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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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Pensions guidance: Pension Wise
Published Wednesday, September 26, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN07042
Looks at Pension Wise - the guidance service for people aged 50 and over with defined contribution pension savings

Topic: Pensions

Pensions dashboard
Published Wednesday, September 26, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8407
Looks at the debate on the pensions dashboard which is being developed to enable people to view all their lifetime pension savings (including their state pension) in one place

Topic: Pensions

The future of sanctions
Published Wednesday, September 26, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8402
The UK has a new legislative framework for imposing sanctions post-Brexit. What effect would the UK's departure from the EU have on sanctions policy here and in the EU? What is the broader international outlook?
Scotland: Public spending and revenue
Published Wednesday, September 26, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN06625
Public spending and taxation in Scotland was a hotly debated issue in the run up to the Scottish independence referendum, and has remained so since. A range of statistics exist on the subject: here we look at what these say and how they are measured.
Financial Indicators: Key Economic Indicators
Published Tuesday, September 25, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN05207
Financial Indicators: Data from FTSE100, as well as oil prices and gold prices.
Business and Consumer Confidence: Key Economic Indicators
Published Tuesday, September 25, 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.
Increases in the State Pension age for women born in the 1950s
Published Tuesday, September 25, 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

House prices (UK): Social Indicators page
Published Monday, September 24, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN02645
Trends in house prices and affordability in the UK.
Brexit debates 2018
Published Monday, September 24, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8246
This paper provides links to a selection of debates that have referenced Brexit in the title or during a debate in 2018. This paper will be updated periodically.
Brexit and chemicals regulation (REACH)
Published Monday, September 24, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8403
A House of Commons Library briefing paper discussing the EU REACH regulation for chemicals and the potential impacts of Brexit including in relation to a no deal scenario.
Brexit: devolved legislature business
Published Monday, September 24, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7815
This paper is a record of Brexit-related business in the devolved legislatures. It is updated every Monday when the legislatures are in session.
Government borrowing, debt and debt interest: statistics
Published Saturday, September 22, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN05745
This is a purely statistical note on public sector borrowing (the budget deficit), public sector debt and government debt interest payments.
Retail sales: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, September 21, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN02818
Retail sales: key indicators on the value of retail sales.
What is affordable housing?
Published Friday, September 21, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7747
This briefing paper considers how affordable housing is defined in England and looks at key trends in the affordability of different tenure types. It also examines the supply of affordable housing and the role of Housing Benefit in enabling households to access and retain affordable housing.
Public Finances: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, September 21, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN02812
Latest data on government net borrowing and net debt.
MPs' changes of party allegiance in the House of Commons since 1979
Published Friday, September 21, 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.
Overcrowded housing (England)
Published Friday, September 21, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN01013
This briefing paper explains the current statutory overcrowding standard in England, efforts to update the standard, and Government approaches to tackling the problem.
GDP - International Comparisons: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, September 21, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN02784
GDP International Comparisons: data and forecasts for the UK and the world's largest economies.
Inflation: International: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, September 21, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN02794
Inflation: International: Harmonised Index of Comsumer Prices data on international inflation rates.
Victims Strategy
Published Thursday, September 20, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0209
A General Debate on Victims Strategy is scheduled for Thursday 11 October 2018.

Topic: Crime

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