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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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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.
Animal Welfare
Published Friday, March 24, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0109
On Thursday 30 March, there will be a Backbench Business debate on animal welfare in the House of Commons Chamber. Neil Parish will lead and open the debate.
Financial Indicators: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, March 24, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN05207
Financial Indicators: Data from FTSE100, as well as oil prices and gold prices.
Starter Homes for First-Time Buyers (England)
Published Friday, March 24, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7643
This House of Commons Library briefing paper explains the Government's starter homes initiative. The homes will be available at a minimum 20% discount on market value to first-time buyers under the age of 40. The paper outlines legislative provisions in the Housing and Planning Act 2016 to enact the initiative, together with planning policy reforms and a £1.2 billion Starter Homes Land Fund to support starter homes delivery. The starter homes initiative only applies in England.
Housing cost element of Universal Credit: withdrawing entitlement from 18-21 year olds
Published Thursday, March 23, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN06473
This Commons Library briefing paper provides information on the decision to restrict entitlement to the housing cost element of Universal Credit for young people aged 18-21. The paper sets out the exemptions that will apply and includes comment on the potential impact of the measure.
Income tax allowances for married couples
Published Thursday, March 23, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN00870
In general married couples are taxed as individuals, though a minority of older couples & civil partners may still claim a 'married couple's allowance'. Since 6 April 2015 individuals have been entitled to transfer part of their personal tax allowance to their spouse or civil partner, if neither they nor their partner are higher rate taxpayers.

Topics: Marriage, Taxation

Overseas voters
Published Thursday, March 23, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN05923
British citizens living overseas are currently entitled to be registered to vote in UK Parliamentary elections for up to 15 years in the constituency they were registered in before leaving the UK. After the general election the Government indicated that it would bring forward a Votes for Life Bill; this Bill has not yet been introduced but on 7 October 2016 the Government published a policy statement which set out how the 15 year rule would be removed. This Briefing Paper provides details of the provisions relating to overseas voters in the Representation of the People Act 1985 and of earlier attempts to change the 15 year rule.
The Armed Forces Compensation Scheme
Published Thursday, March 23, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7923
This Commons Library briefing paper looks at the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme and Government plans for a new compensation scheme for combat injuries and deaths.
European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Act 2017 and Parliamentary Approval of the Outcome of Brexit Negotiations
Published Thursday, March 23, 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.

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