Climate, Covid and Care: A Budget for critical times

  • Invest to improve the insulation of every home that needs and provide major heating upgrades for one million homes a year
  • Invest in public transport, active travel and support for disabled people to reduce car miles by 50% by 2030.
  • A Universal Basic Income, without conditions, to protect people against ongoing turbulence from Covid and from changes to working patterns as a result of computerisation.
  • A commitment to make sick pay comparable with other leading European economies.
  • A massive publicly-funded home retrofit programme, ending the scandal of winter deaths from cold, and creating a wealth of good quality Green jobs in the process
  • Transfer the £27bn destined for unnecessary and polluting road-building towards investment in cheap and accessible public transport and active travel options
  • Increase the amount of support to small businesses who have had to close during lockdown and expand the criteria for those eligible. The current payments offer a derisory £1,300 a month for those with a rateable value of £15,000, which for a lot of small businesses would not even cover rent.
  • Widen the amount of support to small businesses who have stayed open, such as nurseries, but are struggling due to the additional costs of Covid, through an additional discretionary grant for councils to administer.
  • Grant 15% of government contracts to small and micro businesses and revise the government contract application process to remove the current barriers for entry to small business
  • Extend the current tourism VAT cut and expand by applying to food and drink served in pubs, bars and restaurants, on hotel bookings and on theatre, music concert and museum and gallery tickets. This should be made permanent and form part of a process to review our VAT system outside the EU so that it differentially supports smaller shops compared to larger and online shops.

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