Backbench Business: Spending of the Department for Digital, Culture and Media and Sport on support measures for the DCMS sectors during and after the Covid-19 pandemic debate is scheduled for 8 October 2020. Members leading the debate are Julian Knight MP and Kevin Brennan MP
The Government's Loneliness Strategy was published in October 2018. It set out a wide variety of cross-departmental measures that the Government would take to provide 'national leadership' to tackle loneliness in England. As well as explaining the Strategy and the steps taken so far by the Government, this briefing also looks at research into the causes and impact of loneliness and possible interventions. The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on loneliness is also considered, alongside the measures introduced by the Government in response. Finally, this paper briefly outlines the situation in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
This Library Paper looks at the BBC's decision to end the current scheme of free TV licences for the over-75s. The scheme was due to end from 1 June 2020. This has been put back to 1 August 2020 because of the coronavirus situation.
This research briefing deals with the provisions in the Coronavirus Bill which concern emergency powers and national security. This briefing paper has been updated to reflect changes made to the Bill in the House of Commons.