Oxbridge ‘elitism’, Health State Life Expectancies, and a Brexit Events Timeline – New Official Publications 08.01.19

Newly published official publications from :

Westminster and the UK Government

House of Lords Library: The Queen's Room (c) Parliamentary copyright images are reproduced with the permission of Parliament

House of Lords Library: The Queen’s Room (c) Parliamentary copyright images are reproduced with the permission of Parliament

Brexit debates 2018 – “This paper provides links to a selection of debates that have referenced Brexit in the title or during a debate in 2018. This paper will be updated periodically.”

Oxbridge ‘elitism’ – “Both universities now take around 60% of their entrants from state schools, if overseas entrants are excluded. These rates have generally increased over the past few decades, but the historical data shows that progress has been slow. At the end of the 1930s 24% of entrants to Oxford and 19% to Cambridge started their education at a state school. By the early 1950s these rates had increased to 43% and 34% respectively. In the early 1960s 34% of students at Oxford and 27% at Cambridge came from state secondary schools.”

VAT and Churches – “This note examines how construction work for churches is treated for VAT in the UK, proposals for reform in this area, and the changes made in Budget 2012, removing the zero rate of VAT which had applied to alteration work on listed buildings. It also gives details of the current grant scheme for church repairs.

The European Union

European Parliament © European Union 2015

European Parliament © European Union 2015

2018: Challenges and choices [What Think Tanks are thinking] – “After 2017 brought optimism for the European Union, 2018 has proved a year of tougher challenges and choices. It was a time of slower growth, with the spectre of a global trade war. Turbulent negotiations on Brexit brought an agreement, but the chances of its approval by the UK House of Commons look unpromising. It was a year of uncertainty for transatlantic ties and for US global leadership. Tensions re-emerged over migration. Progress in overhauling the euro-area was limited. The simmering Russia-Ukrainian conflict erupted again. These and other developments form the backdrop for the European elections in 2019. This note offers links to recent selected commentaries, studies and reports from major international think tanks on the state of the EU in 2018 and its outlook in several important areas.”

Standard Eurobarometer 90 – “Standard Eurobarometer 90 survey (EB90), was carried out between 8 and 22 November 2018 in 34 countries or territories: the 28 European Union (EU) Member States, five candidate countries (the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Turkey, Montenegro, Serbia and Albania) and the Turkish Cypriot Community in the part of the country that is not controlled by the government of the Republic of Cyprus. The survey includes topics such as the European political situation and the economy (perception of the current situation and expectations for the future). It analyses how Europeans perceive their political institutions, both national governments and parliaments, the EU and its institutions as well as their main concerns. It also examines people’s attitudes on European citizenship and on issues linked to the priorities of the European Commission, notably free movement and the euro.”

Power from statistics – “The ‘Power from Statistics’ initiative, jointly organised by Eurostat and the European Political Strategy Centre, aims to determine which topics will be relevant to decision-makers and citizens in the future and how official statistics could best deliver information about them. This guidance report is inspired by the ‘Power from Statistics Outlook Report’ (in which experts from various stakeholder groups set out their personal reflections and ideas on the future of European statistics) as well as by the high-level conference ‘Power from Statistics: delivering the evidence of tomorrow’, at which policymakers, journalists, business leaders, academics and official statisticians from all over Europe discussed the needs and challenges facing evidence-based policymaking.

The Scottish Parliament and Government

Lighting through the Garden Lobby Roof of the Scottish Parliament ©2009 Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body

Lighting through the Garden Lobby Roof of the Scottish Parliament ©2009 Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body

UK Supreme Court ruling on the UK Withdrawal from the European Union (Legal Continuity) (Scotland) Bill – “This short briefing provides information on the Supreme Court’s ruling on the legislative competence of the Scottish Parliament’s UK Withdrawal from the European Union (Legal Continuity) (Scotland) Bill.”

Consultation on Scottish Charity Law – “This consultation seeks views on potential improvements to the statutory charity regulation framework in Scotland, in light of proposals put forward by the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR). The proposals broadly focus on improvements to charity law that would increase transparency and accountability in order to maintain public trust and confidence in charities and OSCR.”

Brexit events timeline: Scottish Parliament engagement and scrutiny – “This briefing sets out key events since the EU referendum on 23 June 2016. It particularly focuses on the Scottish Parliament’s engagement and scrutiny with the withdrawal process. The briefing also provides links to key documents published by the administrations and legislatures of the EU, UK and Scotland.”

Office for National Statistics

Consumption per head in the UK: 2017 – “A measure of material welfare of households of the 28 member states of the European Union using actual individual consumption per capita and gross domestic product per capita.

Health state life expectancies, UK: 2015 to 2017 – “The number of years people are expected to spend in different health states among local authority areas in the UK.”


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