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  • Article: Mar 20, 2014

    The Budget has confirmed victory for the Liberal Democrats in our campaign to deliver an £800 tax cut for people on low and middle incomes.

    Cutting income tax by £700 - by raising the tax-free allowance to £10,000 - was the top priority on the front page of the Liberal Democrat manifesto. That comes into effect next month and the Budget today has confirmed that the Liberal Democrats have now been able to go even further. The tax-free threshold will rise to £10,500 next year, giving a tax cut of £800 for 25m working people since 2010.

  • Nick Clegg and school dinners (Dave Radcliffe)
    Article: Sep 18, 2013

    Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg used his speech to Liberal Democrat conference to announce that all pupils at infant schools in England are to get free school lunches from September 2014, with equivalent funding for Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

    In addition, disadvantaged students at sixth form colleges and further education colleges in England will also be eligible for free school meals also from next September. Money is also being provided for Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, but as education is a devolved issue, it will be up to those running schools there to decide whether to spend the money on free lunches.

  • Article: Mar 21, 2013

    The Budget announced that the Income Tax Personal Allowance will be raised to £10,000 in April 2014 - one year sooner than had been expected. This means 48,700 ordinary working people in Exeter will get a further Income Tax cut, bringing the total tax cut to £700 a year since Liberal Democrats joined the Coalition Government.

  • Article: Mar 19, 2013

    Families in Exeter are to get greater financial support for childcare thanks to a major new initiative.

    Liberal Democrat analysis shows that the £1bn boost to help parents with childcare costs could benefit around 4,019 families in Exeter.

    The Coalition Government's scheme will save the typical working family with two children up to £2,400 a year.

  • Article: Mar 14, 2013

    Following pressure from the Liberal Democrats, the Coalition Government has clarified that Armed Forces families and foster carers will be protected from changes to Housing Benefit. This follows yesterday's announcement that families with severely disabled children will also be exempt.

    Commenting, Co-chair of the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Party Committee on Work and Pensions, Greg Mulholland said:

  • Nick Clegg (Photo by Dave Radcliffe for the Liberal Democrats)
    Article: Mar 10, 2013

    Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has closed the Liberal Democrat Spring Conference in Brighton by calling on members to spread the message of the Party's commitment in Government to deliver a stronger economy and a fairer society.

    In his keynote Leader's speech, Nick paid tribute to the work of the Party in winning the Eastleigh by-election, beating the Conservatives into third place and squeezing Labour while campaigning on the Lib Dem record of delivering in Government.

  • Article: Mar 9, 2013

    Liberal Democrat Spring Conference passed Every Child Taught by an Excellent Teacher, which reaffirms the Liberal Democrat commitment to excellence in teaching.

    The motion calls for:

    • All teachers, including those in academies and free schools, to have appropriate qualifications
    • More freedom and autonomy for teachers backed up by strong accountability
    • Clear guidance for schools on performance management
  • danny alexander
    Article: Feb 14, 2013


    Commenting on Ed Miliband's speech on the economy, Liberal Democrat Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander said:

    "The two Eds are rather late to the party, wanting to cut taxes for those on low and middle incomes.

    "After 13 years in Government, the only action Ed Balls took was to raise the amount of tax those on low incomes paid by abolishing the 10p rate. It was the biggest tax mistake they ever made and it has taken them until now to realise their error.

    "The best way to cut taxes for those on low incomes is take them out of tax altogether. That is why Liberal Democrats in Government are raising the Personal Allowance. From April, nearly 25m people will get a further Income Tax cut so they will be £600 a year better off than under Labour.

    "Labour had 13 years in Government to make property taxes fairer by introducing the Liberal Democrat policy of a Mansion Tax. With the Liberal Democrats in Government the wealthy are paying more in each year of this Parliament compared to any under Labour."

  • Article: Feb 4, 2013

    £89,000 will help Year 7 pupils who didn't reach the expected level in literacy and maths when they finished primary school in Exeter catch up with their classmates who did.

    Schools will receive £500 per pupil who didn't reach the expected level to help them through catch-up classes and individual tuition.

  • Article: Jan 31, 2013

    Liberal Democrats have secured improvements to the way disabled people will be assessed for the new Personal Independence Payment (PIP) announced today by the Coalition Government.

    The move follows concerns that some people, who can only walk short distances, would have failed to qualify for the higher rate PIP which is due to be introduced in April.

    But following concerns raised by Liberal Democrat MP Stephen Lloyd and Baroness Celia Thomas the Coalition Government has now amended the definition to include people who can only walk short distances, infrequently and in great pain.

    This effectively means people who were anxious about losing their Motability vehicles in the future can now rest easy.

    Commenting, Co-chair of the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Party Committee on Work and Pension, Greg Mulholland said:

    "These changes, fought for by Liberal Democrats in Parliament, will bring clarity and peace of mind to thousands of disabled people and deliver the right support for people who need it most.

    "This adds to other Liberal Democrat victories on PIP, including our call to ensure the Motability component remains for those living in residential care, which was accepted by the Government.

    "Liberal Democrats in the Coalition Government are delivering a fairer society to ensure those with disabilities are protected and receive the support they need."