Conservatives win the election: 10 things this means for young people

The Tories have shocked the nation and defied predictions by winning a majority vote in the general election and putting David Cameron back in Number 10. 

We've taken a look at what the Conservatives have promised and what the Conservatives being in power will mean for young people for the next five years.

Here's what you can expect:

Tuition fees

Despite Labour promising to reduce tuition fees, the Conservatives announced no plans to change tuition fees so this will likely stay the same.
 

Removing cap on uni places

The Conservatives are planning to remove any cap on the provision of university places, which will widen participation for disadvantaged areas in society. 

NHS

The Tories have promised to invest £8 billion a year into health services and to ensure that everyone is able to see a GP seven days a week. Unlike Labour and the Lib Dems, the Conservatives made no specific policies around mental health other than saying they intend to have mental health therapists in all areas of the country.
 

Economy

Throughout the election, Cameron's party's biggest promise has been to provide Britain with a stable and protected economy. Whilst five years more of austerity may mean that there is less money for investment in improvement, this does mean reducing the deficit and paying off debt. 

Housing

The Tories have claimed that they will extend the 'Right to Buy' scheme to Housing Association tenants as well as extending the 'Help to Buy' scheme which supports first-time buyers and homeowners looking to move. 

Voting age

Looks like the bar for young people voting won't be getting any lower under the Conservatives. When asked if 16/17 years old should be able to vote, Cameron responded: "I'm certainly not scared of it. I just think 18 is the right age to vote. Voting is a privilege and a right. A right you should get at 18."

Apprenticeships

David Cameron has promised to create 3 million new apprenticeships by 2020- he said that this would be funded through cuts in the benefits system. The plan is to reduce youth unemployment resulting in more security for young people. 

Tax

Promises have been made that people earning minimum wage won't have to pay income tax- if they work less than 30 hours a week. The minimum wage will be moved across from being correlated with inflation to being linked with the personal allowance which they propose to raise to £12,500.

Immigration

As part of cutting down on benefits, the Conservatives plan to implement a four year ban on migrants receiving benefits. They are also continuing with their ambition to reduce annual net migration to tens of thousands instead of hundreds, which was a target they missed last term. 

Travel

The Conservatives have pledged to keep the cost of travel in line with inflation meaning no extra rises above that.

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