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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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Swansea's bid to be City of Culture 2021
Published Friday, December 1, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0251
A Westminster Hall debate on Swansea's bid to be City of Culture 2021 is scheduled for Tuesday 5 December at 2.30pm. The Member leading the debate is Chris Davies MP.
EU (Withdrawal) Bill: Financial provision and fees and charges
Published Friday, December 1, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8165
This Commons Library briefing paper has been prepared for day 5 of the Committee Stage of the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill (the EUW Bill) in the House of Commons. It discusses clause 12 and Schedule 4 of the Bill. The Library briefing 'The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Devolution', covers clause 10 and Schedule 2, which are also due to be debated on day five.
The Office for Budget Responsibility and Charter for Budget Responsibility
Published Friday, December 1, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN05657
This briefing investigates who the Office for Budget Responsibility are and what they do. It also discusses the Government's fiscal targets, which are included in the Charter for Budget Responsibility.
2018 Benefits Uprating
Published Thursday, November 30, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8162
This note sets out the main benefit and tax credit rates for the 2018/19 financial year. Most working-age benefits will be frozen at 2015/16 cash values from 2016/17 to 2019/20 inclusive. Over the year 2018/19 the increase in most benefits aimed at disabled people and pensioners will continue to be linked to CPI inflation, which increased to 3.0% in the year ending September 2017.
Pension scheme charges
Published Thursday, November 30, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN06209
Looks at the impact of pension scheme charges on pension savings and steps being taken to cap charges and to improve transparency

Topic: Pensions

Household Debt: Key Economic Indicators
Published Thursday, November 30, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN02885
Household debt: Data on the latest household debt statistics, including net lending, mortgage interest rates and insolvencies.
Nuisance complaints
Published Thursday, November 30, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8040
This House of Commons Library briefing paper provides an overview of options for dealing with nuisance together with Government guidance and relevant legislation on various types of nuisance.
Public spending by country and region
Published Thursday, November 30, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN04033
This note provides information on levels of public spending per head in the countries and regions of the UK.
The investigation of stillbirth
Published Thursday, November 30, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8167
This Commons Library briefing paper deals with the way stillbirth is investigated at present and the Government announcement about independent investigations in fuure
Local Authorities (Removal of Council Tax Restrictions) Bill 2017-19
Published Thursday, November 30, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8168
This Library briefing explains the background to and provisions of a Private Member's Bill to remove restrictions on local authority powers to set council tax levels.
The Commissioner for Public Appointments
Published Thursday, November 30, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN03368
This Commons Library Briefing Paper sets out the role and remit of the Commissioner for Public Appointments. It summarises the changes made to the public appointments system since the 2016 review conducted by Gerry Grimstone. It also briefly sets out information about the establishment and development of the role.
Increases in the State Pension age for women born in the 1950s
Published Thursday, November 30, 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

Natural Environment and Animal Welfare
Published Thursday, November 30, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0088
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been written ahead of the debate in the House of Lords on 7 December 2017, that: “this House takes note of Her Majesty’s Government’s plans to improve the natural environment and animal welfare”.
Russia 2017
Published Thursday, November 30, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8157
Theresa May had some sharp words for Russia in her speech to the Lord Mayor's Banquet in November 2017

Topic: Russia

Industrial strategy
Published Thursday, November 30, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7682
The government published its industrial strategy white paper, 'Building a Britain fit for the future', on 27 November 2017.
Business and Consumer Confidence: Key Economic Indicators
Published Thursday, November 30, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN02817
Business and Consumer Confidence: Information on business and consumer confidence surveys, which is generally released ahead of official statistical data and can indicate changes to the economic outlook as well as turning points in the economic cycle.
Review of unduly lenient sentences
Published Wednesday, November 29, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN00512
The Attorney General has the power to refer sentences for certain offences which he believes to be unduly lenient to the Court of Appeal. The Attorney General’s power to refer only applies to serious offences, being those that can only be dealt with by the Crown Court and some other offences specified in an order.

Topic: Criminal law

Road tolls
Published Wednesday, November 29, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN00442
This paper sets out the powers of government and the private sector to levy tolls on individual roads and explains the policies of successive governments in this regard. It also looks at the only toll road in England along the M6 corridor and at four tolled crossings – at Dartford, across the Humber, the Mersey and the Severn.

Topic: Roads

Mental Health and Suicide within the Autism Community
Published Wednesday, November 29, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0245
This House of Commons debate pack briefing has been prepared in anticipation of a Backbench Business debate on a motion on mental health and suicide within the autism community. This will be led by Dr Lisa Cameron MP and will take place in the House of Commons Chamber on Thursday 30 November 2017.
General Debate on Deafness and Hearing Loss
Published Wednesday, November 29, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0236
On 30 November 2017 there will be a General Debate in Westminster Hall on Deafness and Hearing Loss. This debate is sponsored by Jim Fitzpatrick MP.

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