General Election Lowdown – Work and Welfare

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What is each party saying about the work and welfare system?

How will it affect you?


The Conservatives want to raise the national living wage to £10.50 for over 21s. they say they will continue to back businesses with lower taxes, better infrastructure and strike new post-Brexit free trade deals around the world to make people here better off.

The party wants to ‘help people with the cost of living’ by making sure their taxes are kept low.

By doing this, they hope to keep the economy strong, create higher-paying jobs, fund spending on shared priorities like the NHS, schools, and police.


Labour wants to cut the average working wheel to 32 days within ten years, without a loss of pay. They want to ban both zero-hour contracts and unpaid internships and also introduce a UK – wide minimum wage of £10 an hour.

They are promising to raise maternity pay and increase the entitlement to flexible working, as a part of the change in the way women are treated at work.

A Labour Government has proposed to create a new workers’ protection agency with powers to fine employers who fail to report or take action to deal with the ‘gender pay gap’.

Maternity pay would be increased from nine months to one year and larger employers would be required to put in place policies to support women going through menopause.

They have said that employers would be liable for any harassment experienced by staff by ‘third parties’ such as customers or clients. Employers would also be required to publish their sexual harassment policies.

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Liberal Democrats

The Liberal Democrats want to consult a ‘genuine’ living wage and introduce a ‘good employer’ kitemark. This would make sure that all employers paid their employees enough to live on and would also make sure that these employers would be recognized for doing that.

They also want to stamp out abuse of zero-hour contracts by allowing a formal right to request a fixed contract when applying for a job.

It’s completely up to you the way that you vote, this election affects everyone’s future, and your vote counts. Come back for more on the General Election including how each party is dealing with transport, healthcare and more.


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