Business and Consumer Confidence: Key Economic Indicators


Published 23/06/2017

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.

Domestic violence: a select bibliography


Published 23/06/2017

Domestic violence: a select bibliography.

Personal service companies : recent debate


Published 23/06/2017

The 'IR35' rules to prevent the exploitation of personal service companies for tax avoidance were introduced in April 2000, following a long and contentious consultation exercise. This legislation remains unpopular among freelancers who use this corporate form to provide services. This note looks at recent debate on how these rules might be reformed and wider concerns about the use of employment intermediaries to avoid tax.

Financial Indicators: Key Economic Indicators


Published 23/06/2017

Financial Indicators: Data from FTSE100, as well as oil prices and gold prices.

Gross Domestic Product (GDP): Key Economic Indicators


Published 23/06/2017

UK Gross Domestic Product: Regularly updated data on growth and forecasts.

Counter-extremism policy: an overview


Published 23/06/2017

Counter-extremism policy has evolved over the past few years with an increasing focus on addressing non-violent extremism. In the wake of the recent terrorist attacks in Westminster, Manchester, London Bridge and Finsbury Park, the Government’s counter-terrorism strategy, which includes counter-extremism, has come to the fore of the agenda. On 21 June 2017, the Queen’s Speech announced the establishment of a new Commission for Countering Extremism, as well as a review of counter-terrorism powers and a commitment to tackling online extremist content. Counter-extremism will undoubtedly be a crucial issue for the new Parliament, which will face difficult questions about how to tackle this complex problem.

Stamp duty land tax on residential property


Published 23/06/2017

This Commons Library paper discusses the reforms to taxation of sales of residential property that have been made in recent years, before looking at earlier debates about the way house sales have been taxed.

Media ownership & competition law: the BSkyB bid in 2010-11


Published 23/06/2017

This note gives a short description of the statutory procedure for the assessment of media mergers, before providing a timeline of events to NewsCorp's bid for BSkyB in 2010-11, and the company’s decision in June 2011 to withdraw that bid in response to the public outcry over the phone hacking scandal.

Taxation in the construction industry


Published 23/06/2017

For over 30 years businesses in the construction industry have operated a special scheme to account for tax on payments made between contractors and subcontractors. After a long period of consultation, the 'Construction Industry Scheme' was reformed in 2007. This note discusses the background to this reform.

Support for UK Veterans


Published 23/06/2017

This briefing paper details the support available to armed forces veterans in Great Britain and Northern Ireland.