General Election 2017: Party Manifestos – policies for young people

18 May 2017

Here’s a handy at-a-glance round-up of the political parties’ manifesto pledges affecting young people:

As parties launch their manifestos we’ll update this page.


Liberal Democrat Party

  • Rent to buy deposit-free homes for young people.
  • Housing benefit reinstated for 18-21 year olds.
  • Votes for 16-17 year olds.
  • Young person’s bus pass with two thirds discount.
  • £100 per week for start up entrepreneurs
  • Address “period poverty” by providing free sanitary products to girls in school.


Labour Party

  • Abolition of tuition fees and reintroduction of maintenance grants.
  • Free lunches for pupils.
  • Votes for 16-17 year olds.
  • Extend schools-based counselling to all schools to improve children’s mental health.
  • Restore the Education Maintenance Allowance for 16 to 18-year-olds from lower and middle income backgrounds.
  • Improve careers advice.
  • Investment – in teachers and facilities – in FE sector.
  • End the cuts to youth services. (no detail on this available yet)
  • Extend Staying Put arrangements to support all children and young people in residential and other forms of care until they are 21 (not just foster care).
  • Ensure that young people understand and are able to easily remove any content they shared on the internet before they turned 18.


Green Party

  • Scrap tuition fees, cancel student debt and fund student grants.
  • Reintroduce the Education Maintenance Allowance.
  • Guarantee access to apprenticeships for qualified 16-25 year olds.
  • Raise the national minimum wage level to living wage levels for all.
  • Lowering the voting age to 16 and introducing political and active citizenship education for all young people.
  • Fund free local public transport for all young people and students.
  • Remove discrimination from young people claiming housing benefit.
  • Invest in youth services and youth councils.
  • Free sanitary protection for those in financial need.


Conservative Party

  • Better access to mental health care in schools with teachers trained in mental health first aid and curriculum related learning.
  • Improve technical education to offer a real alternative to academic routes for young people.
  • Establish new institutes of technology which focus on STEM and are linked to employers and universities.


Finally here’s what NYA want for young people from the General Election.