The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government green paper and call for evidence: A New Deal for Social Housing

‘We have heard what needs to change: the stigma associated with social housing, the need for landlords to listen to residents and the desire for a culture of accountability and respect.’

This is according to the August 2018 Social Housing Green Paper, which proposes ‘fundamental reform’.

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House of Commons Library briefing paper: Brexit and Private Pensions

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The Pension and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA) explains that although UK workplace pension schemes tend to operate on a national basis, they want access to investment opportunities and service providers in the EU.

This is from an August 2018  briefing (pdf) from the House of Commons Library on the potential implications of Brexit for EU pensions

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Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and Office for Civil Society policy paper: Civil Society Strategy – Building a Future that Works for Everyone

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The Government have published the Civil Society Strategy (pdf) which sets out how they will work with and support civil society in the years to come, to build a country that works for everyone.

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Child Poverty Action Group report: Rough Justice

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People can lose the effect of work allowances, be inappropriately benefit capped while in work, and lose out on support for housing costs. These problems should surprise nobody, having been raised in parliament as far back as 2012 when universal credit was still in the design stage.

This according to the August 2018 report (pdf) from Child Poverty Action Group on  the universal credit.

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House of Commons Home Affairs Committee interim report: Policy Options for Future Migration from the European Economic Area

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There has been no attempt by the Government to build consensus on future migration policy despite the fact that the issue was subject to heated, divisive and at times misleading debate during the referendum campaign in 2016.

This is from the July 2018 interim report (pdf) from the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee which warns all those involved in the Brexit debate not to exploit or escalate tensions over immigration in the run up to withdrawal agreement.

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Equality and Human Rights Commission report: Pressing for Progress – Women’s Rights and Gender Equality in 2018

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‘Disabled women experience disproportionate levels of all forms of violence and abuse from carers, partners and those in the community’ says a July 2018 report (pdf) from the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC).

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House of Commons Library report: Brexit and State Pensions

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Until such time as the UK formally leaves the EU, the existing social security rules continue to apply and entitlements remain unchanged. The situation once the UK is no longer part of Europe will depend on the outcome of negotiations

This is from the July 2018 briefing from House of Commons on the potential implications of Brexit on private pension. 

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