George Osborne today admitted that recovery is not yet a done deal, but insisted his way would balance the books and leave Britain in surplus after the next election.
Help for "hard-working families" who drive and pay taxes as well as a tough regime for those on benefits were at the heart of the Chancellor's message.
ITV News Political Editor Tom Bradby reports from the Conservative Party conference in Manchester:
The Chancellor set out a tough new policy which will require future Tory governments to run an absolute surplus during periods of growth.
The costs will determine just how enthusiastic lenders are about jumping into the government's new scheme.
'Help to Work' sounds innocuous enough but it is a major gear change in the government's attempt to curb welfare costs.