Direct Payments to Farmers (Legislative Continuity) Bill 2019-20

This briefing sets out the policy background to and provisions in the Direct Payment to Farmers (Legislative Continuity) Bill (2019-20). The Bill received Royal Assent on 30 January 2020. The Act provides powers to Ministers to allow farm support direct payments to continue in 2020 after the UK left the EU. The briefing summarises Parliamentary scrutiny stages of the Bill. …

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TV licence fee statistics

This briefing provides statistics on the TV licence fee and general television viewing trends. TV licence fee revenues grew from £3.5 billion in 2010/11 to over £3.7 billion in 2018/19 (in cash terms).Total BBC income in 2018/19 was £4.89 billion. TV licence fee revenues accounted for around 76% of total income. …

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Membership of UK political parties

As of July 2019, Labour had 485,000 members, compared to the Conservatives, who had 180,000 members. The SNP had around 125,500 members (December 2018), the Liberal Democrats 115,000 (August 2019), Green Party 48,500 (July 2019), UKIP 29,000 (April 2019) and Plaid Cymru 10,000 (October 2018). Party membership has risen notably since 2013, both in total and as a percentage of the electorate.

This briefing paper will be updated as further information on party membership levels becomes available. …

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General Election 2017: full results and analysis

This briefing paper contains detailed results and analysis of the 2017 General Election, held on 8th June. It provides election results by party & constituency, as well as analysis of voter trends, MP characteristics, and more.…

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Social Mobility Index by Constituency SMIC

The House of Commons Library’s Social Mobility Index by Constituency (SMIC) provides an indication of how likely a person from a disadvantaged background in each constituency is to progress to a higher social status later in life. The SMIC compares constituencies in England using 14 variables which represent four life stages: early years, school age, youth, and adulthood.

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Brexit: UK agriculture policy

Brexit requires the UK to have a new agriculture policy. The UK Government and devolved legislatures have set out proposals for supporting farmers whilst enhancing the environment. This Commons Library briefing has been updated ahead of publication of an Agriculture Bill in order to set out the policy context. The Library will provide distinct briefing on the Bill ahead of its Second Reading.

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