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Ed Miliband is set to promise an increase in NHS spending if Labour wins the 2015 election, with the funds partly coming from a mansion tax.
The Labour leader will use his speech to his party's conference in Manchester tomorrow to unveil the promise, with the health service one of six key areas he is set to focus on.
Labour has previously indicated that the tax on homes worth more than £2m would be used to reintroduce the 10p rate of income tax. However, Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls today said the restoration of the 10p rate could instead come from scrapping the Government's "unfair" tax break for married couples.
In his speech tomorrow, Mr Miliband will promise to restore the "dream of home ownership" by doubling the number of first-time home owners by 2025. Labour aides tonight said the announcement represented the Party's first ever pledge on home ownership.
He will also vow to dramatically increase the number of young people taking apprenticeships, urging "the biggest national effort that we have seen for generations".
Under a decade-long plan for government, the Labour leader will commit the party to a fourfold increase in the number school leavers taking up on-the-job-training, pledge to match the 400,000 school leavers who currently go on to university.
And he will tell delegates his party must “restore people’s faith in the future”.
“For Labour, this election is about you. You have made the sacrifices, you have taken home lower wages year after year, you have paid higher taxes, you have seen your energy bills rise, you have seen your NHS decline, you know this country doesn’t work for you.”
Ahead of the speech, the Conservatives went on the attack, accusing Labour of having “learnt nothing since they left office”.
“All Ed Miliband offers now is more of the same failed policies that got us into a mess in the first place – more wasteful spending, more borrowing and more debt than our children could ever hope to repay,” Tory chairman Grant Shapps said.
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