Newly published official publications from :
Westminster and the UK Government
Higher education finance statistics – “How has the balance and make-up of university income and expenditure changed over time, particularly since 2012?
After many years of increased income, expenditure, more staff and students, the higher education sector in England especially faces on ongoing fall in income from the public sector, falling numbers of some types of students, particularly those studying part-time and much less certainty about the future make-up and nature of the sector as a whole. This has meant that the future public/private funding mix, size and role of the sector are the focus of more attention than at any time in the recent past.
This note gives a short factual background on changes in income, expenditure and staffing since the sector took its present form in the mid-1990s. It also gives some information on variations between institutions. It includes data on all Higher Education Institutions in the UK.“
Food Waste: key facts, policy and trends in the UK – “A House of Commons Library Briefing including some key food waste facts and trends; an explanation of the impacts of food waste; food waste policy and legislation; information on the UK voluntary initiatives in place to tackle food waste; and a summary of proposals for change.”
EU budget and the UK’s contribution – “This note considers the EU’s spending and how it is financed. It includes the UK’s contributions and receipts to and from the EU budget and discusses the UK’s rebate.“
The European Union
Big data security – “Big Data is increasingly being used in many sectors. Research institutions, Industry and Government agencies active in Big Data technologies, have been working more than ever before on building novel data analysis techniques for Big Data. Business players and technology providers work on creating new products and services and even developing entirely new business models that are massively based on aggregation and analysis, of extremely large and fast growing volumes of data. It is important to understand that although most of the organizations see the potential of Big Data, they are still in the research phase, and it is very few that are actively exploiting the benefits of the technologies. One of the main issues in using Big Data systems is security. Big Data systems are complex and heterogeneous, and the security of the whole system must be holistically approached. Moreover, the integration of different technologies introduces new security issues that must be properly addressed. In creating this report we analysed input from a number of different sources, to better understand the usage of Big Data systems in different sectors. Based on the Big Data analysis, recommendations to organizations are provided in the current report on how to support secure adoption of Big Data systems.”
Perceived independence of the national justice systems in the EU among the general public – “The survey was designed to explore the perceptions of judicial independence among the general public across the EU Member States, particularly: – how the general public rate the justice system in their country in terms of the independence of courts and judges; – the reasons why they rate the independence of the justice system the way they do. Some 26,555 respondents from different social and demographic groups were interviewed via telephone, between 24 and 25 February 2016, in the 28 Member States of the European Union.”
Inside TTIP – “The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), towards an EU–US trade deal : an overview and chapter-by-chapter guide in plain English.
With TTIP, we want to help people and businesses large and small by: opening up the United States to EU firms; helping cut the red tape firms face when exporting; setting rules to make it easier and fairer to export, import and invest. This guide explains TTIP’s contents in detail.“
The Scottish Parliament and Government
“The Scottish Parliament is in dissolution. This means that there are currently no MSPs, committees or cross-party groups, and no Parliamentary business will take place until after the election on Thursday 5 May 2016. For further information, please see our Election 2016 page”
The Scottish Government has entered the pre-election period. No significant publications will be produced until after the Scottish Parliament election on 5 May and the appointment of a new administration.
Office for National Statistics
UK nuclear power sector, 2014 – “In 2015 the ONS launched a new survey collecting data on the Low Carbon and Renewable Energy (LCRE) economy. The first high level results were published in December 2015. In order to produce timely estimates and be responsive to demand for greater detail, this is the second in a series of sector specific articles prior to final results scheduled to publish in May 2016. This article provides estimates of activity in the nuclear power sector in 2014.“
The effects of taxes and benefits on income inequality: 1977 to financial year ending 2015 – “The redistribution effects on households of direct and indirect taxation and benefits received in cash or kind analysed by household type, and the changing levels of income inequality over time.“
Alternative measures of real households disposable Income and the saving ratio: March 2016 – “Provides an update to the data for experimental alternative measures of real disposable households Income and the saving ratio.”
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