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Labour Party manifesto

We outline the key policy points relevant to local government from the Labour Party's manifesto.

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We have referenced the relevant areas of the Labour Party manifesto below.

Pre-manifesto pledges

  • Lowering the voting age to 16.
  • A plan to conduct a rapid 100-day review into national security has that would use Tony Blair’s post-11 September counter-terrorism strategy to identify equivalent modern-day threats.
  • A Plan to Make Work Pay, a finalised document updating their 2021 document A New Deal for Working People.
  • Pledged to clear the NHS waiting list backlog, of patients who have been waiting for over 18 weeks, within five years. 
  • Pledge to deliver 40,000 additional NHS appointments per week and to cut waiting lists within five years will be set in motion from day one, as hospitals will be told to start establishing weekend and evening clinics straight away. 
  • Place 13,000 neighbourhood police and PCSOs in the community and guarantee neighbourhood patrols.
  • Set up the new, publicly owned clean power company ‘Great British Energy’.
  • Reform the Government’s apprenticeship levy to enable firms to spend up to 50 per cent of their levy contributions on approved non-apprenticeship training, with at least 50 per cent reserved for apprenticeships.
  • Back to Work plan:

    a new combined national jobs and careers service – bringing together Jobcentre Plus and the careers service – to get more people into work and to support those seeking better opportunities with the means to find better paid work

    new local plans for work, health and skills support to get more people with health conditions and disabilities into work, with devolved funding and leadership from mayors and local areas

    a youth guarantee that will mean opportunities for training, an apprenticeship or help to find work for all young people aged 18-21 years old, to prevent young people becoming excluded from the world of work at a young age.

  • Reforming apprenticeship levy by renaming it the “growth and skills levy,” with firms given more freedom to use up to half of government funding to cover apprenticeships or provide training for existing staff.
  • Free breakfast clubs in England's primary schools.
  • Give coroners more powers to access information held by tech companies after a child’s death.
  • Create a ‘COBRA-style’ emergency flood resilience task force.
  • Appoint an Armed Forces Commissioner in the first King’s Speech, while the second King’s Speech would include an Armed Forces Bill to put the Armed Forces Covenant on a fuller statutory footing, including applying it to central government.