Ukip policies you need to know (since there’s no election manifesto yet)

Wales Online explains…

1. Scrap HS2

Described as a “vanity project”, UKIP leader Nigel Farage says the country can’t afford to spend another penny on HS2 – this got a massive cheer from the audience.

The Green Party also endorses this policy.

2. Ukip would not have a minister for women and equal opportunities

MEP Janice Atkinson told supporters that UKIP would not be having a Minister for Women and Equalities.

3. £3bn more to the NHS

Head of policy Suzanne Evans had previously confirmed the party would put an extra £3bn in the NHS if it won a place in Government

Louise Bours MEP – UKIP’s health spokeswoman – also said that under UKIP, hospital managers would need a licence to manage and failed managers would not be able to get a new job somewhere else in the NHS.

UKIP would also run a trial of having a GP in every A&E department.

Another vague but seemingly important announcement was that UKIP would integrate health and social care.

UKIP opponents staged a heated protest in Penarth in November:

4. Boost defence spending

While the party is aiming to cut the deficit, Patrick O’Flynn has warned that cuts to our armed forces are threatening Britain’s standing in the world.

Farage echoed the sentiment, saying that the current government has “run down Britain’s defences.”

5. Spend £9bn less every year on foreign aid

Nathan Gill MEP said that “foreign aid costs a fortune” and that UKIP would reduce spending to 0.19% of GNI, just like the US. This would purportedly save £9 billion.

He added that most money currently goes to corrupt governments, dictators and terrorists and that UKIP would “ensure that aid is concentrated on life-saving programmes”.

Ukip's Nathan Gill
Ukip’s Nathan Gill

6. Abolish taxes!

Suzanne Evans proclaimed that UKIP would “say no to mansion tax, no to bedroom tax, no to tax on minimum wage and no to inheritance tax”

This was echoed by Patrick O’Flynn: “A UKIP administration would scrap inheritance tax altogether”.

How can they afford this? Well, they’re glad you asked. Overall the party claims these policies would save £35bn a year.

We’ll wait for the IFS verdict on that one.

7. Cuts to spending in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales

In government UKIP would push for an end to the Barnett Formula – ie the subsidy paid from Westminster to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. They claim this would save up to £8bn a year.

Ukip leader Nigel Farage posing for a selfie with a member of the public

8. Pushing for electoral reform

Although Douglas Carswell told the audience that the Lib Dem’s AV proposals were a “bad idea”, he and other senior Ukippers dropped strong hints that the party could call for electoral reform, the only way to “break the cosy cartel in Westminster”.

BONUS: Bring back grammar schools and an end to wind farms

But you knew that already.

What’s missing

UKIP is still leaving its pensions policy to the wire… baffling when you consider that most core party supporters are over 65.

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