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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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State Pension age review
Published Monday, March 27, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN06546
Looks at the timetable for increasing the State Pension age and the review set up to look at how it should increase in the longer term

Topic: Pensions

European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Act 2017 and Parliamentary Approval of the Outcome of Brexit Negotiations
Published Monday, March 27, 2017 | Lords In Focus LIF-2017-0027
This House of Lords Library briefing summarises several attempts (ultimately unsuccessful) made during the passage of the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Act 2017 to introduce amendments to put guarantees in the Act about a parliamentary vote on the outcome of the Brexit negotiations.
Homelessness Reduction Bill 2016-17: Progress in the Commons and Lords
Published Monday, March 27, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7854
This House of Commons Library briefing paper provides information on the Homelessness Reduction Bill's progress to date. The main thrust of the Bill is to refocus English local authorities on efforts to prevent homelessness. The Bill has completed its progress through the House of Commons. The debate on Second Reading in the House of Lords took place on 24 February 2017. No amendments were tabled following its commitment to a Committee of the whole House. The Bill received its Third Reading in the Lords with no debate on 23 March 2017.
The Budget and the annual Finance Bill
Published Monday, March 27, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN00813
This note discusses the way that Parliament scrutinises the Government's proposals for taxation, set out in the annual Budget statement. It looks at how this procedure may be affected by the timing of a General Election, and gives some suggestions for further reading.

Topics: Elections, Taxation

Telecommunications Infrastructure: Cabling, Ducts and Poles
Published Monday, March 27, 2017 | POSTbriefs POST-PB-0024
This briefing gives an overview of the UK’s telephone and broadband infrastructure. It covers fixed (static) broadband infrastructure (rather than wireless technologies). It includes an introduction to poles and ducts, and how they can be accessed by other Internet service providers who are wanting to build their own telecommunications infrastructure.
Brexit: devolved legislature business
Published Monday, March 27, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7815
This paper is a record of Brexit-related business in the devolved legislatures. It is updated every Monday.
Introducing a voluntary Right to Buy for housing association tenants in England
Published Monday, March 27, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7224
This House of Commons Library briefing explains proposals to extend the Right to Buy to assured tenants of housing associations on a voluntary basis. No implementation date for full roll-out has been announced. A large regional pilot scheme is planned for 2017/18.
Inheritance Tax : reliefs
Published Monday, March 27, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN00573
This note provides a summary description of the structure of inheritance tax and the main reliefs which are available.

Topics: Death, Taxation

Brexit: a reading list of post-EU Referendum publications by Parliament and the Devolved Assemblies
Published Monday, March 27, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7912
This reading list brings together briefings on Brexit by the Parliamentary libraries and the Devolved Assembly research services with reports by Parliamentary and Devolved Assembly committees following the result of the EU Referendum on 23 June 2016.
Breathing Space scheme to help families in debt
Published Friday, March 24, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0106
There will be a Westminster Hall debate on the Breathing Space scheme to help families in debt, on Wednesday 29 March at 4.30pm. The Member in charge of this debate is Kelly Tolhurst MP.
Preventing avoidable sight loss
Published Friday, March 24, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0102
This pack has been produced ahead of the debate to be held in Westminster Hall on Tuesday 28 March 2017 from 9.30-11am on preventing avoidable sight loss. The subject for the debate has been chosen by the Backbench Business Committee, and it will be opened by Nusrat Ghani MP.
Health and Social Care Integration
Published Friday, March 24, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7902
This House of Commons Library briefing paper analyses recent policy and debate on the integration of NHS-provided healthcare and local authority-provided social care in the UK. This has been a key policy priority for successive Governments, with the aim of improving patient care and saving money for the NHS and local authorities.
Key documents : taxation
Published Friday, March 24, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN04680
This paper lists some of the most useful documents and sources relating to tax policy.

Topic: Taxation

Implementing the UK Strategy for Rare Diseases
Published Friday, March 24, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0105
A Westminster Hall debate on Implementing the UK Strategy for Rare Diseases is scheduled for Tuesday 28 March 2017 at 430-530pm. The Member in charge of the debate is Ben Howlett MP.
Pension Schemes Bill 2016-17
Published Friday, March 24, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7874
Briefing on the Pension Schemes Bill 2016-17, the main purpose of which is to improve regulation of Master Trusts - a type of occupational pension scheme used by many employers to meet their duties to auto-enrol workers into a pension saving scheme. Looks at the main provisions and debates in Parliament

Topic: Pensions

Constituency casework: schools in England
Published Friday, March 24, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN05396
This House of Commons Library briefing provides an introduction and reference guide to the key schools-related topics often raised with Members by constituents.
Homelessness in England: Social Indicators page
Published Friday, March 24, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN02646
Around 14,420 households in England were accepted as homeless in Q4 2016, a decrease of approximately 0.4% on the figure for Q4 2015.

Topic: Homelessness

Conflict in Yemen
Published Friday, March 24, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0108
On Tuesday 28 March, there will be a Backbench Business debate on a motion on the conflict in Yemen in the House of Commons Chamber. Keith Vaz, Mrs Flick Drummond and Alison Thewliss will lead and open the debate.
Business and Consumer Confidence: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, March 24, 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.
The Horserace Betting Levy
Published Friday, March 24, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7368
This Commons Library briefing paper gives background to the Government's announcement that a new funding arrangement for British horseracing is to be in place by April 2017.

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