Social protection: Key issues for the 2015 Parliament

This section of the Key Issues 2015 publication focuses on areas such as Universal Credit, children, housing and betting. This briefing was prepared by House of Commons Library researchers for Members of the new Parliament in 2015 and includes analysis of a range of subjects.


Universal Credit: work in progress?

The Universal Credit (UC) programme is a hugely ambitious and complex undertaking. When it is fully introduced, nearly 8 million individuals and families are expected to claim UC.

Child Poverty: 2020 vision?

Hitting the 2020 targets for child poverty was always going to be a huge challenge, but a combination of economic downturn, stagnation, the financial crisis, changing labour markets, and the state of the public finances has put many out of reach

Childcare for the 21st century

There has never been a national ‘system’ of childcare provision; nor, until the mid-1990s was there a national childcare policy.

Housing: Where will we live?

Successive Governments have failed to ensure housing supply matches demand

Fixed odds betting terminals

Fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs) are electronic machines that play a variety of games, including roulette. Each machine accepts bets for amounts up to a pre-set maximum and pays out according to fixed odds on the simulated outcomes of games.

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