Theresa May is touring the country promising to make your life better on June 8. But what about the nasty or unfair cuts she’d rather you forgot about?
The 2017 general election is about “strong leadership” – at least, that’s what Theresa May would have you believe.
The Tory leader is touring the country with slogans, pledges and ‘bribes’ honed by her well-paid army of spin doctors.
It might even be tempting you to vote Conservative.
But what about things they DON’T want you to think about in the polling booth?
What about the things they’d rather you forgot about entirely?
We’ve compiled a list of the cruelest, most unfair and downright nasty policies Conservative governments have brought in – nearly all of them in the last two years.
Everyone should remember these when they go to the ballot box on June 8.
1. The Bedroom Tax
The cruel tax was launched by the Tories in April 2013 and increases the rent people have to pay if they have “extra” rooms.
Of course, the Tories don’t like it being called a ‘tax’, so they’ve spun it as the “removal of the spare room subsidy.”
It hits working-age people who live in social housing and claim housing benefit .
Under the scheme social housing tenants have 14% less net rent covered by housing benefit if they have a “spare” room.
It means some victims having to find an extra £1,560 a year .
And it’s prompted a string of legal battles by disabled people including Jayson and Jacqueline Carmichael, who need to sleep in separate rooms due to Jacqueline’s spina bifida.
2. Denying disability benefit to 165,000 people
Controversial comments from Tory members on disability benefits
Tory ministers rewrote the law earlier this year to deny increased benefit payments to 165,000 people.
Two tribunals had ruled Personal Independence Payment (PIP) – which helps disabled people fund their living costs – should be expanded.
But ministers blocked the rulings because implementing them would cost £3.7bn by 2022.
Disabled people are assessed for PIP using a ‘points’ system, where 8 points get a basic rate and 12 points an enhanced rate.
The main tribunal said more points should be available for people who suffer “overwhelming psychological distress” when travelling alone.
Jeremy Corbyn branded the decision to disregard it “nasty”, and the government was accused of delaying a debate on the changes until it was too late to stop them.
3. Scrapping housing benefit for 18-21 year olds
Since April 2017, jobseekers aged 18 to 21 can no longer get Housing Benefit to help with their rent.
It is supposedly to stop them sliding onto a “life on benefits” and there are a number of exemptions.
But Centrepoint warns it could “force thousands of young people onto the streets” and cost more than it saves.
And the association for landlords – who are actually paid the money – says it will put landlords off letting to under-22s.
The government admits 10,000 young people a year are set to be hit, with research showing it could be as 18,000.
4. The benefit cap
The benefit cap is a limit on the total benefits a household can receive.
Ex-Chancellor George Osborne announced it in 2010 at a rate of £26,000 a year.
That was reduced last year to £20,000 a year (£384.62 a week) for couples and families outside Greater London.
Between its 2013 rollout and November 2015, 69,900 households lost some housing benefit due to the cap, the House of Commons Library says.
Critics say it fuels social cleansing, chasing families on low incomes out of large swathes of London up to 100 miles away.
5. Massive hikes to tuition fees
University tuition fees were raised from a maximum of £3,000 a year to £9,000 under the Tory-Lib Dem Coalition.
Since then they have been raised again after universities won permission to lift the £9,000 cap with inflation.
That is set to raise fees as high as £11,697 by 2025 – tipping the price of a top degree over £35,000 without any living costs.
New Education Secretary Justine Greening said the move would pour £12billion of investment into universities.
But Shadow Education Secretary Angela Rayner warned the cash would come from poor students’ pockets, saying: “Quite simply, it is a tax on aspiration.”