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15 April 2015Greens' Election Manifesto 2015: For the common good

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You can read their full manifesto here.

You can read our blog about the Greens' manifesto here

Key policies

  • Plans to renationalise the railways;curb emissions
  • Reverse what the party sees as the "creeping privatisation" of the NHS
  • Raise the top rate of income tax to 60p
  • Increase the minimum wage to a living wage of at least £10
  • Decommission Britain's Trident nuclear weapons
  • A plan for a free nationwide home insulation programme to help tackle nine million cold homes, and lift two million homes out of fuel poverty

The economy

A key theme of the Green Party's manifesto is to end austerity and "transform" the UK economy in order to "close the gap between the rich and the poor".

  • Increase public spending to almost half of national income
  • Close taxation loopholes and crack down on tax avoidance
  • Introduce a wealth tax of 1-2% on people worth £3m or more
  • Salaries above £150,000 a year to incur a 60% income tax rate
  • Introduce a financial transaction tax (a "Robin Hood" tax) on banks
  • Increase the National Minimum Wage to a living wage for all, of £10 per hour by 2020
  • Create one million well-paid new public sector jobs
  • Reduce National Insurance contributions
  • Ensure the highest wage in any business is no more than ten times the lowest wage

The environment and transport

  • Ban fracking for shale gas
  • Phase out coal fired power and stop new nuclear reactors
  • A public programme of renewables, flood defences and home insulation
  • Invest £45bn in a free nationwide retrofit insulation programme to make nine million homes warmer, and lift two million households out of fuel poverty
  • £35bn in public investment in renewable power over the next parliament
  • All schools, hospitals and public buildings would have solar panels by 2020
  • An extra £1bn invested in flood defences annually
  • Tackle emissions by scrapping the government's national roads building programme
  • Subsidise public transport and return the railways to national ownership
  • Stop airport expansion
  • Invest in electric vehicle charging points

Housing

  • Abolish the "bedroom tax"
  • Provide 500,000 social rented homes by 2020
  • Bring empty homes back into us
  • Cap rents, introduce longer tenancies and licence landlords to provide greater protection to renters.

Health

The manifesto document and its executive summary also highlights the NHS as a key priority with pledges to:

  • End the "creeping privatisation" of the NHS and repeal the government's Health and Social Care Act 2012
  • Increase the overall NHS budget by £12bn a year to overcome the current "funding crisis"
  • Thereafter, increase the budget in real terms by 1.2%
  • Raise alcohol and tobacco taxes to help fund this
  • Provide free social care for people at the end of life
  • Require NHS staff to declare financial interests that conflict with their role
  • Stop further private financial initiative (PFIs) contracts and sale of NHS assets
  • Increase resources for mental health to make it a greater priority

Education

  • Scrap university tuition fees and invest £1.5bn extra a year in further education
  • Promote a "comprehensive system" of local schools staffed by qualified teachers
  • Bring academies and free schools into the local authority system
  • Introduce a free but voluntary universal early education and childcare service from birth to seven years old
  • Restore the education maintenance allowance for 16 and 17-year-olds
  • Oppose privatisation of further education
Foreign affairs and defence
  • Make securing a global agreement on climate change the main foreign policy priority
  • Scrap all the UK's nuclear weapons
  • Increase overseas aid to 1% of GDP within 5 years
  • Stop the EU-US free trade deal TTIP