The Truss Manifesto – Part 2 Health, Levelling up, Work and pensions

The result of the Conservative contest for PM won’t be known for sure until September 5, but with Foreign Secretary Truss the runaway favorite, POLITICO compiled every policy commitment Liz Truss has made during over 40 hours of hustings, as well as countless interviews and articles on the campaign trail. It is in effect the 149 separate policy pledges that make up the Truss manifesto.

To give you a flavour of what to expect from a Truss PM, Owl is posting “at a glance” summaries of some of these, about a third, in two parts:

Part One – The Economy

Part Two – Health and Social Care; Leveling up, housing and communities; Work and pensions 

For other policy areas such as the Environment, Energy, Home Office and Transport please see www.politico.eu

Every pledge or promise made by the UK’s likely next prime minister during the leadership campaign.

Compiled by Noah Keate www.politico.eu

Health and social care 

POLICY: Reduce layers of NHS management

DATE & PLATFORM: July 26, leadership debate

SHE SAID WHAT?

What I want to see is fewer layers of management in the National Health Service and less central direction. TalkTV

POLICY: Commit to 40 new hospitals

DATE & PLATFORM: July 26, leadership debate

SHE SAID WHAT?

I’m committed to the 40 new hospitals that we have agreed to build. TalkTV

POLICY: Support extra social care funding

DATE & PLATFORM: July 29, interview

SHE SAID WHAT?

I support the extra money that we’re putting into social care. ConservativeHome

POLICY: Oppose under-18s making medical gender transition

DATE & PLATFORM: July 28, leadership hustings in Leeds

SHE SAID WHAT?

I do not believe that under-18s should be able to make irreversible decisions about their own bodies that they might come to regret later. Leadership hustings, Leeds

POLICY: Review pensions of doctors

DATE & PLATFORM: August 4, leadership debate

SHE SAID WHAT?

I’ve met a lot of doctors who’ve gone into retirement because of their pensions, I need to sort that out. Sky News

POLICY: Bring doctors out of retirement

DATE & PLATFORM: August 4, leadership debate

SHE SAID WHAT?

There are many doctors who very kindly came out of retirement to help during COVID … what I’d like to do is see what we can do to encourage those people to come back into the profession. Sky News

POLICY: Rule out another pandemic lockdown

DATE & PLATFORM: August 5, leadership hustings in Eastbourne

POLICY: Ensure NHS budget rises in real terms

DATE & PLATFORM: August 9, leadership hustings in Darlington

POLICY: Deliver extra NHS funding through general taxation

DATE & PLATFORM: August 10, people’s forum

SHE SAID WHAT?

I’m committed to the extra funding, but I wouldn’t get that out of a National Insurance rise, I would get that out of general taxation.GB News

POLICY: Maintain abortion access across the United Kingdom

DATE & PLATFORM: August 17, leadership hustings in Belfast

POLICY: No tax relief for patients who opt for private health care

DATE & PLATFORM: August 19, leadership hustings

SHE SAID WHAT?

I wouldn’t introduce tax relief, I don’t believe that is the answer. GB News

POLICY: Ensure there is a mental health nurse in GP surgeries

DATE & PLATFORM: August 19, leadership hustings

SHE SAID WHAT?

I support having a mental nurse in GP surgeries to make sure people are supported. GB News

POLICY: Ensure relevant hospital wards are single sex

DATE & PLATFORM: August 23, leadership hustings in Birmingham

POLICY: No new mask mandates

DATE & PLATFORM: August 25, leadership hustings in Norwich

Leveling up, housing and communities 

POLICY: Change how mortgages are assessed

DATE & PLATFORM: July 29, press release

SHE SAID WHAT?

Truss would support more first-time buyers into homeownership by allowing rent payments to be used as part of the affordability assessment for a mortgage.

This would be done through the upcoming mortgage review.Liz 4 Leader

POLICY: Abolish top-down housing targets

DATE & PLATFORM: August 1, press release (letter to Conservative members)

SHE SAID WHAT?

I will abolish Soviet top-down housing targets. Liz 4 Leader

POLICY: Create a “leveling up” funding formula to support struggling areas

DATE & PLATFORM: August 18, press release

SHE SAID WHAT?

Truss will “equalise and level up government spending across the UK, to ensure areas which have been left behind get the funding they need.” Liz 4 Leader

POLICY: Deliver West Midlands RailHub and Battery Gigafactory in Coventry

DATE & PLATFORM:  August 22, press release

SHE SAID WHAT?

Truss’ “government will deliver the Midlands Rail Hub and put its weight behind the battery gigafactory in Coventry.” Liz 4 Leader

POLICY: Expand urban density by building higher-rise accommodation

DATE & PLATFORM: July 15, leadership debate

SHE SAID WHAT?

In our cities, I think we should be building up more … we should make more of the space we have. ConservativeHome

POLICY: Ensure incremental housing development in the countryside

DATE & PLATFORM: July 15, leadership debate

SHE SAID WHAT?

In our countryside and rural areas, I’m a supporter of allowing incremental expansion of villages rather than these massive targets that land on the back of local councils. ConservativeHome

POLICY: Devolve more power to metro mayors (such as Andy Street of the West Midlands)

DATE & PLATFORM: August 22, article

SHE SAID WHAT?

I want to empower Andy further, giving him and the West Midlands Combined Authority the powers they need to drive growth across the West Midlands. Express and Star

Work and pensions 

POLICY:  Reform welfare

DATE & PLATFORM: July 16, interview

SHE SAID WHAT?

We’ve got 5 million people economically inactive — we need to get those people into work. We need to reform welfare. The Spectator

POLICY: Examine incentives in benefits system

DATE & PLATFORM: August 5, leadership hustings in Eastbourne

SHE SAID WHAT?

It’s a combination of incentives within the benefit system as well as actively providing people with the skills and training they need to do those jobs. Leadership hustings, Eastbourne

POLICY: No further help for WASPI women

DATE & PLATFORM: August 10, people’s forum

SHE SAID WHAT?

On the specific case of the WASPI women, I don’t think it was handled very well at the time … but I think where we are now, it will be very difficult to go back. GB News

POLICY: Review war widow inequality

DATE & PLATFORM: August 10, people’s forum

SHE SAID WHAT?

It is very, very unfair that war widows, who then remarry, are essentially penalized. GB News

POLICY: Fully committed to triple lock pensions

DATE & PLATFORM: August 16, leadership hustings in Perth

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