• Save Our Bank
    Barclays is the only bank in Welwyn. It also has the only ATM in the village centre. Elderly and less able people who cannot use the internet depend upon the bank for their daily banking needs. Some of these elderly people have spoken to me of their distress at the prospect of losing the bank, as well as the two friendly staff who give a patient and helpful service. Barclays Bank is an international company making £multi-billion profits annually, and one of its central stated aims is “Building Thriving Local Communities”. The bank here in Old Welwyn attracts both personal and business customers from surrounding villages and is a big part of what keeps Welwyn thriving. We fear for the future of our village if we lose our bank. Small businesses and the charity shop that is the hub of village life will be badly affected by the difficulty in handling their takings. They will also have the inconvenience and potential danger of having to drive to another town where parking is difficult to deposit their cash. We ask Barclays to use some of its profits to keep our branch open and our village alive, and continue to provide an essential and excellent service for our villagers. At the very least we ask that the branch is allowed to remain open until at least 2025 to give our village a chance to prepare for the loss of this essential service.
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    Created by Christina Raven
  • Save Barclays Bank Ferndale
    It is extremely disappointing news that Barclays have decided to close their branch in High Street, Ferndale, especially given the recent Council planned investment in the Ferndale and our continued commitment to support our Town Centres. This will reduce the services available to local residents and businesses and may have a significant impact on the vibrancy of the town.
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    Created by Susan Morgans
  • Save Barclays Bank Tonypandy
    It is extremely disappointing news that Barclays have decided to close their branch in Dunraven St, Tonypandy, especially given the recent Council investment in the Tonypandy and our continued commitment to support our Town Centre’s. This will reduce the services available to local residents and businesses and may have a significant impact on the vibrancy of the town.
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    Created by Councillor Gareth Wyn Hughes
  • Abolish self employment in place of secure employment
    I have been self employed most of my life and not by choice.. as a Shopfitter self employment is the only choice available to you if you wish to pursue your trade. Taxes are subtracted at 20% and then must be submitted for review at least once a year but this more often than not gets missed/ignored for a host of various reasons.. this then never gets fixed with the self employed now not having had valid accounts to show for over 10 years plus.. the fear of being landed with large late submission fines being the most common reason for not sorting out the problem) being ‘self employed’ keeps most people in work 8 months of the year (if they’re lucky) in between work no unemployment benefits or government help is available because you’re simply told that you’re ‘self employed’ and don’t qualify! Also, we never qualify for holiday pay because again we’re told we’re self employed! Change is needed, the only benefit to self employment is to the government statistics keeping unemployment numbers down and employers saving thousands of pounds on holiday pay and expenses with the self employed now being responsible for supplying their own vehicles, own tools, h&s safety/training courses, accommodation and living away expenses etc. Basically the employer has no outlay and if you don’t meet the required criteria then somebody else will.. a no win situation for the so called ‘self employed’
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    Created by David Jacobs
  • Save HMV from closure
    This is so important as I have been shopping at HMV ever since I bought my first CDs, cassettes and then more recently vinyl from there since I was aged 9/10. It overtook other retailers last year to be the biggest seller of physical music releases - remarkable when it was on the brink of collapse in 2013 thanks to the efforts put in by previous buyer Hilco. Even though digital streaming and download services exist, I still shop at HMV regularly twenty years on - at least once a month - as I support the presence of a high street outlet for music lovers like myself, and the permenant closure of HMV would mean the loss of this vital sector of the high street that has been present there for longer than I have been alive. The alternative is the tax evading, clinical outlets of Amazon, who I refuse to patronize because of this or their employment ethics. Furthermore, they give an opportunity for fans like myself to get up close with opportunities to meet their music and film heroes at in store signings and events for the price of a CD or DVD, a wonderful experience that will also disappear if HMV does. Pete Paphides, rock critic for The Times has put into words far more eloquently why it is so important it is saved - the link to his article on Medium is here: https://medium.com/@petepaphides/you-dont-become-a-specialist-music-fan-overnight-3391589f3f18. So I and the undersigned are calling upon KPMG to ensure that HMV is saved, and continues to empower local economies and is not lost from our high streets forever.
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    Created by Alexander MacGregor
  • Keep Knole Park Special, Put The Pipeline Outside
    Sevenoaks needs a new water pipeline. South East Water have proposed four possible routes. Two of these go through Knole Park. These are the cheap and easy options for South East Water, but will damage the Park. Knole Park is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) where thousands of people come throughout the year to enjoy the peace, the views and the special flora and fauna. All of these will be permanently harmed by the proposed routes. As Joni Mitchell sang, “You don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone.” If you want to keep Knole Park special, please sign this petition. - There is already a South East Water pipe in the Park. The scars it has made are clearly visible, with stony subsoil exposed and still bare of grass years after it was laid. - South East Water say that they will not damage the features of the Park that make it an SSSI. The acid grassland* itself is one of the most important features, and is very slow to heal after damage. - Some of the proposed pipe is close to the existing one, which will cause a wider strip of damage to the grass. Where they run in the Gallops they are sited apart so there will be a fresh area of damage. - New concrete manholes and inspection points will be permanently on the surface, those for the existing pipe are very obvious. - South East Water’s preferred route cuts through very significant archaeological features and they have allowed no time for investigation. The test drilling is in an area where it may destroy further archaeology, again there is no allowance for investigation before drilling. - After it is laid, access to the pipeline for inspection, maintenance and repair will be a problem. South East Water’s contractors have vehicles equipped for pipelines laid in roads, not fragile grassland. *Acid grassland is a very rare landscape in which the high acidity means that grass will barely grow. Over centuries, wildlife, flora and fungi develop which cannot survive in fertile areas amongst long grass. At the last survey Kent had lost more and only had 512 hectares. Some counties have none. By far the largest area of acid grassland in Kent is in Knole Park.
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    Created by Stephen Draper
  • Don't cut people off from banking when closing branches
    Across the UK more than 2,800 bank branches have closed since 2015. This presents a huge challenge for many elderly and vulnerable people who often rely on speaking face-to-face to do their banking and may not have access to the internet. Many towns and rural communities are often cut off from banking services when the last bank branch in the town closes down. Carolyn set up a petition after hearing the news that her local Lloyds branch in Buckley in Wales, was to close. Carolyn and other people in the local community, particularly the elderly and those with mobility issues, rely on the branch. If it were to close, Carolyn would have to travel over 4 miles away to the nearest bank, cutting her off from easy access to her money and face-to-face financial advice. Banks only exist because we put our money there, they make obscene profits from the people of the UK. The government should ensure that the banking industry has a 'duty of care' to keep some branches open, and not exclude whole groups of people from access to financial services. Banks should have more than simply profit on their minds when making decisions to close branches, as these decisions have huge negative impacts on many people's lives.
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  • Petition 3GS to Refund UK Residents Who Have Been Unfairly Fined
    In Nov 2017 my husband placed a cardboard box in the wrong bin in good faith, thinking that he was helping me out on a busy day. It turned out that that box in question had my business address label on it, and he'd put it in a domestic recycling bin. I was fined £600 and threatened with court. There was no procedure for appeal, and 3GS was both unclear about my supposed "offence" and extremely intimidating. My story was covered in the national papers and appeared on "Do The Right Thing" with Ruth Langsford and Eamonn Holmes. We call on 3GS to do the right thing now! We demand that unfair and disproportionate fines be reviewed where a complaint is made, and that refunds are given to members of the UK public. 👇🏽 Where there was no intent to fly tip. For example: The person fined was acting in good faith. They believed they were placing an item in the correct bin. ✔️ When the person who received the fine was not the person who committed the alleged offence. For example when a spouse or person unrelated to the business placed an item in the wrong bin in good faith. ✔️ Where existing waste disposal facilities were insufficient and common sense was not used by officers. For example: Where signage on bins was not clearly visible. Where signage was confusing. Where bins were broken. Where bins were overflowing. Where animals were able to remove waste from bins. ✔️ Where 3GS officers behaved inappropriately. For example: Where 3GS used intimidation. Where officers did not give a member of the public their lawful opportunity to pick up litter before being fined. Where any legal right was denied to a member of the public in a public space. Where assault or physical contact of any kind took place. ✔️ Where 3GS officers lied to members of the public. For example: Where 3GS officers claimed to have visited a property when they had not. When 3GS officers claimed to have CCTV footage when they did not. When 3GS officers claimed to have called the police when they had not. ✔️ Where 3GS the telephone staff behaving appropriately or misleadingly. Where 3GS staff lied to members of the public. Where 3GS staff implied a criminal court appearance or conviction without supplying proof of fly tipping/ littering. ✔️ Where insufficient proof was supplied by 3GS. For example: Where there was no CCTV footage of a person placing an item in the wrong bin. When photographic evidence did not prove that the accused person had placed waste in the wrong bin themselves. ✔️ Where paperwork was incomplete, incorrect, excessively pressing or insufficient. For example: Where at 3GS failed to produce an initial fine but subsequently sent residents supposed reminders of alleged late/ unpaid fines. Where 3GS demanded payment in an unreasonably short time via a “reminder” and the initial fine had not been issued or received. Where 3GS breached data protection by copying and pasting the wrong person's data into an email and sending to another member of the public. ✔️ In Summary: We demand that Martin Jerrold, Managing Director of the Red Snapper Group / 3GS puts a complaints procedure in place to review complaints. Where appropriate refunds should be made to members of the UK public who have been unfairly or disproportionately fined.
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    Created by Ali Mapletoft Picture
  • All4 back to Freesat
    To ensure All4 is inclusive and available to all the population and does not exclude those who cannot receive it by other means.
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    Created by Rodger Meadows
  • Use Paper Bags Instead of Plastic Bags
    Looking at research on this topic we discovered that 150 million small plastic bags are being used in the UK every year in supermarkets. We believe that if supermarkets provided paper bags for fruit and veg this would dramatically reduce plastic waste, hence improving the environment including our oceans. We as teenagers are passionate to do something about this issue and to look after the planet we will be living on, in the future.
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    Created by joanne griffiths
  • Clearcast: Allow the Iceland orangutan advert
    Every year vast swathes of rainforest that supports orangutans as well as thousands of other species are decimated by the palm oil industry. Palm oil is a hidden ingredient in many common household products and only one company so far has said enough is enough and pledged to remove it from their own brand products. If they are successful other brands WILL follow suit. People need to know the dangers and devastation that their eating habits are causing. The advert is not political it is 100% educational. I do not work for Iceland, nor do I have any links to the company. I am however passionate about the survival of the planet and the fate other species who share it with us.
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    Created by Chris Evans
  • Fairer PAY for value of work.
    For far too long the non-operational side has been outcast and a forgotten part of the prison service, whether it be admin, parole, canteen services or estates maintenance The Scottish Prison Service seem to think it’s acceptable to place families in what is essentially poverty by not fairly rewarding the work that they do the level of qualifications that are expected of them and the above and beyond attitude that is taken for granted. They bang on about the other benefits that there are for working for the prison service but in all honesty there are pretty much none, they bang on about the pension(the ones that have been Cut so much they’re effectively worthless) the staff discounts (available from a big company where you have to buy gift cards and often find the price cheaper elsewhere anyway) the sick pay and sick entitlement (which is greatly received but also needed due to the stressful nature of the job remembering that the staff including the non-operational are in contact with the most dangerous members of the public on a daily basis, the constant barrage of extra work and extra tasks with no extra reward they are grinding down their staff and sending them dangerously close to a burnout) There is a clear divide throughout the SPS where it seems that the non-operational staff are degraded and forgotten about. The Scottish prison service do not pay appropriately for these posts. For example a member of admin staff at one of the prisons effectively has 3 roles to do after 2 colleagues got fed up and left. Here’s the big surprise they can’t fill the post because the wages are so poor. Another member of non-operational staff at another prison keeps getting tasks added to their job role with no extra reward and then subsequently is rebuked when they cannot deliver on their original role. Yet another member of staff is effectively doing the job of two people because the post for the other person has lay vacant for months. They are afraid to fill the post with agency workers as then they may well be subject to an equal pay claim is it right that even temporary workers are better paid and have better working conditions than those employed by the prison service. Another prison is so short on staff they have had to beg, borrow and steal staff from across the country to deliver on a project. Yet another has had vacant posts for months upon months and has had to borrow staff from elsewhere effectively leaving them short and yet another prison has a vacant post and is sending labour to a different prison leaving one staff member to cover 3 roles and still no one is taking notice. Then there are the “B” bands the lowest paid workers in the prison service. Many have to travel considerable distances to get to work and are constantly belittled and passed over for other colleagues rewards before themselves. Such as recently an equal pay claim which was settled out of court and the prison service paid out£4000 to each of the the C, D and E bands but they didn’t even consider the B bands even with this 4000 the wages of the C, D and E bands are not proportional to the jobs that they do and nowhere near in line with what other similar roles are paid. But what about the B bands who just keep getting more and more tasks added to their job description without any extra reward. As it was said by the upper eschelons if the prison service someone has to loose out to give someone else something and yet they can hand back millions of pounds each year to the government. It is time that the Scottish Prison Service and the Scottish Government sit up and take notice of the utter state of despair that the prison service is in. Time that they take a serious look at themselves and at the crash in morale they have caused and the real life implications of the desicions that they make. Why should anyone ever have to loose out? What about fair reward for the work that they do?
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    Created by Anonymous SPSemployee
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