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

New POSTnotes

The Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology has published new POSTnotes, which can be found here: https://www.parliament.uk/mps-lords-and-offices/offices/bicameral/post/

The latest topics are:

  • 602: Developments in Wind Power
  • 601: Sustaining the Soil Microbiome
  • 600: Climate Change and Agriculture
  • 599: Early Interventions to Reduce Violent Crime
  • 598: Advances in Cancer Treatment
  • 597: Climate Change & Vector-Borne Disease in Humans in the UK
  • 596: Chemical Weapons
  • 595: Reservoirs of Antimicrobial Resistance
  • 594: Limiting Global Warming to 1.5°C
  • 593: Cyber Security of Consumer Devices

HMRC Casework Advice Surgery

HMRC’s next drop-in surgery, to which MPs and staff can bring HMRC-related constituent cases, takes place on 18 June between 11:00 and 13:00 in Room P at 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.

In addition, HMRC policy officials will be available to answer questions on the loan charge.

Upcoming drop-in details:

  • 17 July, 11:00 to 13:00 Room: U PCH

Essential Training for Members and Their Staff – Please help us test it before launch

“New essential training coming for all Members and Members’ staff which will be Mandatory each year – Please help us test it before launch”.

The new content replaces the existing need for the individual courses and instead wraps all essential training into one package.

We are looking for you to test whether this module is ‘user friendly’ ‘easy to complete’ and ‘and achievable from a time perspective’

Your feedback is really important – your assistance will mean that when we launch, you will already be compliant for the year ahead.

We are planning to test on 4-6 June and 10 June.

Contact learninganddevelopment@parliament.uk or call 020 7219 5144 to sign up.”

IRMS Team Wins ‘Team of the Year’

Congratulations to the Parliamentary Archive  Information & Records Management Service which has won the UK Information and Records Management Society Team of the Year!

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A team of 10 staff, the Information and Records Management Service (IRMS) develops, advises on and implements information management (IM) policies and practices for the end-to-end management of current business information. They also identify information with historical value and make sure it gets transferred into the safe custody of the Parliamentary Archives, where it will become the archives of the future.

Read more about them here.

HMRC Casework Advice Surgery

HMRC’s next drop-in surgery, to which MPs and staff can bring HMRC-related constituent cases, takes place tomorrow between 11:00 and 13:00 in Room R at 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.

In addition, HMRC policy officials will be available to answer questions on the loan charge.

Upcoming drop-in details:

  • 18 June, 11:00 to 13:00 Room: P PCH
  • 17 July, 11:00 to 13:00 Room: U PCH