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Need a helpline?

The Helplines Partnership website lists hundreds of helplines on many different topics, including: Addictions Animals Bereavement Carers Children and Young People Consumer Crime Cults Disability Domestic Violence Dyslexia Education Emotional Distress Employment Family and Parents Gender Identity Health HIV and AIDS Housing and Homelessness Immigration and Asylum Learning Disability Legal, Civil and Welfare Rights Lesbians, Gay Men and Bisexuals Mental Health Missing Persons Money and Debt Occupations and Forces Older People Pregnancy Prisoners and Ex-Offenders Rape and Sexual Abuse Terminal Illness

What Goes on in the Other Place?

The BBC Two documentary ‘Meet the Lords’ is broadcast at 9pm on Monday 27 February. With exclusive access to the members and precincts of the House of Lords, the BBC Two documentary Meet the Lords presents a unique look at the work, role and membership of the second chamber of Parliament. For more behind the scenes information and access to members of the Lords, follow the House of Lords on Twitter and Facebook.

Changes to Data Protection requirements for Full Universal Credit

From now on, the Department for Work and Pensions will require Members of Parliament to obtain explicit consent from constituents to obtain information on their behalf in relation to Full Universal Credit.  The constituent must provide the DWP with the specific details of the issues they would like the DWP to discuss with the Member of Parliament. The explicit consent will only extends to the conclusion of that particular enquiry, which includes escalation if it concerns a complaint.  If they raise further issues they must again…

Parliament’s New Website

Work on Parliament’s new website is progressing and a simple first cut of Member information will be live by March 2017 on their prototype site: This very basic information will be tested by external users of the website and the feedback will help move it on to the next phases of the project. Colleagues in Parliament will get a preview of this prototype on 17 February. The new website will be quick and easy to update and it will be more resilient as it will be…

The Need to Know Project

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…

POSTnote: Environmental Crime

A new POSTnote has been published about Environmental Crime. This POSTnote outlines environmental crimes and how to tackle them, within both an UK and EU context. 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…

Whitehall Monitor Report, 2017

The latest Whitehall Monitor report has been published by the Institute for Government, offering a crucial insight into the way Whitehall Works. 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…

Preparing for the General Election

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…

Cyber Security Month

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

  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 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…