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The Queen's speech sets out the Conservatives' legislative programme

Week in Westminster

Published: 29 May 2015 | Author: Michelle Vosper

This week’s Queen's speech set out the Conservative’s legislative programme as a majority government (the first for 20 years) for the 2015/16 parliamentary session.

As promised before the election, the government will introduce a Housing Bill which will seek to:

  • extend the Right to Buy scheme to cover housing association tenants, and compel local authorities to dispose of high-value vacant council homes as a means of funding affordable housing;
  • provide the statutory framework required to deliver a programme of starter homes, to be offered to young first-time purchasers at a 20 per cent discount;
  • introduce a statutory brownfield land register to support the use of Local Development Orders, and seek to simplify and speed up neighbourhood planning, as well as making other changes to relevant laws to support housing growth; and
  • implement a “Right to Build” by requiring councils to support registered self-builders in identifying suitable land for projects.

The government will also introduce a Bank of England Bill to further strengthen the governance and accountability of the Bank building on the changes made in the Financial Stability Act 2012. The Bill will also include measures which will work towards the Bank governor's vision for aligning monetary policy, macro prudential policy and micro prudential regulation.

A full list of bills and their background notes are available on the Cabinet Office's website.