Nick Clegg says the Lib Dems want to make the UK fairer
The Liberal Democrats have had their turn to present their election manifesto. But what do the other parties think about their proposals?
Nick Clegg said the Lib Dems were setting out a "four step" manifesto to bring "fairness" into British society.
These four main themes are fair taxes, more chances for children, a fairer and greener economy, and cleaning up politics.
Central policies include plans to break up banks, put an extra 3,000 police on the streets in England and Wales, reduce class sizes in England, and give a £700 income tax cut to low and middle earners.
Under the later pledge, anyone earning less than £10,000 a year won't have to pay any income tax.
Here is the reaction of the other parties and business organisations.
Work and Pensions Secretary Yvette Cooper said the Lib Dems' plans don't add up, saying there was a "multi-billion pound gap".
Regarding specific Lib Dem policies, she added that Labour thought it was "wrong" to cut programmes such as the Child Trust Fund, which she said benefited ordinary families.
However, Ms Cooper said Labour agreed with the Lib Dems on the importance of supporting the economy over the next year, and not immediately trying to cut the public deficit as the Tories have proposed.
The Conservatives have said it is simply not affordable for the Lib Dems to propose such a "huge" tax cut given the "terrible" state of the public finances.
Nick Clegg said the Lib Dems would bring change that people could trust
Shadow work and pensions secretary Theresa May said there was "a £10bn hole" in the Lib Dem figures.
"All governments want to ensure that people and businesses are paying tax that it's appropriate for them to be paying, but the Liberal Democrats are making significant claims about this which simply don't stack up," she said.
"Far from the new politics, this is more of the same old approach of putting in figures without backing them up."
SNP & PLAID CYMRU
The Scottish National Party (SNP) and Plaid Cymru said the Lib Dems were offering "more of the same" as Labour and the Conservatives.
Both say they are the only choice for people in Scotland and Wales who want real change.
The CBI business organisation has generally been critical of the Lib Dems' manifesto.
CBI deputy director-general John Cridland said the plan to raise capital gains tax "fails to recognise or reward the risk and investment we need from entrepreneurs and small businesses to help the economy grow".
He also poured scorn on Lib Dem plans to raise the young person's minimum wage, a move he said "would cause even higher levels of youth unemployment".
He was no less critical of the Lib Dem proposal to break up the UK's largest banks, a move he said "would damage some of our best-known multi-national companies to no good effect".
However, he welcomed Lib Dem plans to sort out the public finances and reform state pensions.
Environmental group Greenpeace was supportive of the Lib Dems' manifesto.
"The Liberal Democrats have set out the most progressive environmental policies of all the major parties, and they now have a real chance to make them count," said Greenpeace executive director John Sauven.
"As part of a coalition government, this party could establish red lines on issues like Heathrow and coal power, and focus instead on developing the clean technologies that will define the 21st century."
INSTITUTE OF DIRECTORS
The Institute of Directors (IoD) business organisation has criticised the Lib Dems manifesto.
"There are aspects of the Liberal Democrat manifesto which tip their hat to the business agenda, but unfortunately these are largely undermined by a series of proposals that would inhibit business growth," said IoD director-general Miles Templeman.
Regarding the specific Lib Dem proposals, the Mr Templeman said ruling out a third runway at London Heathrow "reveals a failure to recognise the link between economic growth and improved airport infrastructure".
However, he did welcome the Lib Dems' decision to try to reduce business regulation, and the call for more autonomy for schools.
FRIENDS OF THE EARTH
Friends of the Earth said the Lib Dems had shown the environment "can be at the heart of policy-making".
"Their environmental policies have been woven into their economic recovery plans, recognising that building a low-carbon future will create thousands of new green jobs and business opportunities for Britain," said Friends of the Earth executive director Andy Atkins.
However, he added the manifesto says nothing on how local councils "will play their part in meeting UK climate targets".
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