Forthcoming HOC Library Talks


The Commons Library is running a series of weekly talks starting 13th January covering topical issues, constituency casework, and statistics.

Their expert staff will cover:

and more.

There are also talks from the National Audit Office (NAO) on

You can browse and book all upcoming talks and watch previous talks on Act. Any questions please email

Managing your Money Worries Webinar -18 January


At this time of year, it is not unusual for many of us to experience financial anxiety or the “January blues”. After all, our spending often goes up during the festive season which can lead to increased financial pressures in the new year. Our finances underpin most areas of our lives and money problems can cause serious issues— even affecting our mental health…

Join us for a financial wellbeing workshop on Tuesday 18 January, 2-3pm. Book your place on the Health & Wellbeing learning hub on ACT or email

The session will offer expert, non-judgemental advice on how to manage your money worries. You will learn how financial wellbeing and mental wellbeing are linked—and how to improve both in one fell swoop. The session will also cover:

  • Key facts behind financial wellbeing, and the ways they affect our mental health
  • The emotional impact of money worries, as well as the physical toll
  • Practical tips and advice on managing money, using credit wisely, and being financially aware

The session will be delivered by Joy Whitehead from Health Assured, our EAP provider. If you have any questions about the session email

Royal British Legion Caseworker Guide


(England only)

The Royal British Legion has produced a brand-new caseworker guide, designed to help MP’s staff in the help they provide to their constituents from the Armed Forces community.

This new digital guide has been specifically designed with MP caseworkers in mind. It includes a wealth of information about RBL services and other assistance that is available to constituents.

If you would like a copy of the guide, please email us. Please note that it is for MPs in England only, and is available only to those who have an email address.

This guide is part of a new and complimentary MP caseworker training package, with a new training opportunity commencing from January 2022. To find out more about the RBL MP Caseworker training sessions and to book your place, please follow this link here.

If you have any questions about the guide or the training sessions starting next year, please do not hesitate to get in touch –

Upcoming training from the Commons Library


All of these courses will be presented on Microsoft Teams.
To browse and book courses, please click here

Finding Library research online
Tuesday 2 November

Finding parliamentary questions, debates and speeches online
Thursday 4 November

Media and news sources
Friday 5 November

Finding books and journals
Monday 8 November

Finding parliamentary papers online
Thursday 11 November

Parliamentary Search in depth
Friday 12 November

Finding parliamentary questions, debates and speeches online
Tuesday 16 November

Nexis News in depth
Wednesday 17 November

Finding Library research online
Friday 19 November

Finding Bills and Acts online
Monday 22 November

Find it online
Tuesday 23 November

Parliamentary Search in depth
Wednesday 24 November

Media and news sources
Tuesday 30 November

The Immigration Act 1971: Celebrated or Flawed?


On 30 September 2021, Gresham College broadcast a 1-hour lecture by Professor Leslie Thomas QC and David Neale.

It’s really worth watching as it gives an excellent background to the history of Britain’s immigration law which will be of interest to anyone who works as an MP’s caseworker, particularly those who process immigration casework.

Here’s the lecture summary:

“Commonwealth citizens once enjoyed the right to live, work and settle in the UK without any restrictions. But a racist backlash against Black and Asian immigration led to legislators introducing immigration controls in the Commonwealth Immigrants Act 1962, which were broadened by the Commonwealth Immigrants Act 1968 to deprive East African Asians of the right to settle in the UK. Its shameful successor, the Immigration Act 1971 continues to form the basis of our xenophobic immigration laws today.”

You can watch the lecture on Gresham College’s website here:

Forthcoming drop-in Q&A sessions


The Members Services Team have some drop-in Q&A Sessions coming up:






Supporting Distressed Callers


This course aims to support the Member’s staff to build confidence and skills to deal with distressed callers. This is also an important part of new starters induction training.

Course Overview

  • Module 1: Mental Health Awareness Session
  • Module 2: Communication Skills
  • Module 3: Suicide/serious self-harm calls
  • Module 4: Difficult Calls
  • Module 5: An open session for Q&A


Debriefing and support will be given on an individual basis by telephone/virtual calls after the sessions are completed sharing your contact details with the trainer.

Duration: 60 minutes x 5 modules over 5 days. Debriefing and support after the training (optional).

Please click here to see the full details and to book a place on the course or the waiting list:

If you have difficulty in viewing the details or clicking on the booking link, please click on the ‘enrol’ button first.