Our priorities: What we’re doing to deliver for you

Halve inflation

As Prime Minister I am determined to build a better economy and a better country for you, your children and your grandchildren. All of that starts with tackling inflation.

It’s inflation that increases the cost of living. It’s inflation that eats into your savings and pushes up prices, making it harder to buy a house or pay your mortgage.

Halving it is my number one priority, and we need to make tough decisions to do that. I know this year has been difficult, and that there is still work to be done to help hardworking families across the country.

But inflation is going down, and if we stick to the plan I’ve set out, we’ll get it done. As part of our plan to reduce inflation, we are:

  • Resisting calls for reckless spending that would make inflation worse
  • Introducing ambitious measures to help people back into work
  • Tackling the causes of inflation that drive prices up
  • Taking a responsible and fair approach to public sector pay

Grow the economy

Picture of Jeremy Hunt and text reading: Supporting business is at the heart of government's plan, creating a culture of innovation to grow the economy further.

The UK economy has proven more resilient than many expected.

Recent figures show the UK had  a faster post-pandemic recovery than Germany and France– and that our economy is 1.8% bigger than it was before Covid. But there is still work to do.

Supporting business is at the heart of our plan, and means creating a culture of innovation to grow the economy further and create a better future for you and your family. As part of our plan we are:

  • Driving investment into the UK with the lowest corporation tax in the G7 and increased investment in R&D
  • Supporting the production of energy at home by backing North Sea oil and gas extraction
  • Securing the benefits of Brexit and confirming our membership of one of the world’s biggest trading blocks 

Reduce debt

Picture of Rishi Sunak with text reading: This government is taking necessary decisions to balance the books, while still protecting our vital public services.

We rightly spent billions to protect families and businesses from the worst impacts of the pandemic and Putin’s energy crisis.

Now we must take the difficult, but necessary decisions to balance the books, while still protecting our vital public services. As part of our plan, we are:

  • Keeping public spending under control
  • Capping the size of the Civil Service
  • Boosting public sector productivity, including more use of technology

Cut waiting lists

An image of Rishi Sunak meeting an NHS staff member with text reading: We are working with the NHS to ensure that we cut waiting lists, and reform our healthcare system for the long-term.

I know how important our NHS is to each and every one of us. And that’s why one of my priorities is cutting waiting lists.

Covid put incredible pressure on the NHS with many people not coming forward for treatment, leading to big backlogs. It is right that they should be given the treatment they need.

So I am working with the NHS to ensure that we bring those numbers down, and reform our healthcare system for the long-term. And we are giving patients more choice over where they receive their NHS treatment.

That’s why we’ve launched the first ever Long Term Workforce Plan, are backing it with over £2.4 billion over the next five years to make sure the NHS has the staff it needs long into the future.

That means more doctors, more nurses, and more resources. As part of our plan we are:

  • Increasing training places for nurses, doctors, GPs and dentists, and retaining more staff in the NHS by allowing greater flexibility and improving culture, leadership and wellbeing  
  • Using technology to modernise the NHS 
  • Opening more community diagnostic centres to help avoid disruption to planned diagnostic care.
  • Opening new surgical hubs to offer patients access to operations and reduce cancelations.

Stop the boats

An image of Rishi Sunak with the text: This government is taking action to stop the boats by signing multiple agreements to strengthen European action against illegal migration.

We cannot allow criminal gangs to decide who comes to this country.

Levels of illegal migration to mainland Europe are the highest they have been in nearly a decade, and it is fundamentally unfair to both those who come here legally, and to the British people.

That’s why I’ve been delivering on my priority to stop the boats, signing multiple agreements to strengthen European action against illegal migration and reducing small boat arrivals to the UK by more than 20% compared to this time last year.

In July we passed our Illegal Migration Act – and have made significant progress this year by:

  • Increasing the number of illegal working raids by more than two thirds since this point last year 
  • Agreeing a new partnership with social media companies to tackle people smuggling content online 
  • Launching a new taskforce to crack down on rogue immigration lawyers facilitating false claims