Tory conference at a glance

7 October 2009

From raising the pension age to freezing public sector pay, find out what proposals the Conservative Party is outlining at its annual conference.


•    David Cameron’s speech called for a “big, bold” shake-up of the welfare system. He also promised action from his party to get unemployed Brits back into work, including cutting benefits and medical tests for people claiming incapacity benefit.

•    The Conservatives pledged to create 10,000 additional university places if elected to power. These would be funded by giving a 10% discount on student loans to students who repay early.

•    Ahead of the conference, the Conservative Party unveiled plans to protect older people against having to sell their homes to fund long-term care.


•    The Conservative housing minister, Grant Shapps, reiterated that home information packs would be scrapped under a Tory government. He also outlined plans to build more new houses. 

•    George Osborne outlined plans to raise the state pension age to 66 within the next seven years. He said this would help pay to restore the link between earnings and pensions.

•    The shadow chancellor also promised to freeze public sector workers’ pay, apart from people earning less than £18,000 a year and those serving on the military frontline.

•    Osborne also pledged his party would tax bank bonuses and crackdown on Whitehall salaries.

•    However, he ruled out backtracking on the current government’s plans to introduce a 50% tax for people earning more than £150,000.

•    Osborne also said that families earning more than £50,000 a year would no longer be entitled to receive tax credits while child trust funds will be restricted to the poorest third in society. On the other hand, he said his party would preserve child benefits, the winter fuel allowance and free TV licences for pensioners.

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