Child Benefit for the Over 16s


On 31 August each year, Child Benefit stops for those aged 16+

Child Benefit stops on 31 August on or after a child’s 16th birthday if they leave education or training.  It continues if they stay in approved education or training, but the Child Benefit Office must be notified of this.  A letter is sent to parents/guardians in a child’s last year at school, prompting them to notify the
Child Benefit Office.

MPs might receive more correspondence on Child Benefit when the letters are received on or shortly after 31 August.  Contact the Child Benefit hotline for information to help answer constituents’ questions on Child Benefits.

For further information on this, and other Child Benefit issues, please see the Child Benefit section on Gov.UK


Parliamentary Assistants’ Portico in the Church of Wittertainment


As a regular listener to the Kermode & Mayo film show on BBC Radio 5 Live, w4mp has long been a member of the ‘Church of Wittertainment‘ – see this entry in the comprehensive ‘Witterpedia‘ for more  – and enjoyed the witty banter between Simon Mayo and Mark Kermode. We normally listen to the podcast and enjoy the lack of interruptions from sport and news, and the extra conversation at the start and end of the broadcast programme.

The Church is an all-encompassing space, and this week it was augmented with a special space for everyone working for an MP, and the delightfully-named Parliamentary Assistants’ Portico has joined Clergy Corner and Apothecaries’ Atrium.

Tom in Westminster, who wrote in after having seen Dunkirk in Peckham. You can catch his intervention at 39:20 on the podcast, downloadable from the BBC website. And if Tom would like to get in touch, we’d be happy to acknowledge his contribution.

If you’d like to contact the show to let them know you’re in the congregation, then email or follow @wittertainment on Twitter.

Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards Team training workshops/seminars


The Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards Team is presenting some useful training workshops and seminars.  Book now to secure a place.

Please email: or telephone Pam Morris on 020 7219 3738 to reserve a place.

All workshops will be held in Room “B”, 1 Parliament Street, London SW1A 0AA

Keeping on the right side of the rules: the proper use of Parliamentary resources

  • Tuesday 14 November 1.00pm – 2.00pm

Workshop of how to support an All-Party Parliamentary Group:

  • Wednesday 27 September 11.00am-12 noon
  • Wednesday 18 October 12 noon – 1.00pm
  • Tuesday 14 November 3.00pm – 4.00pm

Seminar on registering MP’s financial interests:

  • Wednesday 27 September 10.00am-11.00am
  • Wednesday 18 October 11.00am – 12 noon
  • Tuesday 14 November 2.00pm – 3.00pm

POSTnote – Migrants and Housing


The Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology has recently published the following POSTnote:

Migrants and Housing

Migration is often cited in public debate as a significant factor in the demand for UK housing.  This POSTnote provides an overview of available research on migrants and housing.  It examines definitions and data sources on migration and its implications.  It also outlines the possible impact of migrants on housing, including variation by tenure type, migrant characteristics and region.  Finally, it considers the impact of housing on migrants and local communities.

You can find other POSTnotes here:

Hotlines list – please read


It has been brought to our attention that some of the hotlines numbers have been given to constituents, who have been contacting the MP hotlines directly.  This is causing significant problems for the agencies involved.

Please ensure that when forwarding correspondence to constituents, that any information relating to the MP hotlines is deleted or redacted.

Please do not pass any of the information from the hotlines list to any of your constituents, otherwise services may be withdrawn.

Interested in Democracy? Democracy Club seeking board members

Democracy Club logo

Democracy Club logo

Democracy Club, the non-profit dedicated to making the UK’s democratic processes work better, is looking for new board members.

It’s a non-profit with an amazing track record of achievement — and they want to appoint board members to help them do more, faster.

Deomocracy Club consists of a tiny full-time team and big group of brilliant volunteers on a vital mission to use open data, design and technology to give every citizen the information and participation opportunities they need, in a way that suits them. They are strictly non-partisan — and they work openly.

You may have used their services  to find polling stations, learn about candidates and to engage in the democratic process. You may even have added details of a candidate you are working for.T

They are looking for directors who can provide entrepreneurial experience and leadership to help set Democracy Club’s strategic objectives and help us to ensure that we have the necessary financial and human resources in place to meet those objectives.

Full details can be found on the Democracy Club website and there’s also a Google Doc with more, including how to apply.