Thursday, 28 May 2015

Queens Speech Report Vol 1 - much to report but here is the majority of domestic, non constitutional matters set out in detail

  • Behind this Queen’s Speech is a clear vision for what our country can be. A country of security and opportunity for everyone, at every stage of life. 

  • That is our ambition. To build a country where, whoever you are and wherever you live, you can have the chance of a good education, a decent job, a home of your own and the peace of mind that comes from being able to raise a family and enjoy a secure retirement. 
  • This is the Queen’s Speech for working people from a One Nation Government that will bring our country together.

Bills announced: 
  • Full Employment and Welfare Benefits Bill – setting out our ambition to achieve full employment, create 3 million more apprenticeships, expand our support for troubled families, and continuing to reform welfare and bring down the benefits bill.  
  • Enterprise Bill – backing businesses to create more jobs by sweeping away burdensome red tape, getting heavy handed regulators off firms’ backs and creating a Small Business Conciliation Service to help resolve disputes. 

  • Trade Unions Bill – ensuring that strikes can only go ahead with genuine support from members, minimising disruption for hardworking taxpayers. 

  • Childcare Bill – helping families by providing for an increased entitlement to 30 hours a week of free childcare available to eligible working parents of three- and four-year-olds, and requiring local authorities to publish information about the provision of childcare in the local authority area. 

  • Housing Bill – give more people the opportunity to buy a home by extending the Right to Buy to housing association tenants; building 200,000 new Starter Homes for first-time buyers; helping more people to build their own home; and working to further increase the level of housebuilding.
  • Energy Bill – continue to increase our energy security, including a strong new regulator to make sure we get the most from our oil and gas reserves, and put onshore wind into the locally led planning system. 

  • Immigration Bill – making illegal working an offence and creating a new agency to crack down on cases of exploitation. It will also make it harder for illegal migrants to live in the UK and make deportation faster.
  • Education and Adoption Bill – speeding up intervention in failing schools and continuing our significant improvements in the adoption system – so all children get the best start in life.
  • Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill – devolving the necessary powers and responsibilities to city-wide areas with elected metro mayors – helping all parts of our country benefit from a growing economy.
  • HS2 Bill – enabling the building of phase one of the new North-South rail line.