Houses of ParliamentThe Liberal Democrats have been in government for 21 months, we have already implemented much of our manifesto. Below are details of the key policies we have delivered so far. It is not exhaustive but it demonstrates in government we are on your side.

  •  Income Tax. Nearly 900,000 of the lowest earners were lifted out of paying tax altogether and a further 23m people received a £200 tax cut. This will happen again next April, and again the April after that, until no one pays any tax on the first £10,000 they earn.
  •  Pupil Premium. Last year also saw the Pupil Premium take effect, giving schools extra money for the most disadvantaged  children. The Pupil Premium will double to £1.25bn next year and rise every year until by 2015 when it will be worth £2.5bn.
  •   Apprenticeships. More than 440,000 new apprenticeships started in 2010/11, a 50% increase on the previous year.
  •   Pensions. Thanks to the Lib Dem triple lock, the Basic State Pension was raised by £4.50 and will rise again by £5.30 next year.
  •   Banks. The £2.5bn bank levy was introduced and the Coalition has accepted in full proposals championed by the Lib Dems to separate high street and casino banking.
  •  Youth Contract. Nick Clegg announced a £1bn scheme to help get young people into work or training, including 410,000 new work places for 18-24 year-olds over three years.
  •  Regional Growth Fund. £1.4bn has been invested in businesses across the country, to create or safeguard more than 300,000 jobs, largely in manufacturing in areas that have been heavily dependent on public sector jobs.
  •  Child detention. Liberal Democrats ended the disgraceful practice of locking up children for extended periods for immigration purposes this year.
  •  Green Deal. The most ambitious home insulation programme the UK has ever seen. The Green Deal will help people save money on energy bills, reduce carbon emissions and create thousands of green jobs.
  •  Early years. Liberal Democrats extended free early years education to the 140,000 poorest two-year-olds and announced the doubling of provision for nursery places.