Enterprise Act 2016: this Act has received Royal Assent. Most of the provisions come into force on a day or days to be appointed. The Act includes measures that:

  • simplify the Primary Authority scheme; 
  • introduce a target for the total number of apprentices working in public sector bodies; 
  • allow the Valuation Office Agency to share business rates information about properties and  ratepayers with local government; 
  • reform the Business Rates Appeals system; and 
  • cap exit payments for public sector workers.

(4 May 2016)

House of Commons Library: Queen's Speech 2016: the Queen's Speech, which outlines the Government's legislative programme for 2016/17, will take place on 18 May. This briefing identifies issues and Bills that may appear in the Queen’s Speech. Forthcoming Bills may include the following topics:

  • Academies schools 
  • School funding reform 
  • Careers advice 
  • Higher education 
  • Adoption 
  • Homelessness 
  • Guardianship 
  • Local government finance – business rates 
  • Planning - Compulsory purchase; Garden cities, towns and villages 
  • Buses 
  • Privatisation of the Land Registry.

In addition, several Bills are being carried over from the 2015/16 session, including the Policing and Crime Bill. (20 April 2016)