Preparing for the General Election

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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.

Or, for those new to the House, you can read more about the planning for the 2015 General Election for a better idea of what happens during this time.

 

Cyber Security Month

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Throughout February, the Digital Service and a line-up of industry expert guest speakers will be on hand to answer all of your cyber security questions.

As well as speakers, there will be a number of drop-in sessions and events taking place at various locations across the Parliamentary Estate.

For more information click here.

Or see the full list of events and talks taking place throughout Cyber Month here.

Upcoming POSTnote Research Topics

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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  post@parliament.uk for further information.

The following research topics have been selected for upcoming POSTnotes:

Social sciences

  • Communicating Risk
  • Migrants and Housing

Environment and Energy

  • Environmentally Sustainable Agriculture
  • Update to Sea Level Rise POSTnote 363
  • Benefits of Earth Observation Systems
  • Environmental Effects of Engineered Nanoparticles

Physical sciences

  • Social Media and Access to Information

Biological Sciences and Health

  • Regulating Advanced Therapies
  • EU Clinical Trials Regulation

New Transitioning at Work Policy

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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.

 

 

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 places are limited so you will need to book a ticket in advance.

For full details, see here: http://www.parliament.uk/visiting/visiting-parliament-news/recruitment-open-day-2017/

You could also have a look at the current vacancies here: http://www.parliament.uk/about/working/jobs/

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 areas in the UK.  Subjects covered include:

  • How Will Brexit Work?
  • Defence & Security
  • Economy, Business & Trade
  • Education
  • Employment & Pensions
  • Environment & Technology
  • Health & Social Care
  • Immigration & Border Controls
  • Transport and infrastructure
  • Background to the referendum

There is also a Brexit Glossary

 

 

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 through allowances in the normal way. Lunch will also be provided.

To book your place email constituencystaffopenday@parliament.uk by 10 February for Perth and by 24 February for Westminster.

For more information on upcoming regional constituency events, click here.

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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.

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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 periods that does not display a numbered tag will be marked with a notice informing the owner that the bicycle must be tagged or it will be removed within three days of the notice being issued.

Untagged bicycles that are removed will be put in to storage on the Estate. Any bicycles not reclaimed after two months will be given to charity.