Migrant curbs in Queen's Speech

Measures to tackle immigration are among the measures unveiled in the Queen's Speech, as the Government unveils its legislative plans this coming year.

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Jeremy Hunt: Social care system is 'bureaucratic'

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said the UK faces a "very, very big challenge" with its "ageing society".

Speaking to Daybreak about the Queen's Speech, he said: "There's a lot of pressure on the [adult social care] system and one of things we need to be a lot better at, is joining up the health and social care system."

Mr Hunt added that the Queen will announce measures to help do this, so people no longer feel "pushed between pillar to post" through the "bureaucratic" social care system.


Social care funding outlook 'even bleaker'

The "already bleak outlook" for social care funding is expected to become "even bleaker", according to a survey on social care budgets.

The survey, carried out by the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS), shows that directors of adult social services are planning to save £800 million in the next 12 months - resulting in a shortfall in services for older people and people with disabilities.

Between 2011 and 2014, £2.68 billion will have been removed from the adult social care budget, ADASS said.

Gazing into the next two years, without additional investment from that already planned, an already bleak outlook becomes even bleaker.

Directors everywhere are well aware of the difficult economic choices the country is facing and having to make. And we are well aware of the enormous help given to our departments by inward transfers of NHS funds.

Social services departments, too, have gone many an extra mile to make their services more efficient although, as our survey shows, these efficiencies are sometimes nowhere near so 'painless' as they sometimes seem.

Prince Charles and Camilla to attend Queen's Speech

Charles and Camilla will accompany the Queen at the State Opening of Parliament today. Credit: VI Images/VI Images/Press Association Images

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess will attend the State Opening of Parliament today. Charles has previously accompanied the Queen to the occasion 11 times, but not since 1996.

Charles will sit to the right of the Queen during the speech while Camilla will sit to the right of Charles. A Clarence House spokesperson said:

"Their Royal Highnesses' role is one of support. There is a precedent for the Prince of Wales to join Her Majesty for a State Opening of Parliament. The Prince of Wales often supports the Queen on state occasions, and his and the Duchess's diaries were clear on this occasion."

Queen attends her 70th State Opening of Parliament

This year marks the 70th year of the Queen attending the State Opening of Parliament.

Queen Elizabeth II proceeds through the Royal Gallery during the State Opening of Parliament last year Credit: Richard Pohle/The Times/PA Archive

Queen Elizabeth began attending with her father before she became Queen in 1943.

During this time there has been two occasions where the Queen did not attend, the first when she was pregnant with Prince Andrew, and the second when pregnant with Prince Edward.


Coalition unveils new immigration bill

The government will outline their plans to reduce migration during the Queen's Speech today by introducing a new Immigration Bill that will limit the rights of immigrants to access the NHS and fine businesses found exploiting illegal labour. The Bill will include the following measures:

  • Private landlords will face finds if they fail to check on the immigration status of tenants
  • Substantial fines will be imposed on businesses hiring illegal immigrants
  • Incomers' access to NHS services will be regulated
  • Temporary migrants will be expected to make a contribution

The Bill will write into law the government's policy of ensuring Article 8 of the Human Right's Act, the right to family life, is not abused and courts balance the crime against the perpetrator's right to remain in the country.

Cameron pledges to 'make Britain great again'

Prime Minister David Cameron will acknowledges that the path to economic recover has been "tough" but will pledge to back the people of Britain "every step of the way" to make the nation great again. In a joint forward to today's speech, they will say:

In May 2010 we came together to govern in the national interest. We knew the road ahead would be tough and so it has proved to be. But three years on, our resolve to turn our country around has never been stronger.

We know that Britain can be great again because we've got the people to do it. Today's Queen's Speech shows that we will back them every step of the way. It is all about backing people who work hard and want to get on in life.

Immigration curbs unveiled in Queen's Speech

The Queen making her speech to the House of Lords last year Credit: ITV News

Measures to tackle immigration will be unveiled during the Queen's Speech today as the government unveils the measures it wants to get through parliament this coming year.

There will be a crackdown on rogue employers who take on illegal migrants and strengthened powers to deport foreign criminals by preventing the abuse of human rights laws.

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