• Ten Achievments

    Mid Devon Advertiser
    27 November 2015

    We are six months into this government so here's a quick recap on some of our key successes:
    1. We have made real progress on reducing our deficit – halving it as a share of the economy since 2010. This means we are keeping interest rates, mortgage rates and business borrowing costs low as well as moving to pay down our debt rather than leaving our children and grandchildren to pick up the pieces. It is easy for politicians to attack every spending cut – this government is taking the tough choices that matter for our future.

    2. We have cut income tax by an average of £825 for over 27 million people and taken 3.8 million people out of tax altogether helping hardworking people to be more financially secure. We are bringing in a national living wage so that millions more low wage earners will gain – while 29 per cent of the personal tax in the UK is now paid by the wealthiest one per cent.

    3. We're continuing to freeze fuel duty.

    4. We're creating more jobs. There are more people in employment today than at any time in our history and more women in work than ever before. That's millions more people with the security of bringing home a regular pay packet and being able to provide for themselves and their families.

    5. We're backing businesses with better infrastructure and lower taxes so that there are 900,000 more businesses today than in 2010 – they are driving growth and jobs.

    6. We've capped welfare. 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 hold down a job.

    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 with 2010. We have backed the role of teachers in tackling poor classroom behaviour and have given the take-up of key subjects like maths, English, the sciences, languages, history and geography a shot in the arm through the introduction of the English Baccalaureate. We've tightened up on examination standards to control grade inflation.

    8. We are delivering the best skills training. There have been over 2.3 million new apprenticeships since 2010 giving people the chance to learn the skills they need to get on in life. In this parliament we will add a further three million apprenticeships. I have visited many projects involving apprentices across Central Devon. People of all ages, but especially our young, learning skills that will help carry them through the rest of their lives.

    9. We secured a cut in the EU budget and vetoed a new EU Fiscal Treaty, protecting British interests and saving British taxpayers' money. We will deliver on our promised in/out referendum.

    10. Crime is down by more than a quarter over the last five years – to its lowest level since records began, meaning people are safer on the streets and in their homes.