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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.
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Carers
Published Wednesday, June 8, 2016 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2016-0108
On Thursday 9 June, MPs will take part in a debate on Carers. This debate was recommended by the Backbench Business Committee following a representation from Mims Davies MP. This House of Commons Library debate pack provides an overview of the issues, relevant reports and Parliamentary and media coverage.
Effect of Universal Credit on children
Published Monday, May 9, 2016 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2016-0105
MPs will debate the Effect of Universal Credit on children on Tuesday 10 May 2016. This is a Backbench Business debate secured by Stephen Timms MP. This House of Commons Library page provides an overview of Universal Credit and links to relevant briefings and reports.
Welfare reform and disabled people
Published Monday, April 25, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7571
The Library briefing provides an overview of the benefits changes introduced since 2010 affecting disabled people and their families, looks at the impact of the changes, and summarises responses from disability organisations and others.
Budget 2016: a summary
Published Friday, March 18, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7536
A summary of Budget 2016 and the Office for Budget Responsibility's forecasts for the economy and public finances.
Welfare Reform and Work Bill 2015-16: Lords amendments
Published Thursday, February 18, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7508
The Welfare Reform and Work Bill 2015-16 had its Third Reading in the House of Lords on 9 February, and the Commons is due to consider Lords amendments on 23 February.
Work capability assessments
Published Monday, February 8, 2016 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2016-0040
There will be a debate on work capability assessments in Westminster Hall on Tuesday 9 February 2016 at 2.30pm, initiated by Louise Haigh MP. This Library briefing page provides background to the debate.
Effect of the roll-out of Universal Credit in the North West
Published Tuesday, January 12, 2016 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2016-0008
There will be a debate entitled, Effect of the roll-out of Universal Credit in the North West, in Westminster Hall on Wednesday 13 January 2016 at 9.30am. Marie Rimmer MP will lead the debate. This page provides a background briefing.
Cold Weather Payments for winter 2015/16
Published Monday, January 11, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7454
Cold Weather Payments are made from the Social Fund to certain recipients of Income Support, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, income-related Employment and Support Allowance, Universal Credit or Pension Credit during periods of very cold weather. To “trigger” the payments, the average temperature at a specified weather station must be recorded as, or forecast to be, 0°C or below for seven consecutive days. The scheme runs from 1 November to 31 March each year.
Benefit sanctions
Published Monday, December 14, 2015 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2015-0132
Benefit sanctions will be debated in Westminster Hall on Wednesday 16 December at 2.30 pm. Dr Eilidh Whiteford will lead the debate. This Library briefing provides an overview of how benefit sanctions work and further background information.
Benefit sanctions
Published Tuesday, December 1, 2015 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2015-0113
Benefit sanctions will be debated in Westminster Hall on Wednesday 2 December at 4.30-5.30 pm. Neil Gray MP will lead the debate. This Library briefing provides an overview of how benefit sanctions work and further background information.
2016 Benefits Uprating
Published Friday, November 27, 2015 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7410
This note sets out the main benefit and tax credit rates for the 2016-17 financial year.
Background to the 2015 Spending Review and Autumn Statement
Published Friday, November 20, 2015 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7290
Background to the joint 2015 Spending Review and Autumn Statement, which will be presented to Parliament on 25 November 2015.
A Fresh Start: the Stormont Agreement and Implementation Plan and the Northern Ireland (Welfare Reform) Bill 2015-16 [Bill 99]
Published Friday, November 20, 2015 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7389
The Northern Ireland (Welfare Reform) Bill is part of a process to stabilise the political institutions in Northern Ireland. It stems from a package agreed between the UK and Irish Governments and the largest Northern Ireland parties: the Fresh Start agreement. This paper gives a guide to the Bill, and to the agreement.
Welfare Reform and Work Bill (HL Bill 69 of 2015–16)
Published Tuesday, November 10, 2015 | Lords Library notes LLN-2015-0042
This Library Note provides background reading in advance of the second reading in the House of Lords of the Welfare Reform and Work Bill on 17 November 2015.
Background to Hospital Parking Charges (Exemption for Carers) Bill
Published Monday, October 26, 2015 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7347
This Commons Library briefing provides information on the main provisions of the Hospital Parking Charges (Exemption for Carers) Bill 2015/16.
Effect of changes to welfare benefits
Published Friday, October 9, 2015 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2015-0072
This page contains Library briefings and external reports and provides background information for the Westminster Hall debate, Effect of changes to welfare benefits, scheduled for Wednesday October 14 at 2.30pm.
The Work Capability Assessment for Employment and Support Allowance
Published Friday, September 18, 2015 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7182
This briefing provides an overview of the Work Capability Assessment (WCA) for Employment and Support Allowance (ESA).
Employment and Support Allowance: An introduction
Published Friday, September 18, 2015 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7181
This briefing provides an overview of Employment and Support Allowance (ESA).
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.
Debate on the Budget Statement
Published Thursday, July 16, 2015 | Lords Library notes LLN-2015-0021
This Library Note provides background information on the Budget Statement which was delivered by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, on 8 July 2015. The Note provides a brief overview of some of the key Budget measures, before outlining the immediate reaction to the statement as expressed by members of the House of Commons and by a selection of organisations and commentators. It has been written to support the debate in the House of Lords on this subject scheduled to take place on 21 July 2015.

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