The Liberal Democrats published their General Election Manifesto, 'Change' on Monday 10th June.

Click here to read the Manifesto.

This is what it says about the issues that students, apprentices and young people care about.

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What the Manifesto says on...


Universities and Student Funding

  • Bring back maintenance grants for disadvantaged students
  • Review how universities and higher education is funded
  • Legally require universities to protect student mental health

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Colleges, Apprenticeships and Skills

  • Pay apprentices more by getting rid of the lower £6.40 apprentice minimum wage
  • £5,000 grant for adults to spend on training and skills
  • Expand higher vocational training and improve the quality of vocational education

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International Students and Migration

  • Stop including international students in migration targets
  • Transfer policy-making on international students away from the Home Office
  • End the hostile environment policy and scrap the Rwanda scheme

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The Cost of Living, Pay and Benefits

  • Independent review to recommend a genuine living wage
  • Cut energy bills through energy and insultation upgrades to homes
  • Tackle rising food prices via a National Food Strategy and freeze rail fares
  • Replace Universal Credit sanctions with incentives to get into work

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The NHS, Health and Wellbeing

  • Right to see a GP within seven days, or 24 hours if urgent
  • Guarantee access to an NHS dentist for everyone needing urgent care
  • Mental health hubs for young people in every community
  • Extend young people’s mental health services up to the age of 25

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Housing and Renting

  • Stop landlords being able to evict you through no fault of your own
  • Make the length of rental contracts three years by default
  • Build 380,000 new homes a year including 150,000 social homes
  • Rent-to-own model for social housing to give tenants an increasing stake in their property

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Climate and Energy

  • Net zero carbon emissions by 2045
  • 90% of electricity to be generated by renewables by 2030
  • Maintain fracking ban and ban new coal mines
  • National and local citizens assemblies to involve people in decisions about the climate crisis

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Rights, Equality and Liberation

  • Make misogyny a hate crime
  • De-medicalise the gender recognition process, recognise non-binary identities in law, and ban any practices which try to change or suppress someone’s sexual orientation
  • Implement a Race Equality Strategy
  • New accessibility standards for public spaces

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Society, Democracy and Young People

  • Votes for 16- and 17-year-olds in all elections and scrap voter ID
  • Change how MPs are elected and reform the House of Lords
  • Fix the UK’s relationship with the EU and seek to join the single market
  • Rejoin Erasmus+ for young people to study, work and live abroad

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Workers' Rights and Employment

  • Make flexible working a right on day one of a job
  • Right to request a fixed-hours contract for zero-hours and agency workers after 12 months in a job
  • 20% higher minimum wage for people on zero-hours contracts at times of normal demand

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