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UKIP is a party that believes in low taxation, enterprise and fairness.
Our economic policy and spending commitments are rooted in the savings we will make from leaving the European Union, making reasonable cuts to the overseas aid budget, reviewing the unfair Barnett Formula and cancelling HS2.
We will, by the end of the next parliament:
UKIP believes immigration is far too high.
Seven million immigrants came to live in Britain under the last Labour government and another two million have arrived under the Tories.
The pressure on housing and on public services such as schools, hospitals, transport networks, power and water supplies, is far too great. We must control immigration.
UKIP is fully committed to keeping the NHS free at the point of delivery and at time of need for UK citizens.
We will spend a total of £12 billion more on the NHS in England by 2020 to make sure it stays that way.
CARE FOR THE ELDERLY
There is a national crisis in elderly care. According to Age UK, 900,000 older people between the ages of 65 and 89 have social care needs that are not met.
Residential care, nursing care, home care and day care have had their budgets cut, meaning one million hospital bed days are now lost every year because patients cannot be discharged.
Some of the recent pension changes, such as the simplification of the state pension to a single tier, greater flexibility in how personal pensions can now be accessed and the ‘triple lock’, are to be welcomed, but raising the retirement age to 67 will be especially tough on women.
WELFARE AND DISABILITY
Circumstances can conspire against any one of us to leave us unemployed, seriously ill and unable to work, perhaps even facing bankruptcy and homelessness.
UKIP is fully committed to maintaining a strong and supportive safety net for those who fall on hard times, but will not be a soft-touch on welfare.
We are committed to protecting the rights of disabled people and want to support their inclusion in the workplace and our communities. We also recognise the need to care for those who are unable to work, and to care for their carers.
We will also put 800 advisors into foodbanks to help those using them with additional problems such as debt, addiction, family breakdown and mental or physical health problems, and to offer employment and legal advice.
CHILDCARE AND THE FAMILY
Supporting children and families is a pre-requisite for a strong and healthy society.
Families are important, in all their diversity, and we want to help create a society in which they thrive, and where childcare provision is affordable and accessible for all parents, whatever their socio-economic status.
UKIP believes in an education system that works for every child, regardless of their social background or academic ability.
We will prioritise teaching and learning, and bring forward improvements to primary, secondary and higher education.
HOUSING AND THE ENVIRONMENT
There is a dire shortage of affordable homes in Britain. We need to build a house every seven minutes to meet demand. Rents are rising, homelessness is increasing, and our green fields are being concreted over. This is unsustainable, and must stop.
We all need a reliable, cost-effective transport network. UKIP supports whichever methods of transport users wish to choose, from walking and cycling to driving a car. We are not a party that wants to wage a tax war on the motorist.
Britain is sleepwalking into an energy crisis. Families suffer as energy prices rise. Millions are living in fuel poverty. One pensioner dies from the cold every seven minutes in winter, according to Age UK. Meanwhile, the old parties continue to push ‘green’ energy policies that only make energy more expensive and the supply of energy less reliable.
Being in the EU is damaging job prospects for British workers.
Uncontrolled mass immigration has lowered wages and for many jobs the minimum wage has now become the maximum wage.
Interference from the EU means jobs are being moved abroad and workers from other EU member states are enticed to seek work in the UK, making it more difficult for British citizens to find work.
UKIP is the party which best represents the interests of the small businessman and woman. We will do everything we can to help our small businesses compete in Britain and the global market.
FARMING AND THE COUNTRYSIDE
UKIP will always back British farmers. Outside the EU, free of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and excessive regulations, we will be able to introduce fairer, simpler ways to support this important industry.
UKIP takes animal health and welfare very seriously, however we can only take control of both when we leave the EU.
Our priorities are to:
The EU-imposed Common Fisheries Policy was designed from the very beginning to steal British fish.
It has all but destroyed our fishing industry and caused catastrophic environmental damage to our seas and fish stocks.
We can only replenish Britain’s bounty of fish and restore our fishing industry by leaving the EU and withdrawing immediately from the Common Fisheries Policy.
HERITAGE AND TOURISM
UKIP will stand up for Britain’s beautiful and important heritage and our vital tourist industry and will fight against threats to our countryside.
CRIME AND JUSTICE
We will draw a line under recent cuts and fund 6,000 additional posts spread between the police service, prison service and Border Agency. We will also take back full control of our Justice system from the EU.
We will not allow the deployment of the Euro Gendarmerie police force on the streets of Britain, and we will not privatise the police force.
Politics in Britain needs a radical shake-up, and UKIP is the party to get change moving. Reconnecting politics with the people is a key ambition for UKIP, as is making politicians far more accountable.
UKIP believes more power should rest in the hands of local people and that councillors should always put their residents before their party.
We believe Britain is a great country. We do not believe there is any shame in patriotism. UKIP celebrates Britain and will promote a unifying British culture. We will not condone the philosophy of multiculturalism because it has failed by emphasising separateness instead of unity.
You do not have to be in political union with a nation in order to trade with that nation. Leaving the EU will not hamper our trade relationships with EU member states, but it will increase our ability to trade with the rest of the world.
Great Britain is a G7 member country. We are the world’s fifth largest economy, the fourth largest exporter of goods worldwide, and the seventh largest manufacturing nation.
The EU needs us much more than we need them.
Outside the EU, we can begin to negotiate our own trade deals again, and open ourselves up for business to the whole world.
Britain has been involved in too many wars which have not brought peace, but instead have made our world an even more dangerous place.
The world is aflame with conflict, yet our armed forces have been cut to the bone.
UKIP will re-establish funding for our armed forces to deliver an army, air force and navy that is able to defend British interests around the world, and meet our commitments as a member of NATO.
HONOURING THE MILITARY COVENANT
We must take care of those who have put their lives on the line for us and our country.
They have looked after us, and now we will look after them.
We will fulfil and go beyond the existing requirements of the Military Covenant and:
UKIP wants to support the poorest people in the world, and believes we have a responsibility to do so. However too much of our money goes to countries with their own foreign aid programmes, with space programmes and nuclear weapons capability, and into dictators’ pockets. UKIP believes in trade not aid.
COMMON SENSE IN POLITICS
June 8th 2017 presents the people of Britain with an incredible opportunity.
Not only will you be voting for the party that brought about Brexit you will be voting for the party that will ensure it will be delivered!
The UKIP manifesto for the 2015 general election was a truly inspirational, fully costed, manifesto.
It was a victory for common sense.
It demonstrated exactly what UKIP is about.
That’s what a UKIP vote means.
A VOTE FOR COMMON SENSE IN POLITICS
a rare attribute these days!
Political party manifestos are usually filled with arbitrary, over-ambitious targets and pledges to some special interest group here or there. UKIP is different.
In this document, which should inform your choice at this election, you will find serious, fully-costed policies that reflect what our party is all about: believing in our country.
On the major issues of the day - immigration, the economy, our health service and living standards – the establishment parties have repeatedly and knowingly raised the expectations of the public, only to let us down, time and time again.
In many ways, this is where UKIP came from: a feeling that successive governments were no longer representing the will of the British people.
Now, there is something to vote for, if you believe in Britain.
If you believe that we are big enough to make our own laws, in our own parliament; if you believe we should have the sovereign right to control our own borders; if you believe that we should be fiscally responsible, and stop adding to our national debts and expecting our children and grandchildren to pay the bill, then we are the party for you.
If you believe in these things and that in this year, the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, you believe we should seize the opportunity for real change in our politics; re-balance power from large corporations and big government institutions and put it back into the hands of the people of this country, then there really is only one choice.
If you believe in Britain, vote UKIP on June 8th.