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CII briefing: General Election 2015

What the manifestos say

Publication date:

22 April 2015

Last updated:

22 September 2017

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 managers.
  • SNP:  Seek an agreement that the Scottish Parliament should move to full financial responsibility

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This document is believed to be accurate but is not intended as a basis of knowledge upon which advice can be given. Neither the author (personal or corporate), the CII group, local institute or Society, or any of the officers or employees of those organisations accept any responsibility for any loss occasioned to any person acting or refraining from action as a result of the data or opinions included in this material. Opinions expressed are those of the author or authors and not necessarily those of the CII group, local institutes, or Societies.

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