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UKIP manifesto ABI summary

UKIP’s pledges include a investing an extra £12 billion into the NHS, ending income tax on the minimum wage, cutting income taxes for middle earners and scrapping inheritance tax. These changes would be funded by leaving the EU, cutting foreign aid, replacing the Barnett formula, scrapping HS2 and ending health tourism.

Main points

  • Fund changes by leaving the EU, cutting foreign aid, replacing Barnett formula, scrapping HS2 and ending health tourism.
  • A referendum on the EU, the question would be titled “Do you wish Britain to be a free, independent, sovereign democracy?” Only British citizens would be allowed to vote. Following a vote to leave UKIP would prefer the activation of Article 50 of the Lisbon treaty, notifying the European council the UK will leave in two years. The UK will seek continued free-trade with the EU following the exit.
  • Invest an extra £12 billion into the NHS; put £5.2 billion more into social care; build a dedicated military hospital and abolish hospital parking charges. Increasing staffing with 8,000 GPs, 20,000 nurses, 3,000 midwives. Invest £1.5 billion into mental health and dementia services.
  • End income tax on the minimum wage; cut income taxes for middle earners; scrap inheritance tax; increase the transferable tax allowance for married couples and civil partners to £1,500; raise the threshold for paying 40 per cent income tax to £55,000;introduce a new intermediate tax rate of 30 per cent on incomes ranging between £43,500 and £55,000; longer term aspiration to create an income tax structure of a basic rate of 20 per cent, an intermediate rate of 30 per cent, and a top rate of 40 per cent; abolish the ‘bedroom tax’ and increase the transferable personal tax allowance for married couples and civil partners. End the ‘bedroom tax’.
  • Reform immigration after leaving the EU and ending freedom of movement of people. Use an Australian style points system for visas. Allow student visas on private health insurance. Five years of tax and national insurance required for migrants to access NHS. British Citizenship available to those on work visas after 5 years. No foreign criminals allowed.

Economy and infrastructure

  • Cut business rates for small businesses. Restore British tax sovereignty (by leaving the EU) to prevent corporations dodging tax. Introduce restrictions on zero hours contracts.
  • Waive tuition fees for students taking a degree in science; technology; engineering; maths or medicine.
  • Build 500 affordable rent homes every year and eight halfway house hostels for homeless veterans. Remove stamp duty on the first £250,000 for new homes built on brownfield sites.
  • Commit to the Conservative target (2018) to eliminate the deficit
  • Fund 6,000 additional posts spread between the police service, the prison service and the Border Agency.

Pensions

  • Flexible window for claiming state pension, which will eventually allow a lower weekly pension to be taken from 65 when state pension age increases to 69.
  • UKIP will fund a higher standard of independent advice available to all pensioners. Will double the budget for guidance in 2015/16 from £30 million to £60 million, and treble the 2016/17 budget from £10 million to £30 million.
  • All war widows and widowers receive war widows’ pension for life, even after remarriage, regardless of when they remarried.

Last updated 01/07/2016