10 Conservative Achievements

10 Conservative Achievements

1.     We have made real progress on reducing our deficit – halving it as a share of the economy. This safeguards our economy for the long-term and keeps mortgage rates low.[1]

 

2.     From April 2017, we will have cut income tax for 31 million people.  It means a typical basic rate taxpayer will be paying over £1,000 less income tax than when we came into government five years ago.  And it means another 1.3 million of the lowest paid taken out of tax altogether.[2]

 

3.     We’re freezing fuel duty. Fuel duty is 18p per litre lower than it would have been without our action meaning that the typical motorist now spends £450 a year less on motor fuel than they did in 2011 when the freeze began.[3]

4.     We’re creating more jobs. Employment is up by over 2.3 million since the 2010 General Election. That’s over two million more people with the security of bringing home a regular pay packet.[4]

 

5.     We’re backing businesses. Because we have backed small business and enterprise with better infrastructure and lower taxes there are 900,000 more businesses, helping drive growth and create jobs.[5]

 

6.     We’ve capped welfare. So that no out-of-work household can claim more than the average working family earns, ensuring our economy delivers for people who want to work hard and play by the rules.[6] 

 

7.     We are delivering the best schools for young people. Over one million more pupils are now being taught in good or outstanding schools compared to 2010.[7]

 

8.     We are delivering the best skills training. There have been over 2.3 million new apprenticeships since 2010giving people the chance to learn the skills they need to get on in life.[8]

 

9.     We’re meeting the NATO two per cent target for defence spending. That means our Armed Forces will always have what they need to keep us safe.

 

10.   Crime is down by more than a quarter, to its lowest level since records began, meaning people are safer on the streets and in their home.[9]

 

[1] HM Treasury, Summer Budget 2015, 8 July 2015, link.

[2] Hansard, 16 March, Col. 967, link.

[3] HM Treasury, Budget 2016, link.

[4] ONS, Labour Market Statistics,17 March 2016.

[5]BIS, Business Population Estimates 2015, 14 October 2015, link.

[6] DWP, Press Release, 8 May 2014, link.

[7] Ofsted Data View, accessed 5 January 2016, link.

[8] BIS, FE data library, 2 July 2015, link.

[9] ONS, Crime in England and Wales, period ending March 2015, 16 July 2015, link.