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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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The Conservatives are on the side of people who have worked hard, saved hard and done the right thing.

We believe that people who have worked hard and saved all their lives should be free to choose what they do with their money.

That’s why we’re giving pensioners more freedom over their pension pot.

From next year you will be able to access as much or as little of your defined contribution pension as you want, and you will be able to pass on a hard earned pension to your family tax free.

And we are going even further – you will be able to choose to take a number of smaller lump sums, instead of one single big lump sum.

This is the most radical reform to how people access their pension in almost a century.

And it means more economic security and independence to help you plan for a better future.

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A good education is vital for a better future.

That’s why our long-term economic plan is delivering better schools by:

  • Restoring rigour to the curriculum
  • Toughening up exams
  • Creating more good local schools, with 800,000 more children in good or outstanding schools than in 2010

And now we’re going further. To overhaul a small but stubborn minority of failing schools, we’re giving powers to school commissioners who already oversee successful schools. They will have the power to remove failing head teachers, pair up failing schools with good ones, and change the curriculum if it isn’t up to scratch.

These changes will help transform failing schools and give parents peace of mind that their child will receive a better education, reach their potential and get on in life.

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Britain will be the fastest-growing major advanced economy in the world this year.

That’s the verdict of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and it confirms that our long-term economic plan is working.

A growing economy is vital for creating jobs and giving people the financial security of a pay packet.

And that’s what our plan is helping deliver. In just four years we’ve:

  • Helped 1.8 million more people get into work – so people can provide for themselves and their families
  • Cut income tax for more than 25 million people – so hardworking taxpayers are more financially secure
  • Reduced the deficit by over a third – so we can safeguard the economy for the long term

But as the IMF also says, there are risks to the recovery. That’s why we must keep working through the plan – to build a stronger, healthier economy and secure a better future for Britain.

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Our long-term economic plan will secure a better future for hardworking taxpayers and for Britain – as the commitments we laid out at our Conference last week showed:

  • Making taxes fair for everyone by increasing the tax-free personal allowance from £10,000 to £12,500 - and increasing the 40p income tax threshold to £50,000.
  • Creating 3 million new apprenticeships funded by a lower benefit cap - and ensuring young people under 21 either earn or learn.
  • A fair freeze on benefits so work pays and we can continue to cut the deficit.
  • Tackling tax avoidance by multinational corporations to make taxes fairer and help cut the deficit.
  • Ensuring you can see a GP seven days a week.
  • Allowing hardworking taxpayers to pass on their pension pots tax-free.
  • Helping first-time buyers achieve the dream of home ownership by building 100,000 new homes with 20 per cent off their market value.

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Ed Miliband wants to tax the family home.

But already Labour’s planned new home tax is being panned – by senior Labour figures themselves:

  1. Labour MP Tessa Jowell says the policy would mean people would ‘have to move out of their family homes’ (Guardian, 26/11/13, link)
  2. John Mills, one of Labour’s top donors, says it would cause ‘all sorts of problems’ – including homeowners falling into negative equity and being forced to sell their homes (Huffington Post, 6/10/14, link)
  3. Lord Noon, another Labour donor, describes the policy as ‘hopeless and desperate’ (Financial Times, 5/10/14, link)
  4. Lord Levy, a former Labour fundraiser, says it’s ‘totally inappropriate’ and has ‘no validity’ (Financial Times, 5/10/14, link)
  5. Kate Barker, a former Labour adviser on Housing, says it would be ‘very disruptive’ and hit house prices (Huffington Post, 25/09/14, link)

Ed Miliband’s home tax would hit hardworking families and even his own party knows it.

Labour initially said their new tax would be limited to homes worth £2 million. But already senior Labour figures are talking about taxing less expensive homes – with one refusing to rule out taxing homes worth less than £1 million, and another saying that homes worth £400,000 should be taxed.

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