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The Queen's Speech: All infants to receive free school meals

AMBITIOUS: Coalition promises all infants free school meal

THE QUEEN’s speech has promised a free school meals for all children, help with childcare costs and continued support for first-time buyers in what the coalition have described as their “bold“ finale.

In the final speech before the 2015 general elections, the government declared their commitment to building a strong economy and reducing the country’s deficit.

Cap on benefits will remain a key feature in their drive to keep public spending down, but they have promised to continue to reduce income tax and help working parents with childcare costs.

The government also outlined ambitious plans to give every school child a free meal and tackle youth unemployment by increasing the total number of apprenticeships to 2 million.

The speech outlined their commitment to extend home-owner schemes like help to buy and to support small businesses with improved access to finance.

In the justice sector, a new Social Action, Responsibility and Heroism Bill proposes to support people who are sued after intervening in emergencies or acting to protect the safety of others with new legal defences.

In a joint statement issued with the Queen's Speech, the prime minister and his deputy said the coalition was "still taking bold steps" to "take Britain forward to a brighter future".

"We may be two parties, with two different philosophies but we understand one thing," they added.

"Countries rise when their people rise. So this Queen's Speech is unashamedly pro-work, pro-business and pro-aspiration."

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