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It’s official: there are more people in work than ever before.

New figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) show that there are 1.7 million more people in work since 2010 – that’s 1.7 million more people with the security of a good job and a regular pay packet.

Weekly pay is also up 1.3% over the last 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.

The figures also show:

  1. Claimant count down by 563,000 since 2010, with more people getting off benefits and into work to provide for their families
  2. Record number of women in work, with the biggest annual fall in female unemployment
  3. Youth unemployment down by 244,000 in the last year – more young people with the opportunity to get on in life

The contrast between these figures and Labour’s record couldn’t be greater.

When they were last in power, Labour left half-a-million more people out of work. Their plans for wasteful spending, more borrowing and higher taxes would put jobs at risk and wreck the economy.

Only we have a long-term economic plan that’s helping people across the country find a job and get on in life.

The plan is working – as these figures show – but there’s still much more to do.

We need to keep working through the plan to help more people into work and secure a better future for Britain.

We’re limiting access to benefits for EU migrants.

Migrants should come to Britain to work hard and contribute – not claim benefits. But Labour’s legacy of uncontrolled immigration and uncapped welfare led to a culture of benefits tourism.

That’s why we’re tightening up access to our welfare system for EU jobseekers:

  • Migrants from EU countries will only be able to claim benefits for three months, not six
  • After three months, any EU migrant claiming unemployment benefit will sit a ‘genuine prospect of work’ test and could lose their benefits and their right to stay in Britain if they don’t have a job offer

These changes are part of our long-term economic plan to build a stronger economy that delivers for hardworking taxpayers.

By limiting access to benefits, we’re ensuring that people come here for the right reasons – to work hard and contribute to our country.

We’re committed to the biggest, boldest, most far-reaching road improvements in four decades.

Backing businesses with world-class infrastructure is a key part of our long-term economic plan for a stronger economy and a better future.

That’s why we’re investing £15 billion in over 100 improvements to our major roads, including hundreds of extra lane miles on our motorways and upgrades to some of our most important arteries – like the A303 to the south west and the A1 Newcastle-Gateshead western bypass.

This will be nothing less than a roads revolution – one that will lead to quicker journey times and businesses boosted right across the country.

And by helping businesses grow, we’ll create more jobs, give financial security to hardworking families – and secure a better future for Britain.

New data has revealed over 850,000 businesses have benefitted from our decision to cut employers’ National Insurance Contributions (the so-called ‘jobs tax’).

And a survey from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) reveals many businesses are using this extra money to take on more staff.

Helping small businesses and enterprise is a key part of our long-term economic plan – to help create jobs and deliver greater security for hardworking people.

We have reduced the National Insurance Contributions employers have to pay – saving each business and charity up to £2,000.

In just six months, over 850,000 businesses have already benefitted according to HMRC figures – and that number is expected to increase throughout the rest of the tax year.

And the FSB have found that small business owners are using the tax cut to invest in staff and grow their business:

  • 18% have used it to increase wages
  • 17% to hire additional staff
  • 8% to give more work/shifts to current staff
  • 12% for training
  • 18% to invest in equipment, machinery or premises

We can’t go back to Labour’s way of higher taxes and more regulations - it would hurt businesses and put thousands of jobs at risk.

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The British economy is forecast to grow faster than any other leading economy in Europe.

New forecasts from the European Commission show that the British economy will grow by 3.1% this year. That’s faster than Germany, Italy and Spain – and more than ten times faster than France.

A growing economy means businesses expanding, people finding work and getting on in life, and families looking forward to a better, more secure future.

Our long-term economic plan is working – as these forecasts show – but there’s still a lot to do and there are many risks to the recovery.

And the biggest risk of all is Labour. When they were last in power, they wrecked the economy and left nearly half-a-million more people out of work than when they came to power. Their plans for ineffective spending, more borrowing, and higher taxes would wreck the economy again.

That’s why we need to continue our plan – to keep the economy growing and to secure a better future for Britain.

Good mobile phone coverage is essential in the modern world.

But too many people across Britain can’t make a call from their mobile, especially in rural areas – making life and business difficult.

That’s why we’re doing something about it.

By working with mobile companies and talking to businesses and the public, we’re working to find solutions to the problem – like looking at allowing people to use a different mobile network if they can’t get a signal with their own.

It’s a key part of our long-term economic plan – to deliver better infrastructure so businesses can grow and create more jobs.

Hardworking taxpayers are clear about the importance of good mobile coverage. Our action to improve it will help deliver jobs, economic security and a better future for Britain.

Share the facts and let everyone know that we’re working to improve mobile phone coverage across the country.

Britain’s manufacturing sector is growing.

New statistics from a respected industry body reveal that manufacturing orders are rising. This shows that, despite problems across the Eurozone, the British economy is more resilient and our long-term economic plan is working.

A rise in manufacturing orders means greater economic security for Britain – businesses growing, people finding work and getting on in life, and our country looking forward to a better future.

In just four years, the British economy has come a long way – but there’s still more to do. Only by taking the difficult decisions to work through our plan will we ensure the recovery continues – and secure a better future for Britain.

Share the facts and let everyone know that manufacturing orders are rising and our long-term economic plan is working.

Hardworking taxpayers deserve to know how their taxes are spent.

That’s why we’re giving 24 million taxpayers a new personal tax statement – to make it clear how the Government spends their money.

By working through our long-term economic plan, we’re rooting out the waste and inefficient spending of the last Labour government.

And because we’re getting the deficit down and government spending is now more effective and efficient, we’ve been able to cut taxes for 26 million people.

That means taxpayers keep more of their hard-earned money and can secure a better future for themselves and their families.

But as well as cutting income tax, we’re making good on our commitment to give people more information about how much direct tax they pay and how it’s spent.

This is a revolution in transparency and will mean that Government is more accountable to hardworking taxpayers.

Share the facts and let everyone know that we’re making our tax system clearer, fairer and more accountable to you.

Hardworking taxpayers deserve to know how their taxes are spent.

That’s why we’re giving 24 million taxpayers a new personal tax statement – to make it clear how the Government spends their money.

By working through our long-term economic plan, we’re rooting out the waste and inefficient spending of the last Labour government.

And because we’re getting the deficit down and government spending is now more effective and efficient, we’ve been able to cut taxes for 26 million people.

That means taxpayers keep more of their hard-earned money and can secure a better future for themselves and their families.

But as well as cutting income tax, we’re making good on our commitment to give people more information about how much direct tax they pay and how it’s spent.

This is a revolution in transparency and will mean that Government is more accountable to hardworking taxpayers.

Share the facts and let everyone know that we’re making our tax system clearer, fairer and more accountable to you.

We’re giving families more financial security by cutting their taxes.

While Labour want to hit you with more taxes, we know that the best way to raise people’s living standards is to cut their taxes.

In just four years, at the same time as reducing the deficit, we’ve cut income tax for 26 million people.

We’ve only been able to do that because we’re working to a long-term economic plan.

In the next Parliament, we’ll go further. We’ve made two clear commitments that will help 30 million taxpayers:

  1. Raising the personal allowance again, so no one earning less than £12,500 will pay income tax
  2. By 2020, no one earning less than £50,000 will pay the 40p rate of tax

These commitments will mean people keep more of their hard-earned money and families are more financially secure.

This goes straight to the heart of the choice facing Britain at the next election – the most important for a generation.

On the one hand, Labour and more spending, more borrowing and more taxes to be squeezed out of hardworking taxpayers.

On the other hand, our long-term economic plan that’s working and cutting taxes to secure a better future for you and your family.

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Share the facts today and let everyone know the stark choice at the next election.