What does the UK election mean for parents?

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No political party will pledge in their manifesto that they will increase breastfeeding rates because it is far too polarising an issue. The issues that influence a mother’s choice in how to feed her baby and allow a her to achieve her breastfeeding goals are complicated and deeply entrenched in how a society treats women and motherhood. You have to look into how maternity and employment rights for mothers are protected. How will the inevitable changes to the NHS affect midwife care? Will support services be publicly funded or be subject to sponsorship by corporations with their own agenda? Even the end of our membership of the Common Agricultural Policy will have an impact on the price of formula and whether the ingredients are sourced in a way that is sustainable, with high levels of animal welfare and environmentally friendly ways.

Labour

Tax and Finances

  • No Rises in Income tax for those earning below £80K per year
  • No increase in personal National Insurance contributions
  • No change to the rate of VAT
  • Increases to corporation tax for big businesses, high earners and targeting tax avoidance to fund increased budget
  • End the rape clause (where women have to convince the Job Centre a third or subsequent baby was born as a result of rape to receive financial support for the child from the government)
  • Increase Carers Allowance to the level of Jobseekers

We say:
In general there is a recognition that the average family has struggled more during austerity than the better off and larger businesses. This would ensure they are no worse off, and in the case of the particularly vulnerable, are better supported. Of course the Institute of Fiscal Studies has questioned if this is affordable, so we have to decide for ourselves to decide if we trust them to deliver.

  • A community based model of care covering primary, social and mental health care
  • Childhood obesity strategy
  • Sugar Tax to improve dental health
  • Scrap the NHS pay cap
  • Reintroduce bursaries and funding for healthcare related degrees
  • £30 billion additional funding, but more scrutiny on how it is spent
  • Reverse privatisation of the NHS
  • Commitment to improving mental health services

We say:

An understanding that the NHS needs change as well as additional funding. The review of all the factors that lead to good health and a community based system could lead to better care for new mothers. We would hope that this will lead to more support in them achieving their breastfeeding goals, but also a recognition that it is part of improving the health of children also. However, this hasn’t been expressly mentioned, nor have they responded to questions sent by Baby Milk Action, so there is a lot of trust as to whether this will happen http://www.babymilkaction.org/election-uk-2017

  • No detrimental changes to worker’s rights or consumer law as a result of leaving the EU
  • Give equal rights to temporary and part time workers
  • Raise the minimum wage
  • 4 weeks double paid paternity leave
  • Strengthen protection for parents against unfair redundancy and abolish tribunal fees
  • Ensure women’s health when pregnant at work is protected
  • Enforce compliance with gender pay auditing
  • Additional support including protection at work following miscarriages and infant death

We say:

The main carers for children (who are more likely to be women) often have to take on part time and temporary work to meet their children’s needs. So, when they need additional support and protection, current policies give them less. This manifesto recognises that the issues women face are varied and need to be tackled in different ways. There is also bite to ensure the policies are enforceable.

 

  • A National Education Service covering cradle to grave learning
  • Subsidise the childcare providers with investment to meet demand
  • Subsidised childcare hours on top of the free hours provided by a graduate led workforce
  • Extend the 30 free hours to all two year olds and make some childcare available to for one year olds following on from 12 months maternity pay
  • Increase the money available for Sure Start, libraries and youth centres
  • A fairer funding formula that doesn’t make any school worse off but stops under funding of others.
  • Give teachers more freedoms but also more accountability
  • Invest in measures to make sure child from all backgrounds can achieve the same results
  • Reduce classroom sizes and introduce free school meals for all primary children
  • Review of Key Stage 1 and 2 SATs
  • Arts pupil premium to invest in cultural opportunities for children
  • Measures to improve teacher recruitment and retention
  • Strategy for special education needs and disabilities
  • Restore the Education Maintenance Allowance
  • Increase Apprenticeships and ensure the content matches industry needs
  • End Tuition feeds
  • Additional training for Social Workers
  • Increased support for children in foster and kinship care including support until they are 21
  • Commitment to preserve libraries and adapt to meet modern needs such as computing and Wi-Fi
  • Continue to support free entry to museums
  • Teaching children to be safe online and enable them to remove content from the internet that was shared before they reached 18

An all-round plan to improve the life and education of children, making it about improve the life and wellbeing of a nation as a whole and not data for league tables. But these pledges are very ambitious and need to be paid for. We can’t tell you whether or not you can be sure they will be delivered and when.

Overall, we say:

The whole manifesto reads as if those behind are putting the most vulnerable in society first. They want us to believe can trust them to look out for people like us. But this won’t be the first time politicians and Labour politicians in particular have asked us to trust them and not delivered. Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq anyone? So we need to decide if the devil we know is better than the promise of someone new. So what is Corbyn’s record? There is a lot of talk about him meeting with Sinn Fein, but this was publicly at a time the Conservative Government was pretending they weren’t. Also much has been said to his opposition to Trident, but when the party said they wanted it renewed he agreed to listen. The Manifesto was written in conjunction with the expected politicians and unions, but also charities and variety of think tanks. So on the face of it he is honest and principled, but accepts that democracy doesn’t always mean doing what the leader says. He has planned ahead and been prepared for this unexpected eventualities. And this assessment is from someone who has never voted Labour in a General Election before.

Liberal Democrats

  • Reverse cuts to employment support allowance to those in the work-related activity group
  • Increase local housing allowance (LHA) in line with average rents in an area
  • Raise employee national insurance threshold to the income tax threshold, while protecting low earners’ ability to accrue pension and benefit entitlements
  • Ensure those with the highest incomes and wealth are making a fair contribution
  • Reverse cuts to corporation tax from 20% to 17%, capital gains tax, marriage allowance
  • Reverse the raising of the inheritance tax threshold
  • Action on corporate tax evasion and avoidance
  • Reforming corporation tax to develop a system that benefits the smallest
  • Stamp out abuse of zero-hours contracts
  • Encourage employers to promote employee ownership
  • Reverse cuts to employment support allowance to those in the work-related activity group
  • Scrap the ‘bedroom tax’ and the work capability assessment

We say:

This is a fair and balanced approach to family finances and taxation from the Lib Dems. The ideas to spread the country’s wealth more evenly by promising those with the highest incomes make a fair contribution and reversing cuts to corporation tax will be a popular ones, albeit ones shared with most other centre and left parties. The manifesto directly addresses the concerns of voters worrying over affordable rent and those being penalised in zero hour contracts as well as the controversial ‘bedroom tax’.

  • 1p in the pound on income tax to raise £6bn for NHS and social care services
  • Transform mental health care and waiting times
  • Early mental health support for pregnant women, new mothers and those who have experienced miscarriage or stillbirth
  • Guarantee the rights of all NHS and social care service staff who are EU nationals to stay in the UK
  • End the public sector pay freeze for NHS workers
  • Reinstate student nurse bursaries
  • Produce a national workforce strategy to prevent shortage of GPs, hospital doctors, nurses and other NHS staff
  • Increase access to mental health talking therapies
  • Examine the case for introducing a dedicated service for children and young people based on the Australian ‘headspace’ model
  • Fast-track exceptional graduates into children’s social work and encourage high-achieving graduates to pursue a career in mental health social work
  • Tackle stigma against mental ill-health
  • Ensure that LGBT+ inclusive mental health services receive funding and support
  • Raise the amount people earn before losing Carer’s Allowance from £110 to £150 a week
  • Promote easier access to GPs and prevent practice closures
  • Tackle childhood obesity

We say:

It will come as a relief to many that the Lib Dems are pledging big funding for our NHS raised through a penny in every pound rise on income tax. The manifesto also takes a refreshing focus on mental health services with a particular nod to reducing waiting times and as well as stigma around this issue. Notably, the Lib Dems acknowledge the need for improved mental health services for pregnant women, new mothers and those who have experienced miscarriage or stillbirth.

  • An additional month’s paid paternity leave
  • Extend free childcare to all two-year-olds and to the children of working families from the end of paid parental leave
  • 30 hours’ free childcare a week for all parents in England with children aged from two to four years
  • Take 13,000 children out of poverty by letting both parents earn before their Universal Credit is cut
  • Abandon the two-child policy on family benefits and abolish the ‘rape clause’
  • 40% of board members being women in FTSE 350 companies.
  • Vote against attempts to scrap the Human Rights Act or withdraw from the European Convention on Human Rights

We say:

The Lib Dems acknowledge and furthers the rights of women and mothers in this 2017 manifesto by pledging an additional month of paternity leave, that 40% of board members in the FTSE 350 companies should be women and abolishing the ‘rape clause’.  The promise of free childcare for all two to four years will be hugely popular pledge for all families. It also addresses Universal Credit cut offs, stating that both parents should be allowed to earn before it is cut. The more general point of protecting the Human Rights Act offers better protection for all.

  • Invest nearly £7bn extra in education
  • Triple the Early Years Pupil Premium to £1,000
  • Oppose new selective schools and give local authorities control over admissions and new schools
  • Raise the quality of early years provision
  • End the 1% cap on teachers’ pay rises
  • Guarantee all state school teachers are fully qualified or working towards qualified teacher status from January 2019
  • Introduce a professional development entitlement of 25 hours per year for all teachers, rising to 50 hours by 2025
  • Tackle unnecessary teacher workloads
  • Reforming Ofsted inspections
  • Scrap the planned expansion of grammar schools
  • Ensure that identification and support for special educational needs and disabilities takes place as early as possible
  • Protect the availability of arts and creative subjects in the curriculum
  • Improve the quality of vocational education, including skills for entrepreneurship and self-employment, and improve careers advice and links with employers
  • Reinstate university maintenance grants for the poorest students
  • Challenge gender stereotyping and early sexualisation

We say:

This is a well invested section of the Lib Dem manifesto, promising close to 7bn in educational investment, but sadly lacks in directly tackling the issue of tuition fees, although the party does wish to reinstate university maintenance grants for the poorest students. It acknowledges the important role that teachers play in our society and promises to reform OFSTEAD inspections, end the 1% cap on their pay rises and tackle workloads. The pledge to challenge gender stereotyping and early sexualisation shows a progressive and inclusive approach to our children’s education from the party.

Overall, we say:

This is a manifesto that is more in tune with party’s core values and the beliefs of their traditional voters. It makes some big promises for our children’s education but doesn’t mention the very big issue of tuition fees, which saw them lose a catastrophic amount of seats during the last election. The promise to invest 1p in the pound on income tax to raise £6bn for NHS and social care services will come as a welcome addition to all families as well as the proposed 7 billion investment in our children’s education. The compromises made with a previous Conservative coalition will be hard for many to forget. However, with new strong and charismatic leadership courtesy of Tim Farron and policies focused on families, it will be a tempting choice for many UK families wanting to avoid Conservative austerity

Scottish National Party

  • Increase the Minimum Wage to the level of the Real Living Wage, taking the Minimum Wage to more than £10 per hour by the end of the parliament
  • Support the reversal of the two-child cap on tax credits
  • No increase in taxation on the low paid, in National Insurance or in VAT
  • Support the reversal of the married couple’s allowance
  • Support repeal of the Trade Union Act 2016 and a ban on zero-hours contracts
  • No support for further reductions to the headline rate of corporation tax
  • Propose a doubling of the Employment Allowance – the National Insurance discount that businesses receive when they increase employment
  • Stand against all of the further planned cuts to social security
  • The SNP Scottish Government will abolish the Bedroom Tax in Scotland completely, when it has the powers to do so.
  • Continue to demand that the Bedroom Tax is scrapped across the UK.
  • Continue to fight for an end to premium-rate telephone charges faced by those seeking advice on or claiming benefits from the DWP
  • Continue to press for full devolution of employment and employability policy – including the Minimum Wage

We say:

This is an impressive collection of pledges that bodes well for Scottish families. The commitment to raising the minimum wage to £10 per hour, no increase in tax to the low paid in National Insurance or VAT and abolishing the Bedroom Tax show they are committed to supporting families on a low income. The proposed banning of Zero hour contracts will also be a welcome relief to many.

  • Call on the new UK government to increase health spending per head of population in England to the current Scottish level, which is 7% higher
  • That would increase the health budget in England by £11bn more than inflation by 2022
  • This could also increase the NHS Scotland budget by up to £1bn
  • SNP already committed to increasing the budget of NHS Scotland by £2bn by the end of the current Scottish Parliament
  • Work with NHS unions to submit evidence to the independent pay review body on the impact of pay restraint and ask it to make fair recommendations
  • If a UK Government continues to constrain pay in the next parliament, the SNP will seek to work with health unions to explore the creation of distinct Scottish pay review arrangements
  • Vote to protect the health service in all parts of the UK from privatisation
  • Remain committed to free prescriptions in Scotland
  • Press the UK government to re-commit to policies such as closing the loopholes in the sugary drinks tax, tightening regulation of broadcast and digital junk food advertising seen by children, and introducing clearer food labelling
  • Press the UK government to immediately protect the right of NHS staff from across Europe to live and work in Scotland and the UK
  • Protect the non-means tested, non-repayable nursing and midwifery student bursary
  • Support a full public inquiry on the issue of victims of contaminated blood products in the rest of the UK

We say:

This will be some very welcome pledges for families. In particular, the pledged protection of the NHS and the much needed investment of £1bn. The other stand out commitment will be the opposition to privatisation on the NHS, something the SNP strongly believes in. SNP presents some ambitious and focused plans to provide a high standard of healthcare for all.

  • Vote for a change in the Equality Act to strengthen and change the law that currently allows employers to have different dress codes for men and women
  • Press the UK government to introduce a proper legal right to breastfeed in the workplace
  • Committed to reviewing and reforming gender recognition laws, in line with international best practice
  • Continue to demand full devolution of equality law to the Scottish Parliament
  • Support the reversal of the cut to Bereavement Payments and Widowed Parents’ Allowance
  • Continue campaigning against the so-called “rape clause” on tax credits

We say:

One of the few parties that mentions breastfeeding specifically – the pledge to protect the breastfeeding mother in the workplace by making it a legal right is excellent news. Their opposition to the “rape-clause” on tax credits also shows the SNP is listening to concerned mothers. This is a party wholeheartedly promoting and supporting equality.

  • Expand early years education and childcare to 30 hours a week for all 3 & 4 year olds and vulnerable 2 year olds
  • Will not follow the Tories’ market-driven education reforms
  • There will be no selective grammar schools in Scotland
  • Guarantee the continuation of free tuition in Scottish university education
  • Protect the non-means tested, non-repayable nursing and midwifery student bursary
  • Support lowering the threshold for companies to carry out equal pay audits from 250 employees to 150

We say:

The continuation of free tuition fees and expanding childcare to 30 hours per week for all 3 & 4 year olds are welcome. The SNP pledge to secure and expand on existing policies that will benefit many families. Some parents would have perhaps liked to see the SNP push early years education and childcare to be free for all 2 year olds.

Overall, we say:

This is an impressive manifesto with a clear focus on the protection of the Scottish people with a pro-European feel. They are focused on offering a second referendum for independence based on the terms set out during the Brexit negotiations. These terms are yet to be discussed publicly by the current Conservative government.

The SNP has a clear agenda and addresses the concerns of families worrying about housing, welfare and education. The problem lies in the end goal of independence. This will be a clear choice for some but a worrying and unfavourable choice for others. The manifesto echoes the social changes and investment in welfare put forward by Labour, Liberal Democrats and Greens but the likely consequence of a permanent divorce from the rest of the UK divides Scotland, as shown during the previous referendum.

Green Party

  • Increase personal allowance to £12,500 and the higher rate to £50,000 by 2020
  • Ensure local residents can veto high council tax increases via a referendum
  • No VAT increase
  • Stick to plan to cut corporation tax to 17% by 2020 (was 28% in 2010)
  • Maintain pensions triple lock until 2020 and introduce a new double lock afterwards.
  • Means test winter fuel payments

We say:

Great for the lowest earners, but removal of the 2015 pledge to not increase Income Tax or National Insurance contributions indicates a strong possibility that these could go up.

On a salary of £20k for example, an increase of 2% to NI and tax would completely negate the increase to personal allowance.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Increase funding for local authorities so they can provide good quality public services and invest in our communities, creating thousands of jobs. A single budget covering health and social services, to make life easier for people who need to access several types of service.
  • Provide free NHS maternity care for everyone. Charging for healthcare is presented in the media as a strategy to deal with visitors from abroad, yet in reality this puts people in danger. No person should be wrongly refused, or asked to pay for, basic pregnancy and maternity care.
  • Increase assistance to destitute pregnant people and new parents. Everyone should be entitled to the highest standards of care during pregnancy and birth. These standards will be maintained for all, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, level of income, race or ethnicity, age or disability. We would reverse the exclusion of migrants from the mainstream benefits system. All new parents should be able to feed, clothe and house themselves and their babies.
  • Introduce fair pay for parents. Parental leave pay should be at least at the level of the Living Wage, including for those who are self-employed.
  • Protect the right to return
    to work.
    We will ensure that parental employment rights are protected, in line with guidance from charities such as Maternity Action.
  • Guarantee parental leave rights, regardless of gender.
  • Provide statutory rights to breastfeed infants on return to work, and provide the practical provisions to enable this.
  • Make returning to work easier. We will make returning to work following a birth or adoption of
    a child easier, by introducing tax incentives for employers who provide support facilities at the workplace such as childcare, job- sharing and flexible working.
  • Empower parents to tackle discrimination. The Green Party would reduce tribunal fees so that workers facing discrimination at work including due to parental leave can afford to seek justice and recompense.
  • 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.
  • Free universal early education and childcare for all children, with formal education starting at age 7.
  • Address the crisis of teacher workload, with measures such as abolishing Ofsted, and reforming the curriculum so that it is pupil-centred, freeing up teachers to teach.
  • Ensuring that every child with Special Educational Needs or Disability has access to a mainstream education, in accordance with the UN Convention for Persons with Disabilities.

We say:

The formal education age could prove controversial – but the greens clearly have the success of Finland’s education system in mind. The idea of a free early education and childcare sounds amazing and would benefit the country greatly – but at what cost?

Overall, we say:

The green party, as ever have some great policies. And we are REALLY pleased to see a party giving breastfeeding issues a lot of thought. No doubt under the Greens, breastfeeding rates would rise and we’d see formula marketing being dealt with more strictly – perhaps even full adoption of the WHO code. At the moment, the country isn’t ready for a far left party like the greens but the other parties could take a leaf or two out of the green’s book when it comes to polices which benefit everyone.

Conservatives

  • Increase personal allowance to £12,500 and the higher rate to £50,000 by 2020
  • Ensure local residents can veto high council tax increases via a referendum
  • No VAT increase
  • Stick to plan to cut corporation tax to 17% by 2020 (was 28% in 2010)
  • Maintain pensions triple lock until 2020 and introduce a new double lock afterwards.
  • Means test winter fuel payments
  • Increase national living wage to 60% of median earnings by 2020
  • Commitment to continue with Universal Credit

We say:

There is very little guaranteed here, and what has been can be worked around. This year credits have stopped being paid for third and subsequent children leading to the controversial Rape Clause. We are being asked to trust the Conservatives not to make further changes that put our most vulnerable families further into poverty, and that is a big ask. On the face of it great for the lowest earners, but no guarantees that tax and national Insurance won’t go up, just: ‘The Conservatives will always be the party that keeps tax as low as possible’ But our lowest earners rely on tax credits that don’t get a mention, just that they will keep going with Universal Credit. A back of the envelope calculation would put the national living wage at about £8.50 per hour at current earnings. Real terms wages have dropped 10% since 2010 and the lowest paid have the least room to cope with this.

  • Increase NHS spending by a minimum of £8bn in real terms over the next five years
  • Negotiate with the EU to allow EU nationals working in the NHS to stay
  • Build and upgrade primary care facilities, mental health clinics and hospitals
  • Social care reforms, including charges for domiciliary care (aka “dementia tax”)
  • Recover the cost of medical treatment from non-UK residents

We say:

We are passionate about breastfeeding and breastfeeding support because of the way it impacts on the health of the mother and child. Not only is there no mention of breastfeeding, but the supports systems such as midwifery and community care that is relies on are not mentioned. This is not so much strong and stable, but static and stagnant. The extra money pledged is not actually extra money according to Dr Mark Porter, the Chair of the British Medical Association

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As for Health Tourism, the rules are already in place and the money just not collected – if they were they would only fund an additional day of care each year.  Most GPs are understaffed and any person who has planned a staff rota will tell you that you need 20% more staff to be open at the weekends as well the week. You can also learn more about the Naylor Report regarding the sale of existing NHS land to fund improvements in the NHS.

  • Commitment to combat violence based on gender or sexuality
  • Combating pay inequality by getting companies to publish data
  • More childcare spaces
  • “Returnships” for mothers going back to work after a baby.
  • Support for people with mental health problems in the workplace

We say:

There is very little in this that we can get our teeth into, and believe us, we tried. There are many reasons why parents who are the main carers for children are not as well represented or rewarded in the workforce. Lacking confidence is the most simple and patronising of them all. There could be a childcare place for every child in the country but at the moment wages alone do not cover the costs. There is no effort to show that they understand what life is like for the average family and what is needed to help us. We also have to question how a government that refuses to accept mental health problems are a disability (not covered in Personal Independence Payments the replacement for Disabled Living Allowance) can truly make sure sufferers are looked after at work. There is very little detail to support what will be done and how this will help the average family. For example, most internships are aimed at individuals with limited skills and are unpaid. Mothers are highly skilled and cannot afford to work for free. So what does ‘support’ mean? How will publishing data stop pregnant women being made redundant of forced to leave through unfair working conditions?

  • Increase overall schools budget by £4bn by 2022 and redirect £1bn of national funding formula to help schools
  • Build at least 100 new free schools a year, end ban on selective (grammar) schools and ask universities and independent schools to help run state schools
  • No new places in schools rated ‘inadequate’ or ‘requires improvement’ by Ofsted
  • Free breakfast to every child in every year of primary school in place of free school lunches for first three years (only costed pledge at £60m per year)

We say:

Some people have benefited from the Grammar School system, but too many were short changed educationally but having to fit into a system, rather than have the system benefit them. These feels very gimmicky without substance to tackle deprivation blighting the lives of too many children. On the face of it some good ideas, particularly the pledge for new schools and additional funds. In regards to school meals independent analysis has confirmed the pledge on school breakfasts will give each child half a boiled egg a day and expect staff to work longer hours for no extra pay to serve it.

Overall, we say

Going on the Tories’ current track record, we are really feeling the pinch, not just in our homes but within our services. An unbelievable amount of breastfeeding support groups have been shut down in recent years but of course, that’s not being reported. There doesn’t appear to be much consideration for the very baseline infrastructure in this country – helping mothers and babies is part of that baseline. Some of the pledges look attractive but not necessarily conducive to a better society for everyone. We are promised more money in the bank from our annual salaries but not guaranteed that NI won’t rise. Voting Conservative feels like a risky gamble, with the potential prize being a few hundred quid in our pockets per year but with a risk to lose our healthcare and services. We don’t get the feeling our children are being valued with these policies.

UKIP

  • Raise the threshold for paying income tax to £13,5K cut taxes for middle earners,
  • Abolish the TV licence
  • Cut VAT on household bills (energy bills are 5% no VAT is charged on water to homes)
  • Ensure companies pay corporation tax
  • Women will be allowed to retire on this basis at 60
  • Increase Carer’s Allowance to match Jobseeker’s Allowance

 

Some good ideas but they are gender neutral and don’t recognise that when women retired at 60 they typically suffered financial due to having less time to prepare for their retirement, particularly if they worked less when raising children.

  • An additional £9 billion a year by 2021/22 from the foreign aid budget.
  • An additional £2 billion for social care from the foreign aid budget
  • End the working time directive because of it’s impact on the NHS
  • Guaranteeing the rights of EU nationals working in health and social care
  • Training more nurses and doctors by scrapping the cap on course numbers
  • Reimbursing the tuition fees of medical professionals who spend 10 of the 15 years after qualifying in the EU.

 

Whether taking funds from the overseas aid budget to fund the NHS is a good idea is a moot point, but without reform the money will not go far. Also, the manifesto cannot agree whether the savings will be that much. There was no comment as to what UKIP will do, but criticism of what the other parties have done. There is no capacity to increase student doctors’ numbers, there will need to be major investment in universities to train more. In regards to training nurses, most courses are not filled because it is not seen a desirable profession. Changes over the last 20 years mean nurses are taking on more duties carried out by junior doctors in the past. Lowering standards to allow more students on courses will not benefit the NHS in the long run. The working time directive is meant to make sure workers get enough rest to perform their job safely, and have a good work life balance. To repeal it for the medical profession could cost lives.

  • Protect workers’ rights after leaving the EU
  • Enforce minimum and living wage
  • Limit use of zero hours contracts
  • End the banning on reporting the outcome of family courts to ensure fathers can see their children
  • Maintain contact between birth families and children in care
  • Equal rights for women by targeting ‘Cultural Crimes, namely female genital mutilation, breast ironing and ‘honour’ crimes
  • Banning the hijab and burka.

 

We say:

The commitment to protects worker’s rights has already been contradicted by a commitment to end the Working Time Directive in the NHS, the industry that needs it more than any other. The focus of change to the family courts appears to be reducing attempts to end parental rights, but this is already normally only done as a last resort and when it is in the best interests of the child. That doesn’t mean Social Services always gets it right, but I have to ask why this is given such a priority? All the information of protecting women’s rights is saying that women in the UK have a brilliant record and gender discrimination is carried out by immigrant communities on immigrant communities. Where do we start? Not only is this wrong, but it is failing the very people politicians are elected to protect. practising the religion as they see fit. I may not agree with wearing wither item, but I will not accept anyone telling me how I should practise my religion and I will defend any other women that right.

Children and Education

  • Scrap tuition fees for science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine students provided they pay tax for at least five years after graduation
  • Charge tuition fees for courses where the majority of graduates are not in graduate level roles in 5 years from graduation
  • Grammar School in every town, with a return to the 11+, but the opportunity to transfer to a grammar each year up to the age of 16.
  • Make first Aid training compulsory for pupils
  • End primary age sex education
  • Make play spaces compulsory in housing estates and promote nursery or crèche provision in office blocks etc

 

We say

The pledges seem a little muddled. How do you enforce paying back tuition if the student is not in the country or not earning a graduate level of pay? Grammar schools are another divisive policy, but even if you think they are a good idea, the thought of making a child retake the 11+ each year and moving partway through GCSEs seems a good way to destroy their confidence. While we agree with first aid training and more crèches. However, specialist in child protection recommend early sex education to prevent children being vulnerable to abusers. Children who aren’t taught about consent, relationships or even the correct names for body parts are often targeted.

Overall, we say:

Well, we weren’t fans of UKIP prior to this election. Previous comments by their politicians on women, breastfeeding mums and attitudes to disabled children did not endear them to us, or fit with the CIBII ethos of kindness first. This manifesto has done nothing to change our opinion, in fact it has reinforced our belief that they wish to blame foreigners for everything that is wrong with the UK and are detached from how life is like for the average parent.

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