Delivering on the people's prorities

 People want and expect their government to deliver on the things which matter to them. That is why the Conservatives are working to halve inflation, grow the economy, reduce debt, cut waiting lists and stop the boats. 

  • We are taking a responsible approach with the public finances and breaking down barriers to work to halve inflation, securing more investment in our economy, 
  • We are treating more patients , delivering a brand - new NHS workforce plan
  • We have passed new laws to stop the boats. 
By delivering on our five priorities we are building the foundations for a more prosperous United Kingdom and a better future for our children and grandchildren. 

Halving inflation:
  • Inflation is falling, reducing the insidious erosion of everyone's savings and everyone's living standards which price rises represent.
  • The rate of UK inflation has fallen from 10.1 per cent at the beginning of the year to 6.8 per cent in July. The Bank of England expect inflation to fall to five per cent by the end of the year. 
  • We will continue to support the Bank of England, help more people into work and take a responsible approach with the public finances.

Growing the economy: 

  • Since 2010, the UK has grown faster than Italy, France, Japan and Germany, and our current growth forecast has been upgraded to grow at the same rate as the USA. 
  • Since 2010, the UK has seen the third highest rate of growth in the G7 and we have had the fastest growth in the G7 over 2021 and 2022. 
  • The latest IMF forecast upgraded the UK’s growth by 0.7 per cent for 2023, in contrast to countries like Germany , which have fallen into recession.

Reducing debt:
  • The Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) confirmed that debt will be falling as a percentage of GDP by the fifth year of the forecast. 
  • We have set out new fiscal rules to ensure there is more money for public services. 
  • The first is that underlying debt must fall as a percentage of GDP by the fifth year of a rolling five - year period – the OBR confirmed we will meet this rule.

Cutting waiting lists:
  • We have made progress in reducing long waits, treating more patients, and ensuring NHS activity is higher than it was before the pandemic. 
  • The number of patients waiting more than 18 months has reduced by over 90 per cent since the September 2021 peak and two - year waits for treatment have been virtually eliminated. 
  • In April 2023, the NHS treated nearly 40,000 ( three per cent) more patients than in April 2022 
  • Also in April 2023, monthly per working day activity was above pre - pandemic levels, at 104.7 per cent compared to April 2019.

Stopping the boats: 

  • The criminal gangs who organise the boats are putting people's lives at risk and defying the law. They are not trying to help the people they put on these boats to flee from oppression: they are conning them into travelling via dangerous routes from one safe country to another one, and if they get here many of them are likely to be used as modern slaves.
  • We must break their business model by working with other countries to crack down on these criminals.
  • We have enshrined our Illegal Migration Act into law, to try to deter potential migrants from using illegal routes, warning that those who come here illegally will be detained and removed with no route back to the UK. The Illegal Immigration Act has gained Royal Assent which puts this on the statute book.
  • Small boat crossings are a complex problem which cannot be solved overnight, but the number of crossings is down compared to the same period last year which shows our plans are starting to deliver.


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