Conservatives in Government

1. Unemployment is now at its lowest rate since 1975. It currently stands at 4.5 per cent – down 0.4 per cent over the past year and down 3.5 per cent since 2010.

Source: ONS, Labour Market Statistics, 12 July 2017

2. The NHS has been ranked the best health service across 11 developed countries. outperforms health services in Australia, Germany and France amongst others.

Source: Mirror, Mirror 2017 report by the Commonwealth Fund

3. Schools are receiving an extra £1.3 billion in funding over the next two years. in 2018-19 and £884million in 2019-20, on top of the core school budget set in the last spending review. This means schools funding will be £2.6 billion higher in 2019-20.

Source: Gov.uk, 17 July 2017

4. 31 million people have had their income tax cut. A typical basic rate taxpayer is paying over £1,000 less income tax than when we came into government.

Source: Hansard, 16 March, Col. 967

5. More young people from disadvantaged backgrounds are getting into university than ever before. Disadvantaged young people in England are around 73 per cent more likely to enter university now than they were in 2006.

Source: UCAS, End of Cycle Report 2016

6. There are over a million more businesses than when we came into office. There were a record 5.5 million businesses at the start of 2016 – that’s an increase of nearly 110,000 on the previous year and more than 1 million since 2010.

Source: BIS, Business Population Estimates 2016, 13 October 2016

7. The National Living Wage has given 1.7 million people a pay rise. Someone over 25 on the National Living Wage has seen an increase of over £1,400 since its introduction.

Source: BEIS, Press Release, 1 April 2017; HMT, Spring Budget 2017, 8 March 2017

8. As a share of GDP, the deficit is down by three quarters. In cash terms, the deficit is down almost two-thirds from £151.7 billion in 2009-10 to £51.7 billion in 2016-17.

Source: OBR, Public finances database, 2 May 2017

9. We have protected and increased NHS funding. The health budget, which includes NHS spending is £116.1 billion in 2016-17; £117.6 billion in 2017-18; 120.3 billion in 2018-19; and, 123.2 billion in 2019-20.

Source: HMT, Spring Budget 2017, 8 March 2017

10. The UK has been the most successful G7 nation at tackling climate change. In 2014 – the most recent year for which we have full figures across the G7 – UK per-capita greenhouse gas emissions were 33% down on 1992.

Source: Energy and Climate Change Intelligence Unit Report, April 2017

News

Environment Secretary publishes bill to strengthen animal welfare

New law will ensure animal abusers are jailed for up to 5 years and animal sentience is reflected in UK law

A new law will ensure animal abusers are jailed for up to 5 years and animal sentience is reflected in domestic law, under plans published by the Environment Secretary today.

Immigration down in latest statistics released

Net migration to UK shows a significant fall, with the latest official figures showing net migration to Britain fell by 106,000 to 230,000 in the 12 months to June. The fall is notably in those coming to the UK without job offers. You can read the report online. Key facts are:

Good education news! Improved reading results!

Some really good education news! We’ve had results out today that show the Conservatives' reforms to education have seen the percentage of 6 yr olds passing reading checks has risen from 58% in 2012 to 81% in 2017.

Government announces new protection areas to safeguard rare seabirds

Yesterday, there was more great news for our environment, the Government announced (link) two new marine Special Protection Areas and extensions to four other sites to safeguard rare seabirds. The Conservatives are working to protect our planet for future generations.

GTR Franchise to be Broken Up

The Government have announced today that they will be splitting up the Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern franchise in 2021, and consulting on a new West of England franchise.

Animal Sentience - Environment Secretary

Dear colleague,

This Government is committed to the very highest standards of animal welfare. As the Prime Minister set out yesterday, we will make the United Kingdom a world leader in the care and protection of animals.

Budget 2017

I very much welcome the Chancellor's Budget announcements, particularly the Stamp Duty reform that will mean 80% of first time buyers not having to pay any Stamp Duty at all. 

Animal Sentience

No, MPs did not vote that animals aren't sentient. A few mischief makers are out on social media claiming Conservatives voted against animals being sentient. This is not true.