Ten bills Labour wants to implement in government

Ed Miliband

Strong economic foundation billThis would set out new rules to get the deficit down and debt to fall as soon as possible in the next parliament.

It would implement a mansion tax and a tobacco levy to fund the NHS, and introduce plans for the Office of Budget Responsibility to audit all the main parties’ manifestos.

Energy freeze bill
A bill to freeze energy prices until 2017. The bill would also give the regulator the power to cut prices and a duty to review them and act in time for winter.

Make work pay bill
The make work pay bill would ban exploitative zero-hours contracts, and make it illegal to use agency workers to undercut the wages of employees. It would set a new framework for the low pay commission, so that the national minimum wage rises to at least £8 an hour by October 2019, and introduce new make work pay contracts to give a tax rebate to employers that sign up to become living-wage employers in the first year of a Labour government.

Stronger families bill
This would contain measures to increase free childcare for working parents of three- and four-year-olds to 25 hours a week, funded by an increase in the bank levy, and would guarantee parents of primary-age children access to childcare from 8am to 6pm through their schools, underpinned by a new national primary childcare service to raise the quality of affordable childcare on offer in schools.

NHS time to care bill
This bill would repeal the market framework for the NHS and guarantee GP appointments within 48 hours, or on the same day for those who need it.

Immigration and exploitation bill
This would make it illegal for employers to undercut wages by exploiting workers, ban recruitment agencies from hiring only from overseas and require large firms hiring workers from outside the EU to offer apprenticeships in the UK.

Tuition fees reduction bill
This would cut tuition fees to £6,000 and increase the student maintenance grant by £400.

21st-century technical education bill
This would deliver compulsory work experience for teenagers; guarantee face-to-face careers advice to all young people; and introduce a clear vocational route right through from school to university. This would include a technical baccalaureate for 16- to 19-year-olds, a guarantee of high-quality apprenticeships for all school-leavers that get the grades and new technical degrees at university.

Anti-tax avoidance finance bill
This would abolish the non-domiciled rules, close loopholes used by hedge funds to avoid stamp duty, close loopholes that allow some large companies to move profits out of the UK and avoid corporation tax, and scrap the “shares for rights” scheme.

More homes and fair rents bill
A bill that would give councils new “use it or lose it” powers to stop developers sitting on land; create local development corporations to build homes at scale where the private sector has failed to; and allow the development of garden cities and suburbs, creating more than half a million new homes. It would also ban extortionate letting agents’ fees and make caps on three-year tenancies at inflation rates the rule, not the exception.

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