Queen’s Speech: The Key Points

Source: The Guardian

As many know, the Queen has recently informed the nation of the new parliamentary business agenda for the foreseeable year coming, in front of parliament itself.

Within the article, its states that the Prime Minister David Cameron has described the speech as a “One Nation Queen’s Speech from a progressive, One Nation, Conservative Government”, using the opportunities presented by Britain’s strengthening economy to increase life chances for the most disadvantaged.

Below are some of the key points highlighted from the queens speech:

  • High speed broadband: The rights for families to have automatic compensation if their broadband fails is proposed, under measures announced in the Queen’s speech.
  • British Bill of Rights: David Cameron risks a major row with opposition MPs and civil liberties organisations, by trying to push ahead with plans for a new ‘Bill of Rights’. Furthermore, the Government will publish proposals for a British Bill of Rights, arguing that it will restore “common sense” to human rights legislation.
  • Better Bus services: The Bus Services Bill will give elected mayors powers over buses nationally.
  • Education and Young People: Currently, councils are responsible for moving pupils who have been excluded from school into other arrangements but there are concerns that this leads to students being forgotten about. Now schools will consequently be responsible for this themselves and the hope is it will lead to specialist centres being set up to help pupils back into mainstream education.
  • Justice and Prisons Reforms: Prisons will have to compile data on education and reoffending under a new drive for openness.
  • Sugar Tax: A new tax on sugar-rich fizzy drinks will be introduced from April 2018.

These are the key factors that ThePoliticsView has chosen from the Guardians article, however many additional factors were covered in the Queens speech that are also a major part of the Governments new agenda, including:

  • Tackling Extremism
  • International Development
  • National Security
  • National Citizens Service
  • Spaceports, Driverless Cars and Drones
  • NHS
  • Pensions and Savings
  • Welsh Devolution Settlements

What did you make of the Queens Speech?

Is their enough depth to the new Agenda? Will it be carried out successfully by the Government? What’s the biggest issue to address first on the Agenda? What do you disagree with most about the Agenda?

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Higher university fees planned for those with ‘better’ teaching

Source: BBC

A recent BBC article has published within that ”Universities in England will be able to increase tuition fees above £9,000 from autumn 2017, if they have high-quality teaching, in plans announced by Universities Minister Jo Johnson.”

”The proposals will also supposedly make it easier for new universities to open.”

”The plans aim to encourage more competition and better consumer value for students.”

”Labour’s Gordon Marsden warned of “inadequate” controls over a “rapid expansion” in new universities.”

”The proposals, published in a White Paper called Success as a Knowledge Economy, aim to encourage a wider range of new higher education institutions, by speeding up the process allowing them to award their own degrees.”

”This could include allowing more private institutions to be given university status.”

”There are also measures to improve the experience of students, by encouraging better teaching and linking this to increases in tuition fees above the current limit.”

What’s your view of this new University Fee’s proposal? 

ThePoliticsView raises these insightful questions…

Will it potentially lead onto a more elitist society within higher universities with ‘better teaching skills and education’ for those who can afford it? Will it be harder for aspiring students to go to a ‘better’ University? Is it ok for student’s to leave with higher debts, just to be able to say they learned at a more ‘prestigious’ University? How much more will it cost potentially? and how will they asses teaching quality?

Please voice your views on the proposed plans to increase university fee’s below

Electoral register loses estimated 800,000 people

Source: The Guardian

The Guardian have published an article to state that ”an estimated 800,000 people have dropped off the electoral register since the government introduced changes to the system, with students in university towns at highest risk of being disenfranchised, the Guardian has learned.”

They foreward this to say that ”Labour says it fears that the missing sections of the electorate are predominantly its supporters after the government moved from registration of electors by household to asking individuals to sign up, citing fears of fraud and error.”

What’s your view of this?

What has caused this to happen? Perhaps due to the recent inequalities upon students by the conservatives, potentially causing students to not bother voting? Will this effect future elections massively? Everyone should have the right to vote or not, so should this be quickly changed in time for the upcoming local elections this year?

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PMQs: Corbyn slams Cameron after stalemate on student maintenance grants

Source: The Guardian

Labour fails to gain traction over issue of a policy nowhere to be found in Tory manifesto (Guardian 2016)

The Guardian have stated within their article that:

”Corbyn never got a proper answer to his very reasonable question about why the Tory plan to abolish student maintenance grants never appeared in the party manifesto. But he did not press this point and failed to seriously unsettle Cameron, who used confident, broad-brush arguments and aspirational rhetoric to get the upper hand quite easily in a student finance exchange that may have left some listeners more baffled than enlightened.”

What’s your view of this?

Are the tories right to go against their manifesto and legislate this policy without mentioning to do so during the election? Are the Conservatives right to abolish the student maintenance loan? Will it effect university intake rates, and cause a potential rise in unemployment for 18-22 years olds, unable to afford university?

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18 MPs ‘in a committee most people have never heard of’ axed maintenance grants for England’s poorest students

Source: The Independent, The Guardian

If you’re a student who resides and studies within the UK, and rely on a maintenance grant to afford university life, then you may not like this following article on @thepoliticsview.

According to the Independent, ”It took just 90 minutes for 18 MPs to axe maintenance grants for more than half a million of England’s poorest students “in a committee most people have never heard of.”

Considering the following articles, What’s you’re view on this issue, wether you’re a student or not?

Will this effect the amount of students going to Universities, especially universities of the lower ranks perhaps? Does this make University Education only available to the upper-middle, to upper class society, who are more likely to fund the expenses of university education? –which are also potentially increasing, by university rank, so the increase in tuition fees is in line with inflation from 2017-18.

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Unions of Education Provide Warning of a National Crisis’ in Teaching

Source: The BBC

The BBC state that ”Government limits to teachers’ pay and “real terms cuts” to school budgets, risk undermining standards, they (Unions) warn.”

”Government limits to teachers’ pay and “real terms cuts” to school budgets risk undermining standards” unions  warn further.

Whats your view on this?

The BBC finally state that ”With long, hard working hours and a relatively low starting salary for a graduate, it is hardly surprising that teacher recruitment is struggling.”

So what needs to be done in order to tackle the ‘teacher crises’? How much funding will be needed and what is the ideal salary of a teacher? Will funding and rising teachers pay rates attract more interest in teaching? If the teaching recruitment remains low, causing a teaching ‘crisis’ to further, how bad could education standards become?

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Union warning: Cuts to teachers’ pay threatening education

Source: The telegraph

According to the telegraph, cuts to teachers’ pay have contributed to the growing teacher recruitment “crisis” that is threatening standards of education across the country, teaching unions have warned.

What’s your view on this? Are the cuts to teachers pay causing a ‘crisis’ in UK education standards? How can the government solve or change this policy?

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