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New Wellbeing Hub for Members’ Staff

The Wellness Working Group has launched a new Wellbeing Hub for Members’ Staff. This is a dedicated space created by MPs’ staff for MPs’ staff; they know just how difficult this job can be and the importance of taking time to look after yourself.  They have gathered all resources to support you on this site.…

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The Public Affairs Guide to Westminster: The Handbook of Effective and Ethical Lobbying

Award-winning public affairs professional Robert McGeachy has written The Public Affairs Guide to Westminster: The Handbook of Effective and Ethical Lobbying, drawing upon his experience of working in the House of Lords for many years, and of leading successful UK-wide public affairs campaigns. The Westminster Public Affairs Guide shows organisations and individuals how to influence…

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All MPs’ staff phone-in – Supporting individuals with Hoarding disorder

The Members’ Services Team run all-Members’ staff phone-ins monthly. These events are available to book through our learning management system, Act. Supporting individuals with Hoarding disorder Tuesday 18 May 10-11am – Supporting individuals with Hoarding disorder

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Commons Library Research Briefing – “Common law marriage” and cohabitation

This Commons Library briefing paper provides general information about how the law applies to cohabitants, the number of cohabiting couples, and about the Law Commission’s proposals for reform. The number of couples choosing to live together (cohabit) without getting married or entering a civil partnership, in what is often called “a common law marriage”, increased…

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Commons Library Research Briefing – Coronavirus: International Travel FAQs for England

The House of Commons Library has published a briefing paper which provides answers to frequently asked questions about international travel restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic. Coronavirus: International Travel FAQs for England This paper is a compilation of frequently asked questions about international travel from and to England, and how it is affected by current restrictions…

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Commons Library Research Briefing – Universal Credit: A reading list

The Commons Library has produced a Universal Credit reading list covering the new benefit from its development more than a decade ago through to April 2020. You can find it here: https://commonslibrary.parliament.uk/research-briefings/cbp-9211/

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Virtual Events for Mental Health Awareness Week – 10th – 14th May

Please join us for a series of fascinating events to mark Mental Health Awareness Week. We are also launching the WWG’s very own SharePoint site which includes information on: Spending the IPSA wellbeing funds Group supervision – what is it and how might it help staff? Employee Assistance Programme Courses run by the House on…

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Hotlines list updated 22 April 2021

The hotlines list has been updated today. Please can you ensure that you use only the current list which can be found on the intranet here: https://intranet.parliament.uk/Documents/research-online-resources/research/constituency-casework/w4mp-hotlines.pdf Please do not save or print the hotlines list, as this risks you using incorrect details and causing annoyance to the people you are contacting.

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Follow the Speaker on Twitter

Follow the new official @CommonsSpeaker Twitter account! The Speaker of the House of Commons, Sir Lindsay Hoyle, launched his new official Speaker Twitter  account on Wednesday 21 April 2021. Follow @CommonsSpeaker to stay up to date with his work as Speaker of the UK House of Commons, both inside and beyond the Chamber.

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Wellness Working Group Virtual meeting: Kooth, Mental Health Support for Children and Young People

Wellness Working Group Online Event Kooth.com, Mental Health Support for Children and Young People Time: 11am – 12pm Date: Friday 16 April 2021 Dr. Lynne Green, Consultant Psychologist and Chief Clinical Officer and Gareth Evans, Director of Accounts and Engagement for Kooth will cover what Kooth is for children and young people, how to talk…

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6-week Mindfulness Course for MPs’ staff

The world we live in is fast paced and dynamic – while this can feel exciting it can also become overwhelming, so how do we navigate our lives skilfully?  Mindfulness supports resilience and well-being. It is particularly valuable at this time of the Covid-19 pandemic, equipping you with tools to relate to challenging situations, and…

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All MP staff virtual Q&A – Dealing with fixated individuals

The Members’ Services Team run all-Members’ staff phone-ins monthly. These events are available to book through our learning management system, Act. Dealing with fixated individuals Members of Parliament are at risk of being targeted by fixated individuals. In this session we will look at identifying obsessive behaviour and discuss the process should your office be…

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New rates for National Living Wage/ National Minimum Wage come into effect April 1

These rates are for the National Living Wage (for those aged 23 and over) and the National Minimum Wage (for those of at least school leaving age). The rates change on 1 April every year. 23 and over 21 to 22 18 to 20 Under 18 Apprentice April 2021 £8.91 £8.36 £6.56 £4.62 £4.30 Apprentices…

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Employer’s Liability Insurance

The new Certificate of Employer’s Liability Insurance, which should be displayed in all MPs’ offices, is now available to download from the intranet here: https://intranet.parliament.uk/PageFiles/133981/DC503%20-%20EL%20certificate.pdf

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All MP staff virtual Q&A – Data Protection and GDPR

Time: 12:00 – 13:00 Date: Friday 26 March 2021 Where: Online – MS Teams Stacey Pereira from the Information Rights and Information Security (IRIS) service team will speak at the March All MP staff Q&A session, taking place Friday 26 March 12-1pm. There will also be talks from the Education and Engagement Outreach team to…

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Updated: List of Ministerial Responsibilities

The List of Ministerial Responsibilities was updated on 11 March 2021 and can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/government-ministers-and-responsibilities  

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Easter Recess Dates

The House will rise on Thursday 25 March 2021 and will return on Tuesday 13 April 2021. You can see further information here: https://www.parliament.uk/about/faqs/house-of-commons-faqs/business-faq-page/recess-dates/

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IPSA – new staff salary ranges published

IPSA has published the 2021-2022 staff salary ranges on the website here: https://www.ipsaonline.org.uk/guidance/pay-and-benefits

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Re-launch of the Women’s Parliamentary Cricket Team

Two years ago today, Meg Williams organised the successful inaugural event which took place at Lord’s Cricket Ground, and later that summer a small team took part in their first soft ball cricket tournament.  Needless to say, the last two years have been particularly busy, but with the light at the end of the tunnel…

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Workshops from the Registrar of Members’ Financial Interests

The Registrar of Members’ Financial Interests runs workshops for Members and their staff on the following subjects together with the next available dates.  The workshops will be run remotely via MS Teams. A. Openness and Registering Members’ Financial Interests, covering: How to help your Member register and declare interests The rules on paid lobbying by…

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New ‘What’s On’ pages on UK Parliament website

News from the Parliamentary Digital Service: From Friday 5 March, the calendar page on the UK Parliament website will be replaced by a new What’s On section.  These pages show a day by day view of what’s happening in the Commons, Lords and committees. The new pages still provide comprehensive detail about what’s happening across…

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New procedural guides to the Budget and Finance Bill

We’ve received an email from our friends over at the Hansard Society, with links to New procedural guides to the Budget and Finance Bill. Here’s what they wrote: If you are watching the Chancellor’s Statement this afternoon, and keeping an eye on the Budget debate over the next week and then the Finance Bill, our new procedural guides…

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Search for charities in your constituency

The Charity Commission register of charities displays information about how charities are run, and how they manage their finances, including information about salaries paid to senior staff members (in bands, upwards from £60k), whether a charity’s trustees are remunerated and its income, if any, from government contracts. You can search for charities in your constituency…

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Are you using the correct hotlines list?

w4mp has received complaints that people who have been removed from the hotlines list are still being contacted by MPs’ offices. Please can you ensure that you use only the current list which can be found on the intranet here: https://intranet.parliament.uk/Documents/research-online-resources/research/constituency-casework/w4mp-hotlines.pdf Please do not save or print the hotlines list, as this risks you using…

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All MP staff virtual Q&A – Dealing with aggressive and abusive constituents

Time: 14:00 Date: Friday 26 February 2021 Where: Online – MS Teams The focus of this month’s session will be dealing with aggressive and abusive constituents, both over the phone, in person and on social media. Our expert speakers are Neil Cahalin (Personal Security Adviser) and David Mair (Social Media and Security Analyst). If you…

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British Psychological Society – Cognitive Strain in Parliament

Time: 11:00 – 12:00 Date: Friday 19 February 2021 The relationships between well-being and work have long been recognised, however the role of these in the fields of politics and government have not historically received the attention they deserve. Research conducted by psychologists within the UK Parliament has been the focus of a recent report…

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Business Banking Resolution Service

The BBRS is a new, independent organisation that seeks to resolve disputes between larger SMEs and participating banks.  It is free for businesses to use and offers an alternative to litigation, which for many SMEs is not a realistic option. The service is now fully live and open to thousands of potential customers around the…

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Law Training Sessions from the Learning and Development Team

The Learning and Development has arranged some new law training sessions in March.  Please book yourself onto them using the intranet links below. Introduction to housing law: Homelessness https://parliament.learningpool.com/mod/facetoface/view.php?id=3874 Introduction to housing law: Security of tenure  https://parliament.learningpool.com/mod/facetoface/view.php?id=3876 Introduction to housing law: Social housing https://parliament.learningpool.com/mod/facetoface/view.php?id=3877 Introduction to housing law: Disrepair https://parliament.learningpool.com/mod/facetoface/view.php?id=3875 The Law and Special Educational Needs https://parliament.learningpool.com/mod/facetoface/view.php?id=3878 Introduction…

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Susan B. Anthony: The Forgotten History of the Woman Who Inspired the 19th Amendment

Today, 15 February 2021, marks the 201st birthday of Susan B. Anthony. Susan B Anthony was a lot of things. She was a teacher, a headmistress, a woman’s rights activist but most of all she was a person who devoted her life to creating change. A woman who wasn’t afraid to stand up for what…

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Workshops from the Registrar of Members’ Financial Interests

The Registrar of Members’ Financial Interests runs workshops for Members and their staff on the following subjects together with the next available dates.  The workshops will be run remotely via MS Teams. A. Openness and Registering Members’ Financial Interests, covering: How to help your Member register and declare interests The rules on paid lobbying by…

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All MP staff virtual Q&A – Dealing with aggressive and abusive constituents

Time: 14:00 Date: Friday 26 February 2021 Where: Online – MS Teams The focus of this month’s session will be dealing with aggressive and abusive constituents, both over the phone, in person and on social media. Our expert speakers are Neil Cahalin (Personal Security Adviser) and David Mair (Social Media and Security Analyst). If you…

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Do you have any new hotline numbers?

Our list of Hotline Numbers is one of the most-used W4MP services. Do you (or your organisation) have any MP hotline numbers that aren’t on our list? We often get people emailing us to ask if we have hotline numbers for various organisations or Government departments, and the simple answer is “if it’s not on the…

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Groups which staff can join

Did you know that there are several groups which MPs’ staff can join?  There’s sports and social groups, workplace equality networks, religious groups, and groups which provide support and representation. You can find a list of them here: http://www.w4mp.org/w4mp/w4mp-guides/groups-which-staff-can-join/ If you know of any other groups which are open to staff, but we have not…

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The Commons, Our Parliament, Play your Part

A new campaign has launched: The Commons, Our Parliament, Play your Part. Its aim is to help colleagues understand how the House of Commons works and connect us to the wider parliamentary community, including Members and Members staff. Have you ever wondered… What goes on behind the scenes of the Chamber and select committees? How…

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Mindfulness classes for Members’ staff

Sign up to Mindfulness classes, running over the course of six weeks, starting Thursday 18 February. Classes will take place 12 – 1pm every Thursday via Zoom. For further information, please see here: https://intranet.parliament.uk/business-news/news-current-issues/news/2021/february-correct/mindfullness-classes-for-members-staff/

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Time to get a new job?

Time to move on? Maybe you have a spare moment to think about making a move? But where to find that new job which rewards you – not just financially but also exploits all those talents which are not properly recognised in your present post? Yes, you’ve guessed it: the w4mpjobs pages! They are here.…

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Lyell Scholarship 2022 – Society of Conservative Lawyers

The Society of Conservative Lawyers offers a regular scholarship to reward the recipient for assistance given to the Society in its research activities. The Society of Conservative Lawyers is offering a scholarship of £5,000 for 2022. The scholarship will be awarded to a candidate with a real interest in both law and policy, and who…

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Weekly Office Manager Drop-in

At 11:00 every Wednesday, there is an MPs’ Office Managers’ Drop-in on Microsoft Teams. During these meetings, you can learn about and discuss various topic, including, but not limited to: House of Commons updates Security information Information about Parliamentary Digital Services Information about IPSA Information and support relating to wellness and wellbeing You also have…

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The Fortnight – Issue 20

Issue 20 of The Fortnight is available on the Parliamentary intranet here: https://intranet.parliament.uk/Documents/Fortnight-issue-20.pdf In this issue: Purchase Added Pension Westminster Hall debates suspended Commonwealth Day 2021 Post-Brexit passport validity Windows 10 update: final reminder MS Teams tips Free online talks and tours for your constituents You can view previous issues of The Fortnight here: https://intranet.parliament.uk/business-news/news-current-issues/members-newsletters/the-fortnight/…

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Virtual Meeting – Work, stress and wellbeing with Professor Tarani Chandola

Work, stress and wellbeing – some observations over my research career Monday 22nd February 2021, 11am – 12pm The talk will review research on work, stress and wellbeing, highlighting some key findings from studies such as the Whitehall II study on stress and health among civil servants. Professor Chandola will talk about how work stress…

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Updated hotlines list – 26 January 2021

The hotlines list has was updated on 26 26January 2021. Please ensure that you use the most recent version of the list by bookmarking it and accessing it online each time, rather than downloading it to your device.

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Workshops from the Registrar of Members’ Financial Interests

The Registrar of Members’ Financial Interests runs workshops for Members and their staff on the following subjects together with the next available dates.  The workshops will be run remotely via MS Teams. A. Openness and Registering Members’ Financial Interests, covering: How to help your Member register and declare interests The rules on paid lobbying by…

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Looking for a phone number?

The People App on the Parliamentary network is a very useful tool – an internal directory which will help you to find not only people’s telephone numbers, but also their email addresses and details of their organisation. So, if you want to contact a member of staff for a particular MP, just put in the…

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Important information for people planning on returning to the Parliamentary estate from Monday 11th January 2021

Important information for people planning on returning to the Parliamentary estate from Monday 11th January 2021. The House of Commons will be returning from recess on Monday 11th January.  Only colleagues necessary to the continued functioning of the Estate and parliamentary business, or related support services, should be working on-site, with all others working remotely. …

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The Great Winter Get Together

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What is the Privy Council?

What is the Privy Council? The Privy Council is an advisory body to the Monarch; its members are known as Privy Counsellors. It is one of the oldest parts of the UK’s constitutional arrangements, with its origins dating back to at least the thirteenth century. Find out more in this Commons Library Research Briefing which…

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Disability History Month illustrated book

One of the most interesting publications of last year was produced by the Learning team in Parliament. It is a booklet for use in schools that contains stories of influential people who have impacted disability related UK laws and equal rights. Launched to mark Disability History Month 2020, this resource can be used throughout the…

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Post-Brexit British passport validity

From 1 January 2021, passport guidelines are changing. To be eligible to travel to most European countries, on the day of travel, British passport holders must: Have at least 6 months left on their passport, and Have a passport that is less than 10 years old, even if it has 6 months or more left…

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Is your security clearance up to date?

Your security clearance lasts for a maximum of three years.  With staff working from home, it’s quite easy to let your security clearance lapse without you realising it.  However, if it does lapse, you will not only lose access to the Parliamentary estate, but you may also lose access to the Parliamentary network – i.e.…

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Parliamentary Constituencies Act receives Royal Assent and becomes law

The Parliamentary Constituencies Act received Royal Assent on Tuesday 14 December.  This law will ensure that Parliamentary constituencies in the UK are more equal in size and will make elections fairer. You can read the Government press release here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-law-passed-will-make-voting-in-uk-general-election-fairer The House of Commons Library has some new research documents on the topic. The Parliamentary Constituencies…

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