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  • House of Commons Library

    Research Briefing

    Pension Credit – current issues

    Looks at some of the issues currently raised in connection with Pension Credit

  • House of Commons Library

    Research Briefing

    Coronavirus: Legacy benefits and the Universal Credit ‘uplift’

    This paper outlines the debate around the Government's policy to increase Universal Credit and Working Tax Credit payments, but not payments of DWP means-tested legacy benefits for people of working age, during the coronavirus pandemic.

  • House of Commons Library

    Research Briefing

    Short Term Benefit Advances and Budgeting Advances

    From 1 April 2013, a new advance of benefit facility administered by DWP replaced Social Fund Budgeting Loans, interim payments of benefits and "alignment payments". This note gives details of the new system of Short Term Benefit Advances and Budgeting Advances.

  • House of Commons Library

    Debate Pack

    Gender-specific religious persecution

    A Backbench Business Committee debate on gender-specific religious persecution is scheduled for Thursday 17 March 2022 at 1.30pm in Westminster Hall. The debate will be led by Jim Shannon MP and Dr Lisa Cameron MP.

  • House of Commons Library

    Research Briefing

    Carer’s Allowance

    This Commons Library briefing looks at Carer's Allowance - a non-contributory, non-means-tested benefit paid to people who care full-time for someone who is severely disabled. It covers the background to the benefit and issues frequently raised by people claiming it, including the level of the benefit, its interaction with other benefits including the Retirement Pension, and the difficulties recipients face when seeking to combine their caring duties with paid work or studying. Reforms to Carer's Allowance have been discussed, but there have been no significant changes to the benefit in recent years, and Carer's Allowance will remain a separate benefit under the Universal Credit system. Responsibility for Carer's Allowance and related disability benefits is now devolved to the Scottish Parliament. The Scottish Government has introduced a Carer's Allowance Supplement, and Carer's Allowance in Scotland will be replaced by a new benefit - Carer's Assistance - starting from winter 2021.

  • House of Commons Library

    Research Briefing

    Universal Credit roll-out: Autumn/Winter 2017

    Universal Credit aims to replace six working-age benefits. The Government is now rolling out the Full Service, under which everyone eligible can claim UC no matter their circumstances. Once the Full Service is launched in an area both the number and range of people claiming UC is likely to grow quickly. At the end of September 2017 there were 101 jobcentres running the Full Service. Between October 2017 and January 2018, 134 more jobcentres will launch the Full Service. That will add 150,000 more people to the UC caseload – a 25% increase, and an overall rise from 8% to 10% of the final 7 million people expected to be eligible.

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    Debate Pack

    The effect of Universal Credit on the private rented sector

    There will be a debate, entitled "The effect of Universal Credit on the private rented sector". This will be led by Stephen Lloyd MP and will take place in Westminster Hall at 9.30am on Tuesday 9th January 2018. This landing page brings together relevant material to inform the debate.

  • House of Commons Library

    Insight

    Iran: One year into Ebrahim Raisi’s presidency

    As Iran's president, since 2021 Ebrahim Raisi has overseen nuclear talks, protests and allegations of human rights abuses. What is the outlook for Iran in 2022?

  • House of Commons Library

    Research Briefing

    The collapse of Blackmore Bond plc

    This briefing discusses the collapse of mini-bond issuer Blackmore Bond plc and the calls for regulatory reform as a result.

  • House of Commons Library

    Research Briefing

    State Pension deferral

    Looks at how the rules for deferring your State Pension in return for more when you do claim and how they have developed over time

  • House of Commons Library

    Research Briefing

    Gypsies and Travellers

    This House of Commons Library briefing paper provides an overview of the key issues and policies relating to Gypsy and Traveller communities in England. The paper examines a range of issues including: inequalities, racial discrimination, accommodation needs, illegal encampments, health and education outcomes, employment rates, welfare reform and evidence of over-representation in the criminal justice system.

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    Research Briefing

    Unemployment by constituency, February 2010

    This paper shows the number of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance recorded as resident in each constituency in the United Kingdom in February 2010, together with comparisons with the levels in February 2009 and February 1997. Residence-based unemployment rates are given for all 646 constituencies in the United Kingdom. The paper includes unemployment rates by constituency maps and an annual percentage change map, as well as a summary of the latest labour market data.

  • House of Commons Library

    Research Briefing

    Unemployment by constituency, January 2010

    This paper shows the number of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance recorded as resident in each constituency in the United Kingdom in January 2010, together with comparisons with the levels in January 2009 and January 1997. Residence-based unemployment rates are given for all 646 constituencies in the United Kingdom. It includes unemployment rates by constituency maps and an annual percentage change map, as well as a summary of the latest labour market data.