Opportunity For All at the Heart of the Manifesto

The Liberal Democrat Manifesto was published on 15th April. It is a

detailed and credible plan to build both a Stronger Economy and a

Fairer Society. The key priorities are spelt out on the front page:

Prosperity for all: Balance the budget fairly and invest to build a

high-skill, low-carbon economy

Opportunity for every child: Guarantee education funding from

nursery to 19 and qualified teachers in every class.

Fair taxes: Cut your taxes by an additional £400 by raising the

Personal Allowance to £12,500.

Quality Healthcare for all: Invest £8bn more per year to improve

our NHS and guarantee equal care for mental health.

Our environment protected: Protect nature and fight climate change with five green laws.

11The key theme of the Manifesto is Opportunity For All. We will build a Stronger Economy and a Fairer Society so that everyone has the opportunity to prosper:

Opportunity for Children: with investment in education from nursery to 19 and qualified teachers in every classroom.

Opportunity for Young People: with more apprenticeships, discounted bus travel, a massive increase in house building and support to rent or own their own home through the innovative Help to Rent and Rent to Own schemes.

Opportunity for Parents: with more free childcare and more paternity leave for fathers.

Opportunity for Workers: with a further £400 tax cut for millions of working people.

Opportunity for Older People: with the pensions triple lock written into law and the extra £8bn a year the NHS needs by 2020 to cope with the pressures of an ageing population.

Opportunity for the Next Generation: with the budget balanced and our environment protected so that our children and grandchildren are not left to pay for the mistakes of this one.

Speaking at the launch, Liberal Democrat Leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said: 12

This manifesto is a blueprint for a stronger economy and a fairer society. This manifesto is a plan to finish the job of balancing the books, and to do so fairly by protecting our schools, hospitals and public services.

This manifesto is an insurance policy against a government lurching off to the extremes. At its heart is one word that is absolutely central to what Liberal Democrats believe: opportunity. No matter who you are, where you were born, what sexuality or religion you are or what colour your skin is, you should have the same opportunity to get on in life.”



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