Hotlines List Update – please make sure you are accessing the current list


The Hotlines List was updated on 10 August 2020.

Please bookmark the list, and don’t download or print it.

We have received complaints that people are using out-of-date information, because they are either saving or printing out the list, instead of accessing the current version on the intranet.

Please go here to see the new information and the link to the list.

Banner – Equipment for returning to the workplace


Our office supplier, Banner, has published a catalogue of equipment to allow MPs and staff to return to the workplace safely, including:

  • preparing the building
  • equipping the workforce
  • controlling access to sites
  • implementing a social distancing plan
  • reducing virus transfer

You can view the catalogue here:

Daily Update 31/07/2020


The total deaths as a result of Coronavirus now stand at 46,119, an increase of 120 as of today. 

According to the ONS, daily Coronavirus cases in England have risen from 3,200 last week to 4,200. These findings are based on tests of households in England, excluding care homes and hospitals. The ONS estimates that daily cases are significantly higher than those reported by the Department of Health and Social Care because the ONS’ data includes people without symptoms. 

People that have been asked to shield across England, Scotland and Northern Ireland will no longer be required to isolate from today. From Saturday those shielding will no longer receive food packages or medicine deliveries from the government. 

Daily Update 30/07/2020


The total deaths as a result of Coronavirus now stands at 45,961, an increase of 83 as of today. 

According to the ONS the UK has recorded the highest level of excess deaths amongst European countries with 6.9% more excess deaths in the country as a whole and 7.5% more in England. Spain and Belgium are second and third with 6.7% and 3.9% respectively. 

The required isolation period for people that have tested positive for Coronavirus will increase from 7 to 10 days. This announcement comes after the Prime Minister warned yesterday of signs of a second wave of Coronavirus across Europe. 

Britain has also re-imposed a 14-day quarantine period on people arriving from Spain. In an Interview with Sky news Matt Hancock said that “I am worried about a second wave. I think you can see a second wave starting to roll across Europe, and we’ve got to do everything we can to prevent it from reaching these shores, and to tackle it.”

Daily Update 28/07/2020


The total deaths as a result of Coronavirus now stands at 45.874, an increase of 119 as of today. 

The National Institute for Economics and Social Research has published a study which shows that UK unemployment could rise to 10% when the government ends the furlough scheme. According to NIESR’s research, many of the jobs that will be lost if the government were to end the Furlough scheme in November could be protected if the scheme were to continue until next year. 

The National Food Strategy has drawn attention to the connection between poor diet and food poverty in a recent report. In the report the agency state that “one of the miserable legacies of Covid-19 is likely to be a dramatic increase in unemployment and poverty and therefore hunger.” NFS suggest that in order to combat the harmful effects of Coronavirus fuelled food poverty more people should be made eligible for free school meals. Currently 1.5 million children are entitled to free school meals, the agency suggests increasing that number to 2.8 million. According to the study on 1% of packed lunches have meet nutritional standards. 

Daily Update 27/07/2020


The total deaths as a result of Coronavirus now stands at 45,756, an increase of 7 as of today. 

Surges in the number of infections across Europe have forced countries to implement stricter restrictions on travellers. On Saturday the UK government announced that Britons on holiday in Spain would be required to isolate for two-weeks upon their return. France has also imposed similar restrictions on visitors from Spain. 

Online junk food ads face a total UK ban in an effort by the government to tackle obesity. Restrictions will require large restaurants or chains with more than 250 staff employees to put calorie labels on their food items. There will also be restrictions on ‘by-one-get-one-free’ deals and other discounts on junk food. 

Training courses available in a virtual classroom


As it is not currently possible to present training courses in a traditional face-to-face classroom setting, the Learning and Development Team have made some courses available online in a virtual classroom.

You can view details of the available courses here:

Titles available include:

  • Courageous Conversations
  • Handling Challenging Situations
  • Prospering in Turbulent Times
  • Supporting Teams Facing Pressure & Uncertainty
  • Being an Effective Remote Worker
  • Managing Remote Workers
  • Time and Task Management
  • Effective Casework Interviewing Skills for Remote Working
  • Introduction to Welfare Benefits
  • Universal Credit Overview
  • Personal Independence Payment
  • Homelessness Law for Caseworkers (England)
  • Employment Law and COVID-19 – FAQs for caseworkers
  • Protection from eviction and COVID-19 – understanding the law in England and Wales for caseworkers
  • Mindfulness Programme
  • Conversations with Vulnerable People
  • Refugee Resettlement to the UK: How does it work?

NEW: Labour Women’s Parliamentary Staff Network


The newly-formed Labour Women’s Parliamentary Staff Network (LWPSN) has been set up to connect Labour women staffers.

Please see here for details and information on how to join:

Labour Women’s Parliamentary Staff Network (LWPSN)


Check out other groups staff can join here:

Daily Update 24/07/2020


The total deaths as a result of Coronavirus now stand at 45,677, an increase of 123 as of today. 

The number of people infected by Coronavirus in the UK has stopped decreasing. There are currently 2,000 people infected with the virus who are not in hospitals or care homes, according to the ONS. This data is based on the 114,674 swab tests carried in the six weeks leading up to July 19. The R number, which measures the rate of infections, also remains unchanged between 0.7-0.9. 

Boris Johnson has urged everyone to get a flu vaccine to prevent the NHS from being overwhelmed in the event of a second wave. 

Daily Update 23/07/2020


The total death toll as a result of Coronavirus now stands at 45, 554, an increase of 53 as of today. 

Face masks will be mandatory in shops across England from tomorrow. Although shoppers will be required to wear face masks, they will not be compulsory for staff.

The European Union’s head negotiate Michel Barnier has said that there has been no progress on the most essential aspects of the UK’s Brexit negotiations with the bloc. The main sources of disagreement, according to Barnier, are negotiations over a possible level playing field for state aid workers rights as well as British access to fishing waters.