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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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We’ll scrap the Human Rights Act and replace it with a British Bill of Rights and Responsibilities.

This country has stood up for human rights time and time again. But Labour’s Human Rights Act has led to judgements that are wrong and against the British sense of justice and fair play.

So the next Conservative government will scrap the Act and replace it with a new British Bill of Rights and Responsibilities that will:

  • Stop the European Court of Human Rights forcing Britain to change our laws
  • Make Britain the ultimate arbiter of human rights in this country – ensuring our Supreme Court is supreme
  • Stop terrorists and other foreign criminals abusing human rights to avoid their deportation
  • Balance rights with responsibilities

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Read our our proposals in full here (PDF document)

Britain shouldn’t be told what to do by judges in Strasbourg. The British Bill of Rights and Responsibilities would be passed by our Parliament and rooted in our values – putting Britain first and restoring common sense to human rights in our country.

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The next Conservative government will cut taxes for 30 million hardworking taxpayers.

By the end of the next Parliament we will:

  • Increase the tax-free personal allowance from £10,000 to £12,500 – taking a million more people out of income tax altogether
  • Increase the level at which people start paying the 40p rate from £41,900 to £50,000 – cutting taxes for millions of families

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Our long-term economic plan for the past four years has been about saving our country from economic ruin. Our plan for the next five years is about you and your family, and helping you get on. That’s what our plan means for you.

And it’s only possible because we’re taking the difficult decisions to reduce the deficit and build a stronger, healthier economy for the long term.

At the next election, the choice facing Britain is clear: Labour’s failed polices of more spending, more taxes and more debt than our children could ever repay; or the Conservatives’ long-term economic plan to help hardworking taxpayers and secure a better future for Britain.

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The next Conservative government will cut taxes for 30 million hardworking taxpayers.

By the end of the next Parliament we will:

  • Increase the tax-free personal allowance from £10,000 to £12,500 – taking a million more people out of income tax altogether
  • Increase the level at which people start paying the 40p rate from £41,900 to £50,000 – cutting taxes for millions of families
  • Our long-term economic plan for the past four years has been about saving our country from economic ruin. Our plan for the next five years is about you and your family, and helping you get on. That’s what our plan means for you.

And it’s only possible because we’re taking the difficult decisions to reduce the deficit and build a stronger, healthier economy for the long term.

At the next election, the choice facing Britain is clear: Labour’s failed polices of more spending, more taxes and more debt than our children could ever repay; or the Conservatives’ long-term economic plan to help hardworking taxpayers and secure a better future for Britain.

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