This Commons Library Briefing Paper covers developments since the Government's announcement in December 2015 that it would consider “giving more responsibility to councils in England, and to Wales, to support older people with care needs – including people who, under the current system, would be supported through Attendance Allowance.” The proposal was dropped by the Government in January 2017. This paper gives background information on the Government’s proposals, the decision not to proceed with any changes, and reaction from local government and other stakeholders.

  • Research Briefing

    This briefing paper outlines the new funding settlement for NHS contractors providing services under the community pharmacy contractual framework, announced on 20 October 2016. Compared to 2015/16 levels, the funding settlement includes a reduction of 4% in 2016/17 and a further 3.4% in 2017/18.

  • Research Briefing

    This Commons Library briefing paper outlines the housing aspects of devolution deals that have been agreed between the Government and local areas. The includes which housing and planning powers will be devolved under the deals, what progress has been made towards implementation, and which other powers local areas have asked for.

  • Research Briefing

    Cold Weather Payments are made from the Social Fund to certain recipients of Income Support, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, income-related Employment and Support Allowance, Universal Credit or Pension Credit during periods of very cold weather.

  • Debate Pack

    On 20 October 2016, the Government announced a new funding settlement for contractors providing NHS pharmaceutical services under the community pharmacy contractual framework. Compared to 2015/16 levels, the funding settlement includes a reduction of 4% in 2016/17 and a further 3.4% in 2017/18. This briefing includes constituency data on pharmacies, including a list of those expected to be eligible for the Pharmacy Access Scheme. There will be an Opposition Day debate on community pharmacies on Wednesday 2 November 2016 in the Commons chamber.

  • Research Briefing

    From April 2011 a number of schemes operated by Jobcentre Plus – including the Deprived Areas Fund, the Adviser Discretion Fund and the Travel to Interview Scheme – were abolished and replaced by the “Flexible Support Fund” (FSF). The FSF gives Jobcentre Plus Districts greater freedom to tailor back to work support to individual and local need.