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Election 2015: Guide to what the parties will do for young people?

Find out what the main parties standing in Wales are saying they'll do for young people... Image copyright BBC Wales
Image caption Find out what the main parties standing in Wales are saying they'll do for young people...

What are the parties fighting for your vote at the general election going to do for young people?

We've pulled together some of their key promises.

Some of them will not apply in Wales because here the Welsh government looks after areas such as health, education and housing.

So to make it clear, we've split their ideas up into ones that could happen across the UK and ones that could just happen in England.

You can find out more about what the parties are saying using the BBC's interactive policy guide.

CONSERVATIVES

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Image caption David Cameron is leader of the Conservatives...

The Tories say they're going all out for full employment, where "anyone who wants a job is able to get a job". They say they'll reform the benefits system - cutting housing benefit completely for 18-21 year olds. They'll use the savings from that to fund 3 million more apprenticeships for young people by 2020. They'll also ban zero-hours contracts that stop you from working elsewhere. They'll raise the personal allowance, the point at which you start paying tax, from £10,600 to £12,500.

Won't necessarily apply to Wales...

They'll build 200,000 homes for first time buyers in England and introduce a new bank account to help young people save for a house. For every £1 saved towards a deposit the government will add 25p (up to £200 a month and a total of £12,000).

LABOUR

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Image caption Ed Miliband is leader of the Labour Party...

Labour say they'll guarantee a job for under-25 year olds unemployed for over a year. This builds on a policy that's been in place in Wales called Jobs Growth Wales. They'll raise the minimum wage to "more than £8 an hour" by October 2019 and ban "exploitative" zero hours contracts. They'll freeze train fares for a year and gas and electricity prices until the start of 2017. They'll also lower the voting age to allow 16 and 17 year olds to vote in future elections.

Won't necessarily apply to Wales...

200,000 homes a year in England by 2020 is another pledge and they say they'll give priority to local first-time buyers. A big shout out to young voters is the party's pledge to cut university tuition fees for students from England by £3,000.

LIBERAL DEMOCRATS

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Image caption Nick Clegg is leader of the Liberal Democrats...

A plan to make it easier for young people to rent homes in Wales has been proposed by the Lib Dems. They say 18-30 year olds could borrow up to £1,500 from the government for a deposit, which would have to be paid off within two years. They too will raise the personal allowance, the point at which you start paying tax, from £10,600 to £12,500. The Lib Dems also want to give 16 and 17 year olds the right to vote.

Won't necessarily apply to Wales...

They want to see all state schools use qualified teachers and make sure pupils have sex education lessons. They'll increase house building to 300,000 a year in England and introduce a "rent to own scheme". The Lib Dems want to introduce a bus pass for young people, giving 16-21 year olds two thirds off all bus travel.

UKIP

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Image caption Nigel Farage is leader of UKIP...

UKIP say their pledge to control immigration will help ease the pressure on young people trying to find a job. They'll introduce a points based system so only people with certain skills are allowed into the country to work. They'll restrict the benefit given to parents when they have kids to two children and stop paying it altogether for children who don't live in Britain. They'll raise the personal allowance, the point at which you start paying tax, from £10,600 to £13,500 to the level of a full time minimum wage.

Won't necessarily apply to Wales...

They also say there needs to be more help for young people who don't want to go to university and will introduce an "Apprenticeship Qualification".

PLAID CYMRU

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Image caption Leanne Wood is leader of Plaid Cymru...

Plaid Cymru say they'll give more support to university students studying science, technology, engineering or maths subjects who stay in Wales. They promise to introduce a living wage for all employees by 2020 - that's a wage considered high enough for people to have a normal standard of living. They also want to increase the level at which National Insurance contributions are paid to the same level as income tax. They claim this will help put more money in young people's pockets as they tend to be on lower wages. Plaid promise to create 50,000 extra jobs by giving more public sector contracts to Welsh firms. They also want to give 16 and 17 year olds the right to vote.

GREEN PARTY

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Image caption Natalie Bennett is leader of the Green Party...

One of their long standing policies is to ask people's opinion on introducing a Basic Income, a fixed amount paid to every individual across the UK. They also want to increase the minimum wage to £10 per hour by 2020 and introduce a maximum 35-hour working week. They say they'll ban "exploitative" zero-hours contracts. They too want to give 16 and 17 year olds the right to vote.

Won't necessarily apply to Wales...

The Green Party say they'll scrap university tuition fees. Other policies include decriminalising cannabis and treating drug addiction as a health problem. They'll introduce an immediate cut of 10% to public transport fares, promote cycling and walking to reduce pollution and improve people's health.

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