Giving people access to a GP seven days a week

The next Conservative government will give everyone access to a GP seven days a week.

Under Labour, 90% of GPs stopped seeing patients at evenings and weekends, named GPs were abolished, and the number of family doctors was cut by almost 800 in their last year in office – damaging patient care.

But we’re putting patients first by:

  • Giving everyone access to a GP seven days a week by 2020, so patients can see their GP at a time that suits them
  • Supporting thousands of GPs to stay open for longer, so millions of people have better access to a doctor
  • Restoring named GPs for everyone in the country, so every patient has their own doctor responsible for all their care outside hospital – ensuring more personal care and greater peace of mind for patients

It’s part of our plan to secure a better future for Britain – where people are confident that when they and their family need it, the NHS will be there for them.

And it’s only possible because - as part of our long-term economic plan – we’ve taken the difficult decisions to reduce inefficient spending elsewhere.

You can’t fund the NHS without a healthy, growing economy – and that’s what Labour will put at risk.

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Backing those who work hard and save all their lives

We’re backing those who work hard and save all their lives.

That’s why we’re abolishing the 55% tax on pension pots – so people can pass on their pension to loved ones with less tax or no tax at all.

Backing savers is a key part of our long-term economic plan to help hardworking taxpayers and secure a better future for Britain.

Pensioners will now be able to pass on more of their hard-earned money. From April 2015, when beneficiaries draw down the income on a pension they will pay only a marginal tax or no tax at all.

That gives people who have worked hard and saved all their lives the financial independence and security to enjoy their retirement and to pass on more to their children and grandchildren.

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3 million more apprenticeships so young people can get on in life

We’ve already created 1.8 million apprenticeships – and now we’re going even further. 

As part of our long-term economic plan, we will deliver three million more apprenticeships by the end of the next Parliament and abolish long-term youth unemployment – so all young people have the opportunity to get on in life. 

We’re also scrapping unemployment benefit for 18-21 year olds, and replacing it with a Youth Allowance. This will be time-limited to six months, after which young people will have to take an apprenticeship, a traineeship or do community work to earn their benefits. 

It will be paid for by cutting the benefits cap and stopping most young people from claiming housing benefit – so the welfare system doesn’t trap young people in a culture of dependency.

For millions of people, an apprenticeship is the key to realising their potential and securing a better future. With the Conservatives, more young people than ever will benefit from an apprenticeship and get on in life.

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7 moments from Labour’s Conference that show they haven’t changed

Labour haven’t changed – and their Conference proved it.

Labour wrecked the economy when they were last in power, and they’re just not up to it now – as these seven moments show:

1)      Ed Miliband ‘forgot’ to mention the deficit in his Conference speech. If the Labour leader ignores our country’s debts, how can hardworking taxpayers have the confidence that Labour won’t wreck the economy again?

2)      Ed Balls’ speech included £20.4bn of spending promises and only 1.9bn of savings – an £18.5bn black hole that shows you can’t trust Labour on the economy.

3)      Labour’s Shadow Work & Pensions Secretary didn’t know how much the State Pension is – showing that pensions aren’t safe in Labour’s hands.

4)      It was revealed that Labour’s tax rises could cost 375,000 jobs – a report from a leading think tank warned that Labour’s plan would leave hundreds of thousands of hardworking families without the security of a pay packet.

5)      Labour couldn’t get their sums to add up: their Shadow Health Secretary said he had no idea how their homes tax would help fund the NHS; their Shadow Energy Secretary couldn’t say how much money the homes tax would raise; and their Shadow Work & Pension’s Secretary didn’t know how much their child benefit freeze would save.

6)      A new survey showed 85% of Labour candidates don’t think the last Labour government spent too much – proving that Labour still haven’t learned their lesson.

7)      The Institute for Fiscal Studies confirmed that Labour’s policies would lead to a ‘higher debt and higher deficit’ – which would put the recovery at risk and make hardworking taxpayers less financially secure.

Labour haven’t changed. They would put the recovery at risk with more spending, more taxes and more debt than our children could ever hope to repay.

It’s same old Labour – and Britain can’t go back to it.

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Labour’s £18.5 billion black hole

Today a £18.5 billion black hole was found in Ed Balls’ spending plans – proving that you can’t trust Labour on the economy.

In his speech at the Labour Party Conference, the Shadow Chancellor made £20.4 billion of spending promises:

  • A British Investment Bank: £3.8bn
  • Homebuilding: £10bn
  • A 10p starting rate of income tax: £780m
  • Cutting business rates: £510m
  • A Compulsory Jobs Guarantee: £2.58bn
  • Restoring the spare room subsidy: £465m
  • Repealing the NHS Bill: £1.5bn
  • Extending free childcare: £800m

But set out only £1.9 billion of savings to pay for those promises:

  • Scrapping Police and Crime Commissioners: £50m
  • Capping child benefit: £120m
  • Raising income tax: £110m
  • Cutting ministerial salaries: £0.6m
  • Restricting winter fuel payments: £105m
  • Scrapping the married couples tax allowance: £780m
  • Abolishing employee shareholder status: £45m
  • Reintroducing the Schedule 19 charge for Stamp Duty: 145m

That’s a black hole in Labour’s spending plans of £18.5 billion – which would have to be made up with more borrowing and more taxes on hardworking families.

Labour haven’t changed.

They have no credible plan for the economy – and worse, they’d put the recovery at risk with more inefficient spending, more taxes, and more debt than our children could ever repay.

Only the Conservatives have a long-term economic plan for a healthier economy and a better future.

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Labour’s tax hikes could cost 375,000 jobs

Labour would hit growth and cost jobs.

That’s the verdict of the respected Centre for Policy Studies think tank.

A new CPS report says that Labour’s plans for more taxes could cost the economy £25bn over the next Parliament. (Source: Centre for Policy Studies, The Cost of Labour)

Even more importantly, they say that 375,000 jobs could be lost – leaving hardworking families without the security of a pay packet.

It’s same old Labour. Last time they were in power, they left half-a-million more people unemployed and they’d do the same again.

While Labour would cost jobs, our long-term economic plan has helped create 1.8 million new jobs.

While Labour would lead to financial insecurity for families, our plan is helping more people provide for themselves and their loved ones.

While Labour would put the recovery at risk, our plan is securing a better future for Britain.

That’s why we need to keep working through the plan – and why we can’t go back to Labour.

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5 things you need to know about today’s important jobs figures

The claimant count is down, employment is up, and our long-term economic plan is helping more people find a job and get on in life – as today’s jobs figures show.

1. Claimant count down

For the first time since 2008, the number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance has fallen below one million. Our plan is building a stronger, healthier economy, with fewer people relying on benefits and more having the security of work.

2. Record fall in unemployment

Unemployment is down 468,000 in the last year – the biggest annual fall on record. That’s giving more people the job they need to plan for a brighter future.

3. Employment up

There are now over 1.8m more people in work than in 2010 – that’s 1.8m people with the security of a pay packet to provide for themselves and their families. And there are now a record number of women in work.

4. Record fall in youth unemployment

Youth unemployment is down 213,000 in the last year – the biggest annual fall since records began.

5. Full-time employment up

Full-time employment is up 589,000 in the last year – showing that new jobs are secure and long-term.

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Labour left nearly half-a-million more people out of work than when they came into office. Their plans for more ineffective spending, more borrowing and higher taxes would put jobs, the recovery and the security of Britain’s future at risk.

But our long-term economic plan is helping people from all over the UK find a job and get on in life. The plan is working but there’s still more to do.

We now need to finish the job, keep moving towards our target of full employment, and secure a better future for all of Britain.

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6 things you need to know about Help to Buy

The Conservatives’ Help to Buy scheme is helping families across the country achieve their dream of owning their own home.

Here are 6 things you need to know about the scheme:

  1. It’s helped over 50,000 people buy a home of their own 
  2. 82% of those helped have been first-time buyers
  3. 94% of sales have been outside London
  4. The average price of a house bought is about £187,000 – well below the national average
  5. It’s giving builders the confidence to build – and private sector house-building has increased by 34%
  6. It’s helped create jobs, with the number of workers being taken on in the housing sector increasing at the fastest rate in 17 years

Help to Buy is part of our long-term economic plan to give people more security and a better future – and it’s helped tens of thousands of families and first-time buyers get on the housing ladder and get on in life.

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