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

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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 Parliament, but with a fresh new look and additional features.

From the What’s On pages, you can:

• View events for specific days or across a whole week
• Access recess and non-sitting date information
• Add events to your calendars

From tomorrow, you won’t be able to access the old calendar page and will instead be automatically redirected to the What’s On pages.

New procedural guides to the Budget and Finance Bill

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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 to the Budget and  the Finance Bill will help you navigate your way through the parliamentary proceedings.

Why does the Deputy Speaker chair the debate on Budget day? Why does the Chancellor move a Provisional Collection of Taxes motion? What is a Ways and Means motion? Can MPs amend Budget motions? What is a ‘Bill of Aids and Supplies’? Is the scrutiny process for the Finance Bill any different to that for other Bills? Why does the House of Lords not conduct detailed scrutiny of the Finance Bill?

The answers to these and many more questions are set out in the guides.

The Budget

The Finance Bill

Search for charities in your constituency

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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 here: https://register-of-charities.charitycommission.gov.uk/constituency-search

Are you using the correct hotlines list?

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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 incorrect details and causing annoyance to the people you are contacting.

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

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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 would like to register a question ahead of the event, please email MST@parliament.uk. You will also be given the opportunity to ask questions during the session.

To book to join this session, please click here: https://parliament.learningpool.com/mod/facetoface/view.php?id=3842 

British Psychological Society – Cognitive Strain in Parliament

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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 published by the British Psychological Society (BPS).

It highlighted potential sources of psychological pressure and developed recommendations to help the political workplace foster improved well-being for all its staff. Two members of the team Dr Ashley Weinberg, Chair of the BPS Political Psychology Section, and Andrew Baldwin, BPS Policy Advisor (Work), will present the report’s findings and its implications for political staff.

To join, please email mpsstaff-wwg@parliament.uk

Business Banking Resolution Service

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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 UK.

The BBRS is a voluntary undertaking by the seven participating banks, who have worked in partnership with SME and business representatives in its development: Barclays Bank PLC and Barclays Bank UK PLC; Danske Bank; HSBC UK Bank plc; Lloyds Banking Group (Lloyds Bank plc and Bank of Scotland plc); NatWest Group (including The Royal Bank of Scotland Plc, National Westminster Bank plc, Coutts & Company and Ulster Bank Limited (Northern Ireland)); Santander UK plc; and Virgin Money (including Clydesdale Bank PLC and Yorkshire Bank).

See their press release here: https://thebbrs.org/news/boost-for-small-businesses-as-free-and-independent-service-for-unresolved-bank-complaints-goes-live/

and their information poster here: https://thebbrs.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/BBRS-Intro-poster.pdf

 

Law Training Sessions from the Learning and Development Team

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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 to Anti-Social Behaviour and the Law
https://parliament.learningpool.com/mod/facetoface/view.php?id=3879

 

Places still available for February.

Universal Credit Overview
https://parliament.learningpool.com/mod/facetoface/view.php?id=3036

Office Manager- Getting started
https://parliament.learningpool.com/mod/facetoface/view.php?id=3492

 

Please note that the waiting list function is not available at the moment, therefore, please go to the Act pages regularly to check the availabilities.  Please also note that these courses may be arranged in the future but we do not have the dates yet.

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

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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 she believed in, regardless of the consequence. A woman who spoke her mind, even when everyone around her disagreed.

Despite her hard life as a small-town teacher, and despite the fact that she was paid 75% less than male teachers, she persevered and went on the become one of the most influential women of the 1800’s. She was the first woman who voted in the US, and ultimately spent her life petitioning for the rights of slaves and women across America.

Even though she didn’t live to see it, Anthony was instrumental in the groundwork of the suffrage movement and its success. The 19th Amendment, which boasts her name as the Susan B. Anthony Amendment, adopted in 1920, gave every adult American woman the right to cast her vote.

You can read a very interesting article on Susan B. Anthony here: https://ammo.com/articles/susan-b-anthony-forgotten-history-woman-inspired-19th-amendment-womens-rights and w4mp thanks Ammo.com for getting in touch to bring it to our attention.

Susan B. Anthony’s 1872 speech ‘On Women’s Right to Vote’ has previously been cited by w4mp as a great speech in our guide to Writing a Speech and you can read it in full here: https://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/content/anthony-vote-speech.html