In its general election manifesto published today the party said it would develop the Community Right to Bid legislation, which outlines assets of community value (ACV), into a Community Right to Buy to “strengthen community rights to run local public services and protect community assets like pubs”.
Earlier this month the Government introduced legislation meaning planning permission is required to change or demolish ACV-listed pubs, but the Lib Dems want this to be strengthened to cover all pubs.
The party also promised to ask the Low Pay Commission to look at ways of raising the national minimum wage without damaging employment opportunities, if it wins the election. It added that it would clamp down on businesses that fail to pay the minimum wage by doubling the number of inspections on employers, and require firms with more than 250 employees to publish details of the number being paid below the Living Wage.
Regarding apprenticeships it said it would double the number of businesses hiring apprentices, allow employers to design and deliver apprenticeships to meet their needs and extend the Apprenticeship Grant for Employers for the remainder of the next Parliament. The grant provides employers that couldn’t otherwise afford an apprentice £1,500 for each 16-24-year-old they take on.