World Mental Health Day 2019: focus on suicide prevention

Thursday 10 October is World Mental Health Day.

Wellbeing practitioners will be running a stall in PCH to promote good mental health at work and encourage everyone to know what support and resources are available to them.

A team of Mental Health First Aiders will also be running stalls and activities in Parliamentary buildings across the Estate.

Please see the intranet for further information: https://intranet.parliament.uk/employment/health-and-wellbeing/whats-on/world-mental-health-day-2019-focus-suicide-prevention/

Parliament Resumes

As you may have heard on the news, the Supreme Court has ruled that the proroguing of Parliament was unlawful and therefore did not actually happen, and the Commons will sit tomorrow.

Here at w4mp we’d like to send good wishes to everyone whose plans have been changed at short notice and wish them all the best as they deal with the inevitable pressures of the the next few weeks.

Hotlines List Update

The Hotlines List was updated on 24 September 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using the current version of the hotlines list on the intranet, as copies saved to your computer or printed out may be out-of-date, and we sometimes get complaints from organisations when people use out-of-date information.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.

New visual identity for House of Commons

News on the Parliament website that the House of Commons has updated its corporate visual identity to ensure it is accessible, in particular on digital platforms and mobile devices.

The updates include an updated rendering of the Crowned Portcullis symbol that works effectively at all sizes in digital environments, and follows the changes developed for the award-winning UK Parliament visual identity launched in 2018.

Alongside the updated version of the House of Commons wordmark, the identity includes an extensive colour palette, icons, illustrations and templates.

Two highly accessible typefaces, National and Register, have also been selected for their excellent legibility in digital and print environments.  The decision to adopt them was based on guidance from the British Dyslexia Association and the Digital Accessibility Centre.

The first corporate publication to feature the updated branding was the House of Commons Annual Report and Accounts 2018-19, which is available via the UK Parliament website.

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.