Borrowing to Invest

Borrowing to Invest

Our country and its people have been held back by a lack of investment in the backbone of a modern economy.  There has been inadequate investment in the infrastructure of transport, communications and energy systems.  And when investment has happened, it has been too concentrated in too few places.

Labour will make different choices. We will take advantage of near- record low interest rates to create a National Transformation Fund that will invest £250 billion over ten years in upgrading our economy.


Labour would reverse the failed Conservative policy of Austerity – a choice based on ideology not economic necessity.   The party would not consider an ‘Austerity-lite’ agenda either.


Labour Manifesto 2017:


Our manifesto is fully costed, with all current spending paid for out of taxation or redirected revenue streams. Our public services must rest on the foundation of sound finances. Labour will therefore set the target of eliminating the government’s deficit on day-to-day spending within five years.

But government must have a laser- like focus on how we earn, as well as how we spend. At the same time as eliminating the current deficit, Labour will invest in our future, to ensure faster growth and help us to earn our way as a country again.

To maintain good fiscal health, we will have a firm rule in place to guide all our taxation and spending decisions.  Our Fiscal Credibility Rule is based on the simple principle that government should not be borrowing for day-to- day spending, but that future growth depends on investment. It was designed in conjunction with world- leading economists. It also means we are committed to ensuring that the national debt is lower at the end of the next Parliament than it is today.

Compliance with the rule will be overseen by a strengthened and truly independent  Office for Budget Responsibility, which we will make accountable to Parliament. We will also consult on implementing the recommendations of the  Kerslake Review of the Treasury.

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