Lib Dem Manifesto well-received by business and NGOs

April 16, 2015 5:52 PM
Originally published by UK Liberal Democrats

Trade associations, business groups, NGOs and charities are all praising the Liberal Democrat manifesto, especially the five priorities we put on our front page:

Prosperity for all

"Business will welcome the clear emphasis on economic growth and a skilled workforce to deliver it. The fact this is at the heart of the manifesto shows a clear grasp of what the UK economy needs to propel it forwards." - EEF, The Manufacturers' Organisation

Quality healthcare for all

"Taken with the party's welcome commitment to increase funding on the NHS by a total of £8bn by 2020 and their ambitious pledges on public health, the manifesto sets an encouraging tone for how the NHS and social care will be treated in any coalition negotiations." - Nuffield Trust


Opportunity for every child

"We welcome the Liberal Democrats' prioritisation of education funding. We also welcome the Liberal Democrats' commitment to putting a qualified teacher in every classroom." - National Union of Teachers

Our environment protected

"The ambitious, well-crafted policies in the Liberal Democrat manifesto will keep the UK ahead of the competition in areas such as renewable energy, green investment and energy efficiency." - Christian Aid

Fair taxes

"The highly popular increase in the tax threshold has its genesis as a Liberal Democrat policy." - MHP Communications


Here are more positive quotes about policies contained within the manifesto, broken down by departmental area:

Business

Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals

"This is really great news for medium-sized companies and we're delighted to see the Liberal Democrats thinking about adding additional resources into the mix for those who might need help.
"In addition, the CIPP welcomes the proposal to increase public spending again in line with the economy once the budget is balanced, particularly the aim of setting a target for HMRC to reduce the tax gap and to continue investing in staff to enable them to meet these targets."

techUK Chief Executive Julian David

"The Liberal Democrat Manifesto contains a raft of commitments that have at their core a recognition that tech and digital are driving the future economic success of the UK economy. It's right that parties recognise the importance of having the right skills and expertise to maximise the potential of tech across the UK There are also thoughtful pledges on the next wave of digital public services, including at local government level. The Manifesto gives attention to important questions arising about the expiry of DRIPA surveillance powers in 2016. techUK will continue to make the case for a clear legal framework that outlines how Government and industry work together on this area."

Defence

Rupert Oldham-Reid, Senior Researcher at the Centre for Social Justice
"Strong ideas in #LibDemManifesto on strengthening the Armed Forces Covenant, CSJ ideas here".

Democracy and Devolution

Involve, Democracy NGO
"Also in #LibDemManifesto, promise to spread democracy in everyday life -increasing opps for people to take democratic control over services" [via Twitter]

"The #LibDemManifesto also commits to greater devolution, including within England through Devolution on Demand" [via Twitter]

Rob Whiteman, chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy

"We welcome any commitment from a political party to listen to local government and adopt the recommendations of the Independent Commission on Local Government Finance."

Economy

Terry Scuoler, Chief Executive of EEF

  1. "The Liberal Democrats' proposals for a continuing industrial strategy with innovation and investment at the heart of a drive to secure a long term manufacturing renaissance will be welcomed by companies"
  2. "The party has set themselves up as the political foot brake in either a Labour or Conservative-led Government, and they do so with a credible track record for backing industry."
  3. "Business will welcome the clear emphasis on economic growth and a skilled workforce to deliver it. The fact this is at the heart of the manifesto shows a clear grasp of what the UK economy needs to propel it forwards."
  4. "There is also a clear commitment to restoring the public finances and balancing the nation's books, together with a firm determination to keep Britain at the forefront of a reformed Europe, one of the most critical issues facing business in the coming Parliament."

ResPublica
#LibDemManifesto points towards our civic approach to financial reform by promoting #community #finance http://bit.ly/1DhWTqo #banking

Social Market Foundation
"As Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg has attempted to provide a lead on social mobility for the Coalition. It follows that the education section of the Liberal Democrat talks about breaking down "the unfair divisions in our society" and reducing "the gaps between rich and poor"."

MHP Communications
"For the first time in history, the Liberal Democrats have a track record to look back on. As the junior coalition partner, the Liberal Democrats can, and do, point to a number of policies and initiatives from the last five years that they have successfully engineered. To cite two examples, the highly popular increase in the tax threshold has its genesis as a Liberal Democrat policy"

Education

National Union of Teachers
"We welcome the Liberal Democrats' prioritisation of education funding. We also welcome the Liberal Democrats' commitment to putting a qualified teacher in every classroom."

Institute for Fiscal Studies

  • "the Liberal Democrats are committed to protecting a larger part of education spending than are the Conservatives"
  • The Liberal Democrat education spending plans are "more generous than …… the Labour and Conservative commitments"


BBC Reality Check
"The offer from the Liberal Democrats is the most generous of the three."

Malcolm Trobe, Deputy General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders:
"We very much welcome the Liberal Democrats' commitment to increasing real terms funding for education during the next parliament and that they have pledged to do so on the basis of per pupil spending. This is essential in ensuring that funding keeps pace with the forecast increase in the number of pupils."

Environment

Greenpeace UK

"Great to see the #LibDemManifesto supporting local, sustainable fishing! #gp #GE2015 #coastalchamps"

Doug Parr, Greenpeace Chief Scientist

"If many of these pledges on energy and nature protection were to be enacted it would be a huge win for the environment."

"Over the last five years, the Liberal Democrats have helped galvanise international cooperation on climate change, both within the European Union and the United Nations. Today's proposals on climate finance and resilience would help build momentum in the upcoming Paris talks on the climate crisis, which could not be more important to the entire world. Christian Aid believes that other countries look to the UK as a model of how to go green and grow, so the ambitious, well-crafted policies in the Liberal Democrat manifesto will keep the UK ahead of the competition in areas such as renewable energy, green investment and energy efficiency."
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James Murray, Editor of BusinessGreen.com
• "LD manifesto green section makes you wonder what Green Party offering credible anti-austerity and practical green policies would achieve" [Link]
• "All the detail from the Lib Dems (genuinely impressive) green manifesto" [Link]
• "Green policies in Lib Dem manifesto looking pretty impressive" [Link]


Resource Association
"The Resource Association is pleased to see the Liberal Democrats become the first of the major parties in its General Election manifesto to expressly commit to institutional reform to improve co-ordination of resources policy across Government.
"Alongside a commitment to the urgently needed review of the impact of climate change on the availability of resources (the so-called Stern for Resources) this is potentially an important step forward for UK resources policy"

Greenpeace
Great to see the #LibDemManifesto supporting local, sustainable fishing! #gp #GE2015 #coastalchamps

Families

Early Life Nutrition
Great to see support for parents, early child nutrition and breastfeeding in #LibDemManifesto @LibDems @AvertaDisaster #earlyyears #GE2015


Early Life Nutrition
"We welcome this much needed focus on early life nutrition in the first announcement. The Lib Dems have the advantage over their fellow parties by recognising the importance of nutrition during the early years, and by going further in outlining a review into the support available for parents."

British Association for Adoption and Fostering
"3m: Additional support and training vital for foster carers- great to see it highlighted @LibDems #LibDemManifesto #GE2015"

Centre for Economics & Business Research
"There is much here to woo female voters. [The Liberal Democrats'] plan to make [free hours of childcare] available for all 2 year olds too and to extend it to all working parents from the end of their paid parental leave when their child is nine months old is the strongest of the three main parties. They also make the clearest pledge of all parties to directly address the gender pay gap."

Health

Nigel Edwards, Chief Executive, Nuffield Trust
"Taken with the party's welcome commitment to increase funding on the NHS by a total of £8bn by 2020 and their ambitious pledges on public health, the manifesto sets an encouraging tone for how the NHS and social care will be treated in any coalition negotiations."


Rupert Oldham-Reid, Senior Researcher at the Centre for Social Justice

"Important recommendation to improve addiction & mental health treatment in prisons in #LibDemManifesto."


The Kings Fund
• 'The Liberal Democrats have set out a very clear and detailed prospectus for the NHS in their election manifesto.
• 'At the heart of this is a clear commitment to deliver integrated care, including a pledge to transfer responsibility for social care to the Department of Health and a target date of 2018 to pool NHS and social care budgets locally.
• 'The Liberal Democrats have led the way in pushing mental health up the agenda.'


Chief Executive of Alzheimer's Society, Jeremy Hughes
"The Liberal Democrat commitment to be ambitious on dementia outcomes is welcome.
The half a million family carers for people with dementia are the unsung heroes providing vital support to loved ones. The commitment to increase support and recognition of their role in caring will be widely welcomed."

Higher Education

Study UK, Higher and Further Education body
#LibDemManifesto calls for an #HE bill, a credit transfer framework, improved student protection. So does ours http://bit.ly/SUKmanifesto

Housing

Policy Exchange
"#LibDemManifesto sets out goal of 300,000 new homes a year, as @Policy_Exchange has consistently called for"

#LibDemManifesto also backs new garden villages, as well as garden cities, as @Policy_Exchange called for recently"
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Brian Berry, Chief Executive of the Federation of Master Builders
"The Liberal Democrat pledge to only borrow for capital spending that enhances economic growth or financial stability, will not only boost the economy, it will also help address the housing shortfall. Also the Party's commitment to ensure that investment in infrastructure, including in housing and energy efficiency, continues to rise both in absolute terms and as a share of the economy is much-needed and welcome.

Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors
"The Liberal Democrat election manifesto certainly announces the biggest house building aspiration of the three main parties: not just in overall numbers, but in the form of 10 or more garden cities. The direct commissioning of homes by national and local government, with finance from a housing investment bank, may prove crucial in negotiations over red lines - and crucial if we are to build more homes across all tenures in the next five years."

The Builders Merchants Federation's (BMF) managing director John Newcomb
"Together with local level policies such as 'affordable land' plots for self-builders, prioritising development on brownfield and town centre sites and ensuring that local authorities have clear 15 year plans to lead development in their local areas, we are encouraged by the potential for meeting the UK's housing needs and the 300,000 target."

International Development

Christian Aid
"Today's Liberal Democrat manifesto offers a vision of a fair and sustainable future for all, including the world's poorest people. Christian Aid welcomes the Liberal Democrats' ambitious proposals which would see this country continuing to lead the world on the most vital matters over the next five years. The party's policies for promoting the UK's low-carbon economy and dealing with global environmental problems amount to a coherent package which would be a strong opening gambit in any negotiations with other parties. We are also really pleased to see the party's recognition that helping people living in poverty requires commitment across many UK government departments - it cannot be left to just one."

Justice

Alistair MacDonald QC, Chairman of the Bar
"In a week of manifesto launches, today feels like it is third time lucky. Promises were long over-due on reversing the hike in up-front court fees, reviewing tribunal fees, ensuring legal aid is available to those who need it and re-introducing legal aid for judicial review. But today they were delivered. The commitment to maintaining a viable, competitive and diverse market of legal aid providers is also one we can fully support."