Labour's first ten Parliamentary Bills in government

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 THESE are the ten bills which a Labour Government would include in our first Queen's Speech.  

1) Strong economy bill

New rules to get the deficit down and debt to fall as soon as possible in the next parliament. A mansion tax and a tobacco levy to fund improvements to the NHS, and plans for the Office of Budget Responsibility to audit all party manifestos.

Freeze gas and electricity bills until 2017. 

3) Make work pay bill

Ban zero-hours contracts, make it illegal to use agency workers to undercut the wages of employees. National minimum wage rises to at least £8 an hour by October 2019, tax rebate to employers that sign up to become Living Wage employers in the first year of a Labour government.

4) Stronger families bill

Free childcare for working parents of three and four-year-olds to 25 hours a week, funded by an increase in the bank levy. Guarantee parents of primary children access to childcare from 8am to 6pm through their schools, with a new national primary childcare service to raise the quality of affordable childcare on offer in schools.

5) NHS time to care bill

Scrap the Tories Health bill, repeal the market framework for the NHS and guarantee GP appointments within 48 hours.

6) Immigration and exploitation bill

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.

7) Tuition fees reduction bill

Cut tuition fees to £6,000 and increase the student maintenance grant by £400.

8) 21st-century technical education bill

Compulsory work experience for teenagers; careers advice to all young people, 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.

9) Anti-tax avoidance finance bill

Abolish non-dom 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.

10) More homes and fair rents bill

Local councils to get new “use it or lose it” powers to stop developers sitting on land; create local development corporations to build homes, allow development of garden cities and suburbs, creating more than half a million new homes. Ban extortionate letting agents’ fees and introduce three-year tenancies.


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