The Turing Scheme, Blue Carbon, and a Digital Green Certificate – New Official Publications 29.03.21

Newly published official publications from :

Westminster and the UK Government

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UK-EU TCA: professional qualifications – “This briefing explains what has changed for UK qualified professionals who seek to practice in the EU market and vice versa. It summarises the provisions in the Agreement under which the UK and EU can come to sector-by-sector mutual recognition arrangements in the future.”

The Turing Scheme – “This briefing gives an overview of the Turing Scheme. The scheme replaces the Erasmus+ programme in providing funding for participants in universities, colleges, and schools to go on study and work placements across the world from September 2021.”

Oxbridge ‘elitism’ – “For the last two decades both Oxford and Cambridge have taken more than half of their entrants from state schools. The latest rates are 61% for Oxford and 65% for Cambridge, or somewhat higher if overseas students at UK schools are excluded. These rates have generally increased over the past few decades, but the historical data shows that progress has been slow. At the end of the 1930s 24% of entrants to Oxford and 19% to Cambridge started their education at a state school. By the early 1950s these rates had increased to 43% and 34% respectively. In the early 1960s 34% of students at Oxford and 27% at Cambridge came from state secondary schools.”

Scottish independence referendum: legal issues – “A briefing paper on the legal issues surrounding a Scottish independence referendum”

The European Union

© European Union 2015

Democracy in the EU  – “The Eurobarometer on Democracy in the EU builds on the work of previous Flash Eurobarometers. It does so by investigating trends around concerns EU citizens have regarding elections in Europe generally and remote voting options specifically, as well as around their opinions on applying offline rules to the online environment. This Eurobarometer survey goes one step further by adding new questions on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the use of remote voting options and on EU citizens’ exposure to online disinformation, divisive content, intimidation of politicians and unclear political ads.”

Digital Green Certificate – “On 17 March 2021, the European Commission put forward a proposal for a regulation on a ‘digital green certificate’ allowing for safe and free movement of EU citizens during the pandemic, and an accompanying proposal covering third-country nationals legally staying or residing in the EU. The certificate would provide proof that the person has been vaccinated, give results of Covid-19 tests and/or information on the acquisition of antibodies. The aim is to help restore free movement of people in the EU. On 25 March 2021, the European Parliament decided to accelerate work on the Commission proposals, using the urgent procedure.”

Impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on EU industries – “The COVID-19 crisis has had a substantial impact on the EU27 economy and triggered unprecedented policy responses across Europe and the globe. With evidence on the effects on the EU industry manifested until the beginning of 2021, this report aims to address the following key issues: (1) impact of COVID-19 on the EU economy as a whole and across sectors; (2) impact on strategic value chains; and (3) necessary recovery measures to meet the needs of the EU industry. This document was provided by the Policy Department for Economic, Scientific and Quality of Life Policies at the request of the committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE).”

The Scottish Parliament and Government

13 September 2010 The Garden Lobby of the Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh, Scotland UK Pic-AndrewCowan/Scottish Parliament

Blue Carbon  – “This briefing outlines the current understanding of carbon captured and stored in Scotland’s coastal and marine environment, known as blue carbon. This briefing outlines the known threats to blue carbon stores, and compares their carbon storage capacity to Scotland’s well-known terrestrial carbon stores: peatland and forestry. In addition, this briefing explores Scottish policy areas relevant to the protection of blue carbon stores on the basis of their contributions to biodiversity and climate change mitigation.

Health inequality and COVID-19 in Scotland – “Health inequalities are defined by public health professionals and academics as “avoidable and unjust differences in people’s health across the population”. Many researchers and professionals in public health see them as avoidable and unjust because they can be outside of an individual’s control, and caused by structural differences in society and the economy. This briefing explains what health inequalities are in a Scottish context, and looks at how they are being and might continue to be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The treatment of Scotland’s devolved benefits in the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement – “This briefing looks at how Scotland’s devolved benefits are treated in the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement. It is the last of three briefings on Brexit and devolved social security. The briefing outlines key features of social security coordination in the Trade and Cooperation Agreement for future movers. It presents tables to show how the Agreement applies to Scotland’s devolved benefits. Two case studies of Personal Independence Payment (PIP) illustrate the coordinating principles of aggregation and export. The briefing highlights the gaps in social security coverage for future movers between Scotland and the European Union (EU).

The Office for National Statistics

Coronavirus: a year like no other – “A year on from the first government instructions to significantly limit social contact because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we look at what the data tell us about these extraordinary 12 months and the way our lives have changed.”

Family spending in the UK: April 2019 to March 2020 – “Average weekly household expenditure on goods and services in the UK, by age, income, economic status, socio-economic class, household composition and region.”

Coronavirus: how people and businesses have adapted to lockdowns – “The economic toll of lockdown has been lower in autumn and winter 2020 and early 2021 than it was in spring 2020, with people adapting their behaviours and spending habits and businesses making changes to working practices.

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