Employment tribunal fees


Published 04/08/2017

Employment tribunal fees were introduced in July 2013, and declared unlawful by the Supreme Court in July 2017.

Gazumping - a comparison of the English and Scottish conveyancing systems


Published 03/08/2017

This Commons Library briefing paper provides information on the English and Scottish conveyancing systems. Constituents who have been 'gazumped' frequently ask why the Government does not act to make gazumping illegal in England and Wales. Specifically, they ask why the Government does not introduce the Scottish system of conveyancing. The Government announced plans in the March 2016 Budget to review the process with a view to making conveyancing "better value for money and more consumer friendly."

Tenancy deposit schemes


Published 03/08/2017

This Commons Library briefing paper explains the duty on private landlords to protect tenants’ deposits and summarises how the schemes operate. The paper summarises some of the early reactions to the proposal to cap deposits in England.

Interest Rates and Monetary Policy: Key Economic Indicators


Published 03/08/2017

Interest Rates and Monetary Policy: Data on interest rates from the UK, eurozone and the US; a summary of the Bank of England’s and international, quantitative easing policy.

Migrant population of the UK


Published 03/08/2017

This briefing paper uses statistics on migrant stocks to examine trends in the EU and non-EU migrant population living in the UK since 2007. It also provides an overview of the characteristics of migrants living in the UK, including ethnicity, religion, age structure and employment. Both EU and non-EU migrant populations are divided into smaller country groupings according to common geographies.

Employment of other EU nationals in the UK


Published 03/08/2017

This paper provides statistics on nationals of other EU countries who are working in the UK: how many are employed, what kind of work do they do and where do they live, and how numbers have changed over time.

Political disengagement in the UK: who is disengaged?


Published 03/08/2017

This Commons Library Briefing Paper provides information about which groups in the UK are considered to be politically disengaged, and why. This paper will use the term ‘political disengagement’ to capture certain behaviours and attitudes towards the political system. It uses a range of different sources, which are referenced in the PDF.

Firearm Crime Statistics: England & Wales


Published 02/08/2017

Statistics on the number of police recorded firearm offences are published by the ONS in the Crime in England & Wales bulletin. Additional statistics are published by the ONS in the Focus on Violent Crime and Sexual Offences compendium.

Firearm Crime Statistics: Scotland


Published 02/08/2017

This briefing paper examines firearm offence statistics published by the Scottish Government in the Recorded Crimes and Offences Involving Firearms bulletin. The latest bulletin was published in November 2016.

Brexit: the July negotiations


Published 02/08/2017

What happened at the second round of Brexit negotiations from 17 to 20 July 2017 and what have we learnt? This first phase of the negotiations aims to reach agreement on citizens' rights, the financial settlement and the border between Ireland the Northern Ireland, as well as other separation issues, such as Euratom, EU external agreements and dispute resolution. But there was little evidence of agreement on any of these, and the UK Government has been asked for more clarification at the next round. A lot is at stake, because if sufficient progress isn't made by October, the negotiations will not move on to future relations, an EU-UK trade agreement or transitional arrangements.