Conservative manifesto: No timetable for migration pledge

Conservative manifesto: No timetable for migration pledge

The Conservatives would "aim" to meet their manifesto pledge to reduce net migration to the tens of thousands, a cabinet minister has said.

Sir Michael Fallon said the policy was not yet costed as the government did not know when it would be achieved.

The Tories have also promised to overhaul social care funding in a manifesto Theresa May said would "deliver for mainstream Britain".

But Labour said it was an "all-out attack on pensioner incomes".

The pledge to reduce migration to below 100,000 - which was in the 2010 and 2015 Tory manifestos - has never been met. The most recent figure was 273,000 and the last year that it was below 100,000 was 1997.


The manifesto for the 8 June election says: "Theresa May's Conservatives will deliver...controlled, sustainable migration, with net migration down to the tens of thousands".


Other manifesto measures include:

Launching the manifesto in Halifax on Thursday, Mrs May said: "We must take this opportunity to build a great meritocracy in Britain. It means making Britain a country that works, not for the privileged few, but for everyone."

The social care changes proposed are that the value of someone's property would be included in the means test for receiving free care in their own home - currently only their income and savings are taken into account.

People will be able to defer paying for their care until after their death. Those in residential care - whose property is already taken into account in the means test - can already do this.

There will also be an increase in the amount of wealth someone can have - savings and the value of their home - from the current ?23,250 to ?100,000 - before they lose the right to free care.

That means that however much is spent on social care, it becomes free once someone is down to their last ?100,000.

Conservative manifesto: No timetable for migration pledge



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