Opportunities for All


Lib Dems stand for an open and tolerant society, with opportunity for all. This especially applies to opportunities for younger people.

Our manifesto has pledges to help ensure you have choices in life and get the best possible start.

This is especially important in Cornwall, where Conservative Government cuts have given us a raw deal.

  • Scrap the planned expansion of grammar schools, because they unfairly favour certain types of people at the expense of others

  • Reinstate university maintenance grants for the poorest students

  • Reverse the cuts to work allowances in Universal Credit and Housing benefit for 18-21 year olds

  • Levy up to 200% Council tax on second homes, freeing up more places for younger people to live

  • A second referendum on the Brexit deal

  • Membership of the single market and customs union

  • Protect freedom of movement and EU schemes which increase opportunities for young people

  • Retain European Health Insurance Card, reduced roaming charges and pet passports

  • Reinstate student nurse bursaries

  • Invest nearly £7bn extra in education

  • Protect the availability of arts and creative subjects in the curriculum

  • Improve the quality of vocational education, including skills for entrepreneurship and self-employment, and improve careers advice and links with employers

  • Double the number of businesses that hire apprentices.

  • Install hyperfast, fibre-optic broadband across the UK

  • Additional funding to bring more private investment into renewable energy

  • Create a new 'start-up allowance' for new businesses

  • Stamp out abuse of zero-hours contracts

  • Encourage employers to promote employee ownership

  • Introduce a new Young Person's Bus Discount Card for 16-21 year olds, giving a two-thirds discount on bus travel

  • Uprate working-age benefits at least in line with inflation

  • Recruit STEM graduates to be armed forces engineers, providing 'golden handshakes' of up to £10,000

  • Votes for 16-year-olds, because you should have a voice too.

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