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At-a-glance: Green Party manifesto

The Green Party in England and Wales have launched their manifesto for the general election. Here are its key points:


The cover of the Green Party manifesto for England and Wales

The environment, the economy and fairness are at the heart of the Green Party's manifesto.

They want to make Britain a more equal society, with a million new jobs and a lower threshold for the highest rate of tax.

There would also be a "living wage" of 40% more than the current national minimum wage and a boost in pension levels.

Money would be reallocated to more eco-friendly projects, such as switching spending from roads to public transport, with an emphasis on sustainable energy and cutting emissions.

They are fielding more candidates than ever before and say they are "very confident" their policies will earn them a seat at Westminster.


• £44bn to be spent on investing in renewable energy sources, transport, insulation, housing and waste management

• An end to the use of nuclear power

• £30bn allocated to building and repairing roads will be redirected to public transport, with a ban on the construction of new roads

• Free insulation for homes which need it, as a way of reducing emissions


• A "living wage" of £8.10 an hour would be introduced, compared with the current minimum wage of £5.80 an hour. This would be equivalent to 60% of net national average earnings

• An extra million jobs and training places would be created, for occupations such as carers, midwives, plumbers, builders, engineers and public transport workers

• Cuts to budgets and jobs in the public sector would be opposed, in an effort to accelerate the economic recovery

• The upper 50p rate of income tax would apply to all earnings over £100,000, rather than the current threshold of £150,000, with the extra revenue this generates going towards the creation of jobs

• A permanent tax would be introduced for all bonuses paid to bankers

• Efforts would begin to implement a 35-hour working week, to improve people's work-life balance and to help to share out jobs

• A greater emphasis on equality in the workplace, reducing the pay gap between men and women

• Periods of maternity and paternity leave for new parents would be extended


• Rural post offices which have been closed would be reopened

• There would be less paperwork and fewer layers of bureaucracy for teachers

• The party would support the NUT teaching union in its efforts to scrap Sats tests

• Tuition fees in further and higher education would end

• Business would have less of a role to play in education, such as through academies

• Local health centres would be retained, rather than introducing larger polyclinics

• Hospitals would no longer be funded through PFI projects

• The replacements for Trident nuclear submarines would be cancelled, saving £80bn


• All plans for closures, cuts and privatisation within the NHS would be opposed, with an emphasis on ensuring people can access services locally, rather than regionally

• Prescription charges to be abolished

• All eye tests would become free

• Free dental care, with the choice of an NHS dentist for everyone

• Free social care to be available to all


• Those eligible for the party's "citizen's pension" would receive £170 a week if single and £300 as a couple, which would not be means-tested - this would apply to about 12 million pensioners living in the UK and a further million living abroad

• The annual £110bn cost would be covered by abolishing pension credits and ending tax relief on pension contributions


• About 37,000 empty council homes would be renovated to help to cut waiting lists

• Another 300,000 private-sector properties which are unoccupied would be put back into use

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