Newly published official publications from :
Westminster and the UK Government
The Organ Donation (Deemed Consent) Bill 2017-19 – “The Organ Donation (Deemed Consent) Bill 2017-19 is tabled for its Second Reading on 23 February 2018. This briefing paper provides background on the organ donation consent system, an overview of the Bill, and views on this.
Organ donation rates have increased significantly in the UK in the last decade, but there is still a shortage of donors and hundreds of people die whilst waiting for an organ in the UK each year. One of the proposals to address this organ shortage is a move to an opt-out organ donation consent system.“
Brexit: who has said what about transition? – “Phase two of the Brexit negotiations has started. The EU and UK negotiators have expressed their views on the scope of and conditions for a transition or implementation period, in which the UK will not be a Member State but will continue to apply EU law.”
Universities Superannuation Scheme – “Looks at the consultation on the 2017 valuation of the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) and the proposed reforms”
The European Union
Europeans, Agriculture and the CAP – “This survey was commissioned by DG Agriculture and Rural Development to explore public opinion about agriculture, rural areas and the CAP, in line with its regular tracking of public opinion on these policy issues using Eurobarometer. Field work commenced on 2nd December, This was just after the Commission adopted its communication on “The Future of Food and Farming – for a flexible, fair and sustainable Common Agricultural Policy” on 29th November 2017; this document outlines ways to ensure that the oldest EU common policy remains future-proof in the period post 2020. More than nine in ten participants (92%) think agriculture and rural areas are important for the future. In 24 countries providing safe, healthy food of high quality should be the main objective of the EU in terms of agricultural and rural policy. More than six in ten respondents say that this should be the main objectives (62%). At least half the respondents mention also protecting the environment and tackling climate change (50%). Compared to the last EB survey in 2015, there has been a six-point increase in the proportion of respondents that mention providing safe, healthy food of high quality as the main objective of EU agricultural and rural development policy, and a six-point increase in the proportion who mention protecting the environment and tackling climate change. More than seven in ten Europeans think the CAP is fulfilling its role in securing a stable supply of food in the EU. Opinions about the situation of rural areas compared to 10 years ago vary across countries – sometimes widely.”
President Trump’s record to date [What Think Tanks are thinking] – “Donald Trump has made a number of highly controversial decisions during his first 13 months as US President – whether on foreign trade, climate change, migration, taxation or healthcare. His unorthodox communication style, often using emotional tweets, has frequently confused both domestic and international audiences. Although his ‘America First’ polices have not gone as far as some had feared, and he has presided over a period of continued economic growth, there remains very considerable anxiety about the path ahead.”
North Korean human rights abuses – “In February 2018, the world was exposed to cheerful images of Kim Jong-un’s sister, Kim Yo-jong, smiling and shaking hands with the South Korean president Moon Jae-in, and of North and South Koreans marching together under the same flag, while an all-female squad of cheerleaders dressed in red occasionally upstaged the athletes at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics. Against this charm offensive, a few dozen kilometres north, far from the spotlight, up to 120 000 political prisoners continued experiencing atrocities in inhumane political prison camps, known as kwanliso.“
The Scottish Parliament and Government
Minimum Unit Pricing of Alcohol: Consultation Report: Analysis of Responses – “The Scottish Parliament passed legislation in 2012 which allows the Scottish Ministers to introduce a system of minimum unit pricing for alcohol. The legislation was then challenged in court, and this delayed the implementation of this important public health policy. On 15 November 2017, the UK Supreme Court confirmed that the legislation which allows minimum unit pricing to be introduced is lawful.
The Scottish Government plans to introduce minimum unit pricing for alcohol on 1 May 2018. Before this is introduced, the Scottish Ministers ran a public consultation from 1 December 2017 to 26 January 2018 on the proposed price of 50 pence per unit. This report sets out the responses received to the consultation and provides an analysis of these. The findings presented summarise the views of those who participated in the consultation.”
A Guide to Gross Value Added (GVA) in Scotland – “This paper provides an introduction to GVA covering methodology, approaches, and sources. Building on this overview, it looks at how GVA relates to Scotland’s policy landscape and it then provides an overview of GVA trends in Scotland since 1998. It explores the GVA contribution of Scotland’s sectors and provides insights on the geographical spread of GVA in Scotland. Finally, it analyses the income components of GVA.”
Scottish Maternal and Infant Nutrition Survey 2017 – “Results from the 2017 Scottish Maternal and Infant Nutrition Survey. This first Scotland-only survey gathered data on maternal nutrition and infant feeding. The information will be used by Scottish Government to assist health services and other organisations to design and implement nutritional advice and support for families.”
Office for National Statistics
Personal well-being in the UK: October 2016 to September 2017 – “Estimates of personal well-being in the UK, with analysis by country, age and sex.“
Research Outputs: Rent price statistics for small areas, Great Britain: 2012 to 2016 – “We are producing these Research Outputs to investigate the feasibility of using data from the property website Zoopla, to explore small area statistics on the advertised price of privately-let residential properties in Great Britain. We have sourced Zoopla data from the Urban Big Data Centre (UBDC) collection. This is Office for National Statistics (ONS) analysis of UBDC’s version of Zoopla data. As such, there may be differences from statistics compiled by Zoopla themselves because different assumptions or criteria may have been used.
These Research Outputs are published for the purpose of receiving feedback and are not official statistics at this stage. The underlying data and the statistical datasets that we have produced are not published in this Research Output because our agreement with UDBC (and their agreement with the data owner, Zoopla) doesn’t currently permit this. We are looking to address this for the future development of rent price statistics.“
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