Last year saw the launch of the million jobs campaign which will continue into 2014. Our ambition is to create a million additional jobs by 2015 on top of the million already delivered by the Lib Dems in government.
All Children should have a fair chance in life. Giving support to the poorest pupils helps to build the fairer society that Liberal Democrats want to create. We are supporting teachers by increasing the pupil premium for primary schools by £400 to £1,300 per pupil this year so they have the resources they need. This is bringing millions of pounds to primary schools in south Manchester. So I am proud that the Lib Dems in government have delivered another of their four top manifesto promises - the Pupil Premium.
It’s in the New Year that people feel the pinch the most and from April, 25 million people will be paying £700 per year less income tax than under the last Government. Those benefitting from that income tax cut are all low and middle earners.
It particularly helps our young people starting out in the world of work, and working families who may be feeling the pinch more than others. This marks the delivery of another of the four pledges made in the Lib Dem manifesto.
Three years on, it is easy to forget why the coalition was necessary. The Lib Dems went into government to put the county’s finances on track and the sacrifices people have made are now beginning to bear fruit. In the second half of last year, news on the economy got better and better.
Unemployment is now lower than under the previous government, with 460,000 new jobs created in 2013 alone. There is still more to be done, but it is encouraging that 95% of those new jobs are full-time.