New policies announced at conference

ü Abolish the bedroom tax because it’s unjust

ü Repeal the Health and Social Care Act and reverse the privatisation of the NHS – integrate physical health, mental health and social care

ü Freeze gas and electricity prices until the start of 2017 and reorganise the energy market to help families, pensioners and businesses

ü Cut taxes for 24 million working people by introducing a lower 10p starting rate of tax

ü Make work pay by expanding free childcare for 3 & 4 year olds to 25 hours a week for working parents

ü Build 200,000 homes a year by 2020 including new towns and action against land banking – use it or lose it

ü Get young people and the long-term unemployed back to work with a Compulsory Jobs Guarantee - a paid job they will have to take up or lose benefits

ü Vote for 16-17 year olds

ü End the abuse of zero hours contracts and strengthen the minimum wage.  Increase fines for employers who deliberately break minimum wage laws from £5,000 to a maximum of £50,000

ü Back small businesses by cutting business rates in 2015 and freezing them again in 2016

ü Require large companies to train a new apprentice for each skilled worker they hire from outside the EU;  creating up to 125,000 high quality apprenticeships over the next parliament

ü Primary schools would be forced by law to look after pupils from 08:00 until 18:00 to help working parents – but no other announcements about education policy

ü No increases in borrowing for day to day expenditure but Labour will make different choices

ü Introduce a mansion tax for properties worth over £2 million

ü An increased levy on banks

  • Ø No blank cheque for HS2
  • Ø Consultation regarding membership and relationship with the TUs started
  • Ø Submit all plans to the Office for Budget Responsibility for an affordability audit

û Conference called for a pledge to renationalise the Royal Mail, but this was rejected by the leadership

  • Ø We’re Britain - we can do better than this

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