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    Research Briefing

    Five years of bank reform

    This Paper brings together, in an abbreviated way, the main features of reform and regulatory activity affecting (particularly) banking to have taken place under the Coalition Government. It describes legislation and provides links to reports and studies by the principal regulatory bodies.

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    Debate Pack

    Consumer Protection for Online Gaming

    A Westminster Hall debate on a motion relating to consumer protection for online gaming is scheduled to take place on Tuesday 13 September 2016 at 1430hrs. The Member in charge of the debate is Owen Thompson.

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    Research Briefing

    Water bills: affordability and support for household customers

    This House of Commons Library Briefing Paper examines the issue of water affordability. It includes statistics and analysis of the cost of customer bills; discussion of affordability and vulnerability; and information on the help that is available for customers struggling to pay. It also discusses the economic regulation of the industry as well as actions of the UK Government since 2009.

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    Research Briefing

    Lords stages of the Care Bill: Health Provisions

    This note provides an overview of the health provisions in the Care Bill, including developments during the Bill’s Committee and Report Stages in the Lords.

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    Research Briefing

    Key Issues for the 2015 Parliament

    This book examines the key issues facing the House of Commons over the course of the 2015 Parliament - from the public finances to the UK’s membership of the EU and from school places for children to climate change.

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    Research Briefing

    Trans-European Transport Networks (TEN-T)

    Trans-European Networks (TENs) are infrastructure networks in transport, energy and telecommunications. This note is only concerned with the transport networks (TEN-T). It gives information on the background to the scheme, its financial aspects; the priority projects it supports; and the European Commission’s plans for reform.

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    Research Briefing

    Local government: commercial property investments

    A briefing on local authorities' acquisition of multi-million pound commercial property portfolios, the advantages and risks, regulation, and commentary.

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    Research Briefing

    European Union (Finance) Bill 2015-16

    The Commons Library's briefing note on the European Union (Finance) Bill 2015-16.

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    Research Briefing

    Shared appreciation mortgages

    Shared appreciation mortgages, their problems and uses; and help for constituents.

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    Research Briefing

    The 2010 Coalition Government at Westminster

    This Standard Note sets out details of the operation of the 2010 Coalition Government and includes information about the various agreements to differ between the two governing parties.

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    Research Briefing

    Care Bill [HL] Committee Stage Report

    The Bill would consolidate existing legislation for adult social care in England into a single framework, and introduce reforms to the way care and support is accessed and funded. It also includes reforms to the regulation of health services and care standards, and would establish Health Education England (HEE) and the Health Research Authority (HRA) as statutory non-departmental public bodies. The final section of the Bill would enable the establishment of the Better Care Fund to promote joint working between the NHS and care and support services.

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    Research Briefing

    Further devolution of powers to Scotland: Universal Credit housing element and payment arrangements

    This note explains the Smith Commission’s proposals and the Draft Scotland Clauses in relation to Universal Credit (UC), including the housing costs element (currently Housing Benefit). As it stands, UC will remain a reserved benefit but the Scottish Parliament would be given the power to vary the housing costs element of UC, and powers to vary the manner and frequency of UC payments.