The Coalition review: What they claimed and our verdict

 

Coalition Agreement, 2010: "Deficit reduction, and continuing to ensure economic recovery, is the most urgent issue facing Britain."

Mid-term Review, 2013: "We have reduced the deficit by a quarter and have set out a credible path towards our goal to balance the current budget over the economic cycle."

Our verdict: Progress made in reducing the deficit, but the Coalition has had to extend its timetable to achieve that. Britain has struggled out of double-dip recession, but there is little sign of sustained recovery.

Achievement: 3/5

BANKING

2010: "We will reform the banking system to avoid a repeat of the financial crisis, to promote a competitive economy, to sustain the recovery and to protect and sustain jobs."

2012: "We will reverse years of inadequate regulation, change wholly inappropriate cultures and systems of reward and introduce more competition among high street banks."

Our verdict: Slow progress, with plans to ring-fence retail banking from investment banking due before Parliament this year. Bonuses for bankers still well beyond the experience of most voters.

Achievement: 2/5

TAXES

2010: "The tax system needs to be reformed to make it more competitive, simpler, greener and fairer."

2013: "[We have taken] some difficult decisions to increase tax revenues. But at the same time we have taken active steps to make the personal tax system fairer and to promote enterprise and reward hard work."

Our verdict: The Coalition has almost achieved its target of raising the personal tax allowance of £10,000. It also cut top rate of tax to boost competitiveness, but suffered political damage as a result.

Achievement: 3/5

SCHOOLS

2010: "We need to reform our school system to tackle educational inequality...and to give greater powers to parents and pupils to choose a good school."

2013: "We expect high standards of discipline and world class teaching in every classroom. And we will continue to encourage those who share that ambition…to start new schools, primarily in areas of deprivation and basic need."

Our verdict: There's no denying the pace and ambition of the education programme with the introduction of free schools and the expansion of academies.

Achievement: 5/5

IMMIGRATION

2010: "We will introduce new measures to minimise abuse of the immigration system."

2013: "We expect the overall result of our policies will be a significant reduction in net migration to the UK."

Our verdict: Reforms in place, but Coalition has only just begun to cut net migration and is unlikely to hit David Cameron's target for reduction.

Achievement: 2/5

WELFARE

2010: "We have both agreed to sweeping reform of welfare…"

2013: "We are fundamentally changing our welfare system to make work pay."

Our verdict: The Coalition Agreement only hinted at the changes planned in welfare. The Universal Credit, to be phased in from this year, is an ambitious change – but its success will not be known for several years. Big cuts to welfare bill and reform to benefits.

Achievement: 4/5

POLITICAL REFORM

2010: "We urgently need fundamental political reform, including a referendum on electoral reform, much greater co-operation across party lines, and changes to our political system to make it far more transparent."

2013: "Many of the changes we promised in the original Programme for Government have since been introduced. However, in the case of reforms to democratise the House of Lords, it became clear we did not enjoy the support of enough MPs."

Our verdict: "Fundamental political reform" has not occurred, with plans for an elected Lords and boundary changes in limbo. Police Commissioner elections were shunned by the public.

Achievement: 1/5

HOSPITALS

2010: "We will stop the top-down reorganisations of the NHS that have got in the way of patient care."

2013: "We have reformed the NHS, giving patients and communities more choice and a stronger voice. This combination of investment and reform is starting to deliver significant improvements."

Our verdict: NHS overhaul not foreshadowed in 2010, putting Coalition on collision course with most doctors.Jury still out over whether reforms will improve care.

Achievement: 2/5

PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
News
ebookA unique anthology of reporting and analysis of a crucial period of history
News
video
Life and Style
tech
Arts and Entertainment
Southern charm: Nicolas Cage and Tye Sheridan in ‘Joe’
filmReview: Actor delivers astonishing performance in low budget drama
Arts and Entertainment
While many films were released, few managed to match the success of James Bond blockbuster 'Skyfall'
film
Arts and Entertainment
Up my street: The residents of the elegant Moray Place in Edinburgh's Georgian New Town
tvBBC's The Secret History of Our Streets reveals a fascinating window into Britain's past
Extras
indybest
News
Albus Dumbledore, the headmaster of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry has been the teaching profession's favourite teacher
education
Sport
Luis Suarez looks towards the crowd during the 2-1 victory over England
sport
Life and Style
Cheesecake frozen yoghurt by Constance and Mathilde Lorenzi
food + drinkThink outside the cool box for this summer’s frozen treats
News
John Barrowman kisses his male “bride” at a mock Gretna Green during the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony
peopleBarrowman's opening ceremony message to Commonwealth countries where he would be sent to prison for being gay
Sport
Sir Bradley Wiggins removes his silver medal after the podium ceremony for the men’s 4,000m team pursuit in Glasgow yesterday
Commonwealth games Disappointment for Sir Bradley in team pursuit final as England are forced to settle for silver
Sport
Alistair Brownlee (right) celebrates with his gold medal after winning the men’s triathlon alongside brother Jonny (left), who got silver
England's Jodie Stimpson won the women’s triathlon in the morning
Independent
Travel Shop
the manor
Up to 70% off luxury travel
on city breaks Find out more
santorini
Up to 70% off luxury travel
on chic beach resorts Find out more
sardina foodie
Up to 70% off luxury travel
on country retreats Find out more
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

SQL Report Analyst (SSRS, CA, SQL 2012)

£30000 - £38500 Per Annum + 25 days holiday, pension, subsidised restaurant: C...

Application Support Analyst (SQL, Incident Management, SLAs)

£34000 - £37000 Per Annum + excellent benefits: Clearwater People Solutions Lt...

Embedded Software / Firmware Engineer

£40000 - £45000 per annum + Pension, Holiday, Flexi-time: Progressive Recruitm...

Developer - WinForms, C#

£280 - £320 per day: Progressive Recruitment: C#, WinForms, Desktop Developmen...

Day In a Page

Backhanders, bribery and abuses of power have soared in China as economy surges

Bribery and abuses of power soar in China

The bribery is fuelled by the surge in China's economy but the rules of corruption are subtle and unspoken, finds Evan Osnos, as he learns the dark arts from a master
Commonwealth Games 2014: Highland terriers stole the show at the opening ceremony

Highland terriers steal the show at opening ceremony

Gillian Orr explores why a dog loved by film stars and presidents is finally having its day
German art world rocked as artists use renowned fat sculpture to distil schnapps

Brewing the fat from artwork angers widow of sculptor

Part of Joseph Beuys' 1982 sculpture 'Fettecke' used to distil schnapps
BBC's The Secret History of Our Streets reveals a fascinating window into Britain's past

BBC takes viewers back down memory lane

The Secret History of Our Streets, which returns with three films looking at Scottish streets, is the inverse of Benefits Street - delivering warmth instead of cynicism
Joe, film review: Nicolas Cage delivers an astonishing performance in low budget drama

Nicolas Cage shines in low-budget drama Joe

Cage plays an ex-con in David Gordon Green's independent drama, which has been adapted from a novel by Larry Brown
How to make your own gourmet ice lollies, granitas, slushy cocktails and frozen yoghurt

Make your own ice lollies and frozen yoghurt

Think outside the cool box for this summer's tempting frozen treats
Ford Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time, with sales topping 4.1 million since 1976

Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time

Sales have topped 4.1 million since 1976. To celebrate this milestone, four Independent writers recall their Fiestas with pride
10 best reed diffusers

Heaven scent: 10 best reed diffusers

Keep your rooms smelling summery and fresh with one of these subtle but distinctive home fragrances that’ll last you months
Commonwealth Games 2014: Female boxers set to compete for first time

Female boxers set to compete at Commonwealth Games for first time

There’s no favourites and with no headguards anything could happen
Five things we’ve learned so far about Manchester United under Louis van Gaal

Five things we’ve learned so far about United under Van Gaal

It’s impossible to avoid the impression that the Dutch manager is playing to the gallery a little
Screwing your way to the top? Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth

Screwing your way to the top?

Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth, says Grace Dent
Will the young Britons fighting in Syria be allowed to return home and resume their lives?

Will Britons fighting in Syria be able to resume their lives?

Tony Blair's Terrorism Act 2006 has made it an offence to take part in military action abroad with a "political, ideological, religious or racial motive"
Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter, the wartime poster girl who became a feminist pin-up

Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter

The wartime poster girl became the ultimate American symbol of female empowerment
The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones: Are custom, 3D printed earbuds the solution?

The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones

Earphones don't fit properly, offer mediocre audio quality and can even be painful. So the quest to design the perfect pair is music to Seth Stevenson's ears
US Army's shooting star: Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform

Meet the US Army's shooting star

Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform