Newly published official publications from :
Westminster and the UK Government
Student loan statistics – “Student loans are the main method of direct government support for higher education students. More than £10 billion is loaned to students each year, this is expected to grow rapidly and reach around £330 billion (2014-15 prices) by the middle of this century. The expansion of loans has raised questions about graduate repayments and ultimately the cost of the system to the taxpayer.”
Migration Statistics – “This Commons Library briefing paper is a guide to understanding UK migration statistics, explaining the concepts and methods used in measuring migration and setting out a range of data on migration in the UK and in European Union countries.”
Leaving the European Union: UK Armed Forces and Diplomatic Service – “This House of Lords Library briefing has been prepared ahead of the debate on the impact of the withdrawal from the European Union on the United Kingdom’s armed forces and diplomatic service, to be held in the House of Lords on 8 December. The briefing examines current defence capabilities and cooperation between the UK and the EU. It then explores the possible future prospects for UK defence, particularly the role of the armed forces. The latter part of this briefing examines the UK’s diplomatic service, highlighting some of the issues that have arisen about the UK’s diplomatic relationship with the EU and its global role following the UK’s withdrawal. For reasons of brevity, this briefing does not examine the implications of the UK’s withdrawal on wider external relations, such as the UK’s future trade relationships with other countries in and outside the EU, or the impact on overseas development policy. Further reading on these subjects is identified in section 3.“
The European Union
Gender-based violence – “This survey aims to assess the perceptions of EU citizens about gender-based violence. Among others, it explores the following topics: Opinions about and attitudes towards gender-based violence; Perceptions of the prevalence of domestic violence and sexual harassment; Personal knowledge of a victim of domestic violence, and to whom people speak in the case of knowledge of domestic violence; Whether a range of acts of gender-based violence are wrong and are, or should be, illegal.”
Insolvency – “Recently the European Commission issued a recommendation to develop new approaches to protect the rights of creditors, but also to assist businesses in financial difficulty. The current initiative follows up this recommendation. It introduces a new legislative proposal on restructuring, businesses’ second chance and measures to increase the efficiency of restructuring, insolvency and discharge procedures. As well as conducting public consultations, Directorate General – Justice and Consumers commissioned this survey of businesses to explore issues pertaining to cross border debt.”
Low and negative interest rates – “Overview of policy aims and possible effects : in-depth analysis
The current very low/negative interest rate environment is the subject of much debate. On one side, the central banks claim that it is not the cause of the problem but the solution, as it should boost investments and spur growth. On the other, a number of Member States claim that the low rates ‘expropriate’ savers, and financial intermediaries argue that they are putting their tried and tested business models at risk. This analysis introduces interest rates, looks at the causes behind their sustained decline and presents the current state of the debate.“
The Scottish Parliament and Government
Autumn Statement 2016: impact on Scotland – “The UK Government’s Autumn Statement was published on Wednesday 23 November 2016 and is the first UK fiscal event since the Brexit vote of June and the Cabinet reshuffle undertaken by the new Prime Minister, the Rt Hon Theresa May MP.
This briefing presents the latest Scottish spending allocations and summarises the Office for Budget Responsibility’s Scottish tax forecasts. The Scottish Government will publish its Draft Budget 2017-18 on 15 December 2016. ”
The Living Wage: Facts and Figures – “This briefing provides statistics on the number of people earning less than the Living Wage in Scotland and looks at the number of Living Wage accredited employers.”
Understanding the patterns of use, motives, and harms of New Psychoactive Substances in Scotland – “This report presents the results of mixed methods research on New Psychoactive Substance use among vulnerable young people, people in contact with mental health services, people affected by homelessness, people who inject drugs and men who have sex with men.“
Office for National Statistics
Graduate outcomes, by degree subject and university – “These experimental statistics use graduate outcome data to look at employment and earnings of higher education graduates 1, 3, 5 and 10 years after graduation.
They use the same information as the statistics published on 4 August 2016. They concentrate on data for 2009 graduates (those who completed their degree at the end of the 2009 academic year) 1, 3 and 5 years after graduation.
These statistics provide further breakdowns by:
- graduate characteristics (including gender and ethnicity)
- subject studied
- university attended“
Long-Term International Migration estimates: 2015 – “The migration flow of people to and from the UK taking into account asylum seekers, migrant and visitor switchers, as well as International Passenger Survey cross-tabulations based on different migrant characteristics.“
Vital Statistics: Population and Health Reference Tables – “Annual UK figures for births, deaths, marriages, divorces, civil partnerships and civil partnership dissolutions.”
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