Returning to Work, Budget 2020, and Legal Aid Reform – New Official Publications 30.06.20

Newly published official publications from :

Westminster and the UK Government

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House of Commons Library (c) Parliamentary copyright images are reproduced with the permission of Parliament

Budget 2020 and Finance Bill 2019-21 – “The Chancellor Rishi Sunak presented the 2020 Budget on 11 March. The Finance Bill 2019-21 was published on 17 March.

Each year the Chancellor of the Exchequer presents the Budget, which contains all the tax measures for the year ahead. Traditionally the Budget has been in March, prior to the start of the tax year on 6 April. The statutory provisions to give effect to these tax measures are set out in a single Bill: the annual Finance Bill.

Coronavirus: Returning to work – “This Commons Library Briefing Paper discusses issues relating to returning to work following the publication of the Government’s Covid-19 recovery plan. It provides an overview of relevant health and safety law and a discussion of recent Government guidance on working safely in the context of Covid-19. It also includes a discussion of the positions in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.”

Coronavirus: international dimensions – “The Library has published a series of briefings on international dimensions of the coronavirus pandemic since March 2020, ranging from general surveys of its impact on developing countries to assessments of its effects in specific situations. Links to these briefings can be found here.

The European Union

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European Parliament © European Union 2016

Performing arts: Emerging from confinement – “In the EU as elsewhere in the world, the performing arts were among the first sectors to be hit by measures to slow the spread of the coronavirus, and are now among the last to reopen. As the confinement measures are relaxed, the focus now is on supporting the performing arts and finding a way to re-engage with live audiences.”

Opportunities of Artificial Intelligence – “This study focuses on presenting the technological, impact and regulatory state of play in the EU, as compared to key competitor countries. This study also highlights industrial areas in which AI will bring significant socioeconomic benefits, before presenting a methodology for scrutinising the fitness of the EU policy and regulatory framework in the context of AI.”

Advanced technologies for industry – “Through an in-depth analysis of traditional data sources such as patents and trade, business survey and novel metrics such as investment data, LinkedIn and text-mining of company websites, the study carried out an assessment of the trends in the generation and uptake of advanced technologies, the related entrepreneurial activities and venture capital investment, the supply of and demand for skills and also assessed the digital opportunities for Europe.”

The Scottish Parliament and Government

Image © Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body – 2012. Licensed under the Open Scottish Parliament Licence v1.0.

Image © Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body – 2012. Licensed under the Open Scottish Parliament Licence v1.0.

Supply and demand for medicines – “A report by the Health and Sport Committee on its inquiry into the Supply and Demand for Medicines in Scotland.

In undertaking this inquiry into the supply and demand for medicines, we were anticipating exploring issues relating to the efficiency of the system and the levels of waste generated. However, in considering the themes raised with us a fundamental problem has become apparent – the system of supply and demand for medicines in Scotland does not have a focus on patients.”

EU-UK Future Relationship Negotiations – “Following the UK’s departure from the EU, the negotiations to determine the future relationship began on 2 March 2020. Over the course of the negotiations, SPICe will publish briefings outlining the key events, speeches and documents published. This tenth briefing covers the negotiations at the “half-way” point, as marked by the High-level conference on 15 June 2020.”

Legal aid reform: consultation analysis – “Analysis of the responses to the public consultation on reform of legal aid in Scotland which ran between 27 June and 19 September 2019.

Office for National Statistics

Research and development expenditure by the UK government: 2018 – “Research and development and related expenditure by UK government departments, research councils and higher education funding councils. Formerly released as UK government expenditure on science, engineering and technology (SET).”

Coronavirus and the effects on the UK Balance of Payments – “How the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and the wider containment efforts are expected to impact on UK Balance of Payments as well as some of the challenges that National Statistical Institutes are likely to face.


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