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20 May 2015This note sets out the means-test that applies to care home residents and those in other settings (such as care at home) in need of social care, and provides information on personal budgets.
20 May 2015From April 2016, a more generous means-test, the introduction of a cap of social care costs and the broadening of those eligible for first party top-ups are planned to be introduced, under plans set out by the previous Government.
20 May 2015Data summarising the economic situation in the regions and countries of the UK
19 May 2015This briefing paper provides general background for Members and their staff on NHS primary medical services provided by general practitioners (GPs) in England.
19 May 2015The Conservative Party went into the 2015 General Election with a manifesto commitment to scrap the Human Rights Act and curtail the role of the European Court of Human Rights. This note provides a brief introduction to the Human Rights Act 1998; the European Convention on Human Rights and the work of the European Court of Human Rights.
19 May 2015The EU concludes many international agreements with third States or international organisations. How does the EU negotiate these agreements and how does the UK scrutinise and ratify them? This note looks at the procedures and some of the problems linked to treaty negotiation and ratification in the EU and the Member States, with particular reference to the UK.
19 May 2015Financial Indicators: Data from FTSE100, as well as oil prices and gold prices.
20 May 2015UK higher education institutions have a statutory duty to uphold freedom of speech in their institutions as far as is practical within the law. This duty has come under pressure recently from the Governments Prevent Strategy and provisions in the Counter-Terrorism and Securities Act 2015. This note sets out legislation in this area and gives an overview of debate.
20 May 2015Constituents may contact their Member of Parliament seeking advice on military medals. This briefing provides information on eligibility for military medals and how to apply.
20 May 2015There are estimated to be over 100,000 war memorials in the UK. This note collates some useful resources for individuals seeking information on funding, maintenance and other war memorial related questions.
20 May 2015A brief introduction to the school system in England.
20 May 2015Constituents may contact a Member of Parliament seeking advice on how to access Service records. This briefing provides guidance on what information is available, and how to access it.
20 May 2015Key data on the retail sector in the UK. Government policy and pressures facing the industry are also discussed.
20 May 2015This briefing provides an overview of policies on children and young peoples mental health services. It applies to England only.
20 May 2015Direct payments allow users to purchase social care from providers of their choice, rather than local authority provided services or third-party providers nominated by the local authority. This note sets out how direct payments are calculated and how they can be used.
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