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Coalition mid-term review

Coalition mid-term review

David Cameron and Nick Clegg today pledged to bring forward new reforms on childcare costs, long-term care for the elderly and state pensions as part of the Coalition's mid-term review.

The six areas identified for major policy changes were childcare; helping families to get mortgages; strengthening individuals' freedoms against the state; capping the cost of elderly care; increasing investment in road building; and extending the HS2 rail network.

Today's document will be followed by a series of key policy announcements over the next few months.

Speaking to reporters this afternoon, the Prime Minister said the Coalition had ended the "chronic short-termism" of previous eras, while his deputy Mr Clegg hailed "big, bold" reforms that would "stand the test of time".

In a joint foreword to the review, the leaders said there had been "some issues on which we have not seen eye to eye" but that they were united on the "big structural reforms" the country needs.

The Prime Minister also downplayed the idea that there could be an early end to the Coalition to allow the Tories and Liberal Democrats to campaign independently from an earlier stage.

“For me, absolutely it is a five-year plan, a five-year Parliament, a five-year government,” he said.

Labour has dismissed the mid-term review as "another relaunch" of the Coalition, with Ed Miliband criticising the lack of policy detail included in the document.

"They’re not actually proposing anything as far as I can tell," he told reporters. "Look at what they’ve produced today: it’s all empty promises, but no real substance and no real detail."

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