Queen’s Speech: what’s in it for young people?

19 May 2016

Queen’s Speech

The Prime Minister promised a Queen’s Speech which would improve the life chances of the most disadvantaged. Here are the bills which relate to young people.


Education for All Bill

  • Academies expanded in the poorest local areas with a view to creating a system in which all schools are academies

Children and Social Work Bill

  • Prioritising permanent adoption over short-term placements to get children and young people out of the care system quicker.
  • New care leavers’ covenant to provide young people leaving care with better support, designed to ‘transform the outcomes of children in care’.
    • Councils required to tell children leaving care what services they are entitled to
    • All care leavers to have right to personal adviser to the age of 25

Higher Education and Research Bill

  • Making it easier for new universities to open and reforming funding to link it to the quality of teaching rather than student numbers.

Analysis: The intention here is to increase social mobility by increasing competition as many universities do not recruit a diverse student population (just 27 black students went to Oxford in 2014)

Digital Economy Bill

  • Requirement for age verification on online pornography sites.

National Citizen Service Bill previously announced in the budget

  • Expansion of NCS and duty on schools and councils to promote the scheme to all young people

Prison and Court Reform Bill

  • New “reform” prisons to be opened, with emphasis on training, rehabilitation and education.
  • More statistics on post-release offending and employment rates to be published.

Counter-Extremism and Safeguarding Bill

  • New powers of intervention to tackle radicalisation of children in “unregulated education settings”

Soft Drinks Industry Levy  previously announced in the budget

  • New levy on producers of drinks with added sugar content to come into force in April 2018.
  • Money raised will be used to increase funding for school sports, after-school activities and breakfast clubs.