2016 Benefits Uprating
Published Friday, November 27, 2015 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7410
This note sets out the main benefit and tax credit rates for the 2016-17 financial year.
Service industries: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, November 27, 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN02786
Service industries: Data incorporating the retail sector, the financial sector, the public sector, business administration and cultural activities.
Service provision in the event of post office closures
Published Friday, November 27, 2015 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2015-0110
This is a debate pack produced by the House of Commons Library ahead of the debate on service provision in the event of post office closures to be held on Tuesday 1 December 2015 at 4.30pm in Westminster Hall. The Member in charge of the debate is Mr Huw Merriman.
Iraq and Syria - developments in 2015
Published Friday, November 27, 2015 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7261
After the Paris attacks, the pressure for Western countries to do more about ISIS has grown. Is that leading them to downgrade the violence perpetrated in Syria by the government of Bashar al-Assad?
The welfare cap
Published Friday, November 27, 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN06852
This policy limits the total amount that Government can spend on certain benefits, including tax credits and housing benefit. Not to be confused with the household benefits cap which limits the amount individual households can receive.
United Kingdom’s Role in Supporting International Security and Stability
Published Friday, November 27, 2015 | Lords Library notes LLN-2015-0046
This Library Note has been prepared in advance of the debate in the House of Lords on 3 December 2015: "that this House takes note of the United Kingdom’s role in supporting international security and stability in the light of the Strategic Defence and Security Review".
Debate on an e-petition on a tax on sugary drinks
Published Friday, November 27, 2015 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2015-0109
This pack has been compiled ahead of the debate on A tax on sugary drinks in Westminster Hall on Monday 30 November 2015 at 4.30pm.
The subject of this debate has been chosen by the Petitions Committee and will consider ePetition 106651:
Introduce a tax on sugary drinks in the UK to improve our children's health.
Experts believe a tax of just 7p per regular-sized can of soft drink with added sugar could generate £1 billion per year. We believe this crucial revenue should be ring-fenced to support much needed preventative strategies in the NHS and schools around childhood obesity and diet-related disease.
The Government responded:
The Government has no plans to introduce a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages. The Government will announce its plans for tackling childhood obesity by the end of the year.
Criminal Cases Review Commission (Information) Bill
Published Friday, November 27, 2015 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7409
This Commons Library Briefing gives an overview of the Criminal Cases Review Commission (Information) Bill which would provide for an extension of the Criminal Cases Review Commission’s powers to obtain information to aid its inquiries.
Riot (Compensation) Bill
Published Friday, November 27, 2015 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7239
The riots in London and other cities in 2011 raised serious issues about insurance liability and compensation. This Bill is the response.
Business and Consumer Confidence: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, November 27, 2015 | 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.
Components of GDP: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, November 27, 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN02787
Components of GDP: data on the components that make up GDP, including household consumption, government spending, investment, trade and output by sector.
Water Framework Directive: achieving good status of water bodies
Published Friday, November 27, 2015 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7246
This Commons Library Briefing Paper examines the requirements of the Water Framework Directive, including the requirement that the UK achieves 'good' status of all water bodies by 2015. It sets out some facts and figures for England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, explains how water quality is measured and discusses what happens if the requirements are not met. The actions being taken by the Government to manage and improve water quality are also explained and a brief explanation of the offence of water pollution is included.
Legal basis for UK military action in Syria
Published Thursday, November 26, 2015 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7404
What is the legal significance of the November 2015 UN Security Council Resolution for the UK and other states using force in Iraq and/or Syria?
VAT and Sports Clubs
Published Thursday, November 26, 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN01052
This note examines the VAT treatment of sports clubs - in the context of the change made in UK VAT law in 1994 to exempt from VAT certain sport supplies, and subsequent debate as to how these rules have affected golf clubs.
Immigration Bill 2015-16: Committee Stage Report
Published Thursday, November 26, 2015 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7394
The Immigration Bill is due to have Report and Third Reading in the Commons on 1 December. This briefing summarises the main changes made to the Bill in Public Bill Committee and some of the new clauses proposed for consideration at Report stage.