The national plan


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Reducing the deficit

Labour left Britain with the biggest budget deficit in our peacetime history. Since 2010 the Conservatives have taken difficult decisions that have cut the deficit by a third. It is vital that we deal with our debts, safeguard our economy for the long term and keep mortgage rates low.

Referendum – Let Britain Decide

It has been nearly 40 years since the British people last had their say on Europe. In that time, so much has changed – the countries involved, the powers devolved, the benefits and costs of membership. People feel that the EU is heading in a direction they never signed up for. It is right to negotiate a fresh settlement in the EU that is better for Britain – and then put the result to the British people in an in-out referendum by the end of 2017. This isn’t just a Conservative campaign – it’s for everyone who believes that we need a different relationship with the EU and that the British people deserve a say. If you too believe British people deserve to have their say, visit and join the campaign.

Labour and the Liberal Democrats won’t give you a say. UKIP can’t give you a say. Only the Conservatives can and will give you a referendum on Europe.

Cutting Income Taxes and Freezing Fuel Duty

We’ve cut income tax for over 25 million people, saving the typical taxpayer £705 a year. That means hardworking people keep more of the money they earn and are better able to provide for their families.

We’ve also cancelled Labour’s planned fuel duty rises, helping small businesses and saving you £7 every time you fill up your car. A driver who fills up twice a week is saving £728 a year. By cutting income tax and freezing fuel duty, we’re making you and your family more financially secure.

Creating More Jobs

We are backing businesses to help them create jobs. This is why as a result of this Government’s policies there have been more than 1.6 million new private sector jobs created.

Small businesses are the lifeblood of our economy – and the Conservatives are on their side. There are 400,000 more businesses compared with 2010. People across the country are having a go and taking responsibility for themselves – and we are helping them however we can.

We have cut the jobs tax by £2000; scrapped National Insurance Contributions for under-21s, so it’s easier for firms to take on younger workers; cut corporation tax; doubled small business rate relief; invested in better infrastructure – roads, rail and broadband – something badly needed to support businesses Herefordshire.

Capping Welfare

We are fixing the welfare system to reward hard work. We’ve capped benefits so no out-of-work household can claim more than the average family earns by working. Housing benefit has been capped to stop unlimited pay-outs and benefits have been stopped from rising more quickly than workers’ wages. Benefits will be cut for those who refuse to learn English and we are also investing in the biggest Work Programme since the 1930s which is getting people back to work.

Labour created the something-for-nothing culture in government – and they still want to punish those who want to work hard and get on. Nearly one-and-a-half million people spent nearly a decade on out-of-work benefits under Labour and they let some households claim over £100,000 a year in housing benefit. Unfortunately, Labour still isn’t working. It is important that respect is shown to working families and that the taxpayer’s money is spent wisely.

Reducing Immigration

Under the previous Labour Government more than 2.2 million people came in to the country – this was simply too much. That is why this Government has taken measures to reduce immigration. Net immigration has been cut by nearly a third and is continuing to fall. Last year nearly 100,000 fewer people came into the country than in 2010.

We’re clamping down on benefits tourism and health tourism, hundreds of bogus colleges cheating the immigration rules have been shut down and a new citizen test with British values at its heart has been introduced.

Delivering the best schools and skills for young people

We are giving young people the best possible start in life. We want the next generation to succeed in the global race. So we are delivering more good schools to ensure our children have the education they need.

We are also giving more young people a chance to learn vital skills for the workplace. We have created 1.5 million new apprenticeships since 2010 – that means more people learning a trade so they can take home a pay cheque and start a career.