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

Brexit Plans: Customs

Yesterday, Shadow International Trade Minister Bill Esterson was asked 11 times on the Today Programme – and a further 5 times on 5Live – what Labour’s plan for customs union membership is, and each time he refused to say.

CCTV in Slaughterhouses

We have some of the highest animal welfare standards in the world, and we should be rightly proud of the way in which the UK has led the way in the protection of animals.

Midwives in the NHS

Since the Conservatives entered government in May 2010 we have put record funding into our special #NHS which has enabled us to hire 2,000 more NHS midwives.

We will train more doctors

Today, the Health Secretary will announce 500 extra medical school places for next year – boosting student doctor numbers.

This is the biggest ever expansion to the number of doctor training places as well as on of the most inclusive.

Plan to reduce air pollution while protecting drivers

Dear Colleague,

OUR PLAN TO REDUCE AIR POLLUTION WHILE PROTECTING DRIVERS

I am writing, on the behalf of Jesse Norman and myself, to give you information on Defra and DfT’s joint publication, The UK Plan For Tackling Roadside Nitrogen Dioxide Concentrations.

21,000 new mental health workers

Today Jeremy Hunt has announced plans to recruit 21,000 new mental health workers in England to properly integrate mental and physical health services.