Wales politics

General Election 2017: UKIP Wales' manifesto at-a-glance

UKIP's Welsh manifesto cover

UKIP has published a separate Welsh manifesto, in common with other political parties, for the 2017 general election.

You can find out more about UKIP's UK pledges here - this guide looks at the focus of the Welsh manifesto.


Key messages

The manifesto is entitled "Wales Into The World".

"Make no mistake: this is a Brexit election," a preface to the manifesto says, claiming Theresa May wants to "pull the wool over the eyes of the British people" and is "pretending" to be a Brexiteer.

"Wales needs to safeguard the interests of future generations. We need an outwardly looking Wales ready to make the most of the opportunities that a global economy creates," the preface, written by UKIP group leader Neil Hamilton, said.


Key pledges

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  • limit the total cost of running the Welsh Government, the assembly and local councils to 2% of the value of Wales' economy
  • allow parent governors to request an Estyn inspection of their school
  • give mental health services parity with physical health services
  • scrap police and crime commissioners and creating a national commissioner
  • support the Swansea Bay tidal lagoon
  • revise the Barnett formula, used to distribute funds from Westminster to the Welsh Government

Economy

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"Wales has been totally abandoned by mainstream politics," says the UKIP Wales manifesto.

"For many life can be tough."

It says that, outside Cardiff, the idea of a "metropolitan utopia that offers highly-paid professional careers is an alien concept to most".

The manifesto says Wales needs to move away from a public sector and subsidy-based economy.

As well as UK-level pledges to raise the personal allowance to £13,500 and raise the threshold for paying 40% income tax to £55,000, Welsh pledges include:

  • supporting the devolution of corporation tax
  • allow the assembly to lower taxes on businesses, particularly "in areas such as the Welsh valleys and de-industrialised communities"

Education

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Education in Wales is under the control of Welsh ministers and the assembly. UKIP would need to lead or have a role in the Welsh Government to put its aims into practice.

Pledges in the manifesto include:

  • end the forced closure of community schools
  • support the establishment of new grammar schools and technical colleges
  • ensure class sizes are capped, "especially" in primary schools
  • support the creation of a national schools fund to refurbish Victorian-age school infrastructure

Health

The NHS is also devolved.

The party says that it is committed to an NHS free at the point of delivery, and says a public service should not "have a monopoly on public expenditure to the detriment of all other services".

UKIP says the NHS "cannot be a monetary black hole" and managers who run it "should not be permitted to continue to blame their failure to perform on a lack of funding".

The party promises to:

  • establish a "limited number" of primary care hospitals across Wales
  • ensure low-paid NHS staff who use private cars for work are reimbursed in full for their mileage
  • ensure students receiving NHS bursaries for university courses work for a three-year minimum within an NHS setting following graduation
  • ensure all those travelling to Wales for work or pleasure maintain adequate travel insurance arrangements to reimburse the NHS
  • set-up 'one stop' cancer diagnosis and treatment regional centre to lead fight against cancer

Democracy

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Image caption UKIP would want to see reforms in local authorities like Cardiff council

The manifesto pledges to:

  • reduce the costs of councils by encouraging them to restructure back-office functions and merge departments, and replace cabinets with a cross-party committee system
  • oppose any increase in the number of Welsh AMs
  • establish constituency offices for Welsh assembly members within existing public buildings to cut taxpayers' costs
  • introduce "an element" of proportional representation in local council elections
  • restrict the use of postal voting to those who cannot attend a polling station

Housing

Pledges include:

  • giving local people a greater say on major planning decisions through legally binding referendums
  • encourage new ways of building affordable homes
  • prioritise local people when allocating council and social housing
  • ensure councils meet their obligations under the armed forces covenant to house returning and retiring armed forces personnel
  • scrap lettings and management agents' fees to tenants

Security

The manifesto pledges:

  • the merger of the four Welsh police forces into a single all-Wales service, organised by local authority area
  • scrap police and crime commissioners and create a post of national commissioner responsible to the home secretary but accountable to an assembly committee
  • create of 500 more front-line policing posts across Wales
  • oppose any plans that see police officers routinely carrying firearms

Agriculture and energy

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Image caption UKIP has expressed support for the tidal lagoon project in Swansea

UKIP promises to be the voice of Welsh farmers and fisherman in the post-Brexit era.

The manifesto's pledges on agriculture, which also largely cover areas that are devolved, include:

  • to devolve current EU powers over Welsh farming and fishing to the assembly
  • install a 200-mile exclusive economic zone under UK control
  • provide suitable and sustainable funding for farming, financed by savings from leaving the European Union
  • remove unnecessary EU restrictions that make small local abattoirs unviable
  • require foreign trawlers to apply for a fishing permit to have access to Welsh waters

On energy, the manifesto says relying on wind-power is "not sensible". It pledges:

  • an energy mix that is based around proven forms of reliable renewable energy, and to support the tidal lagoon project in Swansea Bay
  • that UKIP would prioritise "energy security"

Brexit

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Wales does not need to accept free movement of people, the manifesto says.

UKIP argues that Wales should have the freedom to control its own borders and deliver an immigration policy in-line with what the party says are the wishes of the Welsh electorate.

"Wales exported more to the EU than it imported in 2015," the manifesto said. "Wales does not need EU membership to trade with it."

Wales and the UK do not need a trade agreement with the EU, but UKIP claimed a "bespoke agreement on our terms" is likely.

The manifesto says the party would ensure Brexit negotiations give control over VAT, allowing the party to remove VAT from hot-takeaway food, sanitary products and energy bills.

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