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Labour's Parliamentary Achievements
published Thursday 5th of June 2008 at 5.15 pm
- Longest period of sustained low inflation since the 60s.
- Low mortgage rates.
- Employment is at its highest level ever.
- New Deal has helped over 1.8 million people into work.
- Introduced the National Minimum Wage and raised it to £5.52.
- More than doubled the number of apprenticeships.
- Cut long-term youth unemployment by 75 per cent.
- All full time workers now have a right to 24 days paid holiday.
- 1,700 more teachers and 5,700 more classroom assistants than in 1998.
- Record levels of literacy and numeracy in schools.
- Young people achieving some of the best ever results at 14, 16, and 18.
- In the last three years more than £630 million has been invested in 1,400 school building projects across Wales.
- Record number of students at University.
- Free entry to national museums and galleries.
- 8,000 more nurses working for the NHS in Wales.
- 500 more consultants working for the NHS in Wales.
- Investment in new NHS buildings and equipment is being trebled.
- NHS Direct offering free convenient patient advice.
- The majority of patients in Wales are now waiting less than three months for treatment; eight out of ten inpatients and nine out of ten outpatients, wait less than six months.
- Prescription charges have been abolished.
- Free breast cancer screening for all women aged between 50-70.
- Over 14,000 more police in England and Wales.
- Introduced Community Support Officers.
- Cut overall crime by 32 per cent.
- 600,000 children lifted out of relative poverty.
- Child benefit up 26 per cent since 1997.
- Introduced child tax credit giving more money to working parents.
- 2,200 Sure Start Children’s Centres.
- Free nursery places for every three and four-year-olds.
- Free breakfast scheme launched for primary schools
- Dads now get paternity leave of 2 weeks for the first time.
- Over 3 million child trust funds have been started.
- A million pensioners lifted out of poverty.
- £200 winter fuel payment to pensioners & up to £300 for over-80s.
- Free TV licences for over-75s.
- Additional investment of £76 million to reduce charges and improve home care services for older and disabled people.
- Free off peak local bus travel for over-60s.
- Free eye test for over 60s.
- The Communities First programme has helped regenerate the poorest 30 communities in Wales. Since 2001 more than £125 million has been provided in funding by the Assembly Government.
- Scrapped Section 28 and introduced Civil Partnerships.
- Introduced the Equality and Human Rights Commission.
- Overseas aid budget more than doubled.
- Written off up to 100 per cent of debt owed by poorest countries.
- Labour’s Gift aid was worth £828 million to charities last year.
- Banned fox hunting.
- Banned fur farming and the testing of cosmetics on animals.
- Cleanest rivers, beaches, drinking water and air since before the industrial revolution.
- On course to exceed our Kyoto target for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
- Devolved power to the Scottish Parliament.
- Devolved power to the Welsh Assembly.
- Restored devolved government to Northern Ireland.
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