Autumn Statement 2016: Background briefing

This briefing sets out the background to the 2016 Autumn Statement which will take place on Wednesday 23 November 2016. The Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) will publish revised forecasts for the economy and public finances on the same day.…

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The Philippines: September 2016 update

President Rodrigo Duterte took office at the end of June 2016 pledging to take a tough approach to criminals. Since then, over 3,000 people have been killed in his controversial ‘war on drugs’, about two-thirds at the hands of vigilantes. There have been protests both at home and abroad. Duterte is also pushing ahead with peace efforts in the south, where there has been a long-running insurgency, but observers worry that the new president could prove to be a ‘loose cannon’.…

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Briefing for the 2015 UK Youth Parliament Westminster sitting

This briefing provides background information on the ten topics that may be considered by Members of Youth Parliament (MYPs) at the November’s Westminster sitting.…

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General Election 2015

This briefing paper analyses the results of the 2015 General Election. It includes the election results by country, region and party, as well as the full result and turnout for every UK constituency. This is the second edition of the briefing paper, which provides additional analysis and statistics. New chapters in this edition cover seats changing hands, the characteristics of voters for each party, the characteristics of candidates and MPs, the electorate and turnout, safe and marginal seats, by-elections during the last Parliament, polling day, and the marginality of constituencies. The full results are available for download in two CSV files. The election results shown in this Briefing Paper were provided by Returning Officers following the 2015 General Election.…

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Welfare Reform and Work Bill [Bill 51 of 2015-16]

This House of Commons Briefing Paper provides background to the Welfare Reform and Work Bill’s provisions; summarises the key measures; and includes relevant comment. The Bill is scheduled to receive its Second Reading on 20 July 2015.…

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Summer Budget 2015: A summary

This note presents a summary of the Summer Budget 2015. This note provides an overview of the main Budget measures (see below), along with analysis of the forecasts, changes to the fiscal rules, changes to welfare, the National Living Wage, and public spending.…

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