Date: Thursday 23 March 2023
Location: Online via MS Teams
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.
With CJ McKinney and Melanie Gower from the Library’s Home Affairs Section.
The forum will be complemented by a dedicated Teams chat which will allow you to share ideas and best practice, as well as support being on hand from the Library should specialist knowledge be required.
Booking required: https://parliament.learningpool.com/mod/facetoface/view.php?id=5177
You do not have to be a Caseworker to attend these sessions – they are open to any Members’ staff who handle casework.
If you have any questions, please contact MST@parliament.uk.
Webinar for parliamentary teams
Date: Wednesday, 8 March 2023
Time: 2.00pm – 2.45pm
This online webinar is your chance to learn about the value that PolicyMogul provides for parliamentarians and their staff.
As well as an overview of the platform’s features, we will highlight some best practices related to getting the most out of the platform. Session includes Q&A.
PolicyMogul is the essential online tool used by UK parliamentarians and their teams to stay up to date with the latest political updates and intelligence related to their work and responsibilities.
Platform features include:
- Political monitoring tailored to your interests
- Customisable email updates with relevant political developments
- Access to briefing material
- Question and letter-writing assistant powered by AI
- Analytics dashboard
Join the Library Team for a short session to learn how the Library can support your work. These sessions are ideal for those who have recently started working for a Member or if you simply want a refresher in how to use Library resources.
The resources they cover will help you in your policy, research and casework.
By the end of the session you will be able to:
- Find and use key Library products including briefing papers, casework articles and data dashboards.
- Keep up to date with the latest research and developments through our email alerts
- Know how to use the Library request service
- Access our online services such as Nexis news and Grantfinder
The sessions are delivered over MS Teams by Library colleagues who all have extensive experience of working with Members and their staff.
To book, click here: https://parliament.learningpool.com/course/view.php?id=81
Note: you must be logged into the Parliamentary intranet to access the course booking system.
- 3 March 2023 – 10:30 – 12:00
- 11 April 2023 – 14:00 – 15:30
- 17 May 2023 – 10:30 – 12:00
- 15 June 2023 – 14:00 – 15:30
- 10 July 2023 – 10:30 – 12:00
The House of Commons Library website contains a wealth of information which is of use not only to Members of Parliament and their staff, but are also accessible by members of the public.
The latest guides to be published are:
You can find more constituency casework guides here: https://commonslibrary.parliament.uk/constituency-casework/
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.
ASDIC supports the drop-in centres which in turn support veterans in our communities across the UK. ASDIC Centre leaders are all passionate about the services they offer and, if they can’t help with your problem, they’ll know where to look. You can find the location and opening hours of your nearest drop-in centre here: https://www.asdic.org.uk/member-directory/
For further information please contact membership engagement officer Sacha Moravek by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 07840 807093.
The House of Commons Library has produced a briefing on help with energy bills for businesses, voluntary sector and public sector organisations.
This briefing provides information on support with energy bills for non-domestic customers, including businesses, public sector organisations and charities. It covers help with rising energy prices, and support to install energy-saving measures and low carbon technologies.
Other sources that answer frequent questions are provided, as well as links to other Library briefings, which cover some of the schemes in more detail. Where complex issues are raised it may be more appropriate to refer constituents to specialist bodies and organisations or to a solicitor if legal advice is sought.
In the New Year, EDF will be partnering with Energy UK – the UK Trade Association for the Energy Industry, to provide Q&A sessions with MP Caseworkers to give you an update on how they are helping customers through the winter.
You will also have the opportunity to ask EDF and the industry body questions about some of the correspondence you are receiving from constituents.
So, if this is something that would be useful to you – then PLEASE REGISTER YOUR INTEREST HERE!
In the New Year EDF will use the register of interest to work out how many sessions to put on.
Migrant Help exists to protect people affected by displacement and exploitation, helping them thrive as individuals and recover from their trauma. They support those most in need and least likely to find support elsewhere, whilst aiming to bridge community gaps and bring services and support together.
You can read more about Migrant Help here: https://www.migranthelpuk.org/
Whilst there is no MP hotline for Migrant Help, they have provided some information on how to help your constituents:
A guide to reporting issues via their website:
Accessing Migrant Help’s Service User Portal and webchat:
The October Caseworker forum is scheduled for Thursday 20 October, 2:30-3:30pm and will be on the topic of ‘The training offer for caseworkers – what do you want?’
It will be led by Tara Cullen of the Members’ Services Team.
If you would like to be invited, please email MST@parliament.uk