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We’re backing savers and giving people more freedom in retirement.

We’ve already given more freedom to people saving for a pension, and we’re now doing the same for the five million pensioners who have an annuity.

An annuity will be the right option for many pensioners but others will want access to their money to spend how they wish – and that’s what our latest changes will deliver.

By giving people more freedom over their savings, we’re trusting people with their own money – and rewarding those who have worked hard, saved and done the right thing.

Building a Britain that offers everyone security in retirement is a key part of our long-term economic plan – and will help secure a better future for our pensioners and for Britain.

We’re giving young people the best start in life.

Since 2010 we’ve delivered over two million apprenticeships and are committed to delivering three million more in the next Parliament.

Backing our young people with the skills they need to succeed in the modern world is a key part of our long-term economic plan.

We’re also rolling out new ‘degree apprenticeships’ – so young people can earn a degree while training on the job.

Degree apprenticeships are designed by businesses, universities and colleges, and combine the academic study of a degree with the practical experience of a highly-skilled job.

By delivering millions of apprenticeships, we’re giving young people the opportunity to learn a trade, fulfil their potential, and look forward to a better future.

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Labour face wipe-out in Scotland - meaning a deal with the SNP is Ed Miliband's only route to power.

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The economy is growing and will continue to grow.

That’s the verdict of the British Chamber of Commerce, the independent business group, which has upgraded its growth forecasts for this year and next. (City AM, 11 Mar 2015)

Britain was the fastest growing major economy last year, growing at its fastest rate for seven years. A growing economy means more businesses creating more jobs, with more people earning a wage and getting on in life.

With inflation at a record low and wages beginning to rise, household budgets are going further and hardworking families are more financially secure.

Since 2010, we’ve been working through our long-term economic plan for a stronger economy and a better future.

As the BCC’s forecasts show, the plan is working. But there’s still more to do and there are many risks to the recovery.

The biggest risk of all is Labour. They have no plan other than more spending, more borrowing and more taxes. That would mean chaos for the economy and hardworking families would pay the price.

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Today's employment figures show 1.9 million more people in work since 2010, and the employment rate is the highest in history.

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We’re creating more good school places – helping build a Britain that gives every child the best start in life.

Since 2010 there are over a million more children being taught in schools rated good or outstanding – and we’re committed to going further.

With the next wave of our Free School Programme, there are 230,000 more good school places already created or in the pipeline – and we’re on course to create 270,000 more in the next Parliament.

That’s half-a-million more good school places overall – giving families across the country peace of mind that their child is getting a great education.

Delivering the best schools and skills for young people is a key part of our long-term economic plan for a stronger economy and a better future.

By working with our brilliant teachers and focussing on core academic subjects, we’re improving education across the country and giving children the skills they need to succeed in the modern world.

These new school places will raise standards and restore discipline – helping our children reach their potential and securing a better future for Britain.

Labour are facing a wipe-out in Scotland - meaning a deal with the SNP is Ed Miliband’s only route to power. Again and again, Ed Miliband refuses to rule out this possibility.

He is so weak, everyone knows he would be in Alex Salmond’s pocket - and hardworking families will pay with higher taxes, more spending, more debt and weaker defences in uncertain times.

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Hardworking people will be more financially secure in the year ahead.

That’s the verdict of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, and it shows that our plan is helping families across the country (Telegraph, 6 Mar 2015).

With wages rising and inflation at a record low, people will have more money in their pockets and family budgets will go further.

The ICAEW estimates that workers will on average be £400 better off this year and that employment will continue to rise, as more people move into work and get on in life.

Since 2010, we’ve been working through our long-term economic plan. By taking difficult decisions, we’ve been able to reduce the deficit while creating jobs and cutting taxes for hardworking people.

Thanks to our plan and the hard work of the British people, ours was the fastest growing major economy last year – and is predicted to grow even faster this year.

But with many risks to the recovery, we need to keep the plan going – so we continue the progress we’ve made as a country and secure a better future for you, your family and for Britain.

Everyone who works hard deserves a home of their own.
So we're creating 200,000 new Starter Homes and helping families onto the housing ladder with Help to Buy.

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Help to Buy, our policy to cut the cost of a deposit for a house, is helping tens of thousands of people buy their own home:

  1. Since 2013, over 88,000 people have purchased their own home with Help to Buy
  2. Over 80% of those are first-time buyers
  3. The average price of a Help to Buy home is £185,000, far below the national average – showing that the policy is helping those who need it most
  4. 94% of Help to Buy sales have been outside London – showing that it’s a policy that benefits the whole country
  5. Over half of Help to Buy homes have been new-builds – an encouraging sign that, with the economy growing, housebuilders have the confidence to build more homes

These strong figures follow our commitment to build 200,000 new Starter Homes for first-time buyers, and the news that enough public-sector land has been made available to build over 100,000 new homes in England.

Our plan for housing is helping more people achieve their dream of owning their own home and giving security to hardworking families across the country.

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