Labour Party policies

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An overview of the post-16 education manifesto commitments from the Labour Party.

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Apprenticeships

  • Refocus apprenticeship spending on new job entrants and schemes which last at least two years and include a level 3 qualification
  • Create 80,000 more apprenticeships, including thousands in the public sector and government supply chains, and introduce ‘technical degrees'
  • Give employers more control over apprenticeships funding and standards in return for their sectors taking on more apprentices

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Localism and devolution

  • Create an English Devolution Act, transferring £30bn of funding to city and county regions, along with new powers over economic development, skills, employment, housing and business support
  • Establish local Public Accounts Committees, so that every pound spent by local bodies is accountable to local taxpayers
  • Implement the Smith Agreement in full and put Welsh devolution on the same statutory basis as Scottish devolution

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Further education, skills and adult learning

  • Protect the whole education budget in real terms, from early years to post-16 education and skills
  • Deliver a new ‘Technical Baccalaureate’ for 16-18 year olds, including a quality vocational qualification, and ensure that students study English and maths to 18
  • Transform highest performing colleges into new ‘Institutes of Technical Education (ITEs)’, with a core mission to deliver the Tech Bacc and higher level skills
  • Introduce a new, independent system of careers advice

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Higher education

  • Lower tuition fees in England to £6,000
  • Tighten up the system for short-term student visas whilst welcoming overseas university students
  • Raise the student maintenance grant from £3,400 to £3,800 a year for families who pay basic rates of income tax

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(102 votes. Average rating: 5.39 out of 10)
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Immigration

  • Tighten up the system for short-term student visas whilst welcoming overseas university students
  • Introduce full exit checks so that people can be counted in and out of the country

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(164 votes. Average rating: 4.58 out of 10)
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Professional issues

  • Increase the minimum wage to more than £8 an hour by 2019
  • Entitle workers on zero-hours contracts to convert their contracts into a regular job after only three months
  • Bring back the 10p tax rate and reverse the 50p tax cut for earnings over £150,000
  • Keep "triple lock" on state pensions so they rise by the highest of inflation, earnings or 2.5%

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Public funding

  • Lower tuition fees in England to £6000
  • Protect entire education budget including ‘early years, schools and post-16 education’ so that it rises in line with inflation
  • Raise the student maintenance grant from £3,400 to £3,800 a year for families who pay basic rates of income tax

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(175 votes. Average rating: 5.36 out of 10)
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Research & development

  • Pledged to introduce a ‘long-term funding policy for science and innovation’ to provide stability and continuity
  • Establish an independent National Infrastructure Commission to assess Britain’s infrastructure needs and hold government to account
  • Will support the current model of regional knowledge clusters, especially outside the South East

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(145 votes. Average rating: 4.83 out of 10)
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