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Queen’s Speech: key aspects for local government


Queen’s Speech 2012

The Queen has delivered her speech to the House of Lords setting out the Coalition Government’s programme for the next Parliamentary year.  The speech centred on measures to focus on “economic growth, justice and constitutional reform.”

The Cabinet Office has released some very useful briefing notes.

Bills Relevant to Local Government 

Children and Families Bill

Reform to SEN support

Reforming the family justice system

Flexible parental leave

Stopping local authorities delaying adoption

Strengthening the role of the Children’s Commisisoner


Energy Bill

Introducing a system of low-carbon generation revenue support


Electoral Registration and Administration Bill

Introduction of individual electoral registration from 2012


Public Service Pensions Bill

Changes to public service pensions provision 

Beginning implementation of the final proposed agreements reached with the Trade Unions on the three largest schemes


Draft Care and Support Bill

‘Modernising care and support to ensure that local authorities fit their service around the needs, outcome and experience of people’ 

Building on progress of personal budgets

Modernising the legal framework  to support the forthcoming White Paper

Responding to the recommendations of the Law Commission 


Draft Local Audit Bill

Abolishing the Audit Commission 

Requiring local bodies to appoint auditors based on the advice of an independent auditor panel 


Draft Water Bill

Allowing every business and public body to switch its water and sewerage supplier


Full List of Bills

Banking Reform Bill

Children and Families Bill

Crime and Courts Bill

Croatia Accession Bill

Defamation Bill

Energy Bill

Electoral Registration and Administration Bill

Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill

European Union (Approval of Treaty Amendment Decision) Bill

Groceries Code Adjudicator Bill

House of Lords Reform Bill

Justice and Security Bill

Pensions Bill

Public Service Pensions Bill

Small Donations Bill

Draft Bills

Draft Care and Support Bill

Draft Communication Data Bill

Draft Local Audit Bill

Draft Water Bill

A full briefing will follow on Bills relevant to local government. 


Andy Sawford has published the Local Government ‘Alternative Queen’s Speech’. This can be accessed on the LGiU blog through the following link: