Jobs & Economy

  • A million new jobs
  • Thriving local business
  • A living wage

No alternative?

This Tory LibDem coalition would have you believe their brutal slash and burn approach to the economy is the only way. That there is no alternative.

The money can be found to replace Trident but not to keep our libraries open.  It can be found to speed the wealthy between London and Birmingham, but not for the rural buses that people who don’t drive depend upon

They’ve inflicted five hard years of austerity on the British people: cutting vital services, forcing up household costs, eroding workers’ rights  and delaying the economic recovery.

They’ve made a mockery of their own pledge to be the ‘greenest government ever’. Instead of investing in local jobs, resilient local economies or environment friendly technologies, they chose to back fracking.

Rather than protecting us against another financial crisis, they’ve bottled it on reform of the banking sector and have helped to fuel the kind of housing bubble that led to the crash in the first place.

While they close libraries and sell of school playing fields, they blow billions on Trident and the HS2 rail link.

“We’re putting the alternative that none of the other parties want to provide. The alternative to austerity. The alternative to zero hours contracts. The alternative to Trident. The alternative to a rail system that allows private shareholders to profit while passengers pay some of the highest fares in Europe”
Caroline Lucas, MP

We don’t feel we are being particularly radical when we say: there is another way.

That alternative vision isn’t coming from Labour – it’s coming from the Greens.  

Caroline has set out a comprehensive plan that will set this country on the path to a thriving and balanced zero-carbon economy. An economy fit for the future and that works for everyone.

A million new jobs

Caroline is fighting for an immediate £44 billion investment package to create over a million new jobs in low-carbon industries. Jobs that will deliver the 21st century infrastructure Britain needs. Jobs that will increase the supply and reduce the price of renewable energy.

Research now shows that investing in renewables – wind, solar, biomass – will create many times more jobs than the same investment in fossil fuels.

More jobs, lower energy bills, fewer climate emissions. The case for renewables is irrefutable, yet this government seems oblivious to their win-win-win potential.

Energy efficiency

Caroline is pushing for carbon tax revenues to be recycled into a programme to make all our homes super energy-efficient: bringing 90% of households out of fuel poverty, quadrupling carbon savings, and creating up to 200,000 jobs. That's good news for bill payers, for the economy and for the environment.

Backing local business

Caroline is standing up for a raft of local pro-business initiatives:

  • Led the successful bid to make Brighton a ‘super-connected city’
  • Campaigning to cut VAT on tourism – the lifeblood of many local businesses
  • Promoting Brighton Energy Coop’s plans to power 600 homes with community ownned solar energy
  • Vigorously defended local shops and communities from the chain stores and supermarkets trying to spread across the city
  • Her million-jobs recovery plan would bring over 4,000 jobs to Brighton and Hove  – in public transport, social care, house-building and green industries

Making work pay

While this government has let inequality reach the point where one thousand of the country’s richest people own more wealth than the bottom 40%, Caroline is standing up for better pay and employment conditions, especially for the low paid and those more vulnerable to exploitation.

Living wage Caroline is campaigning for a living – not just a minimum – wage. It would it mean low-income workers would earn enough to provide for themselves and their families. And she’s pushing for tighter controls over high pay.

No zero-hours contracts Hard won workers’ rights are now being rolled back in the name of greater ‘flexibility’. The reality is that low paid workers are  having to shoulder all the risk. Zero-hours contracts have no place in the 21st century and should be banned.