David Cameron: Government cuts 'based on values'

The Government's spending cuts are not being made for their own sake but are instead based on "values", David Cameron has said.

Coalition 'changing things for a purpose'

David Cameron is expected to acknowledge a failure to properly explain the reasons behind the Coalition's tough economic measures, in a speech later.

The Prime Minister will say: "Too often we've given the impression that we're just about fixing problems rather than changing things for a purpose.

"But that completely misunderstands what we're trying to do."

Nick Clegg
While senior Tories are calling for a raise to the 40p tax threshold, Nick Clegg wants the main allowance to be raised to £10,500. Credit: PA

Mr Cameron will stress that Government cuts are based on "values", specifically getting to grips with the deficit and giving people "a sense of economic security".

Cameron: Government cuts 'based on values'

The Government's spending cuts are not being made for their own sake but are instead based on "values", David Cameron is expected to say.

David Cameron
David Cameron will stress that it is "more important than ever" to seek out every possible saving. Credit: PA

In speech later, the Prime Minister will say the Coalition's austerity programme is designed to "give people a sense of economic security and peace of mind".

He said that security came from "having more money in our pockets", saying "every efficiency" found could help provide "a bit of extra cash" for hard-pressed families.

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