Green ‘vision of a fair economy’

Published: Tuesday 14th April 2015 by The News Editor

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The Green Party is pledging to create one million quality and stable jobs as it promotes an end to austerity and the rebuilding of public services.

Launching the manifesto, leader Natalie Bennett told an audience in London 400,000 of the jobs would be in the NHS and social care.

The Greens are urging voters to back a “peaceful political revolution” at the General Election on May 7.

Ms Bennett said: “At the heart of this manifesto is a vision of a fair economy.

“That fair economy demands the end to austerity. It demands we restore and enhance the essential public services we all but particularly the most vulnerable.

“That restoration of the public realm combined with investment in renewable energy and energy conservation, that can create one million quality, stable jobs.

“Rebuilding our public sector, 400,000 of those jobs are in the NHS and social care.

“That fair economy is paid for by the rebalancing that we so desperately need, to see multinational companies and rich individuals paying their fair share in taxes as they are simply not paying now.”

Ms Bennett told activists this was a landmark election for the party, its first with a foothold in Parliament and with polls indicating a five-fold increase in their support on 2010.

She said it was a “new kind of politics” where the economy and society could be run for the many and not the few.

The leader said: “It sees the end of the disastrous policy of austerity that is making the poor, the disadvantaged and the young pay for the greed and the fraud of the bankers.

“This is a vision that is exciting increasing numbers of Britons.”

Turning to her jobs policy, Ms Bennett said: “That fair economy demands every worker is paid a living wage. It is really not a radical statement to say that if you work full time you should earn enough money to live on.

“And yet we are the only UK party who is saying the minimum wage should immediately be lifted to a living wage and should reach £10 an hour by 2020.”

The Green leader said protection of the NHS was at the heart of the party’s election offer as she vowed to strip all private operators from the organisation.

She said the “expensive, destructive” market would be removed from the health service.

Ms Bennett said: “Behind that is an understanding of what privatisation has really meant for so many of our public services.

“It’s meant the cutting of the pay and conditions of workers, it’s meant the cutting of the quality of services and it has meant the shovelling of public money into private hands.”

Other policies include re-nationalising the railways and policies to tackle climate change.

Published: Tuesday 14th April 2015 by The News Editor

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