Nobody is more important to Britain’s future than our young people.
This week is National Apprenticeships Week and we’re continuing to create apprenticeships so young people can get on in life.
Our long-term economic plan is helping the next generation by:
- Delivering 1.5m apprenticeships since 2010 – so young people can learn a trade and kick-start their careers
- Delivering over half-a-million apprenticeships in 2012-13 alone – under Labour, new apprenticeships were never higher than 280,000 a year
- Raising standards in vocational education – so young people enter the world of work with the right skills
- Abolishing the jobs tax for under-21s from next year – so it’s easier for businesses to give young people a start in life
By delivering skills and creating record numbers of apprenticeships, our long-term economic plan is helping the next generation succeed in the global race – and securing Britain’s future.
Welfare should be about rewarding work – not unlimited benefits.
Since 2010, we’ve capped benefits for more than 38,000 households – so no out-of-work household can claim more in benefits than the average family earns in work.
Labour created a welfare system that didn’t make work pay and trapped people on benefits.
But by capping welfare, we’re ending Labour’s something-for-nothing culture.
It’s part of our long-term economic plan to build an economy that delivers for people who want to work hard and play by the rules.
Nothing is more important than the safety of your loved ones.
The Conservatives’ long-term plan to cut crime and keep people safe is working. Since the last election, crime is down by over 10 per cent – and we now want to go even further to protect you and your family.
Today we’re launching our latest measures to punish criminals and protect hardworking people.
They will keep you and your family safe by:
- Locking up terrorists and child rapists for longer – ending Labour’s legacy of automatic early release
- Forcing criminals to contribute to the cost of our courts – so hardworking taxpayers pay less
- Ending the practice of police cautions for serious crimes – so criminals face the consequences of their actions
- Introducing life sentences for terror offences, including terrorist training
- Punishing those who try to escape justice – increasing sentences for criminals who go on the run
These changes are part of our long-term plan to deliver justice and security for people who do the right thing and play by the rules.
We’re committed to building a criminal justice system that’s on your side.
With today’s announcements, that’s exactly what we’re doing. #ShareTheFacts with everyone you know.
Our long-term economic plan is creating more jobs, giving hardworking people the security of a regular pay packet, and helping them get on in life.
Today’s employment figures show that our plan is working – and undermine everything Labour ever told you about jobs:
1) Labour said our plan would ‘lead to the disappearance of a million jobs’ (Ed Miliband, 25 Oct 2010) – but there are now 1.3 million more people in work than when Labour were in office. That means more hardworking people taking home a pay packet and having money to spend on the things that matter.
2) Labour said Britain is ‘in for a long lost decade… of high unemployment’ (Ed Balls, 28 April 2012) – but unemployment is now down 6.1 per cent since 2010.
3) Labour said our plan ‘chokes off jobs’ (Ed Balls, 17 May 2013) – but employment is up 4.5 per cent since the last election, so more people can better provide for their families.
4) Labour said our plan is only creating part-time jobs (Rachel Reeves, 18 Dec 2013) – but there are now over one million more full-time jobs than there were in 2010.
5) Labour said it was a ‘fantasy’ that the private sector would create enough jobs to lead the recovery (Ed Balls, 12 Oct 2011) – but there are now 1.6 million more private sector jobs than there were before the last election. That’s helping more hardworking families feel financially secure.
Labour don’t understand that the way to create more jobs is by backing small business and enterprise with lower jobs taxes and better infrastructure.
Labour can’t be trusted on the economy and would wreck the recovery.
Today’s figures prove our long-term economic plan is working – but there’s still much to be done.
The Conservatives are investing where it matters most: in our children’s future.
We are raising standards in education so our children can compete with the world’s best and get on in life.
Under Labour, standards slipped. Grade inflation was ignored, employers lost confidence in our exams, and Britain fell down the international league tables.
But by raising standards and restoring discipline, we’re helping ensure our state schools become the best the in the world – so our children succeed in the global race.
That’s why we’re committing £150 million a year for sport in our primary schools.
Sport encourages children to be active, lead healthy lives, make friends and have fun. But the importance of sport goes even further – it also develops confidence and nurtures the character and skills to help our children succeed in life.
It’s the latest part of our long-term plan to deliver the best schools and skills for our young people.
There are already signs of improvement – more great schools, more great teachers and more pupils achieving great results. But we must go further.
Our long-term economic plan will keep delivering the best schools and skills – because nothing is more important than our children’s future.
Over the last few days, Ed Balls has been trying to claim that Labour ‘will not duck the hard choices ahead’. They said they were serious about the economy.
But now we know that isn’t true.
Analysis by the independent Institute for Fiscal Studies has shown that his plans would allow Labour to borrow and spend billions more.
The front page of yesterday’s Times put the cost of Labour’s secret spending spree at an extra £25bn a year.
And today, official Treasury numbers have shown the full impact of Labour’s plans: a borrowing bombshell adding an additional £166bn to the country’s debt in just one parliament.
Labour’s plan to borrow and spend more is the single biggest risk to our economic recovery.
And it’s hardworking people who would pay the price, with higher taxes funding this latest Labour spending spree.
The choice at the next election is now clear:
The Conservatives with our long-term economic plan that is building a stronger, more competitive economy, and securing a better future for Britain.
Or the Same Old Labour Party, with no plan, no direction, and no ideas other than more spending, more borrowing and more taxes.
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Today The Times has sensationally revealed Labour’s secret plans to borrow and spend an extra £25 billion after the election.
Last weekend, Ed Balls was claiming that Labour ‘will not duck the hard choices ahead’.
But analysis by the Institute for Fiscal Studies, a respected independent think tank praised by Balls in the past, has shown that Labour’s plans would allow billions of pounds of extra spending and borrowing.
Gemma Tetlow, programme director of the IFS’ work on pensions, saving and public finances, said: “Ed Balls’s commitment to achieve a surplus on the current budget would allow significantly higher spending on both investment and day-to-day items than would George Osborne’s plan.”
When they were in government, Labour spent and borrowed through the good times and took us into the economic crash with the biggest structural deficit in the developed world – and now they’re proposing yet more spending, more borrowing and more taxes.
Their £25bn of extra spending and borrowing would mean more taxes for hardworking people, putting the recovery at risk and making families less financially secure.
The choice at the next election is now clear.
Same old Labour with no plan, putting Britain’s future at risk.
Or the Conservatives, with our long-term economic that is building a stronger, more competitive economy and securing a better future for Britain by:
- Reducing the deficit so we deal with our debts, safeguard our economy for the long term and keep mortgage rates low.
- Cutting income tax and freezing fuel duty to help hardworking people be more financially secure.
- Creating more jobs by backing small business and enterprise with better infrastructure and lower jobs taxes.
- Capping welfare and reducing immigration so our economy delivers for people who want to work hard and play by the rules.
- Delivering the best schools and skills for young people so the next generation can succeed in the global race.
Our long term economic plan is delivering growth and economic security for hardworking people. Labour’s economic policy of more borrowing and spending is the single biggest risk to the economic recovery.
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Our long-term economic plan is working – and securing a better future for hardworking people.
Today we found out the economy grew by 2.8 per cent last year – the fastest rate of growth since 2007.
What’s more, there’s growth across the economy, with manufacturing growing fastest of all.
It shows that, while there’s still more to do, our long-term economic plan is working – and helping people up and down the country feel more financially secure.
But the job isn’t done. That’s why we must keep working through the plan:
- Reducing the deficit so we deal with our debts, safeguard our economy for the long term and keep mortgage rates low
- Cutting income taxes and freezing fuel duty to help hardworking people be more financially secure
- Creating more jobs by backing small business and enterprise with better infrastructure and lower jobs taxes
- Capping welfare and reducing immigration so our economy delivers for people who want to work hard and play by the rules
- Delivering the best schools and skills for young people so the next generation can succeed in the global race
Only by sticking to the plan will we secure a stronger, more competitive economy and a better future for you and your family.
In contrast, Labour have no plan. All Ed Miliband offers is more spending, more borrowing and more taxes. It’s the same old Labour and would mean a less financially secure future for hardworking people.
Small businesses are the lifeblood of the economy.
By having a go and taking responsibility for themselves, our business owners create jobs for others and help hardworking families feel more financially secure.
While Labour hit business with taxes and regulations, the Conservatives are doing all we can to support our business owners, including:
1) Cutting red tape
We’re scrapping or amending over 3,000 regulations – saving businesses over £850 million every year.
That means entrepreneurs have more money to create new jobs and help provide peace of mind for millions of hardworking people.
2) Cutting the jobs tax
From April, we’re cutting the jobs tax – saving every business up to £2,000.
That means 450,000 small businesses – one third of all employers – will pay no jobs tax at all.
And from April 2015, we’re abolishing the jobs tax for under-21s – so it’s easier for businesses to take on young people.
3) Funding businesses
Our £4 billion Business Bank is helping businesses access the finance they need to start up and grow.
Our Start-Up Loan scheme has already helped 10,000 young entrepreneurs start their own business, while our Funding for Lending programme is helping banks lend more money to small businesses.
4) Increasing rate relief
Since 2010, we’ve doubled business rate relief – meaning 360,000 small businesses are now paying no rates at all.
Again, that’s more money for business owners to take on more people and create a better, more secure future for all.
5) Creating apprenticeships
Since 2010, we’ve helped create 1.5 million apprenticeships.
That’s helping our businesses grow and giving young people the skills they need to get on in life.
6) Cutting corporation tax
To help businesses invest and expand, we’re cutting corporation tax – now at the lowest level in the G7.
It sends a clear message to the world that Britain is a great place to do business.
Since 2010, we’ve helped create 400,000 more businesses. There are now 4.9 million private sector businesses in Britain – up by more than 100,000 since last year.
Small and medium-sized businesses now employ 14.4 million people – that’s 14.4 million people with a regular pay packet, peace of mind and financial security for themselves and their families.
1) The Office for National Statistics revealed there are now 1.3 million more people in work than under Labour - that’s 1.3 million more people taking home a pay packet and being able to provide for their families.
2) The number of children in failing schools decreased by 250,000 - meaning more children getting a great start in life. But overturning Labour’s record of failure of education will take many years to correct - and we will carry on working to deliver the best schools and skills for our young people.
3) The deficit is £11.1bn lower than it was this time last year. We still have a long way to go to pay off Labour’s debts, but our difficult decisions to tackle the deficit are safeguarding the economy for the long term and keeping mortgage rates low.
4) With tax return deadline day approaching, millions of people filled in their tax returns – and saw how much money they’ve saved because we’ve cut income tax. Find out how much you’re saving here: incometaxcut.conservatives.com
5) Manufacturing orders soared, meaning more work for British companies, and more jobs being created.
6) Our streets and communities are safer, with crime down by over 10% across England and Wales.
7) The IMF upgraded their forecast for UK growth from 1.9% to 2.4%. There is still much more to do, but our long-term economic plan is building a stronger, more competitive economy and securing a better future for Britain.