Social care: forthcoming Green Paper (England)
Published Friday, December 14, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8002
This House of Commons Library briefing paper looks at the forthcoming Green Paper on social care for adults. Its publication has been further delayed – it will now be published “at the first opportunity in 2019”. A link to the full report in pdf format can be found at the bottom of this page.
National Insurance Contributions (NICs) and the self-employed
Published Friday, December 14, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7918
This paper looks at the way in which the self-employed are treated for the purposes of National Insurance, in the context of proposals made in the 2015 Budget to scrap Class 2 National Insurance contributions (NICs), and proposals in the Spring 2017 Budget to increase the rate of Class 4 NICs. In the latter case, the Government cancelled its plans a few days after the Budget, and in the former case announced in September 2018 that it would not proceed with the abolition of Class 2 NICs during this Parliament.
Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Bill 2017-19
Published Friday, December 14, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8185
This Commons Library briefing paper provides the background to Karen Buck's Private Members' Bill on housing fitness, and explains its provisions and amendments made at Committee Stage. The Bill is seeking to require that residential rented dwellings in England are fit for human habitation at the start of the tenancy and thereafter. The Bill's Third Reading in the House of Lords is scheduled for 19 December 2018.
Traidcraft and the future of fair trade
Published Friday, December 14, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0275
There will be a general debate on Traidcraft and the future of fair trade in Westminster Hall on Tuesday 18 December at 9.30am. The debate is being led by Liz Twist MP.
Interest Rates and Monetary Policy: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, December 14, 2018 | 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.
MPs' changes of party allegiance in the House of Commons since 1979
Published Friday, December 14, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN02537
This list notes when a Member has changed allegiance from one political party to another or decided to sit as an independent MP. Instances of Members losing or resigning a party whip are also noted.
Mental health support for firefighters
Published Friday, December 14, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0277
A Westminster Hall debate on Mental health support for firefighters is scheduled for Tuesday 18 December 2018 at 2.30pm. The Member leading the debate is Emma Dent Coad MP.
Air passenger duty and regional airports
Published Friday, December 14, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7333
Air passenger duty (APD) is charged on all passenger flights from UK airports. Some regional airports have campaigned for lower rates of tax being charged on flights from the regions.
Islamophobia in the UK
Published Friday, December 14, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0142
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the debate due to take place on 20 December 2018 in the House of Lords on the motion moved by Lord Sheikh (Conservative) “that this House takes note of the impact of Islamophobia in the United Kingdom”.
Leasehold and commonhold reform
Published Friday, December 14, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8047
This briefing paper considers recent trends in leasehold ownership and ongoing problems associated with the sector. The Government has committed to legislation; on 20 September 2018 the Law Commission published detailed proposals on leasehold enfranchisement and lease extensions. Responses can be submitted up to 7 January 2019. An additional consultation exercise on commonhold was launched on 10 December and a future consultation is expected on the Right to Manage.
Published Friday, December 14, 2018 | Lords Briefing packs LBP-2018-0132
This Briefing Pack contains a selection of material relevant for the forthcoming question for short debate on naval shipbuilding.
Public service pensions - employer contributions
Published Thursday, December 13, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7539
Discusses the impact of reductions in the SCAPE discount rate used in valuations of unfunded public service pension schemes
Stimulating housing supply - Government initiatives (England)
Published Thursday, December 13, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN06416
This 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.
Current Situation in Ukraine
Published Thursday, December 13, 2018 | Lords Briefing packs LBP-2018-0131
This House of Lords Library Briefing Pack contains a selection of material relevant for the forthcoming question for short debate on what assessment Majesty's Government has made of the current situation in Ukraine.
Counter-extremism policy in English schools
Published Thursday, December 13, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7345
This briefing sets out duties on schools in England to safeguard children from extremism, and promote British values, and related policy debates.