Air Pollution in England: Recent Developments


Published 20/06/2017

This House of Lords Library briefing provides a summary of recent developments on the subject of air pollution in England, including the Government’s plan published on 5 May 2017, on the instruction of the High Court.

State Openings of Parliament: Reduced Ceremonial


Published 20/06/2017

This House of Lords Library briefing gives a brief overview of the ceremony for the 2017 State Opening of Parliament and how it differs from previous years.

English votes for English laws


Published 20/06/2017

This House of Commons Library briefing paper outlines the effect of changes made to Standing Orders on 22 October 2015 to implement the Government's plans for English votes for English laws. This paper outlines the effect of the new Standing Orders on Government bills. It also provides some background on the debate on and scrutiny of the proposals.

Delayed transfers of care in the NHS


Published 20/06/2017

This House of Commons Library briefing paper looks at policy and statistical trends on delayed transfers of care - patients who are well enough to leave hospital but are unable to do so - in the NHS.

Migration Statistics


Published 20/06/2017

This Commons Library briefing paper is a guide to understanding UK migration statistics, explaining the concepts and methods used in measuring migration and setting out a range of data on migration in the UK and in European Union countries.

Social care: paying for care home places and domiciliary care (England)


Published 20/06/2017

This House of Commons Library briefing paper provides information about the means-test that applies to care home residents and those in other settings (such as those receiving care at home) in need of social care, and provides information on personal budgets.

Carer's Allowance and the Retirement Pension


Published 19/06/2017

Carer's Allowance cannot be paid in addition to the Retirement Pension because of the "overlapping benefits" rule. This Commons Library briefing looks at the rationale for this rule, and at the position of successive governments on payment of Carer's Allowance to people over State Pension Age.

Oxbridge 'elitism'


Published 19/06/2017

Both universities now take more than half of their entrants from state schools, if overseas entrants are excluded. These rates are generally increasing, but the historical data shows that progress has been slow. At the end of the 1930s 24% of entrants to Oxford and 19% to Cambridge started their education at a state school. By the early 19050s these rates had increased to 43% and 34% respectively. In the early 1960s 34% of students at Oxford and 27% at Cambridge came from state secondary schools

Social security benefits for older people with mobility needs


Published 19/06/2017

Both Disability Living Allowance and Personal Independence Payment (which is replacing DLA) provide help with the extra costs disabled people face when getting around. The DLA or PIP mobility component can continue to be paid indefinitely, but there is an upper age limit of 65 for new claims. This means that some older people cannot get benefits for mobility needs and cannot access linked schemes such as Motability.

Building the new private rented sector: issues and prospects (England)


Published 19/06/2017

Analysis of Government policy, and its impact, to increase the supply of privately rented properties in England, as well as analysis of policy proposals from those within the sector, both from large-scale institutional investors and from small-scale individual landlords.