election 2017: which party promises workers the best deal?

19/01/2019

It’s decision time for Britain. The general election may have been called earlier than people expected - and in some cases wanted! - but it gives voters the chance to have their say on the important issues of the day. 

Since parliament was dissolved at the beginning of May, party leaders have been up and down the country outlining their vision for the country and headline policies on issues including Brexit, the NHS and social care.

Theresa May, Jeremy Corbyn, Tim Farron and other party leaders have also been laying out plans that largely affect workers and the world of work including on tax, pensions and childcare. Randstad highlights five promises made by the Conservatives, Labour, Liberal Democrats.* 

Conservatives

- Raise personal allowance (amount you do not pay tax on) to £12,500
- Annual increases in the state pension through a new “Double Lock”
- Continue to increase the National Living Wage to 60% of median earnings by 2020
- Childcare for working families and thousands of new nursery places a year
- Confront the “burning injustices” of the gender pay gap

Labour 

- No rises in income tax for those earning below £80,000 a year and 50% income tax rate on earnings over £123,000
- No increases in personal National Insurance Contributions or VAT
- Raise the Minimum Wage to the level of the Living Wage (£10 per hour by 2020)
- End the public sector pay cap and introduce maximum pay ratios of 20:1 in the public sector
- Propose four new public holidays 

Lib Dems

- End the public sector pay freeze
- A 1p rise on basic, higher and additional rates of income tax
- “Possible” reform of National Insurance contributions
- Achieve long-term goal of 30 hours’ free childcare a week for all parents in England with   children aged from two to four years
- Maintain the ‘triple lock’ on pensions guaranteeing minimum 2.5% rise a year 

*The SNP and Ukip had not published their manifestos at the time of publication.