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LIBRARY:  Authoritative guides to help in your job, useful links and light reading.  

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Since it began in 2000 w4mp has commissioned an extensive collection is a of guides to good practice to provide you with advice and support in carrying out the main activities expected of you in your job.

Most guides are written by staff working for MPs; some originate from various House Departments or our good friends in the  House of Commons Library.

Guides are constantly being revised and updated so if you do print a guide out please remember to check back from time to time to see if changes have been made.

Navigating the w4mp Library

You can search the whole site, including guides, using the standard search bar or this search box:

Or you can follow these links

If you would like to see a full list of all guides then we have a Guide Index that you can consult.

News

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Please let us know of items you think will be of interest – email editor@w4mp.org 

Latest news below, or you can read all news items.

Gift vouchers and insolvency

House of Commons Library Briefing The Commons Library has produced a briefing on gift vouchers and insolvency, relating to what happens to consumers’ gift vouchers and other prepayments when a retailer becomes insolvent. You can read the summary and download the full briefing here: https://commonslibrary.parliament.uk/research-briefings/sn06540/

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Wellbeing Hub for Members’ Staff

The Wellbeing Hub for Members’ staff can now be accessed directly from your desktop using the orange and blue icon which should now have appeared. The Wellbeing Hub brings together all resources into one place, with information on what support services are available and ideas, tools and templates to support you with your wellbeing. It is…

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Hollie Gazzard Trust and MSSS talk on personal safety

This is an event from the Wellness Working Group Wednesday 14 July 1410:00 AM – 11:00 AM Nick Gazzard from the Hollie Gazzard Trust talking to the group about Hollie’s story and the work of the Trust. He will be joined by Neil Cahalin from Member Security Services at the House to speak about available…

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Hotlines list updated 8 July 2021

The hotlines list has been updated again. Please can you ensure that you use only the current list which can be found on the intranet here: https://intranet.parliament.uk/Documents/research-online-resources/research/constituency-casework/w4mp-hotlines.pdf Please do not save or print the hotlines list, as this risks you using incorrect details and causing annoyance to the people you are contacting.

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National Audit Office (NAO) / Education Team

This is a briefing / Q&A session from the Members’ Services Team. National Audit Office (NAO) / Education Team The National Audit Office is the nation’s independent spending watchdog. It reports to, and is funded by, Parliament to value for money reports on subjects ranging from HS2, Defence contracts, local authority finances, Covid-19, to environmental…

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Regional Roadshows – calling North West Members’ staff

The regional roadshows are getting a revamp and the Members’ Services Team would love to hear your thoughts on what should be included. All MPs’ staff are invited to contribute. If you are available 15 July 9.30 – 10.15am and would be willing to provide them with some feedback about what should be included in…

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The Well Gardened Mind

This is an event from the Wellness Working Group Thursday 8 July 2021 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM Author of the Sunday Times Bestseller, The Well Gardened Mind, Sue Stuart-Smith will join us to talk about the benefits of nature for wellbeing. “In a powerful combination of contemporary neuroscience, psychoanalysis and brilliant storytelling, The Well…

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Office Restructure familiarisation sessions

This session, aimed at MPs and their HR proxies, is run by the Members’ HR Advice Service to supplement the Best Practice Guide to Office Restructures. The session will provide information about how to manage restructuring the office when you are considering reorganising your staffing resources to respond to changing priorities. It will cover employer…

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Cultivating the inner capacities of the mind and heart – Director of the Mindfulness Initiative

This is an event from the Wellness Working Group. Tuesday 29 June 2021 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM Jamie Bristow is Director of The Mindfulness Initiative, a policy institute about mindfulness and compassion training that grew out of a programme of mindfulness teaching for politicians in the British Parliament. The Mindfulness Initiative provides the secretariat…

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Workshops from the Registrar of Members’ Financial Interests

The Registrar of Members’ Financial Interests runs workshops for Members and their staff on the following subjects together with the next available dates. ‘Openness and Registering Members’ Financial Interests’, covering: How to help your Member register and declare interests The rules on paid lobbying by MPs How and when to register your own interests Thursday…

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Jobs

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JOBS:  a wide range of jobs relating to politics, including jobs working for MPs, Peers, MSPs and AMs.

Job adverts can be found on  w4mpjobs.

If you wish to place an job ad you can do so on w4mpjobs but please read the guidance carefully.

Further information

Hear what some others have said:

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“We had a staggering number of responses from many very well qualified candidates and I am very grateful to you for the excellent service you provide.

“After many years searching for a paid political job, checking the site almost every day and doing a couple of internships, I have finally been able to find a job which was advertised on the site. For that as well as the unique employment resource you provide, I shall be eternally grateful.”

“We found using the w4mp site invaluable in the search for a graduate to join our team. The response was unprecedented in terms of sheer numbers, but also with the strength of candidates found. Using w4mp meant that most of the people responding to the ad had the relevant Westminster experience required for our position. We were so impressed by the response we took the ad down two weeks before the closing date. It made the search much easier and we would definitely use w4mp in the future.”

Event Listings

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Events are starting to happen in the real world, but for the moment most of what’s listed here remains online.

If you want to tell us about an event that you think will be of interest to our readers, please complete the Event Submission form

Notices

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Small ads from staff for accommodation – available or wanted – goods for sale etc.

We will only accept notices from staff of MPs or others with a current @parliament.uk email address.  Use this form to submit a notice. Please don’t forget to let us know if your notice needs to be removed, e.g. if your accommodation has been let. If you have just started working for an MP and don’t have a parliamentary email address yet, ask a colleague to place a Notice for you.


Wanted: studio, 1 bed flat or room in house share

Ref: 2954 I am moving back to London after the restrictions have been lifted in September and I am looking for a studio/ 1 Bed Flat or a room in a house share. My Budget is £700 to £1000 Since this is short and sweet I am able to answer any questions via email mark.lewis@parliament.uk.

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Room available in Highgate Home

Ref: 2953 Regularly used by Parliamentary interns/researchers. Full use of house facilities inc. wifi and garden. Archway (zone 2) nearest tube. £650 p.c.m inclusive Contact: bensusani@parliament.uk

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Available: Flat to Rent

Ref: 2952 One bedroom Garden Flat to rent in Barton Street, opposite House of Lords, a short walk from Parliament. Cost within IPSA guidelines. Please email Lord Flight – hflight@btinternet.com Or telephone on 0207 222 7559 if interested. Available end of May/beginning of June.

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Available: Room to Rent

Ref: 2950 Single room for £525 per month all inclusive, located nearby Camberwell (SE9) and Brixton (SW2). Shops within walking distance, bus and train links nearby, available immediately. Looking for friendly young professional/student who is independent, easy going and also likes to socialise to take up cosy room in a nice flat in a vibrant…

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Gov. uk has useful advice if you  want to rent out a room in your home.  If you are renting out either a room or a whole property, please read this important information on ‘Right to Rent’.

Training

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Special Note : Covid-19 and Casework: Ask the Library

The House of Commons Library ran a series of online training sessions on 25 and 26 June to help MPs’ staff deal with Covid-19 related casework. The programme covered:

  • Preventing evictions
  • Understanding the data on case numbers and deaths
  • The lockdown laws
  • Schools
  • The economic impact
  • Using the Library remotely

And much more… You can view the recordings of those sessions here: https://parliament.learningpool.com/course/view.php?id=1747


Learning and Development

The main resource for training for Members’ Staff is The Commons Learning and Organisation Development team.

Courses take place both on the Parliamentary Estate and regionally, and if a course of interest is not available at a convenient location or date, they will endeavor to accommodate specific requirements, subject to sufficient demand (12 delegates and above).

Courses are free of charge to all Members’ staff who are paid through IPSA’s staffing allowance and travel costs to training events can be met from the expenses scheme administered by IPSA.

The full course catalogue is available via Act – the Parliamentary learning management system.  A list of courses can be found at the bottom of this page.

At the moment, it is not possible to attend classroom based training.  However, there are some courses which are available online in a virtual classroom.  Please see here for details: https://parliament.learningpool.com/course/view.php?id=1590

 


House of Commons Library

The House of Commons Library also provides training that may be of value to staff.  Courses are open to Members of both Houses, their staff and parliamentary staff, unless otherwise stated on the course schedule and individual arrangements can be made for constituency staff. See the Library’s training page on the Parliamentary Intranet for details and booking.


 
Latest Training Courses

Office Restructure familiarisation sessions

This session, aimed at MPs and their HR proxies, is run by the Members’ HR Advice Service to supplement the Best Practice Guide to Office Restructures. The session will provide information about how to manage restructuring the office when you are considering reorganising your staffing resources to respond to changing priorities. It will cover employer…

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Office Restructure familiarisation sessions

This session, aimed at MPs and their HR proxies, is run by the Members’ HR Advice Service to supplement the Best Practice Guide to Office Restructures. The session will provide information about how to manage restructuring the office when you are considering reorganising your staffing resources to respond to changing priorities. It will cover employer…

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Reminder – today! Creating a safe workplace for Members’ staff – guidance on bullying, harassment and sexual misconduct

All MP Staff Q&A Session – Creating a safe workplace for Members’ staff – guidance on bullying, harassment and sexual misconduct 10:00 – 10:45 – Thursday 10 June 2021 Open to all of the staff of MPs.  For further information and booking, please see https://parliament.learningpool.com/mod/facetoface/view.php?id=4492  

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New mental health training courses from Learning & Development

Please note that, when trying to access these courses, if you receive automated messages such as “you don’t have Moodle” or “it is not for learners”, please contact the Digital team to sort it out as it is a technical error, thank you. Distressed Callers (1 day) https://parliament.learningpool.com/mod/facetoface/view.php?id=3965 Course overview Core skills when supporting emotional…

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All Members’ Staff Virtual Q&A Session: UKVI/Passport office / Civil Service Sports Council

All Members’ Staff Virtual Q&A Session: UKVI/Passport office / Civil Service Sports Council This session is open to all staff of all MPs. 10:00 – 11:00 – 24 June 2021 For further information and booking, please visit https://parliament.learningpool.com/mod/facetoface/view.php?id=3963

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Creating a safe workplace for Members’ staff – guidance on bullying, harassment and sexual misconduct

All MP Staff Q&A Session – Creating a safe workplace for Members’ staff – guidance on bullying, harassment and sexual misconduct 10:00 – 10:45 – Thursday 10 June 2021 Open to all of the staff of MPs.  For further information and booking, please see https://parliament.learningpool.com/mod/facetoface/view.php?id=4492  

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Office Restructure familiarisation sessions

This session, aimed at MPs and their HR proxies, is run by the Members’ HR Advice Service to supplement the Best Practice Guide to Office Restructures. The session will provide information about how to manage restructuring the office when you are considering reorganising your staffing resources to respond to changing priorities. It will cover employer…

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Introduction to the Vote Office: Training for Members’ Staff

Members’ staff are invited to learn more about the Vote Office and the services we offer to support their work. Friday 11 Jun 2021, 11:00 – 11:40 on MS Teams Booking essential.  For full details please see here: https://intranet.parliament.uk/business-news/news-current-issues/whats-on/2021/june/introduction-to-the-vote-office-training-for-members-staff/  

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All MP staff virtual Q&A – Dealing with aggressive and abusive constituents

Time: 14:00 Date: Friday 26 February 2021 Where: Online – MS Teams The focus of this month’s session will be dealing with aggressive and abusive constituents, both over the phone, in person and on social media. Our expert speakers are Neil Cahalin (Personal Security Adviser) and David Mair (Social Media and Security Analyst). If you…

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Law Training Sessions from the Learning and Development Team

The Learning and Development has arranged some new law training sessions in March.  Please book yourself onto them using the intranet links below. Introduction to housing law: Homelessness https://parliament.learningpool.com/mod/facetoface/view.php?id=3874 Introduction to housing law: Security of tenure  https://parliament.learningpool.com/mod/facetoface/view.php?id=3876 Introduction to housing law: Social housing https://parliament.learningpool.com/mod/facetoface/view.php?id=3877 Introduction to housing law: Disrepair https://parliament.learningpool.com/mod/facetoface/view.php?id=3875 The Law and Special Educational Needs https://parliament.learningpool.com/mod/facetoface/view.php?id=3878 Introduction…

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