The MSE Leaders’ Debate - Pick key issues for PM candidates

The MSE Leaders’ Debate - Pick key issues for PM candidates

The leaders of the Conservatives, Labour, the Lib Dems, SNP, Greens, UKIP and Plaid Cymru have agreed to take part in our ‘leaders' debate’. Here’s a list of issues, many suggested by MSE Forum users with the type of questions we'll ask.

Please choose the (up to five) issues that are your priority.


Affordable housing: How will you address the lack of affordable homes and/or help first-time buyers? 2,362 votes (29 %)
Benefits: What plans do you have for the benefits system? Will you increase or cut benefit payments following the universal credit roll-out? 1,615 votes (20 %)
Brexit consumer rights: How, practically, will you safeguard our consumer rights as we exit the EU? How important is this to you? 1,681 votes (21 %)
Childcare: How will you make childcare affordable for everybody? Will you make any changes? 722 votes (9 %)
Energy prices: How will you protect consumers and ensure people don’t choose between heating and eating? 1,726 votes (21 %)
Financial education: It’s on the curriculum, but not resourced. What are your plans to ensure our children can cope with our complex financial world? 1,127 votes (14 %)
Income and tax: What are your plans for tax, wages and employment terms, including zero-hours contracts? 2,952 votes (36 %)
Mental health and debt: With over 50% of those in debt crisis having mental health issues, what will you do to help improve people’s chances? 1,401 votes (17 %)
Mobile and broadband: How will you control inflation-based price hikes and make sure people are getting the coverage and speeds they’re paying for? 616 votes (8 %)
Mortgage prisoners: What will you do to help those stuck on high-rate mortgages, rejected from cheaper deals as they “can’t afford” them? 479 votes (6 %)
Renters: What will you do to help those who are renting? How will you get more landlords to accept tenants relying on benefits? 857 votes (11 %)
Savings rates: How will you ensure savers start seeing a decent return on their nest egg? 2,142 votes (26 %)
Scottish independence: If Scotland leaves the UK, will my savings, pension and assets - in British currency and institutions - be protected? 370 votes (5 %)
Social care: What will you do to make care provision affordable for everyone and help people caring for their loved ones at home? 3,131 votes (39 %)
State pensions: What will you do to help maintain a suitable income for pensioners? Will you retain the triple lock? Will you change the state pension age? 3,443 votes (42 %)
State pension inequality: What will you do to help women born in the ‘50s, who are struggling as they weren’t told in time their state pensions would be delayed? 4,401 votes (54 %)
Student loans: What are your policies for tuition fees/loans in future? Will you reverse the retrospective hike in student loans for post-2012 starters caused by freezing the repayment threshold? 1,032 votes (13 %)

8,116 people have selected 30,057 options (percentages are the number who voted for that topic of the total people who have voted, so won't add up to 100%).

We try to use technology to limit voting to one per person. Occasionally, this may erroneously block a few people's votes (eg, from shared offices). Apologies for that.