18.11.2016

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The Simple Politics guide to next week in Parliament.
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We've hit peak Autumn and all is quiet

Let's go through the Autumn Checklist. Leaves looking nice? Press writing stories about Corbyn not caring about Remembrance Day? Strictly heading to Blackpool? Trying to avoid the encroaching signs of Christmas? All present and correct.

It must be time for the Autumn Statement. This used to be a quick mini budget. A review and a little change of the Budget. Nothing, though, is what it used to be. This Wednesday will be the first time since Brexit we can have a thorough economic review. It's also the first chance for the new Chancellor - Phillip Hammond - to make his mark. 

You'll find plenty of predictions and rumours elsewhere. We don't do predictions at Simple Politics. What we will do is bring it all to you in as clear and simple terms as we can.

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Criminal Finances Bill

This Bill is the Government’s attempt to crack down on money laundering. It aims to  improve the Suspicious Activity Reports regime by increasing public and private sector cooperation and targeting entities that carry out money laundering instead of individual transactions. It would also make it  a criminal offence for companies who fail to stop their staff facilitating tax evasion.

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Homelessness Reduction Bill
This would require councils in England to take action to prevent people from becoming homeless, rather than just deal with the consequences when people are already homeless.  A similar duty on councils has recently been introduced in Wales.
But...Councils are under massive strain at the moment, so putting more duties on them may not be effective without also increasing their resources. 
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Children and Social Work Bill

This Bill started in the Lords and is about to have its final debate before bouncing over to the Commons. It will speed up the adoption process and schools and councils will have to work harder on improving the educational attainment of children in care.

This is the first Bill that new Education Secretary, Justine Greening, will have to pick up on after Nicky Morgan introduced it

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With the Autumn Statement on Wednesday, here's our guide to what it is to be a Conservative.
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