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We are still in the early days of the election campaign, but policy announcements are coming in quickly from the two main parties.

Here’s a look at what we’ve heard so far…

The Conservative Party

National service The Conservatives have promised to bring back a ‘modern’ form of conscription for 18-year-olds in Britain, which could involve military service or volunteer work.

‘Triple lock plus’ – The party has promised to cut taxes for pensioners by introducing a new ‘age-related’ tax allowance – called ‘triple lock plus’. In short, pensioners’ benefits would rise from April next year in line with average income, inflation or by 2.5% – whichever is higher.

Education – The Tories have pledged to create a new qualifications framework, the Advanced British Standard, for young people aged 16 to 18. The party also proposed making “some form” of math and English compulsory until the end of school.

Environment – Rishi Sunak has said he remains committed to plans to reach net zero by 2050, a target adopted under Theresa May in 2019.

The Labor Party

Taxes – Labor has pledged not to reverse two recent cuts to National Insurance – and not to increase income tax.

Economy – Two of Labour’s main economic promises are the abolition of the non-domestic tax status of some wealthy foreigners, and the introduction of VAT on private school fees.

Waiting lists – The party has said it will get the NHS “back on its feet” by providing an additional 40,000 evening and weekend appointments a week.

Environment – A key policy of Labor is the formation of Great British Energy, which would be state-owned. The party claims this would reduce household energy bills and create jobs.

Education – Also a key Labor policy is a plan to recruit around 6,500 new teachers in key subjects – and create a “national excellence programme” to support professional development.

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