I am 15 and live in Scunthorpe. I am an active member of the community playing rugby for Scunthorpe RUFC and doing multiple sports within Scunthorpe and North Lincolnshire. When I finish college I hope to go to university and study politics in an attempt to one day become an MP for labour.
I came to Nic Dakin’s office for work experience because I have a huge interest in politics and my future. I am interested in politics as the decisions made will affect my generation because when people like me have finished school and college and start university/apprenticeships ect.
We have to live with today’s decisions e.g this week’s EU referendum. I believe it would be beneficial staying in Europe as economic uncertainty is predicted if we leave which could cause another recession. This for me as a student would make a hard time financially even worse and leave me with near to no money and lots of debt coming out of university. This with the lack of jobs available would make it a huge struggle for all students to cope when they have finished their courses and have to face the world of work.
I am 15 and live in Scunthorpe. I am an active member of the community playing rugby for Scunthorpe RUFC and doing multiple sports within Scunthorpe and North Lincolnshire. When...
Today, I spent a full day working in Nic’s office, undertaking a variety of tasks. I spent part of my morning filling in an extremely detailed security form due to my upcoming trip to work in Nic’s Parliament office next month. The form was extremely detailed which is necessary to ensure each person is working inside Parliament has been fully vetted for maximum security. Questions I had to answer included the exact towns that relatives were born in and others that did admittedly cause multiple messages to be sent to people asking for information. This form means that I will be able to have a pass when I visit so I will be able to go places without a pass holder having to escort me everywhere. Whilst I was filling this in, my hotel and trains for the visit were organised.
I also got a chance to practise my skills on a phone as this is something that I rarely do. I found that I grew in my confidence of ringing people, just from two short phone calls to the Pass Office.
When I visit next month I’ll be doing a variety of activities including office work, a tour of Westminster and attending the PMQ’s. This is an experience that is extremely exciting and one that I cannot wait to happen.
Upon completion of this, I was asked by Nic to draft some documents. This meant I had to start researching the matters to find an appropriate response. Not only did I use internet searches with queries, I also had to use online maps to locate the postcodes of various areas. I then had to use the information I had found to draft documents. I found this an interesting activity as I had to not only research, but to draft a piece from the perspective of Nic and offer what he would say.
Today, I spent a full day working in Nic’s office, undertaking a variety of tasks. I spent part of my morning filling in an extremely detailed security form due to...
My name is Jessica and I’m currently on a work placement in Nic Dakin’s office. Today I choose to research the European Union due to the referendum soon approaching.
Despite my age meaning I am unable to vote in the upcoming referendum, the outcome is a matter that will affect myself and the rest of the country vastly, dependant on the outcome. Due to this, I have been researching various factors and have written up some information and my own opinions on various factors. I vastly believe that as a whole the United Kingdom is better remaining a member of the European Union.
Member states of the European Union are currently covered by the European Warrant Act. This means that if a suspected criminal or terrorist flees the country to a different member state, they can still be arrested and deported back to the original country for trial. For example murderers and rapists leaving the United Kingdom to avoid arrest can still be arrested in another member state. This is very important for our justice system and is something we should not be without. Yet if we were to leave, we would lose this. Being a member state of the European Union also means that the United Kingdom police are able to access fingerprint and DNA information as well as using intelligence from the other member states.
The cost of a family taking a holiday abroad can be extremely high. In the European Union, there is a common aviation area which allows European airlines to fly anywhere within this area. If the United Kingdom were to leave the European Union, a restrictive aviation agreements would have to be formed which will increase the cost of airplane flight from the cheaper companies such as EasyJet. This increase is not one that most families can afford.
Costs of using your phone in another country are vast and can soon add up to sky high rates. However, the European Union are abolishing phone roaming charges. This means if someone vacations in another member state, there will be no excess charges. They are charged what they would be in their own country. This means costs on holidays can be minimised and can even make holidays more affordable. If we were to leave the European Union, this would not be the case for Britain.
The United Kingdom receives financial benefits from the European Union. In the next few years, the fishing sector and coastal communities will receive funding from the European Union- approximately £190 million. In Wales alone, the agriculture sector and farmers will receive funding from the European Union. Between 2014-2020, Wales will receive approximately £2 billion for agriculture alone. Britain also receives an average of £24 billion a year investment from other member states- that works out at around £66 million a day. Most people, when researching the EU, don’t take this into account. Instead they focus on the membership fee to be a member state.
In the United Kingdom, there are over three million jobs that are linked to trade with the European Union. On top of this, workers are given vital protections from the European Union, including holiday pay, and maternity/paternity pay. Vast amounts of British exports for goods and services go to European Countries. For example, London alone exported £12.7 billion of goods to the European Union in 2015 alone- that is only for London.
My name is Jessica and I’m currently on a work placement in Nic Dakin’s office. Today I choose to research the European Union due to the referendum soon approaching. Despite...
Today is voting day yet I can’t vote due to only being 17 at the current time which is a great pity. I visited multiple polling stations this morning to see exactly what takes place on an election day. In my time so far at Nic’s office, I have learnt a lot regarding the Police and Crime Commissioner and their roles and functions. I find it rather irritating that I am unable to vote. Yet if I were in Scotland, I would be entitled to vote at my age.
The elections today are for the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), with more elections throughout the country for other matters such as the Mayor elections in places such as Bristol and London. The PCC is an elected person who is charged with securing the effective and efficient policing of an area. In this case, the PCC who is elected today will cover the Humberside area.
Today is voting day yet I can’t vote due to only being 17 at the current time which is a great pity. I visited multiple polling stations this morning to...
There are five bodies that run the European Union. These are:
- European Parliament
- Council of the Union
- European Commission
- Court of Justice
- Court of Auditors
The European Parliament is a directly elected group of 751 members from all member states. The amount of members from each state depends on the population of it. The election for the European Parliament are held every five years.
The three main responsibilities are legislative, supervisory and budgetary. They pass laws and establish the budget while working with the Council of the Union.
Their work comes from two mains stages- committees and summary voting sessions.
Council of the Union
The Council of the European Union was formed in 1958 and is the voice of the member governments. They adopt EU laws and coordinate policies.
It’s formed from government ministers from each country and changes depending on the policy area being discussed. The presidency of the Council rotates around each member state every six months.
They also work with the European Parliament to pass laws and to form the budget. The Council also develops the foreign and security policy of the EU, coordinates the policies of member states. They also conclude agreements between EU, other countries or international organisations.
The European Commission is a politically independent executive part of the EU. It’s made up of a team of commissioners- one from each EU country.
The Commissions functions include proposing new laws that protect the interests of the EU and its citizens on issues that can’t be dealt with effectively at a national level and getting technical details right by checking with the public and experts.
Another function is to set the spending priorities along with the Council and Parliament. They draw up annual budgets to be approved and supervises how the money is spent.
They also work with the Court of Justice to ensure that EU law is applied correctly in member states and to represent the EU. They speak of the behalf of the EU in international bodies and negotiates international agreements.
Court of Justice
The Court of Justice works to interpret EU law to ensure that it is applied the same way in all countries and to settle legal disputes between national governments and EU institutions. The most common cases brought before it are ones involving: interpreting the law, enforcing the law, annulling EU acts, ensuring EU takes action and sanctioning EU institutions.
The Court is split into three bodies who are the Court of Justice, the General Court and the Civil Service Tribunal. Each judge and advocate general is appointed for 6 years on a renewable term and in each Court, the judges select a president for a term of 3 years.
Each court has a different formation. In the Court of Justice there are 1 judge from each EU country and 11 advocates general. The General Court composes of 1 judge from each EU country and the Civil Service Tribunal composes of 7 judges.
Court of Auditors
The Court of Auditors is the EU's independent external auditor who looks after the interests of the EU taxpayers. The Court of Auditors composes of 1 member from each member country.
It has no legal powers but instead works to improve the European Commission’s management of the budget reports on the finances of the EU. They check all EU funds are collected and correctly used and help to improve financial management.
They carry out three types of audit. These are financial, compliance and performance. Each audit group is divided into groups called chambers who prepare reports and opinions for Court members to adopt and make official.
There are five bodies that run the European Union. These are: European Parliament Council of the Union European Commission Court of Justice Court of Auditors European Parliament The European Parliament...