Nominate for the Parliamentary Diversity and Inclusion Awards 2017

Nominees are wanted for the 2017 Parliamentary Diversity and Inclusion Awards.
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If you know of colleagues or teams who deserve to be recognised for their positive impact in the workplace, then please click here to nominate them.

The awards team wants to hear about projects which have made a real difference to colleagues, Members, Peers, their staff, or the public.  They are looking for people who are consistently championing inclusion, acting as role models, driving change, or are embedding the principles of diversity and inclusion into their areas of work.

Nominees will be honoured at the D&I awards ceremony. This year hosted by the BFI Southbank.

To nominate someone or to find out more click here.

2017 Audit of Political Engagement

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The 2017 Audit of Political  Engagement has been published by The Hansard Society and offers an in-depth picture of public political engagement after a dramatic year for British politics.

Key findings of the report include:

  • A Positive ‘Referendum Effect’ Fails to Materialise. There has been no positive ‘referendum effect’ on public attitudes after the June 2016 EU vote, of the kind witnessed after the Scottish independence referendum in 2014. Claimed interest in (53%) and knowledge (49%) of politics have declined (by four and six percentage points respectively) compared to last year. Satisfaction with the system of governing Britain has barely changed and remains low at 31%.
  • Changes in Political Behaviour? Although the public’s attitudes are proving hard to shift, there are some positive signs of change in political behaviour. After the high turnout in the EU referendum, people’s certainty to vote remains at a high watermark. There are also signs of some improvements in public engagement with Parliament. Just over half the public say they have engaged with Parliament in some way in the previous 12 months – a 10-point increase on last year.
  • Perceptions of Parliament. The public clearly value Parliament, with a substantial majority (73%) believing it is essential to democracy. However, overall satisfaction with the way Parliament works (30%) is now six points lower than when the first Audit was published in 2004. Claimed knowledge of Parliament has declined by seven points from last year to 45%, but remains higher than at the same stage of the political cycle after the 2005 and 2010 elections. In relation to its core functions, the public think Parliament could do a better job of scrutinising the use of public money, representing ordinary people’s interests, and encouraging public involvement in politics.
  • The EU Referendum Support for more referendums has declined by 15 points. But a clear majority of British people (61%) still think referendums should be used more often for determining important questions. Eighty-eight percent of UKIP supporters support the use of more referendums compared to just 42% of Lib Dems who say the same, while the views of Labour and Conservative supporters are broadly identical (59%).  On top of this, just 43% claim to feel knowledgeable about the EU, a rise of just five points since last year’s study.

To read the report in full click here. To find out more about The Hansard Society, their work and publications visit


The APPG For Young Disabled People- Meeting on 19th April

The All Party Parliamentary Group for Young Disabled People are holding a meeting on Wed 19th April at 14:30 in the Attlee Suite.

Guest speakers at this meeting will include:

  • Susan Louwerse, Head of Guest Services at intu, who run over a dozen shopping centres across the UK
  • Chris Fry, solicitor at Unity Law, who represents disabled people who have experience discrimination
  • Mei-Yee Man Oram, co-lead of the Accessible Environments Team at Arup, an independent company providing services on the built environment
  • Joanne Connah, Development Officer at Changing Places/Mencap, who campaign for accessible toilets for disabled people

For further information and queries please contact

New Health e-Hub App

The new Health e-Hub app has launched, providing a dedicated resource to support your personal health and wellbeing.

Key support features available from Health e-Hub include:

  • Personal and work life advice and support
  • Physical and emotional health support
  • Medical information and guidance
  • Support videos and webinars on-demand
  • Mini health and wellbeing checks
  • Four week wellbeing challenges.

The Health e-Hub app is available for free download in the iTunes App Store and Google Play Store.

See the full story here.

Get involved with the Speaker’s School Council Awards competition

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The Speaker’s School Council Awards has launched to celebrate the achievements of young people.

Run by the Education Service, this fantastic awards scheme invites schools to tell us about a school council or other student-initiated project that has made a difference in their school, local community, or even globally. Get involved by encouraging your local schools to apply!

Schools can enter the competition by registering and completing a short application form on the Speaker’s School Council website.

The closing date for entries is Friday 19 May

To find out more about the scheme, visit the Speaker School Council website  or contact Annie Waddington at or on x6260.