Gender recognition and the rights of transgender people

This briefing paper considers the current law relating to legal gender recognition; the medical diagnosis of gender dysphoria; the current protections from discrimination; gender recognition and minors; the consultations on reform of the GRA; and the self-identification debate. …

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Debate on e-petition 225767 relating to lowering the age for smear tests for cervical cancer from 25 to 18

On 28 January 2019, there will be a Westminster Hall debate on e-petition 225767: this calls for the lowering of the age for smear tests for cervical cancer from 25 to 18. The debate will be led by Helen Jones MP and will start at 4.30pm.…

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Social Fund Funeral Payments

Payments from the Social Fund can be made to claimants of means-tested benefits and tax credits to help meet the costs of a funeral. Payments are made from the regulated Social Fund and, as such, are not limited by budgetary constraints. 27,000 payments were made in Great Britain in 2016-17, at a total cost of £38.6 million. The average award in 2016-17 was £1,427.…

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Effect of Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016

This House of Commons Library briefing page has been prepared in advance of a debate entitled “Effect of Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016”, which will be led by Dr Philippa Whitford MP. It will take place in Westminster Hall on Wednesday 21st March 2018 at 9.30am.…

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Claimant experience of the Personal Independence Payment process

This House of Commons Library debate pack briefing has been prepared in advance of a debate entitled “Claimant experience of the Personal Independence Payment process”. This will take place in Westminster Hall at 9.30am on Wednesday 31st January 2018, and will be led by Laura Pidcock MP.…

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