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UK PM pitches welfare cuts, migrant curbs in manifesto

Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 01:33

Britain's prime minister, Theresa May, will campaign for more welfare cuts, curbs to benefits for some immigrants, and a more relaxed fiscal policy when she formally reveals her election platform. Julian Satterthwaite reports.

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Britain's Prime Minister will pitch for more welfare cuts and curbs to immigration when she reveals her party's platform on Thursday (May 18), just a month before the country's national election. Writing in a column for The Sun, the UK's top selling paper, the conservative prime minister said she would strive to "keep taxes low" and cut the cost of living. But it's planned benefit cuts that may make most headlines. The BBC says expected measures include an end to universal free school lunches for children, and moves to limit financial support for the elderly. The manifesto may also pledge to bring down immigration to the tens of thousands, though it may not specify a time table. The BBC reporting that May plans to make immigrants pay more for use of the UK's National Health Service, and impose extra fees on businesses who employ workers from outside the European Union. It's a clear nod to the issues that were central in driving Britons to vote to leave the EU last year. May was initially opposed to Brexit, but now finds herself steering the country headlong into it. She is also expected to relax government restrictions barring rises in income taxes, but will make a committment to lower taxes overall. Some of the expected measures, including cuts to pensioners' winter fuel payments, are a risk for May with older voters. But then she can afford to gamble - polls pointing to a landslide win for her Conservative party.

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UK PM pitches welfare cuts, migrant curbs in manifesto

Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 01:33