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Since 2010 over 4 million of the lowest paid people have been taken out of income tax. Because of our increases to the personal allowance, a typical basic rate taxpayer will be paying over £900 less in income tax than they were in 2010.

Today the personal allowance rises yet again, meaning that no one earning under £11,000 will pay any income tax.

We believe that when you work hard, you deserve to keep more of the money you earn. That’s why we’re on course to increase the personal allowance to £12,500 by 2020. 


Today, the Basic State Pension increases to £119.30 a week, the biggest real-terms rise in 15 years.

Because of our triple lock, we have ensured that the state pension rises every year in line with wages, prices or by 2.5% – whichever is highest.

So the full basic state pension is now £1,125 a year higher than it was in 2010. That’s only possible because we’re taking the difficult decisions so that we can deliver dignity and security for those in retirement.

Today, 1.3 million of the lowest paid working people in Britain, aged 25 or over, will get a direct pay rise.

The new National Living Wage will start at £7.20 an hour, and is expected to rise to £9 an hour by 2020. It means that those currently on the minimum wage working 35 hours a week will see their pay rise by £4,200 over the next four years.

And so as well as creating over 2.3 million more jobs since 2010, we’re helping people keep more of the money they earn by increasing their pay, keeping council tax down and cutting income tax.

This is all part of a plan that is honouring our commitments to the British people to deliver a higher wage, lower welfare, lower tax country that finally lives within its means. It's a modern, compassionate Conservative government in action. 

Budget 2016 puts the next generation first and redoubles our efforts to make Britain fit for the future.

We are cutting taxes for working people so they can keep more of the money they earn. From April next year the tax free personal allowance will rise to £11,500, a tax cut for 31 million people that means a typical basic rate taxpayer will be paying over £1,000 less income tax then when we came into government. The higher rate threshold will also increase to £45,000, a tax cut of over £400.

The British economy is stronger because we confronted our country's problems and took the difficult decisions, but we now face a dangerous cocktail of global risks. Britain is well prepared to handle this challenge, but only by acting now so we don't pay later.

This Budget puts stability first with long term solutions to long term problems. 

Budget 2016 puts the next generation first and redoubles our efforts to make Britain fit for the future.

We are introducing a new Lifetime ISA to help the next generation to save. We know people like the simplicity of ISAs so we’re increasing the ISA limit from just over £15,000 to £20,000 for everyone. For those under 40, many of whom haven’t had such a good deal from pensions, we’re going to introduce a completely new Lifetime ISA. 

With the Lifetime ISA, you won’t have to choose between saving for your first home, or saving for your retirement – the government is going to give you money to do both. For every £4 saved, the Government will give you £1. So put in £4,000 each year and the government will give you £1,000 every year until you’re 50.

The British economy is stronger because we confronted our country's problems and took the difficult decisions, but we now face a dangerous cocktail of global risks. Britain is well prepared to handle this challenge, but only by acting now so we don't pay later.

This Budget puts stability first with long term solutions to long term problems. 

Budget 2016 puts the next generation first and redoubles our efforts to make Britain fit for the future.

We are freezing fuel duty to help household budgets and support small firms. Fuel duty has been frozen for the sixth year in a row – a saving of £75 a year to the average driver and £270 a year to a small business with a van.

The British economy is stronger because we confronted our country's problems and took the difficult decisions, but we now face a dangerous cocktail of global risks. Britain is well prepared to handle this challenge, but only by acting now so we don't pay later.

This Budget puts stability first with long term solutions to long term problems. 

Budget 2016 puts the next generation first and redoubles our efforts to make Britain fit for the future.

By providing extra money so every school in England becomes an academy, we are improving our schools so our children get the best start in life. We are also doubling sports funding in primary schools and funding longer school days in secondary schools so that they can offer their pupils a wider range of activities, including extra sport.

The British economy is stronger because we confronted our country's problems and took the difficult decisions, but we now face a dangerous cocktail of global risks. Britain is well prepared to handle this challenge, but only by acting now so we don't pay later.

This Budget puts stability first with long term solutions to long term problems. 

On 5th May voters across Britain have a crucial decision to make: to vote for a strong Conservative who will stand up for you and your local area for the next four years, or for Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party whose policies include printing money, raising income tax and scrapping our nuclear defences.

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We are delivering for Scotland by devolving more powers to the Scottish Parliament. The fiscal framework agreed by the UK and Scottish governments will underpin the new powers being delivered in the Scotland Bill.

This agreement shows that we are fulfilling our commitments and making devolution in Scotland work – just as the Scottish people have said they want. It is a significant moment in the Scottish Parliament’s history, as this agreement will enable it to take on unprecedented new powers and responsibilities, and to become more accountable.

This deal is fair to Scotland, fair to the whole United Kingdom and built to last.

The debate about what the powers should be is now over. The debate is now about how the Scottish Parliament will use these powers to improve the lives of people in Scotland. 


More than 130,000 people have been able to become homeowners since the launch of Help to Buy in 2013.

New research found that 43% of new homes built under the Help to Buy: equity loan scheme since its launch would have not been built without introduction of the scheme.

The report also found that 82% of buyers under Help to Buy: equity loan would not have been able to purchase their home without the scheme helping them meet their ownership aspirations.

The Help to Buy scheme was set up to support hard-working people who could pay a mortgage but struggle to save the deposits required by lenders.

Recent figures also show that the number of new homes being registered across the UK is at its highest level since 2007.

By working closely with housebuilders, we’re ensuring that they have the skills needed to build even more homes that hard-working people want. Other initiatives such as Help to Buy have enabled nearly 270,000 people to buy since 2010.

All of this is good news for anyone who works hard and aspires to own their own home.