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Stalking

Published 04 September 2012 | Standard notes SN06261

The Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 will, when the relevant sections come into force in November 2012, introduce a specific criminal offence of stalking. This follows a campaign which has been conducted over the past year, including a unique Independent Parliamentary Inquiry by the Justice Unions’ Parliamentary Group.

Topic: Crime, Criminal law

Same-sex marriage and civil partnerships

Published 14 August 2012 | Standard notes SN05882

In March 2012, the Government launched a consultation on equal civil marriage and asked for views on proposals to remove the ban on same-sex couples being able to have a marriage through a civil ceremony. The consultation period ended on 14 June 2012. The consultation has received a mixed reaction from interested parties.

Topic: Civil partnerships, Marriage

Social security benefits and tax credits for people under 25

Published 13 July 2012 | Standard notes SN03793

In his speech on welfare on welfare given at Bluewater, Kent on 25 June 2012, the Prime Minister put forward a number of ideas including removing access to Housing Benefit for people aged 16-24, and preventing school leavers from claiming benefits straight away. This note outlines the ways in which the tax benefit system already treats young people aged 18-24 differently, and the reaons why

Topic: Benefits policy, Working age benefits

Social security benefits and tax credits for people under 25

Published 29 June 2012 | Standard notes SN03793

In his speech on welfare on welfare given at Bluewater, Kent on 25 June 2012, the Prime Minister put forward a number of ideas including removing access to Housing Benefit for people aged 16-24, and preventing school leavers from claiming benefits straight away. This note outlines the ways in which the tax benefit system already treats young people aged 18-24 differently, and the reaons why

Topic: Benefits policy, Working age benefits

The green paper on special educational needs and disability

Published 22 June 2012 | Standard notes SN05917

This Standard Note briefly outlines of the current special educational needs (SEN) system in England, highlights the main proposals in the Government’s green paper on special educational needs and disability, and notes the Government’s plans to implement the changes..

Topic: Local authorities: education, Schools, Special educational needs

Same-sex marriage and civil partnerships

Published 20 June 2012 | Standard notes SN05882

The Government has announced that it intends to consult separately on a move towards equal civil marriage and partnerships. This announcement has received a mixed reaction from interested parties. This note deals with the position in England and Wales.

Topic: Civil partnerships, Marriage

Stalking

Published 01 June 2012 | Standard notes SN06261

The Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 will, when the relevant sections come into force, introduce a specific criminal offence of stalking. This follows a campaign which has been conducted over the past year, including a unique Independent Parliamentary Inquiry by the Justice Unions’ Parliamentary Group.

Topic: Crime

Same-sex marriage and civil partnerships

Published 16 March 2012 | Standard notes SN05882

The Government has announced that it intends to consult separately on a move towards equal civil marriage and partnerships. This announcement has received a mixed reaction from interested parties. This note deals with the position in England and Wales.

Topic: Civil partnerships, Marriage

Women in public life, the professions and the boardroom

Published 07 March 2012 | Standard notes SN05170 | Amended 09 March 2012

This note sets out the key statistics and trends for female representation in public life, the professions and the boardroom. The note covers politics, public appointments, civil servants the judiciary, the NHS, education and leading private sector vocations. Most of these vocations have seen the proportion of women grow over the short and longer term, although the rate of progress is slow in certain sectors and there remain many areas and positions where women are significantly under-represented. In very few of the sectors examined do women exceed the 51% of the UK population that they are.

Topic: Employment, Equality, Members of Parliament

Sarah’s law: the child sex offender disclosure scheme

Published 06 March 2012 | Standard notes SN01692

Authors: Sally Lipscombe

Topic: Crime, Sexual offences

This note summarises the child sex offender disclosure scheme, also known as Sarah’s law, under which members of the public can ask the police whether an individual (e.g. a neighbour or family friend) is a convicted sex offender. In August 2010 the Home Secretary announced that the scheme would be rolled out across all police force areas in England and Wales, following a successful pilot.

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