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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.
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Commons Library analysis: Shining a light on beneficial ownership: what's happening in the UK and elsewhere?
Published Friday, June 17, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7616
This Commons Library briefing describes measures being taken in the UK and elsewhere to make ownership of companies, land and real property more transparent.
Housing and Planning Bill: Lords amendments and Ping Pong
Published Wednesday, May 11, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7562
This House of Commons Library briefing paper provides information on amendments made to the Housing and Planning Bill 2015-16 during its Committee, Report and Third Reading stages in the House of Lords. The paper has been updated to include further consideration of the Bill by the Commons and Lords (Ping Pong).
Long leaseholders: building insurance requirements
Published Friday, March 4, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN01821
This House of Commons Library briefing paper explains long leaseholders' rights in relation to buildings insurance and summarises a Westminster Hall debate on the issue (October 2014) and the findings of a study carried out by the Competition and Markets Authority, also in 2014.
Opposition Day debate: Housing Policy
Published Monday, February 8, 2016 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2016-0038
The Liberal Democrats have an Opposition Day debate on Housing Policy on Tuesday 9 February 2016. This Library Debate Pack provides a background briefing, media and parliamentary coverage of the issue and some further reading.
Mobile Homes Act 2013
Published Monday, January 4, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN06438
This Commons Library Briefing paper provides background to, and explains the provisions in, the Mobile Homes Act 2013. The Act is aimed at improving conditions on permanent mobile home sites and strengthening the rights of mobile home owners on these sites.
Housing and Planning Bill: Report on Committee Stage
Published Tuesday, December 29, 2015 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7398
This House of Commons Library Briefing Paper provides information on the Housing and Planning Bill's progress in Public Bill Committee. The paper summarises Government amendments to the Bill and discussion on the Opposition's attempts to amend the Bill.
Housing an Ageing Population (England)
Published Wednesday, December 9, 2015 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7423
This House of Commons Library briefing paper discusses the challenges around providing housing for older people in the midst of both a growing population and a still recovering housing market. It covers issues around housing stock; adaptations; retirement housing and asset release.
Housing and Planning Bill 2015-16
Published Thursday, October 22, 2015 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7331
This Commons Library briefing paper provides background and comment on the Housing and Planning Bill 2015-16. The Bill was presented on 13 October 2015 and is scheduled to receive its Second Reading on 2 November 2015.
2014 Consultation on Starter Homes for Young First-Time Buyers
Published Friday, September 25, 2015 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7310
This research briefing provides detail on the Starter Homes scheme, launched in February 2015 and aimed exclusively at first-time buyers under 40 years of age. It covers the scheme's background as well as the consultation process it undertook in December 2014 along with the Government's response. Finally, it provides a summary of progress on the scheme to date.
Welfare Reform and Work Bill [Bill 51 of 2015-16]
Published Thursday, July 16, 2015 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7252
This House of Commons Briefing Paper provides background to the Welfare Reform and Work Bill’s provisions; summarises the key measures; and includes relevant comment. The Bill is scheduled to receive its Second Reading on 20 July 2015.
Shared ownership housing
Published Thursday, July 9, 2015 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2015-0043
Debate pack prepared in advance of Westminster Hall debate on 14 July 2015, initiated by Iain Stewart MP, entitled 'Shared ownership housing'.
The Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Act 2015
Published Monday, June 15, 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN06998
This Act builds on existing Government initiatives, particularly the proposed ‘Right to Build’, with the aim of increasing the number of self/custom built properties in England. This note explains the Act's provisions.
Opposition Day Debate on Housing
Published Tuesday, June 9, 2015 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2015-0004
This page provides Library briefings, statistics and other relevant information for the wide ranging Opposition Day Debate on Housing scheduled for Wednesday 10 June 2015.
Endowment mortgages
Published Tuesday, June 9, 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN00570
The endowment mortgage mis-selling scandal was the first and largest financial scandal of this century. It shaped both the new regualtor and the then new office of Financial Ombudsman.
The Affordable Homes Bill 2014-15
Published Tuesday, December 30, 2014 | Commons Briefing papers SN06968
This note provides background information on the Bill’s provisions and summarises the content of the Bill. The Bill's Committee Stage was adjourned on 29 October 2014 as a money resolution must be passed in order for it to progress any further.
Incentivising the Right to Buy
Published Monday, June 23, 2014 | Commons Briefing papers SN06251
In October 2011 the Prime Minister said he wanted to “raise Right to Buy discounts to a level which will make the scheme attractive again and rejuvenate the housing stock.” This note summarises various changes to the Right to Buy (RTB) in England and reactions to those changes.
Housing association tenants: right to buy
Published Wednesday, February 12, 2014 | Commons Briefing papers SN00648
Most housing association tenants do not have the right to buy their home. This note explains the current position and outlines some alternative options.
Leasehold Reform (Amendment) Bill 2013-14
Published Monday, December 23, 2013 | Commons Briefing papers SN06785
The aim of this Private Member’s Bill is to assist long leaseholders of flats who are unable to sign the legal notices necessary to trigger an individual lease renewal or the collective enfranchisement process. This note provides background to the Bill and its purpose.
Co-ownership of real property
Published Monday, March 4, 2013 | Commons Briefing papers SN06570
People who join together to buy real property (a house, flat, land) are known as co-owners. Typically, this may mean a couple in a relationship, whether married, in a civil partnership or cohabiting, or friends, who jointly buy a property to live in. There are two ways in which two or more people may hold (own) the underlying benefit in a property – as “beneficial joint tenants” or as “tenants in common”.
Regional house prices: affordability and income ratios
Published Tuesday, May 29, 2012 | Commons Briefing papers SN01922
In 2011 the ratio of lower quartile house price to lower quartile earnings in England was 6.5. The highest ratios are found in London (9.0), the South East (8.2) and the South West (7.8).

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