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27 May 2015The planning use class system along with permitted development rights allow the change of use of buildings without the need for planning permission. The former Government introduced a range of new change of use permitted development rights at the end of the last Parliament. Campaigners have called for reforms to the use class system admid concerns about proliferation of charity shops, hot food takeaways and loss of local pubs. This note explains these issues further.
27 May 2015This note sets out the background to the creation of the Committee on Standards in Public Life in 1994 and provides details of its recent work. The note looks at its constitutional position and relationship to Parliament. .
27 May 2015NHS Charges for Overseas Visitors. By Thomas Powell. CBP-3051.
27 May 2015Visitors to and from the UK, domestic tourism, the impact of the 2012 Olympic Games, the contribution of tourism to the UK economy and the Governments tourism policy.
27 May 2015This note gives answers to some common questions on Ofsted inspections of state-funded schools. It looks at the practicalities of inspection and the implications of Ofsted 'gradings'. It also provides information on current topical issues and reforms in this area.
27 May 2015An overview of pension reform issues at the start of the 2015 Parliament
27 May 2015This note analyses data on employment in the UK by country of birth and nationality.
27 May 2015Asylum support is paid at different rates, depending on the claimants ages and household compositions. For most categories of claimant, asylum support rates for 2015/16 will remain unchanged from 2014/15 levels (in fact, they have not changed since April 2011).
27 May 2015Manufacturing in the UK - key data and a summary of government policy
26 May 2015Controversial maintenance funds requirements were introduced for spouse/partner visas (affecting non-EEA national partners of British citizens, refugees and people settled in the UK) in July 2012. The High Court has recently upheld their lawfulness although various migrants' rights organisations continue to campaign against the Rules.
26 May 2015How has the balance and make-up of university income and expenditure changed over time, particularly since 2012?
26 May 2015This note gives brief details of UK cases at the European Court of Human Rights since 1975. Cases concluded by friendly settlement are included in this note, but Article 41 (previously Article 50) cases, which are concerned with determining just satisfaction, are not included.
26 May 2015Seabass - an important fish species for commercial fishermen and recreational anglers. This note addresses issues around seabass Minnimum Landing Size, stock management and current Government policy.
26 May 20152014 was the warmest year on record for the UK -what exactly was the weather like over the past 12 months?
26 May 2015Trends in spending since the late 1970s and international comparisons. Updated to include spending figures published in Public Expenditure Statistical Analysis 2014 and Education at a Glance 2014
26 May 2015Trends in participation in England including new figures for 2012/13
26 May 2015Brief snapshot of changes in applications and entrants to HE via UCAS
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