It’s Parliament Week – see https://www.ukparliamentweek.org/en/ – and lots of activities will be taking place across the country. Parliament Week (UKPW) is an annual event, spreading the word about what Parliament is, what it does and how you can get involved and featured over 10,000 activities last year.
You may have heard from people running events with invitations for local MPs to attend.
Dissolution is the official term for the end of a Parliament before a general election. When Parliament is dissolved every seat in the House of Commons becomes vacant. MPs immediately revert to being members of the general public and those who wish to become MPs again must stand for election as candidates.
The House has now published its revised dissolution guidance, which aims to help Members and Members’ staff understand the rules in place and the support available to them before, during and after the next election, including what to expect during the dissolution period.
You can find the guidance on the new parliamentary intranet, ParliNet, and we have published our own page on w4mp to track the guidance.
Please note that the guides etc may be updated before the election and so you should refer to ParliNet and not any stored web pages or PDFs for the latest guidance.
Time: 13:30 to 14:30
Date: Thursday 16 November 2023
Location: Online – via Teams
In this event, Sarah Sternberg, Global Masculinities Lead at Movember Foundation, will talk about:
- Why when we talk about gender, we should be talking about boys and men (as well as girls, women and other genders).
- Some areas of gender inequity that impact boys and men, with a focus on mental health and help-seeking.
- What we’ve learned in 20 years at Movember about supporting men’s mental health.
Sarah Sternberg holds an MSc in Sociology and Gender Studies from LSE and has been working in gender equity in international development and health for the last 10 years. She is currently leading an initiative exploring masculinities online, and the role of influencers on young men’s mental health.
If you’d like a calendar invitation to attend this event, please email email@example.com
Movember, the month formerly known as November, is a moustache growing charity event held during November each year that raises funds and awareness for men’s health.
Nominations are now open for Women in Westminster 2024!
There are so many talented women in Westminster who often go unrecognised. We are therefore calling on you to nominate any woman currently working in Westminster or across the supporting sectors that you believe has made an impact on politics or public life in the past year. These women could be, but are not limited to, parliamentarians, journalists, civil servants, activists, think tankers or public affairs professionals.
Submit your nomination here!
Disability History Month takes place from 16 November to 16 December 2023. You can read more about it here: https://ukdhm.org/
The Parliamentary Education Unit has several resources for teachers:
Life Peers’ Stories: A Conversation with Baroness Grey-Thompson: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uIvH2SsCboU
Disability History Month illustrated book – a free eBook: https://learning.parliament.uk/en/resources/disability-illustrated-book/
Disability History Booklet: https://assets-learning.parliament.uk/uploads/2020/11/Disability-History-Month-booklet.pdf
Learning about disability legislation: https://learning.parliament.uk/en/resources/your-story-our-history-accessibility-legislation/
A POSTNote from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology.
This POSTnote considers transitions to meet environmental targets and how their costs and benefits for different members of society can be distributed fairly.
With the launch of ParliNet, the new parliamentary intranet, we will be updating links from w4mp to intranet pages to reflect the improved structure of the new site.
ParliNet contains everything you need to stay connected to the parliamentary community. Use it to find information like catering menus, events, contact numbers, and the latest news, and we will be reviewing the contents of w4mp to ensure that it complements what you can find there.
Please note that the old intranet is not being updated and will be switched off on 25 October. Just like us, you should update your favourites and bookmarks to ones on parlinet.parliament.uk before then.
Exclusive webinar for MPs’ staff
- Boosting financial wellbeing one step at a time
- A free MoneyHelper webinar for MPs’ staff
- Monday 6 November, 14.00-15.00
- Register and more details
During Talk Money Week, MoneyHelper (brought to you by the Money and Pensions Service) is hosting an exclusive webinar to support MP’s staff to have better conversations with constituents about money. Our financial wellbeing experts will help you:
- Discover how to navigate conversations about money.
- Learn how MoneyHelper can assist with your constituents’ queries on issues like housing, money, debt, and pensions.
- Empower your constituents with tools to help enhance their financial wellbeing.
Whether you’re a seasoned expert or new to an MP’s office, the free MoneyHelper webinar will help you guide your constituents to make more informed financial decisions. Secure your spot and register today!
ParliNet, Parliament’s new intranet, will launch tomorrow, Monday 16 October.
ParliNet will be accessible from anywhere, on any device, using a parliamentary login, and will replace the current intranet as a place to go for timely, trusted and relevant information.
On Monday, staff be sent more information to your parliamentary emails about how to get access to the site. There will also be an information stand in the weeks after ParliNet launches, to ask questions or receive advice about using ParliNet, as well as online and in-person demo sessions.
ParliNet and w4mp
We will be migrating existing intranet links to the new site, but this will not be a simple update as the structure and content of the new site is very different from the current one. We will complete the update before the old intranet is turned off at the end of the month.
How to apply for compensation if you were a victim of the terrorist attacks in Israel starting on 7 October 2023.
The Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs has designated the attacks in Israel starting from, but not limited to, 7 October 2023 as acts of terrorism.
Claimants can apply directly and do not need to go through their MP, solicitor or any paid representatives.
Please see the Government website for information: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/israel-terror-attacks-compensation-for-victims