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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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Cost of university courses in England
Published Wednesday, April 17, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8386
This House of Commons briefing paper analyses the cost of higher education provision and raises issues around the value for money of higher education, the existence of a higher education market and how tuition fee funding is spent by providers.
Gross Domestic Product (GDP): Key Economic Indicators
Published Wednesday, April 17, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN02783
UK Gross Domestic Product: Regularly updated data on growth and forecasts.
Brexit: a reading list of post-EU Referendum publications by Parliament and the Devolved Assemblies
Published Wednesday, April 17, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7912
This reading list brings together briefings on Brexit by the Parliamentary libraries and the Devolved Assembly research services with reports by Parliamentary and Devolved Assembly committees following the result of the EU Referendum on 23 June 2016.
The Anglophone Cameroon crisis: April 2019 update
Published Wednesday, April 17, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8331
Relations between the largely Anglophone regions of Cameroon and the country’s dominant Francophone elite have long been fraught. Over the past three years, tensions have escalated seriously and since October 2017 violent conflict has erupted between armed separatist groups and the security forces, with both sides being accused of committing human rights abuses.
Proportional representation
Published Tuesday, April 16, 2019 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2019-0094
Westminster Hall debate on proportional representation

Topic: Elections

Early Interventions to Reduce Violent Crime
Published Tuesday, April 16, 2019 | POSTnotes POST-PN-0599
Violent crime includes a range of offences, from assault to murder. It can be any action that intentionally inflicts (or threatens) physical or psychological damage. Over the past decade overall crime has decreased, and violent crime is down by 69% since 1995. However, homicides and crimes involving knives or sharp instruments have risen since 2014. This has been reflected in an increase in hospital admissions for assaults with knives or sharp instruments. Violent offences are disproportionately concentrated in metropolitan areas, such as London and cities in West Yorkshire, Greater Manchester and the West Midlands. This POSTnote outlines types and prevalence of violent crime. It describes risk factors associated with involvement as a victim or perpetrator of violent crime. It then presents evidence on the effectiveness of early interventions to counter these risk factors and prevent violent crime.
Youth unemployment statistics
Published Tuesday, April 16, 2019 | 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

Alcohol licensing: cumulative impact assessments
Published Tuesday, April 16, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7269
This Library Briefing Paper gives an overview of alcohol licensing and cumulative impact assessments in England and Wales.

Topic: Licensing

Average Earnings: Key Economic Indicators
Published Tuesday, April 16, 2019 | 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, March 2019
Published Tuesday, April 16, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8548
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.
Employment - National: Key Economic Indicators
Published Tuesday, April 16, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN02796
A summary of the latest data on employment in the UK.
Unemployment - National: Key Economic Indicators
Published Tuesday, April 16, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN02797
Data on unemployment in the UK.
Can private landlords refuse to let to Housing Benefit claimants?
Published Tuesday, April 16, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN07008
This briefing paper considers evidence of private landlords' reluctance to let to prospective tenants in receipt of Housing Benefit/Universal Credit. The paper looks at the reasons behind this reluctance and action being taken to challenge landlords/agents who operate a "no DSS" policy.
Brexit reading list: general coverage
Published Tuesday, April 16, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7958
This paper provides links to a selection of analysis and comment on general ‘Brexit’ coverage.
Party Policies on Europe at General Elections Since 1970
Published Monday, April 15, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0046
This House of Lords Library Briefing provides extracts from political party manifestos since 1970 charting the various positions taken on Europe over the last five decades.
Brexit: devolved legislature business
Published Monday, April 15, 2019 | 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.
Pre-election period of sensitivity
Published Monday, April 15, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN05262
Restrictions on the use of public resources are in place during the pre-election period before elections and referendums. The Cabinet Office issues guidance for civil servants on their conduct during this period. Local elections are taking place in most parts of England outside London on 2 May 2019. Local elections will take place in Northern Ireland on the same day.
The Post Office
Published Friday, April 12, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7550
This briefing paper answers common questions about the Post Office – covering its network, funding, modernisation and services.
World Press Freedom Day: 3 May 2019
Published Friday, April 12, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0045
This House of Lords Library Briefing provides information on World Press Freedom Day, marked on 3 May each year.
EU preparations for a no-deal Brexit
Published Friday, April 12, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8547
The EU and the other 27 Member States have been preparing for a possible no-deal Brexit. The European Commission has had a no-deal preparedness plan which is now complete, and the EU27 have also been implementing their own preparations which will take effect if the UK leaves the EU without a withdrawal agreement. This paper looks at the EU programme and at some of the EU27 measures, particularly in the area of citizens' rights.

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