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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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Opposition Day Debate - Universal Credit
Published Monday, December 4, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0249
There will be an Opposition Day Debate on Universal Credit on Tuesday 5th December in the Commons Chamber. This Commons Library landing page contains recent Library briefings, parliamentary material, press releases, and Government material.
Betting shops: licensing requirements
Published Monday, December 4, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN06919
This Library briefing paper looks at the licensing of betting shops in Great Britain.

Topic: Gambling

Effect of Israeli demolitions on Palestinian communities
Published Monday, December 4, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0246
This Debate Pack has been prepared for the debate on the 'Effect of Israeli demolitions on Palestinian communities', to be held in Westminster Hall on Wednesday 6 December 2017, from 2:30-4:00pm, initiated by Stephen Kinnock MP.

Topic: Middle East

Fixed odds betting terminals
Published Monday, December 4, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN06946
This Library briefing paper looks at the controversy over fixed odds betting terminals.

Topic: Gambling

UK Fifth Carbon Budget
Published Monday, December 4, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7555
A House of Commons Library Briefing Paper on the UK Fifth Carbon Budget, including information on the Climate Change Act 2008, the Committee on Climate Change's proposals and the Government's Clean Growth Strategy. Information on progress against carbon budgets is also provided.
Stimulating housing supply - Government initiatives (England)
Published Sunday, December 3, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN06416
This Commons Library Briefing Paper summarises key Government initiatives aimed at increasing housing supply in England since 2015. The paper makes reference to planning measures but does not cover them in any detail.
Importance of Education in Building a Flourishing and Skilled Society
Published Friday, December 1, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0091
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared for a debate scheduled to take place in the House of Lords on the following motion moved by the Archbishop of Canterbury that: “this House takes note of the role of education in building a flourishing and skilled society”.
UK Government bank rescues: financial consequences
Published Friday, December 1, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN05748
This Paper gives some basic numbers concerning the government's net expenditure on banks rescued during the financial crisis of 2008-9 and the debts owed to it by other organisations.
Public sector pay
Published Friday, December 1, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8037
This briefing provides an overview of public sector pay policy; the financial implications of the cap and the cost of removing it; trends in public sector pay; and recent debate on the subject.
Local government in England: structures
Published Friday, December 1, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN07104
This note contains basic details of the structure of local government (counties, districts and unitary authorities); the electoral system, ward structures, and the franchise; the divisions of functions between local authorities; and the process for changing local government boundaries and structures.
Motor car insurance
Published Friday, December 1, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN06061
This note outlines some of the factors influencing the cost of motor insurance premiums and what government and the industry have done to try and reduce costs.
The Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill 2017-19
Published Friday, December 1, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8164
This briefing summarises the changes that the Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill 2017-19 seeks to make to the Parliamentary Constituencies Act 1986, as amended. This is a Private Member's Bill that seeks to change the Rules for Redistribution of Parliamentary constituencies.
HM Government’s Plans for Regulation
Published Friday, December 1, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0090
This House of Lords Library Briefing provides an overview of regulation in the UK, including former and current Government policies, recent debate on deregulation and the potential implications on UK regulation of the UK’s exit from the EU.

Topic: Regulation

Common Financial Services Questions
Published Friday, December 1, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7262
This Paper looks at a broad range of financial service and financial institution's issues.
Future of UK Trade and Customs Policy
Published Friday, December 1, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0089
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been written ahead of the debate in the House of Lords on 5 December 2017 to take note of the future of United Kingdom trade and customs policy in the light of Her Majesty’s Government white papers 'Preparing for our Future UK Trade Policy' (Cm 9470) and 'Customs Bill: Legislating for the UK’s Future Customs' (Cm 9502).
Swansea's bid to be City of Culture 2021
Published Friday, December 1, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0251
A Westminster Hall debate on Swansea's bid to be City of Culture 2021 is scheduled for Tuesday 5 December at 2.30pm. The Member leading the debate is Chris Davies MP.
EU (Withdrawal) Bill: Financial provision and fees and charges
Published Friday, December 1, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8165
This Commons Library briefing paper has been prepared for day 5 of the Committee Stage of the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill (the EUW Bill) in the House of Commons. It discusses clause 12 and Schedule 4 of the Bill. The Library briefing 'The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Devolution', covers clause 10 and Schedule 2, which are also due to be debated on day five.
The Office for Budget Responsibility and Charter for Budget Responsibility
Published Friday, December 1, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN05657
This briefing investigates who the Office for Budget Responsibility are and what they do. It also discusses the Government's fiscal targets, which are included in the Charter for Budget Responsibility.
2018 Benefits Uprating
Published Thursday, November 30, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8162
This note sets out the main benefit and tax credit rates for the 2018/19 financial year. Most working-age benefits will be frozen at 2015/16 cash values from 2016/17 to 2019/20 inclusive. Over the year 2018/19 the increase in most benefits aimed at disabled people and pensioners will continue to be linked to CPI inflation, which increased to 3.0% in the year ending September 2017.
Pension scheme charges
Published Thursday, November 30, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN06209
Looks at the impact of pension scheme charges on pension savings and steps being taken to cap charges and to improve transparency

Topic: Pensions

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