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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.
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Social Mobility Commission, State of the Nation report
Published Tuesday, March 21, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0099
There will be a debate on the Social Mobility Commission State of the Nation report. This will take place in the Commons Chamber on Thursday 23rd March.
Fuel Poverty
Published Monday, March 20, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0098
A General Debate on 'Fuel Poverty' will be held in the House of Commons Chamber on Tuesday 21 March 2017. The subject for the debate has been chosen by the Government.
Spring Budget 2017: A summary
Published Friday, March 17, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7919
A summary of Spring Budget 2017 and the Office for Budget Responsibility's forecasts for the economy and public finances. This briefing now includes detailed discussion of changes to National Insurance contributions for the self-employed and the tax-free allowance for dividend income.
Spring Budget 2017: Background briefing
Published Friday, March 3, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7913
The briefing sets out the background to Spring Budget 2017 which will take place on Wednesday 8 March 2017. The Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) will publish revised forecasts for the economy and public finances on the same day.
Future Energy Efficiency Policy
Published Monday, February 27, 2017 | POSTnotes POST-PN-0550
This POSTnote outlines the benefits and costs of future improvements in energy efficiency across various UK sectors. It then describes the barriers to energy efficiency measures, outlines options for future energy efficiency policy and summarises analyses of the effectiveness of different policy options.
Poverty in the Liverpool city region
Published Monday, February 27, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0064
A debate will be held on poverty in the Liverpool city region in Westminster Hall on Wednesday 1 March at 2.30pm.
Child Poverty in the UK (Target for Reduction) Bill, 2016-17
Published Wednesday, February 1, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7891
This briefing has been prepared ahead of second reading on the Child Poverty in the UK (Target for Reduction) Bill 2016-17, scheduled to occur on 3 February 2017. This Bill is a Private Members’ Bill (Ballot Bill), sponsored by Dan Jarvis MP.
Savings (Government Contributions) Bill: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Thursday, December 22, 2016 | Lords Library notes LLN-2016-0072
This Lords Library briefing provides information on the Savings (Government Contributions) Bill (HL Bill 85 of 2016–17).
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.
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.
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”.

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