• Stop Ponders End Barclays Closing on May 2021
    We the undersigned, traders and residents of Ponders End, Enfield urge Barclays Bank to reconsider their decision to close the Ponders End branch this coming May 2021. We expect Barclays to consider the impact the closure will have on our town leaving it without a bank and their social responsibility towards the community, individuals and businesses who would find it incredibly difficult to conduct their affairs via a post office, on line or by travelling to other branches of Barclays where parking is also a nightmare.
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    Created by Fokrul Meah
  • Save our Scottish Seafood Industry
    It’s important because Scotland Fishing Industry is in jeopardy !
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    Created by Sue Eaton
  • Change the furlough qualifying date
    After losing their jobs in the first lockdown thousands of people have only managed to get employment in October to December. If their employers did not register them on the Government's payroll scheme by the 30th October they were not entitled to be furloughed in either of the last two lockdowns. This is causing massive financil hardship. The scheme date needs changing to preferably the 30th November or at least the 31st December 2020
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    Created by Barry Adams
  • Help all businesses forced to close due to covid restrictions by offering meaningful grants
    Small businesses like shops and restaurants are the backbone of the UK economy. They pay all their taxes (unlike multinationals like Amazon) and employ millions. Yet again if they are considered "non essential" they are forced to close even though they have spent £1000s to make themselves covid secure and there is no evidence that they bear any responsibility for any rate rise. In the 1st lockdown they got £10000 to last 3 months and in the 2and only £1300 for 4 weeks. This 2nd grant is just inadequate to cover their expenses and many will go under forever. The UK government needs to act NOW and pay these businesses grants proportionate to lockdown 1 to keep them going.
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    Created by Rachel Knight
  • waitrose refusal to repay covid related government funding
    The UK Chancellor announced in March that all retail businesses would be given a business rates holiday for 12 months in order to help businesses who were in trouble because of COVID. Supermarkets, have seen sales rise and have all made increased profits during during UK lockdown periods. On 4 December, 6 of our largest supermarket chains (Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Asda, Morrisons, Lidl and Aldi) agreed to pay back the government Covid-related support they received earlier this year (a total of almost £1.81bn) Waitrose have so far refused to follow suit. Legally they have the right to choose to retain this money, but they cannot justify the decision in the grounds that their business was in trouble because of Covid.
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    Created by Margaret Stanley
  • Say no to austerity.
    As austerity simply hasn't worked and never will work. The last 10 years of cuts to public services has been pointless due to this economic crisis we currently face. What is the point of austerity if we have no idea how long round the corner the next finacial crash is. Hard working people should not have to pay the price and carry the burden of a virus nobody asked for.
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    Created by Jamie Brennan
  • Allow bounce back loans too ALL businesses not just existing banking customers
    The BBLS is fantastic and will certainly save thousands of jobs and businesses if they can access it of course. The fact of the matter is the treasury has told the banks to lend but you have to have an account with the accredited bank. They won’t let you have one. The business is eligible great but that doesn’t mean the bank will give you an account to have the loan. How does that work ? I like 300,000 other businesses can’t access the scheme have been told no new applications or declined for an account not the loan just the account . If the treasury doesn’t open the doors directly we might as well close the business now. This isn’t going to happen the treasury know the problem but won’t act instead just leave it to the banks to decide our fate. Why won’t anyone do anything
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    Created by Kevin Howard
  • Supermarket CEOs, hand back the cash!
    Big supermarkets are one of the few businesses who have done well during the Covid-19 crisis. So why are they receiving millions in government handouts which could be used to support struggling businesses and communities? Back in March, the government introduced a 12-month tax relief for businesses across England and Wales to provide a safety net for those that were facing financial difficulty. Thousands of businesses stepped forward to receive a hand-out, including the UK’s big supermarkets. But retailers like Tesco, Aldi, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons, Lidl, and Asda have all experienced a boom in sales at a time when they remained open for business while others were forced to close. And they’ve done well: Sainsbury’s recently paid £231 million in dividends to its shareholders. Coincidentally, almost exactly the same amount as their public money bonus. Other businesses have paid back public funds they didn’t end up needing – while supermarkets should never have been eligible for this money in the first place. It’s only right they now do the right thing and hand back the cash to the government. At a time when many people across the country have struggled with getting food on the table and school children have been left hungry, these millions could be used by government to support small businesses and communities, for example funding extra support to families affected by job losses. We need to get our priorities straight as a country – and that includes supporting small businesses and families over handing out huge tax breaks to big corporates like supermarkets. If supermarkets want to live up to the cuddly image they’re cultivating this Christmas, they should hand back the cash. Read more about the issue here: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/supermarkets-sweep-up-with-1-9bn-tax-break-nmrn2fjp2 https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/nov/15/supermarkets-should-pay-back-19bn-covid-business-rates-relief-say-mps
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  • ADD YOUR NAME: Green Jobs for All!
    There’s no doubt that 2020 has been a tough year for many of us. The pandemic has affected our health, livelihoods and the way our society functions. But there is a way to build back better that protects our communities and our planet - now and into the future. The pandemic has changed everything about the way we live and work. As winter approaches, the Office for National Statistics has reported rising unemployment - and this will only get worse unless the government acts. In fact, according to a new report by Build Back Better, almost two million jobs could be lost forever as a result of the pandemic. But mass unemployment is not the inevitable end result. The UK Government has an opportunity to invest in our future by prioritising a new type of economy - a green economy. According to Build Back Better, investing £68 billion over the next two years would create 1.2. million new jobs, strengthen our infrastructure and services, and help to fight the climate crisis. Join us by calling on the Prime Minister to protect us now by investing in our future.
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  • Windfall Tax on Large Companies to Support Small Business
    Small businesses in retail, hospitality, leisure and entertainment sectors, are bearing the brunt of lock down measures. On the run into Christmas, they will be pushed to the edge. Elsewhere some very large companies will be raking it in, and sucking up the expendable money in the economy. At the same time some opportunist businesses are making large profits from tax payer funded public services. Government has introduced some measures to help businesses, their employees and the self-employed, but without further spending it is unlikely to be enough to save many small and medium sized businesses and the employees that depend on them. When the money borrowed by Government needs to be repaid, a business as usual approach to taxation will see an increased burden on all of us, whether that be through increased taxation, or poorer public services. It only seems fair that the largest companies, who will make the biggest profits during the Pandemic, should bear a greater proportion of that burden of taxation.
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    Created by Mick Harwood
  • Support for businesses forced to close or operate under restrictions due to the COVID-19
    The government is heavily focused on job retention and the furlough scheme, of which there is no doubt is beneficial to employees and is keeping the unemployment figures down. However, without adequate and realistic financial support many businesses will not survive the pressures which the COVID-19 restrictions are placing upon them. Many of these employees will find there are no jobs for them to return to without the government offering realistic support to the businesses employing them. The grants being offered at present will not even cover the rents or mortgages on many of the premises occupied by these businesses. Being the owner of a small rural public house (rateable value under £51,000) I can tell you that £500 a week is not covering my £800 a week rent let alone the insurance, electric and rental contracts, etc (which have no interest in pandemics) all which require paying. I am now extremely worried for the future of a business which I have worked hard to build up. It has been in the family for almost 30 years. We are self-employed operators who are not eligible for very much by way of self-employment support as we don't make much from the business by way of profits. So the pressure is now building as we are unsure how long we can continue. This not only puts the livelihoods of myself, partner and children at risk but the 10 local people who we employ. I beg this to be looked at as a matter of urgency as we are only a very small representation of the country and there are countless others in our situation.
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    Created by Victoria Wood
  • Stop charging more to those less able to pay
    Paying annually financially rewards those that are capable of paying road tax as an annual lump sum. There is no doubt a large number of people who can't afford to pay the annual fee upfront; so opt for the 6 month option. Why are these people, who are financially less able, penalised into paying a larger total annual sum? Changing this practice, of charging more to those who can least afford it, needs to STOP! This systemic bias which financially penalises the poorer in society needs to be abolished. The systems and decisions that continue to widen financial inequalities need to be rooted out in all industries and organisations. This type of financial penalisation of the poorer members of our society is rife practice in many companies. The government should lead by example and put an end to this practice!
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