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Constituency Casework Data and Dissolution

The ICO is hosting a webinar for Members’ staff on Constituency Casework Data and Dissolution on Thursday 7 March from 2pm. There will be an open Q&A session where you can ask any questions on this subject. To attend, please visit this page and then follow the link to register: https://parlinet.parliament.uk/information-resources/news-newsletters-notices/news/2024/february/preparing-casework-for-dissolution/

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Taylor Bennett Foundation PR & Communications Training Programme

The Taylor Bennett Foundation is a charity that exists to encourage people from a black, Asian and minority ethnic background to pursue a career in communications. Their award-winning PR Training Programme is a paid, full-time, eight-week training programme in Public Relations (PR) and Communications designed to equip participants from a Black, Asian & minority ethnic…

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CV Writing for Members’ Staff

House of Commons Training Session Course Overview Sessions available on: To book, please go here: https://parliament.learningpool.com/course/view.php?id=2109

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MPs’ Staff Survey on Wellbeing

All MPs’ staff should have received an email inviting them to complete the Wellness Working Group annual survey on wellbeing. If you haven’t already completed this important survey, w4mp strongly encourages you to do so as soon as possible – the closing date is Friday 19 January 2024. If you are a member of staff…

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Navigating the new constituencies

As we all know, the current set of parliamentary constituencies is being replaced for the next election and the borders of constituencies will change substantially.  And because boundary reviews are carried out by separate organisations for each nation that no-one officially produces a single dataset of all the new constituencies covering the whole UK. However…

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Boundary changes – how to find data about new constituencies – Caseworker Discussion Forum

Time: 10:30 – 11:30Date: Thursday 18 January 2024Location: Virtual via Microsoft Teams The January 2024 forum will be on the topic of Boundary changes: how to find data about new constituencies. We will be joined by staff from the Library’s Social and General Statistics Section. To sign up, please go here: https://parliament.learningpool.com/mod/facetoface/signup.php?s=16606

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Artificial Intelligence: An explainer

The Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology has produced a useful explainer on Artificial Intelligence. It describes key definitions, how AI can be used, how it works, concerns, and perceptions of AI. You can find it here: https://post.parliament.uk/research-briefings/post-pb-0057/

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All-Staff Q&A Session December: Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) Q&A

Please join the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) Advocacy Team, who will raise awareness of Disability Services, to support your constituents. The Team will cover the Access to Work (ATW) grant which supports people with a health condition or a disability to get into and retain work.   If you have a question you would…

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Training: Dealing with Cases of Domestic Abuse

Time: 10:00 – 16:00Date: 16 January 2024Location: Online via Teams For full details and booking, please visit https://parliament.learningpool.com/course/view.php?id=2068

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Training: Managing Your Social Media Profile

This is a two-day, in-person course. This course is about how to get the best out of social media and will have a particular focus on using video as a powerful way of engage and also explore how to manage negative comments and link you to some Parliamentary resources that can support you. This is a practical…

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Third Annual WWG Survey of Staff Working for MPs

The Wellness Working Group is excited to once again share with you the now Annual WWG Survey of Staff working for Members of Parliament. You may remember, the Wellness Working Group undertakes this an anonymous survey of MPs staff to better understand the pressures and effects that our jobs have on our wellbeing. We are…

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Latest Recommended Posting Dates for Christmas Delivery in the UK in 2023

Monday 18 December:2nd Class2nd Class Signed For Wednesday 20 December:1st Class1st Class Signed For Friday 22 December:Special Delivery Guaranteed® You can find more detailed information on the Royal Mail website here: https://www.royalmail.com/christmas/last-posting-dates

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Registering MPs’ Interests

A new online system for registering MPs’ Interests will go live in 2024. If you want to know more, please see here: https://parlinet.parliament.uk/information-resources/programmes/transforming-digital-programme/new-register-of-members-interests-system—frequently-asked-questions/ (network account required)

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Behaviour Code for MPs’ Staff

There are still some spaces available for next weeks’ ‘Behaviour Code – Why It Matters For All MPs’ Staff’ session at 3pm on 7 December. A further session has also just been arranged for 10am on 19 December. It is essential that all new MPs’ staff attend so if you haven’t already please sign up…

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Changes to Home Office Contact Details

Please note that the email addresses used to contact the Home Office for immigration matters have been changed. Please check the Hotlines List for the new addresses. There is a new document giving an overview of the MP Account Management Services. Please do take a few minutes to read it, as it could save you…

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Are you OK?

Are you OK? How are you coping? Do you need to talk to someone? An MP’s office can be a busy and stressful environment at the best of times, and over the past few weeks, staff have been under a lot of extra pressure. The work we do can put a strain on our mental…

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Autumn Statement 2023

Do you want to know all about the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement 2023? The House of Commons Library has lots of information which you can find here: https://commonslibrary.parliament.uk/autumn-statement-2023/ Including:

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Parliament Matters – a podcast from the Hansard Society

Mark D’Arcy and Ruth Fox present a weekly podcast about how Parliament works, and talk about current issues and research, and historical events. Find the podcast here: https://podfollow.com/parliamentmatters/view

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Constituency Data Dashboards

The House of Commons Library’s interactive dashboard can be used to explore data for parliamentary constituencies, covering topics such as unemployment, house prices and election results. You can see some headline statistics here: https://commonslibrary.parliament.uk/constituency-dashboard/ There are more dashboards on other topics which you can look through on this page:https://commonslibrary.parliament.uk/data-tools-and-resources/local-data/

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Changes to Home Office contact details

Please note that the contact details for the Home Office in relation to immigration matters have now changed. Please see the new hotlines list for details.

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MST East Midlands Roadshows – Nottingham (29 November) and Peterborough (30 November) 

The Members’ Services Team (MST) are hosting a twin-centre East Midlands Roadshow this November. The events will take place in Nottingham on Wednesday 29 November, 10am – 4pm (Belgrave Rooms, NG1 5LB) and Peterborough on Thursday 30 November, 10am – 4pm (Weston Homes Stadium, PE2 8AL).   The agenda will focus on preparing for the next…

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It’s Parliament Week

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…

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Caseworker Discussion Q&A – Dealing with domestic abuse cases

Time: 10:30 – 11:30Date: Thursday 16 November 2023Location: Online via MS Teams With Sally Lipscombe from the Library’s Home Affairs Section and Hannah Cromarty from the Social Policy Section. To book and view other Caseworker Discussion Q&A sessions, please visit ACT: https://parliament.learningpool.com/mod/facetoface/view.php?id=5177

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Dissolution Guidance Published

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…

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Understanding men and gender equity – A ParliGender event with Movember 

Time: 13:30 to 14:30Date: Thursday 16 November 2023Location: Online – via Teams In this event, Sarah Sternberg, Global Masculinities Lead at Movember Foundation, will talk about: 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.…

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Women in Westminster – Nominations are now open

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…

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Disability History Month

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…

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What is a just transition for environmental targets?

A POSTNote from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology. https://post.parliament.uk/research-briefings/post-pn-0706/ This POSTnote considers transitions to meet environmental targets and how their costs and benefits for different members of society can be distributed fairly.

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w4mp and ParliNet

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,…

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Moneyhelper

Exclusive webinar for MPs’ staff 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: Whether you’re a seasoned expert or new to an MP’s office, the…

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ParliNet launches Monday October 16

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…

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Israel terror attacks: compensation for victims

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…

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ParliAble panel discussion for World Mental Health Day

1pm today. Today (10th October) is World Mental Health Day ParliAble, one of the fantastic Workplace Equality Networks in Parliament is hosting a panel discussion event to mark this important campaign. Details below! Join us online for an exciting panel for World Mental Health Day on Tuesday 10th October at 1pm. The panel is chaired…

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British Liver Trust

A Wellness Working Group event Time: 11:00 – 12:00Date: Monday 16 October 2023Location: Online Please join us to hear the British Liver Trust talk about the work they do, the huge rise in liver disease and liver cancer and the crisis in access to services. We will also learn about the risk factors of liver…

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PolicyMogul Conference Connector

If you’re going to the party conferences this year, use PolicyMogul’s free tool to meet organisations and policymakers who share your interests. Simply fill in a short form with some information about you and the kind of people you’re interested in meeting, and PolicyMogul will connect you with relevant people. https://protect-eu.mimecast.com/s/eAnhCWL3Di5l7N0lI6jTo1?domain=about.policymogul.com/

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Imprints on election and campaign material

A Research Briefing from the House of Commons Library. Imprints are details that must appear on political or election-related material to show who is has produced it. This briefing explains the requirements for imprints. https://commonslibrary.parliament.uk/research-briefings/sn02174/

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NEW REPORT: MPs’ staff, the Unsung Heroes: An Examination of Who They Are and What They Do

A new Constitution Unit report by Dr Rebecca McKee examines the key role played by MPs’ staff in our political system, shedding new light on who they are, and what they do. You can read the report here: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/constitution-unit/sites/constitution_unit/files/206_-unsung_heroes_-_full_report.pdf

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The price of postage stamps will rise on 2 October 2023

The prices of Royal Mail postage stamps will rise on 2 October 2023 You can find full details of all price rises here: https://www.royalmail.com/sites/royalmail.com/files/2023-09/our-prices-october-2023-ta.pdf

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Subject Access Requests – guidance for MPs’ offices

Please note that links to the old Parliamentary intranet have been removed as of October 2023. Please use search on ParliNet to find relevant current details, if available. https://parlinet.parliament.uk/house-of-commons-members-staff/ The Information Compliance Team has updated its guidance on Subject Access Requests for MPs’ offices and you can find it here You could also have a…

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Design a pie for Parliament!

Please note that links to the old Parliamentary intranet have been removed as of October 2023. Please use search on ParliNet to find relevant current details, if available. https://parlinet.parliament.uk/house-of-commons-members-staff/ It’s 250 years since the first ‘official’ catering venue opened in the House of Commons and to celebrate this and the work of the catering teams…

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Wellness Working Group August Blog Post

The Wellness Working Group (WWG) will be publishing a monthly blog, written by Committee Member, Lisa Young, who not only works for an MP but is a trained counsellor. They hope that by publishing this blog, you might find some comfort as well as practical tips to help you through a difficult situation. You can…

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Training for Members’ Staff

The Members’ Services Team, along with Teams across the House of Commons, provides a wide range of training, learning and development activities that have been developed to support Members’ staff in their different roles and responsibilities. To see the dates of courses coming up soon, view the Monthly Training Bulletin. You can also find all the…

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FCA launches review of treatment of Politically Exposed Persons

The Financial Conduct Authority is launching a review of the treatment of ‘Politically Exposed Persons’ by financial services companies. You can read about it on their website here: https://www.fca.org.uk/news/press-releases/fca-launches-review-treatment-politically-exposed-persons

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Caseworker Discussion Q&A: Update from the Members’ Services Team

Time: 14:00Date: Thursday 17 August 2023Location: Online via Teams Update from the Members’ Services Team, including: It is nearly one year since the Casework Discussion Forum launched. We would like to use this session to gather your feedback about the Forum, suggestions on how it can be improved, and ideas for what topics you would…

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Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology – latest publications

POST, the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology, sources reliable and impartial scientific research evidence for the UK Parliament. It’s latest publications are:

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Guide to Free Legal Services to support constituency casework

Available for MPs’ Offices Only Guide to Free Legal Services to support constituency casework The APPG for Access to Justice, which launched last month. They have been working with a number of law firms to explore the types of legal problems that arise in MPs’ casework and one of the barristers involved, Toby Brown, has…

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Research participants sought

Are you a parliamentary worker who uses evidence-based information as part of your role? A new research project supported by the Chartered Institute of Public Relations is asking what sources of information you use and why. The aim of the work is to understand how evidence could be communicated to policy makers more effectively. Take…

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Caseworker Discussion Q&A – Constituents and dealing with debt

Time: 10:30 – 11:30Date: Thursday 20 July 2023Location: Online via MS Teams England and Wales focus, signposting organisations in Scotland and NI With Lorraine Conway from the Library’s Home Affairs Section To book and view other Caseworker Discussion Q&A sessions, please visit ACT: https://parliament.learningpool.com/mod/facetoface/view.php?id=5177

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MP Staff Training: Understanding Stalking & Harassment

Time: 14:00 – 15:30Date: Tuesday 8 August 2023Location: Online via TeamsOpen to: all Member’s staff. This course is being run in conjunction with the Fixated Threat Assessment Centre (FTAC). The session will cover: To book, please visit this link https://parliament.learningpool.com/course/view.php?id=2084

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Welcome to Parliament (Members’ Staff Induction)

Welcome to Parliament. The new joiner induction sessions are now available to book via the ACT portal if you have a new joiner in your office, please share with them. Time: 10:00 – 11:30Date: Tuesday 5 March 2024Location: Online via MS TeamsBooking: https://parliament.learningpool.com/mod/facetoface/view.php?id=3240 This session will welcome you to being part of the Parliamentary community…

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