New laws to ensure the UK builds back better and stronger from the pandemic will be unveiled in next week’s Queen’s Speech.
Following the global impact of coronavirus the Government’s clams its new legislative programme will be focussed on ‘supporting the nation’s recovery, backing the NHS, levelling up and spreading opportunity’.
It is to support jobs, businesses and the economy, while delivering the Government’s commitments to create safer streets and achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
The Prime Minister Boris Johnson said:
The impact of the pandemic on people’s lives has been unique in our history.
My Government is still focussed on beating this disease, saving lives and livelihoods and rolling out vaccines, but I am also determined that we look forward and get on with fulfilling the promises we have made to the British people.
Not only will we address the legacies of the pandemic, we will go further to unite and level up the country, fight crime and create opportunities up and down the country for businesses and families to build brighter futures.
The State Opening of Parliament on Tuesday 11th May 2021 follows the delivery of 44 bills in the last Parliamentary session, including the legal framework to strike new trade deals and powers to regain control over borders.
A number of bills will be carried over to complete their passage in the next session. This includes the Environment Bill to set legally binding environmental targets.
Laws to protect the public, support the police and deliver Manifesto commitments to cut crime will also return, with the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill set to overhaul sentencing to keep serious sexual and violent offenders behind bars for longer.
The Government’s agenda, to be set out in next week’s Queen’s Speech, will continue to reflect that ambition to not only fight COVID-19 and recover from its impacts, but ‘to build back better’.