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Isle of Wight Liberal Democrats

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Welcome to our brief outline of our manifesto commitments most relevant to the Isle of Wight. You can view our national manifesto by following this link. Unlike the Conservatives, our manifesto is fully costed and can be accessed by following this link.

Special Status for English Islands

Every Islander knows that the Isle of Wight's situation is unique. This is why Nick and the Isle of Wight Liberal Democrats are fighting to get offshore Islands in England special status. The policy asks for the Treasury to provide urgent financial support for health care, education and social services. It also includes an urgent investigation into making cross-Solent transport links more affordable including a fixed link feasibility study, and the wider use of short-term interventions similar to the Fuel Tax Rebate. We are the only party fighting to get the Island a special status. The Island has been ignored for too long.

The NHS

The Liberal Democrats will raise an extra £6 billion for the NHS nationwide. We would do this by raising income tax by one penny. For the Island this would mean:

We will fight the Conservatives at every corner to prevent them imposing a 'dementia tax' . Analysis by the Liberal Democrats has shown that up to half of the value of an average family home could be at risk from Theresa May's dementia tax. Find out more by following this link.

Education

We would invest nearly £7 billion extra in our children's education - increasing school budgets and the Pupil Premium to protect against rising costs and pupil numbers, and introducing a fairer national funding formula. For the Isle of Wight, this would mean an investment of £27 million for our schools which desperately need it.

The European Union and Brexit

For the Liberal Democrats, membership of the single market is a must. Without it, the cost of living will go up as Britain will be hit by extra charges on goods we trade with the EU. This, combined with increasing inflation and declining wages will hit working families the hardest.

We would also fight for a referendum on the terms of the exit deal. This is vital to protect the interests of Britain as we need a way to hold the Prime Minister accountable, particularly as Theresa May has shown a preference for ruling like Henry VIII rather than an elected Prime Minister. Brexit cannot be a stitch-up, after all, we're sure that Brexit doesn't mean allowing Theresa May to rule like a Tudor monarch.

The Environment

The Island is home to many areas of outstanding natural beauty. We want to keep it this way. We will oppose all efforts to start fracking on the Isle of Wight. The Island would be the perfect place for a green jobs revolution, especially with tidal, solar and wind energy.