Newly published Official Publications from;
Westminster and the UK Government
English votes for English laws – “Government motions to amend Standing Orders to implement its plans for English votes for English were agreed on 22 October 2015. This note outlines the effect of the new Standing Orders on Government bills. It also provides some background on the debate on and scrutiny of the proposals.”
Replacing the UK’s Trident Nuclear Deterrent – “After nearly a decade of work on a programme to replace the UK’s nuclear deterrent from 2028, a decision on taking that programme forward into the manufacture phase, referred to as Main Gate, will be made shortly. The Government is expected to seek the approval of Parliament for this decision. But what are the arguments for and against doing so? How much will it cost? And are there any other alternatives?”
Wilson Doctrine – “The Wilson Doctrine is a convention that MPs’ communications should not be intercepted by the intelligence services. The Investigatory Powers Tribunal gave judgement on 14 October 2015 clarifying the Doctrine’s status and effect. This Briefing Paper sets out the background.”
The Scottish Parliament and Government
Scotland’s Census 2021 Topic Consultation – “National Records of Scotland is planning for Scotland’s Census 2021. A lot can change in the 10 years between censuses. To help inform our planning, this consultation will seek information from users about their needs. This will help determine the topics to be included in the next census.”
Private Rents (SB 15-66) – “This briefing provides information about sources of statistics on private sector rents, trends in private rent levels, current legislative provisions about rents in private tenancies and a background to the debate about the need for rent control measures. The relevant provisions in the Bill are also briefly considered. Further analysis of the Bill as a whole will be provided in a forthcoming SPICe briefing.”
Consequences, risk factors, and geography of young people not in education, employment or training (NEET) – “This report presents findings from a study which investigated the consequences, risk factors and geographies of young people not in education, employment or training (NEET) over the past two decades. The study used the Scottish Longitudinal Study (SLS) which links anonymised individual records from the 1991, 2001 and 2011 censuses and a wide range of data from different sources to allow an effective assessment of risk factors and consequences. Scotland’s censuses were also used to examine the geographies of NEETs.
This research will be used to inform policies aimed at assisting the Scottish Government to achieve its objectives around supporting young people into post-16 education, training and employment.“
The European Union
Eurostat regional yearbook 2015 – “The Eurostat Regional Yearbook 2015 gives a detailed picture relating to a broad range of statistical topics across the regions of the Member States of the European Union (EU), as well as the regions of EFTA and candidate countries. Each chapter presents statistical information in maps, figures and tables, accompanied by a description of the policy context, main findings and data sources. These regional indicators are presented for the following 12 subjects: Regional policies and Europe 2020, population, health, education, the labour market, the economy, structural business statistics, research and innovation, the information society, tourism, transport, and agriculture.”
Does fiscal austerity affect public opinion? – “In this paper we explore the impact of fiscal austerity on three different dimensions of public opinion (overall life satisfaction and confidence, attitude towards national authorities, and European institutions).”
Big Data and smart devices and their impact on privacy – “The numerous debates triggered by the increased collection and processing of personal data for various – and often unaccountable – purposes are particularly vivid at the EU level. Two interlinked, and to some extent conflicting, initiatives are relevant here: the development of EU strategies promoting a data-driven economy and the current reform of the EU personal data protection legal framework in the context of the adoption of a General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).”
Office for National Statistics
- “The UK population is projected to increase by 9.7 million over the next 25 years from an estimated 64.6 million in mid-2014 to 74.3 million in mid-2039.
- The UK population is projected to reach 70 million by mid-2027.
- Assumed net migration accounts for 51 per cent of the projected increase over the next 25 years, with natural increase (more births than deaths) accounting for the remaining 49 per cent of growth.
- Over the ten year period to mid-2024, the UK population is projected to increase by 4.4 million to 69.0 million. This is 249 thousand higher than the previous (2012-based) projection for that year.
- The population is projected to continue ageing with the average (median) age rising from 40.0 years in 2014 to 40.9 years in mid-2024 and 42.9 by mid-2039.
- By mid-2039 more than one in twelve of the population is projected to be aged 80 or over.”
- “This is the first edition of a new experimental release designed to provide provisional estimates for measures of the distribution of household income significantly ahead of the main estimates produced from household surveys.
- The provisional estimate of median household disposable income for 2014/15 is £25,600. This is £1,500 higher than its recent low in 2012/13, after accounting for inflation and household composition, and at a similar level to its pre-downturn value (£25,400).
- Median income for retired households continued to increase following the economic downturn and provisional estimates for 2014/15 suggest it is now £21,100, which is £1,800 higher in real terms than in 2007/08 (£19,300).
- By contrast, the provisional 2014/15 value of median income for non-retired households is £28,100, which remains around £800 below its pre-downturn level (£28,900).
- Early estimates of income inequality in 2014/15 are broadly unchanged from those for the previous financial year. Since 2007/08, there has been a slight decrease in inequality on a range of measures.”
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