Queen’s Speech: 16 Things You Need To Know

Amid cries of a “zombie Government”, the coalition has laid out what it claims are “bold measures” in the Queen’s Speech.

Sky News looks at the some of the key points from the annual address:

1) Pensioners can buy Lamborghinis – pensioners will no longer be forced to buy an annuity but will be able to spend their retirement savings as they wish. They will get free financial advice. Pensions minister Steve Webb came under fire for saying they should be free to buy Lamborghinis if they wanted to.

2) Change the EU- Britain will fight for reform in Europe and a “stronger role for member states”.

3) Benefits cap – a limit on the amounts the Government can pay out in benefits is another of the key measures.

4) Housing bubble? What housing bubble? -despite warnings Help to Buy could be potentially damaging to the housing market, there is a commitment for ministers to continue to promote the scheme.

5) Sack your MP- voters will be given the power to effectively sack their MPs if they are found to have broken the rules.

6) More academies and free schools – Education Secretary Michael Gove’s drive for more state-funded schools that operate independently of the local authority will continue.

7) 5p plastic bags – charges on supermarket carrier bags will be introduced from October 2015.

8) Free school meals – every infant will get free school meals under Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg’s long-championed scheme.

9) Modern slavery – people traffickers will be given tougher sentences under moves championed by Home Secretary Theresa May.

10) Childcare changes – working parents will get up to2,000 of tax-free childcare vouchers. An extension of free nursery hours for more disadvantaged two-year-olds has also been outlined.

11) “Cinderella law”- parents could be jailed for up to 10 yearsfor subjecting their children to emotional cruelty, including withholding affection.

12) Acts of heroism -do-gooders who step in to help others in trouble will be offered protection from prosecution.

13) Frack away -shale gas firms will be able to drill under private property without permission.

14) Forces complaints – a new ombudsman will be created to oversee complaints in the Armed Forces.

15) Workers’ rights – measures to combat unfairness of zero hours contracts, higher penalties for those who fail to pay the minimum wage and moves to tackle employment tribunal delays are all included.

16) Golden goodbyes in the public sector – excessive redundancy payouts of public sector workers who then take up other posts within the public sector will be limited.

4 June 2014 | 12:16 pm – Source: orange.co.uk

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