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We will engage with the people, not just for their votes, but on an ongoing basis through referendums on local and national policies, which creates a truly democratic system.
Below are our views in key policy areas; however it will be you that decides what we do.
Asylum and Immigration
Business & Enterprise
Crime and Justice
Culture, Media and sport
Energy and Climate Change
Pensions & Benefits
Immigration is not a bad thing. Britain has benefited from it. But I think we all know that the government has lost control of how many immigrants there really are in the United Kingdom. The Impact Party will always support genuine asylum seekers, who have been persecuted. However, we will expect these individuals to integrate into our society and pay their way rather than becoming a burden on the state. This will be a pre requisite before they are granted permanent stay.
Our policy is to have a moratorium on immigration for 2 years. We are not saying that we are going to pull up the draw bridge and not let anybody in ever again. We urgently need to review the government data with real time figures on where we really stand on the purported immigration statistics.
We will reduce the exhaustive regulation on business and make Britain the beacon of enterprise for existing and new businesses. We will make tendering for government contracts more transparent for smaller firms, and encourage government departments to use local firms. Review employment legislation, to give businesses greater freedom and flexibility in hiring people. We will give incentives to businesses to go green, and promote environmentally friendly and cutting edge technology.
Crime is out of control. Punishment does not fit the crime. We are seeing more and more violent crimes by youngsters who know their rights all to well. Our streets and neighbourhoods have become infectious breeding grounds for antisocial behaviour. We will have tougher sentences and ensure that sentences mean what they say. We will take away the bureaucracy that stops police forces from being active on the streets and strengthen police powers on stop and search.
Arts, culture and sports play an essential part in enriching our lives. We believe that all citizens should have the opportunity to participate in and enjoy a wide range of sporting and cultural experiences. We believe that all should have access to our rich cultural heritage. We want the 2012 Olympics to leave a lasting impression, and to inspire young people to take up sport.
We believe that Britain should always put the security of its citizens first. We will support our armed forces with more spending on equipment, and reward them with a better pay structure. We will immediately launch a new Strategic Defence Review, the current one based on an out dated strategy written a decade ago.
Whilst there will always be conflict and danger in the world, we will always endeavour to find a peaceful solutions, where lives can be saved. We will always look to work with our commonalities, rather than war about our differences.
We believe in a democratic system in which political decisions are made by the people at local level of government. We want citizens to be involved in the decisions that have an impact on their lives.
We at the Impact Party would like to see direct democracy in the UK and we are interested in a referendum system like Switzerland being developed. Issues impacting on people and communities would be voted on with referendums. We believe that referendums should be managed fairly and transparently. We are developing our model; considering how to reduce cost, maximise participation and eliminate vote rigging and fraud. We believe that while the public should have the freedom to petition for referendums, government must also operate referendums presenting all sides of the issues. We think that the public are entitled to be presented with the pros and cons of issues.
The economy is badly damaged, with the worst recession this country has experienced in decades. We have one of the biggest budget deficits in the advanced world. Jobless queues are growing, thousands are falling behind in their mortgage payments, millions are in fuel poverty whilst banks have been bailed out using tax payers' money. All parties have acknowledged that cuts have to be made in pubic spending to reduce the deficit.
We believe that people and businesses need help right now, to get through the recession.
We will be responsible on the quality of government spending. It's about positioning for the future ready to adapt for an upturn.
Growth is the best way to reduce the deficit. We will support businesses and encourage more business start ups. We will have a National Loan Guarantee Scheme for business, to get credit flowing again.
We will encourage new operators within the banking system to make it more competitive. We will safeguard the money of people who want to save, by separating high risk investment banks and high street banks. If investment banks fail, they will not be bailed out by the taxman.
We will offer more skills, training and apprenticeships working with real firms in every sector of the economy. We do not want to stand by and let other economies lead the way in the things we were once masters of. We need to take the initiative and action real change that will bring opportunity and aspiration to lead again.
We believe that we must empower our children with a good education. Education is the pathway that allows individuals the freedom to make choices that shape their lives. The last decade has seen teachers become process driven through targets and league tables. Discipline and behaviour has deteriorated to an all time low.
We will take the bureaucracy out of teaching, and allow teachers to start teaching again, only then can we raise the aspiration of our children. Schools will have clear discipline and behaviour guidelines in the form of a contract into which the parent, child and school will enter.
We will work closely with failing schools on a day to day basis, to raise standards and attainment levels.
Climate change is an issue that we take very seriously. We will protect the parks, countryside and coastline and improve air quality, rivers and drinking water. We will give incentives to businesses to develop cleaner renewable sources such as wind farms, wave, tidal, nuclear and solar energy.
We will increase flood defences through investment in an enhanced infrastructure and better organisation of the responsible agencies.
The people of Great Britain were promised and denied a referendum by the three main parties. It's a sad day for democracy when the politicians won't let people vote for their choice on whether we should be in or out of Europe. The politicians have hoodwinked the electorate by telling us Europe is right for us or it is now too late to do anything because the treaty has been ratified. All the three main parties have failed to give clear and transparent information of the benefits and disadvantages of being members.
The Impact Party will give the people of Britain a referendum on whether we should be in or out of Europe. We will provide clear and precise information for both sides of the argument, and then let the people decide, what is best for them.
We believe that the family is the bedrock that provides stability, security and affection for our children. Good values and ethics within the family provide the best possible start in life. Strengthening family's means helping parents as well as children. Stressed parents preoccupied with their own troubles unconsciously pass on negative emotions to their children.
We will provide extra health visitors, social workers and councellors to help parents and children with the support to overcome their problems. Early intervention has been shown to decrease costs incurred later by health services, schools, social services, youth justice and the police.
Britain must openly engage with the world with ethical values and integrity, at the heart of our foreign policy. We will always endeavour to reach peaceful solutions rather than conflict and war. We will continue to work with NATO, UN, EU and the WTO to meet the challenges of economic globalisation, international terrorism and climate change.
Our NHS offers a world class service and is freely available to us all at point of contact. We will look to enhance this service by investing more in technology, medical innovation and very importantly retain the services of our highly skilled doctors and nurses, rather than lose them to countries that offer them better salary packages. We need to build on the success of our NHS. We will take away the bureaucracy that stops our health professionals from doing their jobs. We will engage more doctors and nurses rather than middle management who consistently drive through processes. We will focus on the quality and well being of patients, rather than targets.
We need more affordable homes to address Britain's housing shortage and to ensure that there is enough affordable housing to meet current needs. We believe that local people should decide where homes should be built as they understand best the housing needs in their area.
We have a moral responsibility to tackle global poverty. We are committed to achieving the UN targets of spending 0.7% of national income as aid.
Older people need help and support in many ways, but it is crucial first and foremost that they have enough money to live on. We would link pensions back to earnings, which rise faster than prices.
Every claimant able to work will be introduced to the Back to Work Programme supported by local firms. So people are not just engaged in short term training and skills programmes, that lead to nowhere, but are actually engaged in the culture and dignity of work and are adding real value to local businesses.
Our transport system urgently needs to be brought back into the 21st century. Our roads are overcrowded, creating the worst bottlenecks and public transport is unreliable, overcrowded and expensive.
We will meet the needs of users and the community rather than the convenience of providers. We are committed to providing a transport system which improves accessibility, supports economic development, tackles the adverse impact of congestion and promotes road safety.