People and Promises: Liberal Democrats

Party: Lib Dems

Person: Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg

Proverb: The Liberal Democrats are working to build a stronger economy and a fairer society.

Colour: Gold and white


Tax the rich, help the poor

If elected the Lib Dems promise new rules to take from the rich and rid the country of the budget deficit by April 2018. They’ll also tax banks an extra 8%, which will raise $1 billion a year. Meanwhile, they’ll raise the personal allowance — the point at which you start paying income tax — to £11,000 in April 2016 and then to £12,500 by 2020.

A healthier economy, a healthier you

Nick Clegg plans on raising $1 billion more for the NHS per year, with 50% of that going to mental health. Waiting time for those who need therapy will be reduced to 18 weeks. Young patients with psychosis will be guaranteed treatment within two weeks of referral.

English for immigrants

New people seeking Jobseekers Allowance will be tested on their English language skills. Those who test “poor” will have to go on a course. Lib Dems will also reintroduce exit checks at borders so the government can monitor anyone overstaying their visa.

No more nukes

They want to reduce the number of Trident nuclear submarines. Also, they’ll push for greater European Union efficiency.

More money for apprenticeships

Lib Dems promise an extra £1 an hour for the lowest paid apprentices. They also want to create a million more jobs.

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