Tories target 'strivers'
The Government has announced a third year of the council tax freeze and a cap on rail fares in a bid to appeal to the "strivers”.
At the same time, Conservative Party chairman Grant Shapps has urged fellow Tories not to be "shy" about their achievements in Government. In his speech to the party conference today, he asked: "Why don't we spend enough time explaining the good things we’ve done, in impossible circumstances? Why are we the shy Tories?"
The news that rail fares will increase by no more than RPI +1%, comes as the Sunday Times reports David Cameron will target his speech to the Conservative conference at those who "work hard and want to get on".
Sources close to the Prime Minister told the newspaper: “We are on the side of people who aspire to do better. We want to encourage people who work hard and want to get on in life . . . For example, we are in favour of NewBuy schemes to help strivers get their foot on the housing ladder.”
The cap on rail fare increases has been welcomed by the Tories’ Coalition partners, with Transport minister Norman Baker saying he was “delighted” by the news.
The Lib Dem said: "The Coalition Government is committed to fair rail fare pricing and the announcement today is good news for both commuters and people who use the train less regularly. My Liberal Democrat colleagues and I have been making the case for a fair deal for passengers and I'm delighted that the two parties have come together on this.”