The public have a right to know who will be hit by the Tories’ extreme plan and they must now come clean on their £12 billion cuts.

Iain Duncan Smith’s refusal on The Andrew Marr Show today to admit how children, disabled people, carers and working families will be hit by secret Tory plans six weeks before the election is completely unacceptable.

Labour has a better plan to control the costs of social security, dealing with the root causes of increased spending by tackling low pay and rising housing costs. We will raise the minimum wage to £8 an hour, promote a living wage, ban exploitative zero hours contracts and get at least 200,000 homes built a year.

Today: 40 days, 40 ways to change Britain

On 7 May Britain faces a choice between a failing plan and a better plan for working people.

Labour knows that we only succeed as a country when working families succeed and over the next 40 days we’ll be campaigning hard to take this message to Britain’s homes, communities and workplaces, setting out our better plan.

Unlike the Tories, who think this is as good as it gets, Labour believes we can do better than this – and we’ve a plan to make it happen. A plan for 20,000 more nurses and 8,000 more doctors to give our NHS the time to care, to freeze energy bills and get more homes built, for more and better apprenticeships and to cut tuition fees.

Forty days to change Britain -; a better plan for a better future.

Background: 40 days and 40 ways to change Britain

With 40 campaigning days of the election to go, Labour will be highlighting just 40 of the policies which offer a better future for working people. They are:

1.     £2.5bn Time to Care fund for the NHS

2.     20,000 more nurses

3.     8,000 more doctors

4.     Smaller class sizes

5.     Paid starter jobs for unemployed young people

6.     10p starting rate of tax

7.     Freeze gas and electricity bills

8.     Give 16 and 17-year-olds the vote

9.     More affordable homes

10.    Ban exploitative zero-hour contracts

11.    Balance the books fairly

12.    Ban rip-off letting agent fees

13.    Cancer tests and results within a week

14.    Give football fans a say in how their club is run

15.    More and better apprenticeships

16.    Tackle the gender pay gap

17.    Control immigration with fair rules

18.    Cut tuition fees to £6,000

19.    A GP appointment within 48 hours

20.    Double paid paternity leave

21.    Fix the broken energy market

22.    Scrap the bedroom tax

23.    One million new high-tech green jobs

24.    Cap rail fare increases

25.    Cut business rates for small business properties

26.    Get 200,000 homes built a year

27.    Support first time buyers

28.    All teachers qualified

29.    Scrap the millionaires’ tax break

30.    Childcare from 8am to 6pm

31.    5,000 more homecare workers

32.    25 hours free childcare a week for three- and four-year olds

33.    New challenger banks

34.    A British Investment Bank to help small businesses

35.    Insulate five million homes

36.    50,000 more Sure Start places

37.    3,000 more midwives

38.    English and maths to 18 for young people

39.    More security for renters

40.    Raise the Minimum Wage to £8

And we’ll do it all without additional borrowing -; all our manifesto commitments are fully funded.

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