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IRMS Team Wins ‘Team of the Year’

Congratulations to the Parliamentary Archive  Information & Records Management Service which has won the UK Information and Records Management Society Team of the Year! Our A team of 10 staff, the Information and Records Management Service (IRMS) develops, advises on and implements information management (IM) policies and practices for the end-to-end management of current business …

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HMRC Casework Advice Surgery

HMRC’s next drop-in surgery, to which MPs and staff can bring HMRC-related constituent cases, takes place tomorrow between 11:00 and 13:00 in Room R at Portcullis House. HMRC experts on tax credits, PAYE and Self Assessment will be available to help resolve cases that your constituents might have raised.  They’ll also take away any more …

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Available: Two double rooms for rent in flat overlooking park in SE4

Ref: 2821 Two rooms available in flat in Brockley overlooking Hilly Fields £800 pcm each including bills. Shared living room and kitchen.  Each bedroom has its own bathroom. Bills included: gas, electricity, water, council tax, internet. 45 mins to Westminster. Contact: dan.whittle@parliament.uk

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Waiting times for benefit appeals

Please note that the DWP is no longer able to obtain information on waiting times for appeals. MPs and their staff should contact HM Courts & Tribunals Service directly, using the details in the Hotlines list.

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Upcoming training courses

We have received information about upcoming training courses that staff can sign up for. Courses are free of charge to all Members’ staff who are paid through IPSA’s staffing allowance and travel costs to training events can be met from the expenses scheme administered by IPSA. Full details can be found in the training section …

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Hotlines List Update

The Hotlines List was updated on 18 April 2019 Please always ensure that you are using the current version of the hotlines list on the intranet, as copies saved to your computer or printed out may be out of date. Please go here to see the new information and the link to the list.

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Commons Library launches podcast series on key policy areas

The House of Commons Library has launched a new podcast series, bringing MPs, their staff and the public coverage of key policy areas via interviews with impartial Library researchers. Each episode lasts for 20 minutes or under, and aims to get to the crux of current debates or offer an overview of topics being debated in …

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Media Trust’s Breaking into News initiative launches

Media Trust’s Breaking into News initiative, run in partnership with ITV News, invites you to come up with, write and create your own news story about a local issue that you’re passionate about. The competition was launched in 2011 with the aim of increasing diversity in UK broadcast journalism. Now in it’s eighth year, the …

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TODAY: Ask the Expert – Anti-Social Behaviour

Douglas Pyper, a Library specialist, will be running an Ask the Expert session – Anti-Social Behaviour, with follow up questions from recent training and any other questions, today between 2pm and 4pm on the Help Hub Community (the new caseworker forum).   Doug will answer questions live but you can also post your questions in advance …

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Reminder – Government email addresses are changing

As previously reported here, government agencies are now dropping ‘gsi’ from their email addresses and the migration will be completed by 31 March 2019, after which date any messages sent to a .gsi address will not be delivered. Please check the hotlines list for updated email addresses and amend your own address books accordingly.

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