Westminster & the UK Government
The UK’s new points-based immigration system – “A points-based immigration system allows economic migrants to qualify for work visas based on their personal characteristics and qualifications without necessarily requiring a job offer. The Labour Government introduced in 2008 what it described as a points-based system for non-EU immigration.
Following the 2016 European Union referendum, successive Conservative governments developed plans for unified visa rules to cover both EU and non-EU immigration. The changes that emerged at the end of 2020 came to be known as the new points-based immigration system.
How does the system work and what has the impact been on immigration?”
Short Money – “This House of Commons Library briefing provides details of the current levels of ‘Short money’ allocated to opposition parties for parliamentary duties and a brief history of the scheme. Figures for the corresponding scheme in the House of Lords (Cranborne money) are provided. The briefing also provides details of allocations made under the Representative Money scheme.”
September 2022 fiscal statement: A summary – “On 23 September 2022, the Chancellor, Kwasi Kwarteng, gave a fiscal statement to Parliament. The Chancellor announced significant tax cuts and other policies. The Treasury published The Growth Plan 2022, following the statement.”
Scottish Parliament & Government
SPICe Bill Summaries – Session 5 – “This briefing provides short summaries of all bills considered by the Scottish Parliament during the 5th Session of Parliament, from 2016 to 2021. These summaries are intended to be complementary to the information on the bills and laws section of the Parliament’s
website and have been prepared by SPICe subject specialists.”
Initial Teacher Education – “It is over ten years since the publication of Teaching Scotland’s Future, the report by Graham Donaldson on his review of teacher education in Scotland. That review was important in the development of Initial Teacher Education (ITE) in the past decade. This paper explores the current provision of and debates around ITE in Scotland and elsewhere.”
Japan island depopulation: lessons for Scotland – “This research report – commissioned from a team based at Scotland’s Rural College – explores policy approaches to depopulation on Japan’s islands, and proposes a series of recommendations to the Scottish Government which may help inform the development of future island depopulation.”
Sport and physical activity – “45% of the respondents report that they never exercise or play sport. Conversely, 38% do so at least once a week, and 6% five times a week or more. The share of respondents has gained +6% since 2009, from 39% to 45%. Respondents in Finland (71%), Luxembourg (63%), the Netherlands (60%), and Denmark and Sweden (59% in both countries) are the most likely to exercise or play sport at least once a week. Conversely, over half of respondents in eight countries say they never exercise or play sport, with the highest levels in Portugal (73%), Greece (68%) and Poland (65%).”
Standard Eurobarometer 97 – Summer 2022 – “The summer 2022 Standard Eurobarometer survey shows increased trust of citizens in the EU, and continued strong support for the EU’s response to the Russian aggression against Ukraine. An overwhelming majority of EU citizens support investments in renewable energy and action to reduce the EU’s dependency on Russian energy sources. The approval rate of the euro has reached its highest level ever. However, Europeans are increasingly concerned about the economic situation in the EU and in their own country.”
EU transport in figures: Statistical pocketbook 2022 – “Transport represents a crucial sector of the economy. This publication provides an overview of the most recent and most pertinent annual transport-related statistics in Europe. It covers the European Union and its 27 Member States (EU-27) and, as far as possible, the current EU candidate countries, the EFTA countries and UK. As in the reference period (1990-2020), UK was part of the European Union, aggregates for EU-28 are presented whenever possible for the period when UK was an EU Member State. The content of this pocketbook is based on a range of sources including Eurostat, international organisations and associations, national statistics and, where no data were available, own estimates. Own estimates have mainly been produced to get an idea of the EU total. At the level of individual countries they are merely indicative and should by no means be interpreted as official data.”
Reasons for workers aged over 50 years leaving employment since the start of the coronavirus pandemic: wave 2 – “Motivations of those aged 50 to 65 years leaving work during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in Great Britain from March 2020, why they left and whether or not they intend to return. Main findings from wave 2 of the Over 50s Lifestyle Study.”
Phishing attacks – who is most at risk? – “Fraudsters send messages over email, text or social media, posing as trusted organisations to trick people into handing over money or personal details. But who is most at risk, and what can we do to protect ourselves?”
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