After three years of process seemingly designed to deliver as few details of policy as possible, on 7 March 2014, the Labour Policy Commissions released their findings. Eight policy papers, knitted together with a One Nation theme, set out the first concrete indications of how a 2015 Labour administration would govern. The papers are more than party productions – they represent a conclusion of the consultative process, and are intended to position Labour as the spearhead of a set of campaigns across UK civil society.
The papers go from the general to the very specific across a broad range of areas, but of course many of the bigger policy questions have been left for another day, allowing further debate and big announcements further down the line. Areas of commonality with Coalition policy are not spelled out but can be spotted here and there – for instance the muted opposition to free schools.
Taken as a set they advance the Labour argument that regardless of economic recovery, low wages and rising cost of living have left too many people behind, and a ‘One Nation’ approach is needed to knit the country back together again.
Stability and Prosperity
‘Building long-term thinking into the economy’
Work and Business
‘Sustainable wealth creation.’
Living Standards and Sustainability
‘Greening our economy’
Stronger, Safer Communities
‘More homes and greater powers for communities’
Education and Children
‘Supporting the Forgotten 50%’
‘One Nation Politics’
Britain’s Global Role
‘Global race to the top not the bottom’
Health and Care
‘Ending failure in social care to prevent failure in clinical care’
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