Food Banks in the UK, Understanding US Presidential Elections, and the Gender Pay Gap: 2019 – New Official Publications 20.10.20

Newly published official publications from :

Westminster and the UK Government

Big Ben

Image copyright: UK Parliament / Jessica Taylor

The French Nuclear Deterrent – “The French nuclear deterrent is the one that is most often compared to the UK’s nuclear forces. While there are similarities in terms of policy, posture and size, there are also significant differences in terms of industrial support and cost. In contrast to the UK all of the major political parties in France support an independent nuclear deterrent, and domestic support is high. This paper examines the French nuclear deterrent in greater detail. It is also part of a wider Library briefing series on nuclear weapons.”

Food Banks in the UK – “The primary source of data on food bank use is the Trussell Trust. This national charity provides food parcels to people referred to it by professionals such as doctors, health visitors, social workers and the Citizens Advice who meet certain requirements. Other charities also operate food banks or similar services, and there is increasing data available on them, notably from the Independent Food Aid Network [IFAN]. Historic data used here is mostly from the Trussell Trust, and so it should be considered incomplete – there are some areas where the Trussell Trust does not operate, but where other services may have delivered food parcels.”

Digital Services Tax – “This paper discusses the background to the Government’s proposals, announced in the 2018 Budget, to introduce a Digital Services Tax from April 2020, in the context of wider concerns as to the challenge of taxing digital businesses and moves to agree reforms to the international tax system.”

The European Union

European Parliament

European Parliament © European Union 2016

Making our food fit for the future – Citizens’ expectations – “The Farm to Fork Strategy aims to develop a fair, healthy and environmentally-friendly food system in the EU. To gauge public knowledge of the current system and citizens’ appetite for change, this Special Eurobarometer aims to uncover their food buying and eating habits, find out what they believe constitutes ‘sustainability’, assess their willingness to switch to a healthier, more sustainable diet and find out who should be responsible for change. This survey was carried out in the 27 Member States of the European Union between 3 August and 15 September 2020 among 27,237 European citizens.”

Minimum wage in the EU – “In 2020, most European Union (EU) Member States have a statutory minimum wage (21 of 27), while six others have wage levels determined though collective bargaining. Expressed in euros, monthly minimum wages vary widely across the EU ranging from €312 in Bulgaria to €2 142 in Luxembourg (July 2020). The disparities are significantly smaller when price level differences are eliminated. Expressed in purchasing power standard, the minimum wage ranges from PPS 547 in Latvia to PPS 1 634 in Luxembourg. The question of setting a minimum wage is one of the most analysed and debated topics in economics. Over recent years and in the context of the economic and social crisis engendered by the Covid 19 outbreak, the creation of a European minimum wage is increasingly considered as a useful instrument to ensure fair wages and social inclusion…”

Understanding US Presidential elections – “In August 2020, the two major political parties in the United States (US), the Democrats and the Republicans, formally nominated their respective candidates for the 59th US presidential election, which takes place on Tuesday, 3 November 2020. An initially crowded field of contenders in the Democratic primaries developed into a two-horse race between former US Vice-President Joe Biden and Senator Bernie Sanders, with Biden declared the Democratic nominee on 18 August. He will now contest the presidential election against the Republican candidate, who faced no significant primary challenge, the incumbent US President, Donald Trump. The US President is simultaneously head of state, head of government and Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces. Presidential elections are therefore a hugely important part of American political life. Although millions of Americans vote in presidential elections every four years, the President is not, in fact, directly elected by the people. Citizens elect the members of the Electoral College, who then cast their votes for the President and Vice-President. While key elements of the presidential election are spelled out in the US Constitution, other aspects have been shaped by state laws, national party rules and state party rules…”

The Scottish Parliament and Government

Scottish Parliament

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

Scottish Household Survey 2019: twenty years of Scotland’s people – “The Scottish Household Survey (SHS) provides robust evidence on the composition, characteristics, attitudes and behaviour of private households and individuals as well as evidence on the physical condition of Scotland’s homes.”

Child trafficking in Scotland – “Research on the routes and circumstances of children and young people who have been identified as victims of trafficking and exploitation in Scotland, and their experiences of support services.”

Scotland’s marine economic statistics 2018 – “This report presents statistics on the size (Gross Value Added[1] and turnover) and employment of Scotland’s marine activities (hereafter collectively referred to as the marine economy). It is the third year of this report, which remains classed as experimental statistics until the content and methodology are fully established.”

Office for National Statistics

Ethnicity pay gaps: 2019 – “Earnings and employment statistics for different ethnic groups, using regression analysis to provide more insight into factors that affect pay.”

Coronavirus and non-UK key workers – “New insights on non-British nationals and non-UK-born in the workforce between 2017 and 2019, including those who could be considered as key workers in the response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.”

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