Coronavirus (COVID-19): right to work checks

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Advice for employers carrying out ‘right to work’ checks during the coronavirus pandemic.

It is still necessary for employers to check that their employees have the right to work in the UK and it remains an offence to knowingly employ anyone who does not have the right to work in the UK.

Right to work checks have been temporarily adjusted due to coronavirus (COVID-19). This is to make it easier for employers to carry them out.

Please see here for full details: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-right-to-work-checks

Hotline numbers for Members of the UK, Scottish and Welsh Parliaments, the Northern Ireland Assembly and their staff

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Quick link: The current hotlines list is here.

Jump to the list of latest updates

These hotline numbers are for the use of MPs, MSPs, Members of the Senedd and their staff ONLY. DO NOT disclose these numbers to members of the public or to staff in other agencies or the facility may be withdrawn.

Whilst MPs have certain Parliamentary privileges in relation to the authority to act for their constituents, this is not always extended to Members of the Scottish Parliament, or Members of the Senedd, so they must obtain written consent from their constituents. In any case, it is good practice for all representatives, including Members of Parliament, to obtain written consent whenever possible, in order to prevent any potential delays.

The list is updated when there are changes and represents the latest information we have. If you spot any mistakes or know of any other useful hotline numbers please let us know, using the website’s Feedback Form.

We have been asked by one or two agencies to encourage MPs, MSs and their staff to be sure to use these hotline numbers and NOT the numbers available for the general public. Here’s what they say: “Some Members and their staff continue to use the public enquiry line which means we are not always able to give the prompt reply that both they and we would like to happen.”

IMPORTANT: Are you using the correct hotlines list?

Please don’t print out the whole list and keep it on your desk, as you risk using out-of-date information – as well as using up an enormous amount of paper!  The list is updated frequently, sometimes several times a month, so please make sure you are using the most recent version   If you bookmark it, you’ll always be using the correct one.

It is better to view the list online rather than download it, then you can be sure you are always using the correct version.

Our list of hotline numbers is located on the Parliamentary Intranet (not on W4MP website) where it can be seen only by people with a parliamentary network account.  It is now listed as Hotlines for MPs under ‘H’ in the A-Z index on the intranet (click here). Click here for a direct link to the list.

It is also linked from the Constituency casework webpage on the parliamentary intranet and if you haven’t come across that very useful page do spend some time browsing through the excellent guides listed there. Here’s the link.

To clarify: you need to be working on the Parliamentary Network now to make those intranet connections.

If you do not have access to the UK Parliamentary Intranet, please use our Feedback Form to request a copy of the hotlines list, ensuring that you tell us who you work for. The list is available to Scottish Parliament and Members of the Senedd via their own Intranet.

Here’s something which is available to everyone: CEO email addresses: http://www.ceoemail.com/

LATEST UPDATES


8 October 2020

  • Added contact details for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA)
  • Amended contact details for the National Trust
  • Added contact details for P&O Ferries
  • Amended contact details for the Solicitors Regulation Authority
  • Added contact details for Ryanair
  • Added contact details for Yorkshire Tiger buses

22 September 2020

  • Amended contact details for Age UK
  • Added contact details for The Insolvency Service
  • Amended contact details for Public Health England
  • Added contact details for The Victims’ Commissioner

17 September 2020

  • Added a link to the List of Ministerial Responsibilities
  • Added contact details for Qatar Airways
  • Added contact details for Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust

11 September 2020

  • Removed contact information for the British Embassies in Colombia and Peru, and replaced them with link to a list of all British Embassies abroad
  • Amended contact information for the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office
  • Amended contact information for HMRC
  • Amended contact information for the Forced Marriage Unit
  • Amended contact information for the Public Health England Coronavirus Hotline

3 September 2020

  • Amended contact information for Amazon
  • Amended contact information for the BBC
  • Amended contact information for EasyJet
  • Amended information for HMRC
  • Added contact details for UCAS

21 August 2020

  • Removed contact details for Ryanair

20 August 2020

  • Amended contact details for COVID-19 enquiries to the Foreign & Commonwealth Office
  • Added additional contact details for the Information Commissioner
  • Amended contact details for the Mayor of Greater Manchester
  • Added additional contact details for Openreach
  • Added details for Qualifications Wales
  • Added contact details for the Welsh Joint Education Committee (WJEC)

13 August 2020

  • Added contact details for BBC World Service
  • Amended contact details for HMRC
  • Added contact details for Ofqual – for examination results queries
  • Added contact details for Universities UK

10 August 2020

  • Amended contact details for Cafcass
  • Added contact details for Crisis
  • Amended contact details for Lloyds Banking Group
  • Amended contact details for Marks and Spencer
  • Amended contact details for Pension Protection Fund
  • Amended contact details for the Prime Minister
  • Amended contact details for Shelter

29 July 2020

  • Added contact details for Advocate – free legal help from volunteer barristers
  • Added contact details for Age UK
  • Added contact details for the British Heart Foundation
  • Amended information on Travel Corridors – please contact DfT and not FCO
  • Added contact details for St. Mungos

27 July 2020

  • Amended contact details for HMRC
  • Added contact details for Virgin Money (Public Affairs)

22 July 2020

  • Amended contact details for OSCU (Operational Support Certification Unit)
  • Amended contact details for UKVI MP Engagement
  • Added contact details for Windrush enquiries

20 July 2020

  • Amended contact details for the DVLA
  • Amended contact details for the Health & Safety Executive (COVID-19 issues only)
  • Added additional contact details for Northern Rail
  • Added additional contact details for the Service Complaints Ombudsman for the Armed Forces (SCOAF)
  • Amended contact details for Vodafone

15 July 2020

  • Added contact details for the Competition and Markets Authority
  • Amended contact details for Disability Services, DWP
  • Amended contact details for Newcastle Pensions Centre
  • Added contact details for Traveline Cymru
  • Amended contact details for UKVI for Members of the Senedd and Scottish Parliament
  • Amended contact details for Yorkshire Water

9 July 2020

  • Added contact details for Direct Collection Bailiffs Ltd (DCBL)
  • Amended contact details for Ovo Energy
  • Amended contact details for Ryanair
  • Amended contact details for the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA)
  • Amended contact details for UKVI for Members of the Senedd and Scottish Parliament

30 June 2020

  • Amended contact details for HMRC PAYE and Self Assessment
  • Amended opening hours for Public Health England
  • Amended contact details for the Scottish Ambulance Service
  • Amended contact details for Tribunal Service in Newcastle

15 June 2020

  • Added additional contact details for DVLA
  • Added additional contact details for HSBC
  • Added contact details for OFQUAL
  • Added contact details for the Office for Students
  • Added contact details for the Money and Pension Service

27 May 2020

  • Added contact details for the Arts Council
  • Added additional contact details for Amazon UK and Ireland
  • Added contact details for the Internet Watch Foundation
  • Added contact details for the MP Shielding Hotline
  • Added contact details for the National Audit Office
  • Added contact details for Ryanair
  • Added contact details for the Embassy of the Republic of the Sudan.

12 May 2020

  • Added contact details for the Internet Watch Foundation
  • Added contact details for the National Audit Office
  • Added contact details for the Embassy of the Republic of the Sudan.

4 May 2020

  • Added contact details for Amnesty International
  • Added contact details for Amazon
  • Added contact details for Edenred, which administers the school meal vouchers during lockdown
  • Amended contact details for the Federation of Small Businesses
  • Amended contact details for Marks & Spencer
  • Added contact details for Sykes Holiday Homes
  • Added contact details for Yorkshire Housing

29 April 2020

  • Added contact details for a dedicated inbox for MPs to get updates on offers of support from businesses in manufacturing PPE
  • Moved all the Coronavirus information to a separate section at the end of the document
  • Added new contact details for businesses offering Coronavirus-related items, e.g. PPE, machinery, etc.
  • Added new contact details for people offering Coronavirus support, e.g. returning medical professionals, volunteers, etc.
  • Added contact details for the University and College Union (UCU)

24 April 2020

  • Added contact details for Finance & Leasing Association
  • Added contact details for Save the Children
  • Added contact details for Shelter (England)
  • Added contact details for Tui

21 April 2020

  • Added contact details for Asthma UK and British Lung Foundation Partnership
  • Added contact details for Boots
  • Added new contact details for Child Benefit
  • Added new contact details for the Children’s Society
  • Added contact details for the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership
  • Added contact details for Heathrow Airport
  • Amended contact details for the Legal Ombudsman
  • Added further contact details for Santander Bank
  • Added contact details for UK Finance
  • Added contact details for Water UK

17 April 2020

  • Added contact details for Anchor Hanover Housing
  • Added extra contact details for the Association of Convenience Stores
  • Added extra contact details for Barclays
  • Added contact details for the British Medical Association
  • Added additional contact details for the Care Quality Commission
  • Amended Ministerial contact details for DWP
  • Added contact details for Electricity North West
  • Added additional contact details for the General Medical Council
  • Added contact details for the GMB union
  • Added additional contact details for the Mayor of Greater Manchester
  • Added new contact details for the Guinness Partnership
  • Added contact details for Historic England
  • Added additional contact details for HSBC Bank
  • Added contact details for the Institute of Directors
  • Added contact details for the NASUWT
  • Amended contact details for the National Lottery Community Fund
  • Added new contact details for the National Lottery Heritage Fund
  • Added contact details for the Solicitors Regulation Authority
  • Added contact details for The Range

14 April 2020

  • Added new contact details for Aviva
  • Added new contact details for Jet2
  • Added additional contact details for Wm. Morrison Supermarkets
  • Added new contact details for Virgin Atlantic Airlines
  • Added new contact details for Waitrose

8 April 2020

  • Added new contact details for DWP Ministerial Correspondence
  • Added contact details for Nightingale Hospital North West

6 April 2020

  • Added contact details for the Co-op
  • Amended contact details for the Department for Health & Social Care
  • Added contact details for Guide Dogs for the Blind
  • Added URL for IPSA Coronavirus guidance
  • Amended contact details for the Valuation Office Agency

3 April 2020

  • Added contact details for Air B’n’B
  • Corrected contact details for the Department for Transport Ministers
  • Added contact details for Emirates
  • Added public contact details for Social Work England

2 April 2020

  • Added contact details for the Coronavirus PPE Supply Distribution Service
  • Added Coronavirus help and information from the Welsh Assembly Research Service for people in Wales
  • Amended contact details for The British Parking Association
  • Added additional contact details for BT OpenReach
  • Added contact details for The Pakistani High Commission in London
  • Amended contact details for The British Parking Association
  • Amended contact details for the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority
  • Added contact details for John Lewis
  • Added contact details for Ocado
  • Amended contact details for The Post Office

31 March 2020

  • Added contact details for Aldi
  • Added contact details for Asda
  • Added contact details for the Environment Agency, Yorkshire and The Humber
  • Added contact details for Iceland
  • Added contact details for Marks & Spencer
  • Amended contact details for Morrisons
  • Added contact details for Sainsburys
  • Added contact details for Tesco

26 March 2020

  • Added list of email addresses for several government departments (page 46)
  • Amended contact details for the General Medical Council
  • Added contact details for the National Crime Agency

23 March 2020

  • Added contact details for British Airways
  • Updated links to information about Coronavirus

20 March 2020

  • Added contact details for the Bank of England
  • Added contact details for the FCO in Peru
  • Added Twitter contact details for UK embassies abroad
  • Added contact details for The National Lottery Community Fund

19 March 2020

  • Added additional information on Coronavirus
  • Amended contact details for Royal Mail

11 March 2020

  • Added contact details for Action Fraud
  • Amended contact details for the Civil Aviation Authorityd
  • Added information on Coronavirus
  • Amended contact details for Network Rail
  • Removed incorrect contact details for Post Office Wales (awaiting new details)
  • Removed incorrect contact details for Royal Mail Wales (awaiting new details)
  • Added contact details for Social Security Scotland
  • Added contact details for United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
  • Amended contact details for Virgin Media

31 January 2020

  • Amended contact details for DWP North West Complaints Resolution
  • Added contact details for Mears Housing
  • Added contact details for Places for People
  • Added contact details for the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman
  • Added contact details for Serco

16 January 2020

  • Amended contact details for British Gas for Welsh Assembly Members
  • Amended contact details for BT
  • Added contact details for Northern (part of Arriva Trains
  • Added contact details for PayPal
  • Removed defunct website details for UKVI

20 December 2019

  • Amended contact details for The Charity Commission

17 December 2019

  • Amended contact details for DWP – Universal Credit North Central area
  • Amended contact details for EE
  • Amended contact details for the Financial Conduct Authority
  • Amended contact details for HM Prison & Probation Service
  • Added contact details for Yorkshire Water

21 October 2019

  • Amended contact details for the Association of British Insurers (ABI)
  • Added contact details for the Children’s Commissioner – Help at Hand
  • Added contact details for DWP Debt Management complaints
  • Amended contact details for EDF Energy
  • Amended contact details for Ovo Energy
  • Added contact details for Sanctuary Housing (North East London)
  • Added contact details for Shell Energy

8 October 2019

  • Added contact details for the BBC
  • Added contact details for Great Western Railway
  • Amended contact details for HMRC Ministerial Correspondence
  • Added contact details for Parking Eye
  • Amended contact details for Scottish Power
  • Amended contact details for Virgin Media
  • Amended contact details for Vodafone