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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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Increases in the State Pension age for women born in the 1950s
Published Thursday, November 16, 2017 | 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 European Investment Bank
Published Thursday, November 16, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8145
Based in Luxembourg, the European Investment Bank is the European Union’s bank, lending to projects that contribute to growth and employment within Europe. This briefing gives a short overview of the Bank's membership and operation, and discusses some of the issues surrounding the UK's future relationship with the Bank following Brexit.
Equality Act 2010 (Amendment) (Disabled Access) Bill [HL]: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Thursday, November 16, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0081
This House of Lords Library briefing has been prepared in advance of the second reading in the House of Lords of the Equality Act 2010 (Amendment) (Disabled Access) Bill [HL] on 24 November 2017.
The Armed Forces (Flexible Working) Bill 2017-19
Published Thursday, November 16, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8124
The Bill will enable members of the regular armed forces to serve part-time or to restrict the amount of time they spend separated from their normal place of work.
Retail sales: Key Economic Indicators
Published Thursday, November 16, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN02818
Retail sales: key indicators on the value of retail sales.
Corporate Governance Reform
Published Thursday, November 16, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8143
The Government announced nine reforms to corporate governance that it wants to bring into effect by June 2018. This briefing discusses the Government's plans, related work in this area and other proposals.
Local government: commercial property investments
Published Thursday, November 16, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8142
A briefing on local authorities' acquisition of multi-million pound commercial property portfolios, the advantages and risks, regulation, and commentary.
Decarbonising the Gas Network
Published Wednesday, November 15, 2017 | POSTnotes POST-PN-0565
The burning of natural gas for heating contributes 14% of the UK’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Decarbonising, or reducing the carbon content of the UK gas supply is one option for reducing the emissions from heating. This POSTnote looks at the contribution that two alternative gases, hydrogen and biomethane, could make in achieving this goal.
Environmental Earth Observation
Published Wednesday, November 15, 2017 | POSTnotes POST-PN-0566
Earth observation (EO) is the process of gathering information about the Earth from a range of sensors to provide monitoring data at a range of scales. This POSTnote outlines some of the environmental uses and benefits of EO data, the potential opportunities from advances in relevant technologies and challenges facing the effective use of EO data.
World Antibiotics Awareness Week
Published Wednesday, November 15, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0227
This pack has been prepared ahead of the debate to be held in Westminster Hall on Thursday 16 November 2016 from 1.30-3.30pm on World Antibiotics Awareness Week. The subject for the debate has been selected by the Backbench Business Committee and the debate will be opened by Julian Sturdy MP.
Antimicrobial resistance
Published Wednesday, November 15, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8141
Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a significant and increasing threat to public health globally. It is estimated that in the US and Europe alone, antimicrobial-resistant infections currently cause at least 50,000 deaths per year with hundreds of thousands more dying in other areas of the world.
Roll-out of broadband to rural communities in Scotland
Published Wednesday, November 15, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0232
MPs will debate the Roll-out of broadband to rural communities in Scotland, on Wednesday 22 November 2017, at 9.30am, in Westminster Hall. John Lamont MP will open the debate.
Special Educational Needs: support in England
Published Wednesday, November 15, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN07020
This House of Commons Library briefing sets out the system of support for children and young people in England aged 0-25 with special educational needs (SEN). The briefing provides an overview of the new system introduced in 2014, the transitional arrangements, and how the new system differs from that which preceded it. It also includes a brief history of the movement towards reform that preceded the 2014 changes, and information on the impact of the new system available to date.
Reductions in sentence for a guilty plea
Published Wednesday, November 15, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN05974
Offenders who plead guilty in court will usually receive a reduced sentence compared to that they would have received had they been convicted following a not guilty plea. The maximum discount is currently one third. This note describes the rationale for reduced sentences for those who plead guilty.
EURATOM
Published Wednesday, November 15, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8036
A Commons Library briefing paper on EURATOM, the European Atomic Energy Community.
Average Earnings: Key Economic Indicators
Published Wednesday, November 15, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN02795
Average Earnings: Regularly updated data on average weekly earnings, including breakdowns by public and private sectors.
Universal Credit roll-out: Autumn/Winter 2017
Published Wednesday, November 15, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8096
Universal Credit aims to replace six working-age benefits. The Government is now rolling out the Full Service, under which everyone eligible can claim UC no matter their circumstances. Once the Full Service is launched in an area both the number and range of people claiming UC is likely to grow quickly. At the end of September 2017 there were 101 jobcentres running the Full Service. Between October 2017 and January 2018, 134 more jobcentres will launch the Full Service. That will add 150,000 more people to the UC caseload – a 25% increase, and an overall rise from 8% to 10% of the final 7 million people expected to be eligible.
Regional and National Economic Indicators
Published Wednesday, November 15, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN06924
Data summarising the economic situation in the regions and countries of the UK
Youth unemployment statistics
Published Wednesday, November 15, 2017 | 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

Employment - National: Key Economic Indicators
Published Wednesday, November 15, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN02796
Employment: data on employment in the UK.

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