Today’s Queen’s Speech was a textbook example of where manifesto pledges meet reality, as was most apparent in the unexpected absence of a ‘Human Rights Act Repeal Bill’, proving right those who highlighted the considerable challenges that this would entail.

Nevertheless it was a packed speech, indicating that the legislative agenda is going to be an extremely busy one. And proposals for a ‘British Bill of Rights’ will be put forward, so although the government is going to have to take things more slowly, its commitment remains.

Here are the bills that are most relevant to NCVO and our members.


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