Revealed: The controversial Government plans shelved by the general election

Theresa May
A number of proposals being pursued by Theresa May's Government have been shelved because of the early general election Credit: Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA

Theresa May’s decision to call an early general election on June 8 means many policies being pursued by the Government have been put on hold while the future of others remains in the balance.

Here are some of them. 

Death tax

The Ministry of Justice said there is not enough time left before the election for MPs to agree new probate rules Credit: Heathcliff O'Malley

Controversial plans to raise fees paid by bereaved families have been ditched ahead of the election.

Thousands of people were facing sharp jumps in probate costs under proposals due to take effect next month.

But on Thursday night the Ministry of Justice confirmed a statutory instrument on the proposed revisions will not have time to complete its passage through Parliament.

The issue will now be a matter for the new Government.

Current flat fees of £215 or £155 were due to be replaced by a sliding scale based on the value of the estate which would have seen estates worth more than £50,000 and up to £300,000 attracting fees of £300, rising to £20,000 for those valued at more than £2 million.

Toxin Tax

A 'toxin tax' is being worked on by the Government but its implementation is in question Credit: Yui Mok/PA

Ministers have been forced to draw up plans for improving air quality after the High Court ruled last year that the Government’s existing strategy did not meet legal requirements.

The Government has been preparing proposals which would see up to 10 million drivers of older diesel vehicles told to pay fees of up to £20 per day to drive in some urban areas under a so-called “toxin tax”.

But the timing of the early general election has raised questions about whether the plans will be implemented or if they will have to be shelved.

The Government is due to present its new air quality plan on April 24.

School funding

The Government wants to introduce a national funding formula for schools Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA

The Government wants to introduce a national funding formula for schools as part of a bid to make allocation of funding fairer.

The plans have proved extremely controversial, especially among some Tory MPs, with many areas of the country set to lose funding while others will gain.

Department for Education consultation on the plans ended in March 2017 with the formula scheduled to be partially rolled out in 2018/19 before coming into full force in 2019/20.

However, the timing of the general election raises questions about that timeline.

Gambling review

The Government has been undertaking a review into gambling Credit: Yui Mok/PA

The Government has been undertaking a review of the stakes and prizes of gambling machines as well as their locations, including controversial Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs).

The findings were due to be published in the spring but the election is likely to push publication towards the ends of the year instead.

There has been speculation that the Government could move to reduce the maximum allowed stake on FOBT machines amid concerns about the amount of money people can lose on the machines.