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Brown's agenda unveiled in Queen's Speech

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Prime minister Gordon Brown's programme for the next year has been outlined in the Queen's Speech.

Outlining Mr Brown's plans in her speech, the Queen said: "My government will take forward policies to respond to the rising aspirations of the people of theUnited Kingdom; to ensure security for all; and to entrust more power to Parliament and the people."

Brown's programme includes:

Housing & Regeneration Bill

  • The government has pledged up to 240,000 new homes a year by 2016

  • A new homes & communities agency to ensure there are enough homes to rent and buy and will oversee the provision of social housing and promote regeneration

Education Bill

  • School leaving age raised to 18

  • Every 18-year old offered a grant to do an apprenticeship

  • Fines and Anti-Social Behaviour Orders imposed on those who refuse help to get back into to work, training or education

Criminal Justice & Immigration Bill

  • Imprisonment for those who incite hatred of homosexuals

  • Powers to toughen sentences for dangerous offenders and end automatic sentence reductions

  • Proposition of a new immigration status for terrorists and serious criminals who cannot be removed from theUK

Climate Change Bill

  • Households recycling majority of their waste to receive a£50 rebate

  • Legally binding targets to cut carbon dioxide emissions by 60% by 2050

  • Bill to make the UKthe first in the world to introduce a legally binding framework to reduce carbon dioxide emissions

Planning Reform Bill

  • A new independent planning commission will be established to approve nationally important projects such as nuclear power stations, airports and roads. It will require developers to consult communities about proposals

  • Billto reform the planning system, providing for quicker and more transparent decision making

Care ServicesBill

  • Bill to improve services for vulnerable children and young people, including those in care

  • Proposals to help people achieve a better balance between work and family life

Local Transport Bill

  • Legislation to tackle congestion and improve public transport and allow local areas the freedom to develop road-pricing schemes

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