The Prime Minister's New Year speech
Today the Prime Minister is announcing five promises:
- Halve inflation this year, to ease the cost of living and give people financial security
- Grow the economy, creating better-paid jobs and opportunity across the country
- Getting our national debt down, so that we can secure the future of public services
- Cutting NHS waiting lists, so people can get the care they need more quickly
- Legislating to stop the boats, making sure if you come here illegally, you are detained and swiftly removed
- Halving inflation. We will halve inflation this year to ease the cost of living and give people the financial security they deserve. Inflation has fallen, but it is still too high. To reduce it, we will continue to work closely with the Bank of England, help people with energy costs and encourage people back to work.
- Growing the economy. We will return to economic growth by the end of the year, creating better-paid jobs and opportunity across the country. Although we face economic challenges the fundamentals of our economy are strong, and the government is continuing to invest in innovation, skills and infrastructure.
- Getting debt down. We will make sure our national debt is falling so that we can secure the future of public services. Without sustainable public finances we will not deliver sustainable economic growth – that is why we will maintain our fiscal rules, so debt falls as a share of the economy in five years’ time.
- Cutting NHS waiting lists. The pandemic put huge pressure on the NHS, leading to 100,000s patients waiting too long for treatment. We’re on track to eliminate waits of more than 18 months by April – we will build on this and reduce NHS waiting lists by March 2024, so people can get the care they need more quickly.
- Stopping the boats. We will pass legislation so that if you come here illegally, you are detained and removed. This builds on the five-point plan to tackle illegal immigration that the Prime Minister announced in December.
- Building a more innovative economy. By investing in science and technology, seizing Brexit opportunities and backing business, we can deliver a growing economy with better-paid jobs. If you work hard you should be rewarded – so we’ll reduce taxes as soon as possible and help those out of work into jobs.
- Strengthening our communities. We’ll deliver on levelling up, building on the £11 billion we have committed to create jobs, upgrade infrastructure, and restore local assets. We’ll cut crime further, crack down on anti-social behaviour and beat addiction by putting 20,000 more police on the street and ensure they have the powers they need.
- Raising education standards. Improving education is the closest thing there is to a silver bullet: every child should have access to the best education. Currently just half of 16-19-year-olds study maths. We are making numeracy a central objective, so we will work with the sector to move towards all children studying some form of maths to 18.
- Building a healthcare system around patients. We want an NHS where patients are in control, with as much choice as possible. That means giving patients access to more information and data, using more independent capacity and no longer accepting variation in performance. Healthcare professionals will need to change how they work, so they are looking at that as they develop their workforce strategy.
- Putting families at the heart of social care. This government is on the side of families – and we need to do more to help parents. So we’ll roll out Family Hubs to offer parents the support they need to raise a child.