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UK: Independent Library Report for England [Sieghart Report]

December 18, 2014 17:35

Source: Department for Culture, Media and Sport via GOV.UK

From the Foreword:

The public library service in England is at a crossroads.

For 150 years, library services have been run by local government, with oversight from central government. Libraries already deliver a wide range of facilities and services within local communities, and, given sharply reducing budgets, and changing needs, there are keen concerns about ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Documents in the news - Education - Europe - Government and politics - Internet - Social and cultural issues - Sports, recreation and leisure - Taxation - Technology - Telecommunications - United Kingdom

Views: 265 | Source: Department for Culture, Media and Sport (UK)


World Statistics Pocketbook 2014 edition

December 18, 2014 12:49

Source: United Nations Statistics Division

From the Introduction:

The World Statistics Pocketbook is an annual compilation of key economic, social and environmental indicators, presented in one-page profiles. This edition includes country profiles for 217 countries or areas of the world....

This issue of the World Statistics Pocketbook covers various years from 2005 to 2014. For the economic indicators, in general, three ... <snip>

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Posted in: Africa - Age and Aging - Asia - Australia and New Zealand - Business and economics - Children and families - Environment - Europe - Gender and sexuality - Government and politics - Health and healthcare - International - Latin America and the Caribbean - Lists & Rankings - Science - Social and cultural issues - North America - South America - Emerging Economies

Views: 112 | Source: United Nations Statistics Division


Paying Taxes 2015

December 18, 2014 12:45

Source: PriceWaterhouseCoopers

From Press Release:

Paying taxes has become easier over the past year for medium-sized companies around the world....The time it takes an average company to meet its tax obligations dropped by four hours last year, according to the Paying Taxes 2015 study. The report also revealed that the total amount the average company paid in taxes and the number of payments it made also declined in the ... <snip>

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Posted in: Africa - Asia - Australia and New Zealand - Business and economics - Europe - Government and politics - Industries - International - Latin America and the Caribbean - Legal and law enforcement - Lists & Rankings - Middle East - Taxation - North America - South America - Emerging Economies - Regulation and compliance

Views: 84 | Source: PricewaterhouseCoopers


A Decade of Development in Sub Saharan African Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Research

December 18, 2014 12:42

Source: World Bank

From Press Release:

While African researchers produce only 1 percent of the world’s research, the report shows that the quality and quantity of that research is improving. Between 2003 and 2012, African researchers more than doubled their outputs, producing papers on subjects ranging from HIV, to cancer to climate change to ageing. A significant number of the peer-reviewed articles received international ... <snip>

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Posted in: Africa - Business and economics - Education - International - Postsecondary - Poverty - Science - Social and cultural issues - Technology

Views: 73 | Source: World Bank


Measuring the Information Society Report 2014: Executive Summary

December 18, 2014 12:39

Source: International Telecommunications Union

The MIS Report, which has been published annually since 2009, features key ICT data and benchmarking tools to measure the information society, including the ICT Development Index (IDI). The IDI captures the level of ICT developments in 166 economies worldwide and compares progress made during the last year. The MIS 2014 highlights the relationship between ICT development (as measured by the ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Consumer issues - International - Internet - Lists & Rankings - Science - Social and cultural issues - Technology - Telecommunications

Views: 80 | Source: International Telecommunication Union


UK: Identity Assurance Programme

December 16, 2014 14:14

Source: National Audit Office (UK)

From the Introduction:

The identity assurance programme (the Programme) aims to support the digital by default strategy as part of the Government Digital Strategy. The government estimates that the implementation of ‘digital by default’ will generate cost savings of between £1.7 billion and £1.8 billion per year. The Government Digital Service (GDS) is developing the ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Consumer issues - Europe - Government and politics - Internet - Legal and law enforcement - Political process - Privacy - Public safety - Safety - Security - Social and cultural issues - Technology - Telecommunications - United Kingdom

Views: 244 | Source: National Audit Office (UK)


European Parliament: Facts and Figures

December 16, 2014 14:11

Source: European Parliamentary Research Service

This Briefing...is designed to provide key facts and figures about the European Parliament, both today and in previous terms since direct elections were introduced in 1979.

On the following pages you will find graphics of various kinds which:
• detail the composition of the European Parliament now and in the past;
• trace the increase in the number of parties ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Election - Europe - Gender and sexuality - Government and politics - International - Political process - Social and cultural issues

Views: 200 | Source: European Parliamentary Research Service


UK: The Implications of Devolution for England

December 16, 2014 14:09

Source: Office of the Leader of the House of Commons via GOV.UK

From the Introduction:

This paper sets out:

How powers have been passed to the devolved administrations so far;

What the Coalition Government has done to transfer powers from central government to local communities in England;

Options for further devolution and decentralisation;

The impact of the devolution landscape for the ... <snip>

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Posted in: Documents in the news - Europe - Government and politics - Legal and law enforcement - Political process - United Kingdom

Views: 197 | Source: House of Commons (UK)


Beyond Books: The Role of Enterprising Libraries in Promoting Economic Wellbeing

December 14, 2014 20:45

Source: Carnegie UK Trust

“Beyond Books” is the final report from the Trust’s work on Enterprising Libraries. It draws on learning from four local projects in England and Wales that explored creative ways of encouraging enterprise and digital skills development. The report outlines success factors, common challenges and recommendations for library services, professional organisations and national bodies involved with ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Consumer issues - Education - Europe - Industries - Internet - K-12 - Labor - Media and entertainment - Social and cultural issues - Technology - United Kingdom

Views: 532 | Source: Carnegie UK Trust


The Wrong Medicine: A Review of the Impacts of NHS Reforms in England

December 11, 2014 20:42

Source: New Economics Foundation (UK)

From Press Release:

Market-based reforms began in the 1980s, when support services were first contracted out, and continued in the 1990s, with the creation of an internal market for clinical services. In the 2000s, patients were allowed to choose where they received some treatments; prices were attached to units of completed healthcare; the first privately owned centres were established to ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Consumer issues - Europe - Government and politics - Health and healthcare - Health insurance - Nonprofits - United Kingdom

Views: 488 | Source: New Economics Foundation (UK)


Health Survey for England 2013

December 11, 2014 20:37

Source: Health & Social Care Information Centre (UK)

From Key Facts:

Adult smoking
24 per cent of men and 17 per cent of women reported they were current smokers. Current smoking was highest among adults aged 25-34 (37 per cent of men and 24 per cent of women).
3 per cent of adults were currently using e-cigarettes (vapourisers); and a further 2 per cent of men and 1 per cent of women were currently ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Consumer issues - Diseases and conditions - Documents in the news - Europe - Gender and sexuality - Health and healthcare - Mental health and substance abuse - Obesity - Poverty - Prescription drugs - Social and cultural issues - Tobacco and smoking - United Kingdom

Views: 404 | Source: Health & Social Care Information Centre (UK)


Committee Study of the Central Intelligence Agency's Detention and Interrogation Program

December 11, 2014 20:33

Source: U.S.Senate

From the Foreword:

[The]Committee Study documents the abuses and countless mistakes made between late 2001 and early 2009. The Executive Summary of the Study provides a significant amount of new information, based on CIA and other documents, to what has already been made public by the Bush and Obama Administrations,' as well as non-governmental organizations and the press.

The Committee's full Study ... <snip>

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Posted in: Documents in the news - Ethics - Government and politics - Human rights - International - International Relations - Legal and law enforcement - Military and defense - National security - Social and cultural issues - Terrorism - North America

Views: 491 | Source: U.S. Senate


Trends in Income Inequality and its Impact on Economic Growth

December 9, 2014 12:03

Source: OECD

In most OECD countries, the gap between rich and poor is at its highest level since 30 years. Today, the richest 10 per cent of the population in the OECD area earn 9.5 times the income of the poorest 10 per cent; in the 1980s this ratio stood at 7:1 and has been rising continuously ever since. However, the rise in overall income inequality is not (only) about surging top income shares: often, incomes at the bottom grew much ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Documents in the news - Education - Government and politics - International - Labor - Poverty - Social and cultural issues - Taxation

Views: 567 | Source: OECD


UK: The Impact of Funding Reductions on Local Authorities

December 9, 2014 11:56

Source: National Audit Office (UK)

From Press Release:

Local authorities have coped well with reductions in government funding, but some groups of authorities are showing clear signs of financial stress. The Department for Communities and Local Government has a limited understanding of authorities’ financial sustainability and the impacts of funding cuts on services, according to the National Audit Office.

The ... <snip>

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Posted in: Age and Aging - Business and economics - Children and families - Europe - Government and politics - Social and cultural issues - Taxation - United Kingdom

Views: 355 | Source: National Audit Office (UK)


Feeding Britain: A strategy for zero hunger in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland

December 9, 2014 11:51

Source: All-Party Parliamentary Inquiry into Hunger in the United Kingdom

From the Introduction:

Our main task in Feeding Britain is to consider the reasons behind the large rise in the use of food banks, and associated provision of emergency food assistance, over the last few years.

Food banks are a response to a specific need, that is that there are people in this country today who are hungry. We are living at ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Children and families - Consumer issues - Documents in the news - Ethics - Europe - Food and agriculture - Government and politics - Health and healthcare - Poverty - Social and cultural issues - United Kingdom

Views: 359 | Source: All-Party Parliamentary Inquiry into Hunger in the United Kingdom


Europe: Guidelines on the Implementation of the Court of Justice of the European Union Judgment on "Google Spain and Inc. v. Agencia Española de Protección de Datos(AEPD)and Mario Costeja González” C-131/12

December 4, 2014 14:25

Source: Article 29 Data Protection Working Party (EU)

From Press Release:

The judgment of the Court of Justice of European Union (CJEU) of 13 May 2014 Google Spain SL and Google Inc. v Agencia Española de Protección de Datos (AEPD) and Mario Costeja González (C-131/12) sets a milestone for EU data protection in respect of search engines and, more generally, in the online world. It grants the possibility to ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Documents in the news - Europe - Human rights - Industries - International - Internet - Legal and law enforcement - Media and entertainment - Privacy - Security - Social and cultural issues - Technology - Telecommunications - North America - Regulation and compliance

Views: 631 | Source: Article 29 Data Protection Working Party (EU)


UK: Vision for Literacy 2025

December 4, 2014 14:21

Source: National Literacy Trust (UK)

A vision of a literate nation:

The UK is the only economically developed country where 16 to 24-year-olds have the lowest literacy skills of any age group in society. In England 14.9% of adults aged 16-65 lack functional literacy skills. This equates to 5.1 million people.

The UK’s literacy gap undermines our economic competitiveness and sustainability. It ... <snip>

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Posted in: Children and families - Education - Europe - Poverty - Social and cultural issues - United Kingdom

Views: 482 | Source: National Literacy Trust (UK)


UK: A Fairer London: The 2014 Living Wage in London

December 4, 2014 14:18

Source: GLA Economics (UK)

From Executive Summary:

This is the tenth London Living Wage report from the GLA. It unveils
the update of the Living Wage in London, calculated (as previously) by combining an assessment of the cost of achieving an adequate standard of living with a threshold (60 per cent) of the median London income of representative London households.

Since 2006 the GLA Group has been implementing the ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Children and families - Europe - Government and politics - Industries - Labor - Poverty - Social and cultural issues - United Kingdom

Views: 416 | Source: GLA Economics (UK)


UK: Autumn Statement 2014

December 4, 2014 14:15

Source: HM Treasury (UK)

From Executive Summary:

This Autumn Statement sets out the next stage of the government’s long-term economic plan. The government is continuing to take difficult decisions to put the public finances on a sustainable path. The Autumn Statement seeks to improve the UK’s productivity with further measures to drive efficiency and reform in the public sector, to back business and enterprise, ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Documents in the news - Europe - Government and politics - Taxation - United Kingdom

Views: 437 | Source: HM Treasury (UK)


UK: Like, Share, Vote

December 2, 2014 14:38

Source: Demos (UK)

Across Europe, low voter turnout in European and national elections is a growing concern. Many citizens are disengaged from the political process, threatening the health of our democracies. At the same time, the increasingly prominent role that social media plays in our lives and its function as a new digital public space offers new opportunities to reengage non-voters.

This report explores the potential for ... <snip>

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Posted in: Europe - Government and politics - Internet - Political process - Social and cultural issues - Technology - Telecommunications - United Kingdom

Views: 443 | Source: Demos (UK)



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