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Coalition renews its vows

06:30 07 January 2013

South West Norfolk MP Elizabeth Truss. Photo: Denise Bradley

South West Norfolk MP Elizabeth Truss. Photo: Denise Bradley

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The coalition is expected to chart its progress so far and its desired course over the next two years in a long-awaited ‘mid term review’ today.

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The document, once touted by some as a ‘coalition agreement mark two’ was expected in the autumn of 2012, but was delayed as Liberal Democrats and Conservatives determined priorities for the run up to the 2015 general election.

Minister and Lib Dem North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb said: “In broad terms, there will be a number of headline important reforms that the coalition will commit to do; but it won’t really be anything like a full coalition agreement mark two.

“Part of the review is saying ‘we entered into this agreement in 2010; what has been achieved up to this point and what is there that still remains outstanding?’

“It will then look at what we really need to focus our efforts on to see that the commitments that we laid out in 2010 are delivered.”

Among measures expected in the document are a pledge to legislate for a new system of elderly care in the UK.

The Dilnot Commission recommended that anyone with assets exceeding £100,000 should meet the first £35,000 cost of their own care, after which the state would pick up the estimated £1.7bn bill.

So far ministers have failed to come to an agreement on whether the recommendations should be implemented or not.

Meanwhile the mid term review may also include a commitment to tackle the high costs of childcare, with more solid proposals to follow soon after.

The document is also expected to set out a string of infrastructure proposals, in particular focusing on highways.

South West Norfolk MP Liz Truss said: “I hope that the review will give out a strong sense of what we have achieved so far in terms of education and welfare reform.

“I also want to see further plans to help the economy, especially improving transport infrastructure.”

The document may also tee-up the prime minister to set out the government’s position on Europe, something he is due to do in a speech later this month.

The UK’s future relationship with the EU has been a key point of contention between eurosceptic Conservatives and pro-EU Lib Dems.

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4 comments

  • Their tax cuts for 8000 millionaires shows the priorities of this government.

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    JO

    Monday, January 7, 2013

  • Before people contemplate a choice away from coalition politics, expecting different from any party politician is futile, they are one big political party of the vested interests now, with smaller parties standing on either the environment or to 'get out of Europe' the panacea to all ills. Voters are not allowed their choice of voting systems, taxes and inflation are rising and wars are perpetuated to suit the arms industry. Time to recognise voters mandate and get back to truly Independent voices, it means so much more than just being a default position for those who do not agree with their party's policies.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Monday, January 7, 2013

  • Roll on 2015 and lets get rid of this shower.

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    John L Norton

    Monday, January 7, 2013

  • Let's look back at the achievements of the last 2.5 years..... At least there are some people still under DaveCam's spell. See leter in EDP today. Didn't know the transmitter caused brain damage.

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    Police Commissioner ???

    Tuesday, January 8, 2013

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