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

Upcoming training courses

We have received information about upcoming training courses that staff can sign up for.

Courses are free of charge to all Members’ staff who are paid through IPSA’s staffing allowance and travel costs to training events can be met from the expenses scheme administered by IPSA.

Full details can be found in the training section of the Parliamentary Intranet.

The full course catalogue is available via Act – the Parliamentary learning management system.

COURSE DATES Venue
Role of Office Manager (3day) Starting 2nd May Westminster
Writing a Brief May 3rd Westminster
Building Emotional Resilience May 7th Liverpool
Building Emotional Resilience May 8th Westminster
Writing a Brief May 9th Edinburgh
Building Emotional Resilience May 16th Birmingham
Mental Health Awareness May 22nd Westminster
Conversations with Vulnerable People May 23rd Westminster
Media Handling & Social Media May 23rd Manchester
Conversations with Vulnerable People May 28th Exeter
Conversations with Vulnerable People May 29th Cardiff
Media Handling & Social Media May 29th Westminster
Taking Control of your Time & Speed Writing May 29th Westminster
Supervisory Management May 30th Westminster
Conversations with Vulnerable People June 5th Westminster
Writing a Brief June 6th Westminster
Speech Writing June 10th Westminster
Mental Health Awareness June 11th Exeter
Writing a Brief June 13th Sheffield
Media Handling & Social Media June 17th Westminster
Building Emotional Resilience June 19th Edinburgh
Mental Health Awareness June 25th Manchester
Essential Writing Skills July 2nd Edinburgh
Mental Health Awareness July 3rd Westminster
Essential Writing Skills July 4th Westminster
Conversations with Vulnerable People July 9th Birmingham

Commons Library launches podcast series on key policy areas

The House of Commons Library has launched a new podcast series, bringing MPs, their staff and the public coverage of key policy areas via interviews with impartial Library researchers.

Each episode lasts for 20 minutes or under, and aims to get to the crux of current debates or offer an overview of topics being debated in Westminster. The first series covers Universal Credit, defence equipment, the private rented sector, public spending, devolution in Northern Ireland and utility prices.

Penny Young, House of Commons Librarian, said: “Our experts have a wealth of knowledge which is invaluable to those working in Parliament and beyond, and so we’re keen to make that more accessible and try a new format to share our impartial research. We know how busy MPs and their staff are, so we hope a 20 minute podcast they can listen to while on the go will be a useful addition to our service.”

Library researchers answer around 25,000 confidential enquiries from MPs a year, and are constantly keeping up with the latest developments in their field, both in UK Parliament and further afield. Through the podcast, they pick out key information on their specialist areas to provide background, clarity on Government decisions, the views of the Opposition and future issues to keep an eye on.

It is being published on commonslibrary.parlilament.uk/podcast and downloadable from Spotify, SoundCloud and iTunes by searching Commons Library Podcast.

Media Trust’s Breaking into News initiative launches

Media Trust’s Breaking into News initiative, run in partnership with ITV News, invites you to come up with, write and create your own news story about a local issue that you’re passionate about.

The competition was launched in 2011 with the aim of increasing diversity in UK broadcast journalism. Now in it’s eighth year, the programme has grown and many previous finalists and winners are now working in newsrooms up and down the country.

How to enter
Simply submit an application form on the Breaking into News website, the form includes a 200 word written pitch and we also recommend you submit a 60-second video talking about your pitch. Your application will still be considered if you do not submit a video.

How it works
Ten finalists, one from each ITV News region, will be selected and paired with an ITV News mentor. Over the course of six weeks, the finalists are mentored on all aspects of broadcast journalism including writing, reporting, production and the inner workings of a newsroom.

By the end of the mentoring phase, finalists will have researched and produced a broadcast quality bulletin, which may even be aired across the local ITV news region.

Who should enter?
The competition is open to everyone over the age of 18. No previous media or broadcast journalism experience is needed to enter, just a keen interest in journalism.

Locations
Breaking into News takes place in ten ITV regions across England, Wales and Northern Ireland:

ITV Anglia
ITV Calendar
ITV Central
ITV Granada
ITV London
ITV Meridian
ITV Tyne Tees & Border
ITV Wales
ITV West Country
UTV

The Prize
To make this competition even more exciting, finalists will be judged by an esteemed panel of judges from across the world of journalism. Our winner will receive the top prize: £400 worth of journalistic equipment. The overall winner will be revealed in Summer 2019 at a special award ceremony in London.

Will my news report be broadcast?
All ten of the finalist’s news bulletins will be considered for broadcast on regional ITV news and online.

See www.breakingintonews.co.uk