Labour is today setting out our plans to guarantee face-to-face, 21st century careers advice for all young people, covering traditional academic routes into university and vocational options and apprenticeships. The announcement comes as Labour launches our education manifesto today.
For Britain to succeed in the 21st century, we need an education system that delivers high standards and opportunities for all children and young people. But to successfully plot a route through education and into a tough labour market young people don’t just need good qualifications - they also need the skills, information and guidance to make the right choices.
So Labour will give young people:
- Face-to-face, 21st century advice and guidance through new careers advisers for secondary schools and colleges, in contrast to this Government’s offer of a telephone line and a website.
- Integrated advice on universities, jobs and vocational education. Labour will ensure young people get advice on all the options open to them, including academic and vocational qualifications and apprenticeships, through careers advisers trained to give guidance on all routes.
- Independent advice, in the best interests of young people not schools. Young people will be guided on the best choices for them, and schools will be held to account for the advice they offer.
- Work experience and employer engagement: Good careers advice should include interaction with the world of work. So we will reverse the Government’s decision to scrap compulsory work experience for 14-16 year olds.
The Tories have let down young people, undermining careers advice and side-lining vocational education and skills.
Labour is today setting out our plans to guarantee face-to-face, 21st century careers advice for all young people, covering traditional academic routes into university and vocational options and apprenticeships. The...
Labour is today setting out our plans to abolish the non-dom rules so that everyone who makes the UK their home pays UK tax. Britain will only succeed when working people succeed. That means everyone playing by the same rules. But the non-dom tax rules allow those at the top to pay less tax through a special set of loopholes not available to most people. That's not fair - it means working people have to pay more.
The non-dom rules are unfair.
- The vast majority of working people have to pay tax on all of their income and gains, wherever it comes from. Wealthy non-doms can live in the UK for many years, but avoid paying UK tax on income made abroad.
The non-dom rules are ridiculous.
- The rules are not only used by foreigners, but by people who by any normal standards are British, so that they can pay less tax.
- People born here, brought up here and living here can claim non-dom status if their father was born abroad.
- People born and brought up here, who live abroad for a while and then move back to the UK, can claim non-dom status if they say they plan to move abroad again in future, and do simple things like buy an overseas burial plot or subscribe to foreign newspapers.
The non-dom rules are abused.
- The rules are supposed to allow non-doms not to pay tax on income from abroad. But they are also being used to avoid tax on UK income and property.
- Non-doms can use offshore trusts to buy expensive UK homes and avoid inheritance tax.
Labour will abolish non-dom tax status. Labour will abolish the non-dom rules and replace them with a system where everyone who makes the UK their home pays full UK tax, and only those who are genuinely temporarily resident in the UK - like students, or people who spend a short time here on business - can be taxed on just their UK income.
By closing down these loopholes Labour will raise hundreds of millions of pounds in additional tax revenue, which will be used for reducing the deficit. And we will send a clear message that everyone, however wealthy they are, should play by the same rules.
Labour is today setting out our plans to abolish the non-dom rules so that everyone who makes the UK their home pays UK tax. Britain will only succeed when working...
Some 600 fewer GP surgeries across England are open in the evening and at weekends compared to the time of the last election, new figures today show.
At the last election, David Cameron promised to open GP surgeries seven days a week but the reality is that millions more patients are unhappy with opening hours. It is now harder to get an appointment from Monday to Friday too.
One of Cameron’s first acts as Prime Minister was to cut Labour’s extended opening hours scheme and scrap our guarantee of an appointment within 48 hours. If David Cameron gets back in, his extreme spending cuts mean he can’t protect the NHS - and the queues outside GP surgeries will get even worse.
The NHS needs Labour's better plan for 8,000 more GPs, paid for with a £2.5 billion a year Time to Care fund, and guaranteed appointments within 48 hours.
Some 600 fewer GP surgeries across England are open in the evening and at weekends compared to the time of the last election, new figures today show. At the...
Labour is today setting out our plans to revive the dream of home ownership for millions of families and put first time buyers first.
Ed Miliband will announce plans to unlock £5 billion of investment in a Future Homes Fund. That will be enough to build 125,000 homes over the course of the next parliament. The money will come from requiring banks and building societies to invest money saved in Help to Buy ISAs in house building, because building homes is the only way to help the next generation of first time buyers. Local first time buyers will get priority access to the homes built.
Labour’s comprehensive housing plan – the first for a generation – is a foundation stone for building a country where working people can succeed. We will:
- Get 200,000 homes built a year, backed a Housing Investment Fund of over £5 billion for investment in new homes
- Build hundreds of thousands of new homes in Housing Growth Areas, new sites where local first time buyers will have priority over new homes
- Reform the private rented sector so those that are locked out aren’t ripped off with 3 year tenancies, a ceiling on excessive rent rises and a ban on letting agents fees.
David Cameron’s failing plan has seen the Tories presiding over the lowest rate of house building since the 1920s and the lowest level of home ownership for 30 years which has left millions of families priced out of a market where the typical price of a property is now eight times average wages
Labour is today setting out our plans to revive the dream of home ownership for millions of families and put first time buyers first. Ed Miliband will announce plans...
Extreme Tory spending plans could see the loss of over 1,000 Sure Start centres. Over 1,000 Sure Start centres could go under in the next four years, thanks to the Tories’ extreme plans to cut spending in the next Parliament. This would be disastrous for thousands of families up and down the country.
Sure Start closures will hit working families already struggling under David Cameron’s government. His cuts have left many Sure Start centres closed or mothballed while childcare costs have gone up six times faster than wages and available childcare places have fallen by 40,000. Here in the North West there are 110 fewer Sure Start centres now than there were when this government were elected in 2010.
Before the last election, David Cameron said he would protect Sure Start but since then there are hundreds fewer centres. If they get in again they’ll do the same again. Their extreme plans mean over 1,000 of the remaining centres face the axe. Working families can’t afford five more years of this failing Tory plan. We need Labour’s better plan, which will revive Sure Start, provide more childcare places and extend free childcare for working parents of three and four-year-olds.
Extreme Tory spending plans could see the loss of over 1,000 Sure Start centres. Over 1,000 Sure Start centres could go under in the next four years, thanks to...
Labour is today setting out our plans to ban exploitative zero-hours contracts.
We will act so that anyone working regular hours will be legally entitled to a regular contract not a zero-hours contract. The new legal right will kick in after 12 weeks - earlier than previously expected because of evidence that the problem has grown.
- In the last year the number of people on zero hour contracts has grown by nearly 20%.
- There are now 1.8m zero hour contracts in Britain, more than the populations of Cardiff, Glasgow and Leeds combined.
Ed Miliband is also making a personal commitment that legislation to ban exploitative zero-hours contracts will be in Labour's first Queen's Speech, putting an end to a symbol of the insecure economy that means the recovery hasn't reached the homes of working families across Britain.
The Tories have refused to back Labour's plans to ban exploitative zero-hours contracts. David Cameron last week said that the reason there had been an explosion in zero-hours contracts was because people choose them - but then he admitted he couldn't live on one.
Labour is today setting out our plans to ban exploitative zero-hours contracts. We will act so that anyone working regular hours will be legally entitled to a regular contract...
PHOTO: Cat Smith campaigning with shadow minister Maria Eagle and city council candidate Cathy Jamieson in Freehold, Lancaster
Under Labour the tax burden on small business will be lower than under the Tories. Our first Budget will cut business rates for 1.5 million small business properties and then freeze them the following year.
This is part of Labour’s Better Plan for Small Businesses, which includes action to tackle late payment, reducing unnecessary regulation and establishing a British Investment Bank to boost lending to small firms.
Labour will lower the tax burden on small businesses with a cut in business rates – worth an average of £400 – rather than going ahead with another cut in corporation tax for large firms.
This will benefit 17 small business properties for every one business helped by the Tory plan for a further cut in corporation tax. And we will look to go even further as we prioritise small businesses for future tax cuts.
PHOTO: Cat Smith campaigning with shadow minister Maria Eagle and city council candidate Cathy Jamieson in Freehold, Lancaster Under Labour the tax burden on small business will be lower than...
Labour's priority is to back British business to create the high skilled, high wage jobs our country needs, not to risk jobs and investment by sleepwalking towards EU exit as a Conservative government would do.
Under pressure from Nigel Farage the Tories have marginalised Britain in Europe and are increasingly a Party arguing for exit from the EU, putting jobs and investment at risk.
Labour's priority is different. We will put the national interest first and back British business to create the high skilled, high wage jobs our country needs.
That is how we raise living standards, pay down the deficit, and compete on a global stage.
We will back British business by:
- Cutting the deficit every year.
- Cut business rates for more than 1.5 million small business properties and maintain the most competitive Corporation Tax rate in the G7.
- A British Investment Bank so that businesses can get the finance they need to grow.
- New gold standard technical qualifications to fill skills gaps and working with businesses to create thousands of new apprenticeships.
- A new National Infrastructure Commission to drive a long term approach.
Labour's priority is to back British business to create the high skilled, high wage jobs our country needs, not to risk jobs and investment by sleepwalking towards EU exit as...
I’ve been out on the doorsteps of Fleetwood week in, week out, over the past couple of years, speaking with thousands of residents about what our community needs. There is much that needs to be done, but these are some of my biggest priorities, based on what you’ve been telling me.
Investment, decent jobs and growth
Our town is crying out for jobs. I will work relentlessly to attract businesses and investment – not just seeing through the Fish Park, but working to bring in other industries and develop our home-grown talent.
Labour will increase the Minimum Wage to £8 an hour and incentivise employers to pay the Living Wage. We will ban the use of exploitative zero hours contracts.
Infrastructure for our future
We need road and rail links that open up our town for business. I support reopening the railway and the tidal barrage proposal which would bring jobs, a potential transport link and create green energy. I oppose unsafe fracking and gas storage – developments which put jobs in other areas – from tourism to farming – at risk.
We need homes that local people can afford, whether renting or buying. A Labour government will immediately scrap the cruel Bedroom Tax which hits hundreds of Fleetwood’s poorest, including many disabled people.
Protecting our NHS
A Labour government will invest an extra £2.5 billion in the NHS for 20,000 more nurses and 8,000 more family doctors. We will guarantee a GP appointment within 48 hours and cancer test results within two weeks.
Not letting Fleetwood get forgotten
As with the removal of free tram travel, it often seems that the needs of Fleetwood get ignored. Whether it’s Wyre’s Tories looking after Poulton, or regional schemes which only look to Blackpool, Fleetwood needs someone standing up and demanding a fair deal. As a first step, I will campaign for the reintroduction of free tram travel for all Fleetwood people eligible for the NoW card.
I’ve been out on the doorsteps of Fleetwood week in, week out, over the past couple of years, speaking with thousands of residents about what our community needs. There is...
The independent King's Fund have found that the NHS has gone backwards under the Tories, with an A&E crisis, the cancer target missed and NHS trusts in deficit.
The Tories spent £3 billion on a reorganisation that the independent experts have said today "was damaging and distracting". Now it is clear that the NHS can't afford the Tories' plan for deeper care cuts in the next Parliament. It urgently needs new leadership and a change of course.
Labour has set out a better plan to rescue the NHS, rebuild it as a national health and care service and invest £2.5 billion extra a year - on top of Tory spending plans - to fund 20,000 more nurses and 8,000 more GPs.
The independent King's Fund have found that the NHS has gone backwards under the Tories, with an A&E crisis, the cancer target missed and NHS trusts in deficit. The Tories...