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

Taking back control of our waters

Today, the Government set out its plan for how the UK will take back control of our waters and ensure stocks are fished sustainably.

£20 million investment to help tackle loneliness

As part of our plans to build a more caring society we will announce a £20 million investment to help tackle loneliness, building on Jo Cox’s legacy and helping charities fight social isolation. 

Government announces support for Finn’s Law campaign in Parliament

Today, The Environment Secretary has announced support for Finn’s Law, to provide more protection for the brave police service animals who protect us. We are continuing to raise the bar on animal welfare, whether it be for our beloved pets, brave service animals or on farms.

£30M for a Rough Sleeping Initiative

83 areas will share £30 million to boost the immediate support available to people living on the streets and help them into accommodation, including £271,094 for Worthing. 

World Enivornment Day

Today, is #WorldEnivornmentDay

2017 was Britain’s greenest year ever and the Conservatives are determined to protect the environment for future generations. These are some ways in which we’re proudly protecting our environment and wildlife.

Introduction of ivory bill boosts fight against elephant poaching

Today, the Government will introduce a Bill to ban ivory sales, as part of our commitment to strengthen protections for animal welfare. Elephants are one of the world’s most iconic animals and we must do all that we can to protect them for future generations.

Improving the Mental Health Act

The independent review of the Mental Health Act was set up to look at how the legislation in the Mental Health Act 1983 is used and how practice can improve.

British Sign Language version of the report

Britain bites back in the fight against loan sharks

The government has announced plans to crack down on loan sharks to help and protect the most vulnerable, as we build a fairer economy and a more caring society, including more funding to tackle unlawful lending, and an increase in the amount of money seized from loan sharks to support those most