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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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Cold Weather Payments for winter 2015/16
Published Monday, January 11, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7454
Cold Weather Payments are made from the Social Fund to certain recipients of Income Support, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, income-related Employment and Support Allowance, Universal Credit or Pension Credit during periods of very cold weather. To “trigger” the payments, the average temperature at a specified weather station must be recorded as, or forecast to be, 0°C or below for seven consecutive days. The scheme runs from 1 November to 31 March each year.
Benefit sanctions
Published Monday, December 14, 2015 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2015-0132
Benefit sanctions will be debated in Westminster Hall on Wednesday 16 December at 2.30 pm. Dr Eilidh Whiteford will lead the debate. This Library briefing provides an overview of how benefit sanctions work and further background information.
Benefit sanctions
Published Tuesday, December 1, 2015 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2015-0113
Benefit sanctions will be debated in Westminster Hall on Wednesday 2 December at 4.30-5.30 pm. Neil Gray MP will lead the debate. This Library briefing provides an overview of how benefit sanctions work and further background information.
2016 Benefits Uprating
Published Friday, November 27, 2015 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7410
This note sets out the main benefit and tax credit rates for the 2016-17 financial year.
Background to the 2015 Spending Review and Autumn Statement
Published Friday, November 20, 2015 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7290
Background to the joint 2015 Spending Review and Autumn Statement, which will be presented to Parliament on 25 November 2015.
A Fresh Start: the Stormont Agreement and Implementation Plan and the Northern Ireland (Welfare Reform) Bill 2015-16 [Bill 99]
Published Friday, November 20, 2015 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7389
The Northern Ireland (Welfare Reform) Bill is part of a process to stabilise the political institutions in Northern Ireland. It stems from a package agreed between the UK and Irish Governments and the largest Northern Ireland parties: the Fresh Start agreement. This paper gives a guide to the Bill, and to the agreement.
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.
Background to Hospital Parking Charges (Exemption for Carers) Bill
Published Monday, October 26, 2015 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7347
This Commons Library briefing provides information on the main provisions of the Hospital Parking Charges (Exemption for Carers) Bill 2015/16.
Effect of changes to welfare benefits
Published Friday, October 9, 2015 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2015-0072
This page contains Library briefings and external reports and provides background information for the Westminster Hall debate, Effect of changes to welfare benefits, scheduled for Wednesday October 14 at 2.30pm.
The Work Capability Assessment for Employment and Support Allowance
Published Friday, September 18, 2015 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7182
This briefing provides an overview of the Work Capability Assessment (WCA) for Employment and Support Allowance (ESA).
Employment and Support Allowance: An introduction
Published Friday, September 18, 2015 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7181
This briefing provides an overview of Employment and Support Allowance (ESA).
Welfare Reform and Work Bill [Bill 51 of 2015-16]
Published Thursday, July 16, 2015 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7252
This House of Commons Briefing Paper provides background to the Welfare Reform and Work Bill’s provisions; summarises the key measures; and includes relevant comment. The Bill is scheduled to receive its Second Reading on 20 July 2015.
Debate on the Budget Statement
Published Thursday, July 16, 2015 | Lords Library notes LLN-2015-0021
This Library Note provides background information on the Budget Statement which was delivered by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, on 8 July 2015. The Note provides a brief overview of some of the key Budget measures, before outlining the immediate reaction to the statement as expressed by members of the House of Commons and by a selection of organisations and commentators. It has been written to support the debate in the House of Lords on this subject scheduled to take place on 21 July 2015.
Summer Budget 2015: A summary
Published Friday, July 10, 2015 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7251
This note presents a summary of the Summer Budget 2015. This note provides an overview of the main Budget measures (see below), along with analysis of the forecasts, changes to the fiscal rules, changes to welfare, the National Living Wage, and public spending.
Background to the July 2015 Budget
Published Friday, July 3, 2015 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7244
This note sets out the background to the July 2015 Budget, the first Budget of the current Parliament.
Welfare reform and people with disabilities
Published Monday, June 29, 2015 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2015-0023
This page provides background information for the Westminster Hall debate, Welfare reform and people with disabilities, on Tuesday 30 June 2015.
Measures to limit migrants’ access to benefits
Published Wednesday, June 17, 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN06889
Following an article by the Prime Minister’s in the Financial Times on 27 November 2013 in which he said he shared concerns about the impact of lifting transitional restrictions on the right of Romanian and Bulgarian right to work in the UK from 1 January 2014, the Government has introduced a raft of measures “to tighten up our EEA migration rules to ensure our welfare system is not taken advantage of.”
What UK benefits can people from abroad claim?
Published Wednesday, June 17, 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN06847
This note gives a broad overview of the rules on access to benefits and tax credits for people coming to the UK from abroad. It describes the situation for asylum seekers, nationals from European Economic Area (EEA) countries, and non-EEA nationals.
Introduction of Personal Independence Payment
Published Tuesday, June 16, 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN06861
Personal Independence Payment (PIP) is replacing Disability Living Allowance for people of working age. Following its introduction for new claims in April 2013 there were problems with the claims process, with some claimants waiting six months or more for a decision. The previous Government said that, as a result of actions it was taking, by autumn 2014 no PIP claimant would have to wait more than six months for an assessment and by the end of 2014 no one would have to wait more than 16 weeks.
Carers' rights and benefits (England)
Published Friday, June 5, 2015 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7219
An overview of rights and benefits afforded to carers in law, covering local authority assessments, employment rights, benefits and protection from discrimination.

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