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New Transitioning at Work Policy

The Houses of Parliament are in the process of writing a Transitioning at Work Policy, to support individuals that have undergone, are undergoing, or are thinking about undergoing a change to their gender identity. The aims of the policy are to ensure that staff are aware of the support they can expect to receive and that line managers understand their responsibilities, and the resources available to them, in supporting their staff.  Both Houses will be following recommended good practice from Stonewall. The Diversity & Inclusion team in both…

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Parliament Recruitment Open Day – 23 February 2017

Love working with people in a highly rewarding customer-driven environment?  If so, Houses of Parliament would like to meet you at our Recruitment Open Day on Thursday 23 February 2017. There are jobs to suit everyone at Parliament and members of staff will be available to talk to you about current and future job opportunities, as well as careers in their areas.  Staff will also be on hand to guide you on how to apply for jobs through the Parliament website. Tickets are free but…

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Brexit Hub – House of Commons Library

The House of Commons Library has created a ‘Brexit Hub’ where you can find a wealth of information relating to Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union.  This is available on the public Parliament website here: http://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/research/eu-referendum/ and also allows you to sign up for Brexit-related email alerts. The site has information on: The UK’s contribution to the EU Budget A Guide to the EU Budget Background to the European Union Withdrawal Bill You can read Parliament’s analysis of how leaving the EU will affect different policy…

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Regional Constituency Open Days: Perth and Westminster

Two new constituency open days have been announced in Perth (21 February) and Westminster (10 March), and are open to all constituency staff. The events will include presentations and breakout sessions on the following: UK visas and immigration HMRC – tax credits Using the House of Commons Library Dealing with casework: sharing best practice (discussion led by caseworkers) Key challenge for an Office Manager (discussion led by Office Managers) Office security IPSA Learning and Development Digital Service. The events are free and the costs of travel can be reclaimed…

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Consultation on the size of the House of Lords

A new committee established by the Lord Speaker has launched an inquiry into how the size of the House of Lords might be reduced. The committee was set up in the wake of the House of Lords agreeing unanimously on 5 December 2016 “that this House believes that its size should be reduced, and methods should be explored by which this could be achieved”. Submissions are sought by 5pm on 20 February and should be submitted via the website. Image By H. J. F. Badeley [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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HoC Library Talks on YouTube

Did you know that the House of Commons Library Talks are now available in audio format on the UK Parliament YouTube Channel? You can access the list of past talks on the intranet here: http://bit.ly/2kzM1iY and if you click on the link to a particular talk, it will give you a directly link to the YouTube  audio for that talk. For a list of Library Talks for which audio recordings are available, see here: http://bit.ly/2kAj9v4

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Changes to bicycle parking at Westminster

The House of Commons bicycle parking policy, which has been approved by the Administration Committee, states that owners of bicycles wishing to park in Star Chamber Court or the Colonnade are required to mark their bicycle with a numbered yellow plastic tag. These tags can be obtained from Hallkeeper’s Lodge in St. Stephen’s Hall and should be displayed prominently from the handlebars or from the saddle of the bicycle. From Monday 30 January 2017, any bicycle parked in Star Chamber Court or the Colonnade during sitting…

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Bringing Animals onto the Parliamentary Estate

On June 6 last year the Administration Committee confirmed the rules on bringing animals onto the Parliamentary Estate. There has been a recent increase in the number of instances of pass holders bringing animals on to the Estate without authorisation. This may be because not all staff are aware of the restrictions in place. Under the current Administration Committee rules, no animals other than assistance dogs and security dogs are allowed in the Palace or any of its outbuildings (other than residences).  This rule is…

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Department of Health Guide for Constituency Staff

The Department of Health has produced a helpful guide for constituency staff, which has been sent out by email to Office Managers. The Ministerial correspondence – Guide for constituency staff is designed to help constituency office staff find their way around the health and social care system, and identify which organisation is best placed to help them with their constituency enquiries and casework. The guide explains the roles of the NHS trusts and arms-length bodies (ALBs) in the health and care sector, and includes contact…

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Tickets for weekday tours now available

Tickets are now available for audio tours, guided tours and family tours this February half-term and Easter. Follow in the footsteps of the Queen’s procession at the State Opening of Parliament and view Pugin’s magnificent gilded throne canopy in the Lords Chamber. Pass through Central Lobby, the heart of Parliament, and see the Speaker’s Chair and despatch boxes in the Commons Chamber. Tickets can now be booked for tours on: Tuesday to Friday, 10 to 17 February Tuesday to Friday, 7 to 13 April All Saturdays…

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