MPs’ Guide to the NHS 2019

The NHS in England is made up of, and supported by, a number of different kinds of organisations at local and national level.  They have produced a very useful guide to who does what and how NHS services are funded, delivered and regulated for your constituents.

If you are an MP or a member of an MP’s staff and would like a copy of the guide, please let us know by emailing editor@w4mp.org

Please note that this guide is not available to members of the public.

Rules Register

The House of Commons Governance Office has
launched a Rules Register drawing together rules
on access to and use of:
The Parliamentary Estate

  • House of Commons and bicameral
    facilities
  • Parliamentary Digital Services
  • The Rules Register has been designed to help you
    find the rules and guidance you need – and to
    give you assurance that the rules you are looking
    for are up-to-date

The Rules Register is a topical index of Commons rules on access to and use of the estate, facilities, and digital services, .

Click on the link below to be taken to the Rules Register

https://intranet.parliament.uk/people-offices/offices-departments/commons-departments/governance-office/rules-register/

HMRC Casework Advice Surgery

HMRC’s next drop-in surgery, to which MPs and staff can bring HMRC-related constituent cases, takes place on 17 July between 11:00 and 13:00 in Room U of Portcullis House.

HMRC experts on tax credits, PAYE and Self Assessment will be available to help resolve cases that your constituents might have raised.  They’ll also take away any more complex cases to get these resolved as quickly as possible.

Inquiry into Bullying and Harassment of MPs’ Parliamentary Staff

Parliament has published the report by Gemma White QC into Bullying and Harassment of MPs’ Parliamentary Staff

You can read  it here: Gemma White QC’s report.

The House of Commons Commission has published a response in which it states:

We condemn bullying and harassment of MPs’ staff and offer our full support to anyone in the parliamentary community who has suffered in this way.

The Commission does not employ the staff of MPs as they are employed by MPs themselves or via political parties.

However, the Commission takes very seriously its responsibility to ensure that Parliament is a modern workplace.

Hotlines List Update

The Hotlines List was updated on 11 July 2019

Please always ensure that you are using the current version of the hotlines list on the intranet, as copies saved to your computer or printed out may be out-of-date, and we sometimes get complaints from organisations when people use out-of-date information.

Please go here to see the new information and the link to the list.

Places of Worship Protective Security Funding Scheme

As part of the 2018 Hate Crime Action Plan refresh, the fourth year of funding for the Places of Worship Protective Security Funding Scheme is now open for applications.

Over the first three years of the scheme more than 130 places of worship have been awarded grants to install measures such as protective alarms, security lighting and access controls.

The Home Office have made improvements to this year’s scheme to make it easier for places of worship and associated faith community centres to apply. This includes removing the need for applicants to find their own quotes for security measures; instead applicants will benefit from a central supplier for assessments, quotes and installation.

In addition the scheme now includes faith community centres, and broadened the eligibility criteria so that applicants no longer need to show they have already experienced hate crime. Instead the test will be vulnerability to hate crime.

The scheme is open to places of worship and associated faith community centres (we define this as a community centre run by a place of worship or near a place of worship that is faith based, and where regular worship takes place) across England and Wales.

Click here for further details of the funding scheme and how to apply.

SFI is here to support your application, please email: info@sfitogether.org

Deadline: Saturday 31st August 2019

Imperial College London’s launch of The Forum with guest speaker Sir Patrick Vallance: TODAY

Imperial College London’s Professor Nick Jennings invites you to a special event to launch The Forum, Imperial’s new policy engagement programme. The Forum brings Imperial’s community and policy-makers together to discuss, debate and discover new thinking on policy challenges.

Sir Patrick Vallance, the Government’s Chief Scientific Adviser, will speak about the importance of academia and government working together to solve policy challenges across a range of issues. Sir Patrick will then be joined by Professor Nick Jennings for an audience Q&A.

This will be followed by a networking reception with guests from Westminster, government departments and industry. Drinks and canapés will be served.

The event will take place from 5-7pm on Wednesday 10 July at Imperial College London’s South Kensington campus. For more information and to sign up, please click here.

Ambitious Sunday League Football Club looking for new players

Westminster Wanderers Football Club are an established and successful adult amateur Sunday league club. We are affiliated to the London FA and play in the Southern Sunday Football League which operates across Lambeth, Wandsworth and Merton.

We have players from politics, researchers, advisers, public affairs, policy, the civil service, PR, journalism, academia and beyond, and are cross-party. We’re very grateful for the support we’ve had and players we’ve found from W4MP in recent years.​​
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We will be holding trials and training for new players over July and August and would be delighted if you want to get in touch and try out for the Club. Just contact us and we’ll provide you with details of sessions.

This year we will enter four teams in league and cup competitions. As this is our 20th season we are creating a new side, an U-23 youth side for the 2019-20 season.

Our home ground is Fishponds Field in Tooting and we have practice sessions most weeks from July either at Battersea Park or Clapham Common. The club also has a strong social programme and an annual tour which has taken us to Portugal, Estonia and Spain in recent years. This year we are going to Riga, Latvia.

You can see more about us on social media – on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter (@WestminsterWFC). And you can reach us via these channels or email: westminsterwanderers@gmail.com. Please do get in touch.

Erskine May Online

Erskine May Online

Students of parliamentary procedure – and aren’t we all – will be overjoyed to that Erskine May is now online and searchable thanks to the tremendous efforts of the team at parliament.uk

 Much more than a set of rules, Erskine May is a description of how procedure in the House of Commons and House of Lords has evolved and the conventions that apply, and having it at your fingertips will no doubt prove invaluable during the arguments about abstruse matters of procedure that enliven every social gathering were MPs staff assemble..

It’s at https://erskinemay.parliament.uk