The UK Independence Party has today (15 April) published its Manifesto, setting out what future policies it would implement should it come into power following May’s General Election.
Most notably, the Party has pledged its support for shale gas, “with proper safeguards for the local environment.
It says the Community Improvement Levy money from the development of shale gas fields would be earmarked for lower council taxes or community projects within the local authority being developed.
The Party also says it will UKIP will abolish green taxes and charges in order to reduce fuel bills, offer no new subsidies for wind farms and solar arrays and will repeal the Climate Change Act 2008, which it says costs the economy £18bn a year.
“UKIP supports a diverse energy market including coal, nuclear, shale gas, geo-thermal, tidal, solar, conventional gas and oil”
UKIP will also scrap the Large Combustion Plant Directive and encourage the re-development of British power stations, as well as industrial units providing on-site power generation.
The Manifesto states: “UKIP supports a diverse energy market including coal, nuclear, shale gas, geo-thermal, tidal, solar, conventional gas and oil.”
The Party has also pledged to “protect the Green Belt” and change the Coalition’s planning reforms to encourage building on “brownfield” not “greenfield” sites.
It will also abolish the export of live animals for slaughter, foreign trawlers would have to apply for and purchase fishing permits to fish British waters when fish stocks have returned to sustainable levels and says MPs in the House of Commons will get a vote on GM foods.
Similar to the Labour and Conservative Party manifestos, UKIP has offered no future policies pledges for the waste and resource management sector (See CIWM Journal Online story).
The Labour Party published earlier this week (See CIWM Journal Online story).
The Green Party Manifesto pledges to up the UK’s recycling target to 70 percent by 202 and introduce and food waste landfill ban (See CIWM Journal Online story).