Here is what we hope is a useful guide to what is going on  at the moment with policy in the Labour Party. There is a lot more detail, including useful videos, available on the Party website: www.policyforum.labour.org.uk.

It is important to stress that all members can contribute to national and local policy discussions. If you would like to ask me any questions about this then do get in touch at contact@whlabour.org.uk.

Areas of Policy

There are 8 general areas of policy. These have been broken down to specific focus areas for 2020/2021. The culmination of the all the discussions and feedback on each area is Party Conference. After this the process begins again with different areas of specific focus. The link to the specific policy document which includes the specific questions that the Policy Forum would like feedback on are below:

  1. Early Years, Education and Skills
    The education system after coronavirus
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  2. Economy, Business and Trade
    Economic recovery and renewal after coronavirus
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  3. Environment, Energy and Culture
    Protecting the environment after coronavirus
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  4. Health and Social Care
    The health and social care system after coronavirus
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  5. Housing, Local Government and Transport
    Coronavirus and the future of local government
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  6. International
    Championing internationalism in the post-coronavirus world
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  7. Justice and Home Affairs
    Devolution and the constitution after coronavirus
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  8. Work, Pensions and Equality
    The future of social security after coronavirus

The Party have also now produced interim reports on each area which shares some of the feedback so far. These reports are also available on the National Policy Forum website under each specific area.

They would ideally now like us to look at further specific questions and feedback on these. Responses will then be discussed by the Policy Commission to be followed by further questions in the summer. A final report will then be prepared to be presented at Conference in September 2021 as a basis for policy.

Timetable of areas of policy to focus on:

  • By 1 March
    • The attainment gap
    • Future of work
    • Tackling health inequalities
    • Green transport
  • By 1 April
    • Insecure work and coronavirus
    • Defending working class interests and the global trade union movement
    • Feminist foreign policy
    • Pensions
    • Supporting wellbeing and tackling mental ill health
  • By 1 May
    • Child poverty
    • Rebalancing Britain
    • International Law
    • LGBT Labour
    • Brexit
    • Securing a sustainable future for social care
  • By 1 June
    • Industrial strategy, innovation and green industrial strategy
    • Veterans and the Armed Forces Covenant
    • Faith Groups
    • Immigration
    • Disproportionality in the criminal justice system
    • Recruiting, retaining and supporting the workforce
    • Cost of the Private Sector
  • By 1 July
    • Diversity in the school curriculum
    • Rebuilding business and corporate governance
    • Electoral reform
    • Violence against women and girls

If you have a particular interest or specialist knowledge in an area and would like to be involved in a discussion locally with other members via Zoom then do get in touch.

We are planning discussions on certain topics so do keep an eye on your meeting emails for further details.

Look forward to hearing from you.

Helen (Policy Officer at Welwyn Hatfield)
contact@whlabour.org.uk.

 

 

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