UKIP Wales Policies

Brexit

UKIP believes:

  • That the UK should completely withdraw from the European Union and its institutions without delay.
  • That Parliament should repeal the European Elections Act (2002) to ensure no British national can stand for election to the European Parliament in 2019.
  • There should be a moratorium on all new legislation for two years to allow Parliament to review all EU-derived legislation which is enshrined into UK law by the implementation of The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill.

UKIP would:

  • Ensure that any laws affecting the UK are made in the UK by elected politicians accountable to the UK electorate.
  • Seek a comprehensive free-trade agreement with the EU and non EU-countries.
  • Retake the UK’s seat on the World Trade Organisation.
  • Protect our borders and introduce a sustainable and sensible immigration policy.

Business

UKIP believes:

  • The UK should be a low-tax economy that encourages entrepreneurship and innovation.
  • Small businesses are the backbone of the economy.
  • Business rates are not fit-for-purpose.
  • Licensing legislation and other red tape is a barrier to establishing new businesses in the leisure and tourism sector.
  • Onerous employment regulations prevent small businesses taking risks and hiring new employees.

UKIP would:

  • Cut business rates by 20% for 1.5 million British businesses operating from premises with a rateable value of less than £50,000.
  • Establish a maximum period of 28-days for all public sector organisations to pay all invoices to businesses. Interest will be applied automatically to late payments.
  • Relax employment regulations, including those related to maternity pay, sick pay and unfair dismissal for businesses employing fewer than 5 people, whilst strengthening protections for those working for large employers.

Crime & Justice

UKIP believes:

  • Policing has become highly politicised to the detriment of communities.
  • There is little appetite for elected Police & Crime Commissioners.
  • Police forces are overstretched and under-resourced.
  • Police services should be accountable to local communities for their priorities and actions.
  • Police are unarmed in the UK is a show of faith in our society.
  • The criminal law is overly complex, out of date and needs reform.
  • The criminal justice system does not effectively punish or rehabilitate.

UKIP would:

  • Prioritise anti-social, drugs related and violent crime.
  • Merge the four Welsh police forces into a single all-Wales service, dramatically reducing administrative costs and freeing up resources to improve front-line policing.
  • Scrap highly-politicised expensive Police and Crime Commissioners and create a post of National Police Commissioner accountable to the Welsh people.
  • Organise the National Police Service of Wales geographically by local authority and give councils a role in scrutinising the work of the police in their local area.
  • Oppose any plans which see police officers routinely carrying firearms.
  • Create a national commission to propose a simplification of the criminal law to make policing more effective and improve the administration of justice through the creation of a single criminal code.
  • Strengthen the role of the IOPC to ensure poor police conduct is addressed robustly at the earliest opportunity.
  • Introduce a whole-government strategy for dealing with anti-social and drug crime striking a balance between prevention, rehabilitation and punishment.
  • Reform the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act to ensure that offenders are given a real second chance at a career once their sentence is served.

Defence & National Security

UKIP believes:

  • That security should be the number one priority of any government.
  • The UK should develop a fully independent nuclear deterrent.
  • That NATO is the cornerstone of our defence.
  • The UK should maintain a fully independent defence manufacturing capability for maritime, air and ground assets.
  • There should be urgent and substantial investment in defence equipment to ensure our troops have the highest levels of protection available when serving on operational duties.

UKIP would:

  • The NATO target of 2% of GDP for defence spending should be enshrined in law.
  • Introduce legislation to enshrine a minimum manpower levels for the Armed Forces into law.
  • Retain Britain's independent nuclear deterrent.
  • Improve defence cooperation should be improved with Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States.
  • Create a new National Police Force from the combined assets of the following agencies, ensuring no more terrorists slip through the net of multi-agency bureaucracy and delivering a joined up approach to fighting organised crime:

o   National Crime Agency

o   Civil Nuclear Constabulary

o   British Transport Police

o   National Wildlife Crime Unit

o   National Counter Terrorism Security Office

o   National Vehicle Crime Intelligence Service

o   National Domestic Extremism and Disorder Intelligence Unit

o   Protection Command

o   National Fraud Intelligence Bureau

o   National Ballistics Intelligence Service

o   National Police Air Service

o   Border Force

o   Immigration Enforcement

o   HMRC Criminal Investigation Branch

o   The Security Service

o   Serious Fraud Office

Democracy & Rights

UKIP believes:

  • Democracy is essential, but the cost of democracy should be reasonable.
  • Politicians should be accountable to the communities they serve.
  • The democratic process should be protected from fraud.
  • The UK needs urgent and extensive political reform to protect the rights of individuals.

UKIP would:

  • Introduce a new bill of rights protecting freedoms of speech, assembly and expression.
  • Limit the total cost of government administration to a fixed percentage of GDP, enshrined in law within a Fiscal Responsibility Act.
  • Encourage local authorities to restructure back-office functions and merge departments where appropriate.
  • Oppose any increase in the number of Welsh Assembly Members.
  • Establish constituency offices for Welsh Assembly Members within existing public buildings. This would cut the cost to the taxpayer.
  • Introduce an element of proportional representation in local councils. This will encourage diversity of political opinion.
  • Replace the costly cabinet system of local government with a cross-party committee system. This would improve democracy as all parties would be involved in major decision-making.
  • Restrict the use of postal votes to those who genuinely cannot attend a polling station. There has been too much abuse of the postal-voting system. It is time to restore public confidence in our elections.
  • Oppose internet and other forms of electronic voting. There have been recent instances of outside interference in elections where electronic systems are used. We believe traditional paper based systems are safer.
  • Support the repatriation of existing powers exercised by the EU over agriculture; fisheries; environment; and transport being devolved to the National Assembly for Wales.
  • Require the approval of the people through the ballot box for any increases in the numbers of politicians and for increases in their salaries.

Economy

UKIP believes:

  • Contrary to the impression created by the mass media and the political class, the UK is not a rich country.
  • We should not saddle future generations with unaffordable levels of debt.
  • Public spending should be brought under control.
  • Wales has been totally abandoned by mainstream politics.

UKIP would:

  • Create a tax system that incentives innovation and entrepreneurship.
  • Reduce taxes wherever possible.
  • Invest in infrastructure to ensure we have a world-class transport system and a secure and cheap energy supply to support manufacturing.
  • Introduce a Fiscal Responsibility Act, which establishes controls over wider public expenditure and borrowing and prevents government’s bribing voters with borrowed money.

Education

UKIP believes:

  • The success of the economy is dependent upon the existence of a strong education system.
  • The education system has been largely ignored in recent budgets and has suffered from a combination of curriculum changes, a culture of ‘qualifications for all’ and a lack of ambition.
  • Independent schools reduce strain on the education budget and provide parents with greater choice.

UKIP would:

  • Support independent schools.
  • End the forced closure of community schools.
  • Promote the creation of a cross-party committee to review the education system and propose a new qualifications and curriculum framework. Central to this would be a statutory guarantee that no further changes would be made in a generation, offering teachers, schools and pupils continuity and consistency.
  • Protect parent and student choice. Specifically we will ensure all parents have the right to send their children to a local school which teaches in the English or Welsh medium.
  • Appoint local and regional industry representatives to all HE governing bodies to oversee the development of courses to ensure they meet the future needs of the economy.
  • Allow increased autonomy for universities in Wales to establish fee structures that are competitive and allow universities to thrive into the future.
  • Support comprehensive schools, where they exist, and support the establishment of new grammar schools and technical colleges, if that is what the local community wishes.
  • Ensure class sizes are capped, especially in primary schools.
  • Allow parent governors to request an Estyn inspection of their school, where there are clear

Energy

UKIP believes:

  • We need to seek to strike a balance between protecting the environment and energy security.
  • In an energy mix that is based around proven forms of reliable renewable energy.
  • Government needs to play a role in ensuring this technology is developed for the future, ensuring research & development is funded whilst certain renewables remain commercially unviable.
  • Energy security and independence is essential to the wellbeing of our economy.
  • Importing the majority of our oil, gas and coal increases our dependence on other countries, increases our trade deficit and makes us more vulnerable in times of major conflict & regional instability.
  • The tidal lagoon presents a great opportunity for Wales and the wider UK.

UKIP would:

  • Invest in the development of solar and electrical storage technology.
  • Prioritise developing small scale technologies that can be integrated into homes such as the innovative solar roof tiles and window panes which are currently in the early stages of development.
  • Not pass on the cost of development to the poorest communities through green taxes and levies.
  • Remove VAT from domestic energy bills and scrap green levies that subsidise renewable energy schemes - cutting household energy bills by £170 a year
  • Support innovations such as the tidal lagoon project proposed for Swansea Bay.

Environment

UKIP believes:

  • That our environment needs protecting from pollution and overdevelopment.
  • That rural communities should be supported and their way of life preserved.

UKIP would:

  • Promote inclusion of trees and open space into new developments.
  • Prioritise brownfield rather than greenfield or agricultural land for new housing.
  • Support farming and wildlife though grant schemes, prioritising the preservation of natural habitats.
  • Match fund grants made by local authorities for rural capital projects which enhance the local environment or help recovery from environmental disasters
  • Protect dolphins by banning the use of pair trawling for sea bass.
  • Continue to make available to farmers the agriculture sector funds that would normally be paid to them via Brussels.
  • Pay 25% more in subsidises to organic farmers.
  • Ban the export of animals for fattening and slaughter
  • Tightly regulate animal testing, and continually challenge companies concerned regarding its necessity.
  • Install CCTV in every abattoir and deal severely with any animal welfare contraventions.
  • Forbid Jewish and Muslim methods of slaughter being carried out by unqualified individuals in unregulated premises, and deal severely with such transgressions.
  • Insist all meat labelling identifies the method of slaughter.
  • Triple the maximum jail sentences for animal cruelty.
  • Impose lifetime bans on owning and/or looking after animals on any individual or company convicted of animal cruelty.
  • Keep the ban on animal testing for cosmetics.

Families and communities

UKIP believes:

In the family unit.

  • Offer swift access to vital mental health services for patients diagnosed with debilitating long-term conditions and terminal illnesses
  • Provide direct access to specialist mental health treatment for all pregnant women and mothers of children under 12 months of age
  • Offer wrap-around childcare from 8am to 6pm in primary schools during term time
  • Require local authorities to keep a register of childcare providers for short notice cover
  • Make play spaces compulsory in housing estates and promote nursery or crèche provision in shopping centres, office blocks, hospitals, airports, and railway stations
  • Create an £80m a year fund to help childminders and smaller childcare providers open their doors to more children with special needs
  • Legislate for an initial 50-50 presumption of shared parenting when couples break up
  • Allow media reporting of placement and adoption proceedings
  • Require expert witnesses to list previous court cases in which they have given evidence
  • Promote a more extensive use of special guardianship orders so children can retain links with their birth family
  • New legislation to reduce the density of alcohol outlets and restrict trading times.

Farming & Fishing

UKIP believes:

  • Our rural communities deserve protection.
  • Our farmers are the custodians of over 80% of the Welsh countryside.
  • Our fishermen make an invaluable contribution to the Welsh economy.
  • Brexit brings many opportunities for the farming and fishing industries.

UKIP would:

  • Introduce suitable and sustainable funding for farming, financed by the £10 billion annual savings from Britain’s membership of the European Union. For every £5 UK agriculture receives from the EU, British taxpayers have already contributed £10.
  • Support hill farming, a sector of the industry dominant throughout Wales. Hill farmers should receive additional headage payments on livestock within World Trade Organisation rules.
  • Support farms which have invested in good land management practices and acknowledge their contributions to the wider environment.
  • Ensure accurate labelling of products showing the country of origin, method of production, method of transport and the method of slaughter.
  • Oppose any move towards greater restrictions on cattle movements, which are already some of the strictest throughout Europe. It is our view that a new approach should be established to deal with the threat of Bovine TB by adhering to the advice offered by the British Veterinary Association and farming unions.
  • Triple the maximum jail sentences for animal cruelty and torture.
  • Introduce a requirement to undertake formal training for all religious slaughtermen practising non -stun methods of slaughter. 8. Remove unnecessary EU restrictions that make small local abattoirs unviable.
  • Impose lifetime bans on owning animals on any individual convicted of animal cruelty.
  • Require foreign trawlers to apply for a fishing permit to have access to Welsh waters, thereby halting the exploitation of our fishing industry.
  • Install a 200 mile exclusive economic zone under UK control, our right under international law. 12. Establish “No-take” zones to aid spawning and replenish fish-stocks.
  • After Brexit, devolve current EU powers over Welsh farming and fishing to the National Assembly for Wales.
  • The industry has been plagued by pan-European directives placing cumbersome restrictions on our farmers and fishermen.
  • After a proper Brexit, UK and Welsh Ministers will have the chance to secure a prosperous future for farmers by implementing new legislation which works for Wales, as opposed to the EU’s one size fits all approach.
  • Welsh farmers and fishermen must have true and proper autonomy. UKIP will be their voice in the post -Brexit era. We will ensure that EU bureaucracy is not replaced with invasive legislation from Westminster. Instead, voluntary solutions should be the favoured approach to the problems faced in our rural communities

Foreign Affairs

UKIP believes:

  • The UK has a unique place in the world.
  • The UK’s political, cultural and historic links with much of the world provides us with a unique opportunity to be a force for good in international affairs.

UKIP would:

  • Increase the capacity of our embassies and diplomatic service to promote British values, interests and trade abroad.
  • Never give-up the UK’s seat on the UN Security Council.
  • Strengthen our links with our commonwealth partners, in particular, Australia, Canada and New Zealand.
  • Abolish the Department for International Development and give control of foreign aid to the Foreign Office.
  • Adopt a policy of non-intervention in overseas conflicts unless the interests of the UK, its people or its allies are threatened.

Health & Social Care

UKIP believes:

  • In a National Health Service free at the point of delivery.
  • The NHS should not have a monopoly on public expenditure to the detriment of all other services.
  • The NHS cannot be a monetary black hole.
  • Real reform is necessary if the NHS is to survive into the future.

UKIP would:

  • Create a staffing strategy that takes into account peaks and troughs of demand, future population increases and demographic changes to ensure the NHS is not forced into paying ludicrous overtime bills to maintain basic services.
  • Ensure that students receiving NHS bursaries for university courses work for a 3-year minimum term within an NHS setting following graduation.
  • Review the use of NHS facilities for private practice and the moonlighting of NHS consultants.
  • Ensure low-paid NHS staff, who use their private cars for work, are reimbursed in full for their mileage.
  • Introduce a pay ratio rule within NHS Trusts to ensure that the highest paid staff are not paid more than 10 times their lowest paid counterparts.
  • Ensure that mental health services are given parity with physical health services and that this reflected in staffing and budget allocations.
  • Ensure that all those travelling to Wales for work or pleasure, from outside the UK, maintain adequate travel insurance arrangements to reimburse the NHS for any treatment received during their stay.
  • Establish ’one stop’ cancer diagnosis and treatment regional centres to lead the fight against cancer and improve patient survival rates.
  • Establish a limited number of primary care hospitals across Wales, as part of a pilot project to improve primary care. These hospitals would be GP-led, staffed by multi-disciplinary teams and take on the role of traditional smaller GP practices with the aim of improving patient care and reducing waiting times.
  • Lift the cap on medical school training places from 7,500 to 10,000 and make sure no "suitable" 'A' grade student fails to get a place.
  • Introduce funding arrangements to incentivise doctors to work in geographical areas most in need.
  • Encourage retired GPs or GPs with small children to work part-time or in job-share schemes.
  • Increase the number of nurse training placements.
  • Reinstate funding for bursaries for nursing, midwifery and allied health professions' tuition and accommodation costs
  • Cover the cost of re-training for nurses who have taken career breaks
  • Discontinue the 1% pay increase cap for frontline NHS workers earning less than £35,000
  • Restrict non-urgent NHS care to British citizens or foreign nationals who have paid UK taxes for at least five consecutive years.
  • Guarantee rights for EU healthcare workers.
  • Cut waiting times for an initial consultation to 28 days maximum.
  • Continue to pay attendance allowance for over 65s who need help with personal care.
  • Protect meals-on-wheels, luncheon clubs, day care services and home care.
  • Abolish annual assessment for continuing healthcare funding for those with a degenerative, terminal illness.
  • Fund a pro-active co-ordinating service for older and disabled people to combat loneliness.
  • Introduce a legally binding Dignity Code to improve quality and standard of care for older people in hospital, care homes or their own home.
  • Give carers an extra five days' paid holiday each year, increase carer's allowance to £73.10 a week.
  • Improve carers' access to support by sharing information on benefit and social care entitlements.
  • Exempt food banks and charity shops from local authority charges for disposal of unwanted food waste and other goods.

Housing

UKIP believes:

  • Housing is essential to peoples’ lives.
  • The ability to live in good-quality housing, where people feel safe, have their own personal space and can raise a family, is vital to well-being.
  • There is a severe shortage of affordable housing in our country.
  • Many people who would aspire to own their own home are simply unable to contemplate it. Simply building more homes, without addressing the reasons for increased demand, is not a solution.
  • UKIP will not allow new housing to impact on the green belt, nor do we support communities being swamped by unwanted over-development. Instead UKIP will encourage brownfield and infill development.

UKIP would:

  • Incentivise local development, bringing brownfield sites and derelict homes back in to use, so that they can be released for affordable housing.
  • Give local people a greater say on major planning decisions in their communities through legally binding referenda. Many recent local development plans (LDPs) have proved to be extremely controversial and not supported by the local community.
  • Encourage new and innovative ways of building affordable homes, such as modular housing units, and houses built using sustainable materials.
  • Prioritise local people when allocating council and social housing. The existing points-based system does not adequately deal with the needs of long-established residents and their families.
  • Ensure local authorities meet their obligations under the Armed Forces Covenant to house returning and retiring Armed Forces personnel and their families.
  • Scrap the punitive fees charged by letting and management agents so that tenants who choose to rent a home are better able to afford to do so.
  • Explore the feasibility of rent-to-buy schemes, to allow young people to gain a foot on the housing ladder.
  • Ensure developers create adequately-sized homes with parking provision and room to live. Many so-called affordable houses are now being built too small with not enough room for families to live, store their possessions and park their cars. As part of the planning regime, developers need to be required to address these issues.
  • Give local authorities powers to access low interest government loans to buy up and renovate poor housing stock or empty commercial properties, to create quality residential accommodation.
  • Roll out of high quality, low cost factory-built modular (FBM) homes, affordable on the national average wage of £26,000.

Immigration

UKIP believes:

  • Immigration needs to be managed.
  • That the priority of government should be its own citizens.
  • That unlimited immigration is bad for the economy, society and the environment.

UKIP would:

  • End the free movement of people and set a target to reduce net migration to zero over a five-year period.
  • Negotiate trade deals with countries around the world, which offer the greatest prospects for the UK, its businesses and its people.
  • Develop a UK industrial strategy which delivers a balanced economy less susceptible to short-term sector changes.
  • Develop a skills strategy looking a generation ahead, ensuring we are training people to do the jobs of the future.
  • Establish a moratorium on unskilled and low-skilled immigration for five years after Brexit.
  • Introduce a new international visa system with visa categories for highly skilled workers, tourists, students and family reunions.
  • Honour obligations to bona fide asylum seekers.
  • Insist new migrants to the UK pay tax and national insurance contributions for five years before becoming eligible for benefits and NHS treatment.
  • Ensure law-abiding EU citizens living in the UK before Article 50 was triggered have right to stay indefinitely.

Jobs

UKIP believes:

  • We Workers require protection from unscrupulous bosses and unfair treatment.
  • Businesses should not be encumbered by burdensome regulations.
  • Legislation should strike a balance between employment protection and business freedom.
  • All people engaged in fulltime work should receive a living wage and should not require benefits to make ends meet.

UKIP would:

  • Raise the tax-free personal allowance to at least £13,500
  • Raise the 40% income tax threshold to £55,000
  • Restore the personal allowance to those earning over £100,000 when economic conditions allow
  • Introduce a flexible state pension "window" with an option to retire earlier, for a slightly lower state pension, or work longer for a slightly higher pension
  • Allow women to retire on this basis at 60
  • No quarterly tax returns and no increase in Class IV National Insurance or taxes for self-employed
  • Legislation requiring employers to advertise jobs to British citizens before they offer them overseas
  • Enforce the minimum and living wage and reverse government cuts to the number of minimum wage inspectors in England and Wales
  • Tighten up rules on zero hours contracts and severely limit their use
  • Encourage businesses to fund job placements for older people, and enforce laws protecting workers against age discrimination.

Media

UKIP believes:

  • The BBC openly promotes a left-wing agenda at home through its programming and news.
  • The BBC World Service plays an important role projecting ‘soft-power’ abroad.

UKIP would:

  • Abolish the TV licence, saving households £147.
  • Drastically reduce the size and scope of the BBC.
  • Retain the BBC World Service and strengthen its role promoting British values across the world.

Tax

UKIP would:

  • Raise the personal allowance to £13,500 so people can earn enough money to cover their basic living costs before they have to pay income tax.
  • Raise the threshold for paying 40% income tax to £55,000.
  • Restore British tax sovereignty, which we lost when we signed-up to the EU.
  • Establish a Treasury Commission to monitor the effectiveness of measures designed to reduce tax avoidance and recommend further measures necessary to prevent large multinational corporations using aggressive tax avoidance schemes.
  • Support the devolution of Business Rates and Corporation Tax to the National Assembly for Wales.
  • Allow the National Assembly for Wales to lower taxes on business, particularly in areas such as the Welsh valleys and deindustrialised communities.
  • Invest in new high-tech jobs and skills.
  • Remove VAT completely from hot takeaway food, sanitary products and energy bills.
  • Eliminate inheritance tax altogether.

Trade

UKIP believes:

  • Wales exported more to the EU than it imported in 2015.
  • Wales does not need EU membership to trade with it.
  • Wales does not need a trade agreement with the EU in order to trade with it. T
  • The USA, China, Japan, India, Brazil and Russia are amongst the top ten exporters to the EU but they are not shackled to an agreement with it. They successfully trade directly by proactively using their seat at the WTO.

UKIP would:

  • Reactivate the UK’s seat at the World Trade Organisation (WTO), where we can negotiate as a free and independent member unshackled from the EU.
  • Establish free trade agreements across the globe in the best interests of Wales and the UK. It will also enable the UK to work directly with the WTO, where necessary, to prevent vexatious actions by potential trading partners.
  • Not accept free movement of people, nor any modified variant advocated by the Labour-Plaid Coalition of Losers’ recent white paper, to trade with the EU or access EU markets.

Transport

UKIP believes:

  • The UK needs a fit-for-purpose transport strategy.
  • That the political obsession with public transport is not the answer to congestion.
  • That the car is the most versatile and practical form of transport for most people.
  • That our rail network, the first in the world, is now a national disgrace.
  • Rail fares are a national disgrace.
  • Nothing but an improvement in infrastructure and an increase in supply will reduce the cost of rail travel so that it is within reach of ordinary people.
  • Outside of London, the national transport infrastructure is fragmented, outdated and unreliable. It is time for change.
  • Infrastructure across Wales is crumbling following decades of chronic underinvestment and is now dangerously overstretched. Every way we see grid-locked roads, oversubscribed trains and crumbling Victorian infrastructure.
  • Roads are the lifeblood of our economy, yet they continue to suffer from a lack of investment.

UKIP would:

  • Encourage a national convention to plan a transport infrastructure which is fit for purpose and help businesses grow their exports.
  • Ensure public transport is a genuine alternative to owning and using a car.
  • Invest in rail infrastructure, creating new routes using proven high-speed technology already employed in Asia.
  • Encourage city regions to explore innovate transport solutions, such as environmentally-sound monorail systems to improve metropolitan transport systems.
  • Examine measures to ensure public transport is made available 24 hours a day where possible.
  • Freeze air passenger duty at current levels with the long term objective of scrapping it.

Veterans

UKIP believes:

  • That veterans deserve respect for the role they have played in keeping our country safe.
  • That medical care for veterans is woefully inadequate.
  • The law should be changed to ensure members of HM Forces are afforded protection from prosecution for actions carried out on operational duties.
  • Retired service personnel should be offered the opportunity to defer their service pension in exchange for a fulltime salaried role in the police or prison service.

UKIP would:

  • Ensure service personnel should be subject to investigation by military police and not the civilian police.
  • Introduce legal reforms to protect soldiers returning from conflict zones.
  • Create a new HM Forces Hospital to provide specialised care to our armed forces personnel and veterans.
  • Create new posts in the police and prison service, specifically for ex-military personnel.

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  • Kris Hicks
    published this page 2018-03-21 14:24:43 +0000