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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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Child Poverty
Published Friday, December 16, 2016 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2016-0256
This pack has been prepared ahead of the debate on a Child Poverty to take place in Westminster Hall on 20 December 2016 at 2:30pm. The subject for the debate has been chosen by Dan Jarvis MP.
Effect on equality of the Autumn Statement 2016
Published Tuesday, December 13, 2016 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2016-0251
MPs will debate the effect on equality of the Autumn Statement 2016, on Wednesday 14 December 2016. This will be an Opposition Day debate. This House of Commons Library briefing provides a background summary and also press and parliamentary coverage.
Pensions and pensioners' incomes: Social Indicators page
Published Wednesday, December 7, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN02657
A summary of trends in pensioners' incomes.
Household food insecurity measurement in the UK
Published Friday, December 2, 2016 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2016-0238
This pack has been prepared ahead of the debate on household food insecurity measurement in the UK to take place in Westminster Hall on 6 December 2016 at 9:30am. The subject for the debate has been chosen by Emma Lewell-Buck MP.
Reducing health inequality
Published Wednesday, November 23, 2016 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2016-0225
This pack has been prepared ahead of the debate to be held in the Commons Chamber on Thursday 24 November 2016 on the motion: ‘That this House calls on the Government to introduce and support effective policy measures to reduce health inequality’ The subject for this debate has been selected by the Backbench Business Committee. The debate will be opened by Dr Sarah Wollaston MP.
School funding: Pupil Premium
Published Monday, November 21, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN06700
The introduction and development of the Pupil Premium policy since its introduction in 2011
Autumn Statement distributional analysis, Universal Credit and Employment Support Allowance
Published Tuesday, November 15, 2016 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2016-0213
MPs will debate the Autumn Statement distributional analysis, Universal Credit and Employment Support Allowance, on Wednesday 16 November 2016. This will be an Opposition Day debate. This Commons Library briefing page contains Library briefings, independent and select committee reports.
Impact of the Shortage of Housing on Young People
Published Thursday, October 27, 2016 | Lords Library notes LLN-2016-0056
This House of Lords Library briefing presents an overview of housing in the UK, including statistics on housing supply and demand. It considers some of the causes of the housing shortage and explores recent reports that have sought to identify the impact of the housing market on young people. It concludes with a brief summary of government policy in this area.
Government Plans to Promote Social Mobility
Published Friday, October 21, 2016 | Lords Library notes LLN-2016-0054
Ahead of the debate on 27 October 2016 on the Government’s plans to promote social mobility, this Library briefing provides an overview of recent Government announcements in this area and concludes with a discussion of different views on social mobility.
Agricultural incomes and subsidies in the UK: Social Indicators page
Published Friday, October 14, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN02613
Agricultural incomes and subsidies in the UK: Social Indicators page.
Cross Departmental Strategy on Social Justice
Published Tuesday, September 13, 2016 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2016-0165
This debate pack has been prepared ahead of a Westminster Hall debate on a cross departmental strategy on social justice, initiated by Fiona Bruce. The debate will take place on 14 September at 2:30pm.
Sources of Statistics: Constituency Statistics
Published Wednesday, July 13, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN04191
This introductory guide provides sources of statistics on constituency level statistics.
Sources of Statistics: Energy
Published Wednesday, July 13, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN03841
This introductory guide provides sources of statistics on energy in the UK.
Causes of Poverty in the United Kingdom
Published Thursday, July 7, 2016 | Lords Library notes LLN-2016-0036
This House of Lords Library briefing has been prepared ahead of a debate that is scheduled to take place in the House on 14 July 2016 on the following motion: “[...] that this House takes note of the case for tackling the causes of poverty in the United Kingdom”.
Energy Policy Overview
Published Friday, June 24, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7582
This note provides an overview of the current Government's energy policy.
The Warm Home Discount Scheme
Published Thursday, May 5, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN05956
This Commons Library briefing paper looks at the Warm Home Discount scheme (WHD). The scheme started on 1 April 2011 and was originally programmed to end on 31 March 2015. Since then it has been extended twice first until 2015/16 and most recently until 2020/21.
Women around the world: International Women's Day 2016
Published Monday, February 22, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7512
This briefing gives an introduction to International Women’s Day, celebrated on the 8th of March. It examines a variety of indicators for women’s equality both in the UK and internationally.
Welfare Reform and Work Bill 2015-16: Lords amendments
Published Thursday, February 18, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7508
The Welfare Reform and Work Bill 2015-16 had its Third Reading in the House of Lords on 9 February, and the Commons is due to consider Lords amendments on 23 February.
Fuel Poverty
Published Thursday, February 18, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN05115
This briefing paper provides an overview of how fuel poverty is defined and measured and current policy initiatives designed to counter it.

Topic: Fuel poverty

Help with energy bills
Published Monday, February 1, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN06163
This Commons Library Briefing paper sets out sources of financial and practical help for constituents with domestic energy bills. It links to sources for more information. It also outlines policy developments in this area.

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