New policy documents launched – have your say on the 2015 Manifesto

Dear colleague
With less than 15 months to go to the next general  election, the party’s policy making process is entering the last round of consultations, and new policy documents have been released covering the whole range of policy.

This is your chance, as a local CLP, branch or as an individual, to have your say on the policies you think should be in our 2015 Manifesto. Please look at the documents and have your say on the issues already included, and add your own ideas. Then as your elected reps, we will be able to take forward your views.  Every CLP is entitled to propose up to ten amendments (maximum of 4 per document), which National Policy Forum representatives can then choose to bring forward to a meeting of the NPF in July. The final papers will then be adopted by Annual Conference in September as our official policy programme ahead of the election next year.

There are a set of eight papers that will provide the foundation of the manifesto. These are based on what has already been discussed and debated over the past three years. Click on the title to go to the relevant page. The papers are:

1.      Stability and Prosperity
Our policy on the economy — from growth and the economic recovery, to public spending, taxation and how we can reduce the deficit in a fair way.
2.      Work and Business
Our thinking on how the UK can compete in a global economy, including how we can support business, rights at work, fair pay and the future of pensions.
3.      Living Standards and Sustainability
Issues affecting quality of life in Britain, the cost of living, and our environment. Key topics include energy, climate change, food, rural affairs and transport.
4.      Stronger, Safer Communities
How we rebuild our communities and create a society in which everyone plays their part — including community safety, housing, local government and immigration.
5.      Education and Children
Our childcare plans, and thinking on young people’s wellbeing and learning — from early years through to further and higher education and apprenticeships.
6.      Health and Care
Our plans for the NHS, health and social care — and how we’ll bring about a new focus on whole person care.
7.      Better Politics
How we can build a One Nation politics — looking at engagement, equality, civil society and the change our political system needs.
8.      Britain’s Global Role
Britain’s role within the global community — including foreign policy, international development and defence.

The deadline for you to submit your comments is 13 June. We know that the deadline is tight and it is not ideal that these documents have been released in the run up to the May elections. CLP reps got the date extended from the original proposal of June 6. But we hope your local party will still be able to put time aside to discuss them. For example, one successful way to do this is to have local party branches divide the papers up between them.

Every CLP is entitled to propose up to ten amendments (maximum of four per document – originally this was going to be 2 per document, but we got this increased), which National Policy Forum representatives can then choose to bring forward to a meeting of the NPF in July. The final papers will then be adopted by Annual Conference in September as our official policy programme ahead of the election next year.

Here is the link to the whole document set
http://action.labour.org.uk/your-manifesto-input

We look forward to reading your submissions.
Deborah, Helena, Karen,. Martin and Simon

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