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Wednesday 23 July 2014

Education & Training

Student loans: third report of session 2014-15: report, together with formal minutes relating to the report.

House of Commons papers (2014-15) - 558.
Corporate Author:
Business, Innovation and Skills Committee
Author:
Adrian Bailey (chairman)

This report finds that a persistent record of inaccurate debt forecasting and a failure to collect student loans effectively threatens the continued existence of the current student loans model. The Business, Innovation and Skills Committee call for an urgent review of the student loans system and expresses concerns that the Chancellor's removal of the cap on student numbers may result in a multi-billion budget gap. Under the current system, for students residing in England, the Government loses around 45p on every 1 it loans out. The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has a worrying record of miscalculating just how much it will lose on a student loan at the point it pays out. This persistent error, resulting in the collection of 111m less than expected in 2011-12, had been compounded by the Government's refusal to adopt a range of improvements suggested by independent forecasters. There is a lack of rigour in the collection of student debt; graduates working abroad find it too easy to avoid making payments; and collection targets set for the Student Loan Company (SLC) by the Department are not fit for purpose. The SLC should be set an annual target for money collected and require it to explain any shortfall. The Government should also look to examples of effective student debt collection, such as in the USA. The mooted sale of the income-contingent loan-book could bring a significant windfall to the public purse but of only 2 billion not the 12 billion the Government expects.

  • ISBN: 9780215075444
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Law & Order

Basic documents and case law 1995-2013 (DVD-ROM).

Corporate Author:
United Nations. International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda

This compilation is part of the tribunal legacy and contains all ICTR jurisprudence since 1995. The DVD and CD-Rom are offered as a reference tool search for legal professionals, law students, historians, and general public to access indictments, decisions and orders, judgements and other relevant resources produced by the Tribunal.

  • ISBN: 9789210580106
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Social Issues

Saving lives today and tomorrow: managing the risk of humanitarian crises.

Corporate Author:
United Nations. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

The premise of this report is that most humanitarian crises are to some extent predictable and preventable. With new and old risks increasing the pressure on the international humanitarian system, it looks at ways in which the system can be improved and transformed to better anticipate, prevent and manage crises.

  • ISBN: 9789211320398
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Social Issues

World mortality 2013.

Population studies 344.
Corporate Author:
United Nations. Department of Economic and Social Affairs. Population Division

The World Mortality 2013 provides a comprehensive set of mortality estimates for the world's countries and their aggregates, along with an inventory of the availability of primary data for the estimation of adult and child mortality at the national level.

  • ISBN: 9789211515138
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Transport

Passenger transport in isolated communities: fourth report of session 2014-15: report, together with formal minutes relating to the report.

House of Commons papers (2014-15) - 288.
Corporate Author:
Transport Committee
Author:
Louise Ellman (chairman)

Old and young, unemployed people, those on low incomes and disabled people who live in isolated communities rely on passenger transport. For example two out of every five job seekers cite lack of transport as a barrier to finding work. All these groups are disproportionately affected by inadequate or reduced services. It is vital that all ministers recognise the fundamental importance of passenger transport in providing access to education, healthcare and employment. Policy makers sometimes equate 'isolated' with 'rural' or island communities, but some urban and suburban areas have inadequate passenger transport. The DfT should draft a definition of 'isolated communities' for use across central and local government to target scarce resources in ways that reach all types of isolated community. There is concern that subsidised bus services continue to disappear as funding is cut. The bus industry must work with local authorities to deliver essential local services through the development of quality contracts similar to arrangements that operate in London. The Committee also challenges the Department for Transport's assertion that community transport schemes run by volunteers can compensate for decreased bus services in isolated communities. Many community transport schemes are tiny and only serve particular groups in the community. It is unrealistic to expect volunteers to replace local bus services. There is a need for 'total transport' - the pooling of existing transport assets to deliver a broader range of services. If, for example, hospital transport were combined with local bus services, it might revolutionise services for isolated communities.

  • ISBN: 9780215075468
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