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Queen’s Speech 2014

by AprilSix Proof

Legislation announced for coalition’s final year of office

At Wednesday’s State Opening of Parliament, the Queen announced the government’s legislative agenda for the final year of the coalition’s current term of office.

“This Queen’s Speech marks the next big step in our long-term plan for Britain” said David Cameron and Nick Clegg. “Its aim: to secure the recovery for our country. We want a Britain that earns its keep and makes its way in the world, with a strong economy, a fair society and peace of mind for all that live here.”

Proposed legislation mentioned in the speech will give voters the opportunity to recall MPs, give those over 55 the opportunity to withdraw their pension savings as they wish, and implement tougher penalties for firms abusing zero hours contracts.

Proposed energy reforms were also included, with the Queen saying: “my government will introduce a bill to bolster investment in infrastructure and reform planning law to improve economic competitiveness. The bill will enhance the United Kingdom’s energy independence and security by opening up access to shale and geothermal sites and maximising North Sea resources. Legislation will allow for the creation of an allowable solutions scheme to enable all new homes to be built to a zero carbon standard and will guarantee long-term investment in the road network.”

Read the full speech here