How to Support an All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) – Online Workshop Seminar

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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, inaugurals and other formal meetings)
  • Transparency and records, including APPG websites
  • Income and expenditure statements

Forthcoming dates:

  • Thursday 9 July at 2pm
  • Friday 24 July at 3pm
  • Thursday 20 August at 11am
  • Wednesday 2 September at 12 noon

Please email CommonsRegistrar@parliament.uk to tell them your preferred date.  They will then email you the joining instructions. These will include a link to the MS Teams App, which you should download and install before the meeting if you do not already have it on the device that you will be using to attend the meeting.

If the dates above are unsuitable please tell them and they will contact you when further dates are arranged.

Virtual Regional Roadshows

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The extremely popular regional roadshows were suspended because of COVID-19.  However, worry not, for the Customer Team has taken them online instead.

Rather than full day events, they have been broken down into 90-minute sessions, giving you a chance to learn about the range of services available, to influence future service provision and to share experience and knowledge with other staff working in your Region.

For full details, please go to the intranet page here: https://intranet.parliament.uk/business-news/news-current-issues/events/regional-constituency-events/

The current schedule is:

  • North East – Tuesday 30 June 2020
  • West Midlands – Tuesday 14 July 2020
  • Wales – Tuesday 28 July 2020
  • South West – Tuesday 4 August 2020
  • East – Tuesday 18 August 2020
  • London – Tuesday 25 August 2020
  • East Midlands – Tuesday 1 September 2020

More dates will be added later.

Covid-19 and Casework: Ask the Library 25-26 June 2020

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On 25 and 26 June 2020 the House of Commons Library is offering a series of sessions which are aimed at helping Members’ staff deal with casework arising from the coronavirus pandemic. The sessions will also be of wider interest to Members’ staff interested in policy development.

The sessions will be provided online via MS Teams and will be recorded, so if you miss one you can listen later.

The cut-off date for signing up is Midnight on 22 June 2020.

You must have a Parliamentary network account to access this.  See here for more details: https://parliament.learningpool.com/course/view.php?id=1735

Free Online Webinar: Recap of the major benefits changes and Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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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 been made.

Zoe will also share new analysis we’ve done to show the impact of the new measures and how they will help households hit by Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Join this webinar to learn:

  • What benefits people in different situations might get
  • How to get the most support for families and households
  • What the impact of the 3 main changes mean for households

CANCELLED: Workshops from the Registrar of Members’ Financial Interests

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The Registrar of Members’ Financial Interests runs workshops for Members and their staff on the following subjects together with the next available dates:

A. Registering Members’ Financial Interests, covering:

1. How to help your Member register and declare interests

2. The rules on paid lobbying by MPs

3. How and when to register your own interests

Wednesday 11 March 2020 at 1pm-2pm in Room B, 1 Parliament Street

THIS DATE HAS BEEN CANCELLED – Wednesday 1 April 2020 at 10am-11am in Room B, 1 Parliament Street

 

B. How to Support an All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG), covering

1. Register entries

2. APPG Secretariats (volunteers, Members’ staff, outside organisations)

3. Members and Officers

4. Meetings (including AGMs, inaugrals and other formal meetings)

5. Transparency and records, including APPG websites

6. Income and expenditure statements

Wednesday 11 March 2020 at 12noon-1pm in Room B, 1 Parliament Street

THIS DATE HAS BEEN CANCELLED – Wednesday 1 April 2020 at 11am-12noon in Room B, 1 Parliament Street

 

Booking required. Please contact CommonsRegistrar@parliament.uk to book a place.

Westminster Skills Centre

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From their website:

Westminster Skills Centre was founded in 2019, by a group of people who have worked in and around Westminster for decades. From personal experience we know how complex Westminster can be, and also how little high-quality training exists to explain how things really work. Our mission is to provide outstanding development opportunities for staff and politicians from all political parties, as well for those working in business and civil society. We believe this increased understanding will ultimately lead to more effective decision-making.

We offer a range of one day and half-day courses, many of which are designed to explain how Parliament works, how legislation is passed and how to run an effective political campaign.

Further details and course listings at https://www.westminsterskillscentre.com

Upcoming training courses from the Parliamentary Learning & Development Team

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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 two new courses:

  • Managing Suicidal Conversations
  • Advice and Effective Casework Interviewing Skills

Full details can be found in the training section of the Parliamentary Intranet.

The full course catalogue is available via Act – the Parliamentary learning management system.

CourseDateRegion
Supervisory Management Course24.01.20Westminster
Conversations with Vulnerable People29.01.20Newcastle
Managing Suicidal Conversations - NEW COURSE29.01.20Westminster
Writing a Brief30.01.20Westminster
Role of the Office Manager Programme (CMI endorsed)31.01.20Westminster
- 3 day course - you must be able to attend all 3 days21.02.20
27.03.20
Essential Writing Skills for Members' staff04.02.20Westminster
Introduction to Welfare Benefits05.02.20Westminster
Conversations with Vulnerable People06.02.20Exeter
Personal Independence Payment (PIP)06.02.20Edinburgh
Speech Writing06.02.20Westminster
Essential Writing Skills for Members' staff07.02.20Manchester
Asylum and International Protection12.02.20Westminster
Media Handling and Social Media13.02.20Westminster
Universal Credit Overview13.02.20Westminster
Taking Control of Your Time & Speed Reading18.02.20Westminster
Advice and Effective Casework Interviewing Skills - NEW COURSE19.02.20Westminster
Personal Independence Payment (PIP)20.02.20Westminster
Essential Writing Skills for Members' staff21.02.20Cardiff
Members' Staff Induction24.02.20Westminster
Managing Suicidal Conversations - NEW COURSE25.02.20Westminster
Immigration Law26.02.20Edinburgh
Introduction to Welfare Benefits27.02.20Glasgow
Speech Writing27.02.20Westminster
Personal Independence Payment (PIP)04.03.20Birmingham
Writing a Brief04.03.20Westminster
Conversations with Vulnerable People05.03.20Westminster
Immigration Law09.03.20Cardiff
Advice and Effective Casework Interviewing Skills - NEW COURSE10.03.20Westminster
Universal Credit Overview10.03.20Leeds
Taking Control of Your Time & Speed Reading12.03.20Manchester
Media Handling and Social Media17.03.20Exeter
Immigration Law18.03.20Leeds
Asylum and International Protection19.03.20Manchester
Taking Control of Your Time & Speed Reading19.03.20Edinburgh
Immigration Law23.03.20Birmingham
Members' Staff Induction26.03.20Westminster
Universal Credit Overview26.03.20Glasgow
Immigration Law27.03.20Westminster

Essential Training for Members and Their Staff – Please help us test it before launch

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“New essential training coming for all Members and Members’ staff which will be Mandatory each year – Please help us test it before launch”.

The new content replaces the existing need for the individual courses and instead wraps all essential training into one package.

We are looking for you to test whether this module is ‘user friendly’ ‘easy to complete’ and ‘and achievable from a time perspective’

Your feedback is really important – your assistance will mean that when we launch, you will already be compliant for the year ahead.

We are planning to test on 4-6 June and 10 June.

Contact learninganddevelopment@parliament.uk or call 020 7219 5144 to sign up.”

Westminster Professionals

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Westminster Professionals

Training, networking and support for those in and around Westminster

  • Training delivered by political professionals who understand your daily challenges
  • Networking opportunities across Parliament – strengthening your connections, giving you new ideas and enhancing your career prospects.
  • Support for you and your office with individualised training, advice and services