UK government focuses on cost of living crisis in Queen’s Speech

Britain’s Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, sits with The Imperial State Crown in the House of Lords Chamber, during the State Opening of Parliament.

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LONDON – The British government vowed on Tuesday to focus on economic growth to tackle the country’s rising cost of living, in a speech from the Queen delivered by the monarch’s son and the first in line for the throne, Prince Charles.

“The priority of Her Majesty’s government is to grow and strengthen the economy and help alleviate the cost of living for families,” Prince Charles told parliament on Tuesday.

“My government will increase opportunities in all parts of the country and help more people into work. Her Majesty’s ministers will continue to support the police to make the streets safer and fund the National Health Service to help clear the Covid backlog to work.”

“Leveling” was a key promise from Prime Minister Boris Johnson, referring to efforts to tackle geographic disparities in the UK

The government also vowed to repeal and reform business regulations following the UK’s departure from the European Union, introducing a new Brexit Freedoms Bill that “will allow easier amendments to legislation inherited from the European Union” .

An energy bill will be introduced with the aim of making the transition to “cheaper, cleaner and safer energy”, the outlined speech read, while draft legislation will also be published to “promote competition, strengthen consumer rights and protect households”.

Prince Charles also said the government will boost economic growth to “improve living standards and fund sustainable investment in public services”.

“This will be supported by a responsible approach to public finances, reducing debt and reforming and lowering taxes,” he added.

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