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Reaction to the Queen’s Speech

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The response has been mixed to all aspects of prime minister Gordon Brown's agenda set out in the Queen's Speech.

Education bill

National Children's Home Clare Tickell, chief executive: “There can be a variety of reasons why young people do not access training and education post 16 and any reforms must be tailored to meet young people’s individual needs. However, introducing penalties will only risk further ostracising those these measures aim to help."

Children’s Poverty Action Group Kate Green, chief executive: “New skills and training rights for adults and legislation to address the number of young people not in employment, skills or training will help address poverty linked to skills shortages."

GMBPaul Kenny, general secretary: “GMB has two problems with this proposal. First, there is no evidence that using compulsion on young adults will work. Second, the proposal was not in the 2005 election manifesto. GMB advocates sticking to the voluntary approach spelt out in that manifesto."

Planning ReformBill

Andrew Stunell MP, Lib Dem shadow local government secretary: “There’s a real risk the Planning Reform billwill lead to a bulldozing of local opinion in a bogus quest for faster decisions."

Campaign to Protect RuralEngland Ben Stafford,head of campaigns: “The Queen’s Speech is a lot of Brown and not much green."

Children and Young Persons bill

Children’s Poverty Action Group Kate Green, chief executive: “Children in care and their future families are at very high risk of poverty, so legislation to improve care standards and transition into adult life can help towards ending child poverty."

Local Transport bill

Campaign for Better Transport Stephen Joseph, executive director:“The bill can help if it really improves bus services and uses road charging to fund them and other public transport. However, we are concerned that unless good public transport and local services are provided from day one, the new housing that’s planned will entrench car dependence and high carbon emissions."

Housing and regeneration bill

UnisonDave Prentis, general secretary: “Affordable housing is a key issue for our members and for this nation. These measures are welcomed but affordable housing will still be out of the reach of many tens of thousands of public service workers delivering essential services. Building social housing would be the bold step forward that is needed to solve that problem."

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