Conservative manifesto for General Election 2017: Key points, policies and summary

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The Conservatives have pledged to lower immigration, raise the tax-free personal allowance and increase NHS funding in their general election manifesto.

Middle-class pensioners are set to lose benefits under Conservative plans to fund social care while means-testing will be introduced on winter fuel payments. 

The Conservatives will also pass legislation to ensure nobody has to sell their home to pay for their care during their lifetime, and new rules will allow pensioners needing nursing home treatment to keep more of their assets.

Here are the key points in the Conservative manifesto:

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Social care

Winter fuel payments for pensioners will be means-tested and people will pay more towards home care visits to plug the £2.8 billion social care funding gap.

Pensioners will stop paying for their own care once their savings and assets are down to £100,000. At present only £23,250 is protected.

But a person's home will be counted among their assets when they are means-tested for domiciliary care (currently this only applies to people needing residential care) meaning more people will pay.

No-one will have to sell their home during their lifetime, as they will be able to borrow money which will be paid back from their estate after their death.

Education

A ban on new selective schools will be lifted with provision put in place to ensure pupils can join at other ages as well as 11.

To build at least a hundred new free schools a year with councils banned from creating new places at schools rated inadequate or requires improvement.

Plans for a national funding formula will be changed to ensure no school loses out.

The overall schools budget will increase by £4 billion by 2022 with free school meals for all infants to be scrapped and replaced with free breakfasts.

Conservative party leader Theresa May at Nishkam Primary School in Birmingham Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA

Tax

David Cameron’s tax "triple lock”, which guaranteed there would be no rise in national insurance, VAT or income tax, will be scrapped in favour of a general statement of intent to lower tax and simplify the tax system. 

There will be no increase in the level of VAT. 

Income tax

A commitment to raise the tax-free personal allowance to £12,500 by 2020 will stay.

The Tories will also keep a commitment to raise the threshold for the 40p tax rate to £50,000 by 2020.

Pensions

Maintain the triple lock pension guarantee until 2020, then replace it with a double lock - meaning pensions will rise in line with earnings or inflation, whichever is highest.

Tougher punishments for those caught mismanaging pension schemes.

A commitment to raise the tax-free personal allowance to £12,500 by 2020 will stay Credit: Joe Giddens/PA

New powers to be given to the Pensions Regulator to issue "punitive" fines for those found to have "wilfully left a pension scheme under-resourced" and, if necessary, powers similar to those held by the Insolvency Service to disqualify the relevant company directors.

New criminal offence to be considered for company directors who "deliberately or recklessly put at risk" a pension scheme's ability to meet its obligations.

Immigration

An objective to reduce annual net migration to the tens of thousands. Overseas student numbers will remain in the immigration statistics.

Students will be expected to leave the country at the end of their course unless they meet new "higher" requirements allowing them to stay.

The Immigration Skills Charge levied on companies employing migrant workers, to be doubled to £2,000 a year by the end of the parliament, using the revenue generated to invest in higher level skills training for workers in the UK.

Markets

Make it clearer for mobile phone customers to know when they have paid off the price of their handset and consider a ban on companies which cold call people to encourage them to make false personal injury claims.

Review rail ticketing to remove "complexity and perverse" pricing, with a passenger ombudsman introduced.

Minimum service levels agreed with train companies and staff during times of industrial action. A pledge to make this mandatory if a deal cannot be reached voluntarily.

NHS

A pledge to increase NHS spending by a minimum of £8 billion in real terms over the next five years.

Deficit

 A pledge to eradicate the deficit by the middle of the next decade.

Foreign aid

The UK will retain its commitment to spending 0.7 per cent of GDP on foreign aid but the way in which the money is spent will be changed.

Trident-class nuclear submarine Vanguard Credit: PA/PA

Defence

A pledge to spend at least two per cent of GDP on defence and increase the budget by at least 0.5 per cent above inflation in every year of the new parliament.

A pledge to "maintain" the overall size of the armed forces, retain the Trident continuous-at-sea nuclear deterrent. 

Media

The second part of the Leveson Inquiry into the culture, practices and ethics of the press will not take place.

Section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act 2014, which would - if enacted - force newspapers to pay their opponents' legal costs linked to libel and privacy actions, even if they win in court, if they are not signed up to an officially-recognised regulator will be repealed.

New powers to force internet firms to remove explicit or extremist material, backed by legal power to impose fines.

Justice

A "national infrastructure police force" will be set up combining the Civil Nuclear Constabulary, the Ministry of Defence Police and British Transport Police.

The Serious Fraud Office will be incorporated into the National Crime Agency while £1 billion will be made available to modernise the prison estate.

Rows of houses Credit: Gareth Fuller /PA

Housing

A pledge to meet an existing commitment to build a million homes by the end of 2020, with a further 500,000 by the end of 2022.

New "council housing deals" to allow local authorities to build more social housing.

Fixed-term social houses will be built and sold privately after 10 to 15 years with an automatic right to buy for tenants. Cash raised from sales will be used to build further properties.

Democracy

Pledge to go ahead with a boundary review and to reduce the number of MPs to 600.

Voters will be made to present identification before they can vote while the traditional voting method of using a pencil and paper will be kept.

The honours system to be reviewed to make sure it commands public confidence and to protect the integrity of the honours bestowed.

Homelessness

A commitment to halve rough sleeping over the course of the next parliament and eliminate it by 2027.

A fishing boat Credit: David Cheskin /PA

Fishing 

A pledge to work with the UK fisheries industry to develop a new regime for commercial fishing post-Brexit.

A promise to withdraw from the London Fisheries Convention.

Corporate Pay

The Tories will legislate to make executive pay packages subject to strict annual votes by shareholder. 

Listed companies will have to publish the ratio of executive pay to to the broader UK workforce.

Companies employing more than 250 people will be required to publish more data on the pay gap between men and women.

Scotland

A referendum on Scottish independence will only be allowed to take place after Brexit has “played out” and should not take place “unless there is public consent for it to happen”.

Fox Hunting

A free vote will be given to MPs on a government bill in government time to repeal the Hunting Act.

The Albrighton Woodland Hunt Credit: Simon Dawson/AP

Energy 

 A pledge to introduce a fixed cap on energy tariffs, to be set by the regulator Ofgem and reviewed every six months.

Smart meters to be offered to every household and business by the end of 2020 and it made easier to switch energy providers. 

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