CSJ manifesto wins so far

CSJ manifesto wins so far

20th May 2015

Over the last couple of days Labour, the Conservatives and the Green Party have released their 2015 Manifestos. We are delighted that so many Centre for Social Justice recommendations have been taken on board. Their adoption will go a long way to tackling the root causes of poverty and disadvantage in Britain.

While we are still analysing the manifestos in detail, here are 12 things that caught our eye:

  • The introduction of better measures to tackle child poverty by analysing the root causes of poverty: worklessness, family breakdown, problem debt and drug and alcohol dependency, as recommended in Rethinking Child Poverty (CONSERVATIVE)
  • Restoring the role of Sure Start centres as Family Hubs, providing families with access to childcare, as  recommended in Fully Committed (LABOUR)
  • Stopping the payment of Winter Fuel Payments to the richest five per cent of pensioners, as called for in Age of Opportunity(LABOUR)
  • Drug treatment to focus on root causes of addiction with proper integration in commissioning treatment, as called for in Ambitious for Recovery (LABOUR)
  • Promoting home ownership for those in social housing, as recommended in Housing Poverty (CONSERVATIVE)
  • The introduction of Prison Body Scanners, as recommended in Drugs in Prison (CONSERVATIVE)
  • A new semi-custodial sentence for prolific criminals, allowing for a short, sharp spell in custody, as recommended in No Quick Fix and Sentences in the Community (CONSERVATIVE)
  • Banning the sale and distribution of so called ‘legal highs’, as called for in Ambitious for Recovery (CONSERVATIVE and LABOUR)
  • Joined-up thinking about mental and physical health – with mental health given the same priority as physical health, as called for in Completing the Revolution (CONSERVATIVE and LABOUR)
  • A commitment to tackle youth unemployment, including by replacing Jobseeker’s Allowance for 18-21 year olds with a Youth Allowance, as recommended in The Journey to Work (CONSERVATIVE)
  • Support for plans for a new College of Teaching, as recommended in Closing the Divide (LABOUR)
  • Ensuring Early Years Education leaders should have qualified teacher status, as recommended in Closing the Divide (GREEN)

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