Party Policies Compare Plaid Cymru policies against Uk Independence Party policies

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Start a 'buy local' campaign, including legislation to improve public procurement, as well as improving opportunities for Welsh based business within the procurement chain to create 50,000 new jobs.

A Business bank for Wales to support SMEs and with promotion of the Welsh economy as a priority

Support new infrastructure projects which create jobs now and increase connectivity, such as the Valleys Metro, and special purpose investment vehicles such as Build 4 Wales.

Promote co-operative and mutual forms of business, including social enterprises, to develop and improve business and entrepreneurial skills in our communities.

Plaid Cymru would extend the Business Rate support scheme we established during our time in Government to cover all businesses with a rateable value of £15,000 or less. The scheme would cover 80,000 businesses across Wales and would relieve 70,000 businesses of having to pay business rates at all.

Businesses with a rateable value of up to 10,000 would receive 100% relief from business rates with tapered relief for businesses between £10,000 and £15,000.

Source: Plaid Cymru party website, existing manifesto or officially-published policies.

We believe that crime and justice policy should be decided here in Wales, so that we can set our priorities for keeping our streets safe.

Plaid Cymru calls for a Justice (Devolution of Powers Wales) Bill. We will continue to campaign for Welsh control over our crime and justice system in its entirety, including policing and youth justice, so that Wales can fully tackle the complex problems of individual and community safety and rehabilitation.

We call for the building of juvenile and women's prisons and we fully support a prison in the north of Wales. We are also committed to the campaign for bilingual juries in Wales and a separate legal jurisdiction for Wales.

We believe that crime is committed for a wide number of interlocking reasons and so can only be dealt with through a full range of policies for the economy, education, social justice and the regeneration of communities.

We call for a National Community Safety Strategy for Wales, more drug rehabilitation places and programmes, drugs and alcohol education in every school in Wales and better amenities for young people in their communities.

We also want to see the introduction of stricter controls on how drinks are advertised and marketed, greater support for victims and witnesses to help people feel safer in their communities and a political commitment to restorative justice and community sentencing where appropriate.

Plaid Cymru has noted the disproportionate number of ex-service personnel in prison and has called for a strategic review of the ways in which welfare support is administered to veterans.

Source: Plaid Cymru party website, existing manifesto or officially-published policies.

Plaid Cymru did not support the war in Iraq; in fact, we vociferously opposed it. Moreover, our MPs led the campaign to impeach Tony Blair for war crimes.

We also opposed the invasion of Afghanistan from the beginning and we now call for a move towards a situation in the country where Afghans can be safe to develop their own country without external political influence. Plaid Cymru therefore call for a sufficient humanitarian framework following the gradual withdrawal of troops.

We do, of course, believe that while they are there, the young men and women in the armed forces should be protected and cared for, so we have called for a Military Well-Being Act to promote and safeguard the physical and mental health and wellbeing of military personnel.

Source: Plaid Cymru party website, existing manifesto or officially-published policies.

Plaid Cymru propose a new Green Skills Construction College that would specialise in green energy.

The party would establish a publicly-owned energy company.

A Plaid Cymru government would rebuild our economy around our strengths and create an environment in which the private sector can flourish. Rather than hand out individual support packages to individual businesses, we would make Wales an attractive place to do business through creating a skilled workforce specialising in high value sectors, investing in our internal and external infrastructure and making finance more accessible.

Plaid Cymru has called for a new arms length, publically-owned Bank of Wales business investment bank. The bank would make finance available to small businesses at competitive rates, encouraging existing businesses to invest in themselves, potentially boosting employment and encouraging new business startups.

Plaid believes that we should abolish the unfair and outdated council tax system and introduce a local income tax. A local income tax would be based on the ability to pay, not on the value of property. It would be fairer and more efficient.

Source: Plaid Cymru party website, existing manifesto or officially-published policies.

A single national curriculum will provide for core learning whilst enabling greater flexibility for schools and professionals to innovate, e.g. outdoor learning, third foreign language, Information Technology.

We will respect the professionalism of teachers and assistants, expect Continuous Professional Development and reward good practice with less bureaucracy

Examinations should be independently regulated, including a reduction in the confusing range that pupils are allowed to sit.

There should be a closer alignment between under-graduate and vocational skills, especially at the higher level.

We call for a study into the feasibility of providing every infant school child in Wales with free school meals as there is a clear link between poor diet and educational attainment.

We will continue to oppose foundation schools, academies and free schools, which lack public accountability and in many cases have poor staffing practices, including lack of union recognition and weaker conditions of service for staff, as well as introducing the private sector into our education system.

We strongly believe that every child in Wales has the right to education in the Welsh language, including pupils with Special Educational Needs and we will continue to push for strengthened targets.

We support the recommendations made in the review of qualifications for 14-19 year olds to retain GCSEs and A Levels and to develop and enhance the Welsh Baccalaureate as a framework for learning for this age group.

We will call for the Welsh government to look at moving from a per-pupil funding mechanism to a funding model based on the catchment area. It is crucial that education authorities have sufficient resources to provide Welsh medium education and adequate services for children with special educational needs.

The Party of Wales will not support any further increases in tuition fees for our higher education students, and will seek the abolition of tuition fees as and when public finances allow.

Source: Plaid Cymru party website, existing manifesto or officially-published policies.

The National Assembly has agreed, with cross-party support, to reduce emissions by 40% below 1990 levels by 2020. Plaid will work to ensure that this decision is turned into meaningful and effective action to achieve the full reduction.

Plaid Cymru demands the full devolution of all powers over energy policy to the National Assembly.

Wales must take full advantage of our renewable energy resources and support micro generation and other small-scale sustainable power generation schemes, including tidal, wave-power, on-shore and off-shore wind, hydro and biomass.

Our preferred option for harnessing the energy of the Severn is a combination of lagoons and tidal-stream turbines which would minimise environmental damage while maximising zero-carbon electricity generation at a cost affordable to consumers.

We call for emission performance standards for all new power stations and we reaffirm our opposition to the construction of any new nuclear power stations in Wales.

Plaid in Westminster will continue to campaign for a windfall tax on energy companies to help pay for grants for insulation for lower income families.

We will continue to oppose the use of waste incinerators and support binding targets for waste prevention. We support recycling targets of 80% of domestic waste by 2020 and the introduction of a higher landfill tax.

Source: Plaid Cymru party website, existing manifesto or officially-published policies.

We are committed to an independent Wales as a full member of the European Union.

We will continue to support further democratic reform of the EU.

We are committed to increased representation for Wales in the EU. This includes a fair number of MEPs for Wales, a European Parliament office in Wales, a rotating European Commissioner and most importantly, a vote for Wales in the Council of Ministers.

Plaid will continue to fight for transitional European financial support to continue after 2013.

We support further enlargement of the EU provided that those countries that wish to join improve conditions of democracy, justice and the rule of law. We support ongoing membership negotiations with Turkey as a means to encourage democratic reform in that country, improve women's rights and promote the democratic interests of the Kurdish people.

Source: Plaid Cymru party website, existing manifesto or officially-published policies.

Plaid Cymru has three policy options for childcare: 1) Free optional full-time Foundation Phase place for all three and four year olds, 2) Top-up the existing ten hours Foundation Phase place offered to three and four year olds with twenty hours free childcare, and 3) Ten hours free childcare for three year olds on top of the existing ten hour Foundation Phase place and twenty hours free childcare for two year olds.

Source: Plaid Cymru party website, existing manifesto or officially-published policies.

We oppose the micro management of local councils by central government and are committed to ensuring that local councils have the freedom and funding to respond appropriately to local issues.

In the long term, Plaid would create an All-Wales Civil Service, with civil servants and officers able to move freely between the National Assembly for Wales, Local Government in Wales and The National Health Service in Wales. We believe that this model will encourage cooperation, the sharing of best practice, and will result in more joined-up thinking.

We will make sure that voluntary groups, local businesses and individuals have every opportunity to share their views on decisions impacting their local community. We will support the campaign for participatory budgeting in our local authorities to ensure that local citizens have a voice in how money is spent.

Plaid is committed to a fairer voting system and will continue to campaign for the introduction of the Single Transferable Vote for every election in Wales including local authority elections. We will also continue to call for the right to vote at 16 as a way of encouraging young people to take part in the political process.

Source: Plaid Cymru party website, existing manifesto or officially-published policies.

Plaid Cymru wants to train, retain and recruit a well-motivated, caring and expert NHS and social care workforce. We want to increase our capacity to train the future medical workforce and we will incentivise training in hard-to-recruit areas and specialisms.

We want to see the Welsh NHS participate in more clinical trials and research. We want to see improved availability of diagnostics for cancers and chronic conditions. We want to see a medical service that is judged on its outcomes for people, not on inputs.

Where individuals have developed substance addictions, then we want to provide a service to enable people to conquer their addiction.

Source: Plaid Cymru party website, existing manifesto or officially-published policies.

The next Plaid Cymru government would introduce several schemes designed to help young people in Wales get onto the housing ladder.

We would change planning laws to ensure that local people benefited from housing developments, and that young people were no longer forced to move away from their communities due to second home owners pushing up prices and lack of high wage employment in many parts of Wales.

We will reform the way in which social housing is allocated to stop abuses in the system and ensure fairness.

We will improve the quality of housing in the private rented sector through better regulation and tenancy reform that ensures both landlords and tenants are aware of their rights and responsibilities.

We will invest in the retro-fitting of older homes to ensure that families keep their fuel bills low and stimulate the local economy.

Plaid Cymru also believes that VAT for home repairs should be cut to 5% - people should not be paying excessive tax simply to ensure their home is a healthy and safe place to live.

Empty Properties are also an issue we want to tackle. We will extend the empty properties scheme to ensure more derelict and empty homes are brought back into use, and no longer will communities have to deal with the crime and anti-social behaviour that can accompany such housing.

Source: Plaid Cymru party website, existing manifesto or officially-published policies.

Plaid Cymru recognises the invaluable contribution that migrants have made to Wales. Our civic nationalism celebrates tolerance, mutual understanding and difference. Equally, we recognise the potential shared benefits of greater co-operation in asylum and immigration at EU level, and the important role that Europe could play in assisting the integration of new migrants including in the languages of the stateless nations.

We condemn the point-scoring used by other parties and the pandering to unfounded xenophobic prejudices in the debate on immigration.

We oppose a points-based system, which we know would take no account of the skills requirements in different parts of Wales.

Plaid Cymru also supports the right of asylum seekers to work in Wales while they wait for status decisions to be made and we call for the speeding up of the unnecessarily complicated asylum system.

We condemn the practice of housing recently-arrived asylum seekers, especially children, in "detention" or "removal" centres as punitive and cruel, and we will continue to lobby the Westminster government to ensure that they keep their promise to shut these centres.

Source: Plaid Cymru party website, existing manifesto or officially-published policies.

We now have major plans for the future of public transport in Wales. We recognise that the rail network will never help us to achieve our environmental objectives unless it is both cheap and attractive to use, and that will not happen without significant and ongoing commitment of public funds.

We reiterate our call for the railway system to be brought back into public ownership. While we will pursue this objective, we will also pursue other socially useful options such as not-for-dividend or co-operative rail services, and greater devolution of rail infrastructure powers and responsibilities to Wales.

Plaid Cymru also supports providing alternatives to the car. Walking and cycling, particularly in urban centres, needs to be protected in legislation, and the right infrastructure provided in terms of routes, signage, and information.

Rural areas also need the right transport solutions, including demand-led bus services and the ongoing expansion of the Traws Cymru bus network, which aims to compensate for the disastrous Beeching rail cuts inflicted on Wales in the past.

To function as an economy and be recognised internationally, Wales needs an international airport of its own, as well as connections to hubs in neighbouring countries. Plaid Cymru suggested the idea of taking Cardiff Airport into public ownership, in order to prevent it from closing down.

We would look to use more of the annual Welsh Government budget to make rail fares more affordable, viewing this not as additional subsidy but as investment that also would benefit road users and the environment.

We will continue to campaign on the issue of Barnettising HS2 and in favour of spreading rail investment across the state, as part of a wider rebalancing of the United Kingdom and a state-level economic policy for the nations and regions.

Plaid Cymru is committed to maintaining the concessionary fares scheme which is a lifeline for many of our older citizens and accounts for over 40% of all local bus journeys.

Plaid Cymru is of the view that the case for a new M4 motorway is not sustainable or affordable.

Our proposal on the Severn Tolls is for ownership to transfer to the Welsh Government, and a reduction in tolls to cover maintenance levels only.

Plaid Cymru supports increasing the number of 20mph zones, especially around schools, but in whichever neighbourhoods where there is local demand.

We support the devolution of speed limits. Plaid Cymru does not see the case for changing the existing motorway speed limit, but notes that the UK Government has considered increasing the motorway speed limit for England and Wales.

Source: Plaid Cymru party website, existing manifesto or officially-published policies.

Plaid Cymru is opposed to the welfare reform which links benefit payments to work and threatens benefit sanctions for those unable to meet unfair and unrealistic government demands. Plaid believes that this will simply result in a vicious cycle of people who live between in-work and out-of-work poverty.

Plaid Cymru in government will make the abolition of child poverty a top priority. We will press for a move away from complex and expensive means testing for child-related benefits.

Because legislation on pensions is not devolved, Plaid will instead continue to campaign for the introduction of a living pension during the period of the next parliament for those aged 80 and over. In the longer term, when the state of the public finances allows, we would lower the qualifying age.

Source: Plaid Cymru party website, existing manifesto or officially-published policies.

Plaid Cymru would enforce a living wage for all.

Create apprenticeships and job opportunities by investing in training and working with both large and SME businesses and training providers to ensure that young people have market-ready skills.

Tackle under-employment by supporting people into work, supporting higher value jobs, flexible working patterns and childcare assistance.

Plaid calls for stringent implementation of labour laws for all workers, including enforcement of a living wage to address the injustice of poor pay and unfair working conditions.

Source: Plaid Cymru party website, existing manifesto or officially-published policies.

Plaid will press the UK government to honour the commitment to delivering 0.7% of GDP as international aid and we will continue to campaign for the cancellation of developing countries' unaffordable debts.

We also reaffirm our support for the international Fair Trade movement. We will continue to campaign for the rights of minority nations and minority language speakers in Europe and in future possible accession countries such as Turkey.

We support a global tax on financial transactions as a means of encouraging more responsibility and stability in the global markets.

We support urgent and far-reaching reforms of the World Bank and IMF in order to improve regulation and accountability.

Source: Plaid Cymru party website, existing manifesto or officially-published policies.

Cut the massive burden of EU red tape

Prevent big businesses deliberately delaying payments to smaller companies

Cut Business Rates by 20% for companies having premises with a total Rateable Value of less than £50,000

Support a credit insurance scheme to improve the financial security of small businesses

Make it easier for small and medium-size businesses to tender for public service contracts

Push for 30 minutes free parking in every high street and shopping parade.

Source: Uk Independence Party party website, existing manifesto or officially-published policies.

Prevent foreign criminals coming into the UK and deport those who commit crimes here

Scrap our opt-in to the European Arrest Warrant and uphold the principle of ‘innocent until proven guilty’

Reduce the number of territorial constabularies and Police and Crime Commissioners to cut costs and tackle serious crime

Prosecute all cases of adult sexual behaviour with minors

Take a zero-tolerance approach to unacceptable ‘cultural’ practices such as female genital mutilation (FGM)

Amend the licensing laws to lower the maximum stake on all Fixed Odds Betting Terminals from £100 to £2

Refuse to give criminals the vote

Insist those who wish to appeal against deportation do so from their home country

Decriminalise non-payment of the BBC licence fee and review its cost with a view to its reduction.

Source: Uk Independence Party party website, existing manifesto or officially-published policies.

Exempt all service personnel on duty overseas from income tax

Increase defence spending to 2% of GDP as required by our membership of NATO

Restore the armed forces to 2010 manpower levels and capability

Open a dedicated, fully-equipped military hospital to provide specialist services to armed forces personnel

Appoint a new Director of National Intelligence

Keep our Trident nuclear deterrent

Oppose the creation of the EU Army.

Appoint a new, dedicated Minister for Veterans, attached to the Cabinet Office

Issue a National Defence Medal to all veterans

Build 500 affordable rent houses every year for veterans

Build eight halfway house hostels for homeless veterans

Guarantee jobs in the police, prison and border services to ex-servicemen and women who have served for 12 years

Support ex-forces personnel who want to set up their own businesses

Issue a Veterans service card to ensure fast-track access to mental health services.

Source: Uk Independence Party party website, existing manifesto or officially-published policies.

Raise the personal tax allowance to at least £13,000, taking those on minimum wage out of tax altogether

Raise the threshold for paying 40% tax to £55,000 and introduce a new 30% intermediate rate on earnings between £45,300 and £55,000

Abolish inheritance tax

Increase the transferable tax allowance for married couples to £1,500

Ensure big corporations pay their fair share of tax

Remove VAT from listed building repairs and sanitary products.

Source: Uk Independence Party party website, existing manifesto or officially-published policies.

Ease teachers’ workloads by cutting down on assessments, data collection and appraisals

Scrap teachers’ performance-related pay

Abolish Key Stage 1 SAT tests at primary level

End sex education for primary school children

Bring back grammar schools and support a range of secondary schools including vocational, technical and specialist schools

Waive tuition fees for science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM) subjects at university

Make First Aid training part of the national curriculum.

Source: Uk Independence Party party website, existing manifesto or officially-published policies.

Scrap the 2008 Climate Change Act and the EU’s Large Combustion Plant Directive

Support ‘fracking’ for shale gas

End subsidies for wind turbines and solar photovoltaic arrays

Support renewable energy where it can deliver electricity at competitive prices

Seek to rejuvenate the coal industry

Abolish ‘green levies’ to cut the cost of fuel bills

Force energy companies to end higher charges for pre-payment meters

Source: Uk Independence Party party website, existing manifesto or officially-published policies.

An immediate referendum on whether the UK should be in or out of the European Union.

We would review all legislation and regulations from the EU (3,600 new laws since 2010) and remove those which hamper British prosperity and competitiveness.

We will extend to EU citizens the existing points-based system for time-limited work permits. Those coming to work in the UK must have a job to go to, must speak English, must have accommodation agreed prior to their arrival, and must have NHS-approved health insurance.

We would negotiate a bespoke trade agreement with the EU to enable our businesses to continue trading to mutual advantage.

UKIP will withdraw from the jurisdiction of the European Court of Human Rights.

UKIP would not seek to remain in the European Free Trade Area (EFTA) or European Economic Area (EEA) while those treaties maintain a principle of free movement of labour, which prevents the UK managing its own borders.

UKIP will reverse the governments opt-in to EU law and justice measures, including the European Arrest Warrant and European Investigation Order. We will replace the EAW with appropriate bi-lateral agreements.

UKIP will leave the EU and save at least £8bn pa in net contributions.

Students from the EU will pay the same student fee rates as International students.

Work permits will be permitted to fill skills gaps in the UK jobs market.

By leaving the EU, the UK will leave the Common Agricultural Policy. Outside the EU UKIP will institute a British Single Farm Payment for farms.

UKIP will leave the Common Fisheries Policy and reinstate British territorial waters. Foreign trawlers would have to apply for and purchase fishing permits to fish British waters when fish stocks have returned to sustainable levels.

We will repeal the Human Rights Act and replace it with a new British Bill of Rights. The interests of law-abiding citizens & victims will always take precedence over those of criminals.

Source: Uk Independence Party party website, existing manifesto or officially-published policies.

Honour existing childcare voucher and tax-free childcare schemes

Extend these existing schemes to informal, non-Ofsted registered childminders

Offer wrap-around childcare before and after school for every school-age child

Amend planning legislation to ensure more nurseries are built to expand childcare places

Give parents easy access to emergency childcare through their local authority

Legislate for an initial presumption of 50-50 shared parenting in child residency matters, and give grandparents visiting rights

Initiate a thorough review of childcare and child safeguarding systems.

Source: Uk Independence Party party website, existing manifesto or officially-published policies.

Continue to give UKIP Councillors the freedom to vote as they choose

Keep Council Tax as low as possible

Give local people the final say on major planning decisions in their area

Adopt a zero-tolerance approach to noisy or anti-social neighbours

Make the setting up of a traveller pitch without permission illegal

Reinstate weekly bin collections where they have been lost, if residents want them reinstated

Oppose the cabinet system of local governance and push for cross-party, collaborative committee systems

Provide best value for money for council tax payers by cutting council costs.

Give a national referendum on the issue of greatest importance to the British public every two years on the most popular petition with over two million signatures

Genuinely debate petitions gathering over 100,000 signatures in the House of Commons

Give voters real power to sack their MP, Councillor or other elected politician

Insist on English votes for English laws: only MPs for English constituencies will vote on laws affecting only England.

Introduce an Open Primaries Bill to ensure Parliamentary candidates need not be Westminster insiders

Give Commons’ Select Committees the power to approve or veto senior ministerial, civil service and quango appointments and public spending plans

Introduce a new proportional voting system that truly reflects the number of votes cast

End postal voting fraud by restricting postal votes to those with a valid reason to have one.

Source: Uk Independence Party party website, existing manifesto or officially-published policies.

Fund 20,000 more nurses, 8,000 more GPs and 3,000 more midwives

Invest an extra £1.5 billion into mental health and dementia services over the next five years

Scrap hospital parking charges

End ‘health tourism’ by making sure those ineligible for free NHS care pay for treatment

Replace Monitor and the CQC with powerful new County Health Boards to drive up standards.

Integrate health and social care and bring both under the control of the NHS

Increase social care funding in total by £5.2 billion between 2015 and 2020

Promise to invest any tax profits from ‘fracking’ into setting up a Sovereign Wealth Fund to pay for elderly care

Protect services such as day care centres, home care and Meals on Wheels

Abolish the practice of arranging home-care visits in 15-minute windows

Source: Uk Independence Party party website, existing manifesto or officially-published policies.

Protect the green belt

Bring empty homes back into use

Build one million homes on brownfield sites by 2020

Prioritise social housing for those with local connections to an area

Give local people the final say on major planning developments in their area

Restrict the ‘Right-to-Buy’ and ‘Help-to-Buy’ schemes to British nationals

Oppose the so-called ‘Mansion Tax.’

Source: Uk Independence Party party website, existing manifesto or officially-published policies.

Leave the EU and take back control of our borders

End immigration for unskilled jobs for a five-year period to re-balance our work economy

Introduce an Australian-style points-based immigration system to assess all potential migrants to Britain on a fair, ethical and equal basis

Tackle the problem of sham marriages

Introduce a new visa system for workers, visitors, students, families and asylum seekers

End access to benefits and free NHS treatment for new immigrants until they have paid tax and NI for five years

Require all visitors and new immigrants to the UK to have their own health insurance.

Source: Uk Independence Party party website, existing manifesto or officially-published policies.

Scrap HS2: this is an expensive, politically-driven vanity project for which there is no good business case. It will blight our countryside and not solve the problem of capacity

Campaign to re-open Manston airport to address the lack of airport capacity in the South East

Ensure speed cameras are used to improve road safety, not just to raise money

End road tolls wherever possible

Oppose ‘pay-as-you-go’ road charging schemes

Support British HGV drivers by charging foreign lorries extra to use our roads

Roll back the VED exemption for classic vehicles to 25 years.

Source: Uk Independence Party party website, existing manifesto or officially-published policies.

Support a lower cap on benefits

Crack down on benefit fraud

End welfare tourism with a five-year embargo on benefits for migrants

Stop child benefit being paid to children who don’t live here permanently and limit child benefit to two children for new claimants

Scrap the ‘bedroom tax’

End unfair ATOS-style work capability assessments and return the system and funding to GPs

Increase Carers’ Allowance to match Job Seekers’ Allowance - £572 more a year

We will also put 800 advisors into foodbanks to help those using them with additional problems such as debt, addiction, family breakdown and mental or physical health problems, and to offer employment and legal advice.

Source: Uk Independence Party party website, existing manifesto or officially-published policies.

Protect workers’ rights

Enforce the minimum wage

End the abuse of zero-hours contracts

Allow British businesses to choose to employ British workers first

Prevent access to EU schemes which encourage businesses to hire foreign workers

Scrap EU directives which restrict the British economy and go against our work ethos.

Source: Uk Independence Party party website, existing manifesto or officially-published policies.

Take back our vacant seat at the World Trade Organisation

Seek to establish free trade agreements across the globe

Negotiate a bespoke UK-EU trade deal

Join the ranks of over 60 prosperous, independent countries that have profitable, mutually beneficial trade relationships with the European Union.

Consult Parliament before committing our armed forces and taxpayers’ money to combat situations

Protect the British sovereignty and territorial integrity of Gibraltar and the Falkland Islands

Foster closer ties with the Anglosphere

Put our faith in trading with our neighbours as a sovereign nation as the best way to avoid conflict

Encourage peace efforts in the Middle East and support a peaceful two-state solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict.

Cut the overseas aid budget from 0.7% to 0.2% of GNI, on a par with the USA

Continue to spend at least £4 billion annually on current figures (more than Spain and Italy combined), prioritising clean water and sanitation, healthcare, innoculation and emergency aid programmes

Remove trade barriers to provide sustainable livelihoods for the world’s poorest people

Close the Department for International Development and merge its essential functions into the Foreign Office.

Source: Uk Independence Party party website, existing manifesto or officially-published policies.

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