The Government’s priorities set out in the Queen’s Speech shows “we are continuing to deliver for Redditch” – the town’s MP Rachel Maclean has said.

Yesterday (May 11th), Her Majesty The Queen set out the Government’s legislative programme for the year ahead at the State Opening of Parliament.

The Government’s priorities will be focused on supporting the nation’s recovery from the impact of the pandemic and to go further to unite and level up the country.

The Queen’s Speech sets out how we will beat COVID-19 and back our NHS by prioritising recovery in NHS services to bring down waiting times and deliver the care that people need.

The Government will introduce the Health and Care Bill which will lay the foundations for a more integrated and efficient health and care system and ensure patients receive more tailored and preventative care closer to home, and by bringing forward proposals for adult social care reform in 2021.

The UK will build back better, supporting jobs and our economic recovery by publishing a landmark Levelling Up White Paper which will set out bold new policy interventions that grasp the opportunities of Brexit to improve livelihoods in all parts of the UK.

The Skills and Post-16 Education Bill will be introduced to transform access to skills across the country, ensuring that people can train and retrain at any stage in their lives, supporting them to move into higher quality, higher skilled jobs and equipping the workforce with the skills employers need.

Our rail and bus networks will be reformed to deliver a better, greener and more reliable service for passengers, including simpler fares.

In this new session of Parliament, the Government will pass the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill which will ensure we can cut crime, support our police and build confidence in our criminal justice system by reforming bail, and modernising court processes.

A draft Victims Bill will be brought forward which will place the simplified and stronger set of rights for victims, set out in the new Victims’ Code, on a statutory footing.

New immigration legislation will be introduced to better protect and support those in genuine need of asylum, deter illegal entry into the UK, break the business model of criminal trafficking networks and protect the lives of those they endanger, and remove more easily from the UK those with no right to be here.

The UK will build back fairer, improving and increasing opportunity by strengthening the regulatory system for building safety, introduce the Leasehold Reform Bill which will ensure leaseholders of new, long residential leases cannot be charged a financial ground rent for no tangible service and by banning conversion therapy – ensuring harmful and coercive practices are prohibited.

And the UK will build back greener and cleaner by continuing to lead the way globally in acting on climate change, hosting the vital COP26 climate negotiations in November, and by implementing the Environment Bill, which will set legally binding targets, restore nature and biodiversity, tackle air pollution.

Rachel said:

“We are continuing to deliver for Redditch by making true on the promises this Government and I made in our manifesto.

“We’re doing this by supporting jobs, businesses and our economy, creating safer streets and neighbourhoods, and achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.”