in 2015 when the last election was in the UK, I created a guide for who to vote for (read here to skip down memory lane). I got such a positive response in regards to it, that I decided to do it again.
I truly feel that all the political parties are lacking in terms of educating young voters. By all means, they have learnt from past mistake and are embracing new methods to get young voters to actually register and take part. But I still think they are lacking in means of informing and getting their message to young people and The Millennial Generation.
There’s talk of Brexit, NHS, housing and economy, but the big question that is asked by young/ newer voters is how exactly it effects me?
By no means is this guide telling you who to vote for (I am fed up with being barked at what I should be supporting and who I should be voting for); but rather an unbiased cheat sheet of what the parties stand for and what it means for you. I am sticking to the three main parties and please do check out all the parties own website for more information (there will be one party that I will not be featuring however and I hope you respect why). Please read this, ask question and let’s have a healthy discussion to help give anyone who is confused or unsure of which way to vote a clear path based on your own opinion.
Conservatives: are seeking a new partnership with the EU where the UK leaves the single mark and customs union. Their belief is that no deal is better than a bad deal for the UK. There will be control on immigration and the party will ensure they secure the rights of EU nationals in the UK and Britons in the EU.
Labour: are wanting to start fresh and scrap any plans made so far with fresh negotiations. There will be a strong emphasis on retaining the single market and customs union. They are also guaranteeing the rights for EU nationals living in Britain and UK citizens living in the EU.
Lib Dem: want to hold a second referendum after a deal is reached with Brussels, having the option for the UK to stay in the EU. They are also pushing for the rights of EU citizens living in the UK and UK citizens living abroad and are wanting to hold onto our membership of the single market and customs union.
Conservatives: are wanting to restore public finances and are ensuring a balanced budget within the next decade; meaning more money for UK. They would like to launch a new £23bn national productivity investment fund which allows spending in housing, transport and technology. Conservative would also like to introduce an energy tariff cap to extend price protection to vulnerable customers, so always allowing affordable energy. They would also like to increase national living wage to 60% of median earnings by 2020.
Labour: are wanting to eliminate the government’s deficit on day- to- day spending within five years. They also want to mandate a new national investment bank to fill existing gaps in lending by private banks. They want to bring the private rail companies into public ownership and put a cap on fare. They also want to transition into a publicly owned energy system and reverse Royal Mail privatisation.
Lib Dem: are wanting to boost the economy by committing to a £100bn package of additional infrastructure investment; helping to allow more money in the UK. They want to eliminate the deficit on day- to- day spending by 2020 to control the national debt and then borrow only to invest in the UK. They also want to call on an independent review to consult on how to set a living wage across all sectors.
Conservatives: are wanting to increase NHS spending by a minimum of £8bn in real terms over the next five years. They want to make it a priority in Brexit negotiations that our current health staff from the EU countries can carry on their contributions to NHS and social care. They also wanting to build and upgrade primary care facilities, mental health clinics and hospitals.
Labour: wish to scrap NHS pay cap and commit to over £30bn in extra funding over the next parliament. They are wanting to reduce the NHS waiting list and guaranteeing access to treatment within 18 weeks. They want to provide free parking in NHS England for patients, staff and visitor. They also want to increase funding to GP services and ringfence the mental health budgets.
Lib Dem: are looking at a 1p rise on income tax to raise £6bn per year to be spent only on the NHS and social care services. They also want to match the waiting times of mental health care with the waiting times of physical health care. They also want a better integration of health and social care and implement a cap on the cost of social care.
Conservatives: are wanting to increase the overall schools budget by £4bn by 2022 and redirect £1bn of national funding formula to help schools that need it. They also want to build at least 100 new free schools a year, end the ban on selective schools and are wanting to ask universities and independent schools to help run state schools. They also want to provide a free breakfast to every child in year year of primary school.
Labour: are wanting to create a unified national education service for England that is free at the point of use. They are also wanting to abolish university tuition fees, reintroduce maintenance grants and restore the education maintenance allowance for 16- 18 year olds from lower and middle income backgrounds.They are also wanting to provide free meals for school children.
Lib Dem: are wanting to invest nearly £7bn extra in education, increasing school budgets and the pupil premium (funds aimed toward disadvantage pupils). Triple early years pupil premium to £1,000 and repeal rule that all new state- funded schools must be free schools or academies which gives local authorities control. They also want to reinstate the maintenance grants for poorest university students.
Conservatives: are wanting to increase personal allowances to £12,500 and the higher rate to £50,00 by 2020, which ensures local residents can veto high council tax increases via a referendum. They also want to ensure no VAT increase and stick to the plan to cut corporation tax to 17% by 2020. They are also wanting to amend the triple lock on pensions to a double lock after 2020. They also want to introduce a means tested winter fuel payments for the elderly.
Labour: are wanting to ensure no rises in income tax for those earning below £80,000 a year, with no increases in personal national insurance contributions or rate of VAT. They want to guarantee the state pension triple lock. They also want to ask large corporations to pay extra in tax while still keeping UK corporation tax low.
Lib Dem: are wanting to introduce a 1p rise in income tax in the UK as a ringfence for spending on the NHS and social care services. They also want to reverse cuts to corporation tax, capital gains tax and marriage allowance (a scheme that allows you transfer part of your personal allowance to your spouse if they earn more than you). They too want to maintain the triple lock of increasing the state pension each year either by which ever is the highest; earnings growth, price growth or 2.5%.
Conservatives: are wanting to meet the 2015 commitment to deliver 1m homes by the end of 2020 and deliver 500,00 more by the end of 2022. They want to deliver reforms to free up more land for homes. They also want to build new fixed- term social houses which will be sold privately after 10- 15 years with the right to buy to the tenants.
Labour: want to also build over 1m homes as part of the commitment and 100,00 council and housing association homes a year. They want to provide Help- to- buy funding until 2027 for first- time buyers. They also want to control the rise on rent for private renters. They want to scrap the bedroom tax and reverse decision to abolish housing benefit for 18- 21 year olds.
Lib Dem: are wanting to increase house building to 300,00 a year, with 30,000 rent to own homes a year by 2020. They also want to set in motion at least 10 new garden cities. They also want to ban landlords from letting out poorly insulated homes.