Manifestos by party

Here is a summary of the key points from the major parties’ manifestos for the 2024 UK General Election:

Conservative Party

  • Economy: Increase the personal tax-free allowance for pensioners and a new “triple lock plus” for pensions. Build 1.6 million new homes and introduce a £1 billion scheme for first-time buyers.
  • Immigration: Continue the Rwanda deportation plan and cap the number of people claiming asylum.
  • Healthcare: Increase funding for the NHS and introduce reforms such as receiving prescriptions directly from pharmacies​ (theweek)​​ (The Independent)​.

Labour Party

  • Economy: Introduce a “fiscal lock” requiring significant tax changes to be accompanied by Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) forecasts, replace business rates with a new system, and scrap the non-dom tax status.
  • Healthcare: Aim to reduce NHS waiting times by offering 40,000 more evening and weekend appointments per week and use private sector capacity to achieve this.
  • Education: Remove VAT exemptions for private schools​ (The Independent)​​ (Travers Smith)​.

Liberal Democrats

  • Healthcare: Allocate £8.4 billion to improve the NHS and social care, including 8,000 more GPs and free personal care for the disabled and elderly.
  • Housing: Build 380,000 new homes annually, including 150,000 social housing units, through new “garden cities”.
  • Immigration: Scrap the Rwanda scheme, provide safe legal routes for asylum seekers, and replace the salary threshold for migrant workers with a merit-based system​ (theweek)​.

Reform UK

  • Immigration: Aim for net migration to be zero.
  • Economy: Raise the income tax threshold to £20,000 and the higher rate threshold to £70,000. Abolish inheritance tax for estates under £2 million​ (theweek)​.

Scottish National Party (SNP)

  • Independence: Prioritize negotiations for a second independence referendum.
  • Economy: Propose a £12 billion wealth tax and consider devolving National Insurance and inheritance tax​ (theweek)​.

Green Party

  • Environment: Push for a “green economic transformation” with a carbon tax, nationalization of railways and energy companies, and investing £40 billion annually in green initiatives.
  • Healthcare: Increase NHS funding by £8 billion in the first year, rising to £28 billion by 2030​ (theweek)​.

These manifestos outline the key priorities and policy proposals of the major political parties as they prepare for the upcoming general election, reflecting their differing visions for the future of the UK.

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