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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.
    • POSTnotes: Proactive four-page policy briefings from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology based on reviews of the research literature, interviews with stakeholders and peer review, commissioned by the POST Board.
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National Minimum Wage - sleep in care
Published Wednesday, August 15, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8243
This briefing summarises recent developments relating to payment of the national minimum wage for sleep-in care duties

Topic: Employment

Pension flexibilities: the 'freedom and choice' reforms
Published Wednesday, August 15, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN06891
Looks at the rules which came into force in April 2015 giving people more flexibility about when and how to access their defined contribution pension savings

Topic: Pensions

Stimulating housing supply - Government initiatives (England)
Published Wednesday, August 15, 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.
Social care: forthcoming Green Paper on older people and parallel programme (England)
Published Wednesday, August 15, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8002
This House of Commons Library briefing paper looks at the forthcoming Green Paper on social care for older people – there will be a “parallel process” of work looking at social care for working age adults (although it does not appear that there will be a separate Green Paper covering this group). A link to the full report in pdf format can be found at the bottom of this page.
Inflation: Key Economic Indicators
Published Wednesday, August 15, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN02792
Inflation: Data on both the CPI and RPI inflation indices.
Automated and Electric Vehicles Act 2018
Published Wednesday, August 15, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8118
This paper explains the policy background to and contents and purpose of the Automated and Electric Vehicles Act 2018.
Medical use of cannabis
Published Wednesday, August 15, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8355
This briefing provides a short overview of the current control of cannabis in the UK, and information on a recent review on cannabis based medicinal products. In July 2018, the Home Secretary announced that he had decided to reschedule these products which would allow them to be prescribed.
Postgraduate loans in England
Published Wednesday, August 15, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN07049
This briefing provides details of the postgraduate loans systems in England, including the rationale for their introduction, the consultation process and the eligibility criteria.
Financial Guidance and Claims Bill 2017-19
Published Wednesday, August 15, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8033
Looks at the provisions of the Financial Guidance and Claims Act 2018 and the debates on it when the legislation was before Parliament
Vellum: printing record copies of public Acts
Published Wednesday, August 15, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7451
This House of Commons Library Briefing paper provides information about the practice of printing record copies of public Acts. It includes information on the practice of printing on vellum was established, and on the decisions in 2015 and 2016 that led to the printing of record copies of Acts on archival paper.

Topic: Parliament

Housing Market: Key Economic Indicators
Published Wednesday, August 15, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN02820
Housing market: Data on house prices, mortgage approvals and house-building.
Youth unemployment statistics
Published Tuesday, August 14, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN05871
This paper presents the latest statistics on youth unemployment in the UK as well as comparisons with other EU countries.

Topic: Unemployment

Unemployment - National: Key Economic Indicators
Published Tuesday, August 14, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN02797
Data on unemployment in the UK.
Employment - National: Key Economic Indicators
Published Tuesday, August 14, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN02796
A summary of the latest data on employment in the UK.
School meals and nutritional standards (England)
Published Tuesday, August 14, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN04195
The main recent policy developments regarding school meals in England, including the revised school food standards and provision of free school meals.
Average Earnings: Key Economic Indicators
Published Tuesday, August 14, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN02795
Average Earnings: Regularly updated data on average weekly earnings, including breakdowns by public and private sectors.
People claiming unemployment benefits by constituency, July 2018
Published Tuesday, August 14, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8381
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. The unemployment rate of 4.0% in April-June 2018 was at its lowest level since 1975, while the employment rate remains at a very high level and the inactivity rate was at a very low level. The growth in earnings was relatively weak. Average weekly pay excluding bonuses grew faster than prices, while pay including bonuses grew at a similar rate to prices.
Paying for supported housing
Published Tuesday, August 14, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN06080
This briefing paper explains the Government's proposals for the future funding of supported housing. On 9 August 2018 it was announced that Housing Benefit will continue to meet residents' rent payments in all supported housing. The paper also covers the requirement on providers to reduce rents up to 2019/20.
Productivity: Key Economic Indicators
Published Tuesday, August 14, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN02791
Latest statistics showing changes in UK productivity and comparisons of UK productivity with other G7 countries.

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