Newly published official publications from :
Westminster and the UK Government
Legislating for Brexit: the Great Repeal Bill – “Leaving the European Union will require major changes to the statute book. On 2 October 2016, the Prime Minister announced plans to introduce a “Great Repeal Bill” in the next Queen’s Speech. The Great Repeal Bill has not yet been published. This paper considers issues likely to be raised in the Bill. It works on the basis of comments made by senior members of the Government (set out in Section 1).“
State Pension triple lock – “Looks at the triple lock used to uprate the State Pension and the arguments for and against.
The State Pension for people who reached State Pension age (SPA) before 6 April 2016 has two tiers:
- the basic State Pension (bSP) – based on a person’s National Insurance contribution record; and
- the additional State Pension – which is partly earnings-related.
A new State Pension (nSP) was introduced for future pensioners from 6 April 2016.
For the bSP and nSP, there is a statutory requirement to uprate at least in line with earnings. However, the Government has a commitment to uprate both according to the ‘triple lock’ – the highest of earnings, prices or 2.5%.”
Importance of intellectual property to the British economy – “Intellectual property (IP) protection covers copyright, trade marks, patents, design rights and registered designs. The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) is the official government body responsible for IP rights.
Intellectual Property Rights can support growth in the economy through promoting innovation by providing a temporary monopoly to creators and inventors, but can also limit growth in certain circumstances.
UK investment in knowledge, or “intangible”, assets has beeen greater than investment in tangible assets since the early 2000s. In 2014, just over half of investments in intangible assets were protected by intellectual property rights.“
The European Union
Horizon 2020 EU framework programme for research and innovation – “Horizon 2020, the EU framework programme for research and innovation (2014-2020) is aimed at building a society and an economy based on knowledge and innovation across the Union, while contributing to sustainable development. The programme supports the implementation of the Europe 2020 strategy and other Union policies, as well as the achievement and functioning of the European Research Area (ERA). The introduction to this European implementation assessment (EIA) presents basic information on the implementation of Horizon 2020, including policy on gender equality and international cooperation.”
Trust at risk : Implications for EU policies and institutions – “Trust is a fundamental condition for a fair and cooperative society. But what if trust collapses?This report is aimed at a better understanding of the disrupting effects an erosion of trust could have for European policies and institutions. The report’s main argument is that a breakdown of trust could create serious risks, but also opportunities, for the European Union (EU) and is therefore an important factor that the EU must consider when designing its policies and strategies.By using a rigorous forward-looking and trend impact analysis approach, the report provides insights and options on how strategic political responses for the EU could look like to bring trust back into the European project.”
Economic and budgetary outlook for the European Union 2017 – “This study presents the economic and budgetary outlook for the European Union (EU) in 2017 and beyond. Economic estimates point to moderate growth and creation of new employment against a backdrop of persistent external and internal challenges that may hinder recovery. An investment gap persist in almost all EU Member States and a number of EU measures contribute to addressing it.“
The Scottish Parliament and Government
Evidence Assessment of the Impacts of the Criminalisation of the Purchase of Sex: A Review – “The report provides a rapid evidence assessment of available evidence on the impact of the criminalisation of the purchase of sex and examines existing international evidence which draws predominantly on countries where legislation criminalising the purchase of sex exists.”
The Scottish Criminal Justice System: The Prison Service SB 17-11 – “This briefing is one of six covering various aspects of the Scottish criminal justice system. It provides a brief description of the operation of prisons (including young offender institutions) in Scotland.
The other five briefings in this series are:
- The Scottish Criminal Justice System: Legal and Administrative Arrangements
- The Scottish Criminal Justice System: The Police
- The Scottish Criminal Justice System: The Public Prosecution System
- The Scottish Criminal Justice System: The Criminal Courts
- Children and the Scottish Criminal Justice System”
Child Poverty (Scotland) Bill SB 17-10 – “The Child Poverty (Scotland) Bill is a Scottish Government Bill introduced in the Scottish Parliament on 9 February 2017 by the Cabinet Secretary for Communities, Social Security and Equalities, Angela Constance MSP. This briefing discusses the main provisions in the Bill and the policy intent that frames this legislation.”
Office for National Statistics
Most common age at death, by socio-economic position in England and Wales: a 30 years comparison – “This story reports the variations in age at death between 1982 to 1986 and 2007 to 2011 by sex and socio-economic position in England and Wales using the ONS longitudinal study (LS).“
Family spending in the UK: financial year ending March 2016 – “An insight into the spending habits of UK households, broken down by household characteristics and types of spending.“
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