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.
The Electoral Commission has recommended that voters should be required to show ID before receiving a ballot paper since 2014. In its view, the system used in Northern Ireland, where voters must already produce photo ID before casting a vote at a polling station, should be rolled out across Great Britain.
At this year’s local elections there were five areas where voter ID pilot schemes were being conducted. In these areas people wishing to cast a ballot at a polling station were required to show some form of ID before being issued with their ballot paper(s). There five areas, Bromley, Gosport, Swindon, Watford and Woking each trialled different types of ID.
Chapter 7 of the Library briefing CBP-8306, Local Elections 2018, provides information on the pilots.
The august presidential election in Belarus led to the biggest demonstrations since the country's independence. The outcome is still not clear.
The Coronavirus Act,which received Royal Assent on 25 March 2020, made emergency provisions in relation to the coronavirus. This briefing examines the provisions related to postponing local elections due in May 2020 until May 2021.