Constituency staff open day Tuesday 12 March

9.30 – 15.00; Attlee Suite, 1st floor, Portcullis House.

There are only a few places remaining at the constituency staff open day in March. The day includes a session of talks from House representatives and an exhibition of House services plus an opportunity to network with other Members’ staff.

Further information here on the intranet.

Parliament’s Education Service has a lot to offer

Parliament’s Education Service works with schools and Members of both Houses of Parliament to support young people in developing their understanding of Parliament and democracy.  You can see more at:

As well as information about arranging visits, their website has lots of online resources including games, videos, newsletter, and much more.


Parliament’s Education Service aims to:

  • inform young people about the role, work and history of Parliament through educational visits, tours, publications and outreach
  • engage young people to understand the relevance of Parliament and democracy today through active learning
  • empower young people to get involved by equipping them with the knowledge and skills to take part.

To achieve this, they offer resources and support for students and teachers including:

  • an exciting range of visit programmes catered to learning needs
  • an outreach programme, including events and training for teachers
  • online, print and DVD classroom resources on the work of Parliament.

Their services are free and have been designed to support the political literacy and citizenship education requirements of the national curricula in the United Kingdom.

Pensions Advisory Service toolkit for MPs and Staff

The Pensions Advisory Service (TPAS) is a non-departmental body that provides free advice and guidance to the public on issues relating to pensions.

They have produced a toolkit for MPs and their staff and you can see it here. Here’s what it covers:

1) Who they are and what they do

2) How their advisers can help your constituents

3) How they can support your parliamentary work

4) Online planning tools

5) Other helpful organisations in the pensions sector

6) How to contact them.

W4MP will be adding this to our guides in the near future (and we shall let you know when this happens) but, meanwhile, we thought you’d like to have immediate access.

Staff enewsletter Commons View Issue 8 available now

Issue 8 of Commons View is now online on the intranet.  Commons View is the enewsletter for Members’ staff provided by the House of Commons Service.  Inside this issue:

  • New toner supplier contract – QC Supplies;
  • Changes to the e-tabling system;
  • Latest jobs available;
  • Speaker’s Parliamentary Placement Scheme update;
  • parliOUT event;
  • Find out about the courses available to you;
  • and much more…

The link is:

Don’t forget: if you would like to offer feedback, submit an article for inclusion in future editions of Commons View or have ideas on how to improve House services available to Members’ staff, contact


2013 Speakers School Council Awards now open.

Closing date 30 April 2013.

Run by Parliament’s Education Service on behalf of the Speaker, the Speaker’s School Council Awards scheme celebrates excellence in school councils.

Open to every infant, primary and secondary school in the UK, the awards ask school councils to nominate their most successful project. Projects can be big or small; what matters most is that they have made a difference to the school or community.

It’s a great opportunity for school councils to celebrate their successes, shout out loud about their achievements and enhance student voice opportunities in school.

Entering is easy. Schools simply fill in an online application at

There’s more information for Members of Parliament and their staff on the intranet here.


Researcher/Caseworker of the Year awards – Have you nominated yet?

Nominations for the Dods Parliamentary Researcher of the Year Awards in association with the Federation of Small Businesses – now in its seventh year – will close on 23 January.  

It you haven’t already nominated – do it NOW!

The Awards are open to all staff working in a research or casework capacity for an MP or a Peer from parliamentary or constituency offices. The Awards have been developed to promote the extremely valuable role played by all individuals working for parliamentarians.

Full information here: