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The gap between the rhetoric and reality of this Tory Government has never been wider. As a Labour Party it is our duty to expose the weakness of the Tory record and the harsh reality of their policies. The task of rebuttal cannot lie solely with employed party staff and the Parliamentary Labour Party. The most far reaching asset our party has are our members, who total 400,000 right across the length and breadth of the country.

The task of rebutting national Tory and also local Tory failures, lies with you!
The facts, figures and resources in our blogs are designed to help you take on the Tories as quickly and effectively as possible, wherever you are.

If you need more information or have any questions you can get in touch by emailing sarah_coombes@labour.org.uk.


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 10 Years of Cameron

This week marks 10 years since David Cameron became leader of the Tory party. In those 10 years a lot has changed in our country, and in politics. Along the way Cameron has made many promises to the public, too many of which he's failed to deliver on.

We have to keep reminding Cameron and the public about those broken promises.

Here are 10 of the worst:

#1 - "Balancing the books by 2015"
The independent Office for Budget Responsibility said last month that the deficit is set to be more than £73bn this year.

#2 - "No top down reorganisation of the NHS"
Cameron has allowed Jeremy Hunt to run riot with our NHS despite opposition from health professionals, patients and the public. Junior Doctors were pushed to the brink of striking by botched contract negotiations.

#3 - "No increase in VAT"
In 2011 Cameron hiked VAT to 20% costing families with children £450 a year.

#4 - "No cuts to tax credits"
The Tories cut tax credits in the last Parliament and are now slashing universal credit to pay for their climb down on tax credit cuts in this Parliament.

#5 - "A new 'compassionate Conservatism'"
The bedroom tax and increased use of food banks isn't the sign of a compassionate party. Allegations about Road Trip 2015 and Mark Clarke's cartel of bullies and blackmailers isn't either. 

#6 - "Tackling relative child poverty"
Following the 2015 election the Tory government scrapped Labour's target for tackling relative child poverty and progress has stood still or reversed in many UK regions over the last 3 years.(See below for regional breakdown).

#7 - "Most family friendly government ever"
His flagship childcare policy has been massively delayed and there are hundreds fewer Sure Start Centres than when he took office.  

#8 - "Greenest government ever"
Since 2010 Cameron has cut support for solar panels on homes, scrapped the Green Deal, scrapped green building standards for new homes and cut support for industrial solar projects.

#9 - "Well paid jobs and good careers for our young people"
The Tories have saddled them with tripled university debts and those young people going straight into work are facing increasingly insecurity, entrenched low pay and a rise in zero-hours contracts.

#10 - "Dignity for people in their old age"
Cuts to social care are hitting the elderly hard while Government plans to introduce a cap on social care costs have been delayed until 2020.

 

Child Poverty Failure

Progress on relative child poverty has stood still or gone backwards in every nation of the UK as well as 6 of the 9 English regions.

Percentage of children living in relative child poverty after housing costs 10/11-12/13 11/12-13/14
Region/County (3 Year average)    
England 28 28
North East 28 26
North West 30 30
Yorkshire and the Humber 29 28
East Midlands 24 25
West Midlands 29 29
East of England 23 24
London 37 37
South East 22 23
South West 25 24
Wales 31 31
Scotland 21 21
Northern Ireland 24 25
     
All Children (Percent) 27 27
Source FRS    

A few weeks ago George Osborne published the Autumn Statement and Comprehensive Spending Review

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Key Messages

  • Labour's campaigning forced Osborne to back down on his tax credit cuts and promise to protect police budgets.

  • But this is a smoke and mirrors review that had all the bad news buried deep in the detail. Osborne's speech hid the huge cuts and fire sale of public assets to come.

  • While Osborne is pleased about the £27bn tax windfall he announced, he should be less pleased that average earnings and productivity have been revised down year on year.

This was an Autumn Statement and Spending Review based on Failure

  • George Osborne was supposed to have eradicated the deficit by now but borrowing is still set to be £73.5bn this year.

  • He has broken his self-imposed cap on welfare spending, despite saying last year it would be a “failure of public expenditure control” if he did.


Tax Credit Retrieval but Universal Credit suffers the Axe

Osborne may have climbed down on his cuts to tax credits but Universal Credit will pay the price for this over the next five years.

  • In the long run more than 2.6m families are set to lose on average £1,600 a year from cuts of over £3 billion to Universal Credit. (IFS)

  • A single parent with 1 child, working part-time on the National Living Wage would lose £2,800.

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