The death toll in the UK increased once again to 569, setting another record. There have now been 2,921 deaths as a result of Covid-19.
Concerns remain around the government’s lack of testing for NHS staff. However, the government has stood by their commitment to increase testing throughout the population, promising to have 100,000 tests a day by the end of April.
The Health Secretary Matt Hancock took to the podium to give the daily Coronavirus update after self-isolating since the 27th March.
Further support was also promised to the NHS in the form of a £13.4 billion write-off of NHS debt. In addition to this debt relief additional support was also given to the health sector in the form of a £300 million made available to community pharmacies to support their business.
In party political news, the Labour leadership elections came to an end today. Sir Keir Starmer, the Labour MP for Holborn and St Pancreas, is largely expected to win.
As soon as the first election results were announced on 12 December, Wikipedians – the volunteers who write and edit Wikipedia – sprang into action, updating Wikipedia’s articles about the election itself, about every individual constituency, and about every single MP.
The volunteers also added data, including for example MPs’ websites, Twitter names and Facebook profiles, to Wikipedia’s younger sister project, Wikidata. That’s a database that provides online, queryable data (linked open data, in technical jargon) that is used to populate Wikipedia articles.
MPs staff are able to update Wikipedia and Wikidata, as long as they follow the guidelines for the sites. If you would like to do this then you may want to refer to our guides
News on the Parliament website that the House of Commons has updated its corporate visual identity to ensure it is accessible, in particular on digital platforms and mobile devices.
The updates include an updated rendering of the Crowned Portcullis symbol that works effectively at all sizes in digital environments, and follows the changes developed for the award-winning UK Parliament visual identity launched in 2018.
Alongside the updated version of the House of Commons wordmark, the identity includes an extensive colour palette, icons, illustrations and templates.
Two highly accessible typefaces, National and Register, have also been selected for their excellent legibility in digital and print environments. The decision to adopt them was based on guidance from the British Dyslexia Association and the Digital Accessibility Centre.
The first corporate publication to feature the updated branding was the House of Commons Annual Report and Accounts 2018-19, which is available via the UK Parliament website.
We have just published a new guide to how best to record audio of events or meetings, written by Conrad Taylor and based on his many years of experience.
You can find it in the guides section of the site
Audio recording meetings, events and lectures
From today, water in plastic bottles will no longer be sold on the Parliamentary Estate. Meanwhile, the number of water dispensers and fountains has been increased.
Find out more here: https://intranet.parliament.uk/access-buildings/building-works/environment-and-parliament/plastics-/plastic-bottles-/
Parliament is a serious place, and the Palace of Westminster and constituency offices are filled with hard-working, dedicated professionals engaged in the important business of running the country. Yet even the most committed need time for rest and recuperation, space to kick back and unwind, and opportunities to take a sideways look at their workplace, employers and even their political masters.
For many years we’ve published a range of material for staff who are looking for something less serious and rather more entertaining than the average guide to best practice.
Now they have their own home, along with an archive of our much-loved Hoby cartoons – over at http://alt.w4mp.org/
We hope you enjoy these guides as much as we do.
A new Customer Services Hub will open in the Members’ Centre in Portcullis House at 09:00 on Tuesday 4 September 2018.
It will include the Procedural Hub, the Library, the Parliamentary Digital Service, a General House Services enquiry and help desk, as well as charging lockers.
As the Derby Gate Library will be closing at 5pm on Monday 3 September to allow works to take place, some Library services will be made available in the Customer Services Hub.
Please see the intranet for full details: https://intranet.parliament.uk/business-news/news-current-issues/news/2018/august/changes-to-the-pch-members-centre/
As you’re no doubt aware, both from the deluge of emails from mysterious organisations asking you to ‘reconfirm’ their permission to deluge you with unwanted missives, or your own attempts to come to terms with the implications for the office filing system, the General Data Protection Regulations come into force in UK law on May 25.
You can read more on the Information Commissioner’s website.
If you have any questions then contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The Department of Health has updated its helpful guide for constituency staff, which has been sent out by email to Members of Parliament.
The Ministerial correspondence – Guide for constituency staff is designed to help constituency office staff find their way around the health and social care system, and identify which organisation is best placed to help them with their constituency enquiries and casework. The guide explains the roles of the NHS trusts and arms-length bodies (ALBs) in the health and care sector, and includes contact details for the chief executives of all the Department’s ALBs.
If you have not already received a copy of this guide and would like one, please email us on email@example.com and we will email you a copy. Please note that this will only be sent out to those with verified Parliamentary email addresses. It is not available to the public.
By Elliott Brown from Birmingham, United Kingdom (Witton Station – Mind the Gap Uploaded by Oxyman) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
, along with The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)
, the UK Statistics Authority
and the House of Commons Library
, is launching a project to identify and fill gaps in data and analysis in the UK.
The project is designed to answer important questions about eight different topics which include crime, immigration, education and housing. Full Fact want to fill the gaps in data to produce reliable and well-communicated information. This will help ensure that public decisions and debate are based on the best information available and will help prevent people from making claims that will need to be corrected later on. To find out even more about this project, click here.
Full Fact are also looking for your examples of data and analysis gaps for their eight topics. To view these topics and find out how to get involved, click here.