Multiple jobs, reform of Universal Credit, and modelling the Coronavirus epidemic: New Official Publications 10.08.20

Newly published official publications from :

The European Union

General view of the Plenary chamber in Brussels – PHS Hemicycle – Plenary session week 46 2014. © European Union 2014 – Source EP

Privilege or necessity? The working lives of people with multiple jobs. “This policy brief examines the prevalence of multiple-job holding in the EU, its main characteristics and the job quality of the workers who do it.”

Africa’s digital solutions to tackle COVID-19. “African countries are using technology in many new ways to fight the coronavirus pandemic. This report highlights some of the best digital solutions and estimates the investments required to implement the technology on a wider scale.”

Climate change and climate action. “The coronavirus crisis presents challenges as well as opportunities for policies to address the issue of climate change. Measures taken in reaction to the pandemic have led to a dramatic fall in economic and social activity, and to a corresponding temporary drop in greenhouse gas emissions.”

Westminster and the UK Government

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

Universal Credit isn’t working: proposals for reform. The House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee’s inquiry identifies and explores “three main aspects of Universal Credit that [the committee believes] require substantial reform: its design and implementation, the adequacy of its awards, and how it supports claimants to navigate the system and find work.”

International and EU students in higher education in the UK FAQs. “This House of Commons briefing paper answers some frequently asked questions about international and EU students in the UK. It sets out statistics in this area and outlines policy issues including the potential impact of Brexit and the net migration target on international and EU student recruitment.”

Ageing prison population. “Older prisoners are the fastest growing group in the prison population. This rise has primarily been driven by an increase in the number of older adults sentenced for sexual offences. In addition, increases to the length of sentences has meant that more people grow old in prison. An ageing prison population creates challenges for the prison system as older prisoners often have distinct needs.” The Justice Committee’s report calls for the Government to produce a national strategy for older prisoners.

The Scottish Parliament and Government

Scottish Parliament

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Children (Scotland) Bill: consideration prior to Stage 3. “This briefing looks at the Children (Scotland) Bill prior to Stage 3. This Bill would make significant changes to the law which applies when resolving disputes between parents about their children.”

Coronavirus (COVID-19): modeling the epidemic (issue no. 12). “Latest findings in modelling the COVID-19 epidemic in Scotland in terms of the spread of the disease through the population (epidemiological modelling).”

The future of the Land Court and the Lands Tribunal: consultation. This “consultation seeks views on the proposed amalgamation of the Scottish Land Court and the Lands Tribunal for Scotland and on four administrative issues related to those bodies.” The consultation closes on the 19 October 2020.

Official Statistics

Transport use during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. “To monitor the use of the transport system during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, [the Department for Transport] DfT provides statistics on transport use by mode, published every Wednesday.”

Number of COVID-19 tests in defence and positive cases in the UK Armed Forces 2020. “This fortnightly official statistic provides information on the number of defence personnel who have attended a COVID-19 test through the UK National Testing Programme; and for the UK Armed Forces, the number of positive cases of COVID-19.”

Scottish Accommodation Occupancy. “The Scottish Accommodation Occupancy Survey (SAOS) gathers and analyses data on occupancy levels in hotels, guest houses, B&Bs, self-catering, hostels and caravan & camping parks.”

Coronavirus and the social impacts on Great Britain. “Indicators from the Opinions and Lifestyle Survey covering the period 29 July to 2 August 2020 [including archived issues from 9 April 2020] to understand the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on people, households and communities in Great Britain.”

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