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More than 300,000 people took their first step on the property ladder in 2014.

Official figures from the Council of Mortgage Lenders show that there were more first-time buyers last year than any year since 2007. (Source: CML, 22 Jan 2015)

Our long-term economic plan is helping people achieve the dream of owning their own home by:

  • Introducing Help to Buy, which has already helped over 73,000 families – the vast majority first-time buyers – own their own home
  • Building more homes – housebuilding is at its highest since 2007 and planning permission was granted for 240,000 new homes in the year to September 2014
  • Reducing the deficit – so we safeguard the economy for the long term and keep mortgage rates low

When they were last in power, Labour wrecked the economy and getting on the housing ladder became nothing more than a pipe dream for thousands of hardworking taxpayers.

But by building a stronger economy and helping people buy their own home, our plan is backing hardworking families across the country – and securing a better future for Britain.

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Britain is a safer place to live, work and raise a family than ever before.

New figures from the Office of National Statistics show that since the Conservatives came to power, crime has fallen by over a fifth – to its lowest level on record.

Over the last year there were 2.4 million fewer crimes than the year before the last election. (ONS, Crime in England and Wales, period ending Sept 2014, 22 Jan 2015)

This shows that our action plan to tackle crime is working by:

  • Freeing the police to fight crime by cutting red tape and scrapping unnecessary targets
  • Giving criminals tougher sentences so communities are protected and justice is done
  • Giving the police the powers they need to tackle criminals, using the latest tools and techniques
  • Stopping people from becoming criminals by tackling the root causes of crime
  • Making the police answer to the community to help drive down crime in your area

Thanks to our plan and the dedication of police officers, crime is falling, families are safer – and communities can enjoy a better, more secure future.

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For the first time since Labour’s recession, unemployment has fallen below 6%.

It’s a new milestone for Britain and means that more people are in work, earning a regular wage and providing for their families.

Official figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) also show:

1. A record number of people in work

There are now 1.75 million more people in work since the election. That’s 1.75 million more people with the security of a job.

2. Wages rising

Regular pay is up 1.8% on the year, an encouraging sign that wages are beginning to rise faster than inflation. That means people have more money in their pockets and are more financially secure.

3. Over three-quarters of new jobs full-time

Full-time jobs accounted for 83% of the rise in employment over the past year – showing that the majority of new jobs are secure and well paid.

4. A record number of women in work

There are now 14.4 million women in work – more than ever before.

5. Fewer people claiming unemployment benefit

The number of people claiming unemployment benefit is down by over 627,000 since the election. That means more people moving off welfare and into work and getting on in life.

Under Labour, unemployment rose by almost half-a-million – leaving more people without a job and families more insecure.

The choice at the election is clear:

On the one hand, Labour’s failed ways of more spending, more borrowing and more taxes that will cost jobs and cause chaos for our economy.

On the other hand, the Conservatives and a long-term economic plan that’s backing businesses, creating jobs and building a stronger economy.

That's why we need to keep working through the plan and secure a better future for Britain. Share this post and graphic to let friends know.

Labour’s homes tax is a terrible idea that would hit hardworking families – that’s the verdict of Labour MPs and senior figures:

  1. Labour peer Lord Mandelson says it’s ‘crude’, ‘short-termist’, and will end up ‘clobbering people’ (Newsnight, 19 Jan 2015)
  2. Labour MP Tessa Jowell says it will force people ‘to move out of their family homes’ (Guardian, 26 Nov 2013)
  3. Former Labour Home Secretary Charles Clarke says it’s ‘absurd’ and ‘designed for political reasons’ (Huffington Post, 5 Jan 2015)
  4. Labour MP Glenda Jackson says it will ‘impact disastrously on people… particularly pensioners' (Ham&High, 2 Oct 2014)
  5. Labour peer Lord Noon says it’s a ‘hopeless and desperate idea’ (Sunday Times, 5 Oct 2014)

Labour are in chaos over their flagship homes tax.

Here are the facts about Labour’s tax:

  • It won’t just apply to mansions. Labour are already talking about lowering the cap, with calls for homes worth £400,000 to be taxed (Sunday Express, 10 Aug 2014)
  • If you earn £42,000, Labour class you as ‘wealthy’ and say you will have to pay the tax up front
  • If you’re a pensioner on a low income, Labour want your family to pay the tax when you die

The facts are clear: Labour’s homes tax would hit hardworking families – and even Labour know it.  Sign the petition to stop Labour's tax on the family home - then share this post to let everyone know.

Britain was the fastest growing major economy in the world last year.

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) reports that our economy grew by 2.6% in 2014 and is set to grow even faster this year.

A growing economy means more businesses creating more jobs and more people earning a wage to provide for their families.

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We’re committed to building a Britain with full employment.

That means a Britain where anyone who wants a job is able to get a job – a Britain with more men and women in work, earning a regular wage and providing for their families.

To achieve full employment, we have five clear commitments:

  1. Encourage enterprise and back small business, keeping jobs taxes low and cutting red tape
  2. Invest in infrastructure to attract business and good jobs across the whole of the UK
  3. Continue getting British people back to work by controlling immigration and delivering a robust welfare system for EU migrants
  4. Reward work, help people into a job and lower the benefit cap
  5. Create 3 million new apprenticeships so young people get the skills to succeed

We’ll also triple the number of Start-Up Loans to at least 75,000 – meaning that on current trends the scheme will have created around 100,000 jobs by the end of the next Parliament.

When Labour were last in government, they left nearly half-a-million more people unemployed, leading to insecurity for families across the country.

Britain has had a tough few years but we are coming out the other side. We’re now creating more jobs than the rest of Europe put together, with 1.75 million more people in work since 2010.

Our long-term economic plan is creating jobs and building a stronger economy. If you vote Conservative, together we can build a Britain with full employment – and stay on the road to a better future.

While the Conservatives are committed to cutting income tax, both Labour and the Lib Dems have confirmed they will INCREASE taxes on hardworking families.

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This important story is yet another reminder of why Labour cannot be trusted on the economy:

(Source: Mail on Sunday, 18 January 2015. Link:

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