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    • Commons Briefing papers: Papers providing in-depth and impartial analysis on every major piece of primary legislation and on other topics of public and parliamentary concern. Regular statistics papers are also published.
    • Lords Library Notes: Authored publications by the research section of the House of Lords Library that provide analysis of Bills, subjects for debate in the House and other issues of interest to Members.
    • POSTbriefs: Responsive policy briefings from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology based on mini-literature reviews and peer review, typically commissioned by select committees and library research services.
    • POSTnotes: Proactive four-page policy briefings from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology based on reviews of the research literature, interviews with stakeholders and peer review, commissioned by the POST Board.
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Early Intervention
Published Monday, June 26, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7647
This House of Commons Library briefing analyses early intervention policies aimed at parents and children from conception to age five, covering health, education, social development and financial benefits. This paper also looks at broader arguments around early intervention as a policy approach.
High cost consumer credit: the new regualtory regime
Published Monday, June 26, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7978
High cost consumer credit in the UK. How has the industry changed following the 2015 regulatory regime change?

Topics: Consumers, Loans

Winter Fuel Payments update
Published Monday, June 26, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN06019
The Winter Fuel Payment is a tax-free annual payment to help older people meet the cost of their winter fuel bills. The “standard” rates are £200 per eligible household where the oldest person is under 80, and £300 for households containing a person aged 80 or over.
Homelessness in England: Social Indicators page
Published Monday, June 26, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN02646
This note summarises quarterly homelessness statistics for England.

Topic: Homelessness

Brexit: devolved legislature business
Published Monday, June 26, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7815
This paper is a record of Brexit-related business in the devolved legislatures. It is updated every Monday.
Counter-extremism policy: an overview
Published Friday, June 23, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7238
Counter-extremism policy has evolved over the past few years with an increasing focus on addressing non-violent extremism. In the wake of the recent terrorist attacks in Westminster, Manchester, London Bridge and Finsbury Park, the Government’s counter-terrorism strategy, which includes counter-extremism, has come to the fore of the agenda. On 21 June 2017, the Queen’s Speech announced the establishment of a new Commission for Countering Extremism, as well as a review of counter-terrorism powers and a commitment to tackling online extremist content. Counter-extremism will undoubtedly be a crucial issue for the new Parliament, which will face difficult questions about how to tackle this complex problem.
Stamp duty land tax on residential property
Published Friday, June 23, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN07050
This Commons Library paper discusses the reforms to taxation of sales of residential property that have been made in recent years, before looking at earlier debates about the way house sales have been taxed.
Prison Reform: Recent Developments
Published Friday, June 23, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8019
A white paper Prison Safety and Reform was published in November 2016 setting out government proposals. A bill followed but did not complete its passage through Parliament due to the calling of a general election. No prisons legislation was announced in the 2017 Queen's Speech. The Justice Secretary has said work on prison reform will continue.

Topic: Prisons

Syria and Iraq: update June 2017
Published Friday, June 23, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8011
The campaign for Mosul is making good progress and the re-conquest of Raqqah from ISIS is beginning. The Assad government looks as if it is here to stay, however.
Media ownership & competition law: the BSkyB bid in 2010-11
Published Friday, June 23, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN06028
This note gives a short description of the statutory procedure for the assessment of media mergers, before providing a timeline of events to NewsCorp's bid for BSkyB in 2010-11, and the company’s decision in June 2011 to withdraw that bid in response to the public outcry over the phone hacking scandal.

Topics: Competition, Media

Taxation in the construction industry
Published Friday, June 23, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN00814
For over 30 years businesses in the construction industry have operated a special scheme to account for tax on payments made between contractors and subcontractors. After a long period of consultation, the 'Construction Industry Scheme' was reformed in 2007. This note discusses the background to this reform.
Personal service companies : recent debate
Published Friday, June 23, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN05976
The 'IR35' rules to prevent the exploitation of personal service companies for tax avoidance were introduced in April 2000, following a long and contentious consultation exercise. This legislation remains unpopular among freelancers who use this corporate form to provide services. This note looks at recent debate on how these rules might be reformed and wider concerns about the use of employment intermediaries to avoid tax.
Debate on the Address: Brexit and Foreign Affairs
Published Friday, June 23, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0126
This pack has been prepared ahead of the Debate on the Address to be held in the Commons Chamber on Monday 26th June 2017 on Brexit and Foreign Affairs.
Hepatitis C: Statistics and Developments
Published Friday, June 23, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0033
This House of Lords Library briefing provides a summary of recent statistics and developments in tackling the spread of hepatitis C virus in the UK, and globally.
Support for UK Veterans
Published Friday, June 23, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7693
This briefing paper details the support available to armed forces veterans in Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
The Armed Forces (Flexible Working) Bill
Published Friday, June 23, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8018
The Queen’s Speech 2017 announced plans for an Armed Forces (Flexible Working) Bill. This short paper looks at what we know so far about the Bill. The Library will produce a full briefing paper on the Bill for its Second Reading in the House of Commons.
Gross Domestic Product (GDP): Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, June 23, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN02783
UK Gross Domestic Product: Regularly updated data on growth and forecasts.
Financial Indicators: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, June 23, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN05207
Financial Indicators: Data from FTSE100, as well as oil prices and gold prices.
Business and Consumer Confidence: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, June 23, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN02817
Business and Consumer Confidence: Information on business and consumer confidence surveys, which is generally released ahead of official statistical data and can indicate changes to the economic outlook as well as turning points in the economic cycle.

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