Universal Credit and the claimant count
Published Friday, January 18, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7927
This briefing paper explains how Universal Credit is increasing 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.
On the 22 January 2019, the Department for Work and Pensions will publish an ‘alternative’ claimant count. This will model what the claimant count would have been if Universal Credit had been fully in place since 2013.
Brexit Unknowns (update)
Published Wednesday, September 26, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8408
What do we still not know about the Brexit process or the withdrawal agreement with the EU that is currently being negotiated? This paper looks at some of the main unknowns.
Topics: Administration of justice, Agriculture, Animals, Central government, Common Agricultural Policy, Constitution, Criminal law, Defence policy, Devolution, Environmental protection, EU budget, EU defence policy, EU external relations, EU institutions, EU law and treaties, EU political integration, Europe, Family benefits, Fisheries, Food, Freedom of information, Health services, House of Commons, Human rights, Immigration, International development, International economic relations, International law, International politics and government, International trade, Legislative process, Military operations, Nationality, Parliament, Parliamentary procedure, Pensions, Privacy, Sickness, disability and carers' benefits, Standards, Statistics policy, Terrorism
Tables style guide
Published Tuesday, December 19, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN05072
This guide sets out the basic formats, styles and good practice for the tables produced by the statistics sections of the House of Commons Library. It also includes some ideas for laying out tables when simple ‘rules’ are not enough.
Chart style guide
Published Wednesday, November 15, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN05073
This guide and sets the visual style and some principles for good statistical charts. As used by the statistics sections of the House of Commons Library
Published Monday, November 13, 2017 | POSTnotes POST-PN-0564
People's responses to risk are shaped by the way that such risks are communicated. Communicating risks effectively can defuse concerns, mitigate disaster situations and build trust with public institutions and organisations. This POSTnote defines the often misunderstood concepts of risk, uncertainty and hazard and describes the key stakeholders communicating it. It examines the factors that shape how people perceive and respond to such risks and summarises evidence on effective risk communication strategies.
Appointment of Chair of the UK Statistics Authority
Published Thursday, March 2, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0078
This information has been prepared ahead of debate on a motion on the Appointment of the Chairman of the UK Statistics Authority, on Tuesday 7 March 2017 in the House of Commons Chamber.
Measuring Living Standards
Published Monday, March 30, 2015 | POSTnotes POST-PN-491
This POSTnote outlines different approaches to setting and measuring thresholds and their strengths and limitations. It also summarises research on recent trends in living standards and the key factors that influence them.
Topics: Benefits policy, Child care, Children and families, Economic policy, Economic situation, Employment, Equality, Family benefits, Fuel poverty, Housing supply, Incomes and poverty, Pay, Pensions, Private rented housing, Social rented housing, Statistics policy, Unemployment, Working age benefits
Published Friday, March 1, 2013 | Commons Briefing papers RP13-16
A compendium of the latest social statistics. This edition includes articles on: Why has crime fallen around the world?; International Year of Statistics.
Measuring National Wellbeing
Published Monday, September 17, 2012 | POSTnotes POST-PN-421
This POSTnote summarises the latest research on measuring national wellbeing, its components and causes, and examines some policy implications.
Published Friday, April 27, 2012 | Commons Briefing papers SN06311
How is measurement of well-being or "happiness" being investigated in the UK to complement more traditional measures of progress?
Unemployment by Constituency: changes to working-age rates
Published Wednesday, August 11, 2010 | Commons Briefing papers SN05675
From August 2010, the ONS has switched from using the 'working-age' population to using the whole population aged 16 to 64 as the basis upon which a variety of headline labour market statistical indicators are presented. This note provides details on the change and looks at its effect on the Library's JSA claimant rate.
How to spot spin and inappropriate use of statistics
Published Thursday, July 29, 2010 | Commons Briefing papers SN04446
Statistics can be misused, spun or used inappropriately in many different ways. This is not always done consciously or intentionally and the resulting facts or analysis are not necessarily wrong. They may, however, present a partial or overly simplistic picture. This guide details some common ways in which statistics are used inappropriately or spun and some tips to help spot this. The tips are given in detail at the end, but the three essential questions to ask yourself when looking at statistics are -Compared to what? -Since when? -Says who?
Indicators of hospital performance published by the Care Quality Commission and Dr. Foster Research
Published Thursday, December 3, 2009 | Commons Briefing papers SN05237
This note examines measures of hospital standards and patient safety published by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and Dr. Foster Research Limited and critically appraises the methodology underpinning their assessments. Concerns have been raised about the lack of consistency between the CQC and Dr. Foster ratings; in the final section, a comparison is made between the two, and some explanations for the discrepancies are offered.
Parliamentary Trends: Statistics about Parliament
Published Wednesday, July 29, 2009 | Commons Briefing papers RP09-69
This paper provides a summary of statistics about Parliament. It brings together figures about both the House of Commons and Lords; their membership and activities.
The aim is to provide comparisons over time, though periods may vary according to relevance and the availability of consistent data. Some are for parliamentary sessions (a parliamentary session begins each year with the Queen’s Speech) some by calendar year and some by financial year. This should be borne in mind when comparing different sets of information.