“This is a Queen’s Speech which delivers for Redditch” – the town’s MP Rachel Maclean has said as the Government sets out its agenda for the year ahead.

Yesterday’s (May 10th) Queen’s Speech set out how the Government will seize Brexit freedoms to best grow the economy and support British business – creating the economic strength and prosperity needed to ease cost of living pressures and help people into high-skilled and well-paid jobs.

Measures set out to help grow the economy and boost living standards include the landmark Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill, shifting power to local leaders to regenerate their towns and cities; the Energy Security Bill, delivering a more secure, homegrown and cheaper energy network; the Social Housing Regulation Bill, ensuring better quality homes meaning renters are not saddled with the cost and worry of unsafe homes; and the Schools Bill, raising standards for students, reforming funding and encouraging attendance.

The Government also set out how they will be using Brexit freedoms to grow and strengthen the economy, using the Brexit Freedoms Bill to give greater control over UK laws that best deliver for the British people.

Further Brexit freedoms includes the Financial Services and Markets Bill, enhancing the global leadership of the UK’s financial services sector, and the Trade (Australia and New Zealand) Bill, implementing new Free Trade Agreements as Global Britain.

Further delivering on the Government’s pledge to put 20,000 more police officers on our streets to keep our communities safer – the Queen’s Speech outlines how the Government is going further to cut crime. The promised Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Bill will bear down on criminals and kleptocrats who abuse our economy whilst the Public Order Bill will give the police new powers to keep our street safer.

This legislative agenda builds on the Government’s commitment to fund the NHS and clear the Covid backlogs – investing a record £36 billion and recruiting an additional 27,000 nurses to provide the NHS with the funding and resources it needs.

Rachel said:

“I believe this is a Queen’s Speech which delivers for Redditch and ensures we continue to deliver on our manifesto commitments.

“There were many Bills announced in the Queen’s Speech which will support the work we’re doing in Redditch to unlock our town’s full potential. From the Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill, to the Brexit Freedoms Bill and Schools Bill – we will continue our mission to ensure no one in our town is left behind, to ensure they have the skills they need for the jobs of the future, and to ensure we create the high-skilled, high-wage economy we all desire.

“I know times are tough for many of my constituents, and I will continue to support them in any way I can, just as I am already doing.

“There is a £22 billion package of support in place. I will continue to direct my constituents to access the help and support that is available.

“However, must grow our economy as this is the way we will better enable people to weather the economic storms ahead.”