U.S. Relations With United Kingdom

Essential resource for top-line data and analysis covering the United Kingdom wine market. Includes market size and segmentation data, textual and graphical analysis of market growth trends, leading companies and macroeconomic information. Full Report Details at – www.fastmr.com/prod/684322_wine_in_the_united_ki .. Highlights * The wine market consists of retail sale of champagne, fortified wine, sparkling wine and still wine. The market is valued according to retail selling price (RSP) and includes any applicable taxes. Market volume represents the total volume of wine consumed in millions of liters. Any currency conversions used in the creation of this report have been calculated using constant 2012 annual average exchange rates. * The UK wine market had total revenues of $15,847.3m in 2012, representing a compound annual rate of change (CARC) of -0.4% between 2008 and 2012. * Market consumption volumes decreased with a CARC of -2.1% between 2008 and 2012, to reach a total of 1,315.4 million liters in 2012. * The performance of the market is forecast to accelerate, with an anticipated CAGR of 0.7% for the five-year period 2012 – 2017, which is expected to drive the market to a value of $16,369.2m by the end of 2017. Features Save time carrying out entry-level research by identifying the size, growth, major segments, and leading players in the wine market in the United Kingdom Use the Five Forces analysis to determine the competitive intensity and therefore attractiveness of the wine market in the United Kingdom Leading company profiles reveal details of key wine market players’ global operations and financial performance Add weight to presentations and pitches by understanding the future growth prospects of the United Kingdom wine market with five year forecasts by both value and volume Macroeconomic indicators provide insight into general trends within the United Kingdom economy Key Questions Answered What was the size of the United Kingdom wine market by value in 2012? What will be the size of the United Kingdom wine market in 2017? What factors are affecting the strength of competition in the United Kingdom wine market?

The United Kingdom and the United States continually consult on foreign policy issues and global problems and share major foreign and security policy objectives. Regarding Northern Ireland, which is part of the United Kingdom, “Nationalist” and “Republican” groups seek a united Ireland that includes Northern Ireland, while “Unionists” and “Loyalists” want Northern Ireland to remain part of the United Kingdom. U.S. priorities continue to be supporting the peace process and devolved political institutions in Northern Ireland and encouraging the implementation of the U.S.-brokered 1998 Belfast Agreement, also known as the Good Friday Agreement, and the 2006 St. Andrews Agreement. U.S. Assistance to the United Kingdom The International Fund for Ireland (IFI), created in 1986, provides funding for projects to generate cross-community engagement and economic opportunity in Northern Ireland (the United Kingdom) and the border counties of Ireland. Since the IFI’s establishment, the U.S. Government has contributed over $500 million, roughly half of total IFI funding. The other major donor to IFI is the European Union. Bilateral Economic Relations The United Kingdom is a member of the European Union and a major international trading power. The United Kingdom is one of the largest markets for U.S.

United Kingdom: Right to Affordable Housing Is Being Eroded

Rolnik, the system has been weakened by a series of measures over the years, notably by having privileged homeownership over other forms of tenure. Most recently, several reforms to the welfare system along with cuts in housing grants appear to compromise the realization of the right to adequate housing and other related human rights, she said. In particular, Ms. Rolnik pointed to the bedroom tax as a measure that has negatively affected many vulnerable citizens. The policy, introduced by the Government in April, charges tenants extra for under-occupying homes that are supposedly too large for them. The so-called bedroom tax has already had impacts on some of the most vulnerable members of society, Ms. Rolnik said. During these days of my visit, the dramatic testimonies of people with disabilities, grandmothers who are carers for their families, and others affected by this policy, clearly point to a measure that appears to have been taken without the human component in mind. While acknowledging that difficult economic times allow for difficult policy decisions, Ms. Rolnik underlined that this does not justify putting housing rights in jeopardy. The Special Rapporteur also expressed concerned over the conditions of private renters, as the reduction in the social housing stock and the credit downturn has forced a higher percentage of the population, notably young people, to the private sector. During her two-week mission, Ms. Rolnik visited London, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Belfast and Manchester, where she met with Government officials working on housing issues, various human rights commissions, academics and civil society. Ms. Rolnik also carried out site visits, where she heard first-hand testimonies and discussed with individuals, campaigners and local community organizations. Although there are significant differences between the situation and policy decision-making in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales, to which I will refer in my final report in more detail, my perception is that some trends are common and deserve further scrutiny from a human rights perspective, she said. Independent experts or special rapporteurs are appointed by the Human Rights Council to examine and report back, in an unpaid capacity, on specific human rights themes.