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130109 - Broken Promises

130109 - Broken Promises

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Broken promises
1)Balancing the books in five years2)Most family friendly Government3)No frontline cuts4)No VAT rise5)Preserving tax credits for middle earners6)Keeping the Educational Maintenance Allowance7)Retaining the Child Trust Fund for the poorest families8)Keeping the Future Jobs Fund9)Keeping Child Benefit universal10)Removing the couple penalty in the tax and benefits system11)Removing high marginal tax rates12)No more top-down NHS reorganisations13)Cut NHS bureaucracy14)Stopping hospital closures15)Protecting the NHS budget16)3,000 more midwives17)Scrapping tuition fees18)Compensating Equitable Life policyholders19)Three more army battalions20)Stopping any cuts to the Royal Navy21)A ban on illegal timber22)No bank bonuses over £2,00023)Banning Hizb-ut Tahrir24)45,000 new single rooms in the NHS25)5,000 new prison places26)Reducing taxes on savings27)Protecting Sure Start28)Legislate on the 0.7 per cent target for international aid29)Cap rail fares at 1 per cent above inflation30)Greenest government ever31)Presumption of prison for those carrying a knife32)Making work pay33)The bank levy would raise £2.5 billion34)Legislate to give people the lowest energy bill tariffs35)No cuts to public spending in 201036)3,000 more police officers37)Cutting rail fares each year38)No new nuclear power stations39)A Post Office Bank40)Anonymity for rape defendants
 
Government broken promises
1) Balancing the books in five years
 They promised: David Cameron promised in 2010 that his Governmentwould balance the books in five years’ time.
“In five years’ time, we will have balanced the books.”
David Cameron, speech to CBI Annual Conference, 25 October 2010,http://www.number10.gov.uk/news/creating-a-new-economic-dynamism/ 
 They broke their promise: The Office for Budget Responsibility confirmed inDecember’s Autumn Statement that the Government will now only meet itstarget to balance the cyclically-adjusted current budget until 2017-18. Inaddition, the OBR has said the Government is now not on target to meet itscommitment to get debt falling as a proportion of GDP by 2015-16. 
“The Government’s ‘fiscal mandate’ requires it to balance the cyclically-adjustedcurrent budget (CACB) at the end of a rolling five-year period, now 2017-18. Our centralforecast shows the CACB in surplus by 0.9 per cent of GDP in 2017-18, implying that theGovernment is more likely than not to meet the mandate.”
Office for Budget Responsibility Economic and Fiscal Outlook, December 2012, p.6,http://cdn.budgetresponsibility.independent.gov.uk/December-2012-Economic-and-fiscal-outlook23423423.pdf 
“The Government now appears more likely than not to miss its ‘supplementary target’,which requires PSND to fall as a share of GDP between 2014-15 and 2015-16.”
Office for Budget Responsibility Economic and Fiscal Outlook, December 2012, p.6,http://cdn.budgetresponsibility.independent.gov.uk/December-2012-Economic-and-fiscal-outlook23423423.pdf 
2) “Most family friendly Government”
 They promised: In Opposition, David Cameron said he wanted hisGovernment to be the most family friendly ever.
“I want the next Government to be the most family friendly Government we’ve ever hadin this country and that is about everything we do to support families and it’s aboutsupporting every sort of family.”
 They broke that promise: The independent Institute for Fiscal Studies hasfound that, as a result of the tax and benefit reforms announced in theAutumn Statement, a one earner family with children will on average be£534 per year worse off by April 2015. (Institute for Fiscal Studies, 6December 2012,http://www.ifs.org.uk/conferences/PTAB_SA.pdf )
 The Government’s policies mean that families with children are paying morethan twice as much as the banks in reducing the deficit.
Since taking office the Government has actually cut the amount of supportparents can receive for childcare, making it harder for parents to go out towork. Until April 2011, parents could get help with up to 80 per cent of theirchildcare costs - subject to a maximum limit in the amount of childcarecosts they can claim each week. But the Government cut the amount they
 
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.

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