UKIP Home Affairs Spokesman Diane James and Deputy Party Chairman Suzanne Evans today launched a raft of policies to demonstrate that UKIP have a range of women and child friendly policies.
- 3,000 more midwives and 20,000 more Nurses for the NHS
- £130 million per year more to research Dementia, the leading cause of death among women (5th for men)
- No to the tampon tax (cost £15m)
- Ensuring all pregnant women and mothers of all children under the age of 12 months have direct access to specialist mental health treatment (Postnatal depression is suffered by 1 in 10 women).
- Plans to reduce childcare cost and improve wrap around childcare for all school-age children.
- Full support for current maternity and paternity rights, as well as adoption leave.
- Taking the lowest-paid (often women choosing to work part-time) out of tax altogether
- A points-based immigration system ending excessive competition for minimum wage jobs, again mostly taken by women
- Increase the transferrable tax allowance for married couples and civil partners to £1500 to benefit spouses who do not use all of their personal allowance either because they are at home looking after children, or work part-time and earn less than the threshold for income tax.
- More support for 6.5 million carers in UK, most of whom (58%) are women. They will get:
- An additional five-day leave entitlement
- Commitment to increasing Carers’ Allowance in line with inflation
- Commitment to keeping Carers’ Allowance at or above Jobseekers’ Allowance rate.
- Require faith-based tribunals to inform attendees of their rights under UK law, including making it clear they cannot be forced to attend and that the rulings from such hearings are not legally binding, to protect women in ethnic minority communities who may not know their rights.
- A zero tolerance approach to cultural practices that are either illegal or which conflict with British values and customs, including forced marriages, female genital mutilation and honour killings. We will enforce the law and prosecute where necessary.
FGM (Female Genital Mutilation):
- Introduce mandatory reporting for known FGM cases for front-line professionals such as teachers, GPs, nurses and police.
- Include awareness of FGM to the schools’ curriculum and make FGM awareness a mandatory part of safeguarding training for teachers.
- Provide mandatory training for all midwives on FGM
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