Military Assistance to Ukraine, the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, and the Not Proven Verdict: New Official Publications 20.12.21

Westminster & the UK Government

Image of the cover of the publication titled Resettlement scheme for locally employed civilians in Afghanistan
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Resettlement scheme for locally employed civilians in Afghanistan – “Following the withdrawal of British and coalition forces from Afghanistan there are ongoing fears for the safety of thousands of former locally employed Afghan civilians who assisted them. This briefing examines the Government’s policies for offering locally employed civilians relocation in the UK.”

Military Assistance to Ukraine – “UK and Western military assistance to Ukraine has been longstanding, but was increased significantly after 2014 and the Russian annexation of Crimea. Recent events, which have seen the build-up of Russian military forces on Ukraine’s borders, have once again thrown a spotlight on the nature of Western support to the country.”

Geographical pattern of UK trade – “This note looks at the UK’s main trading partners over the last 10-20 years. The attached Excel spreadsheet (see under supporting documents) allows for easy access and presentation of data on UK trade with individual countries between 1999 and 2020.

Disruptions to international trade caused by the coronavirus pandemic saw the value of UK trade contract sharply in 2020, a trend which has continued into 2021, amid ongoing covid related disruptions, combined with disruptions to UK-EU trade caused by the end of the Brexit transition period.”

Scottish Parliament & Government

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The Good Food Nation (Scotland) Bill – “The Good Food Nation (Scotland) Bill was introduced on 7 October 2021, following a 2018-19 consultation. The Bill was scheduled in Session 5 but was postponed in April 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The introduction of the Bill follows discussion over a number of years regarding how best to bring together cross-cutting policy areas related to food.”

The Scottish Parliament: how the Parliament building shapes the workings of the institution – “Research conducted by Kevin Orr, Professor of Management at the University of St. Andrews, and Sabina Siebert, Professor of Management at the University of Glasgow, looking at the main operational and strategic issues facing the Scottish Parliament building and how these are managed in order to deal with future developments and demands.”

The not proven verdict and related reforms: consultation – “This consultation seeks views on the three verdict system in Scottish criminal trials and if the not proven verdict were to be abolished, whether any accompanying reforms would be necessary to other aspects of the criminal justice system.”

European Union

Image of the cover of the publication titled Mental health and well-being in the digital world of work post COVID
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Mental health and well-being in the digital world of work post COVID – EMPL Workshop Proceedings – “These proceedings summarise the presentations and discussions that took place during the EMPL workshop held on 2 December 2021 on Mental health and well-being in the digital world of work post COVID. The workshop had four presentations, each followed by a Q&A session. The presentations touched upon the cost of poor mental health and the cost of inaction, digitalisation in the world of work, innovative and practical ways to create a resilient workplace and the role of legislation at national and EU level. This document was provided by the Policy Department for Economic, Scientific and Quality of Life Policies for the committee on Employment and Social Affairs (EMPL).”

The 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar: Turning the spotlight on workers’ rights – “Enormous natural gas resources have turned Qatar into one of the world’s richest countries. The 11 610 km2 nation currently has the fourth highest GDP per capita in the world. The absolute monarchy’s estimated 340 000-350 000 citizens benefit from free education, free healthcare, virtually guaranteed – and well paid – employment, and pay almost no taxes. However, the great majority of the emirate’s nearly 3 million inhabitants live in very different conditions. Qatar has the highest ratio of migrants in the world: 85 % of its population are migrants and 94 % of its workforce comes from abroad, mostly from south Asia and Africa… Expanding on an existing development programme enshrined in the Qatar National Vision 2030, the country embarked on an extensive building programme to prepare for the World Cup, involving an estimated 1 million migrant workers. However, these preparations placed the spotlight on Qatar’s poor treatment of migrant workers.”

The EU and Russia: A fragile neighbourhood [What Think Tanks are thinking] – “Russia’s military build-up along its border with Ukraine, and its masterminding – alleged by many politicians and analysts – of the refugee crisis on the borders of Belarus with Poland and Lithuania, have sparked concerns over the implications of Moscow’s aggressive foreign policy. Russia has amassed nearly 100 000 troops near the Ukrainian border, provoking renewed fears that Moscow is about to invade, seven years after it annexed the Crimean peninsula and destabilised the eastern regions of Ukraine. In Belarus, President Alexander Lukashenko, a close ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, has allowed migrants to take flights into the country to purposely transfer them on to Belarus’s borders with neighbouring EU Member States. This note gathers links to recent publications and commentaries from many international think tanks on Russia’s foreign and security policy and its implications for neighbouring countries, the European Union and global geopolitics.”

Official Statistics

Changing trends and recent shortages in the labour market, UK: 2016 to 2021 – “Changing trends and shortages in the labour market and how this affects different occupations and demographic groups. We look at where workers have entered or left the workforce and how this has changed in recent years. Interactive data visualisations also allow detailed exploration of different measures and changing patterns.”

Understanding towns: industry analysis – “Analysis of industry in towns and cities in England and Wales, localities in Scotland, and travel to work areas in Great Britain.”

Actual individual consumption per head in the UK: 2020 “A measure of material welfare of households of the 37 European countries within and outside of the European Union, using actual individual consumption per head and price levels for consumer goods and services.”

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