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Burst Of Activity On Welfare, Skills, Crime And Housing

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Gordon Brown is planning to rush out more than eight Commons statements covering most areas of domestic policy in a burst of activity before parliament rises at the end of next week.

This week there will be statements on areas including welfare, skills, the powers of local government, crime reduction and Lords reform. Next week the affordable housing crisis will be covered, along with a rail white paper and further details on his anti-terror plans. Mr Brown is determined to make an immediate impact before the pace of politics inevitably slows after parliament rises. Many of the plans have been in gestation in the Treasury for months.


Next week, the housing minister, Yvette Cooper, will set out how the government plans to ensure 3m homes are built by 2020. In the same week Ruth Kelly, the transport secretary, is to publish a rail white paper that will look at a five-year plan starting from April 2009 and analysing the money that will be given by the Treasury, and a strategy for rail over the next 20-30 years. The government has already announced plans for an extra 1,000 trains from 2009.

Should be an interesting week...

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