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Tuesday 23 December 2014

Economy

Lobbyists, government and public trust. Vol. 3: Implementing the OECD principles for transparency and integrity in lobbying.

Corporate Author:
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

This report takes stock of progress made in implementing the 2010 Recommendation on Principles for Transparency and Integrity in Lobbying - the only international instrument addressing major risks in the public decision-making process related to lobbying. The review process found that although there is an emerging consensus on the need for transparency to shed light on lobbying, new regulations are often scandal-driven instead of forward looking. In countries that have regulations in place, the degree of transparency in lobbying varies considerably across OECD members. Moving forward, it will be essential for countries to focus efforts on the implementation of the Recommendation, in order to strengthen confidence in the public decision-making process and restore trust in government. It will also be crucial to strengthen the implementation of the wider integrity framework, as it is the prime tool for safeguarding transparency and integrity in the decision-making process in general and lobbying practices in particular.

  • ISBN: 9789264214217
  • 54.00

Employment

Recruiting immigrant workers: Norway 2014.

Recruiting immigrant workers
Corporate Author:
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

Norway is characterised by very high levels of migration from within the European Economic Area (EEA) and growing but small scale labour migration from countries outside the EEA. In this context, the challenge for managing discretionary labour migration is to ensure it complements EEA flows. High-skilled workers who come to Norway often leave, even if their employer would like to keep them. Norway has many international students, but most appear to leave at graduation or in the years that follow. The spouses of skilled migrants - usually educated and talented themselves - face challenges in finding employment, and this may cause the whole family to leave. Key industries in smaller population centres wonder how they will source talent in the future. This review examines these aspects of the Norwegian labour migration system. It considers the efficiency of procedures and whether the system is capable of meeting demand. It looks at several policy measures that were implemented and withdrawn, and assesses how these and other mechanisms could be better applied. The characteristics and behaviour of past labour migrants is examined to suggest means of encouraging promising immigrants to remain, and how Norway might attract the specific labour migrants from which it can most benefit in the future.

  • ISBN: 9789264226128
  • 32.00

Finance

Pensions at a glance: Latin America and the Caribbean.

Corporate Author:
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

This comprehensive examination of pension systems in Latin America and the Caribbean looks at recent trends in retirement and working at older ages, evolving life expectancy, design of pension systems, and pension entitlements before providing a series of country profiles. The special chapter analyses the coverage and adequacy of Latin American pension systems.

  • ISBN: 9789264220546
  • 36.00

Finance

OECD pensions outlook 2014.

Corporate Author:
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

This 2014 edition of the OECD Pensions Outlook examines the ever-changing pensions landscape. It looks at pension reform, the role of private pensions and retirement savings. Population ageing and longevity risk is examined as are the means of increasing coverage and providing automatic enrolment. The volume is rounded out by a chapter on default retirement strategies. The chapters aere set out as follows: Chapter 1. Responding to the challenges posed by population ageing and longevity risk; Chapter 2. Post-crisis pension reforms; Chapter 3. Saving for retirement and the role of private pension provision in retirement readiness; Chapter 4. Increasing private pension coverage and automatic enrolment schemes: Evidence from six OECD countries (including the UK); Chapter 5. Pension communication: Pension statements and national campaigns.

  • ISBN: 9789264220904
  • 54.00

Law & Order

The work of the Immigration Directorates (January - June 2014): ninth report of session 2014-15: report, together with formal minutes.

House of Commons papers (2014-15) - 712.
Corporate Author:
Home Affairs Committee
Author:
Keith Vaz (chairman)

In 1998, the previous government abolished exit checks, paper-based embarkation records of passengers departing from the UK, because they were too resource intensive. Those universal exit checks were replaced by an intelligence-led approach, using CCTV and greater liaison between border agencies, port operators and transport carriers. This approach was subsequently superseded by the e-Borders programme, announced in February2005. The e-Borders programme has stalled and was "terminated" in March 2014 and that the Home Office would bereplacing individual systems, such as the Warnings Index and Semaphore, separately. At the moment, data for air passengers travelling in and out of the UK is sourced from carrier lists, known as Advanced Passenger Information (API). Air passengers buy tickets in advance and check in a reasonable time before departure, so API coverage is good, about 80% and increasing. Coverage is not so good for rail and ferry passengers, partly because of the ticketing systems and partly because customers can decide to travel, buy a ticket and have checked in at a time near to departure. Both the Minister and the Director General of Border Force have assured the Committee that 100% exit checks will be in place by 31st March 2015. To deliver exit checks, the Home Office needs to find a mechanism that can count all of the rail and maritime passengers as they depart the UK by the end of March. Exit checks will be carried out by the transport operators' staff, not Border Force. The Committee hope this can be delivered.

  • ISBN: 9780215080936
  • 12.00