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The Conservative Manifesto is a smokescreen

April 14, 2015 7:34 AM
Originally published by UK Liberal Democrats

The Conservatives may have published their manifesto, but that doesn't mean they've told people what they're planning to do.

In fact they've repeatedly refused to say where cuts will come from, including £12bn cuts to welfare, leaving many people uncertain about how badly they will be affected.

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All we know is their ideological obsession with cutting the size of the state will hit working families the hardest.

Only the Liberal Democrats have set out clearly how and when we will balance the books - Labour won't tell us when they will balance the books and today the Conservatives proved they won't tell us how.

Overall, the Liberal Democrats will borrow £70bn less than Labour and cut £50bn less than the Tories.

The Conservative flagship right to buy policy, is also full of flaws - it will lead to longer waiting lists for homes and fewer social houses, doing nothing to tackle the country's affordable housing needs and will only benefit the lucky few.

Independent estimates suggest this could cost at least £5.8 billion, nowhere near covered by forcing Councils to sell of yet more housing stock, as the Conservatives suggest. That means it will have to be paid for by even more cuts hitting the most vulnerable in society.