Lib Dem Policies in Action
Lib Dem policies that members and supporters have campaigned on, for many years, are now being put into action by the team of Liberal Democrat Ministers sitting in the Coalition government.
Key among Lib Dem policies being put into action is the Liberal Democrats’ manifesto comittment to take millions of low paid workers out of the tax system. This has already taken a significant step towards becoming reality, with 880,000 people due to be taken out of income tax system next year, and many millions of workers to get a £170 tax cut.
Among Lib Dem policies at the top of the 2005 General Election manifesto was the Pupil Premium, which is targeted at helping school children from the most disadvantaged areas. This education policy forms part of the Coalition Agreement and is due to be implemented.
At the heart of economic Lib Dem policies is the £1bn Regional Growth Fund, which has been announced to help regions of the UK that are most at risk from public sector cuts.
A bankers levy was one of the most popular Lib Dem policies outlined in the party manifesto, and work has begun on this in government.
Pensioners will be helped by Lib Dem policies in Government through a triple lock which will see pensions see a significant rise each year, starting in April 2011.
There has always been an environmental core to Lib Dem policies and the Green Deal will give a massive boost to home insulation rates and will target carbon emission reduction by 80 per cent by 2050.
Fixing Britain’s broken politics is a top priority for Liberal Democrats in government. A number of Lib Dem policies are being put into action to this end. These include a referendum for a fairer voting system, fixed term parliaments and an elected House of Lords.
Lib Dem policies in the area of civil liberties being put into action by the Coalition government include the ending of detention for child asylum seekers, immediate scrapping of ID cards, and a review of counter terrorism measures.
Prisons and Crime
Prison reform to cut offending is on the agenda through the introduction of smarter prison sentences, another of the Lib Dem policies being put into action, which focuses more attention on the rehabilitation of prisoners.