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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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Unemployment - National: Key Economic Indicators
Published Wednesday, November 15, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN02797
Unemployment - national: data on International Labour Organisation unemployment, the headline measure of unemployment in the UK.

Topic: Unemployment

People claiming unemployment benefits by constituency, October 2017
Published Wednesday, November 15, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8138
This paper provides figures for the number of people claiming unemployment benefits (the “claimant count”) by parliamentary constituency, as well as a summary of the latest labour market statistics for the UK as a whole.
Productivity: Key Economic Indicators
Published Wednesday, November 15, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN02791
Latest statistics showing changes in UK productivity and comparisons of UK productivity with other G7 countries.
General Debate on the Department for Work and Pensions support for care leavers
Published Wednesday, November 15, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0215
This Commons Library Debate Pack briefing has been prepared for a General Debate on the Department for Work and Pensions’ support for care leavers which will take place at 3pm on Thursday 16 November 2017. This debate was agreed by the Backbench Business Committee and will take place in Westminster Hall.
Chart style guide
Published Wednesday, November 15, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN05073
This guide and sets the visual style and some principles for good statistical charts. As used by the statistics sections of the House of Commons Library
House of Lords Reform in the 2017 Parliament
Published Tuesday, November 14, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8137
A Lord Speaker's Committee has brought forward proposals to reduce the size of the House of Lords.
Mortgage Arrears and Repossessions (England)
Published Tuesday, November 14, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN04769
This House of Commons Library briefing paper examines the number of households in mortgage arrears and having their homes repossessed, considers lenders’ obligations towards homeowners who are struggling with their mortgage payments, and outlines possible sources of advice for homeowners. The paper also discusses historic schemes to support struggling mortgagors and their effectiveness, and considers the potential impact of future interest rate rises.
What is affordable housing?
Published Tuesday, November 14, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7747
This Commons Library briefing paper considers how affordable housing is defined in England and looks at key trends in the affordability of different tenure types. It also examines the supply of affordable housing and the role of Housing Benefit in enabling households to access and retain affordable housing.
Housing Market: Key Economic Indicators
Published Tuesday, November 14, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN02820
Housing market: Data on house prices, mortgage approvals and house-building.
The human and financial costs of drug addiction
Published Tuesday, November 14, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0230
A pack will be prepared ahead of the debate to be held in Westminster Hall on Wednesday 22 November 2017 from 2.30-4pm on the human and financial costs of drug addiction. The debate will be opened by Craig Mackinlay MP.
The future of medicines regulation
Published Tuesday, November 14, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0229
A pack will be produced ahead of the debate to be held in Westminster Hall on Tuesday 21 November 2017 from 2.30--4pm on the future of medicines regulation. The debate will be opened by Helen Goodman MP.
The Paradise Papers
Published Tuesday, November 14, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0228
On Tuesday 14 November the House is scheduled to debate the 'Paradise Papers', a large tranche of material gathered by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, leaked from two offshore service providers and 19 tax havens' company registries. Details of the financial holdings of both wealthy individuals and multinational enterprises has been reported by the BBC, the Guardian, and other media organisations that are part of the consortium, reiterating public concerns as to the scale of tax avoidance and evasion, and the ability of offshore jurisdictions to facilitate these activities. This note gives some background on this issue.
UK's role in degradation of the marine environment
Published Tuesday, November 14, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0225
MPs will debate the UK's role in degradation of the marine environment from 2.30 to 4pm on Tuesday 14 November 2017. The debate will take place in Westminster Hall and be led by Barry Sheerman MP.
Family justice reform
Published Tuesday, November 14, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0223
A Westminster Hall debate on Family justice reform is scheduled for Wednesday 15 November 2017 at 2.30pm. The Member leading the debate is Suella Fernandes MP.
Inflation: Key Economic Indicators
Published Tuesday, November 14, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN02792
Inflation: Data on both the CPI and RPI inflation indices.
Rent setting: social housing (England)
Published Monday, November 13, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN01090
This House of Commons briefing paper explains key policy developments in relation to setting social housing rent levels in England since 2002. It covers recent policy developments including the requirement on social landlords to reduce rents by 1% in each year for four years from April 2016 and the rent setting policy which will apply from 2020.
Northern Ireland Budget Bill
Published Monday, November 13, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8122
The House of Commons is scheduled to take all stages of the Northern Ireland Budget Bill 2017-19 on 13 November 2017. This Paper looks at the background surrounding the absence of an Executive in Northern Ireland, and at the Bill itself.
Communicating Risk
Published Monday, November 13, 2017 | POSTnotes POST-PN-0564
People's responses to risk are shaped by the way that such risks are communicated. Communicating risks effectively can defuse concerns, mitigate disaster situations and build trust with public institutions and organisations. This POSTnote defines the often misunderstood concepts of risk, uncertainty and hazard and describes the key stakeholders communicating it. It examines the factors that shape how people perceive and respond to such risks and summarises evidence on effective risk communication strategies.
Brexit and the environment
Published Monday, November 13, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8132
A House of Commons Library Briefing paper discussing current environmental law and policy in the UK and in the devolved nations; preparations for Brexit and potential impacts of Brexit; and the possibility of a tailored UK approach to the environment in the future. The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill is also discussed in the context of environmental matters, and REACH information is provided as an illustrative case study.
Effect of loneliness on local communities
Published Monday, November 13, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0221
On the 15 November 2017, at 4:30pm, there will be a Westminster Hall debate on the effect of loneliness on local communities. The debate is sponsored by Rachel Reeves MP.

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