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A One Nation programme

Share Ed Miliband’s belief that Britain is stronger, fairer and more successful when it comes together as One Nation.

Ed sets out today six of the key economic Bills that would appear in a Labour Queen’s Speech next week: a One Nation programme with new ideas to begin turning Britain’s economy around.
  

Labour’s economic plans include:  A Jobs Bill to put in place a Compulsory Jobs Guarantee.

  • A Finance Bill that would kick-start our economy and help make work pay with a 10p rate of tax.
  • A Consumers Bill to tackle rip-off energy bills and train fares.
  • A Banking Bill that backs British business with a real British Investment Bank and new regional banks.
  • A Housing Bill that would take action against rogue landlords and extortionate fees in the private rented sector.
  • An Immigration Bill with economic measures that put an end to workers having their wages undercut illegally by employers exploiting migrant labour.

 

 

Made by the Many

Watch Ed Miliband’s vision for an economic recovery made by the many…

We need an economy that works for working people not just the few at the top. That isn’t the economy we have at the moment. Economic growth is flatlining, nearly one million young people are out of work and prices are rising faster than wages. Yet David Cameron is prioritising a tax cut for millionaires while working people pay more.

Labour will support working families and act to bring down household bills.

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Ed Miliband speaking to a live audience in Ipswich, 8th April 2013

“The starting point is we need a welfare system that works. We are very clear about what welfare reform means. Welfare reform means that we should get the 155,000 people who have been unemployed over two years over the age of 25 back to work. Labour is the only party in this country that says we’re actually going to do that. We’re going to offer them jobs and say you’ve got a responsibly to take it.

We think we’ve got to get the 77,000 young people who have been unemployed for more than a year, back to work. Labour is the only party who says we’re actually going to do that by putting them back to work. Do you know what? Those numbers are going up and up under this government because of their economic failure. That’s where you start.

Secondly, you’ve got to make work pay. You don’t make work pay but cutting taxes for millionaires and cutting tax credits at the same time so you’ve got to make sure that tax credits are there for people to make work pay.

Thirdly, contribution does matter. I’ve said in the past that when it comes to housing, if you are working and playing a part in your community, you should get extra points. In terms of the housing list, that is the right thing to do. That is what welfare reform looks like to me.

Here’s the problem with this government, they are not just heartless they are hopeless too. Because actually their welfare reform doesn’t work. They say they want to make work pay – Mr Osborne was repeating this on Tuesday . What he doesn’t admit is that his striver’s tax that is coming in today – the limit to 1% of the increase in social security payments – is hitting precisely the people he says he wants to help: the people on tax credits and others.

They’re hopeless too because their bedroom tax is not just cruel and unfair but actually is going to force people into the private sector, which will cost more. And universal credit it in chaos.

But now we come to the wider issue. Because there are two different views you can take on this: do you try and unite your country and bring it together or do you exploit tragedies? Like the Philpott tragedy. And the right place for Mr Philpott is behind bars. But do you exploit the deaths of six children to try and make a political point about the welfare system? And at the same time say to people actually this is somehow a commentary about so many people on benefits. Of course there is a minority of people on benefits who should be working and aren’t. Labour’s the party that’s going to get them back to work. But what I’m not going to do is engage in nasty, divisive politics.

I have got a very clear message for the British people on this: we can either succeed as a country by uniting, by using the talents of everybody, by using the talents of everybody out of work, by putting them back into work and making sure there is real responsibility. Or you can say let’s divide, let’s set one group of people against another – that’s not how we won the Second World War, that’s not how we succeeded as a country after the Second World War. Now if people want that nasty divisive politics they can have it from the Conservative Party, they’re not going to get it from me. I’m a unifier, not a divider.

That is what One Nation Conservatives used to believe. And frankly, you know what, I think One Nation Conservatives will be turning in their grave at what’s happened to today’s Conservative Party. They would be ashamed of what’s happened to this Conservative party. Because they have made a political decision, it’s not about the national interest, it’s a political decision to divide this country. Well I’m not having it. I’m not doing it. That’s not my politics.”

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