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Queen's speech 23/06/2017

The Queen's speech delivered at the state opening of Parliament on 21 June contained little in the way of new housing legislation, however it did promise that the Government would bring forward "proposals to ban unfair tenant fees, promote fairness and transparency in the housing market, and help ensure more homes are built". Proposals will be brought forward in a draft Tenant Fees Bill.


The Queen's speech also confirmed that the "Government will initiate a full public enquiry into the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower to ascertain the causes, and ensure that the appropriate lessons are learnt". The speech also contained a promise to "take forward measures to introduce an independent public advocate, who will act for bereaved families after a public disaster and support them at public inquests".


The Background Briefing Paper to the Queen's speech also confirms that residents, the families of the deceased, The Mayor of London and HM opposition will be consulted on the terms of reference under which the Inquiry will proceed.


The Briefing Paper also promises that the Government"will be assessing the position on Building Regulations, recognising the need to take account of Public Inquiry interim findings and conclusions".


A "Smart Meter Bill" will also be introduced to continue to support the roll out of smart meters and ensure that "smart meters will be offered to every household and business by the end of 2020" claiming that smart meters will provide annual savings on energy bills of £300 million across all households rising to £1.2 billion per annum by 2030.



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