The government's planned domestic abuse legislation was confirmed in the Queen's speech today.
Addressing parliament, the Queen said the government will bring forward measures to protect individuals, families and their homes.
"Legislation will transform the approach of the justice system and other agencies to victims of domestic abuse [Domestic Abuse Bill], and minimise the impact of divorce, particularly on children [Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill]," said the Queen.
"My Ministers will continue to develop proposals to improve internet safety, and will bring forward laws to implement new building safety standards."
She also promised an immigration bill, ending free movement, which will "lay the foundation for a fair, modern and global immigration system".
Measures will be brought forward to support and strengthen the National Health Service, its workforce and resources, enabling it to deliver the highest quality care. New laws will also be introduced to support the National Health Service’s Long Term Plan in England, and to establish an independent body to investigate serious healthcare incidents [Health Service Safety Investigations Bill].
The Queen pledged to bring forward proposals to reform adult social care in England to ensure dignity in old age. Ministers will continue work to reform the Mental Health Act to improve respect for, and care of, those receiving treatment.
Violent crime will also be addressed to strengthen public confidence in the criminal justice system. New sentencing laws will see that the most serious offenders spend longer in custody to reflect better the severity of their crimes [Sentencing Bill].
Measures will be introduced to improve the justice system’s response to foreign national offenders [Foreign National Offenders Bill]. The government will work to improve safety and security in prisons and to strengthen the rehabilitation of offenders and proposals will be brought forward to ensure that victims receive the support they need and the justice they deserve.
A new duty will be placed on public sector bodies to ensure they work together to address serious violence [Serious Violence Bill]. Police officers will be provided with the protections they need to keep the population safe [Police Protections Bill] and they will also be awarded the power to arrest individuals who are wanted by trusted international partners [Extradition (Provisional Arrest) Bill].
Ministers will also ensure that all young people have access to an excellent education, unlocking their full potential and preparing them for the world of work, the Queen added.
"My government’s new economic plan will be underpinned by a responsible fiscal strategy, investing in economic growth while maintaining the sustainability of the public finances," the Queen concluded.
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