Newly published official publications from :
Westminster and the UK Government
Increases in the State Pension age for women born in the 1950s – “Briefing regarding the WASPI campaign and the impact of legislation increasing the State Pension age for women born in the 1950s.
The Pensions Act 1995 provided for the State Pension age (SPA) for women to increase from 60 to 65 over the period April 2010 to 2020. The Coalition Government legislated in the Pensions Act 2011 to accelerate the latter part of this timetable, starting in April 2016 when women’s SPA was 63 so that it will now reach 65 in November 2018. The equalised SPA will then rise to 66 by October 2020. The reason was increases in life expectancy since the timetable was last revised.”
National Insurance contributions: an introduction – “This note gives an introduction to National Insurance system, and the debate there has been about integrating National Insurance contributions (NICs) with income tax.”
Brexit Negotiations: The Irish border question – “The border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland and how it will operate, is one of the three main areas of discussion in the first phase of Brexit negotiations . This paper sets out the different UK and EU negotiating positions as well as how they both pledge to honour the Good Friday Agreement, and what this pledge commits both sides to. It looks at how the Northern Irish devolved government is inputting into the talks, and how the confidence and supply deal between the Conservative party and the DUP might impact on the negotiations. This paper explores how people will move between the two countries, and how the Common Travel Area might be maintained. It also looks at the complexities of avoiding a ‘hard border’, the stated position of both the EU and the UK, while still adhering to EU rules on moving goods between itself and countries outside the Single Market and Customs Union.”
The European Union
Ten more technologies which could change our lives – “In 2015, the European Parliament’s Directorate-General for Parliamentary Research Services (DG EPRS) broke new ground with its publication ‘Ten technologies which could change our lives – potential impacts and policy implications’, with each chapter highlighting a particular technology, its promises and potential negative consequences, and the role that the European Parliament could and should play in shaping these developments. This new study continues this work, presenting ten additional technologies that will increasingly require the attention of policy-makers. The topics for the current study have been chosen to reflect the wide range of topics that the Parliament’s Science and Technology Options Assessment (STOA) Panel has decided to focus upon for the eighth parliamentary term (2014-2019). The aim of the publication is not only to draw attention to these ten particular technologies, but also to promote further reflection about other technological developments that may still be at an early stage but that could, in a similar way, massively impact our lives in the short- or longer-term future.”
Euratom Supply Agency annual report 2016 – “This year’s Report follows the same structure as the previous one. Chapter 1 includes an outline of ESA’s activities in 2016 and a concise presentation of nuclear energy developments in the EU. Chapter 2 gives an overview of the world market for nuclear fuels, while Chapter 3 contains ESA’s evaluations of the fuel market in the EU. For the first time this Chapter also includes an analysis of deliveries of conversion services. Chapters 4 and 5 focus, respectively, on the security of supply and on medical radioisotopes, while Chapter 6 sets out ESA’s work programme for 2017.”
Court Of Justice Of The European Union Annual Report 2016 Judicial Activity – “Synopsis of the judicial activity of the Court of Justice, the General Court and the Civil Service Tribunal”
The Scottish Parliament and Government
Scotland’s Equality Evidence Strategy 2017-2021 – “High quality equality evidence and analysis is vital to underpin effective and inclusive policy making in Scotland. However, despite improvements in recent years, there remain gaps in Scotland’s equality evidence base. This paper sets out a four year strategy (2017-21) describing the equality evidence gaps we have identified in concert with our partner organisations and academic colleagues, and detailing a strategic approach to strengthening Scotland’s equality evidence base.”
Justice in Scotland: Vision and Priorities – “Our vision is for a safe, just and resilient Scotland. This document is for all those working to keep our communities safe and those who deliver civil, criminal and administrative justice. It builds on the outcomes and approach we set out in the first Strategy for Justice in Scotland in 2012, and the significant contribution the reform of our justice services has made to improving outcomes for people across Scotland.
Drawing on the latest evidence it reflects on recent successes, highlights key challenges for the immediate and longer-term and sets out seven priorities for 2017-2020 to help shape our collective effort, inspire collaboration and frame a shared vision for the future.”
Digital Scotland – Reaching 100% Programme – “The Reaching 100% Programme (“R100”) is striving to extend the availability of NGA broadband infrastructure to meet the Scottish Government’s commitment to deliver superfast broadband access to 100% of premises in Scotland by 2021.
To achieve this, Scottish Government intends to procure further coverage of NGA broadband infrastructure (capable of delivering download speeds of at least 30 Mbps) in areas where such broadband is currently unavailable. Geographically, R100 covers the whole of Scotland.”
Office for National Statistics
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