The Conservative and Unionist Party Manifesto 2019 outlines our key priorities for the next Parliament, which will create increased opportunities for families and households across Waveney and right across the United Kingdom.
Amongst a number of announcements, I am pleased to read of Boris Johnson’s commitments to coastal and rural communities, to working families and to increased investment in our local services and infrastructure.
I have outlined some of the most important of these here:
Getting Brexit done:
- Our priority as Conservatives is to deliver on the people’s decision in 2016 and use our new post-Brexit freedoms to transform the UK for the better.
Supporting working families:
- We’ve doubled the personal allowance to £12,500, meaning that every worker gets to keep more of what they earn.
- We’ve introduced and consistently raised the National Living Wage – and will raise it still further.
- A Conservative Government commits to not raising income tax or VAT
- We will raise the National Insurance threshold to £9,500, representing a tax cut for 31 million people
- We will establish a new £1 billion fund to help create more high quality, affordable childcare, including before and after school and during the school holidays.
Helping people buy and rent:
- We will encourage a new market in long-term fixed rate mortgages which slash the cost of deposits, opening up a secure path to home ownership for first-time buyers in all parts of the United Kingdom
- We will offer more homes to local families, enabling councils to use developers’ contributions via the planning process to discount homes in perpetuity by a third for local people who cannot otherwise afford to buy in their area.
- We will maintain our commitment to a Right to Buy for all council tenants
- We will bring in a Better Deal for Renters, including only requiring one ‘lifetime’ deposit which moves with the tenant.
- This will create a fairer rental market: if you’re a tenant, you will be protected from revenge evictions and rogue landlords, and if you’re one of the many good landlords, we will strengthen your rights of possession.
- We have extended the Help to Buy scheme from 2021 to 2023 and will review new ways to support home ownership following its completion.
Invest in Britain’s people:
- In his first months in office, Boris Johnson announced an extra £14 billion in funding for schools. That translates to £150 million a week, and will include at least £5,000 a year for each secondary school pupil and at least £4,000 for each primary school pupil. This also includes £780 million in new funding to support children with Special Educational Needs next year alone.
- We will create a new National Skills Fund worth £3 billion over the next Parliament. This fund will provide matching funding for individuals and SMEs for high-quality education and training.
- Just as universities have been transformed by significant long-term investment over the last few decades, we need to make sure local colleges are equally excellent places for people to learn. We are therefore investing almost £2 billion to upgrade the entire further education college estate.
Local Health Services:
- The Conservative Party will guarantee extra funding for the NHS, with 50,000 more nurses and 50 million more GP surgery appointments a year.
- We commit to treating mental health with the same urgency as physical health
- We will develop new treatments for serious diseases. We will extend the successful Cancer Drugs Fund into an Innovative Medicines Fund so that doctors can use the most advanced, life-saving treatments for conditions such as cancer or autoimmune disease, or for children with other rare diseases.
- There will be further funding for regions struggling to recruit in disciplines such as mental health
Support for older people:
- On entering Government in 2010, the Conservatives acted decisively to protect the UK’s pensioners. The ‘triple lock’ we introduced has meant that those who have worked hard and put in for decades can be confident that the state will be there to support them when they need it.
- We will keep the Triple Lock
- We will keep the Winter Fuel Payment
- We will keep the Older Persons Bus Pass
- We will lobby the BBC to maintain the free TV Licence for the over 75s
Protecting the environment:
- We will set up a new independent Office For Environmental Protection and introduce our own legal targets, including for air quality
- 4 Billion of new funding will be spent on flood defences over the coming years
- We will help lower energy bills by investing £9.2 billion in the energy efficiency of homes, schools and hospitals.
- We will support gas for hydrogen production and nuclear energy, including fusion, as important parts of the energy system, alongside increasing our commitment to renewables
- We will establish a new £500 million Blue Planet Fund to help protect our oceans from plastic pollution, warming sea temperatures and overfishing, and extend the Blue Belt programme to preserve the maritime environment. We will continue to lead diplomatic efforts to protect 30 per cent of the world’s oceans by 2030.
- In the next decade, we will work with the market to deliver two million new high quality jobs in clean growth.
- The offshore wind industry will reach 40GW by 2030, and new floating wind farms.
- £800 million will be allocated to build the first fully deployed carbon capture storage cluster by the mid-2020s.
Supporting rural and coastal communities:
- We will establish a £150 million Community Ownership Fund to encourage local takeovers of civic organisations or community assets that are under threat – local football clubs, but also pubs or post offices.
- British farmers and fishermen should be able to profit by producing food and fish that are the envy of the world – both for their quality and the high standards to which they were produced.
- There will be a legal commitment to fish sustainably and maximum sustainable yield for each stock.
- We will guarantee the current annual budget to farmers for every year of next parliament
- To encourage thriving high streets we will cut taxes for local retail, pubs, cinemas, music venues.
To read the Manifesto in full, please visit: https://assets-global.website-files.com/5da42e2cae7ebd3f8bde353c/5dda924905da587992a064ba_Conservative%202019%20Manifesto.pdf