Jeremy Corbyn has insisted that “Future Generations are at the heart of our manifesto” as he gave The Big Issue’s Future Generations Pledge his backing.
The Labour Leader joins 99 of his party’s candidates – and 350 from across all parties – in taking the pledge and promising to consider the generations to come when assessing the impact of decisions made today.
The party’s manifesto does include plans for Future Generations Well-being Act, enshrining health aims in all policies and a new duty for NHS agencies to collaborate with directors of public health.
This is not dissimilar to Big Issue founder Lord John Bird’s own legislative bid with the Future Generations Bill that he will be re-introducing to Parliament once it resumes after the election. It, too, will look to introduce well-being targets but Lord Bird’s draft legislation aims to introduce a UK Future Generations Commissioner much in the vein of the example seen in Wales.
But well-being seems to be high on the Labour Party’s agenda – alongside pledges to scrap Universal Credit, introduce a Green Industrial Revolution and reform the tax system.
However, before Britain heads to the polls, Corbyn has also given our Future Generations Pledge his seal of approval.