An Update from The Speaker

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On 15 May, The Speaker of the House, The Leader of the House and the Shadow Leader of the House issued a further update for Members of Parliament and their staff.

The update contains guidance for Members’ staff and constituency offices, information on the measures in place in Parliament and information from Public Health England.

To view the update, please see this page on the intranet: https://intranet.parliament.uk/business-news/news-current-issues/news/2020/may/an-update-from-the-speaker-leader-and-shadow-leader-of-the-house-of-commons/

Tax Debt and Mental Health

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When debts start to mount up, it can have an adverse effect on an individual’s mental health and well-being.

This guide offers lots of helpful information such as:

  • Understanding the impact of debt to mental health – the different kinds of debt (e.g. tax debt) and how they can be a key source of stress, depression, and anxiety if not planned and managed properly.
  • Advice for dealing with debt such as setting up a Debt Management Plan or an Individual Voluntary Arrangement (IVA), qualifying for a Debt Relief Order (DRO), or even filing bankruptcy to get some protection and keep life essentials like pension savings safe from creditors.
  • What to do if debt problems begin affecting your mental health. This includes recognising the symptoms and early warning signs of mental health problems associated with debt as well as advice on where to turn to for help and support.
  • Other useful information and resources, including debt charities and organisations that are dedicated to helping people conquer their debt problems

Tax Debt and Mental Healthhttps://www.riftrefunds.co.uk/tax-rebates/uk-tax-refund-advice/tax-debt-and-mental-health/

COVID-19 – a lecture by Professor Chris Whitty

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Time: 18:00

Date: Thursday 30 April 2020

Where: https://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/covid-19

At the time of writing, the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has killed many thousands worldwide, infected many more – and changed lives around the world in ways that were unimaginable just weeks ago.

What is COVID-19, how has it been managed and what role will science play in combating it? Gresham Professor of Physic (and Chief Medical Officer for England) Chris Whitty, one of the key figures in the UK’s fight against the disease, will explain what we know – and what we don’t.

 

A virtual parliament?

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The Hansard Society and the Constitution Unit at University College London has identifed a range of time-limited adaptations that Parliament might make to its procedures and practices to facilitate virtual working during the Coronavirus crisis.

They put forward three principles that should shape decision-making during this period: Parliament should operate virtually as far as possible during the crisis; it should prioritise the most essential aspects of scrutiny rather than attempt ‘business as usual’; and decision-making should be inclusive and transparent, with any procedural changes subject to ongoing review and strictly time-limited for the duration of this crisis.

You can read the proposal on the Hansard Society website

Weekly Time Limited Online Events

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As well as these time-limited events we’ve also put together some activities that you can take part in whenever you want. Just follow this link.

Coronavirus Statutory Instruments Dashboard

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The national effort to tackle the Coronavirus health emergency has resulted in UK ministers being granted some of the broadest legislative powers ever seen in peacetime.  This Dashboard highlights key facts and figures about the Statutory Instruments (SIs) being produced using these powers in the Coronavirus Act 2020 and other Acts of Parliament.

https://www.hansardsociety.org.uk/publications/data/coronavirus-statutory-instruments-dashboard

 

Hotlines List Update

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The Hotlines List was updated on 31 March 2020.

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.