Queen's Speech

(May 07, 2013)

Steve - Lost Generation

Tomorrow the country will know whether or not the Government is listening to them as they set out their legislative programme for the upcoming year. 

Ultimately it will be for you to decide whether or not you think Cameron and Clegg are on your side and working hard for you but I want you to be clear where Labour is. 

If the Queen was delivering a Labour Government's Queen Speech tomorrow, it would contain the following Bills:

A Jobs Bill. There are nearly 1million young people out of work and unemployment has risen since David Cameron became Prime Minister. The bill would introduce a compulsory jobs guarantee which would mean a paid job for every adult who is out of work for more than two years. They would have to take the job or lose their benefits. The bill would also guarantee a six month paid job for a young person out of work for over a year, and would place a requirement on large firms getting government contracts to have apprenticeship schemes

A finance bill. Our economy has barely grown since 2010 which means that borrowing is up, and prices are rising faster than wages. The finance bill would kick start our economy and help make work pay with a 10p rate of tax, by reversing the government's VAT rise and by bringing in a one year national insurance tax break for every small firm which takes on extra workers

A consumers bill. Rail fares are rising by up to 9% a year, energy bills are on average £300 a year higher since the last election, and pensioners are discovering that up to half their pension has been wiped out by hidden costs and charges. The bill would take a range of action to demand a better deal for customers, such as creating a new tougher energy watchdog, a new legal right to the cheapest train ticket for a journey and capping pension scheme charges at 1%

A banking bill. Lending to businesses is falling month on month and the government has failed to take any effective action. The bill would establish a British Investment Bank and new regional banks to support businesses and help them grow

A housing bill. The housing market has changed and there are now up to 3.8 million households renting privately. The housing bill would tackle extortionate fees and would take action against rogue landlords in the private rented sector

An immigration bill. There is evidence across certain sectors that migrant workers are being paid less than the minimum wage. The immigration bill would use economic measures to stop workers having their wages illegally undercut.

You be the judge.

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