A host of new bills will be unveiled in Tuesday’s Queen’s Speech, during which the monarch will open the new Parliamentary session and list Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s legislative agenda.
The speech is expected to focus on supporting the health service through the backlog of millions of people left waiting for care due to the Covid-19 pandemic as well as introducing new mental health reforms.
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But Mr Johnson is set to face heavy criticism if he fails to bring forward long-awaited social care reforms, promised by the Prime Minister almost two years ago.
The Government is also expected to focus new laws on further education and training as well as providing a jobs boost in the so-called “blue wall” seats.
According to reports in The Sunday Times, the Prime Minister will promise to bring jobs and skills directly to the voters in the northern and midlands regions who switched to his party, handing him an historic election victory.
The Prime Minister will reportedly say young people in these regions will not have to leave their home towns to find good jobs and will, instead, be able to “live local and prosper” under his plans.
A new Animal Sentience Bill will give pets the legal right to have feelings, The Telegraph reported, and fresh state aid and duty measures will be introduced to capitalise on the UK’s break away from the European Union.
New planning reforms and a crackdown on voter fraud, including tightening rules around absent voting and voter intimidation, are also likely to be featured.
The new measures will include a ban on postal vote harvesting by limiting the number of votes a person can hand in at a polling station on behalf of others.
Voter intimidation will be listed as a form of undue influence in law to protect people from being coerced into giving up control over their vote.
These, which include an Employment Bill based around workers’ rights, a Renters’ Reform Bill and a Building Safety Bill, are expected to be included in this year’s legislation.
The Prime Minister is also facing a list of demands from campaigners, including those urging him to stick by his pledge to announce reform of social care.
Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove said the reforms would be “heading for the statute books” by the end of the year but did not confirm that they would be introduced in Tuesday’s state opening of Parliament.
Unions are also pushing for the Government to make the practice of “fire and rehire” of workers illegal under the expected Employment Bill.
The controversial method allows companies to threaten to sack workers unless they accept cuts in pay and conditions.