Election 2017: Liberal Democrats unveil party manifesto with emphasis on housing

Election 2017: Liberal Democrats unveil party manifesto

Tim Farron will unveil the manifesto today

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

The Liberal Democrats have unveiled the party's manifesto for the June election.

One of the flagship policies in the document is a rent-to-own initiative, which will let tenants use their existing rental payments to buy their own houses. 

It would allow tenants to eventually own their home over a 30 year period, using a Housing and Infrastructure Development Bank to help housing associations fund the initiative.

The manifesto also outlines plans to restore housing benefit to young people, lower the voting age to 16, and bring in bus passes for people between the ages of 16-21.

The party has promised to increase spending on education services by £7 billion over a period of five years, to ensure all primary school students have free meals, and to double the number of businesses which offer apprenticeships.

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron is to officially launch the manifesto on Wednesday.