May pledges to tackle 'giant challenges' with Tory manifesto

Faith Castro
May 19, 2017

The Prime Minister unveiled her party's manifesto in the marginal Labour constituency of Halifax, promising to put "the hopes and aspirations of ordinary working people" at the heart of a plan to "build a Great Meritocracy here in Britain".

Mrs May said she was being "upfront and honest" about the challenges facing the United Kingdom with a manifesto that waters down previous commitments on keeping pensions in line with inflation, removes universal benefits like free school meals and winter fuel payments in England, and will make middle-class English homeowners pay more towards the cost of elderly care from their estates.

It also scraps a guarantee that state pensions will rise by at least 2.5 per cent a year and abandons Cameron's promise not to raise income tax. A payment that pensioners now receive to help pay winter fuel bills will in future go only to the poorest.

Thousands of elderly people will be left "helpless" under Conservative manifesto plans forcing them to pay for their own social care, said the author of a report into the issue under the last coalition government.

She has also said there must be more consistency in standards of care commissioning and provision, and better integration between health and care.

He said: "Whether this will have the effect of stopping another BHS, or simply add cost and delay to legitimate commercial transactions, may depend on the approach TPR takes in practice".

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

"There may be specific European programmes in which we might want to participate and if so, it will be reasonable that we make a contribution".

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"Everyone will be confident that they can pass on £100,000 to their children and grandchildren".

By including the home within the means test for domiciliary care, the Tories will bring the system into line with the test for residential care.

"Only Labour will act on the growing chorus of concern by banning zero hours contracts, strengthening workplace rights and promoting strong trade unions and collective bargaining as part of a package for decent well paid work".

Dilnot, a former director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies, said that by refusing to implement a cap, the Conservatives would be leaving people without any protection against care costs.

British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Thursday there would be dire consequences for Britain if it failed to get a good Brexit deal, and said the coming five years would be among the most challenging in our lifetime. Brexit will define us: "our place in the world, our economic security and our future prosperity", said Mrs May.

After Britain leaves the European Union - by 2019 at the soonest - the country will have more power to limit those moving to the country.

As well as the previously announced cap on energy prices, the manifesto also pledges to force mobile phone firms to make billing fairer, tackle rogue landlords and cut the cost of buying a home by cracking down on rip-off conveyancing and legal fees.

Ahead of the publication of the Tory manifesto, Labour produced a dossier listing what it claimed were 50 broken Conservative promises. The Conservatives said this means "no one... has to sell their home within their lifetime, or the lifetime of their surviving partner if they live together".

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