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Green Party policies 2015

ECONOMY:
1. Clamp down on tax loopholes, avoidance and evasion. This could save the UK £70billion a year and pay off the deficit within 3 years.
2. Replace the minimum wage with a living wage of £8.10 per hour, rising to £10 per hour by 2020.
3. Introduce a wealth tax of 2% a year on those worth £2million+ to raise £35bn a year by the end of the Parliament.
4. Introduce a Robin Hood Tax of 0.1% on bank-to-bank transfers, to reduce risky trading & raise £25bn a year to fight poverty & climate change
5. Work towards a 35-hour working week. More jobs, fairer pay, more free time.
6. Raise £12bn a year and help local businesses compete, by increasing Corporation Tax to 30%.
7. Increase the top rate of income tax to 60%, raising an extra £2bn a year.
8. Take the power to create money away from private banks & instead establish a National Monetary Authority responsible for creating currency.

WELFARE: THE BASIC INCOME
1. Basic Income is a guaranteed, non-means-tested income sufficient to cover basic needs, and payable to every UK citizen.
2. Basic Income will replace the tax-free allowance & most social security benefits. Housing benefit will be remain, until transferred to BI.
3. Parents of children would receive £50 pw on their behalf. 18-65 year olds will receive £80 pw.
4. People with disabilities and single parents will be paid a supplement.
5. We would pay an extra £30 pw to those assessed by their GP as not capable of work.
6. A Basic Pension will pay £180pw to a single pensioner, £310 for a couple, and take all pensioners above the poverty line.
7. A Basic Income would mean less stigma and bureaucracy in the welfare system, and ensure work always pays more than unemployment.
8. The cost of BI would be recovered from replacing existing benefits, personal tax allowances and National Insurance thresholds.

NHS:
1. We would end the privatisation of our NHS. We would ensure that services remain free at the point of need and are fully funded by taxation.
2. Increase the NHS budget by £12bn a year to reverse cuts, invest in mental health and provide free dentistry and prescriptions.
3. Provide accessible, local community health centres that provide a wide range of services, including out-of-hours care.
4. Merge health and social care under local control and provide free social care for older people.
5. Ensure that spending on mental health care rises by 33% within our overall commitment to increase real spending on health.
6. Introduce the right for patients to choose an assisted death, within a rigorous framework of regulation.
7. Increase tax on unhealthy foods, to subsidise a third of the cost of fresh fruit and vegetables.
8. Improve access to addiction services to help reduce the £21billion lost each year to alcohol related harm

EDUCATION:
1. Scrap tuition fees to make University education free again, and restore EMA for 16-17 year olds.
2. Abolish OFSTED, SATS and League Tables. Long-term evaluation of schools should be conducted by parents, teachers and local authorities.
3. Ensure all heads and teachers have Qualified Teacher Status, whilst reaching average class size of 20 by 2020.
4. Provide a comprehensive nationwide system of good quality pre-school early education and childcare, free at the point of delivery.
5. Leave local education authorities free to decide how much to allocate to current education spending.
6. Increase funding for apprenticeships by 30%, and provide an apprenticeship to all qualified young people aged 16-25.
7. Remove charitable status from private schools & have them pay tax on their profits. Build no new academies or free schools
8. Provide free, locally sourced, nutritious lunches in schools and increase outdoor education and PE.

HOUSING:
1. Build 500,000 social homes to rent, ensuring development is evenly distributed across the UK (creating 35,000 jobs).
2. Establish a register of private landlords, to regulate the quality of rented housing and to control excessive rents.
3. Halve the number of empty homes (700,000) through Empty Property Use Orders.
4. Introduce 2 Council Tax bands above H. Extra tax paid by households worth £2m+ will pay for a tax cut for the bottom 66% of the population.
5. Scrap the Bedroom Tax
6. Invest in an insulation programme to cut energy costs for the poorest 9million homes (creating 100,000 jobs)
7. Offer £2billion a year to subsidise small-scale renewable generation schemes, allowing household to create more energy than they consume.
8. Require all new homes to be built to zero carbon standards, and give tenants the right to demand landlords improve energy efficiency.

CRIME AND JUSTICE:
1. Abolish Police and Crime Commissioners and return policing to local democratic control, with an increase in local police stations.
2. Improve the design of our cities to provide safer streets and public spaces.
3. Save £5bn a year by having low risk offenders work to repair damage done by crime, rather than being locked away with more serious criminals.
4. Treat drug addiction as a health issue and not wait for it to become a crime problem.
5. Require police forces to implement the Lawrence Report findings. Have Equality & Diversity officers take preventative action on hate crime.
6. Restrict police random stop and search powers, which damage public confidence in the police and infringes on civil liberties.
7. Provide proper funding for Women’s Refuges for victims of domestic violence, and treat rape allegations seriously.
8. Take international action to end the use of capital punishment worldwide.

CLIMATE CHANGE:
1. Aim to achieve a 90% reduction in greenhouse gases by 2030 and a zero-carbon economy by 2050.
2. Invest £1bn a year to give local authorities the funds to invest in flood and heatwave defences for homes and public buildings.
3. Prevent new building on flood plains
4. Introduce a tradable carbon quota scheme in 2018 to regulate the level of demand for energy and encourage use of low carbon energy sources.
5. Invest in new large-scale publicly-owned renewable generators and phase out fossil fuel-based generation and nuclear power.
6. Increase spending on recycling and waste disposal by 50%, and aim to recycle 70% of domestic waste by 2020.
7. Ban all UK fracking operations, following a growing number of nations worldwide.
8. Create 250,000 good jobs through investment in sustainable energy and defence against climate change.

TRANSPORT:
1. Save £1.2 billion, improve services, and reduce fares by renationalising the railways
2. End the major roads programme, instead spending the £15bn on reducing public transport fares by 10%.
3. Oppose HS2, and instead support a nationwide high-speed rail network that doesn’t just focus on The Capital.
4. Stop airport expansion, in particular no new runways at either Heathrow or Gatwick.
5. Allow local government to regulate affordable bus services, accessible to all, including those with disabilities.
6. Support free local transport for pensioners, and under 18s in full time education.
7. Reduce accidents and fuel use by introducing 20mph speed limits in residential areas.
8. Ensure cyclists and pedestrians get fair and safe share of road space.

INTERNATIONAL:
1. YES to an EU referendum in 2017. YES to reform of the EU, and YES to staying in a reformed Europe
2. Protect our public services and environment by fundamentally opposing the TTIP agreement.
3. Increase the overseas aid budget from 0.7% of GDP to 1% of GDP.
4. Help developing nations adapt to climate change through the UN Adaptation Fund.
5. Promote fair trade to ensure that workers in poor countries receive decent pay and conditions.
6. Use international aid to reduce the threat of war, and discourage repressive regimes that lead to the creation of refugees.
7. Make achieving a global deal on climate change the most important priority of our foreign policy.
8. Promote sustainable development in the developing world, so that there is greater equality between the rich and poor nations.

PEACE AND DEFENCE:
1. Lead the way to nuclear disarmament by scrapping Trident and saving £100billion.
2. Prohibit the development, production, stockpiling and use of chemical, biological and nuclear weapons.
3. Pursue a policy of ‘defensive defence’, which threatens no one yet makes it clear that attacks will be resisted.
4. Preventing violent conflict overseas through genuine peacekeeping and aiding local capacities to manage conflict.
5. Support a negotiated settlement between Russia and Ukraine, while developing a new security structure for the region.
6. Ensure our services are prepared for ‘environmental defence’ and disaster relief to combat the increasing threat of climate change.
7. Regulate arms sales through a halt to Government subsidies and a strict licensing regime.
8. Halt all military cooperation with, and sales of arms to, countries involved in internal repression.

GOVERNMENT AND DEMOCRACY:
1. Bring in proportional representation, to improve our democracy and end the confrontational nature of two-party politics.
2. Introduce the right to vote at 16.
3. Establish an independent body to manage and scrutinise MPs expenses.
4. Move towards a written constitution with a Bill of Rights.
5. Ensure that all lobbying, and in particular corporate lobbying, is registered and fully disclosed.
6. Aspire to a 50:50 Parliament by 2025 with equal numbers of male and female MPs.
7. Introduce referenda on local government decisions if called for by 20% of the local electorate.
8. Increase local authority budgets to allow councils to restore essential local services and create more than 200,000 local jobs.

MIGRATION:
1. Some immigration controls will be needed for the foreseeable future. However, we reject an arbitrary numerical cap on net migration.
2. Expand training of UK residents in the NHS so that we have less need to take health workers from developing countries.
3. Assist integration by making free English lessons available to all new immigrants.
4. Allow existing irregular migrants who have been here for five years or more to become legal and start paying taxes.
5. Ensure that no prospective immigrant is held in detention. The detention of children and pregnant women should cease immediately.
6. No restrictions on foreign students. They contribute hugely to our education system, through paying fees and increasing perspectives.
7. No priority simply for economic reasons. The London housing market has been gravely distorted by the number of rich migrants.
8. Support victims of trafficking and refugees seeking sanctuary from wars, political repression or climate change.

“…BUT HOW WOULD YOU PAY FOR IT?”

Amongst other measures, these would be our top ten sources of new income:
(By 2019…)
• We would take action on tax avoidance, which currently costs the UK £70billion a year (we aim to recoup £10bn per year, rising to £50bn a year by 2019) Recouping this money would pay off the deficit within 3 years.
• A Wealth Tax of 2% on the assets of those worth £2 million+ would raise £35billion
• A Robin Hood Tax of 0.1% on bank-to-bank transactions would raise £25billion (to spend on tackling inequality and climate change)
• Increasing Corporation Tax to 30% would raise £12.5billion
• Abolishing Capital Allowance would raise £25billion
• VAT and fuel duty on aviation would raise £20billion
• A tax on unhealthy food would raise £6.7billion (also used to subsidise local, healthy food)
• Abolishing mortgage relief for landlords would raise £5.8billion
• Increase in alcohol and tobacco taxes would raise £5.7billion
• Introduction of environmental taxes would raise £5billion
Our overall spending plan would mean that spending as a percentage of GDP would be lower than at the end of the last Labour government, and the deficit would be paid off by 2018.

Kieran Tuner-Dave on paying for the Basic Income (non-manifesto):
“We have handed over £375 billion to banks through Quantitative Easing. For each £1 created by the banks, only 8p has ‘trickled down’ into the real economy – the rest has been spent on financial products and bankers’ bonuses. This equates to £6,000 for every man, woman and child in Britain. The Basic Income would cost a fraction of what has been spent on QE and would provide a real stimulus package, paid directly to the population, to help fight poverty and boost local businesses.”

MISCELLANEOUS MANIFESTO POLICIES:

ANIMALS:
• End the keeping of captive whales and dolphins for commercial purposes
• End the badger cull.
• Localise the food chain, encouraging local farmers’ markets, and reduce the dominance of supermarkets.
• A complete ban on cages for egg-laying hens
• Mandatory labelling of meat and dairy products as to method of production and the method of slaughter.
• Mandatory CCTV in all slaughterhouses.
• Tougher regulations on animal transportation, including a maximum limit of 8 hours and an end to live export from the UK.
• Stop non-medical experiments on animals

SCIENCE:
• Ensure that adequate government funding goes to research on major environmental issues such as climate change, pollution and biodiversity loss, and less is spent on military research.
• Ensure that basic research is adequately funded and is not controlled by large corporations, and spend roughly 1% of GDP on scientific research.
• Ensure that scientific research is conducted ethically, with regard in particular to human and animal welfare.
• Publish freely the results of all publicly funded research
• Prevent the patenting of genes and living organisms.
• Provide £5bn over the Parliament to support research and development into less energy intensive industrial processes
• Spend £2.5bn over the Parliament on an intensive research programme into other renewables such as wave and tidal stream generators or other approaches, and also into storage technologies.

WASTE:
• Move towards a circular economy.
• Reduce what we use, reuse it when we have finished with it, and recycle as a last resort.
• Use taxation and regulation to ensure that products and packaging are designed with a view to what happens to them when they stop being useful.
• Increase national spending on re-cycling and waste disposal by about 50%, so that we can do away with damaging incineration and landfill.
• Aim to recycle 70% of domestic waste by 2020 as a move towards a zero-waste system.

EQUALITIES:
• Require all police forces to have equality and diversity liaison officers to prevent discrimination and racist crimes.
• Implement a UK-wide strategy to tackle violence against women, including domestic violence, rape and sexual abuse and trafficking.
• Enforce penalties against employers who continue to implement unequal pay.
• Work vigorously towards ensuring that all levels of Government are representative of the diversity of the populations for whom they work.
• Follow Scotlands lead and make it illegal to stop nursing mothers feeding their babies in a public place.
• Oblige schools to promote equal opportunities in their anti-bullying procedures and equality issues to be monitored in teaching recruitment.
• Ensure consistent long term funding for a national network of Rape Crisis Centres, spending up to £100m on the network over the Parliament

LGBT:
• End discrimination against LGBTIQ people in, amongst other things, gay and bisexuals giving blood, becoming and being parents, the reduction of medical budgets particularly relevant to these groups and applications for refugee status.
• Combat homophobic and transphobic violence by extending UK legislation against all forms of hate crime.
• Provide better training for law enforcement officers.
• Take action against homophobic and transphobic bullying in schools.
• Promote respect and recognition of LGBTIQ families.
• Oppose cuts to the NHS, which make it harder for trans people to access gender reassignment services.
• Ensure effective protection for LGBTIQ asylum seekers.
• Support the human rights struggles of these groups in oppressive states.

DISABILITY:
• End the pernicious system whereby an external contractor (ATOS) assesses whether people are fit for work and return to the system of relying on the judgement of GPs.
• Increase Carers’ Allowance by 50% – 6.5 million carers save the state £119bn.
• Work towards ending stigma against people with mental health problems, including discrimination in employment.
• Provide carers with more generous and consistent support through the Basic Income and Citizens’ Pension.
• Integrate health and care services to look after carers as well as those they care for.
• Recognise the special needs of children with disabilities and their families, in education, in the transition to adult life, in childcare, healthcare and the benefits system.
• Retain the Independent Living Fund (ILF) on which over 18,000 severely disabled people rely instead of being in residential care
• Ensure that effective action is taken to prevent discrimination against disabled people.

YOUNG PEOPLE:
• Double the current investment in young people’s services from £98 spent per person aged 13–19 per annum on out-of-school services to just under £200.
• Create 2000 Young People’s Centres (YPCs), dedicated spaces for young people to meet and be creative and support teenagers in difficulty.
• Entitle every person under 18 in full time education to free off-peak bus fares.
• Lower the voting age to 16;
• Make higher education free and end the student loan system.
• Support the right of young people all over Europe to go to other parts of the EU to work and broaden their experience
• Provide more training and work experience for young unemployed people through expanding apprenticeships.
• Ban size zero models in the fashion industry to reduce pressure on girls to conform to an unhealthy and unrealistic ideal, and to protect models.

INTERNET:
• Accept that government agencies may need to intercept communications. But there is no case for secret unaccountable mass surveillance of the type exposed by Ed Snowden.
• Replace the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA).
• Support the EUs proposals to strengthen data protection laws against opposition from large US data driven companies.
• Accept that censorship by service providers is appropriate in preventing the dissemination of child abuse images, and give parents choice to block inappropriate material.
• Initiate a more relaxed approach to copyright, with shorter copyright terms, more exceptions for personal copying and for fair dealing, and ending the ability to copyright or patent broad software and cultural ideas.
• Ensure that all have digital access and give BT an obligation to provide affordable high-speed broadband-capable infrastructure to every household.