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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.
    • POSTnotes: Proactive four-page policy briefings from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology based on reviews of the research literature, interviews with stakeholders and peer review, commissioned by the POST Board.
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Permitted Work Rules
Published Monday, June 19, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7909
This Commons Library briefing paper gives an overview of the Permitted Work Rules, which allow people in receipt of Employment and Support Allowance to do some paid work without it affecting their benefit.
Social security benefits for older people with mobility needs
Published Monday, June 19, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN07160
Both Disability Living Allowance and Personal Independence Payment (which is replacing DLA) provide help with the extra costs disabled people face when getting around. The DLA or PIP mobility component can continue to be paid indefinitely, but there is an upper age limit of 65 for new claims. This means that some older people cannot get benefits for mobility needs and cannot access linked schemes such as Motability.
Disability Living Allowance mobility component for younger children
Published Monday, June 19, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7977
This Commons Library briefing looks at the lower age limits for the Disability Living Allowance (DLA) mobility components, the rationale for them, and at the position of successive governments.
Oxbridge 'elitism'
Published Monday, June 19, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN00616
Both universities now take more than half of their entrants from state schools, if overseas entrants are excluded. These rates are generally increasing, but the historical data shows that progress has been slow. At the end of the 1930s 24% of entrants to Oxford and 19% to Cambridge started their education at a state school. By the early 19050s these rates had increased to 43% and 34% respectively. In the early 1960s 34% of students at Oxford and 27% at Cambridge came from state secondary schools
General Election 2017: full results and analysis
Published Monday, June 19, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7979
This briefing paper contains summary information about the results of the 2017 General Election, held on 8th June. It provides election results by party, nation and region, as well as further statistics on turnout and lost deposits.
Poverty in the UK: statistics
Published Friday, June 16, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN07096
This note sets out information on the levels and rates of poverty in the UK, including historical trends and forecasts for future years.
Section 75 employer debt and multi-employer pension schemes
Published Friday, June 16, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7684
Looks at the application of the "section 75 employer debt provisions" to multi-employer pension schemes

Topic: Pensions

State Pensions 2017: FAQs for MPs
Published Friday, June 16, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7981
This briefing paper looks at some of the FAQs constituents raise with their MPs about pensions.

Topic: Pensions

Key issues in fostering: capacity, working conditions, and fostering agencies
Published Friday, June 16, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7998
This House of Commons Library briefing paper looks at key issues in fostering, including general statistical information, the capacity of the foster care system, working conditions for foster carers and the relationships between fostering providers. It draws upon evidence taken by the Education Select Committee’s inquiry into fostering.
Local Housing Allowance and the social rented sector
Published Friday, June 16, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7833
This Commons Library briefing paper explains the Government's intention to apply Local Housing Allowance rates to tenants in receipt of Housing Benefit in the social rented sector. Implementation has been delayed until April 2019. Legislation to implement this measure has not been introduced yet.
Economic Indicators, June 2017
Published Friday, June 16, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7994
Analysis of the latest UK and international economic indicators
Women Members of Parliament: Background Paper
Published Friday, June 16, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN06652
This briefing paper provides a list of all the women who have ever been elected to the House of Commons.
Manufacturing: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, June 16, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN05206
Manufacturing: Data on manufacturing jobs, output and producer confidence.
Service industries: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, June 16, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN02786
Service industries: Data for the sector that incorporates the retail sector, the financial sector, the public sector, business administration and cultural activities.
Women in the House of Commons: Background Paper
Published Friday, June 16, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN06651
This briefing paper provides information on the number female MPs currently sitting in the House of Commons. It also gives a history of the campaigns to give women the vote and to allow them to stand as candidates for election.
UK aid: frequently asked questions
Published Friday, June 16, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7996
What is aid? What is the UN 0.7% aid target and why has the UK adopted it? Which government departments spend UK aid? What impact does UK aid have? What will be the impact of Brexit on UK aid? These and other questions are answered in an accessible way in this briefing paper.
Inflation: International: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, June 16, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN02794
Inflation: International: Harmonised Index of Comsumer Prices data on international inflation rates.
Police complaints systems in the UK
Published Thursday, June 15, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN02056
This Briefing Paper gives basic factual information about the police complaints system in England and Wales to assist with constituents’ questions. It also gives brief information on the systems in Scotland and Northern Ireland, mainly for comparative purposes. Major reforms to the system in England and Wales are coming when the Policing and Crime Act 2017 comes into force.

Topic: Police

Interest Rates and Monetary Policy: Key Economic Indicators
Published Thursday, June 15, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN02802
Interest Rates and Monetary Policy: Data on interest rates from the UK, eurozone and the US; a summary of the Bank of England’s and international, quantitative easing policy.
FAQs: Academies and free schools
Published Thursday, June 15, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN07059
This Commons Library research briefing answers FAQs about academies and free schools in England. Topics covered include: academy conversion; school places; SEN provision; academy land disposal and sale; funding; and accountability.

Topic: Schools

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