Policy priorities

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Guided by our what we believe in and always willing to support a good evidence-based policy (regardless of where it comes from), the following are the key local policies we are currently advocating for in Islington and beyond:

  • Stop Brexit

    It's clear that after three years the best possible Brexit deal is to remain, and it should be the people that make that decision. We believe a ‘no deal’ scenario should be rejected and that a People’s Vote should be held on any Brexit deal, including the option for voters to choose for the UK to remain a member of the European Union with all its associated benefits.

  • End Austerity

    Ending austerity, by reversing cuts to the benefits and education systems.

  • Zero Emissions by 2030

    Addressing the Climate Emergency with more urgency by setting the level of ambitious targets locally, nationally and internationally that are proportionate to the danger at hand.

  • Living Wage for Everyone

    Ensuring everyone who lives or works in Islington is paid the London Living Wage including apprentices and internships.

  • Fair taxes

    Taking action against corporate tax evasion and avoidance; and raising the rate of income tax by 1p to fund needed investment in health and social care.

  • A radical approach to drugs

    Breaking the grip of the criminal gangs and protecting young people by introducing a legal, regulated market for cannabis, including limits on potency, permitting cannabis to be sold through licensed outlets to adults over the age of 18, and legalising medical use.

  • A fairer distribution of wealth

    Equalising the tax treatment of income across capital gains, dividend income and income from work; replacing inheritance tax with a recipient tax on intergenerational gifts; reforming pension tax relief; and making council tax more progressive. We would use the additional revenue to reduce taxes for young people and low earners, increase investment in infrastructure and education, and establish a new Citizens’ Wealth Fund to reduce inequalities of opportunity.

  • An end to wasted votes

    Introducing proportional representation for Westminster and local elections, and giving 16-17 year olds the right to vote in elections and referendums.

  • Better childcare

    For parents who want to work, including the extension of free childcare to all 2 year olds and children of working families, plus an additional month’s paid paternity leave for fathers.

  • Better support for children

    Protecting pupil premium education support for disadvantaged children in primary and secondary school; more than tripling the pupil premium for 3-4 year olds; and extending free school meals to all primary age children, improving children’s readiness to learn.

  • Better support for teachers

    Transforming school standards by replacing Ofsted with a new independent inspection system, scrapping existing mandatory SATs tests at key stages 1 and 2, and replacing existing school league tables with a broader set of indicators including pupil health and well-being.

  • Support for universities and students

    Improving access to, participation in and quality of higher education; ending punitive interest rates and the sale of student loans to private companies; and reinstating maintenance grants for the poorest students, ensuring that living costs are not a barrier to disadvantaged young people studying at university.

  • More and better homes

    Increasing house-building to 300,000 homes a year both through direct build by government and by allowing local council to borrow; helping renters with their deposits; and requiring new builds meet zero-carbon standards, drastically cutting energy bills.

  • Safer communities

    Providing an extra £300 million a year for community policing; re-focusing prisons towards rehabilitation and recovery; and making hate crime an aggravated offence, allowing for harsher sentencing of offenders.

  • Better public transport

    Investing in train stations, lines and modern trains, and rail franchises with a stronger focus on customers; expanding bus services; implementing bus fare discounts for 16–21 year-olds; and safe, joined up routes for cycling and walking.

 

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