Parliamentarians and Legislators

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Democracy and the coronavirus: how might parliamentΒ adapt?

πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸŒπŸ”—https://constitution-unit.com/2020/04/05/democracy-and-the-coronavirus-how-might-parliament-adapt/
Describes how parliaments are adapting to voting challenges and makes recommendations for the UK.

The government must draw a clear line between law and guidance during the coronavirus crisis

πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸ”—https://www.instituteforgovernment.org.uk/blog/government-law-and-guidance-coronavirus-crisis
The government must draw a clear line between law and guidance during the Coronavirus crisis.


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Parliamentary Updates

Briefings

House of Commons Library

πŸ”—https://commonslibrary.parliament.uk/coronavirus/
Briefings on Coronavirus


Digital Parliament

πŸŒπŸ”—Inter-Parliamentary Union: World e-Parliament Report 2018
The World e-Parliament Report is designed to help parliaments harness the power of new technology to become better and stronger institutions.

πŸŒπŸ”—CrowdLaw: Continuity of Legislatures
Collection of essays and reports on how legislatures ensure continuity through the use of tech

House of Lords

πŸ”—https://www.parliament.uk/business/news/2020/april1/changes-to-house-of-lords-sittings-following-easter-recess/
House of Lords to move to virtual sittings and committees.

Digital Parliament plans
πŸ”—https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-52111665
Plans to move Parliamentary business onto digital platforms.

Speaker's Letter

πŸ”—https://www.parliament.uk/business/news/2020/march/letter-from-the-speaker-of-the-house-of-commons-sir-lindsay-hoyle-to-mps-on-coronavirus/
Letter from the speaker outlining the immediate actions and setting up a Speakers working group on technological and logistical solutions

Institute for Government

πŸ”—https://www.instituteforgovernment.org.uk/publications/virtual-parliament
Recommendations from the Institute for Government on a digital parliament

Constitution Unit

πŸ”—https://constitution-unit.com/2020/04/14/proposals-for-a-virtual-parliament-how-should-parliamentary-procedure-and-practices-adapt-during-the-coronavirus-pandemic/
Constitution Unit proposals for a digital parliament

Parliament Measures Overview World Wide

πŸŒπŸ”—Parliaments in a time of Pandemic

List of measures taken by parliaments around the world in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, curated by the Inter-Parliamentary Union.

Remote Working

See also:

https://coronavirustechhandbook.com/events

See also:

πŸ”—https://coronavirustechhandbook.com/remote


W4MP Guide

πŸ”—http://www.w4mp.org/w4mp/w4mp-guides/support-in-your-job/working-from-home/
Guide to working from home

Advice on Digital working

πŸ”—https://www.notion.so/Digital-Working-COVID-19-c39e55d0f6024e7f85560ea7b2632997
Big summary of Working From Home resources

Meetings
See also:

πŸ”— https://coronavirustechhandbook.com/teleconferencing

Conferencing for Government Meetings

πŸ”—https://civictech.guide/listing/conferencing-for-government-meetings/
Civic Tech Field Guide comparing teleconference platforms from a government perspective.


HR basics
See also:

πŸ”— https://coronavirustechhandbook.com/employers

Advice for staff

πŸ”—https://intranet.parliament.uk/business-news/news-current-issues/news/2020/february-/coronavirus---situation-in-the-uk/
Current advice for parliamentary staff (requires internal log in)

Parliamentary Staff Union

πŸ”—https://twitter.com/unitepsbranch
Parliamentary Staff Union Branch

IPSA Guidance

πŸ”—https://www.theipsa.org.uk/media/185655/ipsa-coronavirus-guidance-version-26-03-2020.pdf
Guidance for MPs and Staff on the Coronavirus from IPSA

Media

Canadian Marketing Association

πŸ”—https://www.the-cma.org/about/blog/Top-tips-for-remote-media-interviews
Top tips for remote media interviews

Casework

Templates

πŸ”—http://www.w4mp.org/library/2010-guide-to-working-for-an-mp-for-new-staff/standard-letters-and-forms/
Template referral and casework letters

PRS

πŸ”—https://parliamentaryresearch.uk/
The Parliamentary Research Service is a pooled research facility open to Labour Members of Parliament. The PRS provides research materials and support for Members in the performance of their parliamentary duties.

Advice
See also:

πŸ”— https://coronavirustechhandbook.com/advice

See also:

πŸ”— https://coronavirustechhandbook.com/workers

See also:

πŸ”— https://coronavirustechhandbook.com/sme

Government Advice

General Advice

πŸ”— https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
Government advice on schools, employment, financial advice etc

Advice for Businesses

πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸ”—https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19/covid-19-support-for-businesses
Government's resources for small businesses and info on the job retention scheme

Guidance on PPE Regulations

πŸ”—https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-infection-prevention-and-control/covid-19-personal-protective-equipment-ppe
Updated Government guidance on PPE

Advice for vulnerable groups
See also:

πŸ”— https://coronavirustechhandbook.com/home-troubles

Universal Credit Survival Group

πŸ”—πŸ—£https://www.facebook.com/groups/312769902184307/
Facebook Group to support and information for people applying for universal credit

Referrals

Mutual Aid Groups

Local Halo

πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸ”—https://www.localhalo.com/coronavirus ❀️❀️❀️
London's mutual aid groups, broken down by borough and the GDPR-approved solution, no phone numbers are shown, volunteers and the vulnerable are kept safe at all times

Police coders

πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸ”—https://www.policecoders.org/home/covid-19/communities
The collective list of all communities supporting and volunteering across the UK
πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸ—£@instantiator @hannah_o_rourke
Map of COVID-19 Mutual Aid Groups UK - assembled from several different sources, aiming to be a fully comprehensive tool for finding a local group, and for easy access to your local safer neighbourhoods policing team.

COVID Mutual Aid

πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸ”—https://covidmutualaid.org/
COVID-19 Mutual Aid UK

Local Councils
See also:

πŸ”— https://coronavirustechhandbook.com/local-government

LGA

πŸ”—https://www.local.gov.uk/our-support/coronavirus-information-councils
Local Government advice and briefings

List of local emergency hubs

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Examples of Effective Politician's websites

Dianne for NYC

πŸ”—https://www.dianne.nyc/community-resources
This is a brilliant example of resources on a politician's website from a campaign for mayor in NYC


Jim Mcmahon

πŸ”—http://jimmcmahon.co.uk/
Homepage of an MPs website

Steve Reed

πŸ”—https://www.stevereedmp.co.uk/coronavirus/
Coronavirus section on an MP website

George Freeman

πŸ”—https://www.georgefreeman.co.uk/content/covid-19-help-and-support
Coronavirus section on an MP website