Climate Change, Fuel Poverty, and Vaccine Hesitancy: New Official Publications 06.07.21

Westminster & the UK Government

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Coronavirus: the lockdown laws “This Library briefing paper explains the types of coronavirus restrictions and requirements imposed by the UK’s lockdown laws.

The UK has hundreds of laws made in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Many of these laws could be described as ‘lockdown laws’. In this briefing the term ‘lockdown law’ refers to coronavirus restrictions relating to movement, gatherings and high street business operations.”

Fuel Poverty “This Library briefing note summarises the levels of fuel poverty across the UK, policies to address fuel poverty, and stakeholder comment on the issue.

Fuel poverty is a devolved policy area, and is defined and measured differently in different parts of the UK.

In general, fuel poverty relates to households that must spend a high proportion of their household income to keep their home at a reasonable temperature. Fuel poverty is affected by three key factors: a household’s income, their fuel costs, and their energy consumption (which in turn can be affected by the energy efficiency of the dwelling).”

Community Energy “Community energy refers to energy projects that are wholly or partially owned and controlled by local communities. The projects can span generation – usually renewable or low carbon – or demand reduction such as energy efficiency.

According to Community Energy England, by 2020 there were 424 community energy organisations across the UK, with 319 MW of total installed capacity. Community energy can offer benefits to local communities as well as to wider decarbonisation goals. For example, Community Energy England state that to date, community projects have saved £2.9 million through reduced energy bills.”

Scottish Parliament & Government

Contains information licenced under the Scottish Parliament Copyright Licence.

Climate Change – Subject Profile “This briefing provides an overview of the main climate change issues; highlights the latest climate science, outlines global and UK frameworks for addressing climate change and focuses on the main legislative and policy provisions in Scotland. The briefing also sets out how emissions in Scotland have reduced to date, explores what a green recovery from Covid-19 might look like, and summarises recent climate change scrutiny in the Scottish Parliament. More detailed briefings on relevant topics will be produced throughout Session Six of the Scottish Parliament.”

Housing – Subject Profile “This briefing provides an overview of housing in Scotland. It describes recent trends in housing tenure, the housing market and provides information on the policy and legislative background.It also covers the main proposals in the Scottish Government Housing to 2040 policy document which will guide the work of the Scottish Government over this parliamentary session.”

Social Security – Subject Profile “This briefing is an introduction to devolved social security, setting out which benefits are devolved, the legal and administrative structures and plans for completing the programme of social security devolution begun with the Smith Commission in 2015.”

European Union

© EPRS | European Parliamentary Research Service, 2021

Disinformation campaigns about LGBTI+ people in the EU and foreign influence “The purpose of this briefing is to give a concise overview of disinformation, misinformation and propaganda campaigns about LGBTI+ persons and rights, originating from or being supported and/or multiplied by actors outside the EU. Based on a review of existing literature, the briefing examines the main narratives used, supported and circulated, as well as which actors or group of actors are involved. Where available, information on methods, funding and impacts on European values is provided. The main narratives identified include negative othering, opposing a ‘gender ideology’, ‘heteroactivism’, restoring a ‘natural’ order, ‘colonialism’ and child safety. The briefing concludes that there is a need for more research, further harmonisation of legal frameworks, the scrutiny of financial flows and strengthened capacity to detect disinformation, misinformation, propaganda and hate speech.”

Future of Europe “This report presents the full results of the Special Eurobarometer survey n° 500 (EB94.1) on the Future of Europe (FoE), which was carried out between 22 October and 20 November 2020 in the 27 EU Member States. This is the ninth report in the “Future of Europe” (FoE) series, and follows from previous surveys in 2006, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2017 and 2018, which were conducted on behalf of the Commission presenting a snapshot of the way Europeans perceive the EU and its future.”

Climate Change – Special Eurobarometer 513 “This Eurobarometer survey shows that European citizens believe climate change is the single most serious problem facing the world. More than nine out of ten people surveyed consider climate change to be a serious problem (93%), with almost eight out of ten (78%) considering it to be very serious. ”

Official Statistics

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Infection Survey, characteristics of people testing positive for COVID-19, UK: 30 June 2021 “Characteristics of people testing positive for COVID-19 from the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Infection Survey. This survey is being delivered in partnership with University of Oxford, University of Manchester, Public Health England and Wellcome Trust. This study is jointly led by the ONS and the Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) working with the University of Oxford and Lighthouse Laboratories to collect and test samples.”

Coronavirus and vaccine hesitancy, Great Britain: 26 May to 20 June 2021 “Hesitancy towards the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine, based on the Opinions and Lifestyle Survey covering the period 26 May to 20 June 2021.”

Impact of births and deaths on UK population change: 2020 “Births and deaths statistics for the UK and its constituent countries, and information about the availability of the latest provisional births and deaths data.”

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