From The Guardian:
Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn have urged staff and researchers working in Westminster to come forward about sexual harassment or assault in parliament after reports emerged of allegations on a WhatsApp group.
The prime minister’s spokeswoman said reports of a WhatsApp group where female staff and researchers in Westminster shared information about MPs and ministers who have behaved inappropriately were “deeply concerning”.
The WhatsApp group of Westminster staffers is reported by the Sun newspaper to have named senior politicians they did not feel safe around.
The Table Office is replacing the current e-tabling application, which is reaching the end of its useful life.
We’re introducing a new way to submit questions online. This is the first of many easy-to-use services that will sit within the new digital Member hub.
The Member hub will allow Members and their authorised staff to submit parliamentary questions using their own secure logins.
They will also be able to search, track and review the progress of questions, as well as receive automatic alerts (for example, notification of cards or shuffle results).
Further services – such as tabling and adding names to motions – will follow, making the Member hub a central place to manage services online.
Keep an eye out for the drop-in training sessions in the Procedural Hub and Table Office.
Ask about pre-registration or find out more by contacting email@example.com
The Falkirk office of the CMG is now handling enquiries relating to NW and Northern England.
The South West office is handling enquiries relating to the Midlands.
The hotlines list will be amended to reflect this change.
Many staff will make regular use of theyworkforyou.com, the site developed by mySociety. They’ve just posted a detailed explanation of how they operate, as there have been some comments that the site is somehow biased or distorted.
It’s worth a read.
‘TheyWorkForYou strives to be unbiased, reliable and truthful. Here’s how‘.
Gresham College has hosted free public lectures for over four hundred years, on a wide range of topics, not just politics and economics, but also history, science, the arts, and much more.
Not only is it possible to attend the lectures in person, but the college has recorded all of the lectures since the 1980s, and over 1,900 of them are freely available on their website, in text, audio and visual formats.
This is a marvellous resource of fascinating information and definitely worth a look.
Their website is here: https://www.gresham.ac.uk/
Living Wage Week, Sun 5 Nov- Sat 11 Nov, is the annual celebration of the Living Wage movement in the UK.
Our movement is made up of Employers, Experts, Organisations and People who all believe that a hard day’s work deserves a fair day’s pay.
On the Monday of Living Wage Week – Monday 6th November – the new Living Wage Rates are announced at a ceremony. These rates apply to all Living Wage accredited employers.
The real Living Wage is annually calculated to reflect the cost of living in the UK and there is a separate, higher, rate in London. It is voluntarily paid by thousands of employers in the UK and applies to all workers over the age of 18 included contracted and subcontracted staff.
For more information on Living Wage Week 2017 – please email: firstname.lastname@example.org