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It may all be a pack of lies, but here are some of the Lib Dem positions on social issues:

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Under this Government millions of people on low incomes are forced to pay hundreds of pounds in income tax every year, keeping pensioners on the breadline and meaning that for many people in low paid jobs work simply doesn't pay. Even a person working full-time earning minimum wage has nearly £1000 taken in income tax. At the same time we have a tax system that lets big business and the very rich treat tax as if it is optional.


We propose to raise the threshold at which people start paying income tax from current levels to £10,000, cutting the average working age person's income tax bill by £700 and cutting pensioner's income tax bills by £100. These plans will mean that almost 4 million people on low incomes will no longer have to pay any income tax at all.

Thousands of people are losing their jobs every day as the recession takes hold. People losing their jobs are worried about how they will pay their bills and mortgages and how long it will take them to get another job. They are shocked and frustrated when they walk into a Jobcentre to find that they will have to wait 12 months for the chance to get extra training or professional support to find a job.


Young people have been hit hard by this recession and they need encouragement, support and practical help to improve their skills and enhance their work readiness. We need to keep young people within reach of the job market and we will do this by paying any young person completing an internship or work experience £55 a week for three months. At present only young people from better-off families can afford to build up their work experience; our proposals will mean up to 800,000 young people from all backgrounds will be able to take these opportunities.


Too many children are still leaving school without the knowledge and skills to be successful. Finding a good school is a struggle, lessons don't always stretch the brightest or support those who need more help, and classes are often too big for teachers to control.


For those youngsters leaving school, university is getting more and more expensive. To get a degree, young people are saddled with thousands of pounds of debt when it is tough enough to get a job, get on the housing ladder and make ends meet.

Liberal Democrats are the only party which believes university education should be free and everyone who has the ability should be able to go to university and not be put off by the cost.

The brainless should not be in banking -- Willem Buiter
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Apr 29th, 2010 at 04:26:29 AM EST
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