The cost of inaction, rough sleeping, and rural Scotland: New Official Publications 01.03.21

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

What if … not? The cost of inaction. “Foresight is an action-oriented endeavour: only rarely does it look at events not taking place, actions not taken, or the consequences of doing nothing. But inaction can have far-reaching repercussions. The 12 scenarios presented in this Chaillot Paper draw attention to the cost of inaction in a variety of areas, ranging from Russia to Africa, from cyberspace to environmental matters.”

Women in politics in the EU: State of play. This briefing includes data on the gender gap in political representation, obstacles to gender balance, and strategies towards closing the gender gap, with a spotlight on conronavirus pandemic.

Sexuality education across the European Union: An overview. “Over the last few decades, there has been increasing recognition and evidence that teaching about the cognitive, emotional, social and physical aspects of sexuality can have positive impacts on children and young people’s sexual and reproductive health. Emerging evidence also suggests that delivering sexuality education programmes to children and young people at school can have a positive effect on larger societal issues, such as gender equality, human rights, and the well-being and safety of children and young people. …this policy memo provides an overview of the existing evidence and research in this area … [and] draws on a variety of data-collection efforts to summarise the current state-of-play of school-based sexuality education in EU Member States … “

Westminster and the UK Government

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

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

New Nuclear Power. “This Commons Library briefing paper summarises current progress on nuclear power, including conventional reactors, advanced designs, waste disposal, and nuclear research.”

Growing back better: putting nature and net zero at the heart of the economic recovery: report by the Environmental Audit Select Committee, whose remit is to examine “the extent to which the policies and programmes of government departments and non-departmental public bodies contribute to environmental protection and sustainable development, and to audit the performance of such bodies against sustainable development and environmental targets.”

House of Commons debate on Rough Sleeping, debated on Thursday 25th February. “Both Houses of Parliament hold debates in which Members discuss government policy, proposed new laws and topical issues of the day. Debates are designed to assist MPs and Lords to reach an informed decision on a subject. Votes are often held to conclude a debate, which may involve then passing or rejecting a proposed new law (legislation) or simply registering their opinion on a subject.”

The Scottish Parliament and Government

Scottish Parliament

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

Defamation and Malicious Publication (Scotland) Bill: consideration prior to Stage 3.The Bill would reform the law on defamation and verbal injury, which provide legal remedies to those damaged by false statements. This briefing looks at parliamentary consideration of the Bill at Stages 1 and 2.

Inclusive participation in rural Scotland: research report: “Preliminary exploration report details the findings of research into barriers to participation facing lesser heard voices in the context of rural Scotland. Specifically, it focuses on the LGBTI community, disabled people, carers and ethnic minorities.”

Rural Scotland Key Facts 2021: “Biennial compendium publication comparing and contrasting statistics on key policy topics such as People and Communities, Services and Lifestyle, Economy and Enterprise broken down by Remote Rural, Accessible Rural and the Rest of Scotland.”

Official Statistics

Avoidable mortality in the UK: 2019. “Deaths from causes considered avoidable, treatable or preventable given timely and effective healthcare or public health interventions.”

Coronavirus and redundancies in the UK labour market: September to November 2020. “How the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic impacted on redundancies using the UK labour market statistics for the period September to November 2020.”

Outcomes for disabled people in the UK: 2020. “Outcomes for disabled people across areas of life: education, employment, social participation, housing, well-being, loneliness and crime. Analysis by disability status and by age, sex, impairment type and severity, country and region based on survey data.”

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