Prime minister Theresa May launched the Conservative manifesto on Thursday morning, ahead of the general election next month.
Core to the manifesto are Theresa May's pledge to to lower immigration, raise the tax-free personal allowance and increase NHS funding in their general election manifesto. Other proposals include:
- The previous ban on new selective schools will be lifted alongside provision put in place to ensure pupils can join at other ages as well as 11. Schools will also be banned from creating new places at schools rated inadequate or requires improvement. Plans for a national funding formula will be also transformed to ensure that no school loses out with the overall schools budget will increase by £4 billion by 2022.
- There will be no increase in the level of VAT.
- A commitment to raise the tax-free personal allowance to £12,500 by 2020 will stay.
- New powers to be given to the Pensions Regulator to issue "punitive" fines for those found to have "wilfully left a pension scheme under-resourced" and, if necessary, powers similar to those held by the Insolvency Service to disqualify the relevant company directors.
- New criminal offence to be considered for company directors who "deliberately or recklessly put at risk" a pension scheme's ability to meet its obligations.
- Review rail ticketing to remove "complexity and perverse" pricing, with a passenger ombudsman introduced.
- Minimum service levels agreed with train companies and staff during times of industrial action. A pledge to make this mandatory if a deal cannot be reached voluntarily.
- To eradicate the deficit by the middle of the next decade.
- To "maintain" the overall size of the armed forces, retain the Trident continuous-at-sea nuclear deterrent.
- New powers to force internet firms to remove explicit or extremist material, backed by legal power to impose fines.
- A pledge to meet an existing commitment to build a million homes by the end of 2020, with a further 500,000 by the end of 2022.
- New "council housing deals" to allow local authorities to build more social housing.
- A commitment to halve rough sleeping over the course of the next parliament and eliminate it by 2027.
- The Tories will legislate to make executive pay packages subject to strict annual votes by shareholder.
- Listed companies will have to publish the ratio of executive pay to to the broader UK workforce.
- Companies employing more than 250 people will be required to publish more data on the pay gap between men and women.
- Smart meters to be offered to every household and business by the end of 2020 and it made easier to switch energy providers.
Theresa May has set forth a fantastic manifesto for a strong and stable government. The entire manifesto can be found here. It is important now, more than ever, that we take our pledges and plans to the doorsteps of every citizen across Nottingham!