• Will the UK government hold large companies to account for not issuing cash refunds?
    Large businesses are blantently flouting UK law and not being held accountable. If a consumer attempted to hold on to money in such a manner it would be deemed as fraud. Why are large companies allowed to act outside the UK law?
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  • Retain food standards and labelling after Brexit
    When the Agriculture Bill was debated in the House of Commons in May, MPs rejected an amendment aimed at allowing the importation of only those agricultural goods that meet standards as high or higher than current UK standards for animal welfare, environmental protection, food safety, hygiene and traceability. This is despite the assurance from Tory MPs who campaigned for Brexit that there would be no lowering of animal welfare or food safety standards after the UK left the EU. E.g. Michael Gove stated in July 2017: “We are not going to dilute our high animal welfare standards, or our high environmental standards, in pursuit of any trade deal.” (1) MPs know that there are good reasons for public concern. Incidences of food poisoning in the US affect 14% of the population annually, contrasting with 1% in the UK (2). US restrictions on various aspects of food production are much less stringent than those of the UK and EU, meaning that imports will pose potential risks to the health of humans and animals in the UK. These include the overuse of antibiotics on farmed animals, pesticides, food colourings and genetically modified crops that are currently banned in the UK (3, 4). Trade negotiations currently underway appear to give the lie to previous assurances. Cabinet Office minister Penny Mordaunt has refused to say that a ban would remain on chlorinated chicken, hormone-fed beef and other US imports after an upcoming trade deal with Donald Trump (5). In place of regulation, she said she believed “we should be trusting the consumer,” echoing Sonny Perdue, the US secretary of agriculture, who has said: “If the consumer doesn’t want [such food products], they won’t buy them and that will change production, both in the United States and the UK.”(6) But our choices are only real choices if we have proper information, and yet the US considers nutrition labelling a ‘barrier to trade’ (7). As individuals, we have little influence over international trade deals, but retailers have the power to protect their customers’ right to high quality produce. They need to know that we will continue to shop with them only if the food they sell is explicitly and unequivocally guaranteed to meet pre-Brexit standards for animal welfare, environmental protection, food safety, hygiene and traceability. (1) https://hansard.parliament.uk/commons/2020-05-13/debates/D4889925-5B63-498E-BC68-BFCF91691C66/AgricultureBill (2) https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-politics-40725738/michael-gove-says-no-to-chlorinated-chicken https://www.sustainweb.org/news/feb18_US_foodpoisoning/ (3, 4) Centre for International Environmental Law Lowest Common Denominator 2015; https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/sep/19/crucial-antibiotics-still-used-on-us-farms-despite-public-health-fears (5) https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/chlorinated-chicken-us-trade-deal-brexit-penny-mordaunt-a9556591.html (6) https://www.politicshome.com/thehouse/article/inside-the-tory-row-over-food-standards-in-uk-trade-policy (7) Office of the United States Trade Representative Report on Foreign Trade Barriers 2019
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  • Save Spire FM
    We are living in a time when coming together as local community is more important than ever before and Spire FM has been at the heart of our local community. Bauer Media will be combining Spire FM with stations from Blackpool to Norwich and Swansea as Greatest Hits Radio. Although there might still be some local news, that means no more local voices or businesses on War of the Works or Ring-a-ding-a-donut, no more local schools singing on the Countdown to Christmas and no local presenters living in our communities and understanding issues from Novichok to gridlock getting out of Tescos in Southampton Road. https://www.theguardian.com/media/2020/may/27/local-radio-regional-stations-england-bauer-rebranding-national-network
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  • Better perspex screens and social distancing in retail outlets.
    Supermarket staff are on the front line, we like everyone else have a right to feel safe in our place of work. Just like some of our customers have a right to feel safe and not bullied by impatient customers.
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  • Labelling on alcoholic drinks
    The other night I enjoyed a very nice glass of port with some cheese and crackers. After I had finished the port, my daughter discovered that not all ports are suitable for my vegetarian lifestyle, and in fact this particular one may well have contained gelatin. The wave of guilt that passed over me was immense, knowing I had accidentally betrayed my morals and consumed an animal product. To this end, I ask that it to be made law that the manufacturers/distributors of all alcoholic beverages must clearly label whether the product is suitable for vegans, vegetarians, kosher, etc., or perhaps more to the point, these products should all have these logos on their labels, but they should have a clear and unambiguous line through them if they do not apply.
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    Created by Nadia Jones
  • Scrap Supermarket Home Delivery Charges
    So we won't waste our money on Home Delivery Charges during this Coronavirus Pandemic As most stock is unavailable we need to have more than one Delivery Substitutions are not appropriate for some/most people
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  • BA redundancies
    BA has announced plans to lay off up to 12,000 employees, despite already having suspended more than 22,000 under the UK Government's furlough scheme. This affects a huge number of long term staff. Trade unions have described the redundancies as "an act of smash and grab opportunism", "a huge blow" and "irresponsible, dangerous and destructive". If everyone reading this signs the petition then we can show BA that now is not the time to lay off loyal staff or make the remaining ones sign inferior contracts
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  • Fair pay for people in 12 weeks isolation
    People making life or death decisions because who can afford 6 weeks unpaid leave can’t claim as still employed.. or go to work putting dependents at risk of catching Covid 19 which could lead to death ...
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  • Stop McDonald's reopening during the coronavirus outbreak
    McDonald's should be adhering to the lockdown rules and setting an example. They are pressuring employees to come back to work and potentially infect their own families, some of whom will be vulnerable or high risk.
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  • RyanAir Refunds NOT Vouchers
    They originally offered people with cancelled flights a "refund". They then emailed to say it would take a while due to high demand. They are now trying to instate a "voucher" system rather than their promised refund. Refuse the voucher, demand your refund.
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    Created by Terry Maxwell
  • Insist that companies asking for a UK tax-payer funded bailout sign up to a Fair Tax Pledge
    The UK Government is providing a necessary and welcome package of financial measures to workers and business through the Covid-19 crisis – not least via the furlough job retention scheme. However, should financial bailouts be agreed for distinct business sectors, we believe that this should be conditional on a series of responsible tax conduct commitments. Such conditions would further embed responsible tax practices and help maintain a level playing field for business. Across the world, some £400 billion of global corporate profits are shifted annually to tax havens. In the UK, this manifests itself as an annual corporation tax shortfall of some £7 billion. We, the public, call on the UK Government to insist that businesses requesting a tax-payer funded bailout commit to a set of fair tax conditions, as put forward by the Fair Tax Mark in their ‘Fair Tax Lockdown’: 1. Publish a binding tax policy that explicitly shuns tax avoidance and the artificial use of tax havens, and commits to the declaration of profits in the place where their economic substance arises (i.e., no profit-shifting). This policy should be the subject of an annual compliance audit, and be “owned” by a designated board director.  2. Ensure that the consolidated annual profit & loss of the parent company is publicly available, together with details of associated corporation tax payments (total, current and deferred tax). Multinational enterprise should disclose this on a Country-by-Country basis. A current tax reconciliation should be provided, together with a narrative to explain any deviations from the headline tax rate(s). 3. Make clear who the ultimate beneficial owners of the business are, and those with significant control. We believe that these measures are fair, material and proportionate. If a business is not actively involved in tax avoidance, these conditions can quickly and easily be committed to. To find out more about the Fair Tax Lockdown call to action you could visit the Fair Tax Mark website https://fairtaxmark.net/ or follow them at https://twitter.com/FairTaxMark and https://www.facebook.com/FairTaxMark/
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  • abolish pub rents during coronavirus lockdown
    Pub companies have long profited by penalising successful business operators (tenant landlords) by increasing the rents payable to the company if profits are made by an individual renting the premises. It is time that the companies recognised that closing pubs not only penalises the tenant , but also the individuals (customers) who make the premises viable. The sociological impact in certain areas can be devastating to local communities. Inevitably, the pub companies loose out by not making any profit , until their assets are realised by selling off the property. The property may well be sold as a "free house" meaning the new owner does not have to pay premium prices for the product they sell on and this helps to make the business more profitable. (it is with personal experience that I have found I paid a premium of 80% on top of the brewery charges, which goes to the pub company) In order to keep our pubs open it is necessary to provide a rent free period to allow these businesses to remain until the current situation comes to an end. This is Britain, and the "local" pub is an experience revered all over the world. The greed of the companies should not be allowed to destroy the income and lifestyle of those making profit on their behalf, nor destroy the communities which provide those profits.
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