Newly published official publications from:
Westminster and the UK Government
The House of Commons Library has published the Research Briefing UK Steel industry: statistics and policy
“Late 2015 and early 2016 saw a crisis in the UK steel industry with the closure or reduction in capacity at major plants in Redcar, Scunthorpe, Scotland and South Wales. In response, the Government introduced a number of measures to support the industry and those affected by the closures. This note provides an overview of the scale of the industry, the recent crisis and the Government’s response.”
The House of Commons Library has also published Research Briefing Overview and Statistics of UK dementia policy and services “This Commons Library note examines policies in England to improve dementia diagnosis, care, support and research. Health is a devolved matter, and the note also briefly outlines dementia strategies in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. It also provides statistics on rates of dementia, including data for each English Parliamentary constituency.”
The Department for Culture, Media and Sport Culture has published The Culture White Paper: At the heart of our Communities. The main points listed on their website are;
- The Culture White Paper is the first strategy for arts and culture in more than 50 years
- Includes new expectation from Government that all publicly-funded arts organisations must increase access for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds
- Thousands of children from poorer families to benefit from new cultural scheme giving them behind-the-scenes access to the arts
- Great Place scheme will put culture at the centre of local decision-making
- Reviews of Museums, Arts Council England and Heritage Lottery Fund to begin
The European Union
The European Parliament’s Think Tank has published The future of work: Digitalisation in the US Labour Market
“This set of briefings, commissioned by Policy Department A for the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs (EMPL), provides background information on the US labour and social security systems compared to European practice, and cover the effect of digitalisation on job creation and job losses in the US; the skills required for the jobs of the future; and changing working conditions in the US and particularly in Silicon Valley.”
The European Union’s diplomatic service, the European External Action Service (EEAS), has launched a consultation on capacity building in support of security and development (CBSD) in third countries. The consultation is based on “the European Council conclusions of 19/20 December 2013 (EUCO 217/13) which emphasised “the importance of supporting partner countries and regional organisations, through providing training, advice, equipment and resources where appropriate, so that they can increasingly prevent or manage crises by themselves” The consultation is open until the 27th May 2016.
The Scottish Parliament and Government
The Scottish Government’s Criminal Justice Social Work Statistics in Scotland 2014-15 contains National level information on criminal justice social work activity in Scotland.
The Scottish Government has published Equally Safe: Scotland’s Strategy to prevent and eradicate violence against women and girls. “Violence against women and girls, in any form, has no place in our vision for a safe, strong, successful Scotland. It damages health and wellbeing, limits freedom and potential, and is a violation of the most fundamental human rights. The Scottish Government, CoSLA and key partners are committed to preventing and eradicating it once and for all.”
Europe 2020: Scottish National Reform Programme 2016 is the Scottish Government’s strategy targets in response to the EU’s Europe 2020 strategy. The programme targets relate to “employment; education; research and innovation; social inclusion and poverty reduction; and climate/energy [and] sets out actions being pursued in Scotland to support delivery of these ambitions.”
Swimming depth of sea trout published by the Scottish Government on the topic of marine renewables risk assessment. “Data on swimming depth of sea trout Salmo trutta (L.) in Icelandic waters was extracted and collated into a suitable format for use in marine renewables risk assessment. The data shows that the fish are close to the surface much of the time, with some time being spent at greater depths.”
Office for National Statistics
Measuring National well-being: Life in the UK: 2016 is a “snapshot of life in the UK today across the 10 domains of national well-being. It is the fourth annual summary to be delivered by the Measuring National Well-being programme. “
Household debt inequalities release discusses the debt types, such as credit cards, overdrafts, student loans, etc. and the number of debts households in Great Britain currently have.
National Population Projections: 2014-based reference volume “provide an indication of the future size and age structure of the UK and its constituent countries based on a set of assumptions of future fertility, mortality and migration, including a number of variant projections based on alternative scenarios.”