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Queen's Speech: What's in it for you and Wales

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Measures to ban rises in income tax, VAT or national insurance over the next five years are at the heart of the first Conservative-only Queen's Speech in almost two decades, unveiled amid lavish ceremony at Westminster.

As expected a Wales Bill will hand new powers over energy, transport and local government to the Welsh Assembly.

Measures will also be introduced to give English MPs the final say on legislation affecting only England at Westminster.

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Local communities will also have the final say in bids to build large scale onshore wind farms under plans set out in the speech.

The move, along with changes to planning policy, will mean that local authorities will have final say on such projects in England and Wales.

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What's in the Queen's Speech for you living in Wales:

  • Annual cap on a household's benefit payments will be cut from £26,000 to £23,000.
  • A freeze on working-age welfare payments, including tax credits and child benefit, remove automatic entitlement to housing benefits for 18-21-year-olds.
  • Raise from £10,600 to £12,500 the threshold at which earnings become liable for income tax, benefiting 30 million workers.
  • Legislation to ensure that no one working 30 hours a week on the minimum wage - currently £6.50 an hour - will ever have to pay income tax.
  • A Childcare Bill will provide working parents with 30 hours a week of free childcare for three and four-year-olds.
  • A Wales Bill will hand new powers over energy, transport and local government to the Welsh Assembly.
  • An Immigration Bill will target illegal working and employers' exploitation of illegal immigrants, as well as restricting access to services such as bank accounts and rented homes, with the aim of controlling immigration by making the UK a less attractive destination.
  • The removal of illegal immigrants will be made easier by the introduction of a "deport first, appeal later" rule.
  • An Extremism Bill will create new banning orders, extremism disruption orders and closure orders to tackle "groups and individuals who reject our values and promote messages of hate".
  • And a Psychoactive Substances Bill will ban so-called "legal highs".

Welsh Secretary Stephen Crabb said the Queen’s Speech will strengthen Wales’ place within the UK and put working people centre-stage.

We are making sure that people on the lowest incomes keep more of the money they earn. We will continue to reform welfare so that people are supported back into work - but those who need help get it.

– Stephen Crabb, Welsh Secretary

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