The Queen’s speech (2012) “no alarms and no surprises please”

There were no surprises in the Queen’s speech.

The notes to the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill state that the government will “Overhaul the employment tribunal system, and transform the dispute resolution landscape”.

This rather vague aspiration will give the government substantial wiggle room to move ahead with the some of the following:

 The Children and Families Bill aspires to give parents access to flexible parental leave. We await the detail, but this is expected to usher in the much-anticipated shared family leave regime.

Number 10 Downing Street have published the full list of bills on their website –

It is worth having a read through the background document –

The Full list of Bills

“Measures will be brought forward to further strengthen regulation of the financial services sector and implement the recommendations of the Independent Commission on Banking.”

The main elements of the draft Bill are:

  • modernising the legal framework for care and support, to support the vision of the forthcoming White Paper on care and support
  • responding to the recommendations of the Law Commission, which conducted a three-year review into social care law
  • establishing Health Education England as a non-departmental public body
  • establishing the Health Research Authority as a non-departmental public body
  • creating a London Health Improvement Board
  • carrying out engagement and pre-legislative scrutiny on the draft Bill, as many in the social care sector have called for, to enable government to listen to people with experience and expertise, to make the most of this unique opportunity to reform the law
  • Children and Families Bill

The main benefits of the Bill would be:

The Bill will:

  • Overhaul the employment tribunal system, and transform the dispute resolution landscape.
  • Improve the effectiveness and efficiency of competition enforcement and the competitiveness of markets, by strengthening the regime and improving the speed and predictability for business.
  • Set the purpose of the UK Green Investment Bank and ensure its independence.
  • Strengthen the framework for setting directors’ pay by introducing binding votes.
  • Extend the Primary Authority scheme, reduce inspection burdens on business and strengthen the legal framework for sunset clauses on regulation.
  • Repeal unnecessary legislation, cutting the burden on business and citizens.

My Government will introduce a Bill to reform public service pensions in line with the recommendations of the report prepared by the Independent Public Service Pensions Commission.

  • Small Donations Bill
    • Charities will be able to claim top-up payments on up to £5,000 of small donations without needing Gift Aid declarations, under changes announced today in The Queen’s Speech.
    • The Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme will boost the income of charities and reduce their administrative burdens as they will not have to collect Gift Aid declarations on all small donations.
    • From April 2013, charities will be able to claim the Gift Aid-style top-up payments from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) without needing to get a Gift Aid declaration from donors.
    • The top-up payment will be 25p for every pound collected in the United Kingdom, on up to £5,000 of donations, where the individual donations are £20 or less.

      HMRC is consulting on the final policy until 25 May.

  • Water Bill (draft)

Other priorities included in the Queen’s Speech

Philip Henson


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