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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.
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Apprenticeships policy in England
Published Thursday, June 29, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN03052
This note provides a summary of current apprenticeships policy and developments in England in 2017.
Permitted Work Rules
Published Monday, June 19, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7909
This Commons Library briefing paper gives an overview of the Permitted Work Rules, which allow people in receipt of Employment and Support Allowance to do some paid work without it affecting their benefit.
New Enterprise Allowance
Published Monday, June 12, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN05878
The New Enterprise Allowance is a government scheme designed to help unemployed people who want to start their own business.
The Troubled Families programme (England)
Published Wednesday, April 5, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7585
This House of Commons Library briefing looks at the design, policy debate, outcomes and results of the Troubled Families programme in England, a targeted family intervention programme run by local authorities.
The UN Inquiry into the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in the UK
Published Monday, March 6, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7367
This Commons Library briefing paper provides information on the inquiry by the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities into the impact of Government policies on the rights of disabled people since 2010.
Future of the DWP estate
Published Tuesday, January 17, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0012
MPs will debate the ‘Future of the DWP estate’ on Wednesday 18 January 2017 at 2.30 pm in Westminster Hall. Margaret Ferrier MP will lead the debate. This House of Commons Library briefing provides background to the debate and includes a summary of the issues and press and parliamentary coverage.
Impact of DWP policies on low income households
Published Monday, January 16, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0013
MPs will debate ‘Impact of DWP policies on low income households’ on Tuesday 17 January 2017 in the Main Chamber. This is an Opposition Day debate moved by the Scottish National Party. This House of Commons Library briefing provides background to the debate and includes a summary of the issues, statistics and press and parliamentary coverage.
Work and Health Programme
Published Thursday, December 22, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7845
The Work and Health Programme is a new welfare-to-work programme due to be launched in autumn 2017. It will provide specialised employment support for people with disabilities and long-term unemployed people.
Closure of jobcentres in Glasgow
Published Monday, December 19, 2016 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2016-0255
MPs will debate the Closure of jobcentres in Glasgow, on Tuesday 20 December 2016 in Westminster Hall. Stewart Malcolm McDonald MP will lead the debate. This House of Commons Library briefing provides background to the debate and includes a summary of the issues and press and parliamentary coverage. 4.30 pm - 5.30 pm
Key statistics on people with disabilities in employment
Published Wednesday, December 14, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7540
This note summarises the key statistics available on disabled people in employment in the UK.
Benefit Claimants Sanctions (Required Assessment) Bill 2016-17
Published Wednesday, November 30, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7813
This Commons Library Briefing Paper provides information on the Benefit Claimants Sanctions (Required Assessment) Bill 2016-17. This Private Member's Bill, introduced by Mhairi Black MP, is due to have it Second Reading on 2 December 2016.
Apprenticeship statistics for England
Published Thursday, November 17, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN06113
This note presents and analyses data on the number of people starting apprenticeships in England and statistics for Parliamentary Constituencies in England from 1996 to 2016.
Jobcentre Plus Flexible Support Fund
Published Wednesday, October 12, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN06079
From April 2011 a number of schemes operated by Jobcentre Plus – including the Deprived Areas Fund, the Adviser Discretion Fund and the Travel to Interview Scheme – were abolished and replaced by the “Flexible Support Fund” (FSF). The FSF gives Jobcentre Plus Districts greater freedom to tailor back to work support to individual and local need.
‘Access to Work’ scheme for people with disabilities
Published Tuesday, June 7, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN06666
This briefing paper explains the Access to Work scheme which provides practical advice and support to disabled people and their employers to help them overcome work-related obstacles resulting from disability.
Black and Minority Ethnic People in the Workplace in Britain
Published Friday, April 29, 2016 | Lords Library notes LLN-2016-0021
This Lords Library briefing presents information on the recently announced review to examine the progression of black and ethnic minority (BME) people within the labour market. It also sets out commentary from a selection of external bodies and the findings from a Government review into BME progression in the civil service. Finally, the briefing references various statistical sources of information on employment by BME status.
Help to Work: post-Work Programme provision for the long-term unemployed
Published Thursday, April 14, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN06904
Since April 2014, unemployed people leaving the Work Programme are required to participate in a new scheme, Help to Work.
Work Programme: background and statistics
Published Thursday, April 14, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN06340
The Work Programme is the Government's main welfare-to-work scheme, designed to tackle long-term unemployment in Great Britain.
Constituency Casework: Training
Published Monday, March 7, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN05444
This note provides Members of Parliament and their staff with information related to frequently asked questions from constituents about training.
Scotland Bill (HL Bill 73 of 2015-16)
Published Wednesday, November 18, 2015 | Lords Library notes LLN-2015-0043
This briefing provides information in support of the House of Lords consideration of the Scotland Bill.
Young jobseekers and the Department for Work and Pensions
Published Friday, October 23, 2015 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2015-0083
A Westminster Hall debate on Young Jobseekers and the Department of Work and Pensions has been scheduled for Tuesday 27 October 2015 at 16:30. The Member in charge of the debate is Ms Chloe Smith. Prior to this Westminster Hall debate, Digital outreach will be holding a debate on Twitter on 27/10/15 between 19:30 and 20:30 using the hashtag #youngjobseekers

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