08.04.16

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The Simple Politics guide to next week in Parliament.
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Not much of a rest

Parliament is back in the game on Monday. It hasn't been a restful period for some. Elections, Big Vote, Steel & the Panama Papers have all seen to that.  It's going to be a busy session in Parliament, too. Plenty of laws need to be finished by mid May - anything not complete by then goes in the bin. Don't worry though. We'll keep you (and any of your friends / colleagues you send our way) in the loop all the way through. 

Energy Bill [HL]

This will protect the North Sea’s oil and gas industry and develop cost-efficient ways for trapping the carbon dioxide that comes from burning fossil fuels.

The most controversial part of the Bill is the plan to end subsidies for onshore wind farms - the Lords deleted this clause but the Government put it back in. The Lords will respond next week.
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Finance (No.2) Bill

This comes out of the Budget and sets out the changes that will be made. These include cuts to Capital Gains Tax, making all schools academies, and a tax on the soft drinks industry.

The Budget is controversial for a number of reasons. Jeremy Corbyn said it has ‘unfairness at its very core’. The Bill will be in the Commons on Monday.
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Housing and Planning Bill

This will extend the right-to-buy to housing association tenants, create more ‘starter homes’ at a 20% discount for first-time buyers and encourage building on 'brownfield' land.


The Bill will start its report stage next week, where the Lords will read through their amended version line-by-line.
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