The government set out its legislative agenda in the Queen’s Speech delivered by heir apparent Prince Charles earlier this year.
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Representing the Queen, who Buckingham Palace has said is experiencing “episodic mobility problems”, Prince Charles announced plans for 38 new laws that the Government hopes to pass over the coming year.
Here are some of the key laws announced today.
Leveling and Regeneration Bill
The bill aims to “drive local growth and empower local leaders to regenerate their territories,” Prince Charles announced today. It does this by giving mayors and council heads the power to rent vacant high street businesses for residential use in the hope that this will rejuvenate city centers.
The bill will also introduce a “locally determined, non-negotiable levy” to be paid by developers to provide the infrastructure needed by local communities, such as schools, new roads and housing.
The Government has said its Transport Act will “improve transport across the UK, provide safer, cleaner services and enable more innovation”.
The government plans to set up a new state body, Great British Railways, which will have “contractual powers for passenger services with targets and budgets set by the government,” she explained The guard.
The bill will also “legalize self-driving and remote-controlled vehicles and support the introduction of more charging points for electric vehicles,” it said Sky news.
Online Safety Law
This “mammoth” law is intended to fulfill a government promise to better regulate content appearing on the Internet, he said BBC. It is the “most comprehensive” law that was adopted from the last parliamentary session, he said i news website as it has not progressed in the time available.
Among the many things the bill will cover, it will “impose a duty of care on online companies like Facebook and Twitter to protect users from illegal and harmful content” and make Ofcom the regulator of online safety, “with fines of up to £18m or 10% of global annual revenue for serious infringements,” Sky News said.
Public Order Bill
The bill will give police new powers to crack down on disruptive tactics used by protest groups like Insulate Britain and Extinction Rebellion.
It will announce new offenses to prevent protesters from “tying” themselves to national infrastructure to “reintroduce measures scrapped by the House of Lords in January,” The Guardian said. The bill will also expand inspection and search powers and make obstructing transportation projects illegal.
Brexit Freedoms Bill
This bill aims to capitalize on “the opportunities presented by the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union” and will allow the government to more easily amend laws inherited from the EU once the UK leaves the bloc.
It also aims to cut £1bn in “burdensome EU red tape for businesses”, Sky News reported.
This will encourage schools to become part of larger foundations to try and “raise the standards”. It will also implement a national funding formula to “ensure that funds are allocated to each school on an equal basis,” i News explained.
Energy Security Act
The bill aims to “build on the success of the COP26 Summit in Glasgow last year” and includes new powers to promote renewable energy and deliver on a pledge to build up to eight nuclear power stations and to increase wind and solar power generation in the UK increase .
There were some notable omissions in the Queen’s speech this year, including plans for an Employment Bill first announced by the Government in 2019.
Measures such as “flexible labor rights, protections against pregnancy discrimination and the right for staff to keep all tips” were all hoped for in the long-awaited bill, first announced in the Queen’s speech three years ago, the said BBC. This has prompted unions to accuse the government of “turning its back” on workers.
Another proposed piece of legislation that did not surface was a controversial bill that would allow the government to revise the Northern Ireland Protocol.
It would “actually give Johnson the power to overrule any aspect of the implementation of the protocol if ministers felt it jeopardized the peace accord,” he reported The times last week.
A “senior government source” told the newspaper that while the proposed bill was not scheduled to be included in the Queen’s speech, it “could be announced shortly thereafter if no progress had been made with Brussels”.
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