Ten simple steps by the Government could help society’s underdogs, according to Dominic Raab.
The Conservative MP has set out his “vision for fairness” in a new report for the Centre for Policy Studies, entitled ‘Unleashing the British Underdog: 10 bets on the little guy’.
He focuses on education, housing and integration and calls for more places for talented children at private schools, more teachers with a background in the Armed Forces and the reinstatement of Young Apprenticeships, “so that non-academic children have a better range of vocational options”.
Mr Raab MP said his policies will widen opportunity and improve social mobility.
He advocates VAT tax breaks for charities “which help turn round the lives of disaffected youngsters”.
He also called for start-ups and micro-businesses to be given tax breaks, an extension of the 0% band on stamp duty to £250,000, to help first time buyers get a foot on the housing ladder and teaching refugees English on arrival.
Mr Raab said his 10-point plan would cost £1.6 billion.
“In connecting with the aspirations of the underdog, the financing required should be transferred from the worst features of the UK’s intrusive nanny state and bloated bureaucracy," he said.
“In making a virtue of being the party of aspiration rather than redistribution of wealth, the Conservatives should offer to reverse such misguided policies and abolish the costly bureaucracy serving them.”