The Conservatives’ Help to Buy scheme is helping families across the country achieve their dream of owning their own home.
Here are 6 things you need to know about the scheme:
- It’s helped over 50,000 people buy a home of their own
- 82% of those helped have been first-time buyers
- 94% of sales have been outside London
- The average price of a house bought is about £187,000 – well below the national average
- It’s giving builders the confidence to build – and private sector house-building has increased by 34%
- It’s helped create jobs, with the number of workers being taken on in the housing sector increasing at the fastest rate in 17 years
Help to Buy is part of our long-term economic plan to give people more security and a better future – and it’s helped tens of thousands of families and first-time buyers get on the housing ladder and get on in life.
Small business are the lifeblood of the economy – and we’re on their side.
Figures this week show that 20,000 start-up loans, worth over £100m, have been awarded to help new businesses get off the ground.
Start-up loans are helping people build something of their own and create jobs for others. That means a more financially secure future for hardworking taxpayers and their families.
We’re also supporting businesses by:
- Cutting the jobs tax – saving businesses up to £2,000
- Doubling rate relief – so 360,000 small businesses pay no rates at all
- Scrapping red tape – saving businesses £1.5 billion and helping them grow
While Labour hit businesses with higher taxes and more regulations, our long-term economic plan is backing businesses – the key to creating jobs and building a healthier economy.
Only by continuing that plan will we secure a better future for Britain.
The UK’s economy has grown even faster than previously thought, according to the Office for National Statistics – more evidence that our long-term economic plan is working.
The ONS have revised the UK’s GDP figures up by 1% since 2010 – meaning that our economy has grown faster than Germany, France, and any other major economy outside of North America.
A growing economy means more jobs and greater security and peace of mind for hardworking British taxpayers.
We are building a stronger, healthier economy – the deficit has been cut by over a third, there are 400,000 more businesses and 1.8 million more people in work, with the security of a pay packet to provide for their families.
But the job is not yet done.
Under Labour, Britain went through the deepest recession since the War – and the risks to the recovery from Europe and elsewhere remain. That’s why we must continue to work through the long-term economic plan, which is the only way to secure a better and brighter future for people across the country.
Labour started by claiming their proposed tax on the family home would only hit properties worth £2 million.
- Labour MP David Lammy has said homes worth £1 million or less could be taxed
(Source: The Evening Standard, 03/09/14)
- A senior Labour figure said homes worth £400,000 in the North of England should be hit too
(Source: Claire Reynolds quoted in Sunday Express, 10/08/14)
- And Labour MP Tessa Jowell has admitted “people would have to move out of their family homes” because of the tax
(Source: The Guardian, 26/11/13)
If Labour get into government, who knows how many hardworking families will be hit by their planned tax on the family home?
Labour simply haven’t learnt their lesson: they taxed hardworking families to the brink last time they were in power – and now they want to do it all over again.
Labour made an incredible £21 billion of unfunded spending commitments over the summer, new analysis has revealed.
In a series of speeches, Labour Ministers made a host of promises - such as more spending on benefits - which would cost hardworking taxpayers £21 billion.
In return, they only set out £105 million worth of savings to pay for them.
Labour simply haven’t learnt their lesson.
After taking Britain’s economy to the brink and opposing every spending reduction we’ve made, they spent the summer racking up billions of pounds more in spending promises.
With eight months to go until the next election, it’s becoming increasingly clear that all Ed Miliband offers is the exactly what got Britain into a mess in the first place: more borrowing, higher taxes and more debt than our children could ever hope to repay.
We’re investing more in frontline NHS services.
Today we’re announcing an extra £160 million for the Cancer Drugs Fund – to give more patients access to the latest and best cancer drugs.
By taking the difficult decisions to cut inefficient spending elsewhere, we’re in a position to increase investment in the most important areas and give patients the care they need.
The Cancer Drugs Fund has already secured world-class and life-enhancing medication for over 55,000 patients – giving hope to them and their families.
Today’s news of more funding – which is only possible because of our long-term economic plan and careful management of the nation’s finances – will give that hope to many more.
Four years ago we inherited a welfare system from Labour that had totally failed.
Labour wrote benefit cheque after benefit cheque – with 1.4 million people spending almost a decade on out-of-work benefits.
That’s why fixing welfare is central to our long-term economic plan. We can’t keep spending money we don’t have on welfare hand-outs, burdening our children with more debt than they could ever hope to repay.
This isn’t just about making the numbers add up – it’s about doing what’s fair and right.
The welfare system must provide a safety net for those in need – but it must also always reward the willingness to work.
That’s why we’ve capped benefits, so no one can claim more than the average family earns by working.
But Labour still haven’t learned their lesson. Ed Miliband would scrap our benefit cap and replace it with a system that could, for example, mean handing up to £54,000 a year in benefits to people living in London.
That’s equivalent to a pre-tax wage of over £80,000 – a slap in the face for the hardworking taxpayers who would pay for it and yet more evidence that Labour still stand for benefits as a lifestyle choice.
For millions of people, an apprenticeship is the key to getting on in life.
It gives them the chance to learn skills, earn a salary and gain vital qualifications.
Since 2010, we’ve created 1.8 million apprenticeships. That means young people up and down the country are kick-starting their working lives and fulfilling their potential.
Today we’re launching a campaign to encourage even more young people to start an apprenticeship. There’s now a greater variety and quality of apprenticeships on offer, with new employer-designed apprenticeships in sectors such as engineering, hospitality and the legal profession.
By delivering the best skills, we’re helping young people get on in life and ensuring Britain succeeds in the global race.
Apprenticeships are a vital part of our long-term economic plan to secure a stronger, healthier economy – and a better future for Britain.
Families are at the heart of our long-term economic plan.
Supporting family life helps secure a better future for the next generation. That’s why we’re doing all we can to help families by:
1. Supporting parents
We’re nearly doubling the annual relationship support budget to £19.5m, helping more families stay together.
2. Helping troubled families
We’re extending our support programme for troubled families, helping with problems such as unemployment, debt and truancy. That will give many of our most vulnerable children a more stable and secure start in life.
3. Giving more children a family
The number of adoptions increased by a quarter last year, thanks to more financial support for councils and voluntary groups, and speeding up the adoption process. These improvements balance the need to find families for children with robust checks of adoptive parents.
We’re now going even further. From this year, all school children adopted from care will benefit from £1,900 of pupil premium money; and from next year, adoptive parents will receive more help with our new £19m Adoption Support Fund.
4. Putting families at the heart of our plan
Every single domestic policy that we propose will be examined for its impact on the family – and only approved if it passes the ‘family test’. That ensures the family is always at the heart of our long-term economic plan.
By supporting families in all that we do, we’re helping secure a stronger society today and a better future for Britain tomorrow.
Small businesses are the lifeblood of the economy – and we’re doing all we can to back them.
Under Labour, businesses were hit with higher taxes and more regulations. Labour didn’t understand that the key to growth and jobs is helping businesses, not punishing them.
With the Conservatives, there’s never been a better time to start a business – there are now 400,000 more businesses than there were in 2010.
More and more people are choosing to start a business from home. So today we’re helping Britain’s home businesses by:
- Making it easier to run a business from a rented home
- Ensuring that the majority of home businesses are exempt from business rates
These changes will help more businesses start up and keep the recovery going.
It’s the latest part of our long-term economic plan to secure a healthier economy and a better future for Britain. The drive, graft and courage of business owners are leading the recovery – and the Conservatives are on their side.