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Apply to join IPSO’s reader’s panel.

The Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO) is inviting applications from members of the public that read newspapers and magazines and who have an interest in how they are regulated. IPSO is very keen to have as diverse a group as possible involved in its work, so applications are positively sought from people of all ages and from minority communities, who may not have considered working with a regulator in the past. The panel will meet three times a year to discuss IPSO’s work and approach…

Parliamentary Digital Service Recruitment Open Day: May 12

PDS has posted about its search for new staff: We are looking for talented, enthusiastic people who want to work at the heart of democracy, tackling challenging and high profile digital projects that can really make a difference. If you are interested in bringing your digital skills to work in Parliament, come along and find out more about what we do. At our Open Day you will be able to meet the team, see how we work, look at the projects we are working on and find out…

Audit of Political Engagement Published

The Hansard Society,  an independent, non-partisan political research and education organisation, has published its Audit of Political Engagement, the only annual health check on our democratic system. Now in its 13th year, each Audit measures the ‘political pulse’ of the nation, providing a unique benchmark to gauge public opinion across Great Britain with regard to the political system. The latest Audit of Political Engagement finds that the public claim to be more interested in and knowledgeable about politics than they were in the last Audit survey, and…

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Parliamentary or political? Advice on use of House-provided stationery in the coming months

The Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards has issued a reminder to Members about the appropriate use of House-provided stationery, particularly in the run-up to the May elections and the EU Referendum. Your Member will have received this message by email on 4 April, and a hard copy has been circulated to the Westminster offices. Please do take time to read this, and refer to the current rules on the use of the House emblem and House of Commons stationery published on the intranet.

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Does your tenant have the Right to Rent?

If you wish to rent a private residential property to a tenant, you are now legally obliged to check whether or not your prospective tenant has the Right to Rent. You must check anyone aged 18 or over who pays to use your property as their main home, eg. tenants, sub-tenants and paying house guests. If you’ve bought a property that already has tenants, you need proof that their last landlord did the check. You’ll still be responsible for carrying out further checks on your tenants…

National Living Wage Comes Into Effect

If you are advertising on w4mpjobs then you should be aware that from April 2016, most UK workers aged 25 and over are legally entitled to at least £7.20 per hour Take these four steps to be ready for the change: Check you know who is eligible in your organisation. Find out on GOV. UK’s employment status page. Take the appropriate payroll action. Find useful guidance in HMRC’s tutorials. Let your staff know about their new pay rate. Check your staff under 25 are earning at least the…

Recess dates have been updated

Owing to the EU Referendum taking place on Thursday 23 June 2016, an extra recess has been scheduled for that month, with the House rising on Wednesday 15 June, and returning on Monday 27 June. You can view the current schedule of recess dates on the Parliament website.

CSI Skills…

For any CSI fans out there, the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology has recently published the following POSTnote: Digital Forensics and Crime This briefing looks at the use of digital forensics by UK law enforcement agencies. It covers how evidence is obtained, the legislation and regulation in this area, and the efforts being made to address the challenges faced by practitioners.

Recruitment Open Day: job opportunities in Parliament

Parliament is holding a Recruitment Open Day on Thursday 31 March 2016, focusing on customer-facing jobs. At the Houses of Parliament there are jobs to suit everyone. If you love working with people and providing excellent customer service then we would like to meet you. There is no need to bring your CV to the Recruitment Open Day. Members of staff will be available to talk to you about current and future job opportunities and careers in their areas. You can also meet representatives from…

Updated list of training courses

We’ve published the updated list of training courses for staff offered by Learning & Development – see the Training Page for details.