LIBRARY: Authoritative guides to help in your job, useful links and light reading.
Since it began in 2000 w4mp has commissioned an extensive collection is a of guides to good practice to provide you with advice and support in carrying out the main activities expected of you in your job.
Most guides are written by staff working for MPs; some originate from various House Departments or our good friends in the House of Commons Library.
Guides are constantly being revised and updated so if you do print a guide out please remember to check back from time to time to see if changes have been made.
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This House of Commons Library briefing provides an overview of disability discrimination law and explains legal duties to consider the needs of disabled people. Read the research briefing here: https://commonslibrary.parliament.uk/research-briefings/cbp-9061/
All staff of Members of Parliament are invited to attend the next All-Staff Question and Answer Session, which will focus on Working From Home Safely. Time: 15:00 Date: Tuesday 1 December 2020 Where: Microsoft Teams If you would like an invitation to attend this meeting, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Cash remains a key payment method for more vulnerable people, but its wider use is in decline, accelerated by the pandemic. How will Government and industry protect access to cash? Read the House of Commons Library Briefing here: https://commonslibrary.parliament.uk/research-briefings/cbp-9054/
Another research briefing from the House of Commons Library: Loot Boxes in Video Games In September 2020, the Government launched a call for evidence into the impact of loot boxes on gambling-like behaviour. This Library Paper gives a brief overview of loot boxes, what the law says, and concerns that have been raised. You can…
The House of Commons Library has produced a research briefing for MPs and their staff to help them to deal with casework involving dissatisfaction with the police including: understanding the police complaints system where to find further information about police complaints how to help constituents make complaints how to help constituents who have already made…
The Independent Complaints and Grievance Scheme (ICGS) second Annual Review has been published. You can find further information here: http://www.w4mp.org/w4mp/w4mp-guides/support-in-your-job/harassment-involving-mps-and-staff/icgs-annual-review-2020/
Nature and Wellbeing: Looking after Yourself – and nature Tuesday 24th November 2020 2pm – 3pm Dom Higgins, Head of Health and Education for The Wildlife Trusts, will talk about why nature is so important for our health and wellbeing. He will be sharing some of the evidence that shows why we feel happier when…
Please see below the message from the Independent Reviewer of the UK Parliament Independent Complaints and Grievance Scheme. You can read more about the scheme here: http://www.w4mp.org/w4mp/w4mp-guides/support-in-your-job/harassment-involving-mps-and-staff/ Dear Colleagues, The 18 month review of the ICGS is well underway and I am keen to ensure I am giving as many people as possible the opportunity…
The House of Commons Library has produced a full briefing on its series on House of Commons trends. It looks at statistics on the working and procedures of the House of Commons. It looks at the composition of the Commons, the Parliamentary mechanisms, time spent on different types of business and staffing among other things.…
Constituents may contact their Member of Parliament seeking advice on military medals. The House of Commons Library has produced a briefing providing information on eligibility for military medals and how to apply. You can find it here: https://commonslibrary.parliament.uk/research-briefings/cbp-7190/
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Parliament is now closed until further notice so there will no longer be any events taking place in Westminster. This, however, does not mean that you will be left wanting for things to do. So you won’t be left wanting for things to do, we’ve added a bunch of cultural, political and entertainment that you can take part in from home to our calendar.
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Small ads from staff for accommodation – available or wanted – goods for sale etc.
We will only accept notices from staff of MPs or others with a current @parliament.uk email address. Use this form to submit a notice. Please don’t forget to let us know if your notice needs to be removed, e.g. if your accommodation has been let. If you have just started working for an MP and don’t have a parliamentary email address yet, ask a colleague to place a Notice for you.
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Ref: 2946 I’m looking for a new housemate for a lovely room in Bow/mile end, right on the district line so perfect for a Westminster commute! https://www.spareroom.co.uk/flatshare/london/bow/15491322 Contact: email@example.com
Ref: 2845 I am looking for someone/a couple to take over the tenancy of a light and airy 1 bedroom flat next to London Fields in East London. £1400pcm plus bills. Zero Deposit available. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Gov. uk has useful advice if you want to rent out a room in your home. If you are renting out either a room or a whole property, please read this important information on ‘Right to Rent’.
Special Note : Covid-19 and Casework: Ask the Library
The House of Commons Library ran a series of online training sessions on 25 and 26 June to help MPs’ staff deal with Covid-19 related casework. The programme covered:
- Preventing evictions
- Understanding the data on case numbers and deaths
- The lockdown laws
- The economic impact
- Using the Library remotely
And much more… You can view the recordings of those sessions here: https://parliament.learningpool.com/course/view.php?id=1747
Learning and Development
The main resource for training for Members’ Staff is The Commons Learning and Organisation Development team.
Courses take place both on the Parliamentary Estate and regionally, and if a course of interest is not available at a convenient location or date, they will endeavor to accommodate specific requirements, subject to sufficient demand (12 delegates and above).
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.
The full course catalogue is available via Act – the Parliamentary learning management system. A list of courses can be found at the bottom of this page.
At the moment, it is not possible to attend classroom based training. However, there are some courses which are available online in a virtual classroom. Please see here for details: https://parliament.learningpool.com/course/view.php?id=1590
House of Commons Library
The House of Commons Library also provides training that may be of value to staff. Courses are open to Members of both Houses, their staff and parliamentary staff, unless otherwise stated on the course schedule and individual arrangements can be made for constituency staff. See the Library’s training page on the Parliamentary Intranet for details and booking.
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Current Training Courses
Owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Registrar of Members’ Financial Interests will be holding seminars virtually (via MS Teams) until further notice, with each lasting about an hour. How to Support an All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) This seminar will cover: Register entries APPG Secretariats (volunteers, Members’ staff, outside organisations) Members and Officers Meetings (including AGMs,…
Policy in Practice are presenting a free online webinar: Recap of the major benefits changes and Coronavirus (COVID-19) 10:30 – 11:30, Wednesday 8 April 2020 Registration required: http://policyinpractice.co.uk/events/ As new measures to control Coronavirus (COVID-19) are introduced Policy in Practice’s Head of Policy, Zoe Charlesworth, summarises the major changes to the welfare system that have…
Here is the current list of training courses from the Parliamentary Learning & Development Team 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. There are…
The course will cover the principles of good written communication and how to put them into practice. It will look at some essentials about the use of language, grammar, tone and writing style and will include an introduction to the ‘Plain English’ approach to business writing. For full details and dates, please click here: https://parliament.learningpool.com/course/view.php?id=429
This course will cover the elements which make up a compelling speech, focusing on structure and the ability to tailor to the best abilities of the speaker and understanding the needs of the audience. For full details and dates, please click here: https://parliament.learningpool.com/course/view.php?id=554
This one day course has been designed to provide an initial opportunity to build management capability and will be of particular benefit to those with limited or no experience of line management. For full details and dates, please click here: https://parliament.learningpool.com/course/view.php?id=1412
This workshop will give Members’ staff the opportunity to think about their roles and identify the tasks that really get results. In addition, delegates will learn a variety of tips and techniques on how to control more of their time, enabling them to focus on their key tasks. For full details and dates, please click…
This session will cover the opportunities and challenges that using social media in the Public Sector presents and introduce delegates to using social media platforms for themselves, their teams and their organisation. For full details and dates, please click here: https://parliament.learningpool.com/mod/facetoface/view.php?f=480
This one day course is designed to equip staff with the skills and confidence to handle challenging conversations with customers or employees in a sensitive and professional way. A person’s emotional state can affect their reactions. Understanding how this happens can help you resolve conflict more successfully. The Samaritans trains their volunteers in active-listening techniques…
Attendees will discuss the causes signs and symptoms of mental health, how to respond to and deal with a situation and how they can support and unburden themselves after the event. For full details and dates, click here: https://parliament.learningpool.com/course/view.php?id=260