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General Election and Employment: The Conservatives Employment and Business Manifesto

The publication of political manifestos continues, and the second party to do so are the Conservatives.  So, what do we know about the  Conservatives commitment to business and employment under a Conservative Government?  Here are the key pledges:

Tax and Wages

A crucial aspect of the Conservatives employment and business manifesto 2024 is tax and wages:

  • Cut 2p off National Insurance
  • Abolish the main rate of self-employed National Insurance by the end of next Parliament
  • Maintain the National Living Wage in each year of the next Parliament at two thirds of the median earnings, where it is expected to increase to around £13 per hour.

Skills Investment

The Conservatives employment and business manifesto 2024 includes significant commitments to skills investment:

  • Introduce a new National Service that will see young people either volunteer in the community for the equivalent of one weekend a month or to carry out one year of military service.
  • Create 100,000 more apprentices in England.
  • From September 2025, adults will be able to apply for loans to cover new qualifications.
  • Continue to expand adult skills programmes such as Skills Bootcamps.
  • Introduce the Advanced British Standard which is to enhance technical learning as well as academic skills for those between 16–19-year-olds by building on A levels and T levels.
  • Raise the skilled worker threshold.
  • Increase all visa fees.

Employment Rights

The Conservatives employment and business manifesto 2024 aims to enhance employment rights provisions:

  • Extend the 30 hours a week of free childcare to include children from the age of nine months.
  • Define ‘sex’ in the Equality Act 2010 to mean biological sex.
  • Overhaul the ‘fit note’ system.

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