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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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"No-fault divorce"
Published Wednesday, April 12, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN01409
This Commons Library briefing paper considers the current basis for divorce and arguments for and against the introduction of "no-fault" divorce.

Topic: Divorce

Employment - National: Key Economic Indicators
Published Wednesday, April 12, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN02796
Employment: data on employment in the UK.
Unemployment - National: Key Economic Indicators
Published Wednesday, April 12, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN02797
Unemployment - national: data on International Labour Organisation unemployment, the headline measure of unemployment in the UK.

Topic: Unemployment

Average Earnings: Key Economic Indicators
Published Wednesday, April 12, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN02795
Average Earnings: Regularly updated data on average weekly earnings, including breakdowns by public and private sectors.
The Soft Drinks Industry Levy
Published Wednesday, April 12, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7876
This briefing provides an overview of the proposed Soft Drinks Industry Levy, and a background on sugar and health.
People claiming unemployment benefits by constituency, March 2017
Published Wednesday, April 12, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7947
This paper was formerly called "Unemployment by Constituency". It contains claimant count figures for parliamentary constituencies, as well as a summary of the latest labour market statistics for the UK as a whole.
Youth unemployment statistics
Published Wednesday, April 12, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN05871
This paper presents the latest statistics on youth unemployment in the UK as well as comparisons with other EU countries.

Topic: Unemployment

Universal Credit and the claimant count
Published Wednesday, April 12, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7927
This briefing paper explains how Universal Credit is acting to increase the number of people claiming unemployment benefits, by requiring a broader group of claimants to look for work than was the case under Jobseeker’s Allowance. There has been a marked increase in the claimant count over the past year in areas operating Universal Credit “Full Service”, where the rollout of Universal Credit is more advanced.
The Future Accommodation Model
Published Wednesday, April 12, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0117
On Tuesday 18 April 2017, there will be a debate on ‘The Future Accommodation Model’ in Westminster Hall from 4.30pm to 6.00pm. The debate has been initiated by Jeff Smith MP.
Motor industry: statistics and policy
Published Tuesday, April 11, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN00611
The motor vehicle manufacturing industry in the UK: statistics and policy.
Millennials
Published Tuesday, April 11, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7946
Millennials are the generation of people now in their young adulthood. Roughly aged between 25 and 34. Millennials make up 13.9% of the total UK population.
Housing cost element of Universal Credit: withdrawing entitlement from 18-21 year olds
Published Monday, April 10, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN06473
This Commons Library briefing paper provides information on the decision to restrict entitlement to the housing cost element of Universal Credit for young people aged 18-21. The paper sets out the exemptions that will apply and includes comment on the potential impact of the measure.
The two child limit in tax credits and Universal Credit
Published Monday, April 10, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7935
This Commons Library briefing looks at the two child limit in Child Tax Credit and in Universal Credit introduced for new claims and births from 6 April 2017. There will be limited exceptions to the two child rule, including where a child was conceived as a result of a "non-consensual sexual act."
Employment tribunal fees
Published Monday, April 10, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN07081
Employment tribunal fees were introduced in July 2013. This note summarises developments since.

Topics: Courts, Employment

Parliamentary debate 19/4/17: A diesel vehicle scrappage scheme
Published Monday, April 10, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0111
This debate will take place between 9.30 and 11.00 am on 19 September in Westminster Hall. The Member who secured the debate is Neil Parish MP (Con., Tiverton and Honiton).

Topics: Pollution, Roads

NHS Complaints Procedures in England
Published Monday, April 10, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7168
This House of Commons Library briefing paper provides information on NHS complaints procedures in England.
South Sudan: April 2017 update
Published Monday, April 10, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7944
South Sudan was born in 2011. Since the moment of its birth, its people have been embroiled in turmoil, conflict and suffering. Although the civil war which has raged since 2013 has complex roots, observers attribute much of the blame to its leaders, President Salva Kiir Mayardit and former First Vice-President Riek Machar, who head up opposing political and armed factions of the ruling party.
NHS staff from overseas: statistics
Published Monday, April 10, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7783
12% of NHS staff in England are nationals of a country other than the UK. This includes 5.5% (just over 60,000) who are nationals of other EU countries. This briefing explores the nationality of NHS staff for doctors, nurses and other categories. Following the Brexit vote, there has been discussion around the future status of NHS staff from the EU.
Brexit: implications for national security
Published Sunday, April 9, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7798
This paper examines the possible impact of Brexit on national security.
School places in England: applications, allocations and appeals
Published Friday, April 7, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN07147
This Commons Library briefing provides an overview of how places are allocated at state-funded mainstream schools in England, . It covers appeals, and other options for parents and carers unhappy with their child's allocated school. Updated for primary national offer day in April 2017.

Topic: Schools

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