SAFETY AND SECURITY

Stability in our lives comes from a reliable income, safe home and secure nation. Here’s how we can ensure all this and more.

For people

Homes | Jobs | Stability

For communities

Pride | Planning | Policing

For the nation

Defence | Growth | Infrastructure

Feelings of insecurity take many forms and come from many different areas of our lives. Without a safe and secure community, we might not have the conditions for secure employment, decent homes and the opportunity to thrive. Without strong enforcement of law and order, we worry that our families, homes and communities might be at risk. When we are taken out of our comfort zones by major life events such as redundancy or relocation (increasingly frequent occurrence in the modern, flexible economy) and forced to comply with bureaucratic systems under penalty of sanction for any error made, feelings of security can evaporate. Addressing the multiple causes of insecurity requires action on a number of fronts. We need to invest in frontline policing, quality housing and national infrastructure to create better links between rural and urban areas. We must try new approaches to tackle the root causes of homelessness and poverty. At the national and international level, we must prioritise use of diplomacy and soft power, while also investing in appropriate military capabilities to secure our future in the face of uncertain global threats.

Limited access to affordable housing is widely accepted as a significant and pressing problem in modern Britain. It is driven in the main by high house prices and the inadequate number of homes built every year, but there are other factors. The problem is not uniform across the country. Regional concentration around London, the South East and our other major cities, reflects too few opportunities in the UK’s regions. House prices of almost eight times earnings across England and Wales hide huge regional variations. In specific areas of the country, there is some evidence that unusual pressures have arisen contributing to significant impacts on house prices. This includes the use of Central London property as a store of value by UK and overseas buyers and resistance to development in some communities. To address this problem, we must also address access to social housing. Renew will concentrate on improving housing security for the long term. A surprisingly small 5.9% of the UK is currently built on; if we were to build on 2% of the remaining "green" land, it would solve the housing shortage for the next 100 years.

Economic insecurity, meanwhile, needs to be tackled through a renaissance of the UK’s technical industries. Innovative new technologies such as clean energy, digital services and robotics will be the bedrock of this new economic era. We will find the best ways to harness these new technologies to create additional GDP, generating billions in additional revenue for the Exchequer. We will not be afraid to intervene when dominant companies threaten the growth of smaller ones through restrictive monopolies, particularly in an evolving digital economy not yet used to dealing with the challenges presented by Silicon Valley corporations.  

The development of tax policy in the UK over past decades has been inconsistent and incoherent. The UK tax system is overbearing and complex, there have been numerous policy reversals, and many areas most needing reform have been not been addressed due to political weakness. Renew will press for a thorough overhaul to increase clarity and equity.

 

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