The Green Party has taken a more statist turn in it’s 2017 manifesto. Here are some of its key elements:
Support and promote small businesses, co-operatives and mutuals, and the roll out of high speed broadband
End the gender pay gap, and require a minimum 40% of all members of public company and public sector boards to be women
Use the government-owned Royal Bank of Scotland to create a network of local people’s banks for every city and region, obliged to lend locally and provide cheap basic banking services
Support start-ups and creative enterprises through community credit and green investment, to provide opportunities for young people to be creative and innovative.
Roll back privatisation of the NHS to ensure that all health and dental services are always publicly provided and funded, and free at the point of access,
Bring energy, water, railways, buses, the Royal Mail and care work back into public ownership to give communities real control of the public services that has been lost over the past 30 years
Return the railways to public ownership and re-regulate buses, investing in increased bus services especially in rural and other poorly served areas
You can read the full Green Party Manifesto here.
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