'We are making real progress'
PRIME Minister David Cameron reassured people in his new year message that the country is moving into the right direction.
He said: "We are still dealing with debts built up over many years. And for many families, making ends meet is difficult.
"So to anyone starting this new year with questions about where we are heading and what the future holds, I want to reassure you of this: we are on the right track. On all the big issues that matter to Britain, we are heading in the right direction and I have evidence to prove it.
"This government inherited a huge budget deficit that was dragging our country down. Well, this new year, that deficit is forecast to be £13 billion smaller than last new year, down by one quarter since we came to office.
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"We inherited a welfare system that was frankly out of shape, that paid people not to work. So we made some big changes, and this new year almost half a million more people are in work than last new year. That is real progress.
"When people say we've got to stop our welfare reforms because somehow it is cruel to expect people to work, we are saying no. Getting people into good jobs is absolutely vital, not just for them, but for all of us.
"We can look to the future with realism and optimism. Realism, because you can't cure problems, that were decades in the making, overnight.
"There are no quick fixes and I wouldn't claim otherwise. We are doing what's right for our country and what's best for our children's future. And nothing could be more important than that."