This CII briefing provides an overview of the various party
manifestos ahead of the General Election on 7 May.
With the General Election campaign now in full swing, the
parties have published their manifestos. They set out the
respective programmes for government. However, given the possible
outcome of a hung Parliament, they represent the starting point for
any coalition negotiations.
There is broad consensus on a number of issues of interest to
our members, such pension freedoms and apprenticeships, but a great
deal of divergence on the big questions including taxation and EU
membership. This briefing provides an overview of the party
manifestos. As the election unfolds we will review any more
detailed policy proposals beyond manifesto content.
- Conservatives: Referendum on Britain's
EU membership by the end of 2017.
- Labour: 'Budget Responsibility Lock' -
all policies paid for without need for additional funding.
- Liberal Democrats: Balance the budget
fairly through a mixture of cuts and taxes on higher earners.
- UKIP: Changes to tax thresholds paid for
by leaving the European Union.
- Greens: Regulate the private sector in
the public interest and curb excessive pay for executive and senior
- SNP: Seek an agreement that the Scottish
Parliament should move to full financial responsibility
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