This paper discusses the way that Parliament scrutinises the Government’s proposals for taxation, set out in the annual Budget statement. It looks at how this procedure may be affected by the timing of a General Election, and the decision in 2017 to move the Budget from the Spring to the Autumn. It also provides some suggestions for further reading.…Read more
This note lists a series of key documents on taxation.…Read more
Spring Budget 2020 was presented by the Chancellor of the Exchequer to Parliament on 11 March. Once the Chancellor sat down the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) published updated forecasts in its Economic and fiscal outlook.…Read more
The Conservative manifesto set out rules for the public finances. Will the Chancellor stick to them?
Any Chancellor faces challenges in crafting tax changes – not least because they need to encourage people to pay them and ensure they can be collected.…Read more
This paper gives an overview of labour market statistics across the UK’s regions and countries. The spreadsheet published alongside this paper includes a ‘profile tool’ where you can select a region and see all data for that region presented in tables and charts.…Read more
This briefing sets out the background to Spring Budget 2020 which will take place on 11 March 2020. The Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) will publish revised forecasts for the economy and public finances on the same day.
This briefing paper provides statistics on the size of the gender pay gap in the UK, looks at some of the reasons why the gender pay gap arises and discusses the duty on large employers to report on the size of the gender pay gap in their workforce. …Read more
This briefing paper looks at women’s participation in the UK labour market and in business. …Read more
The UK and EU begin negotiations over their future relationship this week. This paper outlines the UK and EU’s objectives, the main issues of contention and the process being followed in the negotiations …Read more
This Commons briefing paper tracks the recommendations made in the Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices and the Government’s response in the Good Work Plan.…Read more
This briefing paper explains the Access to Work scheme which provides practical advice and support to disabled people and their employers to help them overcome work-related obstacles resulting from disability.
This paper covers some of the most frequently asked questions on cycling, walking and micro-mobility policy of interest to MPs and their staff.…Read more
This note sets out the background to the Government’s policy on freeports.…Read more
The unemployment rate is higher for people from a BAME background than from a White background, although the rate varies considerably by ethnic group. This short paper summarises trends in unemployment rates and looks at how rates vary by ethnicity, age and gender. …Read more
This briefing introduces the idea of ‘cryptocurrencies’ — what they are, how they work, the benefits and challenges they offer, and how regulators have reacted to them.…Read more