Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Health Care | By Oscar Goodwin

UK's May promises voters immigration curbs, fairer society

UK's May promises voters immigration curbs, fairer society

The decision to scrap a planned £72,000 cap on social care bills was denounced by the author of a seminal report on the issue, Sir Andrew Dilnot, who said pensioners would be left "helpless" to control costs.

Nick Clegg, the former Liberal Democrat leader and architect of the free lunches policy as deputy prime minister in the Coalition government three years ago, called the move "cynical".

But May will also commit to removing winter fuel payments from the wealthy and to charge more people who now receive free care in their own home.

The State Pension "triple lock", which ensures pensioner income rises by the higher of inflation, average earnings or 2.5% each year will be replaced with a "double lock" in 2020. And they look to their government for help and support.

On the face of it, the new policy would not require so many additional assessments, though it is likely that many people who now self-fund their care in a care home would become entitled to local authority funding in future.

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"Whereas if you're cared for at home, it's not taken into account".

It does however state that it will be "reasonable" to contribute to the specific European programs that the United Kingdom wants to have access to, without naming those programs.

Despite apparently few giveaways for voters, May said the manifesto represented a path to a "stronger, fairer, more prosperous Britain that works for everyone, not just a privileged few".

A social care precept was introduced to allow local authorities to increase council tax levels - initially by up to 2% extra, later by up to 3% - while reforms to a house-building scheme saw a further £240 million freed up for an "adult social care support grant" for 2017/18.

Paul Johnson, director of the independent Institute for Fiscal Studies, said the Tory and Labour manifestos offered the widest divergence in their approach to tax and spending for many years. "We want fair, orderly negotiations, minimising disruption and giving as much certainty as possible - so both sides benefit", the manifesto said.

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The Conservative manifesto, being launched on Thursday, will argue that "when immigration is too fast and too high, it is hard to build a cohesive society" and that with annual net migration standing at 273,000, "immigration to Britain is still too high".

"The security and prosperity of the United Kingdom is built on the worldwide institutions that we helped to found and will continue to help maintain: the United Nations and the UN Security Council, NATO - the cornerstone of our defence, the Commonwealth, the G20, G7 and the World Trade Organization".

Mrs May rejected suggestions that policies such as an energy price cap, a commitment to spend 0.7% of GDP on global aid and new rights for workers represented a move away from the Conservatism of Margaret Thatcher.

Theresa May has ditched David Cameron's pledges not to raise income tax or national insurance in a Conservative manifesto she said laid out a vision for dealing with the "five great challenges" of the coming years.

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