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    Research Briefing

    Unemployment by constituency, July 2008

    Unemployment by constituency, July 2008. House of Commons Library Research Paper 08/69. This paper shows the number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance recorded as resident in each constituency in the United Kingdom in July 2008, together with comparisons with the levels in July 2007 and July 1997.

  • House of Commons Library

    Research Briefing

    Social security benefits and tax credits for people under 25

    In his speech on welfare on welfare given at Bluewater, Kent on 25 June 2012, the Prime Minister put forward a number of ideas including removing access to Housing Benefit for people aged 16-24, and preventing school leavers from claiming benefits straight away. This note outlines the ways in which the tax benefit system already treats young people aged 18-24 differently, and the reaons why

  • House of Commons Library

    Debate Pack

    Opposition Day Debate – Universal Credit

    There will be an Opposition Day Debate on Universal Credit on Tuesday 5th December in the Commons Chamber. This Commons Library landing page contains recent Library briefings, parliamentary material, press releases, and Government material.

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    Debate Pack

    Further education colleges and skills in Greater Manchester

    MPs will debate Further education colleges and skills in Greater Manchester in Westminster Hall at 2.30 pm - 4.00 pm. Mike Kane MP will open the debate. This House of Commons Library briefing provides some background to the debate and press and parliamentary coverage.

  • House of Commons Library

    Research Briefing

    New Enterprise Allowance

    The New Enterprise Allowance is a government scheme designed to help unemployed people who want to start their own business.

  • House of Commons Library

    Research Briefing

    The UK-EU trade deal: financial services

    On Christmas Eve 2020, the UK Government announced that a trade deal had been reached with the EU. This short note describes the deal's provisions on financial services.

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    Research Briefing

    Benefit Claimants Sanctions (Required Assessment) Bill 2016-17

    This Commons Library Briefing Paper provides information on the Benefit Claimants Sanctions (Required Assessment) Bill 2016-17. This Private Member's Bill, introduced by Mhairi Black MP, is due to have it Second Reading on 2 December 2016.

  • House of Commons Library

    Research Briefing

    Universal Credit: roll out

    Universal Credit (UC) is the Government’s new working-age benefit. The Government is currently rolling out the UC full service, the service all areas will eventually use, across Great Britain. Our UC roll out tool shows when the UC full service launched, or is scheduled to launch, at jobcentres in and around your constituency.

  • House of Commons Library

    Research Briefing

    Age-related personal allowance

    All taxpayers are entitled to receive a personal allowance to set against their income for tax purposes. Individuals aged 65 and over have been entitled to receive an additional allowance; an extra addition has been made for those age 75 and over. This note gives details of the allowance and the Coalition Government's decision, first announced in Budget 2012, to phase it out from 2013/14.

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    Debate Pack

    Future eligibility for free school meals and the pupil premium

    There will be a debate entitled "Future eligibility for free school meals and the pupil premium". This will be led by Mrs Sharon Hodgson MP and will take place in Westminster Hall at 4.30pm on Tuesday 6th February 2017, lasting for one hour.

  • House of Commons Library

    Research Briefing

    Capital gains tax : recent developments

    This note looks at the recent debate about the structure of capital gains tax, the Coalition Government’s reforms in the 2010 Budget, and the current Government’s approach to the tax.

  • House of Commons Library

    Research Briefing

    The Benefit Cap

    This House of Commons Library briefing paper explains how the household benefit cap operates and considers evidence of its impact to date. It also covers the reductions in the benefit cap being phased in from 7 November 2016, and their likely impact.