National Issues: The Green Guarantee

 THE GREEN PARTY’S GREEN GUARANTEE

A Green economy that works for everyone

Protecting our environment

Membership of the EU

Our NHS and Public Services

Education for all

Our Promise to Young People

A place to call home

A safer world

A citizens’ democracy

A People’s Transport System

Economy

economy

The Green Party believes that our economy should be innovative, collaborative, forward facing and for the benefit of communities and the environment.

The economy is all of us: our work, our creativity, what we buy, how we spend our time. It should allow us to lead happy and fulfilled lives. A Green economy would replace the exploitation of people and resources with decent, meaningful work. It would create over 1 million jobs through our programme of green investment and restoring the public sector.

Some of our policies:

  • Take steps towards the introduction of a universal basic income, including a government sponsored pilot scheme, as a means to increase security and avoid the poverty trap.
  • Phase in a 4 day working week (a maximum of 35 hours) and abolish exploitative zero hours contracts.
  • Reduce the gap between the highest and lowest paid, and increase the minimum wage to reach a genuine living wage of £10 an hour by 2020.
  • Read more here.

The Environment

You can trust the Green Party to put the environment at the heart of everything we do.

Our economic prosperity depends on the health of our environment. It is the ultimate source of everything we make and use – from food and materials, to the air we breathe. The Green Party would set an inspiring vision for the natural world, both on land and at sea, with thriving species, healthy habitats, and ensuring the environment is top of the political agenda.

A thriving environment means a healthy future for you, your children and generations to come.

Some of our policies:

  • An Environmental Protection Act to safeguard and restore our environment, protect and enhance biodiversity, promote sustainable food and farming, and ensure animal protection.
  • A public works programme of insulation to make every home warm and investing in flood defences and natural flood management to make every community safer.
  • Equality of access to nature and green spaces, to enhance leisure, health and wellbeing.
  • Read more here.

EU Membership

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The Green Party supported the Remain campaign and continue to believe that membership of the EU makes our future more hopeful and secure.

We will demand that the terms of the final deal are closely scrutinised. We do not accept that either a “hard” Brexit or an exit from the EU without a deal is in the interests of the British people. We will be actively campaigning to safeguard jobs, uphold basic rights and put environmental protection at the heart of any future trade deals.

Some of our policies:

  • A referendum on the detail of whatever deal is negotiated for Britain’s departure from the EU, with the option to reject the deal and remain in the EU.
  • Protect freedom of movement, press for remaining within the single market, and safeguard vital rights for people and the environment.
  • Read more here.

NHS and Public Services

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We pay for public services, we use them, we own them. It’s time they belonged to all of us.

From our hospitals to our railways and schools, the Green Party will campaign for public services that are run by the people for the people. These services will be properly resourced and future-facing to meet your needs now and in the future, not struggling to keep pace with demand. We will stand up for the NHS – we want it to be protected not privatised.

Some of our policies:

  • Roll back privatisation of the NHS to ensure that all health and dental services are always publicly provided and funded, and free at the point of access, via the introduction of an NHS Reinstatement Act. Scrap NHS Sustainability and Transformation Plans.
  • Bring mental health care in line with physical health care and ensure people experiencing mental health crises are supported close to their home and support networks. Introduce mental health awareness training within the public sector and encourage a more open dialogue on the issue in wider society.
  • Close the NHS spending gap and provide an immediate cash injection, to ensure everyone can access a GP, hospitals can run properly, and staff are fairly paid.
  • Read more here.

Education

education

Education transforms lives. The Green Party believes that education is a right, and should therefore be available to people of all ages.

We stand firmly alongside teachers, parents, and young people in calling for the end of privatisation in education. We should trust our teachers to teach, instead of burdening them and our children with endless and stressful exams and inspections.

Some of our policies:

  • Properly fund our schools so real term spending per pupil increases and is protected.
  • Bring Academies and Free Schools into the local authority system, abolish SATS and reduce class sizes.
  • Scrap university tuition fees, fund full student grants and greater public investment in further and higher education.
  • Read more here.

Young People

We want to build a better, more positive future for everyone and in particular for young people. We want that future to be safer, happier, more equal and more secure.

Our promise to young people, written by young people, is that we will invest in education and opportunities, alongside lowering the voting age, protecting the environment, tackling the housing crisis and building a strong economy.

Some of our policies:

  • Protect young people’s housing needs by reinstating housing benefit for under-21s, stop Local Authorities declaring young people “intentionally homeless”, and invest in community house-building projects to provide affordable, secure housing options for young people.
  • Create a fairer working world for young people by scrapping age-related wage bands and raising the national minimum wage to living wage levels for all.
  • Protect opportunities for young people in work and education by relieving students of the burden of debt, scrapping tuition fees and restoring living grants. Guarantee the rights of young people to study, work, live and travel in the EU, including through schemes like Erasmus.
  • Read more here.

Housing

housing

We should all have a safe, affordable, secure and warm place to call home. The Green Party will tackle the causes of the housing crisis: giving renters get a fair deal, making social housing widely available and bringing the housing market under control.

Some of our policies:

  • A living rent for all through rent controls and more secure tenancies for private renters, an end to letting fees and the introduction of mandatory licensing for all landlords.
  • Giving tenants a voice by supporting the development of renters’ unions.
  • A major programme to build affordable, zero carbon homes, including 100,000 social rented homes each year by 2022.
  • Read more here.

A Safer World

The Green Party will work for a caring and confident Britain that uses its influence wisely, to build peace and protect the environment, and to offer sanctuary to those at risk.

We would co-operate with our neighbours on the shared challenges that face us all – from tackling terrorism and preventing climate change, to reducing inequality. We would work towards an outward-facing Britain that has the confidence and resilience to welcome others.

Some of our policies:

  • Cancel Trident replacement, saving at least £110 billion over the next 30 years.
  • A humane immigration and asylum system that recognises and takes responsibility for Britain’s ongoing role in causing the flow of migrants worldwide.
  • Implement a UK-wide strategy to tackle gender based violence, including domestic violence, rape and sexual abuse, FGM and trafficking.
  • Read more here.

A Citizens’ Democracy

The Green Party believes that politics should be done by people – not to them.

We want everyone to have a voice, not just those who have the loudest voices, the deepest pockets or the most powerful friends. We will work for a fair voting system in which every vote counts and to make sure that decisions made nationally and locally are based upon genuine consultation, negotiation and accountability. We believe fairness matters online and in the media too. We think the internet should be free of state and corporate surveillance, with our rights and freedoms protected.

Some of our policies:

  • Introduce proportional representation (PR) for parliamentary and local elections, and votes at 16.
  • Increase diversity in representative politics, with job-shares, a 50/50 Parliament, and replacing the House of Lords with an elected second chamber.
  • Defend the Human Rights Act and UK membership of the European Convention on Human Rights, and reinstate funding for the Equality and Human Rights Commission.
  • Read more here.

Transport

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The Green Party will work to increase public investment in the railways, trams, ferries and buses, as well as to make our streets and roads safer for everyone.

Clean, safe, accessible public transport and more walking and cycling could make us all healthier and happier.  We need a public transport system that takes us where we need to go, affordably and reliably. It should be easy to choose to leave the car at home – or not have one at all.

Some of our policies:

  • Return the railways to public ownership and re-regulate buses, investing in increased bus services especially in rural and other poorly served areas.
  • All public transport should be fully accessible and step-free with a phase-in of free local public transport for young people, students, people with disabilities, and older people.
  • Invest in regional rail links and electrification of existing rail lines, especially in the South West and North of England, rather than wasting money on HS2 and the national major roads programme.
  • Read more here.

Download or view our manifesto in different formats by clicking here

 

 

 

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