Ahead of the Queen’s Speech on 27 May, Prime Minister David Cameron said:
“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.
A country that backs those who work hard and do the right thing.
This is the Queen’s Speech for working people from a ‘one nation’ government that will bring our country together.
We have a mandate from the British people, a clear manifesto and the instruction to deliver. And we will not waste a single moment in getting on with the task.”
The proposed legislation includes:
- A ban on income tax, VAT and national insurance increases for five years
- A freeze on working age benefits, tax credits and child benefit for two years from 2016/17
- 30 hours free childcare a week for three and four-year-olds by 2017
- Cutting the total amount one household can claim in benefits from £26,000 to £23,000
- More devolution for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and “English Votes for English Laws” at Westminster
- 500 more free schools and more failing and “coasting” schools turned into academies
- A ban on so-called legal highs
- A “truly seven day” NHS by 2020