Conservatives will 'means-test pensioners' for winter fuel allowance to pay for social care

Theresa May hopes to save 2.8 billion

Pensioners will be means-tested for their winter fuel payments to fund social care, Theresa May announced today.

The Conservative Party manifesto hopes to save up to 2.8 billion from the £300 saved from the allowance, which will only be offered to the poorest of retired people.

The pension triple lock, which guarantees that state pensions rise by at least 2.5 per cent a year with inflation or earnings (whichever is highest) will be downgraded to double lock, meaning that the 2.5 per cent promise will be removed.

Speaking at the party’s manifesto launch in Halifax, West Yorkshire, Mrs May said "big, difficult decisions" are needed to keep the country on track.

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She said: "What we say in it we will do.. And the scale of our ambition is clear.”

Policies also include a tax-free personal allowance of £12,500 and universal free lunches at infant school will be replaced with free breakfasts for primary pupils, saving a tenth of the cost.

Net immigration will be “cut below 100,000 a year”, there will  be a free vote on fox hunting, and regarding Brexit, the party says, “No deal is better than a bad deal”

"Brexit will define us: our place in the world, our economic security and our future prosperity," she said.

"So now more than ever, Britain needs a strong and stable government to get the best Brexit deal for our country and its people."

Regarding employment, companies will be forced to publish pay ratios, the gender/race pay gap and give shareholders a vote on firms' top-level pay.


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