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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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    Topics: Research material can be filtered by subject using the topic terms. The topics are arranged in a taxonomy (a hierarchical classification) and can be further filtered using sub-topics.

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The Pensions Regulator: Powers to protect pension benefits
Published Wednesday, June 21, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN04368
Looks at the Pensions Regulator's powers to protect pension scheme benefits.
Brexit: What next for UK fisheries?
Published Wednesday, June 21, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7669
The implications of Brexit for fisheries are highly uncertain and will depend on future negotiations with the EU and future UK Government policy. The Government announced its intention to introduce a new Fisheries Bill in the 2017 Queen's Speech.
Recent policy developments: Grammar schools in England
Published Wednesday, June 21, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN07070
This Commons Library briefing paper provides an outline of the current position relating to grammar schools and proposed Government reforms. It covers England only. The paper also outlines recent support and opposition to the establishment of new grammar schools, and research on their impact.

Topic: Schools

Fly-tipping - the illegal dumping of waste
Published Wednesday, June 21, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN05672
This Commons Library briefing paper gives a general overview of the extent of the problem of fly-tipping and the powers and responsibilities of the Environment Agency, local authorities and landowners to deal with it. In 2013/14 there was a significant increase in reported cases of fly-tipping across England and incidents increased again in following years.
Ballot Bills in the House of Commons since 1997
Published Wednesday, June 21, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN04055
This note lists the 20 successful MPs drawn in the Commons ballot for private Members' bills at the start of each parliamentary session since 1997.
Child maintenance: variations, including "unearned income" rules (UK excluding NI)
Published Wednesday, June 21, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7773
This House of Commons Library briefing note sets out the rules on variations, including the grounds for a variation under the “2012 scheme” administered by the Child Maintenance Service (CMS), how to request a variation, and sources of further information. From a policy standpoint, it compares the current variations rules to those for the legacy “2003 scheme”, and notes criticism of the changes and parliamentary debate of them.
Polygamy
Published Wednesday, June 21, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN05051
This Commons Library briefing paper deals with when polygamous marriages might be legally recognised; immigration issues; social security benefits and pension entitlement.
Child maintenance: how it is calculated under the 2012 CMS scheme (UK excluding NI)
Published Wednesday, June 21, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7770
This House of Commons Library briefing note sets out how the Child Maintenance Service (CMS) calculates the amount of child maintenance payable under the 2012 statutory child maintenance scheme.
Hung parliaments
Published Wednesday, June 21, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN04951
This paper sets out situations where there has been no overall control in the House of Commons since the beginning of the twentieth century.
Knife crime statistics
Published Wednesday, June 21, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN04304
This briefing paper summarises the available statistics relating to knife crime. Knife crime is a persistent and worrying concern, especially as it impacts particularly upon young people and the disadvantaged, and various remedies have been tried over the years.
Domestic violence in England and Wales
Published Wednesday, June 21, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN06337
The Queen's Speech 2017 promises a draft Domestic Violence and Abuse Bill, and measures in the Courts Bill to deal with suspects cross examining victims. This Briefing Paper looks at the background.
Government borrowing, debt and debt interest: statistics
Published Wednesday, June 21, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN05745
This is a purely statistical note on public sector borrowing (the budget deficit), public sector debt and government debt interest payments.
Inquests and public inquiries
Published Wednesday, June 21, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8012
This Commons Library briefing paper sets out information about public inquiries, and coroners’ investigations and inquests, and when one type of investigation might be held rather than the other.
Public Finances: Key Economic Indicators
Published Wednesday, June 21, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN02812
Latest data on government net borrowing and net debt.
Reforms to Technical Education
Published Wednesday, June 21, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7951
This House of Commons Library Briefing Paper provides an overview of proposals to reform the system of technical education in England, as set out in the 2015 Government's Post-16 Skills Plan and provided for by the Technical and Further Education Act 2017.
Student loan statistics
Published Wednesday, June 21, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN01079
Student loans are the main method of direct government support for higher education students. More than £13 billion is loaned to students each year, this is expected to grow rapidly and reach around £330 billion (2014-15 prices) by the middle of this century. The expansion of loans has raised questions about graduate repayments and ultimately the cost of the system to the taxpayer
Workplace pensions 2017: FAQs for MPs
Published Wednesday, June 21, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7997
This briefing paper looks at some of the FAQs constituents raise with their MPs about workplace pensions.
Occupational pension increases
Published Wednesday, June 21, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN05656
Looks at the requirements on private sector Defined Benefit occupational pension schemes to index and revalue pension benefits and recent debates - including the 2016 consultation on the British Steel Pension Scheme and the 2017 Defined Benefit Pension Scheme Green Paper

Topic: Pensions

Social care: paying for care home places and domiciliary care (England)
Published Tuesday, June 20, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN01911
This House of Commons Library briefing paper provides information about the means-test that applies to care home residents and those in other settings (such as those receiving care at home) in need of social care, and provides information on personal budgets.

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