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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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Local Government Finance Settlement 2019-20
Published Thursday, December 20, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8468
A briefing on the provisional Local Government Finance Settlement for 2019-20 for England.
Probation Services: Reforms and Proposed Future Changes
Published Thursday, December 20, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0144
This House of Lords Library Briefing provides information on some of the proposed changes to probation services identified the Government’s recent consultation, 'Strengthening Probation, Building Confidence'.
Stalking Protection Bill: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Thursday, December 20, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0145
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the second reading in the House of Lords of the Stalking Protection Bill on 18 January 2019.
Child maintenance: income in the CMS formula (including why gross income is used, and annual reviews)
Published Wednesday, December 19, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7771
This House of Commons Library briefing paper sets out how the Child Maintenance Service (CMS) uses, collects and reviews the income of the non-resident parent under the 2012 statutory child maintenance scheme. A link to the full report in pdf format can be found at the bottom of this page.

Topic: Child support

Probate fees
Published Wednesday, December 19, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7929
This Commons Library briefing paper considers the Government's proposals to reform probate fees by using a statutory power to charge fees set above cost recovery levels
Bailiff regulatory reform
Published Wednesday, December 19, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0283
A Westminster Hall debate on Bailiff regulatory reform is scheduled for Wednesday 9 January 2019 at 2.30pm. The Member leading the debate is Emma Reynolds MP.

Topic: Civil law

Business rates
Published Wednesday, December 19, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN06247
A brief guide to the system of non-domestic rating, better known as ‘business rates’.
Language teaching in schools (England)
Published Wednesday, December 19, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7388
This House of Commons Library briefing discusses the requirements on schools in England to teach languages; the quality of provision; support for teaching; calls for improved standards; and relevant Government reforms.

Topics: Schools, Teachers

Actions against bank account scams
Published Wednesday, December 19, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8350
Push payment scams are a growing form of financial fraud. The industry, financial regulators and the police are working together to try to reduce its impact. This note outlines some current initiatives.
Brexit: devolved legislature business
Published Wednesday, December 19, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7815
This paper is a record of Brexit-related business in the devolved legislatures. It is updated every Monday when the legislatures are in session.
Postal services
Published Tuesday, December 18, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN06763
This note gives an overview of postal services in the UK. It discusses current regulation, market trends and consumer problems.
Backbench Business Debate: Impact of Changes to Disability Support
Published Tuesday, December 18, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0278
This House of Commons debate pack briefing has been prepared in advance of a Backbench Business Debate entitled “Cumulative impact assessment of changes to disability support.” This will be led by Debbie Abrahams MP and will take place in Westminster Hall on Wednesday 19 December 2018.
Review of Post-18 Education and Funding
Published Tuesday, December 18, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8239
On 19 February 2018, the Prime Minister, Theresa May, announced in a speech that there would be a “wide-ranging review into post-18 education” led by Philip Augar. The review is to look at how future students will contribute to the cost of their studies, including “the level, terms and duration of their contribution.” The Prime Minister discounted the idea of moving back to a fully taxpayer funded system. It is expected that the review will report in early 2019.
Offensive Weapons Bill: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Tuesday, December 18, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0143
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the second reading of the Offensive Weapons Bill in the House of Lords on 7 January 2019.
Town centre Heritage Action Zones
Published Tuesday, December 18, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0279
A debate will be held in Westminster Hall on Wednesday 19 December 2018 from 2.30-4pm on town centre Heritage Action Zones. The debate will be opened by Jack Brereton MP.
EU Defence: the realisation of Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO)
Published Tuesday, December 18, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8149
In November 2017, 23 EU Member States submitted a Joint Notification to the EU Council of Ministers setting out their intention to utilise the Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) mechanism to further European defence (CSDP). Ireland and Portugal subsequently joined in early December and a Decision formally launching PESCO was adopted on 11 December 2017. The first 17 capability projects were formally launched in March 2018, with a second tranche agreed in November 2018. The UK did not sign the Joint Notification and will, therefore, remain outside of PESCO. In doing so, the UK will have no decision making rights over its governance or veto over its future strategic direction.
Petrol and diesel prices
Published Tuesday, December 18, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN04712
Average mid-November prices for petrol and diesel were 128.9 and 137.1 pence per litre respectively. Both have increased over the previous 12 months. The UK has the 12th highest petrol and 3rd highest diesel prices in the EU
Common Financial Services Questions
Published Monday, December 17, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7262
This Paper looks at a broad range of financial service and financial institution's issues.
Stalking and Harassment
Published Monday, December 17, 2018 | POSTnotes POST-PN-0592
Stalking and harassment both involve any repeated behaviour that would cause alarm, distress or fear of violence in a victim. Common stalking or harassment behaviours include unwanted contact online or in person, following a victim, and interfering with property. Stalking is characterised by a perpetrator’s fixation or obsession and can have long-term psychological and social effects on a victim. Stalking also has the potential to escalate to other crimes, such as sexual assault or murder. This POSTnote describes stalking and harassment before presenting evidence on the effectiveness of approaches to identifying, preventing and prosecuting these crimes.
Late Payment of debts
Published Monday, December 17, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN06640
This note provides a history of the UK's legislation and other initiatives on late payment of debts.

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