In case I want to try to check plain English interpretations of the law against the actual law.

  • Out of interest, is there something in particular that you are looking for? – Steve Melnikoff Mar 23 '16 at 11:19
  • SDLT regulations (April 2016 budget), but I thought I'd ask it as a general question as I couldn't find an entry on this stackexchange. – nsandersen Mar 23 '16 at 12:43
  • OK. My answer still stands - but the changes won't appear there until the budget proposals pass through Parliament, which will take a month or two. However, a plain English description will probably appear in the relevant section of the Government's website. – Steve Melnikoff Mar 23 '16 at 12:58
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    If you can't wait that long, you can read the proposed amendment in yesterday's Commons Votes and Proceedings - search for "stamp duty" (motions 45-50). These will shortly then be published as the Finance (No. 2) Bill, and will appear in the list of bills before Parliament. – Steve Melnikoff Mar 23 '16 at 13:00
  • ...or failing that, do a search. There are lots of news articles examining and dissecting the latest changes. :-) – Steve Melnikoff Mar 23 '16 at 13:02

All extant UK statute law can be found on legislation.gov.uk, which is the official online repository for British legislation.

Most recent acts of Parliament and statutory instruments are accompanied by Explanatory Notes, which describe - in plain English - what the various parts of that piece of legislation mean.

  • "All extant" - that would be nice. There is a major problem that amendments are not being applied sufficiently promptly ... but it's still the best we've got. – Martin Bonner supports Monica May 31 '17 at 15:15
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    @MartinBonner: there is at least one better source: Westlaw, which claims to "publish all new acts the same day they come into force and update all the affected statutes and materials within 48 hours". However, besides a 48-hour free trial service, it's not free. (Other services like this may exist; I'm not affiliated with Westlaw, etc, etc). – Steve Melnikoff Jun 5 '17 at 15:10

The free source of legislation and case law in the United Kingdom is BAILII (British and Irish Legal Information Institute).

BAILII contains the text of judgements and legislation. However, as for plain English interpretations of the law... that's possibly at odds with your question, which asks for "actual UK law paragraphs".

If it's actual UK judgements or legislation, it is possible that it will not be in plain English.

  • I was hoping to verify a couple of points in the plain English interpretations, so non-plain English is exactly what I am looking for, even if I may regret it. – nsandersen Mar 23 '16 at 9:20

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