Election 2017 Conservative manifesto: 10 policies that could help you
Pledges to curb immigration and tackle the social care crisis are at the heart of the Conservative manifesto that aims to build a 'fairer' Britain.
Just four days after the manifesto launch, Theresa May was forced to do a U-turn on social care by proposing a cap on the amount that the elderly must pay for care costs.
It came after criticism of the so-called ‘dementia tax’ that will make the elderly pay for their care if they have ave combined savings and property worth over £100,000.
If they wish to keep their home, payment can be deferred until after they die when it will be deducted from their estate.
The Prime Minister has argued that the ‘upfront’ manifesto aims to build a ‘fairer’ Britain to help those who are just about managing at the moment.
But an editorial of the Evening Standard, which is edited by former Chancellor George Osborne, called it “the most disastrous manifesto in recent history”.
Here is a look at 10 Conservative manifesto pledges that could help you.
1. Pledge on Brexit
Mrs May has vowed to provide “strong and stable” leadership to get the best possible Brexit deal from Brussels.
But shadow education secretary Angela Rayner claimed the way she had handled Brexit talks so far "has made us look like ogres across Europe”.
2. Pledge to tackle the social care crisis
Mrs May said that the Tory manifesto was the blueprint for the "first ever proper plan to pay for and provide social care”.
But Conservatives have come under fire for plans to means-testing winter fuel payments and make more elderly people pay for care costs.
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The Tories have guaranteed to protect £100,000 belonging to elderly people in care.
3. Pledge to curb immigration
The Conservatives have pledged to cut net migration to 'tens of thousands' a year.
As Home Secretary Mrs May failed to reach the target, which other parties have labelled as “artificial”.
3. Pledge to boost school funding
The Conservatives have pledged to increase the schools budget to £4billion by 2022 as well as introducing breakfast clubs for primary schools.
But Tories have been criticised for plans to scrap universal infant free school meals and end the ban on grammar schools.
4. Pledge to build a strong economy
Mrs May has promised to build a Britain in which the economy is strong to support world-class public services.”
She aims to balance the budget by the middle of the next decade and ring down deficit to 0.7 per cent of GDP by 2021/22.
5. Pledge to build 1.5 million extra homes by 2022
The Tories have pledged to build a million new homes by the end of 2020 and 500,000 more by 2022
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7. Pledge on pensions and tax
The Conservatives said it was their “firm intention" to reduce taxes on businesses and working families.
Pensioners have been upset by plans to replace the triple lock on state pensions with double lock in 2020
9. Pledge on energy cap
Mrs May has pledged to “cap rip-off energy tariffs to help families working all the hours they can to pay the bills”.
8. Pledge on social media
Force internet firms to remove explicit and extremist material
9. Pledge to boost NHS funding
The Conservatives have committed to a boost of at least £8 billion to NHS spending in real terms over the next five years.
10. Pledge on defence
The Conservatives have promised to spend two per cent of GDP on defence and to increase spending by 0.5 per cent above inflation every year.