Labour has recommitted to its pledge to build 100,000 council and housing association houses a year, according to a leaked draft of the party’s election manifesto
The 45-page document contains a string of promises but reportedly still has to be approved by around 80 Labour figures, including the shadow cabinet and the party’s National Executive Committee.
The commitment to a major council housebuilding programme effectively reiterates Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s own pledge from 2015, which he made during the party’s leadership contest in 2015.
Elsewhere in the document, Labour says it would ’take advantage of near-record low interest rates to invest £250 billion over 10 years in upgrading the UK’s infrastructure to ensure that transport, energy and digital frameworks are ’fit for the 21st century’.
There is also a commitment to build Crossrail 2 – a new railway link running south to north through the capital, from Surrey to Hertfordshire.
The rights of EU citizens living in the UK would also be ‘immediately’ guaranteed by the party should it be elected into power next month.
The draft includes pledges on:
Housing Labour would invest to build over a million new homes, and by the end of the next parliament would be building ‘at least 100,000 council and housing association homes a year for genuinely affordable rent or sale’. It claims ‘the Conservatives have no plan to fix the housing crisis’.
EU nationals A Labour government would ‘immediately guarantee existing rights for all EU nationals living in Britain and secure reciprocal rights for UK citizens who have chosen to make their lives in EU countries’.
Infrastructure Labour would ‘take advantage of near-record low interest rates to invest £250 billion over 10 years in upgrading the UK’s economy to ensure that transport, energy and digital infrastructure are ’fit for the 21st century’. The party would also renationalise the railways.
HS2 Labour would ‘complete the HS2 high-speed rail line from London through Birmingham to Leeds and Manchester, and then into Scotland, consulting with communities affected about the optimal route’.
Crossrail 2 The party would commit to building Crossrail 2 and ‘devolve responsibilities for running the commuter train lines to the Transport for London authority’.
Skills Labour would ‘introduce free, lifelong education in further education colleges, enabling everyone to upskill or retrain at any point in life’.
Apprenticeships Labour would keep the apprenticeship levy but ‘take steps to ensure that every apprenticeship is of a high quality’. It would also ‘set a target to double the number of completed apprenticeships at NVQ Level 3 by 2022’.
Zero-hour contracts These would be made illegal, under a Labour government.
Late payments Any firm bidding for a government contract would have to pay its own suppliers within 30 days.
Pay ratios Companies bidding for public contracts will be subject to paying their bosses a maximum of 20 times that of the lowest paid in their organisation.
Industrial strategy Labour says it would ‘deliver universal superfast broadband availability by 2022’, improve 4G coverage and ‘invest to ensure all urban areas as well as major roads and railways have uninterrupted 5G coverage’.
The Conservative manifesto is due to be published next week, ahead of the general election on 8 June.