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
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.