|The Queen's Speech|
|Friday, 05 December 2008 11:49|
I won’t go into too much detail about Wednesday’s Queen’s Speech, but I feel I should give it at least a passing mention as it was largely sidelined in yesterday’s newspapers by Sarah Brown’s hat-wearing escapades (nice to see our press focusing on the substantive issues of the day!).
The legislation outlined in the speech will tackle many of the worries people up and down the country face.
First and foremost it’s about security and fairness.
The Homeowners Mortgage Support Scheme will ensure that anyone with a mortgage of up to £200,000 pounds, who has lost their job, will be able to defer payments and stay in their home for two years (up to £400,000 for couples where one of them loses their job) – it will also apply to people who lose well paid jobs and have to take work that pays significantly less.
This is bold legislation that will make a real difference to the wellbeing of countless homeowners in the difficult times we face.
But the government isn’t stopping there. The Banking Bill will do more to protect you and your savings, and there will be more help for those who want to save with the Saving Gateway Accounts Bill.
Equalities legislation, the Health Bill, Welfare Reform Bill, and Child Poverty Bill show a government with new ideas prepared to go the distance and do more than ever to make Britain a fairer more just society to live in.
But don’t take my word for it. Check out Gordon’s webcast on the Queen’s Speech here and read more about the new legislation here.
Then tell me what you think about it.
I love to hear from you all and make every effort to respond to your suggestions and queries.
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