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Ensure that work will always pay

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We will ensure that work will always pay.

Conservative Party Manifesto 2019, p.59

Our verdict

  • This promise is to make sure welfare benefits received do not outweigh the income benefits of paid employment.
  • Since the election, the National Living Wage (NLW) has risen, and in their first Budget the government announced an increase in the National Insurance Contributions threshold (“saving the typical employee around £104”) along with a new higher target for the NLW by 2024, extended to everyone over 21.
  • The effect on making sure that “work will always pay” may be considered small, but these measures show that this policy is ‘in progress’.

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