The Party’s s election manifesto ‘Standing Against Austerity’ identifies the role of the main parties at Stormont and plans to lower Corporation Tax as the two main drivers of the local austerity agenda.
The manifesto says:
‘The most damaging cuts here have been engineered by the five Executive parties. Along with the business community, they have campaigned for a reduction in Corporation Tax: something which even the Tories did not propose.
To offset the cost of lowering Corporation Tax for big business, Sinn Fein, the DUP, SDLP, Alliance Party and Ulster Unionists, are taking 20,000 jobs out of the public sector and are significantly reducing public spending on education, public transport, the community and voluntary sector and the arts. They will make up the shortfall by selling off public assets like the Belfast Harbour Estate.
These are not Tory Cuts; they are the price the people of Northern Ireland are paying for lowering Corporation Tax’.
The Party also outlines its alternative to austerity calling for the scrapping of the Corporation Tax plans, re-investing the money it would have cost into a 20,000 new homes building project and the adoption of a socialist programme of publicly funded investment, development and growth.
The manifesto also address: health and social care, integrated education, housing, workers rights, women, rural development and the environment, sectarianism, racism and homophobia.
View the manifesto and the accompanying media release by clicking the following links.