Online Reference Library (OnRL)
Our Online Reference Library is a selection of 100s of websites chosen, organised and maintained by library professionals to answer your questions. Resources marked with * can only be accessed within a Lancashire Library.
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Provide access to Public Services all in one place.Here you will find a directory, links and searches to news, information and access online to all public services.
This UK government site provides an extensive range of information for the over 50s on work, learning, benefits, pensions travel etc
Lancashire County Council’s web site. Includes details of services, and also includes up to date press releases and a "Do it online" service for residents and visitors.
Listing of all Lancashire County Councillors giving their responsibilities and contact details.
Hover over the map and select one of the 12 district councils within Lancashire County Council to go to their homepage; or select one of the adjacent councils.
Reference books on politics, sociology, geography, psychology etc. from Oxford University Press. Access is possible at any Lancashire Library People's Network PC or from any PC using the barcode from your Lancashire Library card.
A free course from Go ON. Public Services are things like pensions, healthcare and education that are provided to you by the Government. This course will teach you how you can access information about Public Services and download forms using websites like Directgov and local council sites. It should take about 45 minutes to complete but you can take as long as you like.
Not sure if you're registered? Or How to vote in the upcoming election? This electoral commission website will answer all your questions
These pages from the independently produced History Learning Site
provide information on British Electoral History since 1932 showing percentages of the vote and other electoral statistics and facts and figures
Charter 2010 goes a stage beyond campaigning for a hung parliament. Rather than pushing for no party to be in majority control it is advocating a move to a "stable and representative government". It urges candidates and leaders to commit to that vision, by being straight with voters before the election about what they would do in the event of a hung parliament.
The website of the Communist Party of Britain provides contact details, links to other communist party sites, a news archive etc
Compass is an independent democratic left pressure group, whose goal is to debate and develop the ideas for a more equal and democratic world.
The web site of the Conservative Party giving news, details of campaigns, contact details etc.
This is part of the Oultwood Local Government site which provides links to Local Government Web Sites. All the district councils are listed together with the County Council and some parish councils.
The UK government is opening up the data it holds for reuse. This site seeks to give a way into the wealth of government data and is under constant development.
Department for Culture Media and Sport aim to improve the quality of life for all through cultural and sporting activities, to support the pursuit of excellence and to champion the tourism, creative and leisure industries. We are responsible for Government policy on the arts, sport, the National Lottery, tourism, libraries, museums and galleries, broadcasting, creative industries including film and the music industry, press freedom and regulation, licensing, gambling and the historic environment.
Democracy Club is a non-party-political group of volunteers. At the next election, we want to hold candidates to account, and stimulate public engagement.Who are the candidates in my constituency for the next election? What are they saying in the media, and what are other people saying about them? What do they think about issues that matter to you? Join us to help everyone find out.
Democracy Live from the BBC presents you with a video wall of eight screens of live or on-demand coverage of the House of Commons, the Lords, Select Committees, Scottish Parliament, Welsh and Northern Irish assemblies and the EU Parliament. You can also search by topic or for words spoken in a recording
The web site of the DUP provides details of councillors, MPs and MEPs; news items; manifestos etc
This department replaced the DTI (Department for Trade and Industry) in 2007. Their web site provides information on the department, regional development, world trade, innovation etc
This department replaced the Department for Education and Skills in 2007. It contains contact details, departmental papers and information on all levels of education and training including information on the National Curriculum.
The website for this government department which was established in May 2006 after the abolition of the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister.
This Department established in 2007 brings together functions from two former departments. Science and innovation responsibilities from the Department of Trade and Industry. Skills, further and higher education from the Department for Education and Skills.The website provide details of the department, contact information, research papers etc
This web site from the government' s Department for International Development provides information on international development and world poverty. The Country Profiles section provides details of the countries that receive aid from the UK government. There are numerous publications available for free download.
The department's web site gives information on all aspects of transport policy and access to publications and transport statistics etc
The department's web site provides information on all aspects of policy, access to publications etc.
The DoH website provides information on government health policy, access to statistics etc
This department covers the interests of farmers and the countryside; the environment and the rural economy, animal welfare, forms and regulations; grants and funding.
This is an “alternative” search option for the Direct.gov.uk web site and uses Google. It has has been set up by the group that is also behind They Work For You
and The Government Says
. Type in your search and view the results from Google on the right hand side of the screen. For comparison, results from Directgov are displayed on the left hand side.
This service emanates from the Political Science Resources gateway at Keele University and covers the British Elections from 1945. Up to 1992 the manifestos are given for the three main parties only. From 1997 the listings are more comprehensive.
Free constituency, county, borough and ward maps for canvassers, political activists and interested citizens from the Ordnance Survey.
Electoral Calculus predicts the next British General Election result using scientific analysis of opinion polls and electoral geography. For each constituency, it now shows the probabilities that each party will win and helps show how likely the various outcomes in each seat are.
The commission provides information on the election timetable, party registration, standing or campaigning in the election, and electoral boundaries review.
The Electoral Reform Society is campaigning to change the way we choose our politicians. They believe that a fair voting system will improve our democracy, allow politicians to better represent you the voter and help them to tackle the serious issues facing our society. Above all we believe that fairness, accountability and a real choice for voters should not be compromised.
UK political and parliamentary news, interviews, analysis, comment, blogs and podcasts.
EU Bookshop is an online service giving access to publications from the EU institutions, agencies and other bodies. In addition to the online bookshop, this service will offer an online catalogue and archive of all EU publications. EU Bookshop will allow users to search for EU publications, order them and where possible, download copies.
Eur-Lex is the single entry point to the complete collections of EU legal texts in all the official languages.
This site aims to provide information about the European Union that has particular relevance for young people.
The European Commission Representation in the United Kingdom maintains this website to enhance public access to information about its initiatives and European Union policies in general. It provides a details of sources of EU information in the UK, information for young people, links and contacts
The site provides details of North West based information providers who can answer all types of enquiries about the European Union, plus local European events, news and links to further information sources.
The web site of the EIA which is an international body of librarians and information officers specialising in European Union material.
EUROPA is the portal site of the European Union. It provides up-to-date coverage of European Union affairs and essential information on European integration. It also gives access to currently in force legislation.
This site provides information and comment on the European Union. There is a decidedly Eurosceptic bias!
The Government Gateway is the website you use to register for online government services (e.g. for services for personal use such as (Council Tax, Self Assessment Online, Carers Allowance and Tax Credits Online) . It is an important part of the government's strategy of delivering 'joined up' government. Once you are registered as a Government Gateway User, you will be able to submit forms to government departments for the services for which you have enrolled, enrol for additional services as they become available, assign an Agent (such as your accountant or payroll bureau) to act on your behalf for any of the services you have enrolled for. Note: if you have already registered with UK Centres Online
, you can use this login for government services and do not need to register again.
The web site of the Green Party provides information on significant people in the Party; details of policies; an elections archive etc
Hansard (the Official Report) is the edited verbatim report of proceedings in both the House of Commons and House of Lords. Commons Hansard covers proceedings in the Commons Chamber, Westminster Hall and Standing Committees. Lords Hansard covers proceedings in the Lords Chamber and its Grand Committees. Both contain Written Ministerial Statements and Written Answers. Daily Debates are published on this website the next working day at 8 am.
This government department has taken over the functions of the Inland Revenue and HM Customs and Excise. It provides information for individuals and employees, employers and businesses and corporations, and online filing options for self-assessment tax returns.
The Treasury's web site provides information on policy, access to statistics and economic indicators, and publications including Budget documents
Information on all aspects of the UK prison service - find a prison, check visiting times and travel directions, statistics, job opportunities, advice and support. Links to HM Chief Inspector for Prisons, Independent Monitoring Boards (Boards of Visitors) and Prisons and Probation Ombudsman.
This is a website set up by the new coalition government where citizens can make suggestions about current legislation they would like to see repealed.
The Home Office web site provides information on the workings of the department and access to publications, statistics etc
All Parliamentary publications from both the House of Commons and the House of Lords are available on this site. These include Hansard - the daily record of parliamentary proceedings, and all reports of the Select Committees which scrutinise the work of Government.
This is a Directgov video on YouTube
The IPPR is an independent charity which was was set up by Lord Hollick and publically launched in 1998. It aims "to be a force for change by delivering far-reaching and realistic policy solutions" for a "a fairer, more inclusive and more environmentally sustainable world". Their website includes details of the organisation and the publications link provides free access to some documents in pdf form.
The web site of the Labour Party. Contains news and details of policies as well as contact details.
LGSearch is a specialist search engine which searches the whole UK public sector in one go! Once you've entered your search you can refine it to only cover local councils, central government, health service, police and fire or social media.
The Liberal Democrats web site giving details of policies, campaigns, contact details etc
An alphabetical list of Members of Parliament. There are links to biographies, web sites and e mail addresses.
The MOD web site gives information on ministers, defence policy and the various armed services etc
mySociety runs most of the UK’s best known democracy websites and is a project of UK Citizens Online Democracy
, a registered charity. mySociety is built on volunteers, so there are oppurtunities for you to get involved.
NOMS is an executive agency of the Ministry of Justice and aims to reduce offending and protect the public. Their website explains how they carry out their work, gives details of contacts and provides online access to publications
This site gives access to documents and information from the Assembly (currently suspended 18/10/06)
This site provides details of the work of the commissioners office and the issues it deals with - data protection, freedom of information etc.
This site includes a selection of Government titles . There are two main groups of documents: Command Papers (sometimes known as White or Green Papers) and House of Commons Papers. Access to documents from 1994 onwards is possible from this site.
Operation Black Vote (OBV) is a non-party political campaign, supported by a broad coalition of mainly Black organisations, which aims to encourage Black people to register to vote and positively promote cultural diversity in the UK. OBV began in July 1996 as a collaboration between two organisations: Charter88 and the 1990 Trust.
This page from the UK Parliament's offical website explains terms used in parliament and the legislative process.
The web site of Plaid Cymru provides details of elected members; manifestos; news items; a brief history of the party etc
This web site from Richard Kimber, a retired academic, is hosted by Keele University and aims to provide links to the "most significant resources relevant to the study of politics and government". It covers wide-ranging issues and is international in scope.
This section of the Political Science Resources web page, set up by retired academic Richard Kimber, and hosted by Keele University gives detailed information, including statistics and results on local and national elections. Detailed reports on national elections go back to 1950 and there is basic information dating back to the 1832 election.
This is a politics portal aimed at improving communications between elected representatives and the public. It has four MPs on its advisory board and it claims to have the largest collection of MPs' web sites on the Internet. There are also links to help you track legislation. Registration allows you to contribute to Blog articles on the site.
Speaking Up: Promote the Vote is an organisation started in Cambridge to encourage people with learning disabilities to gain a better understanding of politics, become active citizens and register to vote. This website contains videos, advice and details of workshops on democratic participation. It is supported by the electoral commission.
The Respect Party website provides contact details, information about events and policies, and documents and pamphlets in pdf form.
This site gives a summary of the main legislative measures and procedures for each of the activities of the European Union and offers access to the full versions of the texts.
The web site of the Executive provides details of its workings as well as access to official documents, legislation etc.
The web site of the Scottish Nationalists provides details of their representatives; campaigns; policies etc
Sinn Fein's web site provides contact details for Sinn Fein offices, details of elected representatives, news stories etc
The web site of the SDLP provides contact details; information about representatives; outlines of policy etc
The website of the SWP provides contact details, information about policies, some documents in pdf form etc
Spinwatch is an independent non-profit making organisation which monitors the role of public relations and spin in contemporary society. Spinwatch was founded in 2004 and promotes greater understanding of the role of PR, propaganda and lobbying.
The online bookstore for the Stationery Office, the publisher for the UK Government and Parliament. It's also useful as a bibliographical tool as it's possible to search a database of UK Books in print at this site.
Election leaflets are one of the main weapons in the fight for votes in the UK. They are targeted, effective and sometimes very bitter. This independent monitoring project needs your help to photograph and map them so we can keep an eye on what the parties are up to, and try to keep them honest.
Hosted by mysociety.org
, This site collects government consultations into one place, so you can: Search current goverment consultations for words and phrases and Set up alerts to tell you when consultations of interest are published.
This official EU site provides details of tenders for contacts advertised within the European Union.
An official news aggregation site from the producers of They Work For You
and Directionless Gov
. "The Government Says" make news releases from Government departments easy to find and easy to scan through quickly. According to the site, it does this "in order to help you, a British citizen, keep your finger on the pulse of what the government's up to. Without having to try to hard, and without having to rely on journalists telling you what matters".
A site that is run by mySociety, which is itself a project of UK Citizens Online Democracy that aims to provide information about MPs. This includes performance data, register of interests, voting records and recent appearances in Parliament.
The UK Government Web Archive is a selective collection of UK Government websites, archived at regular intervals from August 2003, and developed by The National Archives using the services of the Internet Archive.
These pages provides contact details of UK members of the European Parliament.
This site provides details on the workings of Parliament along with access to details of Members of the Commons and Lords and Parliamentary publications.
This site provides independent survey and polling news by aggregating the results of all published polls and breaking them down statistically.
The web site of the UUP provides details of their representatives; information about policies; contact details etc
The web site of UKIP provides information on its history; representatives; policies etc.
Unlock Democracy (incorporating Charter 88) is a non party political organisation and a leading campaign for democracy, rights and freedoms. A grassroots movement, it is owned and run by its members. It campaigns for: Fair, Open and Honest Elections - Rights, Freedoms and a Written Constitution - Stronger Parliament and Accountable Government - Bringing Power Closer to the People - A Culture of Informed Political Interest and Responsibility.
This web site provides details relating to the working of the Assembly as well as access to the Record of Proceedings, Legislation, Circulars etc
The website of the WRP, the "British section of the International Committee of the Fourth International, founded by Leon Trotsky". The site includes current news, details from publications, contact details etc.
Write to Reply gives you the oppurtunity to comment on public reports in detail. Reports are broken down and displayed in small sections for easier consumption. Rather than comment on the text as a whole, you are encouraged to direct comments to specific paragraphs.