Updated hotlines list – 8 January 2021

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The hotlines list has was updated on 8 January 2021 with the following changes:

  • Amended contact details for EDF Energy
  • Amended contact details for Experian
  • Added contact details for Northern Power Grid
  • Amended contact details for Virgin Media
  • Added contact details for Whirlpool

Please ensure that you use the most recent version of the list by bookmarking it and accessing it online each time, rather than downloading it to your device.

Important information for people planning on returning to the Parliamentary estate from Monday 11th January 2021

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Important information for people planning on returning to the Parliamentary estate from Monday 11th January 2021.

The House of Commons will be returning from recess on Monday 11th January.  Only colleagues necessary to the continued functioning of the Estate and parliamentary business, or related support services, should be working on-site, with all others working remotely.  If you’re unsure, please discuss this with your line manager.

If you need to visit the Pass Office, please note that since July 2020 the Derby Gate Pass Office has operated an appointment service, to assist with making the environment COVID secure for everyone and only a very limited drop in service is available at the start of every hour.  Without an appointment we cannot guarantee you will be seen.  Please click here to make an appointment to collect your security pass, if required.

If you are returning to Parliament next week, please check your security pass is still valid.  If you need to renew your pass or security clearance the forms are available here.

Opening Times

Derby Gate Pass Issuing Office are open 8:00 – 18:00 Monday to Thursday and 8:00 – 16:00 on Fridays. The first twenty minutes of every hour allow for a drop in service at Derby Gate, if you have forgotten your security pass.

A drop-in service will be available at the Black Rod’s Garden Pass Issuing Office during the hours of 9:00 – 13:00.  This may be subject to change, depending on the level of demand, and opening times can be checked here, if required.

Drop-in appointments are very limited and are for emergencies only, so please ensure that you book an appointment to avoid delays.

Thank you for your co-operation and support.

What is the Privy Council?

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What is the Privy Council?

The Privy Council is an advisory body to the Monarch; its members are known as Privy Counsellors. It is one of the oldest parts of the UK’s constitutional arrangements, with its origins dating back to at least the thirteenth century.

Find out more in this Commons Library Research Briefing which looks at the role and powers of the Privy Council: https://commonslibrary.parliament.uk/research-briefings/cbp-7460/

WWG Event: How do we stay well in the face of stress?

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How do we stay well in the face of stress?

Jennifer Nadel, co-author of the Sunday Times bestseller, WE; Co-Director of Compassion in Politics;
a qualified barrister; speaker; campaigner and an award-winning journalist. She’s reported for the
BBC, Channel 4 and ITN from around the world.

Jennifer will give you an introduction to some simple techniques that are essential to wellbeing and
building inner resilience as well as answering your questions.

 

Disability History Month illustrated book

a painting of performer and artist Deborah Williams
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One of the most interesting publications of last year was produced by the Learning team in Parliament. It is a booklet for use in schools that contains stories of influential people who have impacted disability related UK laws and equal rights. Launched to mark Disability History Month 2020, this resource can be used throughout the academic year to embed the stories across the curriculum.

You can find out more on the Learning website (this is a link to the relevant page) or download the booklet as a PDF from this link in English or this link in Welsh

The image shows Deborah Williams. When Deborah, a performer and artist, established her own company to tell her stories, she became such a success that she was invited into Parliament to share her experience and skills with a select committee.

Post-Brexit British passport validity

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From 1 January 2021, passport guidelines are changing.

To be eligible to travel to most European countries, on the day of travel, British passport holders must:

  • Have at least 6 months left on their passport, and
  • Have a passport that is less than 10 years old, even if it has 6 months or more left

These rules also apply to Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.  They do not apply to travel to Ireland.

Please check your passport expiry date before booking any travel and renew it as soon as possible if it does not meet the new criteria. Failure to do so may mean your passport is invalid and you may not be able to travel.

You can check here for the country you’re visiting.

Click here to renew your British passport

 

 

Is your security clearance up to date?

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Your security clearance lasts for a maximum of three years.  With staff working from home, it’s quite easy to let your security clearance lapse without you realising it.  However, if it does lapse, you will not only lose access to the Parliamentary estate, but you may also lose access to the Parliamentary network – i.e. your emails, the intranet, etc.

Go and have a look at your pass and check if it’s still in date.  If you don’t have a physical pass, but have security clearance for network access, you can check the date on the email you were sent when clearance was first granted (you did keep it, didn’t you?)

If your clearance is due to expire soon, or has already expired, please download the Members’ Staff Security Clearance form here: https://intranet.parliament.uk/security/personal-security-vetting-and-passes/security-forms/ fill it in and send it off to the Security and Vetting Team.

 

 

Parliamentary Constituencies Act receives Royal Assent and becomes law

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The Parliamentary Constituencies Act received Royal Assent on Tuesday 14 December.  This law will ensure that Parliamentary constituencies in the UK are more equal in size and will make elections fairer.

You can read the Government press release here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-law-passed-will-make-voting-in-uk-general-election-fairer

The House of Commons Library has some new research documents on the topic.

The Parliamentary Constituencies Bill 2019-21 – https://commonslibrary.parliament.uk/research-briefings/cbp-8921/

Parliamentary boundary reviews: public consultations – https://commonslibrary.parliament.uk/research-briefings/cbp-7696/

Constituency boundary reviews and the number of MPs – https://commonslibrary.parliament.uk/research-briefings/sn05929/