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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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People claiming unemployment benefits by constituency, January 2018
Published Wednesday, February 21, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8233
This paper provides figures for the number of people claiming unemployment benefits (the “claimant count”) by parliamentary constituency, as well as a summary of the latest labour market statistics for the UK as a whole.
Business and Consumer Confidence: Key Economic Indicators
Published Wednesday, February 21, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN02817
Business and Consumer Confidence: Information on business and consumer confidence surveys, which is generally released ahead of official statistical data and can indicate changes to the economic outlook as well as turning points in the economic cycle.
Debate on an e-petition relating to ending the export of live farm animals after the UK leaves the European Union
Published Tuesday, February 20, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0042
A pack will be prepared ahead of the debate to be held in Westminster Hall at 4.30pm on Monday 26 February 2018 on an e-petition relating to ending the export of live farm animals after the UK leaves the European Union. The subject for the debate has been selected by the Petitions Committee and it will be opened by Steve Double MP.
Universities Superannuation Scheme
Published Tuesday, February 20, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8156
Looks at the consultation on the 2017 valuation of the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) and the proposed reforms

Topic: Pensions

Poverty in the UK: statistics
Published Tuesday, February 20, 2018 | 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.
Gig Economy: Legal Status of Gig Economy Workers and Working Practices
Published Tuesday, February 20, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0026
This Lords Library Briefing provides information on current employment law, and what it means to be ‘self-employed’, a ‘worker’, or an ‘employee’.

Topic: Employment

Child poverty in London
Published Tuesday, February 20, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0040
A Westminster Hall debate on Child Poverty in London is scheduled for Thursday 22 February at 3.00pm. The Member leading the debate is Siobhain McDonagh MP.
Mothers' details on marriage certificates
Published Tuesday, February 20, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7516
This Commons Library briefing paper provides information about calls for details of both parents of the parties to a marriage to be included in marriage registration (and not just fathers' details, as at present)
Haulage Permits and Trailer Registration Bill [HL]: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Tuesday, February 20, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0025
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the second reading of the Haulage Permits and Trailer Registration Bill [HL] in the House of Lords on 27 February 2018.
Electric vehicles and infrastructure
Published Tuesday, February 20, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7480
This paper explains what electric vehicles are and how successive governments have planned for infrastructure and provided vehicle grants and incentives to encourage and accommodate their growth. It also sets out how the electricity grid is preparing to accommodate any increased demand from EV charging and looks at comparative emissions from EVs and conventional vehicles.
Overseas Electors Bill 2017-19
Published Tuesday, February 20, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8223
The Overseas Electors Bill 2017-19 is a Private Member’s Bill to extend the basis on which British citizens outside the UK qualify to participate in parliamentary elections. It will remove the '15-year rule' which prevents British citizens living overseas from registering to vote if they have lived abroad for more than 15 years.

Topic: Elections

Cancer Strategy
Published Monday, February 19, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0037
On Thursday 22 February 2018, there will be a General Debate on the Cancer Strategy in the Commons chamber.
Brexit: Council Directives for Negotiations on Transition
Published Monday, February 19, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8234
This Commons Library briefing paper looks at the January 2018 negotiating directives drawn up by the Council of Ministers, in light of the guidelines established by the European Council in December 2017. Their content sheds light on any ‘red lines’ the EU might have in place for Phase 2 of the negotiations with the UK regarding withdrawal from the European Union.
Alternatives to a no-deal outcome in negotiations with the EU
Published Monday, February 19, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0039
A Westminster Hall debate on the 'Alternatives to a no-deal outcome in negotiations with the EU' is scheduled for Wednesday 21 February 2018 from 9.30-11.00am. The Member initiating the debate is Antoinette Sandbach MP.
Tuition fee statistics
Published Monday, February 19, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN00917
This note gives a brief summary of statistics on aggregate tuition fee liability/payment under the current and previous systems; the impact on student numbers, payment by student characteristics and the contribution of tuition fees to higher education funding. Some statistics cover England and Wales, although more recent data on variable fees and the post 2012 system is for England only.
Increases in the State Pension age for women born in the 1950s
Published Monday, February 19, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7405
Briefing regarding the WASPI campaign and the impact of legislation increasing the State Pension age for women born in the 1950s

Topic: Pensions

The role of disabled people in economic growth
Published Monday, February 19, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0038
A Commons Chamber debate on a motion on the role of disabled people in economic growth is scheduled for Thursday 22 February 2018 . The Member leading the debate is Lisa Cameron MP.
Application of TUPE to Carillion workers
Published Monday, February 19, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0041
On 21 February 2018 there will be a debate on the application of the Transfer of Undertakings and Protection of Employment Regulations 2006 to Carillion workers.
Recruitment and retention of NHS staff in Oxfordshire
Published Monday, February 19, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0036
This House of Commons Library debate pack briefing has been prepared in advance of a debate entitled “Recruitment and retention of NHS staff in Oxfordshire”. This will take place in Westminster Hall on Tuesday 20th February 2018 at 11.30am and will last for 90 minutes. It will be led by Layla Moran MP.

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