Public inquiries and the Coronavirus pandemic – Commons Library talk

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Thursday 31 Mar 2022, 14:00 – 15:00
Online (MS Teams)

Two public inquiries have been announced, one by the UK Government and the other by the Scottish Government, into the Covid-19 pandemic response. This talk will explain how those inquiries will go about their work, what powers they will have, and what they will look at.

Event format

Online presentation by the specialist followed by time for questions.

For further information and booking, please see here: https://intranet.parliament.uk/research-online/commons-library-services/commons-library-services/commons-library-talks-events/public-inquiries-and-the-covid-19-pandemic/

Bank branch closures: the numbers and issues – Commons Library talk

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Thursday 24 Mar 2022, 14:00 – 15:00
Online (MS Teams)

Bank branch numbers have been falling for years, and the pandemic has only sped this up. This talk will look at those numbers, as well as the effects on people, businesses and communities. What can be done about this and what plans are there to maintain access to cash?

Event format

Online presentation by the specialists followed by time for questions.

For further information and booking, please see here: https://intranet.parliament.uk/research-online/commons-library-services/commons-library-services/commons-library-talks-events/bank-branch-closures–the-numbers-and-issues/

Understanding and using statistics: the basics for dealing with numerical information – Commons Library talk

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Wednesday 16 Mar 2022, 14:00 – 15:30
Online (MS Teams)

This talk is designed to help you understand, accurately interpret and clearly present statistical information. It includes some practical tips on using and writing about statistics and introduces some important statistical concepts.

Event format

Online presentation by the specialists followed by time for questions.

For further information and booking, please see here: https://intranet.parliament.uk/research-online/commons-library-services/commons-library-services/commons-library-talks-events/understanding-and-using-statistics-the-basics-for-dealing-with-numerical-information-/

Housing disrepair – Commons Library talk

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Thursday 10 Mar 2022, 14:30 – 15:30
Online (MS Teams)

This talk will give an overview of tenants’ rights and options when their landlords don’t respond to requests for repairs.

Event format

Online presentation by the specialist followed by time for questions

Presenter

  • Wendy Wilson
    Commons Library subject specialist in housing law and policy

For further information and booking, please see here: https://intranet.parliament.uk/research-online/commons-library-services/commons-library-services/commons-library-talks-events/housing-disrepair/

Mental health reform proposals – Commons Library talk

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Wednesday 02 Mar 2022, 15:00 – 16:00
Online (MS Teams)

This talk will provide an overview of the process of reforming the Mental Health Act. It will focus on the main changes proposed to the legal framework and related policy.

Event format

Online presentation by the specialists followed by time for questions

For further information and booking, please see here: https://intranet.parliament.uk/research-online/commons-library-services/commons-library-services/commons-library-talks-events/mental-health-reform-proposals/

National Audit Office: Transport departmental overview – Commons Library event

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Thursday 24 Feb 2022, 15:00 – 16:00
Online (MS Teams)

This talk by staff from the National Audit Office (NAO) will give an overview of Department for Transport spending in 2020-21, its major areas of activity and performance, and the challenges it’s likely to face in the coming year (based on insights from the NAO’s work).

The NAO is the UK’s independent public spending watchdog. It supports Parliament in holding the UK Government to account and aims to help improve public services through its audits.

For further information and booking, please see here: https://intranet.parliament.uk/research-online/commons-library-services/commons-library-services/commons-library-talks-events/national-audit-office-transport-departmental-overview/

National Audit Office: School funding and financial sustainability of schools in England – Commons Library event

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Thursday 10 Feb 2022, 15:00 – 16:00
Online (MS Teams)

This talk will focus on recent National Audit Office (NAO) publications which examined whether the Department for Education is distributing funding and supporting schools in a way that improves financial sustainability.

The NAO is the UK’s independent public spending watchdog. It supports Parliament in holding the UK Government to account and aims to help improve public services through its audits.

For further information and booking, please see here: https://intranet.parliament.uk/research-online/commons-library-services/commons-library-services/commons-library-talks-events/school-funding-and-financial-sustainability-of-schools-in-england-/

A short introduction to equality law – Commons Library Research Briefing

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This new briefing from the Commons Library provides an overview of equality law, summarising the main concepts and the role of the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

You can find the full briefing here: https://commonslibrary.parliament.uk/research-briefings/cbp-9448/

The Equality Act 2010

The Equality Act 2010 consolidates most equality law into one Act. It prohibits conduct and creates duties in relation to ‘protected characteristics’. There are nine protected characteristics, listed in section 4 of the Act, ranging from age through to sexual orientation.

The Act prohibits direct and indirect discrimination, and harassment and victimisation. It also prohibits discrimination in relation to something arising from a person’s disability, and creates a duty to make reasonable adjustments for disabled people.

The Act applies in various scenarios, including at work, in education and in relation to services and public functions.

Public authorities are subject to a Public Sector Equality Duty. The Duty means they must ‘have due regard’ to equality considerations when exercising public functions.

Except for in Northern Ireland, which has its own equality legislation, equality law is largely reserved to the the UK Parliament. The legal concepts in this briefing apply across England, Wales and Scotland.

The Equality and Human Rights Commission

The Equality and Human Rights Commission was established by the Equality Act 2006, with a duty to promote and encourage understanding of equality and human rights.

Individuals enforce their rights under the Equality Act 2010 before the courts. However, the Commission also has a range of powers at its disposal to enforce equality law at a more institutional level, and often strategically intervenes as a party to litigation if doing so could help develop equality law.

Forthcoming HOC Library Talks

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The Commons Library is running a series of weekly talks starting 13th January covering topical issues, constituency casework, and statistics.

Their expert staff will cover:

and more.

There are also talks from the National Audit Office (NAO) on

You can browse and book all upcoming talks and watch previous talks on Act. Any questions please email hclibrary@parliament.uk

Standards in the House of Commons

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Commons Library Research Briefing

On Monday 8 November 2021, there will be an emergency debate in the House of Commons on “the consequences of the decision of the House on 3 November relating to standards.”

The Commons Library has produced a Research Briefing summarisin the events that led up to the decision to hold an emergency debate on the House of Commons standards system on Monday 8 November 2021. It includes an overview of the Commons standards system and a timeline showing how the system has evolved.

You can find the briefing here: https://commonslibrary.parliament.uk/research-briefings/cbp-9359/