How the Manifestos Compare – GE2017

Labour, Lib Dems and the Tories have now all  launched their manifestos and this time round we certainly can’t complain that you can’t tell the parties apart! Jeremy Corbyn has pushed Labour to the far left with ambitions for the re-nationalisation of the railways, energy companies and Royal Mail, throwing billions at our public services, including abolishing university fees. Theresa May has the Conservatives focused on a ‘hard’ Brexit. Whilst the Lib Dems are looking to completely overturn the decision to leave the EU, with a second referendum.

However the Economist pointed out some interesting overlaps. Everyone is offering free school grub: lunch from both Labour and the Lib Dems, breakfast from the Tories. Labour and the Lib Dems are unified in giving the vote to 16-year-olds (who might be more inclined to vote for them) and protecting pensions (for people who generally don’t vote for them). Conservatives have swallowed many UKIP voters with the promise of a hard Brexit, a crack down on immigration and the re-introduction of ‘grammar’ schools. At the same time, they are dancing on Labour’s turf with plans to cap energy bills.

So who should you vote for? Check out our table below:

Party
LeaderTheresa MayJeremy CorbynTim Fallon
Key MessageStrong and stable leadership in the national interest For the many not the Few Change the direction of our country
BrexitLeave the single market, the customs union and end freedom of movement of EU citizens.

Secure the rights of EU nationals in the UK and Britons in the EU a common travel area with a “frictionless” border with Ireland

Sound bites: 'No deal is better than a bad deal for the UK'; Britain will stop paying 'vast sums of money' to the EU, although a continued contribution has not been ruled out
Abolish the current white paper on Brexit, placing more priority on retaining the single market and the customs union.

Maintain existing rights for EU nationals living in Britain and UK citizens living in the EU

Sound bites: 'No deal' is not a viable option.
'Labour wants a jobs-first Brexit, a Brexit that safeguards the future of Britain's vital industries, a Brexit that paves the way to a genuinely fairer society, protecting human rights and an upgraded economy.'
Protect the single market, the customs union, the right of EU citizens to live in the UK and of UK citizens to live abroad.

Hold a second referendum once a deal has been reached, that offers the option of remaining in the EU
EconomyBalanced budget by 2025

10 year timeline to achieve OECD 2.4% of GDP average for investments in R&D
New £23bn national productivity investment fund

New cap on energy tariffs, retaining price protection rights for vulnerable customers, but retaining a competitive market

Increase national living wage to 60% of median earnings by 2020
Balance government spending with the amount it raises in taxes

Deficit on day-to-day spending eliminated within five years

£500bn ($350bn from the public purse) to create a new national investment bank to both fill the gap in lending left by private banks and to provide long-term finance for an intensive research and development (R&D) investment programme

Rail companies, energy companies and Royal Mail to be returned to public ownership.

Train fares to be capped
Eliminate the day-to-day spending deficit by 2020 to control national debt, then borrow only to invest

Boost economy with a £100bn package of additional infrastructure investment

Independent review to establish a living wage across all sectors
Taxes & PensionsBy 2020, increase the tax free personal allowance to £12,500 and raise the threshold for 40% higher rate tax to £50,000 by 2020

Give local residents the power to veto high council tax increases via a referendum.

No VAT increase
Corporation tax reduced to 17% by 2020

Pensions triple lock maintained until 2020 and a new double lock thereafter.

Means test winter fuel payments
No income tax rise for those earning less than £80,000pa

No national insurance contributions or VAT increases

Guarantee the state pension triple lock
Increasing the tax of large corporations by ‘a little more’ For an analysis with the problems relating to income tax - click here
1p rise in income tax in England, Wales and Northern Ireland to be ring-fenced for the NHS and social care

Reverse lowered rates of corporation tax, capital gains tax and marriage allowance

Maintain the triple lock on state pensions inline with the highest of earnings growth, price growth or 2.5%
HealthNHS funding increased by a at least £8bn in real terms over the next five years

Brexit negotiations to prioritise securing the 140,000 staff from EU countries who contributions to NHS and social care
New and upgraded primary care facilities, mental health clinics and hospitals

Emphasis on recovering the cost of medical treatment from non-UK residents
No income tax rise for those earning less than £80,000pa

No national insurance contributions or VAT increases

Guarantee the state pension triple lock

Increasing the tax of large corporations by ‘a little more’ For an analysis with the problems relating to income tax - click here
1p rise in income tax rate to raise £6bn a year that will only be spent on the NHS and social care services

Mental health waiting time to be standardise inline with physical health care

Better integration of health and social care and a cap on social care costs
EducationNew schools will no longer be allowed to be selective and pupils can join at ages other than just at 11.

To build at least a hundred new free schools a year with councils banned from creating new places at schools rated inadequate or requiring improvement

Increase overall schools budget by £4bn by 2022 and redirect £1bn of national funding formula to ensure no school loses out
Ask universities and independent schools to help run state schools

Free breakfast to every child in every year of primary school in place of free school lunches for first three years

Reinstate grammar schools
A new unified national education service for England that is free at the point of use

Abolish university tuition fees, reintroduce maintenance grants, and restore the education maintenance allowance for 16-18 year olds from lower and middle income backgrounds

Free school lunches for all schoolchildren

Invest nearly £7bn extra in education, increasing school budgets and the pupil premium

Triple early years pupil premium to £1,000 and repeal rule that all new state-funded schools must be free schools or academies, giving local authorities democratic control

Reinstate maintenance grants for poorest university students

Reject plans for grammar schools

Free school lunches
ImmigrationReduce immigration to ‘sustainable’ levels, creating a net annual migration of tens rather than hundreds of thousands

Increase earnings threshold for those sponsoring migrants for family visas

Overseas students will remain in the immigration statistics

Asylum offered to people affected by conflict and oppression, but ‘work hard’ to lower the number of asylum claims
A new unified national education service for England that is free at the point of use

Abolish university tuition fees, reintroduce maintenance grants, and restore the education maintenance allowance for 16-18 year olds from lower and middle income backgrounds

Free school meals for all schoolchildren

Labour hopes pledge to scrap tuition fees will attract students and 18- to 24-year-olds who still strongly support the party

Growth, jobs and prosperity to be prioritised over ‘bogus immigration targets’

Honour international law’s moral obligations and intentions by taking in a ‘fair share’ of refugees

Immigration statistics will not include students but they will crack down on fake colleges
Make positive case for immigration and make all hate crimes an aggravated offence

Push for freedom of movement in Brexit negotiations

Expand the Syrian vulnerable persons resettlement scheme to offer sanctuary to 50,000 people

Reopen Dubs scheme to take 3,000 unaccompanied minors from Europe
HousingMeet 2015 commitment to deliver 1m homes by the end of 2020 and deliver 500,000 more by the end of 2022

Deliver reforms proposed in the housing white paper to free up more land

Build new fixed-term social houses which will be sold privately after 10-15 years with automatic right to buy for tenants
Build over 1m new homes, and 100,000 council and housing association homes a year

Help-to-buy funding until 2027 for first-time buyers.

Controls on rent rises for private renters

Suspend the right to buy until councils can prove they have a plan to replace homes

Scrap the bedroom tax and reverse decision to abolish housing benefit for 18-21 year olds
Increase housebuilding to 300,000 a year, with 30,000 rent-to-own homes a year by 2020

Set in motion at least 10 new garden cities

Ban landlords from letting out poorly insulated homes
DefenceContinue to help maintain the UN and Nato

Meet Nato target of at least 2% of GDP on defence and increase budget by at least 0.5% above inflation in every year of the new parliament

Retain Trident, invest £178bn in new military equipment for the armed forces over the next decade, and complete the Astute class of hunter-killer submarines
Put conflict resolution and human rights at the forefront of foreign policy

Back effective action to alleviate the refugee crisis

Commit to spending at least 2% of GDP on defence

Support the renewal of the Trident nuclear deterrent
Support the UN and Nato, focusing on conflict prevention and only resorting to military intervention as a last resort

Control arms exports to countries listed as human rights priority countries.

Suspend arms sales to Saudi Arabia

Commit to spending 2% of GDP on defence and maintain a minimum nuclear deterrent
EnvironmentMeet 2050 carbon reduction objective and take action against poor air quality

Develop the shale industry, legislate to change planning law for fracking applications, and set up a shale environmental regulator, with more tax revenues going to communities that host extraction sites
Ensure UK meets its climate change targets and transitions to a low-carbon economy

Ban fracking, stay committed to renewable energy projects, support further nuclear projects, and introduce a new Clean Air Act to deal with illegal air quality
Ensure UK meets its climate commitments and pass five green laws covering transport, carbon emissions, nature, green buildings and waste

Oppose fracking

Ensure 4m properties receive insulation retrofits by 2022

Prevent 40,000 deaths a year with an air quality plan
WelfareWinter fuel payments for pensioners will be means-tested and people will pay more towards home care visits to plug the £2.8 billion social care funding gap.

Pensioners will stop paying for their own care once their savings and assets are down to £100,000. At present only £23,250 is protected.

But a person's home will be counted among their assets when they are means-tested for domiciliary care (currently this only applies to people needing residential care) meaning more people will pay.

No-one will have to sell their home during their lifetime, as they will be able to borrow money which will be paid back from their estate after their death.
Labour plans to reduce the number of people sleeping rough by doubling the number of homes available for use by homeless people. Four thousand new flats and homes would be ring-fenced for rough sleepers in cities such as Bristol, Liverpool and Birmingham.

The carer's allowance would be increased by an extra £10 a week - a 17% increase.

The two-child limit on child benefit would be scrapped.

The Winter Fuel Allowance and free bus passes for pensioners would be retained
Place long-term homeless people into independent homes bypassing emergency shelters as well as increasing local authority funding for homelessness prevention services

Reverse cuts to universal credit, and abolish the work capability assessment.

Introduce civil partnerships for heterosexual couples.
WorkThe largest increase of workers' rights with pledges to:

Keep all workers' rights currently guaranteed by EU law; worker representation on company boards; pensions protected; a statutory right to a year's unpaid leave to care for a relative.
A 20-point plan including:

Equal rights for all workers from day one; ban zero-hours contracts; guarantee trade unions a right to access workplaces; end the public sector pay cap; raise the minimum wage; ban unpaid internships; abolish employment tribunal fees; increase and extend paternity pay; introduce a 'real living wage' of at least £10/hr

Four new UK-wide bank holidays

Introduce mandatory reporting on the ethnicity pay gap for organisations with 250 employees or more

Scrap the public sector pay cap, which limits pay rises for workers to 1% per year until 2020
Read the ManifestosConservatives: "Forward Together" (88 pages)Labour: "For the many not the few" (124 pages)Liberal Democrats: "Change Britain’s future" (95 pages)
1 Comment
  1. Christine Marsden 6 months ago

    Thank you @studentsurveyor. It’s the first time I’ve seen the policies side by side.

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