Queen’s Speech: Plastic bag charge, childcare support, better pensions and more

June 4, 2014 11:53 AM
Originally published by UK Liberal Democrats

Today's Queen's Speech represents the Liberal Democrats' approach to government, focussing on putting Britain securely on the road to economic recovery, doing so in a way that is fair to all.

By sticking to our economic plan, we have been able to create jobs, boost growth and reduce the deficit.

Liberal Democrats want as many people to feel the benefits of this recovery, not just a few.


The Queen's Speech is a programme for continued recovery and shows the strength and values of Liberal Democrats in government.

Key Liberal Democrat policies reinforced in the Queen's Speech include:

  • The biggest reforms to the pension system since its inception. These reforms have been conceived and driven by Liberal Democrat pensions minister Steve Webb.
  • Major reforms to the childcare system, providing working families with financial support towards childcare costs.
  • Introducing a charge on single use plastic bags to protect the environment.
  • Reforms to pub rules, protecting landlords from unfair treatment by large pub companies.
  • Ensuring the delivery of zero carbon homes.
  • A crackdown on employers who abuse zero hours contracts.
  • A focus on infrastructure to improve economic development and providing support to new and small businesses.