Last week I was asked to put forward some ideas of how UKIP policy would help the families of Surrey. My reply was published on their website today, but I thought I’d share it here too;
Thanks for contacting me via Twitter and giving me the opportunity to respond to how I, and UKIP, will help families in Surrey.
Of course every family situation is different and different policies will help different people. I’ve tried to give a range of proposals so that I (hopefully) cover most typical families in Surrey. This inevitably leads to a long list, so apologies for that.
- Increase the personal tax allowance to at least £13,000 so people can earn enough money to cover their basic living costs before the state starts to take income tax out of their pay packets. This will take those on minimum wage out of tax altogether.
- Increase the threshold for paying 40 per cent income tax to £55,000 and introduce a new intermediate tax rate of 30 per cent on incomes ranging between £43,500 and £55,000. A tax originally designed for high earners should not be levied on middle income earners such as school teachers and senior nurses.
- Increase the transferable tax allowance for married couples and civil partners to £1,500.
- Scrap the bedroom tax.
- Increase carers’ allowance by £572 pa.
- Scrap environmental “green” subsidies to make energy cheaper.
- Honour existing childcare voucher and tax-free childcare schemes and extend these existing schemes to informal, non-Ofsted registered child minders.
- Offer wrap-around childcare before and after school for every school-age child
- Amend planning legislation to ensure more nurseries are built to expand childcare places
- Give parents easy access to emergency childcare through their local authority
- Ease teachers’ workloads by cutting down on assessments, data collection and appraisals
- Abolish Key Stage 1 SAT tests at primary level
- Bring back grammar schools and support a range of secondary schools including vocational, technical and specialist schools
- Waive tuition fees for science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM) subjects at university
Get More For Your Money;
- Leave the EU, giving us £9bn per year that we can spend in the UK instead of Brussels,
- Reduce overseas aid from 0.7% to 0.2% of national income saving £11bn pa by 2020 to help those that need it in the UK.
- Stop the wage “race to the bottom” caused by over-supply of low skilled and semi-skilled job seekers from the EU.
- Reduce net migration to alleviate the pressure on housing needs.
Believe in Britain;
- Boost business and create jobs by removing onerous EU red tape and bureaucracy that every UK business has to abide by, whether or not they sell to the EU.
- Encourage house building on brownfield sites, thus providing more affordable accommodation.
- 8,000 more GPs, 20,000 more nurses and 3,000 more midwives to help the NHS.
- Protect workers’ rights.
- Enforce the minimum wage.
- End the abuse of zero-hours contracts.
It’s good to be able to show that we’re not a single issue Party and that our common sense approach covers all aspects of our lives today.