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Labour Key Issues

Cost of Living Crisis 
  1. Energy - End rip-off prices on energy bills. We will make life more affordable for millions of people. We’ll freeze gas and electricity bills until 2017 and reform the broken energy market to stop the cost of energy bills soaring.  
  1. Childcare - Help people get on the housing ladder. Labour will build the homes Britain needs by getting 200,000 homes built a year by 2020. We will get a fair deal for renters with longer, more predictable tenancies and a ban on rip-off letting fees.  
  1. Renting - Support working parents with the cost of childcare. Parents shouldn't face the prospect of taking a job that ends up costing them more than they’ll earn. We will give working parents 25 hours of free childcare for three and four-year-olds per week.  
  1. Tackle NHS waiting times and put patients first. The Tories have created a crisis in A&E, and thousands of people can’t get a GP appointment when they need one. We will guarantee that you will be able to see a GP within 48 hours, which will help to tackle A&E waiting times.  
  1. Provide fairer access to mental health services. We will make mental health the priority it deserves to be. We will ensure that people have access to the treatment and services they need. We will make sure all professional NHS staff receive mental health training. 
  1. Create a 21st Century NHS for complex needs. We will make patient services fit for the future by bringing together physical health, mental health and social care into a single system of whole-person care. A single service built around patients. 
  1. Make sure everyone who works can afford to live. We will raise the minimum wage and give tax breaks to companies that sign up to pay a living wage. We will cut income tax for 24 million people by bringing back the 10p income tax rate. Making sure all work pays a decent wage will make our economy stronger. 
  1. Back our entrepreneurs and small businesses. We will make it easier to start and grow businesses. We’ll create a British investment bank that will lend money to new and growing businesses. We'll support small businesses by cutting business rates for 1.5 million small firms and freezing their energy bills. 
  1. Balance the books, doing it in a fairer way. We will reverse David Cameron’s tax cut for millionaires and cut spending where it is sensible to do so. We will cap welfare spending, tackling the root causes of social security spending, including by getting more people into work, making work pay and getting more homes built.