Best Practice Guide to Recruitment and Selection

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The House of Commons Members’ HR Service has produced a Best Practice Guide to Recruitment and Selection.

It provides practical advice on efficient and effective recruitment practices. The guide aims to support Members (and their Office Managers) with the tools to attract and recruit people with diverse backgrounds, skills and abilities.

Even if you’re not currently recruiting, w4mp recommends that MPs and Office Manager take the time to read this very useful document.

Please see here for further information: http://www.w4mp.org/w4mp/w4mp-guides/support-in-your-job/recruitment-and-selection-best-practice-guide/

The price of postage stamps will rise on 1 January 2021

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The prices of Royal Mail postage stamps will rise on 1 January 2021.

  • A first-class stamp for a standard letter will rise from 76p to 85p
  • A second-class stamp for a standard letter will rise from 65p to 66p
  • A first-class stamp for a large letter will rise £1.15 to £1.29
  • A second-class stamp for a large letter will rise from 88p to 96p

See here for full details: https://www.royalmail.com/prices2021

Coping with Infertility whilst working in Parliament – Wellness Working Group Virtual Meeting

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Coping with Infertility whilst working in Parliament

Wellness Working Group Virtual Meeting

Anya Sizer from David Lammy’s Office has very kindly volunteered to be a guest speaker at our next virtual meeting.

Not only is Anya a busy parliamentary colleague but she is also the Regional Co-ordinator for the Fertility Network UK and has over fourteen years of experience within the Fertility sector, including seven overseeing patient care at the London Women’s clinic Harley street.
She is often in the media as a champion for the patient perspective on facing Infertility and is currently busy lobbying MPs and speaking in Parliament regarding Fair provision of IVF for all. She has worked for three MPs and is currently Parliamentary Assistant for David Lammy MP.
She has two children from IVF one from adoption and is a Champion for both the Saying Good bye and Home for good charities.
Please send any advance questions to either ourselves or directly to Anya.   If you wish to remain anonymous, please indicate this.
To sign up for this meeting, please email mpsstaff-wwg@parliament.uk

Wellness Working Group – new intranet page

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The Wellness Working Group has a new intranet page, and you can find it here: https://intranet.parliament.uk/people-offices/offices-departments/commons-departments/hr-finance/members-staff-wellness-working-group

The Wellness Working Group (WWG) is a cross party group of MPs’ staff which aims to place a greater focus on staff welfare and improve support for the well-being of members’ staff both on and off the Parliamentary Estate.

Loot Boxes in Video Games – Research Briefing

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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 find it here: https://commonslibrary.parliament.uk/research-briefings/cbp-8498/

A Short Guide to Police Complaints

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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 complaints
  • and much more

You can find it here: https://commonslibrary.parliament.uk/research-briefings/cbp-9053/