You will see that we have introduced the Five Point Rule which describes the direction our Party Leader, George Reid, is keen we move towards. This idea allows us to focus on key policies that we feel are particularly important issues at any particular point in time. We hope they will stimulate debate and discussion which, in turn, will influence the Party's thinking and ultimately the direction the Membership would like us to take.
In the main, the Five Points we focus on at any one time will reflect the policies outlined in our manifesto but, crucially, not necessarily so. We need to grow, evolve and develop to reflect the views of our Membership - and so do our policies. Through discussion, we can develop new ideas and adapt those we already have.
Initially, the Party just had 22 Policy Statements and then, working over several week's, we created the first draft of the manifesto in April last year. Then at a meeting in September, it was revised and published. We are looking at it again to put more emphasis on social care and care in the community which reflects our concerns and many of the membership. To this end, we recently created a new position on the Executive Committee of Head of Community Relations and you will be hearing more about our plans in this context info the near future.
Do please let us know what you think about this approach and, of course, spread the word.
VAPP Executive Committee
VAPP 5 Key Points
- Homelessness - Work with Homeless people and organisations to combat homelessness and provide a safe environment for all
- Benefits - Re-invent the Benefits system so that it does not punish those who are willing to work or those that are unable to work
- Housing - Develop an affordable housing strategy that can create strong communities
- Food banks - Assistance from government and laws to allow businesses to help more
- Communities - Help develop strong local communities who care, and are willing and able to help themselves and each other
- NHS - Reformation of the NHS system to alleviate the strain on front line staff but reduce the multi-layers of non-clinical management
- Mental Health - Focus on providing and evolving Mental healthcare quickly to prevent conditions spiralling out of control
- Elderly Care - review funding to allow for care in the home where it is possible
- Disabilities - Provide greater support for the disabled to help them lead the life they want to
- Communities - Emphasise the importance of Community care be it from health care professionals or the wider community
- Vocational Qualifications - Offer better access to a wider range of vocational pathways for young people
- Curriculum - Increase basic standards in English and Mathematics and ensure all education is free from political bias
- Environment - Create a safe and engaging learning environment for all pupils and a zero-tolerance for bullying
- Life Skills - Include Key life skills in the syllabus. Budget management, Mortgage planning and Debt avoidance etc
- Communities - Create strong community bonds between schools and their locality
- Budget - Review and increase Defence spending power to build for the future. Encourage British companies to develop future solutions for the Armed Forces
- Recruitment & Retention - Increase both by correctly funding and maintaining training and skills across the 3 services
- Families - Support the families of all servicemen and woman and provide stability in a sometimes turbulent life
- Veterans - Ensure all persons moving from Serving to Veteran have the skills and support to move forward in civilian life
- Communities - Expand local service communities to support and involve the non-military community around them
- Police - increase Police numbers and alleviate the time pressures of Admin, allowing more focus on policing
- Punishment - review of sentencing to allow for changes in criminality in the 21st Century. Deportation of foreign criminals
- Prison - Punishment should not be easy, Rewards should only be for exceptional behaviour. You should never want to return
- Rehabilitation - Better Educational and Vocational Rehabilitation but it should be earned through good behaviour
- Communities - Encourage communities to not tolerate criminal behaviour but also to encourage and support those willing to rehabilitate
To read the full manifesto click here