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US News Jeremy Corbyn pledges to increase public sector pay by 5%

15:05  21 november  2019
15:05  21 november  2019 Source:   news.sky.com

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Jeremy Corbyn wearing a suit and tie: Jeremy Corbyn during the launch of the party's election manifesto at Birmingham City University © Getty Jeremy Corbyn during the launch of the party's election manifesto at Birmingham City University Jeremy Corbyn has pledged to increase public sector pay by 5% if Labour wins the election.

The party's "radical" manifesto, launched in Birmingham today, says all public sector workers would get a pay rise of 5% - an average of £1,643 - from April 2020.

After 2020, Labour promised to deliver "year-on-year above-inflation pay rises...to reward and retain the people who do so much for us all".

The 105-page manifesto was fully-costed, as was the Liberal Democrats' which was launched earlier this week.

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Money would also be raised by "tackling" tax avoidance and evasion, having an efficiency review of tax reliefs and expenditures, reversing inheritance tax cuts, imposing VAT on private school fees, scrapping the Married Persons Allowance and introducing a 200% second home tax - compared to the current 3% stamp duty.

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a close up of a person holding a sign: The Labour Party has launched its 2019 election manifesto © PA The Labour Party has launched its 2019 election manifesto

Leader Mr Corbyn pitched his manifesto as "Labour is on your side", as he said the "attacks" from the rich and powerful prove Labour is "for the many not the few".

He said: "The billionaires and the super rich, the tax dodgers, the bad bosses and the big polluters - they own the Conservative Party.

"But they don't own us. They don't own the Labour Party. The people own the Labour Party. That's why the billionaires attack us."

Other top pledges listed in the manifesto:

  • Scrapping universal credit
  • Scrapping tuition fees
  • Extra 5,000 firefighters
  • More council houses being built and rent caps
  • Free dental check-ups
  • Free bus travel for under-25s
  • Free full-fibre broadband
  • Free TV licences for over-75s
  • Nationalisation of Royal Mail, energy, water, rail, bus networks and parts of BT
  • Raise corporation tax to 26% from April 2022 (from the current 19%)
  • Upgrade almost all homes to highest energy efficiency standards
  • Living wage of at least £10 an hour for workers aged 16 or over
  • Cut working week to 32 hours (four days) within a decade
  • Ban zero-hour contracts
  • Creating a national education service for life-long learning
  • Getting Brexit "sorted" within six months and having a second referendum
  • Freedom of movement would continue if Remain won but restrictions would be imposed if Leave won
  • Constructing up to 150,000 homes a year

There were several pledges on the environment within the manifesto, including building 7,000 new offshore wind turbines, 2,000 new onshore wind turbines, enough solar panels to cover 22,000 football pitches and new nuclear power "needed for energy security".

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Labour said it will introduce a "windfall tax" on oil companies to help cover costs of renewable energy, but did not say what the tax would be.

Conservative Brandon Lewis, Home Office minister, said the manifesto showed Mr Corbyn had no plan for Brexit and would cost each taxpayer £2,400 a year.

"Without a plan to get Brexit done he has no credibility on anything else," he said.

"A Labour government would mean unlimited and uncontrolled immigration putting pressure on our public services and a reckless spending spree which would take a sledgehammer to the British economy and cost every taxpayer £2,400 a year."

Analysis: 'The manifesto argues Labour's plans would be bigger than Brexit'

Sky News' political correspondent Tom Rayner says:

"The manifesto might run to 105 pages, and the costing document to 40 more, but the clear message Jeremy Corbyn wanted to get across was boiled down to a five word phrase: "Labour is on your side".

"He argued the Conservatives were 'owned' by the very same 'vested interests' that a Labour government was intent on challenging through their radical manifesto.

"It is becoming increasingly clear that Labour believe the way to get beyond the issue of Brexit is to recast the result of the referendum of 2016 as a howl of outrage demanding fundamental change.

"Behind the 'Campaign for real change' tagline is an implicit argument that the changes a Labour government would bring through its £82 billion plan would be bigger than Brexit."

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