EU budget 2014 - 2020
Published 22 May 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN06455
This note considers the EU budget and how it is financed. It includes the UK's contributions and receipts to and from the EU budget and discusses the UK's rebate.
Published 22 May 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN06045
The history and purpose of the English Baccalaureate, and the Government's future plans
Business and Consumer Confidence: Key Economic Indicators
Published 22 May 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.
Delays in processing passport applications
Published 22 May 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN06916
Concerns about delays in processing passport applications became prominent during spring/summer 2014. A range of measures were implemented to address the problems, including certain concessions for applicants who need to travel urgently. As a result of reviews into the delays, HM Passport Office lost its executive agency status from 1 October 2014 and is now directly accountable to Home Office Ministers.
Company Audit Thresholds
Published 22 May 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN02845
Company Audit exemptions. By Tim Edmonds. SN/BT/2845.
In brief: UK-EU economic relations
Published 21 May 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN06091
This note sets out, in brief, some of the main indicators of the UK’s economic relationship with the EU, including trade, investment, employment and the UK's contribution to the EU Budget.
Planning Obligations (Section 106 Agreements)
Published 21 May 2015 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7200
This briefing paper looks at recent changes to planning obligations, the appeals process surrounding them and how planning obligations interact with the Community Infrastructure Levy. The brief looks at England only.
NEET: Young People Not in Education, Employment or Training
Published 21 May 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN06705
943,000 people aged 16-24 were NEET in the first quarter of 2015, 13.0% of people in this age group. Schemes introduced by the previous Government with elements aimed at reducing the number of young people who are NEET included: raising the participation age, the Youth Contract and the Work Programme.
NHS Indicators: England, May 2015
Published 21 May 2015 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7195
A summary of statistical indicators for NHS England in the following areas: accident and emergency attendance and performance; ambulance call volume and response times; waiting times for routine treatment; waiting times for cancer diagnosis and treatment; cancelled operations; delayed transfers of care; diagnostic waiting times and activity; waiting times for mental health treatment; workforce numbers for doctors, nurses and other staff; hospital activity, referrals and admissions; and bed availability and occupancy.
Devolution to local government in England
Published 20 May 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN07029
This note summarises proposals from the Government, and others, for devolution of power to Manchester and other large cities in England.
Late Payment of debts
Published 20 May 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN06640
This note provides a history of the UK's legislation and other initiatives on late payment of debts.
Permitted Development Rights
Published 20 May 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN00485
Permitted development rights allow changes to be made to buildings and use of land without needing planning permission. The former Government introduced a number of new permitted development rights which came into force in April 2015, which are set out in this note.