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.

Hotlines List Update

The Hotlines List was updated on 2 August 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using the current version of the hotlines list on the intranet, as copies saved to your computer or printed out may be out-of-date, and we sometimes get complaints from organisations when people use out-of-date information.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.

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.

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.

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