Coronavirus: Support for household finances

This Commons Library briefing paper outlines the measures introduced by the Government, and other authorities, to support household finances during the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak.…

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E-petition debate: e-Petitions relating to the recognition and reward of health and social care workers

On Thursday 25 June 2020, there will be a debate in the House of Commons on a number of e-petitions relating to the recognition and reward of health and social care workers. The subject for the debate was determined by the Petitions Committee. Its Chair, Catherine McKinnell MP, will open the debate. Below are the associated e-petitions submitted to the Petitions Committee, relevant Committee proceedings and Library and other briefings on the health and social care sector.

The motion for debate is:

That this House has considered e-Petitions relating to the recognition and reward of health and social care workers…

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Coronavirus: Effect on the economy and public finances

The coronavirus outbreak is impacting the UK economy in a number of different ways: from supply chain disruption to the closure of businesses for public health reasons. This briefing provides an overview of how the virus is affecting the economy, estimates of the impact on GDP, the policy measures introduced to mitigate the impact, and the effect this all has on the public finances.…

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Covid-19 and Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities

This pack has been prepared ahead of the debate to be held in the Commons Chamber on Thursday 18 June 2020 on the effect of Covid-19 on Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities. The debate will be opened by Dawn Butler MP.…

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The Immigration Health Surcharge

Most non-EEA nationals applying for temporary leave to remain in the UK must pay an ‘Immigration Health Surcharge’ (IHS) to the Home Office, in addition to the immigration application fee. The Government has a manifesto commitment to increase the charge and extend it to EEA nationals after the Brexit transition period. The charge, and the proposed increases, have generated some controversy, particularly against the backdrop of the Covid-19 pandemic. Following a recent change of policy, the Government now intends to exempt NHS and care workers from the IHS in the future, although it has not yet confirmed when this will take effect.…

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Covid-19 and Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities

This pack has been prepared ahead of the debate to be held in the Commons Chamber on Thursday 18 June 2020 on the effect of Covid-19 on Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities. The debate will be opened by Dawn Butler MP.…

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Coronavirus: Impact on the labour market

This paper is up to date as of 16 June 2020.
This paper sets out when official statistics which reflect the impact of coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak on the labour market will be released, and summarises timely data from a range of sources which provide an indication of the situation in the meantime.…

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Tackling loneliness

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.…

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