As you’re no doubt aware, both from the deluge of emails from mysterious organisations asking you to ‘reconfirm’ their permission to deluge you with unwanted missives, or your own attempts to come to terms with the implications for the office filing system, the General Data Protection Regulations come into force in UK law on May 25.
The Department of Health has updated its helpful guide for constituency staff, which has been sent out by email to Members of Parliament.
TheMinisterial 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 details for the chief executives of all the Department’s ALBs.
If you have not already received a copy of this guide and would like one, please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org and we will email you a copy. Please note that this will only be sent out to those with verified Parliamentary email addresses. It is not available to the public.
Full Fact, along with The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the UK Statistics Authority and the House of Commons Library, is launching a project to identify and fill gaps in data and analysis in the UK.
The project is designed to answer important questions about eight different topics which include crime, immigration, education and housing. Full Fact want to fill the gaps in data to produce reliable and well-communicated information. This will help ensure that public decisions and debate are based on the best information available and will help prevent people from making claims that will need to be corrected later on. To find out even more about this project, click here.
Full Fact are also looking for your examples of data and analysis gaps for their eight topics. To view these topics and find out how to get involved, click here.
It discusses the definition of environmental crime and its links to other serious crime, including the drugs and arms trade, human trafficking and the funding of terrorist organisations. It identifies two primary categories of environmental crime in Europe: waste crime and wildlife crime.
These primary crimes tend to be low risk and high profit to criminals as they are often difficult to prosecute. This report highlights particular incidences of these crimes, current EU law pertaining to them and ways in which they are enforced and the crimes prosecuted in the UK and abroad.
Importantly, the report discusses how to improve enforcement of these laws, whilst also exploring the challenges faced when tackling this type of crime.
This report focuses on how well Whitehall is performing, its preparations for Brexit, and government openness and the use of data.
The report makes the argument that government is trying to do too many things in the run up to Brexit and that this poses challenges for public services and Whitehall departments. It also calls for ‘clear, sensible and transparent plans and measures’, in order to understand how well government is doing, or to hold it to account.
Preparation for Brexit features prominently in the report: it suggests that the creation of new departments resulted in some initial fragmentation and was not a good use of time and energy, but notes that these departments are beginning to settle down. It also points out that existing departments facing the biggest challenges around Brexit are some of those that have experienced some of the deepest budget and staffing cuts and this will
In regards to openness and the use of data, the report suggests that the government has become less responsive to requests for information and is not using its own data as effectively as it could. Many departments are not publishing their data as frequently as they should and this, coupled with the difficulty of measuring government performance, suggests that the government is becoming less open.
Planning for the next general election is already well underway. This preparation is essential to ensure an efficient and effective service is provided to hundreds of MPs and with a fixed deadline there is no margin for error. There will be lots of opportunities to get involved in this intense and rewarding project, for now you can read more about preparing for the general election here.
The POST Board is looking for contributions to its new POSTnotes on a variety
of research topics. If you have an interest or expertise in one of these topics, please contact email@example.com for further information.
The following research topics have been selected for upcoming POSTnotes:
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 Houses are looking for feedback from staff with experience of transitioning, and line managers who have supported staff with transitioning in the workplace. Please click here to find out how to get involved.
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 places are limited so you will need to book a ticket in advance.