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Hardworking taxpayers deserve to know how their taxes are spent.

That’s why we’re giving 24 million taxpayers a new personal tax statement – to make it clear how the Government spends their money.

By working through our long-term economic plan, we’re rooting out the waste and inefficient spending of the last Labour government.

And because we’re getting the deficit down and government spending is now more effective and efficient, we’ve been able to cut taxes for 26 million people.

That means taxpayers keep more of their hard-earned money and can secure a better future for themselves and their families.

But as well as cutting income tax, we’re making good on our commitment to give people more information about how much direct tax they pay and how it’s spent.

This is a revolution in transparency and will mean that Government is more accountable to hardworking taxpayers.

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We’re giving families more financial security by cutting their taxes.

While Labour want to hit you with more taxes, we know that the best way to raise people’s living standards is to cut their taxes.

In just four years, at the same time as reducing the deficit, we’ve cut income tax for 26 million people.

We’ve only been able to do that because we’re working to a long-term economic plan.

In the next Parliament, we’ll go further. We’ve made two clear commitments that will help 30 million taxpayers:

  1. Raising the personal allowance again, so no one earning less than £12,500 will pay income tax
  2. By 2020, no one earning less than £50,000 will pay the 40p rate of tax

These commitments will mean people keep more of their hard-earned money and families are more financially secure.

This goes straight to the heart of the choice facing Britain at the next election – the most important for a generation.

On the one hand, Labour and more spending, more borrowing and more taxes to be squeezed out of hardworking taxpayers.

On the other hand, our long-term economic plan that’s working and cutting taxes to secure a better future for you and your family.

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The number of children living in workless households is at its lowest level for a generation.

Labour’s something-for-nothing benefits culture left families trapped in a cycle of welfare dependency.

But by backing businesses to create jobs and changing the welfare system to reward work, we’re giving more children the security of living in a household with someone bringing home a regular pay packet.

New figures from the Office of National Statistics show:

  • The number of children living in a household where no one has a job is down by 387,000 since 2010 – to the lowest level since records began
  • The number of workless households has fallen by 671,000 to a record low 
  • There are 271,000 fewer workless households than there were last year – the biggest annual fall on record

Our long-term economic plan is helping people get into work and turn their lives around – and giving hope to the next generation.

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Labour’s tax on the family home will ‘punish’ savers and mean ‘fewer opportunities’ for first-time buyers.

That’s the verdict of the Chief Executive of Legal & General, one of Britain’s biggest insurers – who says Labour’s homes tax will lead to fewer houses being built, hitting hardworking taxpayers who want to get on the housing ladder (Telegraph, 27/10/14, link).

Labour haven’t learned their lesson. All they offer is higher taxes for people who work hard and do the right thing.

Labour said only the ‘most wealthy’ would pay their homes tax – but now Ed Balls says that everyone who earns £42,000 or more will have to pay up front.

Labour said pensioners would be protected – but now Ed Balls says pensioners will have to pay the tax after they die.

Labour said only homes worth £2 million would be hit – but already a senior Labour figure has said that homes worth £400,000 in the North of England should be taxed (Claire Reynolds, Sunday Express, 10 Aug 2014, link).

It’s clear that hardworking families across the country would be hit by Labour’s homes tax.

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Labour’s spending plans contain a black hole of up to £28 billion, according to analysis from a think tank favoured by Ed Miliband.

The IPPR, considered Labour’s favourite think tank, analysed Labour’s spending plans and found that most of Labour’s planned tax rises would do nothing to reduce the deficit – as Labour have already spent the money elsewhere.

The money from Labour’s planned tax on the family home, for instance, has already been committed – as have the proceeds of their plan to abolish the tax allowance for married couples.

The report from the think tank makes clear that Labour will have to raise up to £28 billion to fill the black hole at the heart of the plans - “through a combination of cuts to departmental spending, cuts to welfare and tax rises.”

This independent analysis confirms what we’ve known all along – that a Labour government would mean higher taxes, more debt and a stalled economy.

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Labour’s planned homes tax would hit hardworking families.

That’s the verdict of Labour MP Tessa Jowell: ‘Let’s stop calling it a “mansion tax” – these are not mansions, these are family homes’ (New Statesman, 20 Oct 2014, link).

And Jowell isn’t the only Labour politician to criticise Ed Miliband’s latest tax:

  • 'It will impact disastrously on people… particularly pensioners' – Glenda Jackson, Labour MP (Ham&High, 2 Oct 2014, link)
  • 'It is misconceived… what it does is create a cliff edge' – Nick Raynsford, Labour MP (Daily Telegraph, 20 Oct 2014, link)
  • 'A hopeless and desperate idea' – Lord Noon, Labour Peer (Sunday Times, 5 Oct 2014, link)

Labour said only the ‘most wealthy’ would pay their homes tax – but now Ed Balls says that everyone who earns £42,000 or more will have to pay up front.

Labour said pensioners would be protected – but now Ed Balls says pensioners will have to pay the tax after they die.

Labour said only homes worth £2 million would be hit – but already a senior Labour figure has said that homes worth £400,000 in the North of England should be taxed (Claire Reynolds, Sunday Express, 10 Aug 2014, link).

It’s clear that hardworking families across the country would be hit by Labour’s homes tax.

And it’s clearer than ever that a Labour government would mean a return to higher taxes, more debt, and a stalled economy.

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We will deliver 3 million more apprenticeships over the next Parliament.

Apprenticeships give people the hope and opportunity to fulfil their potential and get on in life.

In just four years we’ve already doubled the number of apprenticeships, delivering more than 1.8 million. In the next Parliament we will go even further by creating 3 million more and ending youth unemployment – so all young people get a good start in life.

Our commitment to deliver more apprenticeships is only possible because we’re reducing the benefits cap and restricting housing benefit for 18-21-year-olds – so the welfare system doesn’t trap young people in a culture of dependency.

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Delivering the best skills for young people is a key part of our long-term economic plan. With the Conservatives, more people than ever will benefit from an apprenticeship – so they can secure a better future for themselves and for Britain.

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We’re making Britain a safer place to live, work and raise a family.

New figures show that crime has fallen by more than a fifth since we came to power.

Our action plan to cut crime is working. This year there were 2.3 million fewer crimes than the year before the last election – including:

  • 413,000 fewer violent crimes
  • 160,000 fewer home burglaries
  • 290,000 fewer vehicle crimes

Our plan is cutting crime by:

  • Freeing the police to fight crime by cutting red tape and scrapping unnecessary targets
  • Giving criminals tougher sentences so communities are protected and justice is done
  • Giving the police the powers they need to tackle criminals, using the latest tools and techniques
  • Stopping people from becoming criminals by tackling the root causes of crime
  • Making the police answer to the community to help drive down crime in your area

Thanks to our plan and the hard work of police officers, crime is falling, families are safer, and communities can enjoy a better, more secure future.

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Over the last year unemployment is down by 538,000 – the biggest fall since records began.

New figures by the Office for National Statistics also show:

  1. More people in work than ever before, including a record number of women in work – since 2010, there are 1.7 million more people in work with the security of a pay packet
  2. Youth unemployment down by 253,000 over the last year – the largest annual fall since records began
  3. The biggest fall in unemployment over the last year in the G7 – Britain is outperforming all other major advanced economies
  4. 542,000 fewer people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance – more people getting off benefits and into work
  5. 1.3 million of the jobs created have been full-time – that’s three-quarters of all new jobs

Our long-term economic plan is working – as these figures show – but there’s still a lot to do and there are risks in the global economy that could threaten Britain.

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The biggest threat to the recovery is Labour. They left half-a-million more people out of work when they were last in power, and their plans for ineffective spending, more borrowing and higher taxes would cost jobs and put the security of Britain’s future at risk.

That’s why we need to keep the plan going – to help even more people find a job and look forward to a better future.

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For the fifth year in a row, we’re increasing the state pension.

Next year pensions will go up by 2.5% – more than twice the rate of inflation – giving pensioners more security in retirement.

Our triple lock ensures the state pension rises every year in line with wages, prices or by 2.5% – whichever is highest.

Since 2010, we’ve increased the state pension by £800 and are committed to keeping the triple lock beyond the next election.

But that’s only possible because we’re taking difficult decisions as part of our long-term economic plan.

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