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Today’s employment figures show that our long-term economic plan is working.

There are now 1.3 million more people in work than in 2010.

What’s more, there are 280,000 more people in work compared with three months ago – the biggest rise in employment since records began.

By creating more jobs, we’re delivering a better future for hardworking people. Each new job means another person taking home a pay packet to help them provide for their family and get on in life.

Meanwhile, the number of people without a job has fallen by 170,000.

Our long-term plan is creating more jobs by backing small businesses with better infrastructure and lower jobs taxes – and that’s securing a better future for hardworking people.

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We’ve come a long way from Labour’s record of unemployment.

Labour left nearly half-a-million more people without a job and Ed Miliband said our economic plan would ‘lead to the disappearance of a million jobs’.

But today’s figures confirm the opposite – that we’re helping hardworking people into work, delivering a more secure future for those who want to work hard and get on in life.

Labour have opposed every difficult decision we have taken to turn Britain around – all they offer is short-term political gimmicks. They have no plan for Britain’s future and hardworking people would be worse off under Labour.

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The Conservatives are clamping down on people who exploit our welfare system – and building an economy for those who work hard and play by the rules.

Labour failed to recognise that if you have a welfare system that doesn’t make work worthwhile and support people into jobs, you pay the price elsewhere.

With one hand, Labour doled out millions of pounds for people to sit on benefits. With the other, they opened the door to mass immigration, with those from abroad filling jobs which our own people couldn’t get.

But our long-term plan is ending Labour’s something-for-nothing culture.

We’re stopping housing benefit for EU immigrants who are out-of-work.

EU immigrants are now also banned from receiving out-of-work benefits for their first three months in Britain. Moreover, they will only be allowed to claim jobseeker’s allowance for six months unless they have genuine prospects of finding work.

Only by making work pay can we ensure Britain’s growing economy and dynamic jobs market deliver for those who work hard and play by the rules.

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Ed Miliband is all over the place. He has no credible economic plan, and instead jumps from slogan to slogan to try and catch short-term headlines.

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All he offers is more of the same old Labour policy that got us into a mess in the first place - more spending, more borrowing and more taxes, which would mean a less secure future for hardworking people and their children.

The only way to ensure a better, sustainable and more financially secure future for people who work hard and for their families is to continue working through David Cameron’s long-term economic plan:

  1. Reducing the deficit - so we deal with our debts, safeguard our economy for the long term and keep mortgage rates low
  2. Cutting income taxes and freezing fuel duty - to help hardworking people be more financially secure
  3. Creating more jobs - by backing small business and enterprise with better infrastructure and lower jobs taxes
  4. Capping welfare and reducing immigration - so our economy delivers for people who want to work hard and play by the rules
  5. Delivering the best schools and skills for young people - so the next generation can succeed in the global race

The Conservatives are backing shale gas in order to create jobs, help businesses and support local communities.

Part of our long-term economic plan is to invest in better infrastructure for Britain’s future. That’s why we’re getting behind shale – and ensuring local communities benefit directly.

David Cameron has announced that millions of pounds in business rates will be awarded to local councils in England that approve shale gas developments.

Councils will keep 100 per cent of revenues from the business rates they collect from shale gas – double the current level. That could be worth up to £1.7 million a year for a typical site.

That’s on top of the £100,000 councils will receive whenever a test well is sunk and the one percent of revenues they will make if shale gas is found. This could be worth an extra £5-10 million over the lifetime of a typical site.

Meanwhile, it’s estimated that shale gas will support 74,000 new jobs – helping families throughout Britain feel more financially secure.

It’s part of our long-term economic plan to build a stronger, more competitive economy that creates more jobs and benefits local communities up and down the country.

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Our long-term economic plan is the only way we can build a strong economy and secure a better future for Britain. We cannot afford to go back to Labour’s way of more borrowing, more spending and more taxes.

So let’s show people just how important our long-term economic plan is for them, their family and our country: share our plan on Facebook and Twitter, email the graphic to your friends, and help spread the message as far as we can.

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This year, we will carry on working through the long-term economic plan that is turning Britain around.

Our plan builds a stronger, more competitive economy and secures a better future for Britain by: 

1.      Reducing the deficit - so we deal with our debts, safeguard our economy for the long term and keep mortgage rates low

2.      Cutting income taxes and freezing fuel duty - to help hardworking people be more financially secure

3.      Creating more jobs - by backing small business and enterprise with better infrastructure and lower jobs taxes

4.      Capping welfare and reducing immigration - so our economy delivers for people who want to work hard and play by the rules

5.      Delivering the best schools and skills for young people - so the next generation can succeed in the global race

The plan is working. For the first time in a long while, there’s a real sense that Britain is on the rise.

But the job is not yet done. There are still plenty of risks, and the greatest one here at home is the Labour party.

Labour offer more spending, higher taxes and more borrowing. Their economic approach brought economic ruin once, and would do the same all over again.

We can’t throw away everything we’ve achieved and go back to economic ruin. We must carry on working through the long-term plan that is delivering for Britain.

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People who have worked hard and done the right thing during their working lives deserve security and peace of mind in retirement.

So a Conservative government will continue to use the Triple Lock to protect the basic State Pension after the next election – ensuring pensions rise every year in line with wages, prices or by 2.5%, whichever is highest.

The Triple Lock, introduced by the Conservatives, has already delivered the largest cash increase in the pension - and extending it into the next Parliament will guarantee financial security for millions of pensioners.

We are only able do this because we are taking the difficult decisions to tackle the deficit and put our economy back on the right path - unlike Labour who would wreck Britain’s economy with more borrowing, more spending and more debt.

Labour’s Work and Pensions Secretary, Rachel Reeves, has also said Labour will include the basic State Pension in their plans for a welfare cap – which means pensions could be frozen or cut if Labour win the next election.

Only a Conservative Government will protect pensions and give people real security in retirement.

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The Conservatives’ Help to Buy scheme is helping thousands of hardworking people onto the housing ladder so they can get on in life.

What’s more, it’s helping those who need it most: first-time buyers on ordinary incomes who want to realise their dream of buying their own home.

Just three months since the Help to Buy mortgage guarantee scheme launched:

  • 6,000 people have applied for mortgages under the scheme
  • 80 per cent of applicants are first-time buyers
  • The average house price under Help to Buy is £160,000 – far below the average UK house price
  • Three-quarters of applications are from outside London and the South East

Since Labour’s financial crisis, too many people have been frozen out of the housing market. Many of these people could afford mortgage repayments – just not the huge deposit needed for a home.

That’s why the Conservatives launched Help to Buy: so hardworking people can fulfil their aspirations and enjoy the security of buying their own home.

It’s all part of our long-term plan for Britain – a plan that will continue to help hardworking people in 2014.

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The Conservatives want to give young people the best possible start in life – that’s why we’re investing an extra £2.35 billion for new school places by 2017.

We’ve already doubled funding for new places to £5 billion, which has helped create an extra 260,000 places, with thousands more to follow.

Today’s additional investment underlines the Conservatives’ commitment to ensuring every child has a place at school so they can fulfil their potential.

It’s part of our long-term plan to create an education system that gives young people the skills to get on in life and to secure a better future for themselves and for Britain.

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The Conservatives are ending Labour’s something-for-nothing culture by clamping down on benefits tourism.

From 1 January 2014, all EU immigrants will be banned from claiming out of work benefits during their first three months in Britain.

It’s part of our long-term plan to fix the welfare and immigration systems so they deliver for hardworking people who do the right thing.

Under Labour, the welfare system encouraged benefits tourism and failed to reward work.

But the Conservatives’ message is clear: while Britain is very much open for business, we will not welcome those who don’t want to work and contribute to our country.

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