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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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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: 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

Debate Pack: Fuel Poverty
Published Monday, February 1, 2016 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2016-0029
This Debate Pack has been compiled ahead of the debate on Fuel Poverty to be held on Wednesday 3 February 2016 at 09:30 in Westminster Hall. The Member in charge of the debate is Derek Thomas MP

Topics: Energy, Fuel poverty

Measuring Performance for the Carbon Budgets
Published Thursday, January 14, 2016 | POSTbriefs POST-PB-0017
Part 6 of the Energy Bill 2015-16 proposes an amendment to the Climate Change Act to adjust the performance measure used in the UK’s statutory carbon budgets. The new measure would include UK territorial emissions only. With this change, credits or debits from the EU Emissions Trading System would not contribute towards the UK’s performance against its carbon budgets from 2028 onwards. This POSTbrief introduces the carbon budgets, explains the proposed change and outlines the implications of the proposed change.
Competition in energy markets in Great Britain
Published Tuesday, January 5, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7243
This Commons Library briefing paper looks at the history of political and regulatory intervention designed to increase the competiveness of domestic energy markets in Great Britain. The Paper sets out the timetable for the Energy Market Investigation and summarises the provisional findings that the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has published. The paper also summarises the main actions that Ofgem has undertaken in the past to tackle the level and complexity of tariffs.
Spending Review and Autumn Statement 2015: a summary
Published Monday, November 30, 2015 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7401
Updated analysis of the Spending Review and Autumn Statement 2015.
Fuel Poverty
Published Friday, November 20, 2015 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2015-0105
This Debate pack has been complied ahead of the debate on Fuel Poverty to be held on Tuesday 24 November 2015 at 16:30 in Westminster Hall. The Member in charge of the debate is Drew Hendry MP. Debate packs are produced quickly after the announcement of parliamentary business. They are intended to provide a summary or overview of the issue being debated and identify relevant briefings and useful documents, including press and parliamentary material. More detailed briefing can be prepared for MPs on request to the Library.
Welfare Reform and Work Bill (HL Bill 69 of 2015–16)
Published Tuesday, November 10, 2015 | Lords Library notes LLN-2015-0042
This Library Note provides background reading in advance of the second reading in the House of Lords of the Welfare Reform and Work Bill on 17 November 2015.
Welfare Reform and Work Bill 2015-16 Committee Stage Report
Published Monday, October 26, 2015 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7352
This Commons Library Briefing Paper summarises debate and amendments to the Bill during its committee stage in the House of Commons.
Deprivation in English constituencies, 2015
Published Friday, October 9, 2015 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7327
This paper looks at relative levels of deprivation across constituencies in England, including which constituencies have become more deprived or less deprived relative to other areas. An online tool maps the variation in deprivation levels within individual constituencies.
Funeral poverty
Published Thursday, October 8, 2015 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2015-0071
This page contains Library briefings and external reports and provides background information for the Westminster Hall debate, Funeral poverty, scheduled for Tuesday October 13 at 4.30pm.
Trends in Energy
Published Monday, September 7, 2015 | POSTnotes POST-PN-0503
Providing affordable, reliable and sustainable energy is a key issue in UK policy. Energy policy can be informed by current energy sector trends and projections into the future. This briefing outlines key trends in energy, the factors driving these changes and future projections. It also highlights the implications and challenges of these trends.

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