Restricting pension tax relief
Published Friday, February 12, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN05901
Looks at recent measures to restrict pension tax relief
Reforming pension tax relief
Published Friday, February 12, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7505
Looks at the current debate on pension tax relief reform
EU exit: impact in key UK policy areas
Published Friday, February 12, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7213
If the UK left the EU, would UK citizens benefit? This would depend on how the Government filled any policy gaps left by withdrawal. In some areas, the environment, for example, where the UK is bound by other international agreements, much of the content of EU law would probably remain. In others, the government might decide to retain the substance of EU law, or to remove EU obligations from UK statutes. Much would also depend on whether the UK sought to remain in the European Economic Area and therefore continue to have access to the single market, or preferred to go it alone and negotiate bilateral agreements with the EU. This paper looks at the current situation in a range of policy areas and considers how it might change be if the UK left the EU.
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Statistics on Migrants and Benefits
Published Friday, February 12, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7445
Data on migrants and benefits is incomplete and fragmented, not routinely available from a single source. This is because the nationality of benefit claimants is not routinely gathered by either DWP or HMRC when administering benefits or tax credits. This paper brings together the main available data sources – including DWP data on National Insurance Number registrations, departmental ad-hoc releases and responses to Freedom of Information requests – to analyse rates of benefit and tax credits receipt among migrants living in the UK.
Exiting the EU: UK reform proposals, legal impact and alternatives to membership
Published Friday, February 12, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7214
The UK will hold a referendum on whether to stay in the European Union by the end of 2017, after the Government has negotiated reforms which will benefit the UK. The Prime Minister is expected to outline these reforms to the European Council in June 2015.
What might the impact be of a decision to leave the EU? How would the UK leave? Would the UK join a different grouping of states or go it alone? Would EU or UK citizens or businesses have any vested rights? This paper considers the background to the EU referendum, the withdrawal process, various legal and constitutional issues and possible alternatives to EU membership.
Building prisons in England and Wales: the bigger, the better?
Published Friday, February 12, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN05646
The current Government has a policy of replacing old prisons with new (and often bigger) prisons, but will this help to raise standards in prison and reduce reoffending? Is bigger better or, conversely, is small beautiful?
Teachers: supply, retention and workload
Published Friday, February 12, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7222
This briefing paper provides information about the supply, retention and workload of teachers, including some of the issues raised. It relates to England only.
BBC Charter renewal
Published Friday, February 12, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN03416
The current BBC Charter expires at the end of 2016. Negotiations are underway for its renewal. What is the process and what happened when it was last renewed?
Fire services funding in England
Published Friday, February 12, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7482
This briefing paper sets out the structure of fire and rescue authorities in England, details the sources of their funding and the cuts since 2010, summarises the reports of Sir Ken Knight and the NAO and discusses reaction to the proposal for much greater collaboration between fire and police services.
Personal, social, health and economic education in schools (England)
Published Friday, February 12, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7303
This House of Commons Library briefing sets out the rules relating to the provision of personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE) in England, as well as introducing the debates about the quality of provision and the subject’s statutory status.
Published Friday, February 12, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN06984
A House of Commons Library Briefing Paper examining trends in litter and the policy and legislation in place to address litter problems in England.
Right to Rent: private landlords' duty to carry out immigration status checks
Published Friday, February 12, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN07025
The Immigration Act 2014 requires private sector landlords to check their tenants Right to Rent, which is to say, to ensure that they are not disqualified from privately renting property in the UK as a result of their immigration status. The Immigration Bill 2015-16 looks to build on this requirement with new eviction powers and criminal penalties for non-compliance.
NHS Winter Pressures 2015/16 - Weekly Update
Published Friday, February 12, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN07057
Weekly update on NHS winter pressures facing acute hospital trusts in England. Includes data for accident and emergency diverts, bed days lost to Norovirus closures and general and acute bed occupancy.
Political disengagement in the UK: who is disengaged?
Published Thursday, February 11, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7501
This House of Commons Library Briefing Paper provides information about which groups in the UK are considered to be politically disengaged, and why.