Telecommunications Infrastructure (Leasehold Property) Bill: Briefing for Lords Stages

This legislation forms part of the Government’s policy to improve the country’s digital infrastructure. It seeks to make it easier for network operators to respond to requests to install broadband infrastructure in certain buildings, such as flats, if they are unable to contact the relevant rights holder.…

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Spring Budget 2020

The Chancellor of the Exchequer delivered the first budget since the 2019 election on 11 March 2020. It contained a series of measures to counteract threats from the coronavirus (COVID-19). The Chancellor also announced changes to taxation policy and an increase in public spending.…

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Leaving the European Union Aviation Safety Agency

The Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps, has recently said in an interview that the UK will leave the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) at the end of the UK’s transition period with the EU. This statement has been criticised by industry bodies, such as the ADS, who have stated that continued participation in EASA is their top priority. The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has said it is prepared to take over responsibilities currently undertaken by EASA. …

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Wellbeing as an Indicator of National Performance

Many countries, including the UK, have developed ways of measuring national wellbeing to complement gross domestic product as the main indicator of national performance. Proponents argue wellbeing data can help in identifying government spending priorities and evaluating which interventions are successful in improving people’s lives. There are calls for a wellbeing approach to be better embedded in policymaking.…

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Public Service Broadcasting: Impact on the Economy and Creative Culture

This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared ahead of a debate on 5 March 2020 in the House of Lords on the following motion: Lord Young of Norwood Green to move that this House takes note of the role of the BBC and public service broadcasting to the United Kingdom’s economy and creative culture.…

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