Social care and immigration highlighted in Tory manifesto

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Theresa May is set to launch the Conservative manifesto later today. She will highlight the rising cost of social care in England and will discuss immigration.

It will also promise that no one will have to sell their property to pay for residential or home care.

The cost of care above a £100,000 threshold will be taken from their estate when they die.

As well as this firms will have to pay more to hire migrant workers who in turn will have to pay more for the use of the NHS.

The value of someone’s property will be considered in a test for obtaining free care in their home. At the moment, a person’s income and savings are only taken into account.

Anyone currently paying for residential care will be able to defer the cost until after their death.

Expectations on immigration:

  • Commitment to “bear down on immigration from outside the EU” across all visa routes
  • Reduce and control immigration from Europe after Brexit
  • Sources say this means “the end of freedom of movement”
  • Doubling of the “Skills Charge” from £1,000 to £2,000 per employee per year for employers who hire non-EU immigrants in skilled jobs
  • The revenue will go into skills training for UK workers
  • Non-EU migrants to pay more to use the NHS

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