Research Papers 2012

Synopsis: Here you will find a list of Committee for Finance and Personnel research papers published during 2012.

Shared Services in central government

- Date: 12/10/2012

This Briefing Paper presents a short history of the international trend towards public bodies sharing back office services. It also details the services shared by Northern Ireland Civil Service departments. It concludes by drawing together some lessons learned, and suggests points for future scrutiny by the Committee for Finance and Personnel.


The Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012: additional information

- Date: 03/10/2012

This note gives some information on recent developments since the passing of the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012, and is a companion piece to the previous RaISe paper on the Act (Paper 142-12).


The Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012

- Date: 03/10/2012

This research paper outlines the anticipated impact of the UK Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012 , which was enacted on 8 March 2012. It further outlines the potential effects on public service commissioning of enacting similar legislation in Northern Ireland.


The Civil Service (Special Advisers) Bill 2012

- Date: 03/10/2012

This Bill Paper summarises the main points of the Civil Service (Special Advisers) Bill 2012 and briefly outlines some of the related debates.


Rates (Amendment) Bill

- Date: 23/01/2012

Paper addressing the Rates (Amendment) Bill, including key developments in the Department of Finance and Personnel’s formulation of policy and legislative proposals and a commentary on the Bill.


The Superannuation Bill: further evidence

- Date: 06/09/2012

This Research Paper provides further evidence for committee stage of the Superannuation Bill. It focuses on issues relevant to the Committee for Finance and Personnel’s consideration of potential amendments to the Bill, including Assembly procedure and negotiation versus consultation. Information is also provided on parity in public service pension provision in Northern Ireland.


Flexible Working

- Date: 30/05/2012

This paper provides a range of current case studies on flexible working practices in the private and public sectors, to inform the Committee for Finance and Personnel’s Inquiry into Flexible Working.


Effective Legislative Scrutiny

- Date: 18/05/2012

This Note provides some detail on best practices put forward by international organisations in relation to scrutiny of budgets and financial information. It also raises some issues facing parliamentary scrutiny in the wake of the international financial crisis


Further information on Air Passenger Duty

- Date: 17/05/2012

This briefing note looks at issues surrounding the conditions which have been attached to airlines, and airport operators, in instances where European governments have considered reducing or abolishing Air Passenger Tax.


Legislative Consent Motion: UK Finance (No. 4) Bill 2012 Air Passenger Duty

- Date: 04/05/2012

This Paper provides background on the forthcoming legislative consent motion that is to be put forward by the Department of Finance and Personnel. The motion concerns the devolution of Air Passenger Duty (APD) to Northern Ireland, as proposed by the UK Government’s Finance (No. 4) Bill 2012, which is currently under consideration in Westminster. Details surrounding the general APD debate are outlined, as well as potential issues for consideration.


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