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- Online Safety Bill
Introduces a regulatory framework for online safety, governed by OFCOM. It mandates services to minimize risks from harmful content, especially for children, and gives OFCOM enforcement powers, including fines. The bill creates new cybercrimes, such as triggering epilepsy with flashing images and non-consensual sharing of intimate images. While enhancing safety, it poses a significant compliance challenge for tech firms and raises concerns over balancing safety and civil liberties.
- Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill
Wide-ranging reforms to legislation in areas like local governance, planning, environment, housing, infrastructure, justice, and economic policy in England and Wales. Proposed changes aim to empower local councils over planning, housing, & transport, and make it easier for locals to block new developments. Plans also limit appeal grounds for developers, mandate landlords to rent out vacant properties, reform leasehold agreements, end "no fault" evictions, introduce Infrastructure Levy on new developments, and strengthen environmental assessments.
- Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Bill
The Economic Crime & Corporate Transparency Bill aims to reform UK companies & partnerships to prevent economic crime. Key provisions include tougher rules on company formation, new ID/reporting requirements, more powers for regulators, reforms to public registers, and new civil & criminal penalties.
- Retrospective: Illegal Migration Act 2023
The Illegal Migration Bill aims to deter illegal entry into the UK by speeding up removal of people who arrive illegally, restricting their ability to appeal or claim asylum/modern slavery protections, capping legal migration routes, and making it harder for those removed to later obtain settlement or citizenship. The bill faces criticism over limited rights of appeal for those facing removal and the potential impact on genuine asylum seekers and modern slavery victims.
- Data Protection and Digital Information (No. 2) Bill
The Data Protection and Digital Information Bill proposes significant changes to how personal data and digital information are handled in the UK. It expands the government's powers to access data held by companies for law enforcement and other public purposes and allows for more data sharing between public bodies, with additional safeguards in place. The bill also establishes the Information Commission, replacing the Information Commissioner's Office, but transitions the current Information Commissioner into the role of the chair of the new Commission.
- Digital Markets, Competition and Consumers Bill
The Digital Markets, Competition and Consumers Bill introduces new regulations for digital markets, including the power to designate firms with Strategic Market Status, impose conduct requirements on them, make pro-competition interventions, and require merger notifications; it also enhances enforcement of competition law, strengthens consumer rights such as for subscription contracts, and improves dispute resolution processes.
- Renters (Reform) Bill
The Renters (Reform) Bill aims to overhaul the private rental sector in England and Wales by abolishing no-fault evictions, expanding tenants' rights, imposing new duties on landlords, establishing enforcement mechanisms like a landlord redress scheme, and strengthening local authorities' ability to regulate landlords - with the overall goal of creating a more balanced and regulated private rental market that provides greater protections for tenants.
- Northern Ireland Budget (No. 2) Bill
The Northern Ireland Budget Bill allocates over £27 billion across government departments and public bodies to fund public services, policy commitments, and COVID-19 response in Northern Ireland for 2023-24.