Manifesto manual: Key pledges from the main parties

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With the 2015 general election drawing ever closer, here's a snapshot of the election manifestos from the major parties

Conservatives

  • Grant 1.3 million housing association tenants the right to buy their homes with generous discounts.

  • £8bn investment in the NHS over next five years.

  • A referendum on EU membership

  • 500 new free schools and a University Technical College for every city.

  • Plans for a £1 billion Brownfield Regeneration Fund to build 400,000 new homes on previously-developed land

  • Personal tax threshold raised to £12,500.

  • 30 hours of free childcare a week.

  • Rail fares frozen for five years.

Labour

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  • A promise to cut the deficit every year and to run a surplus "as soon as possible" in next parliament.

  • Accelerating increases in the minimum wage to reach more than £8-an-hour by October 2019.

  • Freezing rail fares for one year and introducing new legal rights for passengers.

  • The introduction of a new "wraparound" childcare service for working parents.

  • No rise in the basic or higher rate of income tax, National Insurance or VAT.

  • Tax credits for working families to rise in line with inflation.

  • Abolition of "non-dom" tax status.

  • Cutting university tuition fees from £9,000 to £6,000 a year.

Liberal Democrats

  • An extra £2.5 billion for England's education budget - guarantee education funding from nursery to 19 years old.

  • Investing £8 billion in the NHS in England with extra funding for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

  • Balancing the budget fairly and investing to build a high-skill, low-carbon economy.

  • A promise to cut people's taxes by an additional £400 a year by raising the Personal Allowance to £12,000.

  • A pledge to protect nature and fight climate change with five green laws.

  • Cut council tax for green homes by at least £100 a year for 10 years.

  • £500 a year "to transform" meantal health care with waiting time standards.

  • A new supplementary Corporation Tax on the banking sector.

Ukip

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  • Increase NHS spending by up to £3bn a year and scrap hospital parking charges.

  • £32bn of savings, funded by cutting foreign aid, scrapping HS2, cutting EU contributions and revisiting the Barnett Formula.

  • In/out referendum on EU membership.

  • Five-year ban on unskilled migrants coming in to the UK. A points-based system for other migrants.

  • Science, technology, engineering, mathematics or medicine graduates would not have to repay their tuition fees if they work in their area, and pay tax in the UK for five years after graduating.

  • Waive stamp duty on new homes worth up to £250,000 built on brownfield sites.

  • No tax on the minimum wage up to £13,000.

  • Remove inheritance tax and scrap the 'bedroom tax'.

Greens

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  • A £45bn pledge to end 'cold homes' crisis.

  • Cut UK borrowing to £21bn by 2019.

  • A 'citizen's pension' to stop poverty in old age.

  • Increase living wage to £10 an hour by 2020.

  • Protection of the NHS by ending funding for private firms involved in the health service.

  • Focus on tackling climate change by cutting carbon emissions while tackling fuel poverty.

  • Bring railways back into public hands.

  • Investment in renewable energy and conservation to create one million jobs in the public sector - 400,000 in the NHS and social care.

SNP

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  • Back the restoration of the 50p top income tax rate for those earning over £150,000

  • Vote to increase the minimum wage to £8.70 by 2020

  • Support tough action to end 'exploitative' zero-hours contracts

  • Propose a spending increase of 0.5 per cent a year to enable £140b extra investment in the economy and public services

  • MPs to vote against any further privatisation of the NHS in England, promising £9.5bn for NHS "across whole of UK" and back moves to retore it to a fully public service

  • Abolishen of the so-called Bedroom Tax and protect winter fuel allowance

  • Back plans for an annual UK target of 100,000 affordable homes

  • Support a UK wide mansion tax