Net Zero Nation, Tackling Deepfakes, and Further and Higher Education in Scotland : New Official Publications 02.08.21

Westminster & the UK Government

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Covid-19 status certification “Covid-19 status certification has been proposed as a means of reducing the risk of transmitting the Covid-19 virus in a number of settings. This briefing explores the Government’s policy on certification. It also provides discussion on the scientific evidence and other issues associated with the use of certification.”

The relationship between church and state in the United Kingdom “A briefing paper on the relationship between church and state in the United Kingdom… The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland has two established churches, the Anglican Church of England and the Presbyterian Church of Scotland. In broad terms, “establishment” refers to a formal relationship between a church and the state it operates in.”

Investigation of Former Armed Forces Personnel Who Served in Northern Ireland “The investigation of former British soldiers who served in Northern Ireland during “The Troubles” is receiving a significant amount of media and parliamentary attention as a result of several ongoing court cases and the Government’s new proposals for dealing with legacy issues in Northern Ireland.”

Scottish Parliament & Government

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Further and Higher Education in Scotland: Subject Profile “This briefing provides an overview of Scotland’s Further and Higher Education Institutions (FEIs and HEIs). It sets out key information about the sectors, summarises major policy developments of recent years and provides an insight into emerging issues in Session 6.”

Net Zero Nation – draft public engagement strategy for climate change: consultation analysis “Analysis of the responses to the public consultation on the climate change – Net Zero Nation: draft public engagement strategy, which sets out our framework for engaging the people of Scotland in the transition to a net zero nation which is prepared for the effects of our changing climate.”

Islands Bond Consultation “The Scottish Government has made a commitment to developing an Islands Bond – offering 100 bonds of up to £50,000 to young people and families to stay in or to move to islands currently threatened by depopulation. This consultation is inviting comments to inform the development of this policy.”

European Union

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Tackling deepfakes in European policy “The emergence of a new generation of digitally manipulated media – also known as deepfakes – has generated substantial concerns about possible misuse. In response to these concerns, this report assesses the technical, societal and regulatory aspects of deepfakes. The rapid development and spread of deepfakes is taking place within the wider context of a changing media system. An assessment of the risks associated with deepfakes shows that they can be psychological, financial and societal in nature, and their impacts can range from the individual to the societal level.”

Study on the fight against anabolic steroids and human growth hormones in sport within the EU “The Directorate-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture (DG EAC) of the European Commission commissioned Ecorys in October 2019 to undertake a study on the fight against anabolic steroids (AAS), human growth hormones (HgHs) and prohibited methods in sport within the EU.”

Study on youth work in the EU “This study constitutes the second European-wide comparison on youth work published by the European Commission. The first European Commission study on youth work, published in 2014, was an exploratory investigation of youth work at European level, seeking to identify commonalities and to map the state of youth work policies across the EU. This second report goes further and focuses on the needs of youth workers at the grassroots level to critically analyse whether existing public policies fulfil these needs.”

Official Statistics

Business insights and impact on the UK economy: 29th July 2021 “The impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and other events on UK businesses and the economy. Based on responses from the voluntary fortnightly business survey (BICS) about financial performance, workforce, prices, trade, and business resilience.”

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Infection Survey, UK: 30 July 2021 “Estimates for England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland. 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 UK Biocentre to collect and test samples.”

Ethnic differences in life expectancy and mortality from selected causes in England and Wales: 2011 to 2014 “Experimental analysis of ethnic differences in life expectancy and cause-specific mortality in England and Wales based on 2011 Census and death registrations.”

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