The Prime Minister promised a Queen’s Speech which would improve the life chances of the most disadvantaged. Here are the bills which relate to young people.
Education for All Bill
- Academies expanded in the poorest local areas with a view to creating a system in which all schools are academies
Children and Social Work Bill
- Prioritising permanent adoption over short-term placements to get children and young people out of the care system quicker.
- New care leavers’ covenant to provide young people leaving care with better support, designed to ‘transform the outcomes of children in care’.
- Councils required to tell children leaving care what services they are entitled to
- All care leavers to have right to personal adviser to the age of 25
Higher Education and Research Bill
- Making it easier for new universities to open and reforming funding to link it to the quality of teaching rather than student numbers.
Analysis: The intention here is to increase social mobility by increasing competition as many universities do not recruit a diverse student population (just 27 black students went to Oxford in 2014)
Digital Economy Bill
- Requirement for age verification on online pornography sites.
National Citizen Service Bill –previously announced in the budget
- Expansion of NCS and duty on schools and councils to promote the scheme to all young people
Prison and Court Reform Bill
- New “reform” prisons to be opened, with emphasis on training, rehabilitation and education.
- More statistics on post-release offending and employment rates to be published.
Counter-Extremism and Safeguarding Bill
- New powers of intervention to tackle radicalisation of children in “unregulated education settings”
Soft Drinks Industry Levy – previously announced in the budget
- New levy on producers of drinks with added sugar content to come into force in April 2018.
- Money raised will be used to increase funding for school sports, after-school activities and breakfast clubs.