health care is based on need not ability to pay and that the NHS remains free at the point of delivery Liberal Democrats are committed to repealing any parts of the Health and Social Care Act 2012 which make NHS services vulnerable to forced privatisation through international agreements on free markets in goods and services. Repeal the Health and Social Care Act 2012, and introduce an NHS Reinstatement Bill restoring the obligation upon the government to provide a comprehensive health service,– abolishing competition and the purchaser–provider split,– ending market-based commissioning and procurement.
Ensure NHS is well funded and free at point of access
We will recruit 8,000 more GPs and 20,000 more nurses so we can provide what patients need most: an NHS with time to care. Always ensure access to health care is based on need not ability to pay and that the NHS remains free at the point of delivery Immediately increase the overall NHS budget by £12 billion a year to overcome the current funding crisis, increase investment in mental health care and provide for free dentistry, chiropody and prescriptions in England.
Transport
Improve railways for passengers inc. better integration and lower fares
Rail fares will be frozen next year to help commuters while we implement reforms. A strict cap will be introduced on every route for any future fare rises and a new legal right for passengers will be created to access the cheapest ticket for their journey. Ensure new rail franchises include a stronger focus on customers, including requirements to integrate more effectively with other modes of transport and a programme of investment in new stations, lines and station facilities. We will continue the Access for All programme, improving disabled access to public transport. Introduce an immediate cut in fares of 10% to give passengers a much-needed financial break.
Return the railways to public ownership
We will legislate so that a public sector operator is allowed to take on rail lines and challenge the private train-operating companies on a level playing field. Return the railways to public hands to stop profits being put before passengers.
Tuition Fees
Reduce the cost of Higher Education for students (or investigate doing so)
We will cut tuition fees from £9,000 to £6,000, reducing the burden of debt on students and the country, paid for by restricting Pension Tax Relief for the highest earners and clamping down on tax avoidance. Establish a review of higher education finance within the next Parliament to consider any necessary reforms, in the light of the latest evidence of the impact of the existing financing system on access, participation (including of low-income groups) and quality. The review will cover undergraduate and postgraduate courses, with an emphasis on support for living costs for students, especially from disadvantaged backgrounds. Ending undergraduate tuition fees. Cancel student debt issued by the Student Loans Company and held by the government.
Homes
Build more homes and tackle the housing crisis
We will get 200,000 homes built a year by 2020, almost double the current level, to close the gap between the number of homes we build and the number of homes we need. This will also provide up to 230,000 jobs in construction. Set an ambitious goal to build 300,000 homes a year, including in 10 new Garden Cities in areas where homes are needed most Provide 500,000 social homes for rent over the five-year Parliament, control excessive rents and achieve house price stability.
Regulate the private rented sector to protect tenants
We will introduce a ceiling on excessive rent rises and make stable three-year tenancies the rule, not the exception. Improve protections against rogue landlords and encourage a new multi-year tenancy with an agreed inflation-linked annual rent increase built in. Set up a Living Rent Commission to explore whether controls could bring rents more in line with local average incomes.
Animal welfare
Improve animal welfare
We will build on our strong record on animal welfare, starting with an end to this Government’s ineffective and cruel badger cull. We will improve the protection of dogs and cats, ban wild animals in circuses, defend the hunting ban and deal with wildlife crime associated with shooting. Continue to improve standards of animal welfare, building on Britain’s leadership. We will review the use of cages, crates and routine preventive antibiotics Increased support and resources to build expertise in wildlife crime within the justice sector, including: strengthening sentencing in this area, gathering data on the trade, ensuring police forces implement local strategies and ensuring funding of the Wildlife Crime Unit.Maintain and strengthen the ban on hunting with dogs and extend this ban to all hunting of all animals for sport or pleasure.
Climate change
Tackle Climate change, reduce CO2 omissions, work with other nations on international treaties
We will make the case for ambitious emissions targets for all countries, strengthened every five years on the basis of a scientific assessment of the progress towards the 2C goal. And we will push for a goal of net zero global emissions in the second half of this century, for transparent and universal rules for measuring, verifying and reporting emissions, and for an equitable deal in which richer countries provide support to poorer nations in combating climate change. Set a legally binding decarbonisation target range for 2030 for the power sector of 50– 100g of CO2 per kWh, which can largely be achieved by expansion of renewables, with an indicative target of 60% of electricity from renewable sources by 2030. We will support investment in energy storage and smart grid technology to enable this higher reliance on renewables. Set in law a decarbonisation target for the power sector of 25–50 grams of carbon dioxide per kilowatt hour by 2030.
Bedroom tax
Abolish or deal with consequences of Bedroom Tax
We will abolish the cruel and unfair Bedroom Tax that’s hitting half a million families, two-thirds of whom are disabled or have a disabled family member. Ensure disabled people who need an extra room are entitled to one in any assessment of their Housing Benefit needs. Abolish the ‘bedroom tax’, which has saved less than £400 million a year. A Department for Work and Pensions report found that more than half of affected tenants have cut back on essentials, and only 1 in 20 has downsized.
Nuclear weapons
Review need for Nuclear Weapons
We will conduct a Strategic Defence and Security Review in the first year of government, with an inclusive national debate on the security and defence challenges facing the country. Remain fully engaged in international nuclear disarmament efforts. Decommission the Trident nuclear deterrent system and promote peacemaking.

 

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