What are the rural interests in today’s Queen’s Speech?  Look out for developments in these areas, some of which represent business carried over from the last Parliament:

  • Free trade agreement with the EU after Brexit
  • Agriculture Bill revived – what will be funded?  repatriation of various EU rules and regulations.  Perhaps an opportunity to define agriculture and good husbandry for the 21st century?
  • Trade Bill revived
  • Immigration Bill to end free movement
  • Divorce Bill
  • New Building Safety Standards
  • Pension Schemes Bill (may affect property interests in pension schemes including SIPPs)
  • National Infrastructure Strategy (continued)
  • Telecoms Infrastructure (Leasehold Property) Bill – one to add to our technical concerns over the development of Telecoms Infrastructure and its impact on property owners and occupiers
  • Railway Reform Proposals
  • Aviation Bill – will have something on drones
  • White Paper on regional development
  • New funding agency for Science
  • Environment Bill revived, with emphasis on the enshrinement of environmental principles in law and the role of a new environmental regulator
  • Animal Welfare (Sentencing) Bill

Separately, the next Budget will be delivered on 6 November, the new Chancellor’s first.

What’s not there?  Try these:

  • Housing
  • Homelessness
  • Compulsory Purchase and Compensation
  • Agricultural Tenancy Reform

although some elements may be picked up elsewhere.

Plenty to keep us busy over the next year or so as we adapt to all the new initiatives.

On the topic of housing and homelessness the World’s Big Sleep Out is taking place on Saturday 7 December.  Details here.  My contribution is to organise a sleep-out in my garden with some supporters, here is my fund raising page if you would like to support me.


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