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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Queen’s Speech 2017 Day 5: Education, Health, Welfare, Pensions and Culture

This Lords Library briefing has been prepared in advance of the forthcoming Queen’s Speech, which is due to take place on 21 June 2017. The House of Lords is due to debate the Queen’s Speech over five days between 22 and 29 June 2017. This briefing is one of five prepared by the House of Lords Library to cover the themes of each day of debate.…

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European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Act 2017 and the Rights of EU Nationals

This House of Lords Library briefing summarises several attempts (ultimately unsuccessful) made during the passage of the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Act 2017 to introduce amendments to guarantee that the rights of EU/EEA citizens currently living in the UK would continue after Brexit.…

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Pension Schemes Bill [HL]: Briefing for Lords Stages

On 1 November 2016, the Pension Schemes Bill is scheduled to have its second reading. The Bill seeks to “[protect] savers and [maintain] confidence in pensions savings” by increasing the regulation of master trust schemes and providing members of occupational pension schemes with a “level of protection equivalent to that of members of personal protection schemes”. Part one focuses on the introduction of an authorisation and supervisory regime for master trust schemes, and part two seeks to implement the Government’s intention to introduce a cap on early exit charges and ban member-borne commission charges in certain occupational pension schemes.

This Library briefing provides an overview of the policy background to the provisions of the Bill and outlines a number of its clauses.…

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Debate on the Budget Statement

This Library Note provides background information on the Budget Statement which was delivered by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, on 8 July 2015. The Note provides a brief overview of some of the key Budget measures, before outlining the immediate reaction to the statement as expressed by members of the House of Commons and by a selection of organisations and commentators. It has been written to support the debate in the House of Lords on this subject scheduled to take place on 21 July 2015.…

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