Universal Jobmatch

On 19 November 2012, the DWP will launch ‘Universal Jobmatch’, the DWP’s new, free online job posting and matching service, which will replace Employer Direct and Employer Direct Online for companies, and the Jobcentre Plus jobs and skills search facility for jobseekers.

See details here

w4mp on new server

Welcome to w4mp.org, now running on WordPress.

After nearly ten years we’ve moved w4mp.org to a new server running on the popular and powerful WordPress platform. We believe this will let us give you a better service and allow us to offer new features that will make w4mp even more useful to you

It has most of the material from  the older sites. If you can’t find what you are looking for then the older pages remain accessible here although they may not be properly formatted and are no longer current, so you should not rely on the information they contain.

Please let us know of any issues you have with the site, or any errors/omissions you notice. You can email editor@w4mp.org or use the contact form.

Caseworkers: don’t forget the hotlines list

w4mp maintains a list of hotline telephone numbers for Members and their Staff. It is available via the Parliamentary Intranet, and the hotline numbers are for the use of MPs, MEPs, MSPs, Welsh Assembly Members and their staff ONLY.


PLEASE DO NOT disclose these numbers to members of the public or to staff in other agencies or the facility may be withdrawn.

More details on the hotlines page.

Recruitment for Speaker’s Parliamentary Placements Scheme

Speaker’s Parliamentary Placements Scheme
Launch of recruitment phase for second year

Hazel Blears MP has welcomed the launch of the recruitment phase for the second year of the Speaker’s Parliamentary Placements scheme, and urged people from all backgrounds to apply for the chance to work in Parliament.

The cross-party scheme, created by the Salford and Eccles MP, gives people from disadvantaged backgrounds the opportunity to spend four days a week working in the office of an MP, and the fifth working in a variety of roles across Parliament to get a better understand of how Parliament works.

The recruitment process is run by the Social Mobility Foundation, and application materials and further information can be found on their website:www.socialmobility.org.uk

Commenting on the launch of the scheme, Ms Blears said:

“I am delighted to see the launch of the second year of the Speaker’s Parliamentary Placements scheme. This scheme is important in helping to change the makeup of Parliament and make sure that the people elected to and working in Parliament are more representative of the people that we serve.

“For too long people have been frozen out of politics by the culture of unpaid internships, and this has meant that Parliament has become inaccessible for those who can’t afford to live and work in London for free.

“The scheme challenges that culture by giving interns a fixed wage, support with housing, personal development training and the chance to develop skills for their future – I encourage everyone interested in politics to apply.”

The Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow MP, added:

“I’m delighted that the first year of the Speaker’s Parliamentary Placements scheme was so successful, and I am confident that it will continue to go from strength to strength. This scheme opens up Parliament to people who wouldn’t normally have the chance to work here, and is vitally important in helping to make politics more representative of the public as a whole.

“Hazel Blears MP’s work on this is to be applauded, and the cross-party nature of the scheme explains why is has been so successful. I urge people – of all backgrounds – who are interested in politics to apply, and to take advantage of this opportunity to experience work at the heart of British politics.”

For further information please visit www.socialmobility.org.uk

The deadline for applications is 9am on Monday 30th July.