General Election 2015 – main party policies
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EDUCATION– Securing a good school for every child so they can learn the skills and key subjects they need to succeed in life
– Creating 3 million apprenticeships by the end of the next Parliament (so young people can learn a trade and reach their full potential) – Investing £18 billion in new schools (so buildings and facilities match our ambition for the next generation)
– Ensure that all teachers in all state schools become qualified and continue to build their skills, with more opportunities for high quality professional development, new career pathways and revalidation on a rolling basis
– Introduce robust local oversight of all schools through new Directors of School Standards in every local area, responsible for intervening in underperforming schools so that standards are raised, and commissioning new schools transparently and fairly so that there is proper planning for new school places where they are needed
– Transform vocational education in our schools and colleges, with a new gold standard Technical Baccalaureate for 16 to 19 year olds, with rigorous vocational qualifications, accredited by employers, a high quality work placement and English and maths to 18
– Increase our early years pupil premium (which gives early years settings extra money when they take on children from disadvantaged backgrounds) to £1000 per pupil per year – Protect early years, sixth form and college budgets – Investment from cradle to college to raise standards – Extend free school meals to all children in primary education, as resources allow, and after a full evaluation of free meals for infants, while ensuring that school food standards apply to all schools – A discount buss pass for under-21s so they can afford to travel to college or work – A Head Teachers programme to expand and help move top leaders to the areas where they are most needed, thus increasing the number of teaching schools (centres of teaching excellence and support to other schools) – Guarantee that all teachers in state-funded schools will be fully qualified or working towards Qualified teacher Status (QTS). Free schools and academies will not be allowed to emply unqualified teachers from September 2016 – Help establish a new profession-led Royal College of Teachers to eventually oversee new qualified teacher status and professional development – Establish an independent Educational Standards Authority (ESA) entirely removed from ministerial interference– Introduce an option for students to take an Apprenticeship Qualification instead of four non-core GCSE, which can be continued at A-Level. Students can take up apprenticeships in jobs with certified professionals qualified to grade the progress of the student
– Subject to academic performance UKIP will remove tuition fees for students taking approved degrees in science, medicine, technology, engineering and maths; on the condition that they live, work and pay tax in the UK for five years after the completion of their degrees
– Scrap the target of 50% of school leavers going to university
– Students from the EU will pay the same student fee rates as International students
– Support the principle of Free Schools that are open to the whole community and uphold British values
– Existing schools will be allowed to apply to become grammar schools and select according to ability and aptitude. Selection ages will be flexible and determined by the school in consultation with the local authority
– Schools will be investigated by OFSTED on the presentation of a petition to the Department for Education signed by 25% of parents or governors
– Bring free schools and academies under Local Authority control and build the next generation pf high-quality local comprehensive schools – Replace OFSTED with a National Council of Educational Excellence: a supportive, cooperative system working in conjunction with our wider policy to devolve power and accountability to a more local level – Ensure all teachers are properly qualified, abolish SATS and Year 1 phonics tests – Raise school starting age to six if parents want it – Scrap National Curriculum – Allow 16 and 17-year-olds to vote in all UK elections – Scrap university tuition fees , and abolish sats and league tables – Free schools and academies to be integrated into local authority system
– Planning of school places and other planning roles returned to local authorities – All teachers will be employed through local authorities and have qualified teacher status
– Grammar schools will gradually be integrated into the comprehensive system
– Faith schools: no publicly funded school shall be run by a religious organisation
– New evening youth schools will create safe places where teenagers can learn as they socialise
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HEALTH– Reducing bureaucracy to pay for more than 8,000 more doctors and 6,000 more nurses on wards (so frontline services deliver for you and your family) – Making services more efficient for patients
– Launching a new Cancer Drugs Fund, which has already helped more than 60,000 people. After the next election we’ll continue to invest in the NHS, increasing spending in real terms every year – We’re also committed to giving everyone access to a GP seven days a week by 2020, so you and your family can see your doctor when it suits you
– Guarantee that you will be able to see a GP within 48 hours, which will help to tackle A&E waiting times – Make mental health the priority it deserves to be. People will have access to the treatment and services they need – All professional NHS staff receive mental health training – We will bring together physical health, mental health and social care into a single system of whole-person care – An additional 20,000 nurses and 8,000 GPs by 2020, and a one-week cancer test guarantee – Repeal David Cameron’s Health and Social Care Act, putting right the worst of the changes the Tories have made –  Ensure that the Secretary of State has a duty to guarantee a national service free at the point of use – Remove enforced competition; ensure private patients aren’t put before NHS patients; and tackle conflicts of interest – Make sure the NHS is focused not on competition but on collaboration, so that the system is properly integrated to work in the interests of patients – Stop the NHS wasting money on competition lawyers instead of patient care – NHS budget will rise by at least inflation – Equal rights for mental health patients to get treated just as fast as people with physical health problems – Introduce a new £250 'Carer's Bonus' so carers can take a proper break every year – Guarantee pensioners the best ever system for increasing the state pension by legislating for our triple lock of uprating by the higher of earnings growth, prices growth or 2.5% – Ensure pensioners are able to benefit from our introducion of a higher level of personal allowance (£12.500 by 2020) – Withdraw eligibility for the Winter Fuel Payment and free TV licence from pensioners on the higher rate (40%) of income tax. We will retain the current free bus pass for all pensioners – Pass a Nature Bill to set natural capital, biodiversity, clean air and water targets and empower the National Capital Committee to recommend actions to meet these targets – Massively expand accessible green space, complete the coastal path and improve the 'Right to Roam' – Commit to ending the use of landfill in a generation – Introduce a new 'Right to respite' package for carers, including an annual 'Carer's Respite Bonus 'worth £250 for those carers looking after someone for 35 hours or more each week over a 12-month period – Ensure the NHS is free at the point of delivery and time of need for all UK residents
– We will stop further use of PFI in the NHS and encourage local authorities to buy out their PFI contracts early where this is affordable
– Ensure that GPs’ surgeries are open at least one evening per week, where there is demand for it
– UKIP opposes plans to charge patients for visiting their GP
– We will ensure that visitors to the UK, and migrants until they have paid NI for five years, have NHS-approved private health insurance as a condition of entry to the UK, saving the NHS £2bn pa. UKIP will commit to spending £200m of the £2bn saving to end hospital car parking charges in England
– We will replace Monitor and the Care Quality Commission with elected county health boards to be more responsive scrutineers of local health services. These will be able to inspect health services and take evidence from whistle-blowers
– UKIP opposes the sale of NHS data to third parties
– We will ensure foreign health service professionals coming to work in the NHS are properly qualified and can speak English to a standard acceptable to the profession
– UKIP will amend working time rules to give trainee doctors, surgeons and medics the proper environment to train and practise
– There will be a duty on all health service staff to report low standards of care

– Stop the privatisation of our National Health Service and where possible reverse public service sell offs – Foundation hospitals and internal markets will be abolished, PFI abandoned and prescription charges abolished – A new NHS Tax will be introduced specifically to fund the health service
– “Alternative” medicine will be promoted – Private healthcare will be more heavily taxed, with special levies on private hospitals that employ staff who were trained on the NHS
– The state will provide free condoms and fund research for new contraceptives
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ENERGY/ ENVIRONMENT– A Labour government will freeze gas and electricity bills until 2017, scrap OFGEM and introduce a regulator with power to force price cutrs and revoke licences– Lead global nuclear disarmament by reducing our stockpile of nuclear missiles – Invest to make the UK a world leader in low carbon cars, energy efficiency and hi-tech manufacturing (minimum £100 billion more private investment by 2020) and continue the Regional Growth Fund to back growing businesses – Cut energy bills and create jobs with a national programme to insulate homes (including council tax cut for those that take part) – Set a legally binding decarbonisation target range for 2030 for the power sector of 50-100g of CO2 per kWh, which will largely be achieved by expansion of renewable electricity (with an indicative target of 60% of electricity generation from renewable sources by 2030) – Work to secure an agreement on a global climate treaty at the 2025/6 UN Climate Conference – Argue for EU and global commitments to zero net deforestation, globally, by 2020 and provide greater resources for international environmental cooperation – Repeal the Climate Change Act 2008, which costs the economy £18bn a year
– Support a diverse energy market including coal, nuclear, shale gas, geothermal, tidal, solar, conventional gas and oil
– Scrap the Large Combustion Plant Directive and encourage the redevelopment of British power stations, as well as industrial units providing on-site power generation
– Support the development of shale gas with proper safeguards for the local environment. Community Improvement Levy money from the development of shale gas fields will be earmarked for lower council taxes or community projects within the local authority being developed.
– There will be no new subsidies for wind farms and solar arrays
– Abolish green taxes and charges in order to reduce fuel bills
– Tackle climate change faster and more efficiently by moving Europe from a fossil fuelled economy to one powered by renewable energy – Prepare for increasing impacts on ourselves and our neighbours by investing in upland water conservation and flood defences, to shield us from extreme weather events – Protect our natural world from short-term corporate interests who invest in its destruction – End factory farming and animal testing, crack down on the illegal trade in wildlife and introduce strong animal protection standards – Cut energy demand by encouraging European incentives for home insulation, reducing the amount of energy we need to heat and power Britain's homes and providing much-needed jobs – Reject all harmful long-term solutions. We would ban fracking and stop building nuclear power stations
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WELFARE– Freezing working-age benefits for two years from April 2015 ( to ensure that the economy is on the side of people who work hard)
– Lowering the benefits cap from £26,000 to £23,000 (so that it always pays to work)
– Obliging young people who are unemployed for six months to be in training or to work for their benefits (so that young people are always learning or earning and never just getting hand-outs)
– Give working parents 25 hours of free childcare for three and four year olds each week – Cap social security: addressing the root causes of welfare spending by getting 200,000 homes built a year and making tough decisions like scrapping Winter Fuel Allowance for the richest pensioners and capping Child Benefit rises – More free childcare, moving to 20 hours a week for working families from the end of paid maternity leave right to school – Legislate to make the triple lock permanent, guaranteeing decent pension rises every year – Require all new claimants for Jobseekers Allowance (JSA) to have their English language skills assessed, with JSA then being conditional on attending English language courses for those whose English is poor – Oppose the bedroom tax because it operates unfairly, penalising those who are unable to find alternative accommodation and taking insufficient account of the needs of families and the disabled
– Child benefit is only to be paid to children permanently resident in the UK and future child benefit to be limited to the first two children only
– Ensure there is an initial presumption of 50/50 shared parenting in child custody matters and grandparents will be given visitation rights
– Support a simplified, streamlined welfare system and a benefit cap
– Scrap the welfare cap (currently £26,000 per household) to ensure we help the poorest and most vulnerable in our society – Enforce a cap on bankers' bonuses and reduce the pay gap between those at the top and those at the bottom

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ECONOMY, JOBS, TAX, TRANSPORT– Cutting the jobs tax, saving businesses up to £2,000 and enabling them to provide more jobs for hardworking people
– Scrapping the jobs tax altogether for under 21s so it's easier for businesses to give young people a start in life
– Investing in better infrastructure, including roads, rail and broadband, so it's easier to reach customers
– Cutting corporation tax, helping companies invest and grow
– Getting rid of unnecessary red tape, so freeing up businesses to concentrate on expansion – Raising the point at which people start paying income tax from £10,600 to £12,500 (lifting 1 million of the lowest-paid workers out of tax altogether)
– Raising the level at which people start paying the 40p rate from £42,285 to £50,000 (That’s a tax cut for 30 million hardworking taxpayers) – Cutting tax on pension pots (so people who have worked hard and saved all their lives can pass on more to their loved ones)
– Keeping the Triple Lock to ensure the state pension rises every year in line with wages, prices or by 2.5% (whichever is highest)
– Cut the deficit every year while securing the future of the NHS, with, no additional borrowing – Freeze gas and electricity bills until 2017 and reform the market to stop the cost of energy bills soaring – Introduce a Mansion Tax on houses worth over £2 million to help transform our NHS – Cut taxes for 24 million people on middle and lower incomes by introducing a lower 10p starting rate of tax
– Restore the 50p rate of tax for those earning over £150,000, for the next Parliament – Abolish the bedroom tax (reportedly costing the average family £720 per annum) – We will abolish exploitative zero-hours contracts, with rules introduced to give new rights to employees on zero-hours contracts. This will include the right for employees who have consistently worked regular hours to receive a fixed-hours contract automatically – Stop employees from being required to work exclusively for one firm if they are on a zero-hours contract – Ensure that zero-hours workers who have their shifts cancelled at short notice will receive compensation from their employer – Introduce £8 minimum wage by end of next parliament – Increase fines for employers who fail to pay the minimum wage and give local authorities a role in enforcement
– Introduce ‘Make Work Pay’ contracts, giving a tax rebate to those companies that sign up to become living wage employers in the first year of the next Parliament – Require listed companies to report on whether or not they pay the living wage
– Use government contracts to spread payment of the living wage, following the lead of Labour Councils across the country – Labour will guarantee a real, paid, starter job to every 18 to 24 year old who has been claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance for more than a year, and for every adult aged 25 and over who has been claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance for more than two years. These would be jobs people would be required to take, or else risk losing their benefits. We’ll pay for this with a tax on bank bonuses and by restricting pension tax relief for the wealthiest
– Build a new post-18 apprenticeship and vocational education system to drive up the number of quality apprenticeships. We will give businesses more control over the funding and design of apprenticeships in exchange for increases in the quantity + quality of training
– Help create a new generation of skilled workers by ensuring that every large firm that wins a major contract from the Government must commit to providing apprenticeships and training young people for high-skilled jobs. Every jobseeker will be assessed for basic English, maths and IT skills. Anyone lacking basic skills would be offered training to improve their chances of finding a job – training that they would be required to take up or lose benefits a new gold standard Technical Baccalaureate for 16 to 19-year-olds, with rigorous vocational qualifications, accredited by employers, a high quality work placement and English and maths to 18

2) We will introduce new Technical Degrees as the pinnacle of this new vocational route, ensuring that young people who excel in vocational skills have opportunities to progress to high level training that sets them up for a career.

3) We will increase the number of apprenticeships, asking all firms that bid for major government procurement contracts to provide new apprenticeship opportunities for the next generation.
– Eradicate the structural current budget deficit by 2017/18 and have debt falling as a percentage of GDP – Helping business create a million more jobs by promoting apprenticeships, giving financial support to promising businesses, protecting the science budget to drive innovation and cutting business tax – Raise the personal allowance to at least £12,500, cutting taxes by an extra £400 – Require companies with more than 250 employees to publish information on gender pay differences, declare the number of people they employ on less than living wage and provide information comparing top and median pay levels of their staff – Establish an independent review to set a fair living wage and ensure this is paid by all government departments and executive agencies from April 2016 – introduce a new Carer's Bonus so carers can take a proper break every year– Increase personal allowance to the level of full-time minimum wage earnings (approx £13,500 by next election)
– Abolish inheritance tax
– Introduce a 35p income tax rate between £42,285 and £55,000, whereupon the 40p rate becomes payable
– Set up a Treasury Commission to design a turnover tax to ensure big businesses pay a minimum floor rate of tax as a proportion of their UK turnover – Scrap the HS2 project which is uneconomical and unjustified – Cut the foreign aid budget by £9bn pa, prioritising disaster relief and schemes which provide water and inoculation against preventable diseases
– Abolish the Department of Energy and Climate Change and scrap green subsidies
– Abolish the Department for Culture Media and Sport – Businesses should be able to discriminate in favour of young British workers
– Repeal the Agency Workers Directive
– Conduct a skills review to better inform our education system and qualifications
– Encourage councils to provide more free parking for the high street.
– Simplify planning regulations and licences for empty commercial property vacant for over a year
– Extend the right of appeal for micro businesses against HMRC action.
– Oppose austerity. Instead invest in low-carbon economy creating real jobs for the future – Ban zero-hours contracts – Turn the national wage into genuine living wage (target set at £10/hour outside of London to be achieved by 2020) so that everyone can put food on the table and pay bills – Protect the pay, conditions and status of professionals in health and education (cutting back on paperwork and freeing them up to do their jobs) – Bring the railways back into public ownership, and build new local lines and trams – Restore local government control over buses to improve provision and give them preferential road space – Scrap the pointless and hugely expensive HS2 (a train line for the 1%, not for the 99% of rail users) – The Green Party proposes a Wealth Tax on the top 1% in the UK individuals with assets of more than £3 million (at a rate of 1% to 2% raising approximately £21 billion to £43 billion a year but that's been challenged) – Boost overseas aid to 1% of GDP within 10 years – Stop EU-US free trade deal TTIP
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DEFENCE/MILITARY SERVICES– Commit in law to holding a Strategic Defence and Security Review every five years. Outlaw discrimination and abuse of Armed Forces personnel– Reduce the number of Trident submarines– Resource fully our military assets and personnel
– Guarantee those who have served in the Armed Forces for a minimum of 12 years a job in the police force, prison service or border force
– Change the points system for social housing to give priority to ex-service men and women and those returning from active service
– A Veterans Department will bring together all veterans services to ensure servicemen and women get the after-service care they deserve
– Veterans are to receive a Veterans’ Service Card to ensure they are fast tracked for mental health care and services, if needed
– All entitlements will be extended to servicemen recruited from overseas
– Introduce a National Service Medal for all those who have served in the armed forces
– Scrap Britain's nuclear weapons – Take the UK out of NATO unilaterally. End the so-called "special relationship" between the UK and the US
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HOUSING– Delivering 100,000 new homes for first-time buyers (so more young people can reach their dream of owning their own home)
– Making 10,000 new affordable homes available at below market rent – Helping people save for a deposit to buy their first home and get on in life
– Extending the Equity Loan part of Help to Buy to 2020, so 120,000 more families can get an affordable mortgage and buy their own home
– Build 200,000 homes a year by 2020. This will close the gap between the number of homes we build and the number of homes we need, as well as providing up to 230,000 jobs in construction
– We will unblock the supply of new homes by giving local authorities "use it or lose it" powers over developers who hoard land that has planning permission so that they can sell it on for a bigger profit, instead of building on it now
– Deliver a new generation of New Towns and Garden Cities, and give a new "right to grow" to communities who want to expand but are blocked by neighbouring local authorities
– Tackle empty homes by giving councils more power to charge higher rates of council tax on empty properties, and ensure new homes are advertised in the UK first, not overseas
– Set an ambitious target of increasing the rate of house building to 300,000 a year, and build to the Zero Carbon standard – Publish proposals for at least ten new Garden Cities in England, in areas where there is local support, providing tens of thousands of high quality new homes with gardens/shared green spaces, jobs, schools and public transport – We will work with housing providers to design new models of affordable housing, to sit alongside the traditional rented sector including models of ownership for low-income families – All new homes will be Zero Carbon by 2016 – Give people easier to understand information about their own personal energy use with a national roll-out of smart electricity and gas meters. We will guarantee that anyone on a prepayment meter can choose a smart meter instead by 2017– Protect the Green Belt
– Planning rules in the NPPF will be changed to make it easier to build on brownfield sites instead of greenfield sites. Central government is to list the nationally available brownfield sites for development and issue low-interest bonds to enable decontamination
– Houses on brownfield sites will be exempt from Stamp Duty on first sale and VAT relaxed for redevelopment of brownfield sites
– Planning Permission for large-scale developments can be overturned by a referendum triggered by the signatures of 5% of the District or Borough electors collected within three months
– Build 500,000 social rented homes by 2020 by gradually increasing the social housing budget from £1.5bn pa to £6bn pa by 2017 – Build truly affordable housing and stop demolishing existing homes – New council tax bands and eventually a land tax – Policies such as Help To Buy and Right To Buy would be scrapped – Homeowners struggling with their mortgage would be able to sell their home to the council and rent it back under a new “right to rent” policy – Scrap bedroom tax
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IMMIGRATIONFuture EU workers will:
– Not get in-work benefits until they’ve been in Britain for four years
– Not get social housing until they’ve been here for four years
– Not get child benefits and tax credits for children living elsewhere in Europe, no matter how long they've paid taxes here – EU jobseekers will also not be supported by British taxpayers and will have to leave if they aren't in a job within six months
– Stronger border controls: we will make it easier to deport foreign criminals, check people in and out of the country, and do more to stop illegal immigration
– A smarter system of controls: so we get the top talent and investment we need, while controlling low skilled migration
– Fair rules at work: a new law to prevent employers undercutting wages by exploiting immigration and banning agencies from recruiting only from abroad
– Earned entitlements: people coming here won't be able to claim benefits for at least two years
– Integration, not divided communities: people working in public services in public facing roles will be required to speak English
– Bring back proper border checks so we know who's coming in and leaving the UK – Double enforcement of minimum wage laws to tackle illegal working and human trafficking – Bring back full border checks so we know who's coming in and leaving the UK – Remove students from our immigration targets given their temporary status, while taking tough action against any educational institution, which allows abuse of the student route into the UK – UKIP recognises the benefits of limited, controlled immigration
– Leave the EU and take back control of our borders. Work permits will be permitted to fill skills gaps in the UK jobs market
– Extend to EU citizens the existing points-based system for time-limited work permits. Those coming to work in the UK must have a job to go to, must speak English, must have accommodation agreed prior to their arrival, and must have NHS-approved health insurance
– Migrants will only be eligible for benefits (in work or out of work) when they have been paying tax and NI for five years and will only be eligible for permanent residence after ten years
– Reinstate the primary purpose rule for bringing foreign spouses and children to the UK
– UKIP will not offer an amnesty for illegal immigrants or those gaining British passports through fraud
– Return to the principles of the UN Convention of Refugees, which serves to protect the most vulnerable
– We will resist all attempts to introduce a 'barrier around Europe' shutting out non-Europeans or giving them more restricted rights of movement within Europe than European Nationals – Progressively reduce UK immigration controls. Migrants illegally in the UK for over five years will be allowed to remain unless they pose a serious danger to public safety – More legal rights for asylum seekers – We will undertake a thorough review of UK Immigration Practices and the UK Immigration Service to ensure that racist features are removed and immigration officers receive sufficient suitable training. We will encourage greater ethnic minority participation in the Immigration Service.
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LAW & POLICING– Draft legislation making it harder for suspected criminals to contact one another online. If re-elected the PM will make sure that it is a comprehensive piece of legislation that denies terrorists safe space to communicate with each other – Introduce banning orders and extremism disruption orders, or EXDOs. A banning order could be used to outlaw a group that incites hatred or causes fear. EXDOs are based on ASBOs. They would stop "disruptive" individuals from speaking in public or holding a position of authority – There would also be a new law setting out victims' rights– Put visible neighbourhood policing at the heart of our communities with a Local Policing Commitment that gives a guaranteed minimum level of neighbourhood policing
– Insist on new professional standards in our police service, with officers guilty of serious misconduct struck off, and a tougher Police Standards Authority
– Abolish Police and Crime Commissioners and put the savings back into frontline policing instead
– A ban on the use of community resolutions for dealing with domestic abuse and sexual crimes, and the introduction of compulsory sex and relationship education in schools
– Create a justice system with witnesses and victims at its heart, including the country’s first ever Victims’ Law to give victims of crime new entitlements to minimum standards of service as well as the ability to hold those services to account when standards are not met
– Put rehabilitation at the heart of a prison system which aims to reduce reoffending and cut crime, ensuring that prisons properly punish and reform while mobilising the talents and expertise of all agencies to cut crime
– Establish a National Institute of Crime Prevention for better policing – Cut crime with specialist 'drug courts' to get addicts back on the straight and narrow – Reform prisons to focus on turning offenders away from a life of crime – A new wave of devolution to the nations of the UK and Devolution on Demand' to transfer more power and control to local areas – Work with the EU to tighten benefit rules for migrants, including reducing, and ultimately abolishing, payment of child benefit for the children who are not resident in the UK – Introduce a new Freedoms BIll to protect citizens from excessive state powers and improve rights of access to information – Ensure proper light touch regulation of the media. We support the Royal Charter on Press Regulation based on the recommendations of LJ Leveson, which will secure regulation of the press that is independent of both government and industry – Protect your privacy by updating data laws and introducing a Bill of Rights – Back the principle of new neutrality and safeguard the essential freedom of the internet while ensuring the reasonable protection of individuals and business – Give legal rights and obligations to cohabiting couples in the event of relationship breakdown or a partner dying without a will   – Promote international recognition of same sex marriages + civil partnerships – Legislate to guarantee the UK continues to meet aid spending target of 0.7% of GNI– UKIP will reduce Barnett Formula spending and give devolved parliaments and assemblies further tax powers to compensate – UKIP will let the British parliament vote on GM foods – UKIP will overcome the unfairness of MPs from devolved nations voting on English-only issues
– UKIP supports the recall of MPs as was originally promised in the Coalition Agreement, whereby 20% of the electorate in a constituency must sign a recall petition within eight weeks. The approval of MPs will not be required to initiate a recall petition
– UKIP will introduce the Citizens’ Initiative to allow the public to initiate national referendums on issues of major public interest – UKIP will withdraw from the jurisdiction of the European Court of Human Rights
– UKIP will reverse the government’s opt-in to EU law and justice measures, including the European Arrest Warrant and European Investigation Order. We will replace the EAW with appropriate bilateral agreements
– UKIP will not give prisoners the vote
– UKIP believes that full sentences should be served and this should be taken into account when criminals are convicted and sentenced in court. Parole should be available for good behaviour on a case-by-case basis, not systematically
– We will repeal the Human Rights Act and replace it with a new British Bill of Rights. The interests of law-abiding citizens & victims will always take precedence over those of criminals – UKIP will ensure that the law is rigorously enforced in relation to ‘cultural’ practices which are illegal in Britain, such as forced marriages, FGM and so-called ‘honour killings’
– We will review the BBC Licence Fee with a view to its reduction. Prosecution of non-payments of the Licence Fee would be taken out of the criminal sphere and made a civil offence
– UKIP will amend the smoking ban to give pubs and clubs the choice to open smoking rooms properly ventilated and separated from non-smoking areas
– UKIP opposes ‘plain paper packaging’ for tobacco products and minimum pricing of alcohol
– Inheritance tax to cover gifts made while giver is still alive – The trade and cultivation of cannabis will be decriminalised, along with possession of Class A and B drugs for personal use – Anti-rave laws would be scrapped
– Higher taxes will be brought in on alcohol and tobacco, and a complete alcohol advertising ban imposed
– All elements of the sex industry will be decriminalised, and prostitutes could no longer be discriminated against in child custody cases
– The Greens also want to see “significantly reduced” levels of imprisonment, with jail only used when there is a “substantial risk of a further grave crime” or in cases where offences are so horrific that offenders would be at risk of vigilantes – Prisoners will be given the vote – It will be a criminal offence, with “significant fines”, to stop a woman from breastfeeding in a restaurant or shop, and formula milk will be more tightly regulated – Assisted dying will be legalised, and the law on abortion liberalised to allow nurses to carry it out
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EU

– Adopt an immigration system that puts the British people first (to ensure our economy and public services deliver for those who work hard and do the right thing) – A new counter-extremism strategy to protect fundamental British values of freedom of speech, democracy and equal rights – Pledge to give British people an in/out referendum in 2016/17
– No EU referendum unless there is a substantial shift in powers from London to Brussels, but the party will push for reform from within – Extend the period that EU jobseekers wait before claiming out of work benefits from three months for at least two years
– Limit in-work benefits paid to EU migrants to tackle undercutting by employers who rely on low skilled migrant labour – Stop child benefit and child tax credits being claimed for children living in other countries
– Remain a committed member of the EU – Continue to allow high skill immigration to support key sectors of the economy, and ensure that work, tourist and family visit visas are processed quickly and efficiently – Ensure the UK is an attractive destination for overseas students, not least those who with to study STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) – Establish a Tourism Council jointly chaired by the Business and Culture Secretaries – Extend the requirement for country-by-country reporting from banks and extractive industries to all UK listed companies – Ensure Britain plays a full part in Europe and any referendum triggered by the Referendum Act is on the big question – in or out – Work to secure a binding global agreement on cutting emissions, and a commitment within the EU to a 50% reduction by 2030– UKIP will leave the EU and save at least £8bn pa in net contributions- We would review all legislation and regulations from the EU (3,600 new laws since 2010) and remove those which hamper British prosperity and competitiveness
– We would negotiate a bespoke trade agreement with the EU to enable our businesses to continue trading to mutual advantage
– We would not seek to remain in the European Free Trade Area (EFTA) or European Economic Area (EEA) while those treaties maintain a principle of free movement of labour, which prevents the UK managing its own borders
– We would reoccupy the UK’s vacant seat at the World Trade Organisation, ensuring that we continue to enjoy ‘most favoured nation’ status in trade with the EU, as is required under WTO rules – British organisations will be offered the contracts to deliver the remaining aid following removal of the EU Procurement Directive – – By leaving the EU, the UK will leave the Common Agricultural Policy – Outside the EU UKIP will institute a British Single Farm Payment for farms UKIP will leave the Common Fisheries Policy and reinstate British territorial waters



– Referendum on Britain's EU membership – Want reform of EU to hand powers back to local communities
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