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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.

Share this film and graphic today to let friends know that our long-term economic plan is securing a better future for Britain.

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: http://dailym.ai/1udguHv)

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Britain is ‘leading the way’ internationally – that’s the verdict of Christine Lagarde, head of the International Monetary Fund.

Miss Lagarde said that Britain is one of only ‘a few countries… driving growth’ in the global economy.

She added that, in the UK, ‘clearly growth is improving, the deficit has been reduced, and… unemployment is going down’.

'This is exactly the sort of result that we would like to see: more growth, less unemployment, a growth that is more inclusive, that is better shared, and a growth that is also sustainable and more balanced(Source: Telegraph.co.uk, 15 Jan 2015).

The IMF have also warned of the very strong headwinds facing the global economy – with slow growth in Europe, slower growth too among the emerging economies, and the challenges in Russia and the Ukraine.

But amid this turbulence, it’s encouraging news that Britain is one of the fastest-growing economies in the western world.

Since 2010, we’ve helped create on average 1,000 jobs every day. There are now 1.75 million more people in work with the security of a regular wage to provide for themselves and their families.

All this progress is due to the hard work of the British people and because we’ve continued to work through our long-term economic plan.

That’s why it’s so important that we stick to the plan in 2015 and beyond – otherwise we risk our children being left with fewer opportunities to get on in life and more debt than they can could ever hope to repay.

So let’s keep working through the plan – and keep leading the way in the global economy.

Labour are in chaos on the economy.

1. They have no plan to clear the deficit

‘Gun licence changes’ – that’s what Labour Minister Chris Leslie said when asked how a Labour government would clear the deficit (Daily Politics, 13 Jan 2015).

But, according to Labour’s own sums, this would eliminate just 0.019% of the current deficit – and it’s money that Labour have already committed to spending.

It shows that Labour have no credible plan to clear the deficit and would hit future generations with more debt.

2. Their energy price freeze has unravelled

The cheapest energy tariff is now £100 cheaper than a year ago – meaning that if Labour had frozen prices, customers would be £100 a year worse off.

Labour’s high price freeze shows that Ed Miliband cannot competently manage the economy. Under Labour, bills would have been frozen and hardworking families would not feel the benefit of lower energy prices. Labour must abandon this economically illiterate policy now.

3. They admit they'll tax you MORE

When Ed Miliband was asked if a Labour government would raise taxes, he said:

‘Indeed. Indeed’ (The Andrew Marr Show, 11 Jan 2015).

And Labour Minister Shabana Mahmood has since confirmed Labour’s plan to introduce ‘some tax rises’ (Channel 4 News, 13 Jan 2015).

It’s clearer than ever: if Labour win the next election, they will hit hardworking families with higher taxes.

Unlike Labour, we have a long-term economic plan to build a stronger economy and secure a better future for Britain.

While we have a credible long-term plan to build a stronger economy and secure a better future for Britain, Labour are in economic chaos. Share this post to let everyone know.

If Labour win the next election, they could add £170 billion to the national debt.

That’s the verdict of Paul Johnson, Director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS), one of Britain’s leading independent think tanks. It’s yet more proof that Labour haven’t changed and would put the economic security of you, your family and our country at risk:

When they were last in government, Labour’s borrowing left Britain with our biggest deficit in peacetime history. With their plans for wasteful spending, more borrowing and higher taxes, Labour would make the same mistakes all over again – and hit our children with more debt than they could ever hope to repay.

The choice at the election is clear: the Conservatives, with a long-term economic plan that’s turning our country around and securing a better future.

Or Labour, who would squander the progress we’ve made as a country with the chaos of reckless borrowing and more debt.

Share the facts and let everyone know Labour’s plans to hit hardworking families with more debt.

We’re committed to dealing with the deficit so that Britain lives within its means.

This is a key theme of our election manifesto – and at the heart of our long-term economic plan to secure a better future for you, your family and our country.

Labour left Britain with the biggest budget deficit in our peacetime history. One in every four pounds the last Labour government spent was borrowed money.

But by taking difficult decisions, we’ve already halved the deficit in this Parliament – and we’re committed to running an absolute budget surplus before the end of the next Parliament.

To ensure that Britain lives within its means, we will:

  • Run a surplus so that we start paying down our debts and keep our economy secure
  • Reduce spending and cut out waste instead of increasing taxes on working people
  • Control the welfare budget so we save money and reward work
  • Crack down on tax avoidance and ensure those who can afford to pay the most do
  • Continue to increase spending on the NHS so everyone gets the care they need

By working through our plan, we will ensure that we don’t leave debts to our children that they could never hope to repay.

Labour would turn back from our plan, risk the recovery with more borrowing, and hit future generations with more debt.

Only the Conservatives have a strong and competent team with a proven record and a credible plan that’s turning our country around – and securing a better future.