Newly published official publications from :
Westminster and the UK Government
The UK’s contribution to the EU budget – “This note considers how much the UK contributes to the EU budget and how much it receives back. Potential payments to the EU on or after Brexit – such as the exit bill – are also discussed.”
Employment tribunal fees – “Employment tribunal fees were introduced in July 2013, and declared unlawful by the Supreme Court in July 2017.”
Railway passenger franchises – “This is one of two briefing papers on rail passenger franchising. This paper sets out the terms of the various rail franchises in England, Wales and Scotland. A second paper, SN6521, sets out in more detail how franchising works and the franchising policy of successive governments.”
Digital Skills in the United Kingdom – “This Lords Library briefing has been prepared in advance of a debate scheduled to take place in the House of Lords on 7 September 2017 about the importance of digital understanding at all levels of society. It provides an overview of what is meant by ‘digital skills’ and surveys recent literature on access to, and use of, the internet across society. It then considers digital skills in relation to the economy and sets out key proposals contained in the Government’s UK Digital Strategy 2017. It concludes with an exploration of the term ‘digital understanding’ and highlights recent Ofcom findings on adults’ media use and attitudes.”
The European Union
Legal Implications of Brexit: Customs Union, Internal Market Acquis for Goods and Services, Consumer Protection Law, Public Procurement – “This in-depth analysis addresses the implications of several scenarios of the UK withdrawing from the EU in relation to the EU Customs Union, the Internal Market law for Goods and Services, and on Consumer Protection law, identifying the main cross-cutting challenges that have to be addressed irrespective of the policy choices that will be made in due course. The analysis takes the fully-fledged EU membership as a point of departure and compares this baseline scenario to a membership of the UK in the European Economic Area (EEA), the application of tailor-made arrangements, as well as the fall-back scenario, in which the mutual relationship is governed by WTO law. Following an analysis of the EU legal framework defining the withdrawal of a Member State from the EU the study develops an analytical framework that allows for the identification of the legal impact of different Brexit scenarios on policy fields falling within the ambit of the IMCO Committee. In this context, the general impact of the EEA model, the tailor-made model and the WTO model on key pieces of the currently existing acquis communautaire in these policy areas are highlighted.”
Coach Services – “The European Commission is publishing today the results of Special Eurobarometer 457 survey on coach services. The survey is based on fieldwork in the 28 EU Member States performed in March 2017. Across the EU, only a minority of respondents use coach services. Over six in ten respondents (64%) say that they never use coach services for domestic travel. Just over a third (35%) of respondents sometimes use coach services for domestic travel but more than half (18%) use them only once a year or less. Fewer than one in five (18%) travel by coach to other countries. The most commonly mentioned purpose for which coach services are used are visiting family or friends (34%), going on holiday (27%) or other leisure activities (24%). The Eurobarometer survey results has allowed for a better understanding of citizens use of and satisfaction with coach and bus services across the EU and of the reasons that prevent citizens from travelling by coach and bus.”
The Scottish Parliament and Government
Objectively Measured Physical Activity Levels of Scottish Children: Analysis from A Sub-Sample of 10-11 Year Olds in the Growing Up in Scotland Study – “This report investigates the physical activity levels of Scottish children using objective and self-reported data collected from a cohort of children drawn from the Growing Up in Scotland study. A key objective of this report was to explore the gender and socio-economic patterning of activity and assess whether these patterns differed by the physical activity measurement used.
The analyses presented within the report form part of a wider academic study exploring the environmental determinants of physical activity in young people that also incorporates GPS data on where young people are most active.”
Scottish 4G Infill Programme Consultation – “The Scottish Government and Scottish Futures Trust have been working in partnership to develop the Scottish 4G Infill Programme for Scotland. The programme seeks to develop an initial approach which can facilitate the deployment of 4G LTE infill coverage where this does not yet exist, and where it is unlikely that industry will invest in the near to medium-term future.
This public consultation seeks to define the proposed intervention locations in the first phase of the Scottish 4G Infill Programme. To enable this, a series of initial locations have been identified which the Scottish Government wishes to test with industry their applicability for the programme.”
National Scoping Exercise of Advocacy Services for Victims of Violence Against Women and Girls – “Report on the national scoping exercise of advocacy services relating to the criminal justice system for victims of violence against women and girls, commissioned by the Scottish Government’s Justice Directorate.
The Scottish Government’s Justice Directorate commissioned Blake Stevenson Ltd in July 2016 to undertake a national scoping exercise of advocacy services relating to the criminal justice system for victims of violence against women and girls. The scoping exercise included advocacy services for victims of domestic abuse, prostitution, human trafficking, rape and sexual assault. It also covered advocacy services available for children and for men where these may have an impact on women’s services.
The research found a number of gaps in advocacy support for victims and recommends further analysis and research to better support victims.”
The Office for National Statistics
Living abroad: migration between Britain and France – “This report is the third in a series being published to provide more information on British citizens living in the European Union (EU), and EU citizens living in the UK. This series has been created in response to an increased user need for data about the people who may be most likely to be affected by the UK’s decision to leave the EU. Previous reports consider migration between the UK and Spain, and the UK and EU8 countries.”
What has happened to the income of retired households in the UK over the past 40 years? – “This short article analyses some of the key trends in the income of retired households between 1977 and 2015/16. Retired households are those where the income of retired household members accounts for the majority of the total household gross income.”
Internet access – households and individuals: 2017 – “The Internet Access Survey results are derived from the Opinions and Lifestyle Survey (OPN). Estimates for 2017 in this release refer to data collected in the January, February and April 2017 modules of the OPN.
We first collected statistics on internet access in 1998. Since then, various changes have been made to the Internet Access Survey, including the publication of annual results since 2006. Where possible, we make comparisons over time, however, time series comparisons vary, as the survey questions change from year to year.
In this release, “on the go” refers to access to the internet, away from home or work.”
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