Research Papers 2020

Synopsis: Below you will find details of Research Publications which have been prepared by the Research and Information Service (RaISe) for the Committee for Communities in 2020.

Employment in the hospitality sector

- Date: 18/12/2020

This paper provides supplementary information on employment in the hospitality sector, to assist the Committee for Communities in its scrutiny of the Licensing and Registration of Clubs (Amendment) Bill, as introduced. It should be read in conjunction with three previously prepared Research and Information Service (RaISe) papers, which were considered by the Committee on 26 November 2020, i.e.: ◦Licensing and Registration of Clubs (Amendment) Bill Paper (Paper No. 69/20); ◦Alcohol in Northern Ireland (Paper No. 67/20); and, ◦Hospitality sector and the wider economy in NI: key estimated impacts of COVID-19 and related government responses (Paper No. 68/20)

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Impact of COVID-19 on arts and culture in Northern Ireland

- Date: 18/12/2020

This paper explores impacts on the arts and cultural sectors in Northern Ireland from the COVID-19 pandemic. This paper compares support measures in Northern Ireland and elsewhere, as well as longer term considerations for the sector’s recovery

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Sign Language Legislation

- Date: 01/12/2020

This research paper compares and contrasts recent sign language legislation passed in Ireland and Scotland with proposals for sign language legislation in Northern Ireland.

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Licensing and Registration of Clubs (Amendment) Bill

- Date: 26/11/2020

The Licensing and Registration of Clubs (Amendment) Bill was introduced to the Northern Ireland Assembly by the Minister for Communities on the 19 October 2020. The Bill covers a wide range of issues such as permitted opening hours for licensed premises and registered clubs; a new licensing framework for local producers; the regulation of alcohol deliveries and alcohol advertising; provisions aimed at protecting under 18s from alcohol-related harm; and a new framework for licensing in relation to major events. This bill paper has been prepared to inform scrutiny of the Bill and should be read in conjunction with RaISe supplementary papers entitled Alcohol in Northern Ireland (Paper No. 67/20) and Hospitality sector and the wider economy in NI: key estimated impacts of COVID-19 and related government responses (Paper No. 68/20)

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Hospitality Sector and the Wider Economy in NI: Key estimated initial impacts of COVID-19 and related government responses

- Date: 26/11/2020

This paper supplements information and data to be contained in a forthcoming Bill Paper prepared by the Assembly’s Research and Information Service (RaISe), which will be entitled “Licensing and Registration of Clubs (Amendment) Bill Paper” (NIAR 66-2020). This paper includes an analysis of the estimated impacts of COVID-19 and government related responses. The pandemic presents an ever- changing, ongoing situation. As such, the latest data included in this paper provides an initial look - a snapshot - of currently identified impact of COVID-19 on the sector.

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Alcohol in Northern Ireland

- Date: 26/11/2020

This Briefing Note provides background statistics on the use and abuse of alcohol in Northern Ireland. It has been prepared in support of an upcoming Bill Paper on the reform of the Liquor Licensing Legislation.

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Pension Schemes Bill

- Date: 07/07/2020

The Pension Schemes Bill was introduced in the Northern Ireland Assembly by the Minister for Communities on 23 June 2020. The Bill mirrors the provisions of the Westminster Pensions Act 2017 which introduced a new regulatory framework for master trusts and sought to regulate unfair member-borne commissioning charges and early exit charges. This Bill paper explores the provisions of the Northern Ireland Bill.

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Social Sector Size Criteria (‘bedroom tax’) mitigation in Northern Ireland – a timeline of key developments

- Date: 24/02/2020

This short briefing note provides background context to the Social Sector Size Criteria (SSSC) and associated Welfare Supplementary Payments in Northern Ireland. It also provides an overview of some of the main developments relating to the SSSC including a timeline and links to recent key papers and research on this issue.

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