could claim to 70 per cent, costing families up to £1,500 a year. (SpendingReview 2010, Table 3, p. 12)
3) No frontline cuts
They promised: David Cameron said in May 2010 that any Cabinet ministerwho proposed front line cuts would “be sent straight back to theirdepartment to go away and think again”.
"What I can tell you is any cabinet minister, if I win the election, who comes to me andsays: ‘Here are my plans’ and they involve frontline reductions, they’ll be sent straightback to their department to go away and think again."
David Cameron, The Andrew Marr Show, 2 May 2010
They broke their promise: The Coalition Government has already announcedfrontline cuts including cutting almost 7,000 nurses, axing 15,000 policeofficers by 2015, cutting 10,000 university places, cancelling the rollout of the Future Jobs Fund and scrapping school building schemes.
4) No VAT rise
They promised: During the General Election campaign, the Conservativesrepeatedly denied that they had plans to raise VAT.
“We have no plans to increase VAT.”
George Osborne, The Times, 10 April 2010
"Well what we can say is we have set out our plans and our plans involve cuttingwasteful spending and National Insurance rise, our plans don’t involve an increase inVAT."
David Cameron, Sky News, 1 April 2010
Before the General Election, the Liberal Democrats said that their plans didnot require a rise in VAT. Nick Clegg called VAT “a cop-out”.
"We will not have to raise VAT to deliver our promises. The Conservatives will. Let merepeat that: Our plans do not require a rise in VAT. The Tory plans do."
Nick Clegg, speech at launch of Liberal Democrat “Tory VAT Bombshell” poster,Glasgow, 8 April 2010
Jim Naughtie: You know plans are a start but you’re going to have to find those savagecuts in public spending that you’ve alluded to but not spelt out or you’regoing to have to have tax rises for example in VAT. Let’s start with VAT.Nick Clegg: I think that VAT is a cop-out.
BBC R4 Today, 7 April 2010
They broke their promise: The June Budget announced that VAT would riseto 20% from January 2011.
“The standard rate of Value Added Tax (VAT) will increase from 17.5 per cent to 20 percent from 4 January 2011.”
June Budget 2010, 1.44, p 18
5) Preserving tax credits for middle earners
They promised: The Conservatives promised before the election that nofamily with an income below £40,000 would lose tax credits.