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General Election 2017: Greens back living rent for all

Words: Laura Edgar
Co-leaders of the Green PartCaroline Lucas and Jonathan Bartley / John Lubbock

The Green Party has outlined a commitment to introduce the living rent for everyone and to build zero-carbon homes.

Caroline Lucas and Jonathan Bartley, co-leaders of the Green Party, launched its manifesto today (22 May). Bartley said the manifesto contained “big, bold ideas” that with the “right political will, are possible”.

On housing


The manifesto states that everyone should have a “safe, affordable, secure and warm” place to call home.

The party wants to provide a living rent for all through rent controls and more secure tenancies for private renters, as well as bringing an end to letting fees.

A major programme to build affordable, zero-carbon homes would be introduced if the Greens win the general election on 8 June. This would include 100,000 social rented homes each year by 2022.

Right to Buy at discounted prices would be scrapped while action would be taken to bring empty homes back into use. The Greens would also start a trial of land value tax to encourage the use of vacant land and reduce speculation.

The party would stop buy-to-let tax breaks and support community-led approaches to building affordable homes in an attempt to help first-time buyers and create house price stability, according to the manifesto.

The manifesto also outlines a promise to improve housing choice for D/deaf, disabled, and older people by requiring all councils to plan for their housing needs and significantly increase the number of homes built to lifetime home and mobility standards over the next five years.

On infrastructure


The Green Party plans to return the railways to public ownership. It also wishes to re-regulate buses and invest in increased bus services – particularly in rural and other poorly served areas.

Regional rail links would be invested in, including electrification of existing rail lines, especially in the South-West and the north of England, “rather than wasting money on HS2 and the national major roads programme”.

Airport expansions would be cancelled.

Another pledge would see the party invest in low-traffic neighbourhoods and routes for walking and cycling. The party wants to reduce air pollution and would increase incentives to take diesel vehicles off the roads.

On energy and the environment


The party is committed to establishing an Environment Protection Act to safeguard the environment, protect and enhance biodiversity, promote sustainable food and farming, and to ensure animal protection.

It would invest in flood defences and natural flood management, according to the manifesto.

Fracking, coal power stations, subsidies to fossil fuels and nuclear would be replaced with the “clean green efficient renewable energy of the future”. The party said there would be ongoing cooperation with businesses and other countries to limit global temperature increases to “well below” 2 degrees.


 The Green Party manifesto can be found here.


General Election 2017 manifestos


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