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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.
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Legal help: where to go and how to pay
Published Friday, June 15, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN03207
This Commons Library briefing paper provides information about where to seek legal help and advice.
Inflation: International: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, June 15, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN02794
Inflation: International: Harmonised Index of Comsumer Prices data on international inflation rates.
By-elections since the 2017 General Election
Published Friday, June 15, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8280
This Commons Library Briefing Paper sets out results of the by-elections held since the 2017 election. There have been two by-elections so far in this Parliament, the last was held in Lewisham East on 14 June 2018. Full details are presented in the associated PDF but an overview of the recent by-election results are shown below.
Support for Carers
Published Thursday, June 14, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0066
This House of Lords Library briefing has been prepared in advance of the motion moved by Baroness Redfern (Conservative) on 21 June 2018 “that this House takes note of the support available to carers and the Carers Action Plan 2018–2020: Supporting Carers Today”.
UN Committee report on the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: debate on the Government's response
Published Thursday, June 14, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0148
There will be a Westminster Hall debate on the Government response to the report on the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities on 20 June 2018 at 9:30. The debate is will be opened by Rosie Duffield MP. This landing page provides background information in preparation for the debate.
House prices (UK): Social Indicators page
Published Thursday, June 14, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN02645
Trends in house prices and affordability in the UK.
Police complaints systems in the UK
Published Thursday, June 14, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN02056
This Briefing Paper gives basic factual information about the police complaints system in England and Wales to assist with constituents’ questions. It also gives brief information on the systems in Scotland and Northern Ireland, mainly for comparative purposes.

Topic: Police

E-petition 207040 relating to allowing Premier League and Championship football clubs to introduce safe standing
Published Thursday, June 14, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0147
A Westminster Hall debate on E-petition 207040, relating to allowing Premier League and Championship football clubs to introduce safe standing, is scheduled for Monday 25 June 2018 at 4.30pm. The Member leading the debate is Luke Hall MP, a member of the Petitions Committee.
Universal Credit roll-out: 2018-19
Published Thursday, June 14, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8299
Universal Credit roll-out was around 11% complete across Great Britain as of December 2017, in terms of the number of households on UC. However, progress varies considerably between constituencies. Almost half of jobseekers are now on UC rather than "legacy" benefits. The majority of households receiving support for rent, children or incapacity are yet to move onto UC. This briefing provides a guide to roll-out of the Full Service in 2018/19 and original HC Library estimates for the progress or UC roll-out by constituency, region and across Great Britain.
International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict:19 June
Published Thursday, June 14, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0065
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict, which takes place annually on 19 June to raise awareness of the need to put an end to conflict-related sexual violence.
Potential for geothermal energy resources in the UK
Published Thursday, June 14, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0146
A debate will take place in Westminster Hall on 19 June 2018 from 2.30-4pm on Potential for Geothermal Energy Resources in the UK. The debate will be opened by Helen Goodman MP.
Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill 2017-19
Published Thursday, June 14, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8118
This paper explains the policy background to and contents and purpose of the Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill 2017-19 (HC Bill 112).
House of Lords Reform in the 2017 Parliament
Published Thursday, June 14, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8137
A debate on a petition calling for a referendum on the abolition of the House of Lords will take place on 18 June 2018. The Government has responded to the Lord Speaker's Committee's proposals to reduce the size of the House of Lords.
"Common law marriage" and cohabitation
Published Thursday, June 14, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN03372
This Commons Library briefing paper provides general information about how the law applies to cohabitants, the number of cohabiting couples, and about the Law Commission’s proposals for reform.
Empty housing (England)
Published Wednesday, June 13, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN03012
This briefing outlines local authorities’ powers to tackle empty housing and other relevant initiatives. It also discusses Government action around this issue.
Adult further education funding in England since 2010
Published Wednesday, June 13, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7708
This House of Commons Library Briefing Paper provides a summary of how funding for adult further education (including apprenticeships) in England has changed since 2010.
Personal service companies: recent debate
Published Wednesday, June 13, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN05976
The 'IR35' rules to prevent the exploitation of personal service companies for tax avoidance were introduced in April 2000, following a long and contentious consultation exercise. This legislation remains unpopular among freelancers who use this corporate form to provide services. This note looks at recent debate on how these rules might be reformed and wider concerns about the use of employment intermediaries to avoid tax.
Managed Service Companies
Published Wednesday, June 13, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN04301
This note discusses the introduction in 2007 of the 'Managed Service Companies' (MSCs) legislation, which sought to prevent the exploitation of this corporate form for tax avoidance.

Topic: Taxation

Personal service companies: introduction of IR35
Published Wednesday, June 13, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN00914
This note discusses the introduction in April 2000 of 'IR35' - legislation to tackle the exploitation of personal service companies as a means to avoid tax.

Topic: Taxation

Corporate Governance Reform
Published Wednesday, June 13, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8143
Reforms to corporate governance are multiple and varied. This briefing discusses the Government's plans and work in this area, and other proposals.

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