As Britain’s coalition government reaches its halfway point, both the Prime Minister and his deputy claim it is “steadfast and united”.
The BBC reports that the pair will today make pledges on a series of initiatives, including childcare, care for the elderly and infrastructure.
The initiatives are part of what the coalition leaders – PM David Cameron and Deputy PM Nick Clegg – are calling a mid-term review, which has been criticised by opposition Labour as just “another relaunch”.
In a foreword to the review, the two men say: “We are dealing with the deficit, rebuilding the economy, reforming welfare and education and supporting hard-working families through tough times. And on all of these key aims, our parties, after 32 months of coalition, remain steadfast and united.”
The statement continues: “Of course there have been some issues on which we have not seen eye to eye, and no doubt there will be more. That is the nature of coalition.
“But on the things that matter most – the big structural reforms needed to secure our country’s long-term future – our resolve and sense of shared purpose have, if anything, grown over time.
“We will support working families with their childcare costs. We will build more houses and make the dream of home ownership a reality for more people.”
Tory Cameron and Liberal Democrat Clegg say they’re setting out plans for long-term investment in the country’s transport infrastructure, as well as initiatives to help older people
“We will set out two big reforms to provide dignity in old age: an improved state pension that rewards saving, and more help with the costs of long-term care.
“And as we take these steps to reshape the British state for the 21st century, we will take further steps to limit its scope and extend our freedoms. We will be making announcements about each of these policy initiatives in due course.
“Our mission is clear: to get Britain living within its means and earning its way in the world once again.”
Changes to child benefit – which has hitherto been available to anyone with children, regardless of income – come into force in the UK today.
If one parent earns between £50,000 and £60,000 a year, the family will lose part of their benefit; if the parent earns more than £60,000, it will be withdrawn completely.
Cameron has described the move as “fundamentally fair”.
Meanwhile, Clegg is to take questions in a radio phone-in every Thursday morning. He’ll be hot-seated on Nick Ferrari’s show on London’s LBC.
Clegg said: “You can’t do the right thing in government unless you keep in touch with how people are thinking and feeling.”