Constitution, Democracy and Rights Commission

The Government has proposed setting up a constitution, democracy and rights commission to consider broad aspects of the UK’s constitution. This would look at issues including the relationship between the government, parliament, and the courts; the functioning of the royal prerogative; the role of the House of Lords; and access to justice.…

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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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Sentencing Bill [HL]: Briefing for Lords Stages

This Law Commission bill seeks to consolidate existing sentencing legislation into a single sentencing statute. The Sentencing Bill is a consolidation bill that will introduce the sentencing code. The aim of the code is to provide a clear and comprehensive source of sentencing procedure legislation for the public, the judiciary and practitioners. …

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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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