Conservative Party spell out plans for English Votes for English Laws
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Labour are in chaos on tuition fees.
Their new policy on tuition fees has already unravelled, and has been roundly criticised by experts for:
1. Benefitting the wealthiest graduates the most
Labour’s policy will benefit wealthier graduates the most.
As the Institute for Fiscal Studies, the independent think tank, says: 'Mid-to-high-income graduates are the primary beneficiaries of this reform, with the very highest earners benefiting the most...Most lower earning graduates will be unaffected' (IFS, Labour’s higher education funding plans, 27 Feb 2015).
Martin Lewis of Moneysavingexpert.com agreed that 'only affluent graduates will gain' and that the policy 'stems from an illiteracy about how student finance works' (Daily Telegraph, 26 Feb 2015).
2. Being bad for universities and bad for the economy
By putting funding for higher education at risk, Labour’s policy would hit universities, the economy - and therefore students.
A group of Britain’s top academics warns Labour’s policy would ‘damage the economy...and risks the quality of education for all’ (Times, 2 Feb 2015).
Sir Keith Burnett, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sheffield, says the policy is ‘disastrous’ and ‘would make it difficult to provide the stuff our students need’ (BBC News, 27 Feb 2015).
Properly funded universities are vital for a stronger economy, giving people the skills they need to get on in life. Labour’s policy would put our economy and a better future at risk.
3. Showing – yet again – that Labour would hit hardworking people with more taxes
Labour say their tuition fees policy will be paid for by reducing pension tax relief.
That means a policy that benefits better off students would be paid for by a new tax on pensions, hitting many people on middle incomes – including nurses, teachers and firefighters.
Such a move is more evidence that Labour aren’t on the side of hardworking taxpayers.
Labour’s latest poorly-thought-through policy - which will hit students, universities and hardworking taxpayers - is yet another example of the chaos Britain would face under Ed Miliband.
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We’re building a Britain that offers everyone dignity and security in retirement.
If you’ve worked hard during your life, saved, paid your taxes and done the right thing, you deserve dignity and security when you retire.
It’s a key part of our long-term economic plan and it’s about the type of country we want to build: one where if you put in, you get out. And no one has put in as much as our elderly.
Our five commitments for dignity and security in retirement will:
- Reward those who have worked hard by continuing to increase the State Pension through the triple lock
- Reward saving by introducing a new single-tier pension
- Give people the freedom to invest and spend their pension however they like – and let them pass it on to loved ones tax-free
- Give everyone the help they deserve in later life by protecting pensioner benefits including the free bus pass, TV licence and winter fuel payment
- Ensure Britain has a strong economy, so we can protect the NHS and make sure no-one is forced to sell their home to pay for care
These commitments reward those who have worked hard and done the right thing – and will secure a better future for our elderly and for Britain.
1. The deficit is falling
January saw the largest monthly surplus in the public finances since the crisis. That means we're on track to halve the deficit as a share of national income this year.
As part of our long-term economic plan, we’re dealing with the deficit so we live within our means and don’t leave our children and grandchildren with more debts than they could ever repay
(Source: Office of National Statistics, Summary of Public Sector Finances, 20 Feb 2015)
2. More jobs being created - and the highest employment rate in history
There are 1.85 million more people in work since 2010, and the employment rate is the highest in history - meaning a record number of people with the security of a job to provide for their families.
(Source: ONS, Labour Market Statistics, 18 Feb 2015)
3. Inflation falling
Inflation has fallen to a record low - helping household budgets go further, so families are more financially secure.
(Source: ONS, Consumer Price Index, 17 Feb 2015)
4. Wages rising
Pay is up 2.1%% in the year. Wages are rising faster than prices - meaning more money in people’s pockets.
(Source: ONS, Labour Market Statistics, 18 Feb 2015)
On the deficit, jobs, inflation and wages, our plan is working and helping families be more secure.
But in an uncertain world economy all of this progress will be at risk unless we carry on working through the plan that is delivering stability and rising living standards.
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Our long-term economic plan is getting Britain back on track - and giving families peace of mind and security for the future. SHARE this video to let friends know.