Our new appearance

We’ve changed the look and feel of the w4mp website to make it work better on mobile devices and also improve some elements of accessiblity.

We hope you like it – but if you have any comments please let us know at editor@w4mp.org

w4mpjobs will be updated next month when this design has bedded in a little.

Changes to Data Protection Requirements for Universal Credit

From now on, the Department for Work and Pensions will require Members of Parliament to obtain explicit consent from constituents to obtain information on their behalf in relation to Full Universal Credit.  The constituent must provide the DWP with the specific details of the issues they would like the DWP to discuss with the Member of Parliament.

The explicit consent will only extends to the conclusion of that particular enquiry, which includes escalation if it concerns a complaint.  If they raise further issues they must again provide explicit consent for the Member of Parliament to act on their behalf.

As the constituent is not likely to know whether they are specifically in receipt of Full Universal Credit, the Member or Parliament needs to determine whether explicit consent is required, and should ask as part of the enquiries with the constituent whether they manage their claim through an online Journal.  The Journal is unique to Full Universal Credit and is also the best way to provide explicit consent.  The constituents can provide their consent for their Member of Parliament to talk to the DWP by writing it in their Journal.

The DWP has emailed Members of Parliament with a letter and a series of guides and online links that their staff may find helpful in assisting constituents.   If you haven’t seen it, please ask your Member to forward it to you.  It includes a short YouTube video about how to make a claim which places much of the new language of Universal Credit in context.

What Goes On in The Other Place?

The BBC Two documentary ‘Meet the Lords’ is broadcast at 9pm on Monday 27 February.

With exclusive access to the members and precincts of the House of Lords, the BBC Two documentary Meet the Lords presents a unique look at the work, role and membership of the second chamber of Parliament.

For more behind the scenes information and access to members of the Lords, follow the House of Lords on Twitter and Facebook.

Need a Helpline?

The Helplines Partnership website lists hundreds of helplines on many different topics, including:

  • Addictions
  • Animals
  • Bereavement
  • Carers
  • Children and Young People
  • Consumer
  • Crime
  • Cults
  • Disability
  • Domestic Violence
  • Dyslexia
  • Education
  • Emotional Distress
  • Employment
  • Family and Parents
  • Gender Identity
  • Health
  • HIV and AIDS
  • Housing and Homelessness
  • Immigration and Asylum
  • Learning Disability
  • Legal, Civil and Welfare Rights
  • Lesbians, Gay Men and Bisexuals
  • Mental Health
  • Missing Persons
  • Money and Debt
  • Occupations and Forces
  • Older People
  • Pregnancy
  • Prisoners and Ex-Offenders
  • Rape and Sexual Abuse
  • Terminal Illness