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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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Delaying gratification, March 2009
Published Sunday, March 1, 2009 | POSTnotes POST-PN-328
This POSTnote looks at the influence of time in decision making, and looks at the implications for policy domains such as pensions, health and consumer affairs.
Saving Gateway Accounts Bill : Committee Stage report (Bill 3 of 2008-09)
Published Monday, February 23, 2009 | Commons Briefing papers RP09-16
This short Bill establishes a government subsidised savings scheme for people of working age on low incomes. The Saving Gateway has been trialled in several regions; the Bill establishes a scheme for the whole of the country.
Saving Gateway Accounts Bill (Bill 3 of 2008-09)
Published Friday, January 9, 2009 | Commons Briefing papers RP09-02
This short Bill establishes a government subsidised savings scheme for people of working age on low incomes. The Saving Gateway has been trialled in several regions; the Bill establishes a scheme for the whole of the country.
Energy price rises and their impact on demand
Published Monday, October 6, 2008 | Commons Briefing papers SN04850
Social Indicators article which looks at price rises across different sectors in recent years, the impact on demand and the implications of this. This subject will be looked at in greater detail in the Library talk on 3 November: http://hcl1.hclibrary.parliament.uk/whatsnew/talks.asp#144
The 2004/05 child poverty target: What happened?
Published Wednesday, June 18, 2008 | Commons Briefing papers SN04759
The Government set itself a target to reduce child poverty by a quarter between 1998/99 and 2004/05. This was an initial step towards halving it by 2010/11 and an ultimate goal of 'eradicating' it by 2020. This archived note outlines how the 2004/05 target was missed, alongside commentary around the target at the time these data were released in March 2006. A new three-part measure of child poverty is being used to judge the 2010/11 target and progress towards it (see SN/EP/3314 for details). Full background and methodology behind the statistics presented here is given in the Poverty: Measures and Targets Library Research Paper (RP04/23).
The Sustainable Communities Bill
Published Monday, January 15, 2007 | Commons Briefing papers RP07-06
Income Wealth and Inequality
Published Wednesday, September 15, 2004 | Commons Briefing papers RP04-70
Income, wealth and inequality. House of Commons Library Research Paper 04/70.
Poverty:measures and targets
Published Thursday, March 4, 2004 | Commons Briefing papers RP04-23
Poverty: measures and targets. House of Commons Library Research Paper 04/23.
Home Energy Conservation Bill (Bill 11 of 2001-02)
Published Wednesday, November 28, 2001 | Commons Briefing papers RP01-105
Home Energy Conservation Bill (Bill 11 of 2001/02). House of Commons Library Research Paper 01/105
Regional Social Exclusion Indicators
Published Thursday, August 3, 2000 | Commons Briefing papers RP00-71
Regional Social Exclusion Indicators. House of Commons Library Research Paper 00/71. (Revised version of paper first published 21.07.2000, updated to include latest incomes data).
Warm Homes and Energy Conservation Bill - (revised edition) (Bill 16 of 1999/2000)
Published Tuesday, March 7, 2000 | Commons Briefing papers RP00-26
Warm Homes and Energy Conservation Bill - revised edition) (Bill 16 of 1999/2000). House of Commons Library Research Paper 00/26.

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