The Queen’s speech today outlined the Government’s plans for its final year, ahead of the General Election next spring – putting child care, pensions and housing at the top of its agenda.
Today’s speech outlined more Liberal Democrat policies than was expected, with tax-free childcare, free school meals, EU reform, powers to recall your MP and 5p plastic bag charges all high on the list of tasks for the Government’s fifth year.
The plans laid out today look set to have a huge impact locally with around 6210 working families in Sutton set to receive up to £2,000 to ease the cost of childcare. It means a family with two children under 12-years-old could benefit by up to £4,000 a year.
Liberal Democrat MP for Carshalton and Wallington, Tom Brake said: “since 2010, our Pupil Premium and success in raising the Income Tax threshold to £10,500, along with today’s plans for tax-free childcare and free school meals, really are levelling the playing field and helping to create a fairer society.”
The Queen also announced that “legislation will be introduced to help make the United Kingdom the most attractive place to start, finance and grow a business.” And that the Coalition would ensure a “stronger role for member states” of the European Union.
Tom added: “I am proud of our commitment to building a stronger economy; since 2010, we have seen in Carshalton and Wallington unemployment fall, thousands of apprenticeships created and the number of JSA claimants significantly lower than the national average.”