Right now Britain has a shortage of affordable and good quality housing to buy or rent. At the same time many home-owners are in danger of losing their properties in the recession and homelessness is still affecting thousands of people.
The Green Party will fight for a fair housing deal for all. We want to make it easier for people to get on the property ladder, to protect home-owners and to eradicate homelessness for good. Our comprehensive proposal includes:
The Green Party think it's unfair that public money is wasted on botched privatisation schemes.
The yearly cost of these privatisation schemes is over £1billion pounds and we are the ones left to foot the bill.
The government tells us that the schemes will provide us with choice. In reality it does nothing to ensure that efficient and effective health care is provided and it actually reduces some of the many health benefits we currently enjoy. It's unfair that quality of care suffers when hospitals and surgeries are treated like profit-driven businesses rather than public services.
We will fight for a fair deal for those needing health care by opposing cuts, closures and privatisation and by demanding a full programme of locally accessible services. In particular, we will maintain the principle of a free NHS by implementing in England and Wales the scheme that provides free social care to the elderly in Scotland.
We believe in keeping the health service free - we would abolish prescription charges, re-introduce free eye tests and ensure NHS chiropody is widely available. We will also fight to restore free dental care and provide everyone with the choice of an NHS dentist.
The present pension system is a disgrace. We think it's unfair that people who have worked hard all their lives are eventually denied the pension they were promised, leaving many facing poverty and hardship.
The Green Party in Parliament will fight for a fair deal for older people. We would ensure all pensioners receive a basic non-means tested £170 a week. We would also ensure they receive free care and support for those living independently, at home, in sheltered and extra-care housing or in residential care.
The Green Party would introduce a free home insulation programme for all homes that need it, with priority for pensioners and those living in fuel poverty. We would aim to insulate 4 million homes every year.
When it comes to the banking system The Green Party believe the government has acted completely irresponsibly. They have forced us, the tax-payer, to bail out the bankers Yet they have failed to ensure that the same banks give desperately needed credit to families and independent businesses.
We will fight for a fair financial deal, with community banks, credit unions and mutuals. This will ensure those who need financial help are given realistic loans, so they can survive the current economic hardship that we are facing today.
We also believe it's unfair that these irresponsible bankers continue to earn extortionate salaries and bonuses, while 330,000 hard working people still earn less than the minimum wage. Which is why we will fight to introduce a High Pay Commission to ensure bankers and other highly paid executives in the private and public sectors are not rewarded for their failure.
Train fares in England are some of the highest in Europe. The Green Party would bring trains under public ownership to ensure we have a better service and lower fares. By doing so we can provide a real alternative for those wanting to leave their car at home.
We would divert money currently being wasted on huge road projects (about £30bn) and put more of the UK's transport budget into public transport, especially local schemes for walking, cycling and bus-travel.
We would spend £1.5bn subsidising existing public transport to make fares up to 10% cheaper and £30bn over the Parliament on investing in a better system. This will have the effect of strengthening communities, promoting a greater appreciation of place, reducing crime, improving the health of the population, and reducing traffic fatalities. And it would also create 160,000 jobs.
The gap between rich and poor in the UK has never been wider and it continues to get worse. We think it's unfair that the Government has failed to do anything about it.
We are demanding the introduction of a 'Living Wage'. This will help ensure low paid workers earn enough to provide for themselves and their families and eradicate poverty in Britain for good.
The Green Party will fight for a National Minimum Wage of 60% of net national average earnings (currently this would mean a minimum wage of £8.10 per hour).
We will also fight for a fair financial deal with community banks, credit unions and mutuals to provide realistic loans to families and small businesses.
Right now unemployment is skyrocketing and the government is doing little about it. Our policy is to fight for a fair, stable and sustainable economy.
Top bankers continue to pocket your money in the form of unearned bonuses, while factories, firms and farms are forced to lay off more and more workers by the day, week and month.
This must end. Our major and immediate priority is the creation of an extra million jobs and training places. An immediate £44bn package of measures would include workforce training, investment in renewables, public transport, insulation, social housing and waste management.
These jobs will provide our country with the vital 21st century infrastructure it needs, including an efficient public transport system, homes that are warm and cheaper to run and much lower energy costs for businesses.
We think it's unfair that young people are demonised for hanging around on our streets. In most cases they simply have nowhere else to go and activities for young people are being reduced across the country.
The Green Party will fight for a fair deal for young people and their parents by investing in their future. We will pledge to double spending on youth services, spending an extra £1bn a year so that local councils can provide a variety of activities that give young people fun and affordable things to do.
The Green Party's plan to fund 2000 Young People's Centres would create dedicated spaces for young people to meet and be creative. The centres would also offer access to information and specialist support for teenagers in difficulty.
Every young person under the age of 18, and in full time education would also be entitled to off-peak free bus fares.
The decision to replace the UK's Trident nuclear weapons systems is a catastrophe for our future. What's more, the financial cost is immense.
The Green Party will fight the replacement of Trident. We cannot conceive of any circumstances in which we would use these expensive and immoral weapons, and would de-commission the existing system and not renew it.
The Green Party will act to reduce arms sales worldwide by ending Government support for and subsidies of arms exports, including through UK Trade & Investment's Defence & Security Organisation and the Export Credits Guarantee Department.
The Green Party will fight to provide real, sustainable human security. Not by military aggression, but instead by focusing on the real fundamental causes of insecurity that exist across the world. Our overall aim is to reduce poverty and increase trust between people and nations.
Our policies would:
The Green Party will fight the government's plan to introduce ID cards which are an unnecessary invasion of our privacy and will do nothing to prevent crime and terrorism. This would save £2.5bn a year.
The Green Party will defend our civil liberties. We have grave concerns over the development of a national dataset including detailed biometric data. We would restrict police use of random stop and search powers, which damage police and youth relations.
We would open more local police stations and increase the amount of community policing on our streets. We will also re-introduce park keepers, bus conductors and other important positions in society, which have helped to maintain public safety and social order.