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  • Conservative Policies : Conservative Local Government Policy
    social behaviour vandalism and graffiti that ruin people s quality of life And at a time when people are being hit by the economic downturn they offer better value for money We believe strongly in local democracy Too many decisions which affect local communities are currently taken by officials in Whitehall A Conservative Government will change that by Giving more powers and freedoms to local councils and making town halls more accountable to local people Abolishing Labour s quango state for example by scrapping the unelected regional assemblies Giving councils greater control over the spending of money that they receive from Whitehall Allowing local residents to veto high council tax rises in order to keep council tax down Our aim is to empower and embolden people to take action themselves whether as individuals or as members of independent organisations voluntary groups and social enterprises Conservative Party Local Government Policy http www conservatives com Policy Where we stand Local Government aspx I would be interested to hear both positive and negative views on Conservative s Local Government policies in the comments below Leave a reply to Conservative Policies Conservative Local Government Policy Name required Mail not published required Comment Title Don t subscribe All Replies to my comments Notify me of followup comments via e mail You can also subscribe without commenting Popular Why I ll Never Vote Conservative at a General Election To traditional Labour voters and those that care about workers Election 2010 Conservative Petitions and Banning Fox Hunting I m listening to David Cameron on BBC3 Dermot Meets David Reasons to Vote Conservative 2010 General Election Conservative Policies Conservative Economy Policy Tory MP Philip Hollobone May Face Criminal Prosecution Over De Veiling Request Conservative Policies Conservative Immigration Policy Conservative Policies Conservative Europe Policy Conservative Policies Conservative Crime and

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  • Conservative Policies : Conservative National Security Policy
    that cut across many policy areas not only foreign affairs defence and internal security but energy education community cohesion health technology and the environment So government must adapt Foreign and domestic policy cannot be treated separately in policy and budgetary terms We will introduce a proper National Security Council a single National Security Budget and a Cabinet level Security Minister to ensure a joined up approach And government must have the right policies to help reduce our vulnerability We need effective border security A Conservative Government will introduce a unified border police force While intelligence police and military tools will remain vital we must also defend and make the argument for our shared liberal values That s why unlike Labour we will tackle the extremism that fuels terrorist attacks not just violent extremism And it s why we will prioritise long term political and social reform overseas We need to protect and increase the capacity of our critical infrastructure so that we are able to withstand and respond to disruption Our approach will be outlined in detail in our National Security Green Paper which will be published in the coming months Conservative Party National Security Policy http www conservatives com Policy Where we stand National Security aspx I would be interested to hear both positive and negative views on Conservative s National Security policies in the comments below Leave a reply to Conservative Policies Conservative National Security Policy Name required Mail not published required Comment Title Don t subscribe All Replies to my comments Notify me of followup comments via e mail You can also subscribe without commenting Popular Why I ll Never Vote Conservative at a General Election To traditional Labour voters and those that care about workers Election 2010 Conservative Petitions and Banning Fox Hunting I m listening

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  • Conservative Policies : Conservative New Businesses National Insurance Contributions Policy
    Government will pay no Employer National Insurance on the first ten employees it hires during its first year The tax break will encourage new entrepreneurs and is predicted to generate around 60 000 additional jobs over two years Clear and simple rules will ensure that the jobs created are genuinely new George said that as well as well as helping more unemployed people more quickly with our Work Programme we also need businesses to create new jobs for them and added This is just another example of the Conservatives being the party of jobs at a time when Labour are the party of mass unemployment I would be interested to hear both positive and negative views on Conservative s New Businesses National Insurance Contributions policies in the comments below 1 responses to Conservative Policies Conservative New Businesses National Insurance Contributions Policy Sam Taylor Comment on Conservative Policies Conservative New Businesses National Insurance Contributions Policy i think you should make a suggestion open to make the voting age at 16 young people have the right to vote do they not have a say in who gets voted Reply to Comment Leave a reply to Conservative Policies Conservative New Businesses National Insurance Contributions Policy Name required Mail not published required Comment Title Don t subscribe All Replies to my comments Notify me of followup comments via e mail You can also subscribe without commenting Popular Why I ll Never Vote Conservative at a General Election To traditional Labour voters and those that care about workers Election 2010 Conservative Petitions and Banning Fox Hunting I m listening to David Cameron on BBC3 Dermot Meets David Reasons to Vote Conservative 2010 General Election Conservative Policies Conservative Economy Policy Tory MP Philip Hollobone May Face Criminal Prosecution Over De Veiling Request Conservative Policies Conservative Immigration

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  • Conservative Policies : Conservative Nurturing Responsibility Policy
    be on outcomes in order to make the NHS more accountable to patients and restore professional discretion over how to treat patients Our strategy for driving up standards involves Phasing out Labour s process driven targets A national focus on the health outcomes we want the NHS to deliver Collecting information about the results of people s treatment in the NHS Publishing those results so we can see where we are making progress and where we lag behind other countries Developing outcome measures which patients with chronic conditions themselves provide Giving patients a choice of provider so they can use published outcome information to get the care they want Introducing payment by results within the system CONTROL SHIFT RETURNING POWER TO LOCAL COMMUNITIES Decentralisation devolution and empowerment are part of the Conservative approach to government and we have set out a series of policies that will transfer powers from the central state to local people and local institutions Abolishing all regional planning and housing powers exercised by regional government returning powers and discretion back to local communities Creating bottom up incentives for house building by allowing councils to benefit more from the increase in council tax revenues from new homes rather than being equalised away by Whitehall Allowing councils to establish their own local enterprise partnerships to take over the economic development functions and funding of the Regional Development Agencies Giving local authorities a new discretionary power to levy business rate discounts allowing them to help local shops and services such as rural pubs or post offices Provide citizens in all large cities with the opportunity to choose whether to have an elected mayor through mayoral referendums Greater use of direct democracy including allowing residents to veto high council tax rises and instigating local referendums on local issues Requiring councils to publish detailed information online on expenditure by local councils including the pay and perks of senior staff and issuing new guidance to stop rewards for failure to sacked town hall staff STRONG FOUNDATIONS BUILDING HOMES AND COMMUNITIES We will radically overhaul housing policy in order to promote social opportunity and neighbourhood pride Our innovative measures will give England s four million social tenants the chance of genuine social mobility restore pride to rundown housing estates by encouraging social responsibility and ensure that local homes are built for local people with the community not Whitehall bureaucrats having the final say on the homes they want Our proposals include Rewards for good behaviour tenants with a record of five years good tenant behaviour will be offered a 10 equity share in their social rented property giving them a direct financial stake in the state of their neighbourhood A Right to Move a comprehensive national mobility scheme that will allow good tenants to move to other social sector properties Supporting the low cost housing sector measures will include strengthening shared ownership schemes so that those on intermediate incomes can part own their home Local Housing Trusts villages and towns will be able

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  • Conservative Policies : Conservative Protecting Security Policy
    of prisoners re offend within two years of release The measures laid out in our policy paper Prisons with a purpose will restore confidence in the criminal justice system re design prisons for the 21st century and launch a sentencing and rehabilitation revolution We will introduce honesty in sentencing so courts set a minimum and a maximum period of incarceration We will replace automatic release with earned release We will make community sentences tough and effective and withdraw benefits for those who don t attend We will enforce Drug Rehabilitation Requirements Offenders will compensate victims through a Victims Fund Those serving custodial sentences will pay into the Fund through work in prison Prison and Rehabilitation Trusts and private sector prisons will be paid by results with a premium awarded if the offender is not reconvicted within two years We will accelerate the deportation of foreign national prisoners We will increase prison capacity by more than 5 000 places over and above Labour s plans to end overcrowding by 2016 THE LOW CARBON ECONOMY SECURITY STABILITY AND GREEN GROWTH We urgently need to move to a low carbon economy in order to guarantee our energy security protect the environment for future generations and strengthen our economy by creating hundreds of thousands of jobs The policies set out in our policy paper include An electricity internet we will add computing intelligence to electricity networks by introducing a smart grid and the use of smart meters in homes This will allow demand and supply to be intelligently managed and pave the way for large scale use of renewable energy sources A system of feed in tariffs we will create a decentralised energy revolution by paying people who produce energy from renewable resources A new national recharging network this will enable Britain to lead

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  • Conservative Policies : Conservative Schools Policy
    home educated our eldest son from birth to 16 currently 18 years old at University studying computer sciences Second eldest son currently at school started age 15 and we consider what he d achieved before going to school as a failure on our part And our youngest son 13 still home educated and doing very well should do at least as well as his eldest brother A two out of three success rate based on the level of education WE expect our children to achieve as home educated children isn t too bad we had one difficult child when it came to education Our second eldest son who isn t very interested in education hence school at 15 is at a local comprehensive school not a very good one and the way they have talked about him you d think he was a bloody genius They are teaching kids at GCSE level things I was learning at 12 years old in a normal comprehensive school and remember I failed at school pre 16 years old The education system is not even close to what I d consider fit for purpose Watched a recent program on mathematics in schools Channel 4 I think and was shocked that 10 year old kids couldn t add 1 2 1 4 Even a poorly educated child should know that s 3 4s even without understanding the maths involved If you have kids ask them the above question and please post the results and your kids age What was worse the teachers were given the same test and they were generally not fit to teach maths to anyone What chance do children have in school if the teachers don t understand basic maths The 1 2 1 4 question stumped many teachers I could not agree more with you on the point new concepts need to be practiced As home educators we ve struggled for years trying to find educational resources that provide lots of practice questions You d think maths would be the easiest one to find such material but the vast majority of school type books are no more than revision aids with a few example questions For the brain to learn new things the pathways in the brain need to be reinforced with lots of practice The old saying practice makes perfect is true You can teach a child a new maths concept every day but if they don t practice the concepts there s no reinforcement of those new pathways and the learnt concept can be easily lost I was good at maths at school up until things went wrong I was 14 when things went wrong Third year exams I had the highest maths exam results in the school 2 years later at another school after missing over a year and spending 2 months in a young offenders institute I only managed a CSE grade 2 in Maths barely went to school after 14 Interestingly at 15 in a detention

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  • Conservative Policies : Conservative Transport Policy
    by a different operator We will also provide a high speed rail alternative to thousands of short haul flights at Heathrow freeing up landing slots at the airport and helping to deal with overcrowding problems IMPROVING BRITAIN S RAILWAYS To tackle overcrowding improve services and ensure the rail industry puts passengers first we will reform Network Rail to make it accountable to passengers and transform the Rail Regulator into a powerful passenger champion with authority to block the bonuses of Network Rail senior executives Find out more about our plans by downloading Getting the best for passengers CUTTING CONGESTION We will focus on tackling the worst bottlenecks on Britain s roads In some cases this will mean making better use of the capacity we have in others it will mean building new roads Providing an improved public transport system will also be an important element of our strategy to tackle congestion We will put in place measures to deliver a national recharging network to boost greener driving choices and the switch to electric and plug in hybrid vehicles And we will ensure that overseas trucks who use our roads contribute towards the cost of their maintenance tackling a long standing competitive disadvantage for domestic haulage companies MAKING LOCAL TRANSPORT GREENER We will scrap Labour s attempts to bully local councils into introducing local road pricing in return for vital transport funding We will liberate this money turning it into a Transport Carbon Reduction Fund allowing local councils and voluntary groups to apply for funding for the green travel initiatives that will work best for their communities including projects to encourage cycling and improve real time information and priority measures for bus services Conservative Party Transport Policy http www conservatives com Policy Where we stand Transport aspx I would be interested

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  • Conservative Policies : Conservative Voluntary Sector Policy
    our society with a series of measures including Reforming the Gift Aid system of tax relief on charitable donations to encourage more people to give to charity Ending the hi jacking of lottery funds for Ministers pet projects by replacing the Big Lottery Fund with an independent Voluntary Action Lottery Fund which would spend all its income on worthy causes Enabling charities and voluntary organisations to make a fair return on money they spend on providing public services just as private businesses already do Creating a single simple website to advertise Government grant schemes helping smaller charities to win a fair share of Government funding Encouraging regular volunteering by giving central Government employees an annual volunteering leave entitlement Reforming the criminal records checks system which is currently slow bureaucratic and puts people off volunteering Creating Social Enterprise Zones areas where relaxed tax and benefit rules would help social entrepreneurs and the voluntary sector deal with problems such as drug abuse Creating a new Office of Civil Society and Civil Society Select Committee to fight for the interests of the voluntary sector in Government and Parliament Conservative Party Voluntary Sector Policy http www conservatives com Policy Where we stand Voluntary Sector aspx I would be interested to hear both positive and negative views on Conservative s Voluntary Sector policies in the comments below Leave a reply to Conservative Policies Conservative Voluntary Sector Policy Name required Mail not published required Comment Title Don t subscribe All Replies to my comments Notify me of followup comments via e mail You can also subscribe without commenting Popular Why I ll Never Vote Conservative at a General Election To traditional Labour voters and those that care about workers Election 2010 Conservative Petitions and Banning Fox Hunting I m listening to David Cameron on BBC3 Dermot

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