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Wednesday, 16 May, 2001, 10:25 GMT

Labour manifesto: At-a-glance

The key points of Labour's 2001 election campaign manifesto.

The economy

  • No rise in the top or basic rate of income tax
  • Mortgages as low as possible
  • Low inflation
  • Sound public finances
  • Increase minimum wage to 4.20
  • Bring in a new trust fund for every child at birth

    Public services

  • Increase spending on education by more than 5% each year for 3 years
  • Increase spending on health by an average of 6% each year for 3 years
  • Police - there will be an extra 1.6bn a year by 2003-04
  • Transport - increase spending by 20% a year for next 3 years

    Staffing public services

  • Recruit more staff to drive up public service standards
  • Education: 10,000 more teachers
  • Health: 20,000 more nurses, 10,000 more doctors
  • Crime: 6,000 extra police recruits

    Education

  • Radically improve secondary schools
  • Diversify state schools
  • Direct more money through headteachers
  • Give more freedom to successful schools

    National Health Service

  • Decentralise power to Primary Care Trusts
  • Ensure booked appointments by 2005
  • Cut maximum waiting times by end of 2005
  • Create specially-built surgical units to cut delays

    Welfare reform

  • Create an Integrated Child Credit, and Pension Credit
  • Establish an Employment First interview for claimants
  • Integrate Benefits Agency and Employment Service
  • Expand childcare places to provide for 1.6 million children

    Criminal justice reform

  • Overhaul sentencing to provide tougher punishment
  • Introduce a victims' bill of rights
  • Register criminal drug dealers
  • Deal with asylum abuse



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