At the Conservative Party Conference this week, we set out our priorities and some of our policies if we win the next General Election. I believe these represent exactly what we need here in Amber Valley to continue the progress we’ve made over the last four and a half years in sorting out the country’s economic mess and improving key public services. As the Prime Minister said: “A country where if you put in, you get out; a Britain everyone is proud to call home – and a long-term plan to get there.”
If you want to provide for yourself and your family, you’ll have the security of a job. Here in Amber Valley, unemployment has halved since the last election – but we should go further. The Chancellor is aiming for full employment over the course of the next Parliament and I want to see this happen. We will fund 3 million more apprenticeships and ensure that all young people will either be in work or in training not wasting their potential by starting their working life on benefits.
Income Tax cuts to make sure work pays
People who work hard and do the right thing should be rewarded so we will reduce Income Tax for 30 million people – with an increase in the Personal Allowance in Income Tax to £12,500. This means anyone working 30 hours a week on the minimum wage will pay no Income Tax.
We will also increase the starting point of the 40p tax band from £41,360 to £50,000 – once the deficit has been cleared. This will reverse the trend in recent years for dragging people into the higher tax bracket intended only for the highest earners.
Owning your own home
Owning property is an aspiration that so many of my constituents have been able to fulfil using Help to Buy and Right to Buy, and we should extend this to ensure younger people can get on the property ladder. So we’ll help with 100,000 new homes available to first-time buyers under 40 at a 20% discount.
We will again ensure NHS funding rises by at least inflation each year to 2020 building on the increases since 2010 which have seen 6500 more doctors and 3300 more nurses recruited. By 2020 we will also ensure patients have access to GPs 7 days a week.