Allocating social housing (England)
Published Monday, May 21, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN06397
The legal framework within which local authorities in England allocate their housing stock is contained in Part 6 of the Housing Act 1996 (as amended). Nominations by local authorities to stock owned by housing associations (also known as private registered providers) are allocated within the same legal framework. This paper explains the statutory framework and the areas of discretion open to authorities when devising their housing allocation policies.
Further Education: Post-16 Area Reviews
Published Monday, May 21, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7357
This House of Commons Library briefing provides information on the area reviews of post-16 education and training which were conducted between September 2015 and March 2017.
Leasehold and commonhold reform
Published Monday, May 21, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8047
This Commons Library briefing paper considers recent trends in leasehold ownership and ongoing problems associated with the sector. The Government set out some proposals for reform on 21 December 2017. The Law Commission is now working towards the development of additional proposals for publication before the summer recess 2018.
Serious Violence Strategy
Published Monday, May 21, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0124
A general debate on the Serious Violence Strategy is scheduled for Tuesday 22 May 2018.
Brexit reading list: general coverage
Published Monday, May 21, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7958
This paper provides links to a selection of analysis and comment on general ‘Brexit’ coverage.
UK relations with Qatar
Published Monday, May 21, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0126
A debate on ‘UK relations with Qatar’ has been scheduled for Wednesday 23 May 2018 in Westminster Hall from 2.30pm to 4.00pm. The debate has been initiated by Sir David Amess MP.
Brexit: devolved legislature business
Published Monday, May 21, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7815
This paper is a record of Brexit-related business in the devolved legislatures. It is updated every Monday.
The 2018 Venezuelan Presidential elections
Published Friday, May 18, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8315
Venezuela is facing a growing political, economic and social crisis. With Presidential elections scheduled for Sunday, can things get better? This paper looks at the political developments in Venezuela from Hugo Chavez’s death in 2013 to today, the candidates and their prospects, and what might happen afterwards.
Most analysts believe the incumbent President Nicolás Maduro, will win another term. However, a lot will depend on how many voters heed the main opposition bloc's call to boycott the elections, or whether they will turn out to vote for Maduro's opponent- former Chavista -Henri Falcón.
With the economy in crisis, and growing poverty, hunger and disease fuelling mass migration, the prospects for Venezuela, regardless of who wins the election, do not look bright.
European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Summary of Lords Amendments
Published Friday, May 18, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0056
This House of Lords Library Briefing summarises amendments made to the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill in the House of Lords.
Topics: Constitution, Devolution, Environmental protection, Equality, EU law and treaties, Human rights, Immigration, Legislative process, Local government, Ministers, Non-departmental public bodies, Parliamentary procedure
Libya: the consequences of a failed state
Published Friday, May 18, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8314
Libya is without doubt a fragile state and efforts to rebuild it are complicated by Libyan divisions and interventions from outside.
Starter Homes for First-Time Buyers (England)
Published Friday, May 18, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7643
This House of Commons Library briefing paper explains the Government's starter homes initiative. The homes will be available at a minimum 20% discount on market value to first-time buyers under the age of 40. The paper outlines legislative provisions in the Housing and Planning Act 2016 to enact the initiative, together with planning policy reforms and a £1.2 billion Starter Homes Land Fund to support starter homes delivery. The starter homes initiative only applies in England.
Lords Public Bill Stages: "That This Bill Do Now Pass"
Published Friday, May 18, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0055
This House of Lords Library Briefing provides examples in the House of Lords of where an amendment to the motion “that this bill do now pass” has been tabled and/or moved.
Published Friday, May 18, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN00963
All businesses must register for VAT if their turnover of taxable goods and/or services is above a given threshold. This note discusses how the registration threshold has been set in recent years and the debate there has been about whether the threshold is too high or too low.
Summer-born children: starting school
Published Friday, May 18, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7272
This House of Commons Library briefing paper provides an overview of the flexibility for parents of summer-born children in England to request for their children to be admitted to school outside of their normal age group, and potential future changes.
Insurance Premium Tax
Published Friday, May 18, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN01425
Insurance Premium Tax (IPT) is charged on insurance premiums and covers most general insurance. This note gives a short history of the tax since it was introduced in 1993, including the rise in the main rate of tax confirmed in the Spring 2017 Budget.