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Conservative manifesto

On 24 November 2019, the Conservative party launched its manifesto for the general election on 12 December 2019. The main policies include:

GENERAL

  • deliver the "oven-ready" Brexit deal already agreed with the EU by 31 January 2019, and conclude the implementation period by December 2020.
  • more spending on the National Health Service and other public services.

TAXATION

  • not increasimmh in income tax, national insurance or VAT
  • increasing the class 1 national insurance threshold from £8,632 a year to £9.500 in 2020, with the aim of reaching £12,500
  • keeping corporation tax at 19% and not proceeding with cutting it to 17% in 2020
  • introducing a stamp duty surcharge for non-UK-resident buyers of property
  • increasing the employment allowance (against employer's national insurance) from £3,000 to £4,000
  • increasing the research and development tax credit to 13%
  • reviewing and reforming entrepreneur's relief
  • reducing business rates for local small shops, music venues, pubs and cinemas
  • end the issue with pensions for consultants, though no details given
  • removing VAT from tampons
  • double the maximum prison term for the most egregious forms of tax fraud to 14 years
  • introducing the digital services tax
  • reviewing alcohol duty, particularly on whisky

EMPLOYMENT

  • introducing a new NHS Visa for health workers from other countries
  • introducing a new Australia-style points system for people who wish to come to the UK
  • creating a single enforcement body
  • extending the right of new parents to take neonatal leave
  • clawing back redundancy payments when high-paid public servants change jobs
  • investing £9.2 billion in energy efficiency in homes, schools and hospitals
  • consulting on the earliest date to phase out sales of new petrol and diesel cars

WELFARE

  • seeking a cross-party consensus on the long-term future for social care, and providing an additional £1 bn as an interim measure
  • ensuring that no-one has to sell their home to pay for long-term social care
  • continuing with universal credit with unspecified promise to make it work better
  • ending the freeze on benefits
  • keeping the triple lock on state pensions
  • keeping the winter fuel allowance, pensioners' free bus pass and other pensioner benefits
  • requiring the BBC to fund free licences for those over 75
  • restricting benefits to EU citizens after five years in the UK
  • stopping child benefit for children overseas

TRANSPORT

  • building a Northern Powerhouse Rail between Leeds and Manchester, and then expand it to Liverpool. Tees Valley, Sheffield and Newcastle
  • extending pay-as-you-go ticketing in the South East
  • ensuring that everyone is within 30 miles of a fast-charging network for electric cars
  • requiring a minimum rail service during a rail strike
  • reconsidering whether to continue with HS2
  • restoring some of the rail lines lost in the Beeching cuts of the 1960s
  • creating a separate fund for filling potholes
  • requiring Heathrow Airport to demonstrate the need for a third runway

ENVIRONMENT

  • establishing a new Office for Environmental Protection
  • planting an additional 75,000 acres of trees a year
  • creating new National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Beauty
  • banning the export of plastic waste

OTHER

  • abolition of hospital parking charges for disabled people, frequent outpatient attenders, parents of sick children staying overnight and staff on night shifts
  • clamping down on health tourism, increasing the NHS surcharge payable by those from overseas
  • measures to cap or reduce energy bills
  • extending full fibre gigabit broadband to every home and business by 2025
  • keeping the Right to Buy scheme for homes
  • extending the Help to Buy scheme from 2021 to 2023
  • abolishing no-fault evictions
  • not allowing another independence referendum in Scotland
  • repealing the Fixed Term Parliament Act 2011
  • keeping the voting age at 18, and requiring identity at polling stations, [19.11]
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