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Sign up for Care Quality Commission Alerts

The Care Quality Commission is the independent regulator of health and social care in England. If you want to stay up to date with the latest health and social care inspections in your constituency, then sign up for their email alerts, and they will send you an email once a week with the details of their activity in your area, including: services they have started inspecting new inspection reports they’ve published. Where they’ve published a new report, you’ll be able to click on a link in the email to…

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Full List of Ministerial Appointments

The full list of Ministerial apppointments has been published. To save you a click (or tap)… Her Majesty’s Government – July 2016 Prime Minister, First Lord of the Treasury and Minister for the Civil Service Rt Hon Theresa May MP** HM Treasury Chancellor of the Exchequer – Rt Hon Philip Hammond MP** Chief Secretary to the Treasury – Rt Hon David Gauke MP*** Financial Secretary – Jane Ellison MP Economic Secretary – Simon Kirby MP† Commercial Secretary – Lord O’Neill of Gatley* Home Office Secretary…

Commons Library EU referendum hub updated

The Commons Library has updated its EU referendum hub. The hub includes pre and post-Brexit briefing papers which set out the background to the EU Referendum as well as analysis and comment after the result.   There is also a comprehensive reading list bringing together relevant books, articles and think tank and parliamentary publications relevant to the subject.  Brexit: What happens next Now that the UK has voted to leave the EU, what will happen next? This Commons Library briefing paper looks at the immediate consequences of the vote and some of the longer…

Parliamentary Sitting Dates

Parliament will rise for the Summer Recess on 21 July and resume sitting on 5 September The full calendar of sitting dates can be found on the Parliament website. Summer 21 July 2016 5 September 2016 Conference 15 September 2016 10 October 2016 November 8 November 2016 14 November 2016 Christmas 20 December 2016 9 January 2017   Note that the exact pattern of recesses can change and is normally slightly different for the two Houses.

Looking for the salary ranges?

A few people have asked us about job advertisements stating that salaries will be within the IPSA pay scales, but they don’t actually say what the pay scales are. The salary ranges are published on IPSA’s website here: IPSA Pay Ranges.

Trial of Thomas Mair – advice on contempt of court

The Shadow Attorney General has written to Labour MPs offering legal guidance around public statements during the trial of Thomas Mair, and we thought it would be useful to share with all staff. Read the whole letter Contempt of Court Advice

Remembering Jo Cox MP

Jo Cox was a great woman, an effective Parliamentarian, a committed constituency MP, a loving wife and mother, and a friend to so many people. Her murder has shocked us all, and our sympathy is with her family, staff, colleagues and friends. The analysis and search for an explanation for what happened continues, with much reflection about the corrosive nature of our polarised political environment; the impact of a social media sphere where racism, sexism, homophobia and hate speech run unchecked; and of course the…

Personal Security

We at w4mp are shocked to learn that Jo Cox, MP for Batley and Spen has died from her injuries after having been attacked outside her advice surgery this afternoon.  We offer our sincere condolences to her family and friends at this awful time. This is a sad reminder that we all need to be alert and aware of our security, and we strongly recommend that you take a few minutes to read our post here: and also the security advice on the Parliamentary intranet: Security…

UK Facing Digital Skills Crisis

The Science and Technology Committee has published a report warning that the UK risks being left behind if the Government does not take more action to address the digital skills crisis. Report: Digital skills crisis Report: Digital skills crisis (PDF 712.83 KB) Inquiry: Digital skills Science and Technology Committee The report finds that 12.6 million adults in the UK lack basic digital skills; 5.8 million people have never used the internet; only 35% of computer teachers in schools have a relevant degree and 30% of…

New edition of HMRC Booklet

The booklet ‘Help for you and your constituents’, which offers MPs advice and contacts for working with HM Revenue and Customs, has been updated. If you have a copy, or would like one, please email us at from your Parliamentary email address.