Rebellion and Revolution

19th-22nd October

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Book your tickets for the Festival of Politics in Edinburgh this October.

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DISPOSABLE HOUSEHOLD INCOME IN SCOTLAND 2015

Disposable household income in Scotland in 2015

Check what the average disposable income is for your area

Gross Disposable Household Income (GDHI) is the total amount of money households have available for spending or saving after tax and National Insurance contributions. This is the money individuals have to spend on household bills, food and other items.

Scotland currently has the fifth highest level of GDHI per person at £18,315, which is just below the UK average of £19,106 per person.  Key information is also avaiable from the latest release from the Office for National Statistics (ONS),Regional Gross Disposable Household Income from 1997 to 2015.1

 

New iLibrary platforms for international publications

These sites are free to use, but you’ll need a subscription if you wish to download, save or copy any information – or if you want to take advantage of the time saving features.  You can find a list of sales partners here for further information on costs etc.

Meanwhile explore the sites for free
United Nations iLibrary

International Telecommunication Union iLibrary

Nordic iLibrary

The Commonwealth iLibrary

OECD iLibrary  

The National Library of Scotland has a subscripion for the OECD iLibrary which gives increased functionality to this site. It accessible remotely to anyone in Scotland with a Library reader’s card.

 

State of the Union Address 2017

EDC Information Update

Every September the President of the European Commission President gives his State of the Union Address to the European Parliament.

On Wednesday Jean-Claude Juncker delivered the State of the Union Address for 2017 and took stock of the achievements of the past year,  presented his priorities for the coming year and outlined his vision of how the EU might evolve by 2025.

The text of his speech is available here.

Other useful documents include:

The Roadmap for a more unite, stronger and more democratic Union.

Factsheets on the topics covered in the State of the Union address:

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Visit to National Library of Scotland’s Map Collections 20th Oct 2.30pm

CILIP’s Government Information Group has organised a visit to the National Library of Scotland  Map Library on the 20th Oct. maps-of-scotland

The National Library of Scotland Map Library is one of the ten largest map collections in the World, holding around 2 million maps, as well as atlases, gazetteers, and a growing collection of digital map datasets. This visit will include a talk describing the main highlights of the map collections, their users, and the growing ways the content is delivered online through http://maps.nls.uk, as well as a brief tour to view maps themselves and storage facilities. Chris Fleet is Map Curator at the Library, where he has worked since 1994, with particular responsibilities for digital mapping.

This visit is open to SWOP members and their colleagues

Reserve your place here

Impeachment

The History of Parliament: Director's Blog

I is for impeachment, a parliamentary prosecution in which classically the lower House of the legislature acts to present the alleged malefactor for trial, and the upper House sits in judgement. 

Much has been heard about the procedure in recent years, first because of its deployment in Brazil against the President, Dilma Rousseff, resulting in her removal from office in August 2017, and secondly because of the much-discussed (but remote) possibility of impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump in the United States. In both the latter cases, impeachment has been embedded within a written constitution and recognised procedures. Although the origins of impeachment lie in English politics, impeachments were highly unusual, and always subject to intense political and legal argument about procedure and fairness. In almost each case the procedures were reinvented and argued over (a summary of the procedure here reasonably explains the broadly outlines, but conveys a rather…

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Introduction to the UK Parliament: People, Processes and Public Participation – Free course

From the 18th September Future Learn is offering  a 3 week course which will cover

• the difference between Parliament and Government including differing roles and responsibilities
• the three parts of Parliament and the role Parliament plays in scrutinising the work of the Government
• an introduction to the work of the House of Commons and the House of Lords
• how Parliamentary Questions are used by MPs and members of the House of Lords to hold the Government to account
• the difference between oral and written questions, and how questions can be used to seek immediate answers on urgent or important matters
• what happens during Prime Minister’s Questions and public perceptions of PMQs
• debates in Parliament, including some of the rules and conventions
• the role and work of select committees
• the different types of Bill, and the process of how a Bill becomes a law
• the effect that changes in the law can have on individuals and on society, with reference to specific case studies
• the different ways the public can input in the work of the UK Parliament.

Scottish Parliament consultations closing soon and petitions currently open

Consultations closing soon:
Social Security (Scotland) Bill – closing 23 August
Inquiry – Immigration – closing 25 August
Proposed Restricted Roads (20mph Limit) (Scotland) Bill – closing 15 September
Islands (Scotland) Bill – closing 25 September

Petitions
Petitions currently open for signature include:
PE01669: Independent vaccine safety commission
PE01670: Reform the Scottish electoral system to make it democratic and accountable
PE01671: Sale and use of glue traps

UK contribution to EU Budget, Living Abroad, and Physical Activity Levels of Scottish Children – New Official Publications 14.08.17

University of Glasgow Library

Newly published official publications from :

Westminster and the UK Government

Image copyright: UK Parliament

The UK’s contribution to the EU budget – “This note considers how much the UK contributes to the EU budget and how much it receives back. Potential payments to the EU on or after Brexit – such as the exit bill – are also discussed.”

Employment tribunal fees – “Employment tribunal fees were introduced in July 2013, and declared unlawful by the Supreme Court in July 2017.”

Railway passenger franchises  – “This is one of two briefing papers on rail passenger franchising. This paper sets out the terms of the various rail franchises in England, Wales and Scotland. A second paper, SN6521, sets out in more detail how franchising works and the franchising policy of successive governments.”

Digital Skills in the United Kingdom – “This Lords Library briefing has been prepared in advance of…

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