Access to Justice and Welfare Advisory Services

The UK Government has recognised that it is “imperative” that support is given to people on low incomes to access justice. However successive governments, parliamentary committees and stakeholders have identified barriers to vulnerable people accessing the necessary advice and legal services. …

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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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Pension Schemes Bill [HL]: Briefing for Lords Stages

This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the second reading debate in the House of Lords on the Pension Schemes Bill [HL] on 28 January 2020. The briefing looks at the three principal areas the bill addresses: collective defined contribution pensions, the Pensions Regulator, and pensions dashboards.…

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Queen’s Speech: Debate in the House of Lords Day 3

This House of Lords Library Briefing has been published ahead of day 3 of the Lords debate on the December 2019 Queen’s Speech, covering the following subjects: economic affairs, business and public services…

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Free Public Transport and TV Licences for Older People

This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the debate on of the case for the provision of free public transport and TV licences for older persons as a means to alleviate loneliness and isolation and the broader need to maintain well-funded public services to support care for the elderly which is due to take place in the House of Lords on 13 June 2019.…

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Inequality and Poverty in the UK

This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the debate due to take place on 13 June 2019. Lord Dubs (Labour) is to move that “this House takes note of inequalities in income, wealth and living standards in the UK since the 2008 financial crisis; and further takes note of the Institute for Fiscal Studies Deaton Review of inequalities in the 21st century in the UK and the final report of the UN special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights”.…

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International Women’s Day: Briefing for Lords Debate

This Lords Library briefing provides information on the upcoming debate on 7 March 2019 to mark International Women’s Day.…

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Welfare Changes: Impact on Family Life

This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the debate due to take place on 1 November 2018 in the House of Lords on the motion moved by Lord Bassam of Brighton (Labour) that “this House takes note of the impact on family life of multiple reductions in welfare benefits, universal credit, tax credits, housing benefits and child benefit”.…

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NHS and Integrated Healthcare Services

This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the debate due to take place in the House of Lords on the motion moved by Lord Darzi of Denham (Labour) “that this House takes note of the creation of the National Health Service in 1948, and the case for integration of health, mental health, social and community care to equip the National Health Service for the next 70 years”. It provides a short history of the National Health Service (NHS), and summarises recent debates surrounding the integration of healthcare in England.…

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