New savings scheme among bills given Royal Assent
The Queen has given her Royal Assent to four bills that have passed both Houses of Parliament.
They now become Acts of Parliament. They are:
The Geneva Conventions and United Nations Personnel (Protocols) Act.
It enables the UK to ratify two international agreements to protect humanitarian workers and military medical personnel: the Third Additional Protocol to the Geneva Conventions; and the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Safety of United Nations and Associated Personnel.
The Business Rate Supplements Act creates a new power for upper tier local authorities in England and Wales to levy a local supplement on the business rate and to retain the proceeds for investment in that area.
The Saving Gateway Accounts Act establishes a Government-subsidised savings scheme for people of working age on low incomes and in receipt of specified benefits. The scheme is voluntary and eligibility is on an individual basis.
The Broads Authority Act updates the 1988 Norfolk and Suffolk Broads Act and will give the Authority various new powers. It will combine the Navigation and General Accounts into one fund.