Newly published official publications from :
Westminster and the UK Government
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.“
Brexit and financial services – “Financial services made up 6.9% of the UK’s total output in 2018 and contributed £29 billion in tax in 2017/18. London (and the UK more generally) has benefited from close commercial and regulatory integration with the EU.
Single Market rules allow financial businesses authorised in any Member State to operate freely across the European Economic Area (EEA). This system is known as passporting.
Once the UK had confirmed its intention to leave the Single Market, the EU explicitly ruled out sector-specific arrangements – such as passporting – that might have maintained existing benefits.
What does Brexit mean for financial services? This briefing reviews progress and possibilities – from the 2018 Political Declaration to preparations for Brexit with no deal.”
Loneliness: a reading list – “Around 47% of adults in England experience loneliness occasionally or more often, according to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport’s (DCMS) Community life survey 2019/20 (2020).
Office for National Statistics (ONS) analysis in 2016/17 suggests that people with a long-term disability, widowed homeowners, unmarried middle-agers and young renters, experience the greatest likelihood of feeling some degree of loneliness.
This reading list provides links to various publications considering the causes and impact of loneliness, as well as possible interventions to deal with the issue in society.”
The European Union
Attitudes of Europeans towards tobacco and electronic cigarettes – “The European Union and its Member States have been working to reduce the use of tobacco and related products through a range of measures, including regulating tobacco and related products, restricting the advertising and sponsorship of tobacco and related products, implementing smoke-free environments and running anti-smoking campaigns. The European Commission regularly carries out public opinion polls to monitor Europeans’ attitudes to a range of tobacco-related issues. Less than a quarter (23%) of the respondents smoke boxed cigarettes, cigars, cigarillos or a pipe, a decrease by three percentage points since 2017. 14% of respondents have at least tried e-cigarettes once or twice, while around one in twenty (6%) say the same for heated tobacco products.”
The future of work: Trends, challenges and potential initiatives – “The current coronavirus pandemic and its accompanying health and economic crises have highlighted and heightened certain trends and challenges which were already affecting the labour market in Europe. These include accelerated digitalisation and automation, increased use of artificial intelligence, constraints relating to a lack of digital skills, and problems concerning the status of platform workers and other workers in non-standard forms of employment. In parallel, there has been an unprecedented expansion in teleworking, and in the development of transport and delivery platforms, as a result of the need for social distancing during the pandemic. Many of these changes will outlive the current crisis and generate in turn new challenges, which the EU and Member States will need to address.”
Creating opportunities in sport for people with disabilities – “Disability is a complex, multidimensional and contested term for which there is no common definition, but which is generally understood as a dynamic interaction between health conditions and contextual factors, both personal and environmental. A billion people in the world, of whom over 70 million in the EU, live with disabilities today. Official sporting events for people with disabilities have existed for over a century. The Silent Games – the first competition for athletes with a disability (now Deaflympics) – were held in 1924 in Paris (France). Some disability sports are traditional sports slightly modified to meet the needs of people with a disability and are referred to as ‘adapted sports’. Others, such as boccia, have been designed specifically with no equivalent in mainstream sport. ‘Disability sport’ is used as an umbrella term to describe sports activities developed for the benefit of people or athletes with disabilities…”
The Scottish Parliament and Government
The treatment of Scotland’s devolved benefits in the Withdrawal Agreement – “This briefing looks at how Scotland’s devolved benefits are treated in the EU-UK Withdrawal Agreement (‘the Withdrawal Agreement’).i It is the second of three briefings on Brexit and devolved social security. The briefing outlines key features of social security co-ordination in the Withdrawal Agreement. It presents tables to show how the principles of EU social security co-ordination apply to Scotland’s devolved benefits. Case studies of Young Carer Grant and Best Start Grant illustrate the operation of these principles. The briefing highlights the importance for legislators of how Scotland’s benefits are classified by the Administrative Commission for the co-ordination of social security systems.“
What works to prevent youth violence: evidence summary – “This report draws together high-quality international evidence about what works to prevent youth violence, to inform policymakers and practitioners about the evidence base and effectiveness associated with different approaches and interventions.“
Impact assessment in governments: literature review – “This report reviews literature regarding five types of policy level impact assessments (environment, equity, health, regulatory, rural) in five countries (Ireland, Netherlands, New Zealand, Sweden & Wales). It was commissioned by the Scottish Government to inform their approach to impact assessment.”
The Office for National Statistics
What is the coronavirus (COVID-19) doing to the public purse? – “From falls in VAT and Income Tax receipts to lockdown restrictions reducing income from Air Passenger and Fuel Duty, UK public sector income is being squeezed during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.”
Semi-natural habitat natural capital accounts, UK: 2021 – “Exploring the size, condition, quantity and value of semi-natural habitats and ecosystem services, as part of the UK Natural Capital accounts. These are our most natural spaces, although they have been altered by human activity.”
Coronavirus and the impact on the UK travel and tourism industry – “Analysis of how industries related to travel and tourism in the UK have been affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, using data on business performance and the labour market.”
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