Peat landslides, poverty, and vacant land- Newly published Official Publications 08.05.17

Newly published official publications from :

Westminster and the UK Government

Big Ben (c) Parliamentary copyright images are reproduced with the permission of Parliament

Poverty in the UK: statistics. “This note sets out information on the levels and rates of poverty in the UK, including historical trends and forecasts for future years. The focus here is on poverty defined in terms of disposable household income, although poverty may be defined in different ways and there is no single, universally accepted definition.”

Income inequality in the UK: “This briefing paper presents statistics on income inequality. In the UK, inequality in household incomes has remained at a roughly similar level since the early 1990s, but is higher than during the 1960s and 1970s. Following the 2008 recession, there was a small reduction in income inequality (based on income before deducting housing costs) as higher income households saw a larger real terms fall in income than households at the bottom of the distribution.”

The Official Secrets Act and Official Secrecy: “This House of Commons Library paper considers the main pieces of legislation in the UK related to official secrecy and the disclosure of information “in the public interest”. It focuses in particular on the main pieces of legislation – the Official Secrets Acts 1911-1989.”

The European Union

Eurobarometer: Civil protection: “The aim of this survey is to explore EU citizen awareness, support, perceptions and attitudes towards the European Union’s activities in the area of civil protection. It will examine opinions regarding the need for providing assistance in a coordinated manner as well as whether they consider the EU is doing enough to prevent or prepare for disasters. Finally, the survey will determine the preferred medium for further information about civil protection policy.”

The EU in 2016: General report on the activities of the European UnionThe report covers the economy, climate, trade, justice, migration and democracy. Previous issues are available in the library.

The Scottish Parliament and Government

Rest and Be Thankful, Argyll and Bute © Richard Webb

Peat Landslide Hazard and Risk Assessments: Best Practice Guide for Proposed Electricity Generation Developments (Second Edition): “The Peat Hazard and Risk Assessment Guide provides best practice methods to identify, mitigate and manage peat slide hazards and associated risks in respect of consent applications for electricity generation projects in Scotland.”

Scottish Vacant and Derelict Land Survey 2016: “The Scottish Vacant and Derelict Land Survey is a data collection undertaken to establish the extent and state of vacant and derelict land in Scotland. The survey has been operating since 1988, and is managed by the Scottish Government Communities Analysis Division. The data is sourced from local authorities and the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park Authority.”

Labour Market update: April 2017: “This briefing provides an overview of the Scottish labour market from the latest regional labour market statistics from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).”

Office for National Statistics

Social capital in the UK: May 2017: “How the UK is faring in four domains of social capital: personal relationships, social support networks, civic engagement, and trust and cooperative norms.”

Adult drinking habits in Great Britain: 2005 to 2016: “Teetotalism, drinking in the week before interview, frequent drinking and units drunk, including changes in drinking patterns in recent years.”

Effects of taxes and benefits on UK household income: financial year ending 2016: “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.”

If you’d like to know more about official publications just get in touch with us at the Maps, Official Publications and Statistics Unit on Level 7 of the library. We’re open Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm, and can be contacted on 0141 330 6740 or

Categories: Library, Official Publications

Tags: , , , ,

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: