The Green Party launched its General Election Manifesto today (1). Dr Hazel Dawe, Chair of Kent Green Party, notes its significance for Kent:
“The Green Party’s fully costed manifesto, supported by our 11 candidates in Kent and Medway(2), demonstrates that we can maintain public services without making damaging cuts. It also shows how this can be done while cutting the Government’s deficit by half, by 2013. Proposed measures include removing the cap on national insurance payments and increasing income tax for those on incomes above £100,000 to 50p in the £ so that those on high incomes pay more tax whilst providing tax relief to low earners. Alcohol and cigarette duties would rise by half, and environmental taxes would include restoring the fuel duty escalator on petrol/diesel(3). Cuts the Green Party would make include the renewal of the Trident nuclear missile system (£97 billion), road building (£30 billion) and the national ID card.
“Addressing the gross inequality of our society, the Green Party is committed to a minimum wage of £8.10 an hour, fixed at 60% of the national average income, and a single person’s pension of £170 per week. Child benefit would be increased by £20 per week. The Green Party would also phase out tuition fees for students.
“Investment in energy efficiency and renewable energy for homes and businesses would form part of a programme of creating 1 million new green jobs in the UK over the next few years.
“The effects of these policies on Kent and Medway would include ending the recession by dramatically increasing the spending power of those on the lowest incomes, whilst expanding useful long-term employment in the energy sector, construction, green tourism and recycling.”
FURTHER INFORMATION: Dr Hazel Dawe, Chair, Kent Green Party on 01732 355185 or mobile 079444 71083. Contact address as above. Published and promoted by H.Dawe for Kent Green Party, both at 27 Audley Avenue, Tonbridge, Kent TN9 1XF.
1. Further details as www.greenparty.org.uk Emailable copy available on request to email@example.com
2. 10 are listed at www.kentgreenparty.org, with further information. The 11th, Penny Kemp, was confirmed yesterday (14th) as Green Party Candidate for Folkestone and Hythe,
3. This is essential to address the problem of Peak Oil – the imminent Peak of cheap, recoverable oil supplies which the UK Energy Research Council and the All-Party Parliamentary Committee on Peak Oil and Energy Security have recently warned the Government about. Remaining oil must be conserved. A rise of petrol prices of 10% cuts petrol use by about 7%. This, in turn, cuts air pollution – which is killing about 24,000 people per year in this country.