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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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Unpaid Care
Published Thursday, July 19, 2018 | POSTnotes POST-PN-0582
This POSTnote looks at the numbers of unpaid carers across the UK, and the amount and type of care provided. It examines the impacts of providing unpaid care on carers’ education, employment, finances, health and wellbeing, and personal and social relationships. The note reviews the different types of support available for carers and examines evidence on their effectiveness.
Antimicrobial Resistance and Immunisation
Published Thursday, July 19, 2018 | POSTnotes POST-PN-0581
A POSTnote that describes the potential for immunisation as a strategy to tackle antimicrobial resistance, both globally and in the UK. It discusses public health priority areas, the role for existing vaccines and the development of new ones.
Carer's Allowance
Published Thursday, July 19, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN00846
This Commons Library briefing looks at Carer's Allowance - a non-contributory, non-means-tested benefit paid to people who care full-time for someone who is severely disabled. It covers the background to the benefit and issues frequently raised by people claiming it, including the level of the benefit, its interaction with other benefits including the Retirement Pension, and the difficulties recipients face when seeking to combine their caring duties with paid work or studying. Reforms to Carer's Allowance have been discussed, but there have been no significant changes to the benefit in recent years, and Carer's Allowance will remain a separate benefit under the Universal Credit system. Responsibility for Carer's Allowance and related disability benefits is devolved to the Scottish Parliament. The Scottish Government is committed to increasing Carer's Allowance to the level of Jobseeker's Allowance.
Strengthening the union
Published Thursday, July 19, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0186
General debate on Strengthening the Union on 23 July 2018
Employment - National: Key Economic Indicators
Published Thursday, July 19, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN02796
A summary of the latest data on employment in the UK.
Brexit Preparations and Negotiations
Published Wednesday, July 18, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0085
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the debate due to take place on 23 July 2018 in the House of Lords on the motion moved by Lord Callanan, Minister of State at the Department for Exiting the European Union, “that this House takes note of the preparations and negotiations connected with the United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union”.
Media ownership: the 21st Century Fox/Sky merger
Published Wednesday, July 18, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7969
This Library briefing paper looks at the proposed merger of 21st Century Fox and Sky plc.
Average Earnings: Key Economic Indicators
Published Wednesday, July 18, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN02795
Average Earnings: Regularly updated data on average weekly earnings, including breakdowns by public and private sectors.
Brexit and state pensions
Published Wednesday, July 18, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7894
This Commons Library briefing looks at EU law providing for the co-ordination of State Pension entitlement and the possible impact of Brexit

Topic: Pensions

Inflation: International: Key Economic Indicators
Published Wednesday, July 18, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN02794
Inflation: International: Harmonised Index of Comsumer Prices data on international inflation rates.
Troops in Afghanistan: July 2018 update
Published Wednesday, July 18, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8292
Approximately 650 UK armed forces personnel are deployed in Afghanistan in support of NATO's Resolute Support mission. This will rise to 1,100 by early 2019.
Housing Market: Key Economic Indicators
Published Wednesday, July 18, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN02820
Housing market: Data on house prices, mortgage approvals and house-building.
Perinatal mental illness
Published Wednesday, July 18, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0178
This House of Commons Library Debate Pack briefing has been prepared in advance of a debate entitled “Perinatal mental illness”. This will be led by Dr Paul Williams MP and Andrew Selous MP, and it will take place in Westminster Hall on Thursday 19th July at 1.30pm.
Neighbourhood Watch
Published Wednesday, July 18, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN04161
Neighbourhood Watch was first introduced into Britain in 1982. It works by developing close liaison between households in a neighbourhood and the local police. The schemes are known as either Neighbourhood Watch or Home Watch.

Topic: Crime

Independent Complaints and Grievance Policy
Published Wednesday, July 18, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8369
The House will debate the Independent Complaints and Grievance Policy Programme Team’s Delivery Report on 19 July. This briefing note reviews the report and the background to it.
The Troubled Families programme (England)
Published Wednesday, July 18, 2018 | 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.
Brexit reading list: general coverage
Published Wednesday, July 18, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7958
This paper provides links to a selection of analysis and comment on general ‘Brexit’ coverage.
Small Modular Nuclear Reactors
Published Wednesday, July 18, 2018 | POSTnotes POST-PN-0580
There is growing UK and international interest in using ‘small modular nuclear reactors’ (SMRs) to generate electricity, and the UK Government announced a number of measures to support SMR development in the 2018 Nuclear Sector Deal. Stakeholders suggest that, compared with conventional nuclear reactors, SMRs could offer cost savings to operators and consumers, more flexible energy production and a greater choice of potential sites. This note examines key aspects of SMR technology, their economics and regulation.
Inflation: Key Economic Indicators
Published Wednesday, July 18, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN02792
Inflation: Data on both the CPI and RPI inflation indices.
Tobacco Control Plan
Published Tuesday, July 17, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0185
This pack has been produced ahead of the General Debate to be held in the Commons Chamber on Thursday 19 July 2018 on the Tobacco Control Plan.

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