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    • Commons Library Research Papers: in-depth and impartial analysis on every major piece of primary legislation and on other major topics of public and parliamentary concern. Regular statistics papers are also published.
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  • Ethnicity and religion: Social Indicators page Published 08 September 2014 | Standard notes SN02655 Ethnicity and religion: Social Indicators page providing summary statistics on the ethnic and religious composition of the population. Topic: Ethnic groups, Immigration, Population, Religion and faith communities
  • Asylum decisions: Social Indicators page Published 08 September 2014 | Standard notes SN02654 Asylum Decisions: Social Indicators page providing summary statistics on asylum decisions in the UK. Topic: Asylum, Immigration, Population
  • Asylum seekers: Social Indicators page Published 08 September 2014 | Standard notes SN02653 Asylum Seekers: Social Indicators page providing summary statistics on the number and origin of asylum seekers migrating to the UK. Topic: Asylum, Immigration, Population
  • International migration: Social Indicators page Published 08 September 2014 | Standard notes SN02652 International migration: Social Indicators page providing summary statistics on international migration to and from the UK. Topic: Immigration, Population
  • Population: Social Indicators page Published 08 September 2014 | Standard notes SN02650 Population: Social Indicators page providing summary statistics on the UK population. Topic: Population
  • Faith Schools: FAQs Published 08 September 2014 | Standard notes SN06972 What makes faith schools different? FAQs and key statistics Topic:
  • Financial provision on the breakdown of a relationship Published 08 September 2014 | Standard notes SN05655 On the breakdown of a marriage or civil partnership, a couple may agree between themselves how to divide their assets and income. This may be embodied in a consent order approved by the court. When agreement is not possible, the court may decide an application for financial provision. In such cases, the court is required by statute to have regard to “all the circumstances of the case, first consideration being given to the welfare while a minor of any child of the family who has not attained the age of eighteen”. Topic: Civil partnerships, Divorce, Marriage
  • Tenants' deposits Published 08 September 2014 | Standard notes SN02121 This note explains the requirement on landlords to place certain tenants' deposits in a statutory tenants' deposit scheme. Topic: Housing, Private rented housing
  • Parental responsibility Published 08 September 2014 | Standard notes SN02827 This note provides information on acquiring parental responsibility, including for unmarried fathers, civil partners and step-parents. Topic: Child care, Children and families, Family law
  • The UK competition regime Published 08 September 2014 | Standard notes SN04814 This note gives an introduction to the purpose of competition law, and a summary of the institutional arrangements in this country for enforcing it. Topic: Competition
  • Military and Humanitarian Assistance to Iraq Published 08 September 2014 | Standard notes SN06960 The substantial gains made by Islamic State fighters in the last few months, which has seen ISIL forces advance on the northern city of Irbil and forced thousands of people from religious minorities to flee their homes, has prompted the US, UK and other Western governments to take more concerted action in Iraq. Topic: Armed forces, Defence policy, Iraq, Military operations
  • Ending child immigration detention Published 05 September 2014 | Standard notes SN05591 Amended 08 September 2014 The Coalition Agreement committed the Government to ending child immigration detention. This led to the Government developing a new policy on family removals, aspects of which are now enshrined in the Immigration Act 2014. Topic: Asylum, Immigration
  • Business and Consumer Confidence Published 05 September 2014 | Standard notes SN02817 Business and Consumer Confidence: Information on business and consumer confidence surveys, which is generally released ahead of official statistical data and can indicate changes to the economic outlook as well as turning points in the economic cycle. Topic: Consumers, Economic situation, Manufacturing industries
  • Pre-pack administration procedure Published 05 September 2014 | Standard notes SN05035 This note looks in detail at how pre-pack administrations work in practice under SIP 16, the ‘pros and cons’ of the procedure, and the recommendations of the Graham Review. Separate Library notes SN/HA/4937 and SN/HA/4915 provide detailed information on compulsory insolvency and general administration respectively. Topic: Insolvency
  • Interest Rates and the Money Supply Published 05 September 2014 | Standard notes SN02802 Amended 19 September 2014 Interest Rates and Money Supply: Data on interest rates from the UK, eurozone and the US; a summary of the Bank of England’s quantitative easing policy; and the latest money supply data for the UK. Topic: Economic policy, Economic situation
  • Social security benefits and expenditure: Social Indicators page Published 04 September 2014 | Standard notes SN02656 A summary of expenditure on benefits and tax credits. Topic: Benefits administration, Public expenditure, Working age benefits
  • Deprivation of British citizenship and withdrawal of passport facilities Published 04 September 2014 | Standard notes SN06820 On 1 September, the Prime Minister confirmed that the Government is working on further measures to strengthen powers to seize passports and exclude British nationals from the UK. Topic: Nationality, Terrorism
  • Business support schemes - statistics Published 04 September 2014 | Standard notes SN06970 Statistics on take up and cost of Government schemes that support businesses and SMEs Topic: Business support, Industry, Small businesses
  • The Affordable Homes Bill 2014-15 Published 03 September 2014 | Standard notes SN06968 Amended 08 September 2014 This Private Member's Bill has two distinct aims, the first of which is to introduce three new exemptions to the application of the under-occupation deduction from Housing Benefit (or the housing element of Universal Credit) for claimants who are deemed to be under-occupying their social rented homes (this provision is often referred to as the ‘spare room subsidy’ or ‘the bedroom tax’). The second aim is to secure a review of the availability of affordable and intermediate housing by the Secretary of State. On completion, a report of the review would be laid before Parliament. This note provides background information on the Bill’s provisions and summarises the content of the Bill. Topic: Housing, Housing benefits, Housing supply, Owner occupation, Social rented housing
  • Domestic violence Published 03 September 2014 | Standard notes SN06337 In February 2014, the police’s response to domestic abuse was described by HM Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) as "not good enough". In response, the Home Secretary announced that every police force would have an action plan for improving their response in place by September 2014 and that she would establish a national oversight group to monitor progress. On 19 August 2014 the Home Secretarylaunched an 8 week consultation on strengthening current laws on domestic violence. Topic: Crime, Crimes of violence

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