Government must stick to its course
THREE years in to its term of office, this Government has built up a record to be proud of. When this Government was formed in May 2010, Britain was in a real mess. We had a structural deficit which was out of control, an immigration system in crisis, and a welfare system which did not reward work. This all showed that Britain was in urgent need of change. Since then, the Government has worked to turn this around and make the UK a competitive force in the 21st century world.
Our country cannot continue to live beyond its means. Reducing the deficit is critical to Britain's long term economic success. Since 2010 it has been cut by a third. By controlling spending and reducing waste, the Government has protected the most vulnerable people in our society. For example, spending in the NHS has been protected in real terms, with hospital infections halved, and nearly 6,000 new doctors in the NHS.
Although we have a long way to go, Britain's economy is on the mend. This is shown by the 1.3 million new private sector jobs, 300,000 new small businesses and 1.4 million new apprenticeships that have been created since 2010. In the Forest of Dean, 3,000 more of my constituents are now in work. This Government has shown that it is committed to securing a recovery that works for people, by cutting income tax for 25 million taxpayers, and helping entrepreneurs start new businesses.
Right and fair
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The benefit cap and Universal Credit means that Britain will finally have a welfare system where it pays to be in work. People able to work and on benefits will not be able to claim more in benefits than the average working family earns. This is right and fair for everyone, both those claiming benefits and for taxpayers.
Finally, under this Government, reforms of the immigration system mean that net migration is down by a third. We are well on the way to achieving our promise to reduce net migration from the hundreds of thousands to the tens of thousands. This will allow Britain to remain open for business, attracting the best and the brightest, while making certain that only those who will make a real contribution to the success of our country will be allowed to come here.
There is still a long way to go, but after three years, this Government has put Britain on the right track and we need to stick to the course we have set.
Contact me: email@example.com, www.markharper.org or House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA.