Queen’s Speech: Prime Minister promises to ‘cut cost of living’ as Prince of Wales reads Government’s legislative program for year ahead | UK News

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Boris Johnson promised to ‘grow and strengthen the economy and help ease the cost of living for families’ through new measures in the Queen’s Speech.

The speech, which outlines the government’s legislative program for the coming year, focused heavily on the economy as the Prime Minister aims to get the country back on track after the covid pandemic while simultaneously tackling rising cost of living challenges.

But Mr Johnson warned that the government could not ‘fully shield’ people from spiraling costs, with inflation set to hit a 40-year high later in 2022 – and no immediate additional help for households has come. been announced.

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The government highlighted the £22billion aid package for energy bills, tax cuts and other measures already announced and hinted at further support in the future.

The speech was read by the Prince of Wales as the Queen missed the official opening of Parliament for the first time in almost 60 years as she continues to experience “episodic mobility issues”.

The monarch, 96, is said to have watched the proceedings on television from Windsor Castle.

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“Focused Like a Laser”

The Prince of Wales said the government’s priority was to “grow and strengthen the economy and help ease the cost of living for families”.

“My government will increase opportunities in all parts of the country and help more people find work,” he said.

In a tweet ahead of the state opening, the prime minister said his government was “focused like a laser” on the issues that matter most to the public.

But Labor has repeatedly said the government is not doing enough to help ease pressures from households as bills continue to soar.

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Prince Charles reads the Queen’s Speech, after Her Majesty pulled out of the ceremony due to continuing mobility issues.

In total, the speech contained 38 bills, including seven measures scrapping European regulation, as ministers seek to reap the benefits of Brexit.

These include:

• a British Bill of Rights – to replace the Human Rights Act

• Brexit Freedom Bills, repealing hundreds of EU pieces of legislation still in force in the UK

• A Schools Bill for England – to crack down on truancy, reform the funding system and increase the powers of education watchdogs

• a media bill, allowing the controversial privatization of Channel 4

• A Leveling and Regeneration Bill – giving local leaders the power to rejuvenate high streets

• a public order bill – preventing so-called highly disruptive tactics used by protest groups

• a Mental Health Bill – which will revise existing powers

• an energy law – committing to build up to eight new nuclear power stations to increase wind and solar power.

• a transport bill – to “simplify the railways” and provide a better and more reliable service for passengers

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Every major announcement from this year’s Queen’s Speech

Elsewhere in the speech there was a commitment to reform the planning system ‘to involve locals more in local development’ and to put forward proposals ‘to establish an independent regulator of English football’.

Stop “heinous practices”

The Prince of Wales said the government will ‘play a leading role in defending democracy and freedom across the world’ amid war in Ukraine and take action to prevent ‘dangerous and illegal crossings of the English Channel” and fight against the criminal gangs who profit from the trips.

He continued: “Her Majesty’s Ministers will continue to seize the opportunities of the UK’s departure from the European Union, to support economic growth. Business regulations will be repealed and reformed.”

Measures to improve the regulation of social housing and the ban on conversion therapy were also mentioned.

The Conversion Therapy Bill will seek to end “heinous practices that don’t work and cause massive harm” and protect people’s freedom to love whoever they want, the government has said.

Things that weren’t in the speech include a bill that would have created a single agency to enforce employee rights and made flexible working the default option for staff.

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II reads the Queen's Speech from the Throne during the official opening of Parliament in the House of Lords in London, Wednesday May 18, 2016. Queen Elizabeth II celebrates her 96th birthday privately on Thursday April 21, 2022, retreating to the Sandringham estate in eastern England, which offered the monarch and her late husband Prince Philip a safe haven from affairs of state.  (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, file)
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The Queen’s mobility issues caused her to miss the lavish opening of Parliament for the first time in 59 years
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Debate to last six days

The Queen pulled out of the ceremony with a statement from Buckingham Palace on Monday saying she had “reluctantly” decided not to attend this year on the advice of royal doctors.

The Duke of Cambridge was also present at the official opening for the first time, jointly opening the new session of Parliament on behalf of the Queen as Councilors of State with her father.

The Queen has so far only missed the opening of Parliament twice during her reign on the throne – in 1959 and 1963, when she was pregnant.

The speech itself lasted nine minutes and MPs in the Commons will debate its content on Tuesday afternoon and for the next six days.

The Liberal Democrats said the Queen’s Speech ‘does nothing to help the millions of families and pensioners facing soaring bills and mind-boggling inflation’.

Leader Sir Ed Davey added: “The Tories have failed to cut VAT which would have saved families an average of £600, failed to help pensioners and failed to help the most vulnerable in our society.”

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