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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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Policing in the UK
Published Monday, June 3, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8582
This briefing is designed to provide a ‘beginners guide’ to policing policy in the UK. It discusses the key legislation for the governance of police services, how police forces work, including when they work together and how they organise their staff, and how they are overseen.
Trade union access to workplaces
Published Monday, June 3, 2019 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2019-0135
A Westminster Hall debate on 'Trade union access to workplaces‘ has been scheduled for Tuesday 4 June 2019 from 4.30-6pm. The debate has been initiated by Faisal Rashid MP.
Regional Industrial Strategy
Published Friday, May 31, 2019 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2019-0137
A debate will take place in Westminster Hall on “Industrial Strategy in the North East of England” on Wednesday 5th June at 9:30am. The debate was initiated by Mary Glindon MP.
Business and Consumer Confidence: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, May 31, 2019 | 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.
The Wild Animals in Circuses (No 2) Bill
Published Friday, May 31, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN05992
There has been a long running campaign to ban the use of wild animals in travelling circuses. The Wild Animals in Circuses (No2) Bill will introduce a ban in England. A ban already exists in Scotland and there are proposals for a ban in Wales.
Pensions dashboards
Published Friday, May 31, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8407
Looks at the debate on the pensions dashboard which is being developed to enable people to view all their lifetime pension savings (including their state pension) in one place

Topic: Pensions

Learning Disabilities and Complex Needs
Published Friday, May 31, 2019 | Lords Briefing packs LBP-2019-0061
This House of Lords Library Briefing Pack contains a selection of material relevant to the forthcoming question for short debate on learning disabilities and complex needs.
Household Debt: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, May 31, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN02885
Household debt: Data on the latest household debt statistics, including net lending, mortgage interest rates and insolvencies.
Housing Market: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, May 31, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN02820
Housing market: Data on house prices, mortgage approvals and house-building.
The Post-18 Education Review (the Augar Review) recommendations
Published Friday, May 31, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8577
The Augar review of post-18 education was finally published on 30 May 2019. This paper looks at its recommendations and some of the initial responses to it.
Support Available to Victims of Domestic Violence and Abuse
Published Friday, May 31, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0065
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the debate on domestic violence and abuse which is due to take place in the House of Lords on 6 June 2019.
Mineworkers' pensions
Published Friday, May 31, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN01189
Covers the arrangements made for mineworkers' pensions following privatisation of British Coal in 1994.

Topics: Coal, Pensions

Leasehold retirement homes: exit/event fees
Published Thursday, May 30, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN05994
This briefing paper explains action taken by the Office of Fair Trading and the Law Commission to investigate fees charged by managing agents or freeholders when a leasehold owner of a retirement flat wants to sell or rent out their home. These fees are often referred to as 'exit' or 'event' fees.
Ethnic diversity in politics and public life
Published Thursday, May 30, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN01156
In 2018 about 13.8% of the UK population was from a minority ethnic background. How is this reflected in politics and public life?
EU preparations for a no-deal Brexit
Published Thursday, May 30, 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 at the end of October. This paper looks at the EU programme and at some of the EU27 measures, particularly in the area of citizens' rights.
Leaseholders in social housing: paying for major works (England)
Published Thursday, May 30, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN04553
An explanation of the assistance available to assist long leaseholders of social landlords in paying for major works. In August 2014 the Coalition Government introduced a cap on the amount that can be recovered from these long leaseholders where the work has been carried out with funding from central Government. The cap has been referred to as "Florrie's law." The Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee has recommended the introduction of a Code of Practice for social landlords.
Country and regional public sector finances
Published Thursday, May 30, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8027
This briefing looks at estimates of public spending and revenues in UK countries and regions.
Mortgage Prisoners and Vulture Funds
Published Thursday, May 30, 2019 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2019-0134
A debate on a Motion on Mortgage Prisoners and Vulture Funds has been scheduled for Thursday 6 June 2019. The debate has been initiated by Charlie Elphicke MP

Topic: Mortgages

Leasehold and commonhold reform
Published Thursday, May 30, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8047
This briefing paper considers trends in leasehold ownership and ongoing problems associated with the sector. The Government has committed to legislation; on 20 September 2018 the Law Commission published detailed proposals on leasehold enfranchisement and lease extensions. Responses could be submitted up to 7 January 2019. An additional consultation exercise on commonhold was launched on 10 December; consultation on the Right to Manage was opened at the end of January 2019.
Employment: Statistics and Government Policy
Published Thursday, May 30, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0064
This House of Lords Library briefing has been prepared in advance of the debate on employment which is due to take place in the House of Lords on 6 June 2019.

Topic: Employment

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