Vote Office: Training for Members’ Staff

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Members’ staff are invited to learn more about the Vote Office and the services it offers to support their work.

Introduction to the Vote Office

Time: 11:30 – 12:15
Date: Monday 30 January 2023
Location: Virtual, MS Teams
Booking: contact x3631, vote_office@parliament.uk

This virtual session will provide an introduction of how the Vote Office helps Members’ offices to navigate parliamentary business.  

Both Westminster and constituency-based staff are welcome. The session is suitable for anyone who has recently joined a Member’s office or would like a refresher on our services. 

The session covers:

  • The role of the Vote Office. 
  • How we can assist you in your roles as Members’ Staff. 
  • An overview of the House’s business papers and the Vote Office’s digital services. 

The session will last approximately 30 minutes, with time for questions afterwards.

For more information and to sign up, please email vote_office@parliament.uk. 

NEW HMRC GUIDES FOR MPS AND STAFF

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Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs have updated their very helpful booklets, explaining how they can help you to help your constituents. The two booklets are:

  • Help for you and your constituents – Working with HM Revenue and Customs: a guide for MPs
  • Tax and National Insurance contributions – Guide for MPs and Ministers (MPs managing their own tax affairs)

If you would like a copy of the updated versions, please email us letting us know which version(s) you require*.

* Please note that we are able to send these documents only to current MPs and their staff with intranet email accounts.  It is not available to members of the public.

Publishing Pictures and Avoiding Rights Issues

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It’s very easy to find pictures on the Internet and copy them to use on your own website. However, in doing so, you could easily be infringing copyright, and the owner might seek compensation.

Paul Clarke has written a useful guide especially for w4mp on publishing pictures and avoiding rights issues, which you can find here: https://w4mp.org/w4mp/w4mp-guides/support-in-your-job/publishing-pictures-and-avoiding-rights-issues/

There’s also some information at the end about what to do if your MP’s office receives a Copyright Infringement Notice.

Financial Year-End Guidance

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It’s that time of year again, when Office Managers/Proxies start their financial year-end process.

If this is your first time doing the year-end submission, don’t panic – it’s really not as scary as it sounds. The staff at IPSA are really helpful and will guide you through it, and they’ve published some useful information here: https://www.ipsaonline.org.uk/year-end-2022-23

Casework Discussion Forum – Wellbeing – looking after yourself and others

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Time: 10:30 – 11:30
Date: Thursday 26 January 2023
Location: Online

The Library, in conjunction with the Members’ Services Team, is pleased to invite you to the Casework Discussion Forum which will take place virtually each month.

Wellbeing – looking after yourself and others
Led by the Member Services Team.

Booking required: https://parliament.learningpool.com/mod/facetoface/view.php?id=5177

Members’ Staff Induction

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The Members’ Services Team (MST) invites all new Members’ Staff to join us for a 90-minute online Welcome to Parliament induction session on Tuesday 7 February 2023 from 10:00 to 11:30,

This session will welcome you to being part of the Parliamentary community and cover essential information from key House services that will help you to settle in and get off to a good start in your new role. 

To book on to this session, please go to https://parliament.learningpool.com/mod/facetoface/view.php?id=3240

If you do not yet have a network account and cannot access that page, please send an email to mst@parliament.uk

Parliament’s People Awards

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Parliament’s People Awards recognise the inspirational teams and individuals who have impressed and shown dedication and commitment to supporting a thriving parliamentary democracy.

All MPs and Peers, their staff, in parliamentary or constituency offices, or those employed by the House of Commons, House of Lords or the Parliamentary Digital Service can nominate a colleague.

Nominations are now open for the 2023 Awards. Nominations close on 31 January 2023. The Awards ceremony will take place on 27 March 2023.

See the website for further information on how to make a nomination: https://parliamentspeopleawards.com/

Domestic Abuse Awareness

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All MP’s Staff Q&A Session

Time: 10:00 – 11:00
Date: Thursday 2 February 2023
Location: Online via MS Teams
Booking: https://parliament.learningpool.com/mod/facetoface/view.php?id=5505

We are delighted to welcome Natasha Saunders who will be joining us for our February All Staff Q&A Session.

Natasha is a law changer, conversation starter and motivational speaker but it hasn’t always been that way. After 8 years of a wide range of Domestic Abuse, she has become the voice she needed to hear when she was trapped. Domestic Abuse is everyone’s problem and she invites you to hear her lived experience and how you can not only support those around you but possibly save a life too.

If you have any questions about this session please contact MST@parliament.uk

Forthcoming Library Talks

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The programme of Library talks for January to March 2023 is open for booking – the titles will take you to Act, if you wish to book a place.

Please note that you must have a Parliamentary Network account in order to access the links.

TitleDateStartsEnds
The world in 2023: looking ahead to key eventsThursday 19 January 202310:30 AM11:30 AMVirtual via MS Teams
Can I pay less Council Tax?Thursday 26 January 20232:30 PM3:30 PMVirtual via MS Teams
Benefits and the rising cost of livingThursday 02 February 20232:30 PM3:30 PMVirtual via MS Teams
Broadband and mobile services and the cost of livingThursday 09 February 202310:30 AM11:30 AMVirtual via MS Teams
DWP employment support: The Restart Scheme (NAO)Tuesday 21 February 20232:30 PM3:30 PMVirtual via MS Teams
Planning applications – how constituents can get involved (England)Thursday 23 February 20232:30 PM3:30 PMVirtual via MS Teams
Introduction to employment rights in GBThursday 02 March 20232:30 PM3:30 PMVirtual via MS Teams
What have we learned from the 2021 census?Thursday 09 March 20232:30 PM3:30 PMVirtual via MS Teams
Managing NHS backlogs and waiting times in England (NAO)Thursday 16 March 20232:30 PM3:30 PMVirtual via MS Teams
Why are so many people leaving the labour market?Thursday 23 March 202310:30 AM11:30 AMVirtual via MS Teams
Can businesses recruit from overseas to fill labour shortages?Thursday 30 March 202310:30 AM11:30 AMVirtual via MS Teams