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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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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.
Brexit debates 2018
Published Tuesday, August 14, 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.
Bank Branch closures
Published Monday, August 13, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN00385
A new round of bank branch closures has been announced by several banks. This Note sets out the industry's response.
General Practice in England
Published Monday, August 13, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7194
House of Commons Library briefing on General Practice in England.
Components of GDP: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, August 10, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN02787
Components of GDP: data on the components that make up GDP, including household consumption, government spending, investment, trade and output by sector.
Trade: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, August 10, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN02815
Latest statistics on UK's trade performance and balance of payments.
Occupational pensions: survivors benefits for cohabitants
Published Friday, August 10, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN06348
Looks at the development of survivors' pensions for opposite sex cohabiting couples, particularly in public service pension schemes and the decision of the Supreme Court in the Brewster case

Topic: Pensions

Manufacturing: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, August 10, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN05206
Manufacturing: Data on manufacturing jobs, output and producer confidence.
Service industries: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, August 10, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN02786
Service industries: Data for the sector that incorporates the retail sector, the financial sector, the public sector, business administration and cultural activities.
New-build housing: construction defects - issues and solutions (England)
Published Thursday, August 9, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7665
This briefing paper considers the existing building control regime and customers’ means of redress when faced with defects in newly built housing. It summarises the findings of the All-Party Parliamentary Group's 2016 inquiry and recommended actions and explains the Government and industry response.
Post office numbers
Published Thursday, August 9, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN02585
This briefing paper looks at how the number of post offices has changed over time, including by type and region / country.
Mental Health Units (Use of Force) Bill: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Thursday, August 9, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0088
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the second reading in the House of Lords of the Mental Health Units (Use of Force) Bill on 7 September 2018.
Prisoners' voting rights: developments since May 2015
Published Thursday, August 9, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7461
This House of Commons Briefing Paper analyses the debate over the voting rights of prisoners since May 2015, it also includes a concise summary of the main developments before May 2015.
Child maintenance: new steps to improve compliance and to allow arrears to be written off (UK excluding NI)
Published Thursday, August 9, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7778
This House of Commons Library briefing paper considers new measures confirmed in July 2018 to improve compliance and allow arrears to be written off for the statutory child maintenance scheme.
Haulage Permits and Trailer Registration Act 2018
Published Thursday, August 9, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8297
This paper outlines the provisions of the Haulage Permits and Trailer Registration Act 2018, explains those issues which were raised during its passage through Parliament, and provides some background as to where the Act has come from and what issues it is designed to address.

Topic: Roads

Voting age
Published Thursday, August 9, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN01747
Under current legislation, a person must be 18 or over to vote in elections to the UK Parliament. This Note gives details of calls for a change in the law to reduce the voting age to 16 in recent years.
Tackling the under-supply of housing in England
Published Wednesday, August 8, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7671
This briefing paper considers key trends in housing supply in the UK and goes on to focus on some of the key barriers and potential solutions to increasing supply in England. It summarises proposals set out in the Housing White Paper published in February 2017 and subsequent developments.
Economic Indicators, August 2018
Published Wednesday, August 8, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8379
Analysis of the latest key UK and international economic indicators

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