Nationalise the NHS deptCurrently our health service is in crisis and are failing to deliver a service that we, the tax payer are paying for. The mill stone of PFI is bringing the national health service closer and closer to the door marked private health service and this Government is pushing it closer and to closer to this door unless we stand up and be counted. Make no mistake the smoke and mirror of free at the point of delivery is just that smoke and mirrors and by tomorrow we will no longer have a national health service. Waiting times are through the roof, Junior doctor being victimised and bullied into accepting a new contract not fit for purpose by Jeremy Hunt. Ambulance services on their knees and patients are suffering and dying because of staff shortage and stretched resources to pay off the PFI bill and not because Junior Doctors do not work, which they do, on weekends. The PFI are forcing Health services to make cuts across the board and this is to reduce the wage bill so that share holders are paid there dividends at the end of the month. So if we want to save our health service then we need to nationalise the PFI dept and to this end we need to be patitioning our local MP's to suppor the nationalising of the PFI's
Treat the self-employed of Lewes district fairlyLewes District Council has just announced that it will no longer calculate Council Tax Relief based on self-employed people’s actual income and that it will now use an arbitrary income figure based on a calculation of 37 hours times the Minimum Wage. This will have the effect of immediately cutting the amount given in Relief to many of our hard-working self-employed. In this area many local residents are self-employed and together make a huge economic contribution to our area. They are to be valued, not penalised.
Bring Amazon to bookBecause these companies are earning billions in this country and paying minimal tax, while the general public is being squeezed because the government's tax take is inadequate to reduce the deficit sufficiently. These global companies are not acting illegally, but they are using their financial muscle to implement tax avoidance schemes. Let's show them that we are not prepared to be taken for mugs by boycotting their products and services.
challenge proposals to permit companies to end index linking pensionsMillions of retired people rely on their pension payments keeping pace with inflation.A leading firm of actuaries has calculated that this would result in a 30% drop in income over the average period these payments are paid. Apart from anything else this would dramatically reduce the spending power of the retired, badly effecting the economy, and create a "pensions apartheid". It is totally unacceptable for people to be denied what they are legally entitled too under the terms of their employment/retirement.
State Pension age for women to be reduced from 66 to 60The Coalition's astounding volte face for #50sWomen #StatePension created the swiftest, steepest 'Reforms' for the meanest State Pension in Europe *BY STEALTH*, for #50sWomen cohort. As a result, #StatePension #50sWomen are "grotesquely disadvantaged" - Frank Field MP, Chair, Work & Pensions Select Committee (Report 2016). #50sWomen had become "spreadsheet anomalies" - collateral damage - amidst the fallout from crash of the economy. Uniquely, their well-being and finances have been swiftly and stealthily annihilated: #BackTo60 - the return of their earned dues, in full - is what #50sWomen demand.
Save Cardiff's 'Doctor Who Experience' from closure!Ok, I admit: this sounds daft and there are many, many more important things out there we should be petitioning for or against. But not only is 'Doctor Who' a global institution, Cardiff's 'Doctor Who Experience' brings much in the way of tourism to an otherwise socioeconomically deprived area, gives local people jobs, does much to improve the economy...and let's face it: in these dark post-Brexit days, we all need some escapism.
Scrap the £5 deposit from the Oyster card and let poor people back on the bus.It is important because London's buses no longer accept cash. For many people on low income having £5 locked away in a card is simply not an option. This makes it impossible for many of the people we share the city with to use public transport. This creates a class of people who are entirely unable to use the bus even when the do have the £2 fare for their journey. The scheme seems to serve no purpose beyond providing TFL with a large amount of their service users capital in the bank. A cynic might argue that it's a social engineering device designed to keep the poorest in our society out of sight and out of mind from the everyday population, however even it is simply an oversight brought in by a committee who earn enough money to never have experienced this problem, it is a system that is not fit for purpose. To argue that the deposit is a deposit on the card is simply nonsense. When the deposit is refunded, the card becomes a useless piece of plastic waste that cannot even be reinstated by repaying the £5 interest levy. There is no good reason whatsoever that an oyster card should not be available at any time of the day free of charge to anyone who wishes to pay the correct fair for their journey. As an occasional rough sleeper and a person unable to claim job seeker benefits due to having no permanent address, I have on numerous occasions found myself having to cash out my card and then pay a premium on the bus simply in order to get myself to the occasional work I am able to find, and then even should I make enough tips to afford the bus, and even if I finish work during the hours where it's actually possible to purchase an oyster card, I still need to find an additional £5 over and above the fare just to get home. This compounds poverty in numerous ways. Not only am I then forced to pay a higher fee on the train but frequently find myself unable to travel at all if my journey requires a bus. I am then forced to reflect on the long occasionally dangerous walk home, as I burn off far more of my hard earned calories than I need whilst empty buses simply pass me by, that London values my time as little as my safety and basic humanity. A perfect illustration of how this serves as a very real and easily resolvable example of how poverty creates more poverty can be shown by the following story. "Having cashed out my oyster card to afford the train into town to look for work, I had essentially nothing left at the end of the day. I invested my last 1.30 on a pen. I used the pen to make street art. Enough people wanted to patronise me that I made 11.10 and something to eat. I was now delighted to find that after my days work i had enough money to restock a new pen for the following days work, put a five pound deposit on an oyster card, use the remaining money to pay my fare and have enough change to drink some water on the way home. Except i couldn't, because there was no where in the city i could purchase an oyster card. Instead i was forced to wear out my shoes and burn all the calories i had earned wandering the streets to keep warm for the next three hours before eventually being let into the station. At this point i found there where still no facilities to purchase an oyster card, leaving me the option to spend 6.90 on a one way ticket, leaving me a valid oyster card with 4.80 credit down short of what i would have made, or spending another hour of my life waiting for the rush hour when the price of a single oyster trip would leave me exactly as poor as the the one way ticket, but with my money trapped in a transit system i no longer felt confidence in. Neither of these options felt like the best way for me to increase the odds that i could afford a regular monthly ticket in the future so i just walked onto the train through the unstaffed barriers." TFL is there to serve all of our fellow citizens and visitors, and it is disgrace that people on the breadline are disadvantaged and dehumanised by the necessity of keeping capital that they do not posses inside TFL's bank account simply in order to gain access to the public transportation system.
Don't force High Storrs School to become an academyNo two schools are alike. But the government doesn’t seem to agree. It wants to rush through plans to force every single school in England to become an academy – the type of school paid for by taxpayers, but run by businesses, sponsors or trusts. Many teachers and parents are already standing against the plans, saying that they’re ‘a step towards privatisation’, ignore local views, put profit before quality of education and could force some schools to close. One size does not fit all, and the pupils, teachers and parents of High Storrs School should have a say in the future of our school. #AintHighStorrsGotTimeForBeingAnAcademy #HighStorrsDoesntWantToBeAnAcademy
We need more midwivesNew babies and mother's are leaving hospital too early. This is affected the babies ability to learn to feed. This is potentially lethal and inhibits a new mothers confidence to continue to breast feed. Such babies miss out on the gifts that breast feeding provides such as increased immunity and decreased sensitivity to food allergens aswell as the emotional bond and comfort breast feeding provides.
CETA is TTIP in other clothesTTIP may be dead but worse still is the upcoming Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (Ceta). Not only the NHS but every service will be totally controlled by corporations that can simply sue governments for any supposed future profits that it claims to lose if action is taken to protect the public. We elect governments and hold them to account - we do not elect corporations to decide what is best for us.
STOP the new plans to dismantle our NHS.This is the biggest attack on the NHS you've never heard of. For the last few years the news has been full of winter and summer crisis in the NHS, with A&E's closing their doors and ambulances unable to discharge their patients.(1) Now the Chief Executive of NHS England, Simon Stevens, has created a plan to solve this by CLOSING more A&Es. He thinks if you close hospitals people will stop using them. (2) Called Sustainability and Transformation Plans he has split the country into 44 areas - called 'footprints'. Each 'footprint' was told in late December last year that they must have a plan by 30th June this year to completely change the way the NHS works. To work they have to be able to prove they can clear their massive debts within a year. To do that they have to close services and sell land and hospitals. Has a hospital closed near you? Is it under threat? Simon Stevens says that to make the NHS affordable we, the public, must get used to no longer having a major hospital within easy reach. This was planned in 2013, but shelved until after the 2015 election as being 'politically sensitive'. It looks like the STP has taken that off the shelf and that is very bad news. In 2013 there were 140 full A&E hospitals in England. We could be be left with between 40-70 A&Es. Closing A&Es is very bad for your health. (3) There is a link to TTIP. Jeremy Hunt hired Simon Stevens to take over NHS England in 2014. Before that he was President of global operations for United Health of America where he was a lobbyist for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. He didn't oppose it. He fought to open up public health services like our NHS to US private health corporations. We know TTIP and the NHS are top campaigns for 38 degrees members. (4) Now he's in charge of our NHS! He is driving through a change which will eradicate our NHS and replace it with a US style health service. These new organisations could even be run by US corporations, holding the budgets and deciding what care will be provide and who can get it. This is what the Sustainability and Transformation Plans are doing to our NHS. See blogs.bmj.com/bmj/2016/08/05 and Updates, below. TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE THIS A MILLION SIGNATURES FOR THE NHS! We think this is the last big battle to save our NHS. If you want it to be there for your children and grandchildren in their time of need then fight now. (6) BECAUSE WHEN IT’S GONE, IT’S GONE https://youtu.be/0HyL-riKqqc (1) http://www.itv.com/news/anglia/update/2015-01-07/hospital-alerts-whats-the-state-of-your-local-hospital/ (2) http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/simon-stevens-nhs-will-be-unaffordable-without-radical-reforms-10099433.html (3) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2200339/NHS-Cuts--Savage-consequences-revealed-pensioner-waits-6-hours-ambulance.html (4) http://healthcare-competitiveness.com/wp-content/uploads/Medtronic-UnitedHealth-Group-want-to-export-U.S.-health-care.pdf (5) http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2007/nov/11/uk.publicservices (6)https://youtu.be/GHkzmCL-uNE Also:- https://opendemocracy.net/ournhs/deborah-harrington-madeleine-dickens-and-caroline-molloy/hunt-and-stevens-leaving-their-dirty Another dreadful week for Jeremy Hunt: https://opendemocracy.net/ournhs/caroline-molloy/you-don-t-have-to-be-brain-surgeon-to-know-hunt-is-wrong-this-week-everyone-d I've also grouped them together on a page here: http://bit.ly/NHSfootprints Find out which 'Footprint' you are in by scrolling down to the map here:- https://www.england.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/stp-footprints-march-2016.pdf http://blogs.bmj.com/bmj/2016/08/05/tory-plans-for-nhs-privatisation-released-during-parliamentary-recess/
Protect our children's future and bring Tidal Energy Lagoons to the UK, NOWThe Tidal Lagoon projects really need our help, the first one is taking a long time to go through parliament. With every day they are not happening, there is a chance they won't happen. This is a generation defining project for the UK and needs support from all over the UK. It's success stands to ultimately benefit us all. The first lagoon will pave the way for Tidal Lagoons all over the UK, which will generate huge amounts of environmentally clean energy, powering our homes and businesses, for hundreds of years to come. It will provide energy security for us and our children in a volatile world, and make a huge dent in the overall carbon footprint that the UK produces. It will also create hundreds if not thousands of jobs and put the UK into the global spotlight as a leading light in renewable energy. It will strengthen our economy and bring money into the country through selling our expertise abroad. A recent government-commissioned report enthusiastically backed the technology as a reliable source of indigenous, affordable and clean energy. Basically saying - get on with it. But we still need your support to strike a clean blow right at the heart of the carbon problem by encouraging the UK government now push ahead with this incredibly important project, right now, no delays. By signing - you'll be able to rightfully look your kids and grandchildren in the eye and say you backed the Tidal Lagoons when they were first built.
Save Blueberry Hill Footwear in DewsburyBlueberry Hill is a small family business, the last independent shoe retailer based in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire. We have been established for more than 55 years and for 30 years we have been selling Dr Martens. Begining of January 2017 Airwair International closed our trade account, the reason been "we are repositioning our brand" and we weren't spending enough with them. Our livelyhood is based around the sale of Dr Martens, without them we may have to close down after 50 years of service. We don't want this to happen. So we want to change their minds with you help.
End the employment agency/umbrella company rip offMillions of workers across the UK, from construction workers to IT professionals, are being hit hard in their pay packets. The Umbrella companies make the workers pay their NI contributions (employers NI) as well their own (employees NI). On top of this double NI deduction the company also charges the worker for the 'privilege' of receiving their own money. They call this their 'margin' and can cost as much as £30 a week to the employee. https://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://www.ucatt.org.uk/umbrella-company-con-trick&ved=0ahUKEwicvcjBxvDPAhVsAsAKHdbSDFQQFgg9MAA&usg=AFQjCNF0VVD62uWTQceD9W6OE2JAog9C2g&sig2=UAe8y414tNQmyJAwDvFXHQ
Stop CETA the new TTIPCETA is the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement . It is very similar to TTIP. Part of it is the Investor Court System which is the same as the ISDS which will enable corporations to sue governments if they pass any laws that the corporation regards as infringing on any expected profits. the British European Committee B voted not to have an open debate in parliament about it so our only hope now is to persuade our MEPs to vote against it . Tufts University has performed a study which concludes that if CETA is approved it will lead to job losses, rising unemployment and inequality and the NHS will be threatened as Britain has not ring fenced it, as Germany has done for it's health service.
KEEP BERWICK STREET MARKET INDEPENDENTBerwick Street Market has been independent for 300 years yet Westminster City Council has decided to privatise it with barely any consultation - It's all happening behind the scenes - private operators are already in the tender process and traders’ licences have been terminated without warning. These licences are peoples livelihoods, businesses and relationships, and belong to traders who are part of Soho's history and culture. Berwick Street Market is now the frontline of the relentless cleansing of Soho. @BerW1ckStMarket
BAN NPOWERNPOWER a German company known as RWE Npower have consistently persecuted bullied and destroyed the health and happiness of "millions" of UK customers and their families. This despicable company "overcharged/stole/fraudulently obtained" £70 million stolen from customers bank accounts .had to be returned Prioritizing only the financial needs of the company, Npower's orgy of predation and insatiable greed combined with their utter disregard for their customers, led to their rampant plunder of customers bank accounts. https://www.facebook.com/banNpower/ for full story
WASPI. Redress the injustice of pension denial.Hundreds of thousands of women have worked hard, planned and saved toward their pension. Some years back, they were told to wait an extra few years. They bit that bullet, but now, for some, just a few months before finally getting THEIR money back, they are told to wait another 2 or more years. No reasons, no apology, no letter even. It's UNACCEPTABLE.
Say No to Wylfa BThe nuclear option for electricity is dirty and dangerous. On Anglesey lets focus on renewable to generate more jobs and a sustainable future without the risk to the locality and the planet, with no radioactive waste. Talk to the people of Trawsfynydd, they thought it was safe now look at all the families devastated by cancer, a radioactive lake and an eyesore there for a thousand years.
Cheaper Holiday Prices In School BreakThis is a very important issue as children are being taken out of their education because parents are forced to go on holiday in school time as they cannot afford the double price raise. We need to stop this now because young people need as much education as possible.
Support the Council's plan to build new homes on Leyton marshesWe love and support the ambitions of working people to own their own home. The Lower Lea Valley marshes (Leyton marshes, Walthamstow marshes and Hackney marshes) are an amazing, open space on our doorstep, a place to use in a sustainable way to provide much-needed new land to build homes in one of the most densely populated cities in the world. We want to make sure the marshes are sensibly used to help tackle the ever-larger inequality of wealth in London so that future generations are not worse off than those that went before. This is why we are devastated to learn that a group of self-interested NIMBYS are campaigning to prevent the sensible proposals for Lea Valley Eastside (http://walthamforest-consult.limehouse.co.uk/portal/leabridge/leyton), to rezone a portion of the open space around The WaterWorks Centre for housing. This land is Metropolitan Open Land, which means it should be used to provide for appropriate development. If these plans are not approved, then the spectre of crippling poverty caused by massive imbalances between housing supply and demand will be felt even more keenly by those in the local area. We must tell the Council - loud and clear - that we will support building on the marshes.
Employee Share OwnershipWhen a company increases its value by growing its business organically it is through the joint efforts of its workforce and shareholders. Profits reinvested are wages forgone by the workforce as well as dividends forgone by shareholders; moreover customer goodwill is created and sustained by the workforce. But at present only existing shareholders profit from a gain in company value and the contribution of the workforce is unrecognised. A modest annual grant of shares to all employees would redress this injustice.
NHDC Council- No to greedy payrisePublic services are being cut back to the bone due to the political choice of austerity, playgrounds and sports facilities are being closed, the NHS is under attack, community groups, the disabled and vulnerable face all sorts of challenges from closures and budget cuts – this decision is an utter disgrace.
Democratise The Money SystemRemoving money creating powers from commercial banks would mean having more money to fund our public services. It would reduce government and personal debt, prevent asset price bubbles. We would never have to fund another bank bailout and it would dramatically reduce economic inequality.
Save and Support The Pegasus Pub from closure and losing LicenceWhitmore Reans is a diverse and vibrant community lacking many resources. Whitmore Reans cannot afford to lose the Pegasus Pub, an important community resource . Due to an incident unrelated to the pub the police have blamed Mr Balbinder Singh Gill and his son for not notifying the police even though police attended on the night and Mr Gill and son fully cooperated and provided all the CCTV to help with investigations.
Ban fracking in HerefordshireThe damage to the environment and economy of areas where this has been allowed is well documented. Poisoning of the water supplies, health issues, earthquakes are not imaginary and if you want an economic reason, property values can drop by 30% and you can find yourself unable to get house insurance. An estate agent in Poulton le Fylde, near one of Cuadrilla’s drilling sites, told the Observer "There are a lot of properties coming on to the market, and some of the owners are saying they want to get out before prices start dropping” Other local estate agents have said sales have fallen through because properties are near a fracking site. Herefordshire is an agricultural area and a tourist attraction, being an area of outstanding beauty. Experience in the US shows that fracking can create problems for local agriculture, including the loss of agricultural land, and concerns about water resources. Jumping forward to September 2015, you will have heard on BBC Hereford & Worcester that a new round of applications were to be allowed in the South of Herefordshire in the Wye Valley Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty and in autumn of 2016 were issued. Thanks largely to public resistance accompanied by adverse oil prices South West Energy handed back the licences but made clear that this is a 'temporary' reprieve and they would be back, The fight continues ... Meanwhile a documentary is in editing stages at present. Thanks to those who have caught up with the plot and all the new additions to signatures. . Further info: Nationwide Mutual, the largest US farming insurance underwriter, announced in 2012 that “from an underwriting standpoint we do not have a comfort level with the unique risks associated with the fracking process to provide coverage at a reasonable price." What would be the impact on tourism of hundreds of shale gas wells and associated infrastructure? In Australia, local tourism bodies are among the opponents of unconventional gas developments. The Chartered Institute of Water and Environmental Management has said that the UK should “not encourage fracking as a part of our energy mix until there is more evidence that operations can be delivered safely, that environmental impacts are acceptable and that monitoring, reporting and mitigation requirements are comprehensive and effective. Mark Menzies, the Conservative MP whose constituency covers much of the area in Lancashire where Cuadrilla has been active, has said “I do not believe that the regulatory system is robust or transparent enough to instill public confidence should permission be granted to the industry.". Go tell your friends this is no longer a distant threat but a very real one right on our doorstep .
Protect small cider producersCAMRA fully supports the production and availability of real ciders and perries. In many cases the proposed action would make small scale cider production uneconomic. This is wholly disproportionate given that a small producer selling up to 33 pints a day has no capacity to affect EU trade to any meaningful degree. The case for rejecting the request by the EU to tax small cider producers: - Someone producing less than 70hl (12,000 pints) will generally be making less than £10,000 a year in sales. This means the tax exemption only applies to very small businesses, such as hobbyists or farm-gate producers. If a duty were to be levied on these producers it would make their operations uneconomic and lead to wide-spread closure. - 80% of Britain’s 500+ cider makers are currently small producers. A tax will severely impact on consumer choice and will cause irreparable damage to one of the nation’s most historic industries. - An exemption from this duty is essential to supporting the growth of a vibrant but still small cider and perry market. - A tax charge of up to £2,700 would drive many small cider producers out of business costing jobs, harming the countryside and dramatically reducing consumer choice.
Cadbury UK should start paying its fair share of tax this EasterBecause businesses that make large profits from the UK market, such as Cadbury, can and should be paying their fair share of taxes. Failing to do so means there is less money to spend on schools, the NHS and other vital public services, which companies rely on to educate and look after their workforce and customers. Cadbury was set up by Quakers and had a long tradition of being a responsible employer that looked after its workforce and made a positive contribution to the communities where its chocolate was manufactured. In 1893, George Cadbury developed the Bournville estate in Birmingham, a model village designed to improve the living conditions of its employees. Easter time, when supermarket shelves are stacked with Cadbury's chocolate, is a good time to remind them of their roots and start putting people ahead of profits. For more information, read: http://ind.pn/1Ode1QJ
Change the annuity pension lawThe chancellor has recently changed the annuity laws allowing people to to take their pension in a lump sum. Pensioners who recently cashed in their annuity, because they had no option at the time, are now stuck with pitifully small monthly pensions that will quickly lose their value with yearly inflation. This is especially true of small annuity funds with a value under £30'000. Due to the recession many people are trapped with debt that they have little chance of paying off. Allowing people to take their own money in a lump sum is just and fair. The chancellor has seen this and is changing the law, but what about those people who cannot take their money because the law does not allow it?
Increase spending NOW on health and social care to a minimum of 10.6%GDPThe NHS is the embodiment of British values, free healthcare to all at the point of access. Social Care is entwined in healthcare. We need to stop the collapse of the NHS and the Social Care system now, and the only way we can do this is by putting enough money into the system to allow it to work. Telling the local councils to raise money through local taxes is not enough. This is a national problem for a national service, and it needs more money raised through taxes.
Bring down pensionable age !I'm a nurse and must wait until I'm 66-67 before I can receive my old age pension from the Gov. My nhs contributed personal pension won't cover my monthly bills if I retire at 60 yrs old and I'm sure there are a lot more people out there in the same predicament! Women used to reach retirement age at 60 yrs old so let's re consider this important aspect of being able to enjoy retirement with enough money to do so rather than having the possibility of being too ill in old age beforehand
Fining the homelessWith homelessness increasing across the UK and Northampton we should be dealing with the causes and spending money providing shelter, food and helping folks out of this situation. People asking for food and money are usually in need of society's help not punishment. People not in this situation are damn lucky though with societies safety nets being burnt by this government we may be far from being homeless or in need, so please support this petition.
Introduce a Rent Cap in LondonTo reduce the housing benefit bill drastically So families don't have to choose between food or rent So people can afford to live in the city with the most jobs in the UK So there is less incentive to become a buy to let landlord, thus allowing first time buyers more opportunities to buy properties Most young people who work in London know that they will have to move far out of London if they want to have a family as rents for family size properties are so high e.g. £350 a week for a three bedroom property. London should not only be affordable to the rich or to those who are lucky enough to own homes. I would suggest a rent cap which is much closer to Council housing rents. For example: Room in shared house: £75 a week Studio: £95 a week One bedroom property: £120 a week Two bedroom property: £145 a week Three bedroom property: £170 a week Four bedroom property: £195 a week
Introduce a Universal Basic Income into the UKBecause the anger demonstrated by Brexit reflects the deep sense of alienation not only from political life but from engagement in society which is felt by so many. As the food bank queues grow longer it is essential that we move beyond welfare to create a truly radical reshaping of our economy in order that all can participate.
Stop the cuts to benefits for disabled people, as outlined in the welfare reform billWhen universal credit is introduced thousands of disabled people who have small pensions or other limited income will lose all entitlement to contributory employment and support allowance - despite having worked in the past, paying tax and NI. This will also affect severely disabled people in the support group, who are judged medically to be unable to work, and whom the government pledged to support. The changes to disability living allowance should also be revisited as the proposed introduction of personal independence payment to replace it, does not adequately provide for severely disabled people, with much harsher assessment which only skims the surface of need. As a result, many will lose entitlement to the motability scheme, resulting in higher unemployment and further marginalisation of disabled people. Many will also not receive the support they need to provide for their care needs and the burden will fall on services in other areas as a result. Disabled people are unfairly portrayed as lazy scroungers by the press and media - nothing could be further from the truth and genuinely disabled people want to see action taken to sustain the benefits system and make it less susceptible to fraud, but they have no real voice for their concerns. The government is dismantling the NHS and welfare state in front of our eyes - you may be fit and healthy, and able to earn a living now, but what would you do if you became ill or disabled at some point in the future ?
taxing newspaper bossesNational newspapers in the UK set the tone and agenda of the political debate and can influence policies which result in cost to the public purse or cuts to public services. Yet much of the national press is owned by people who avoid the consequences of such policies, either because they are foreign nationals or, by using “non-Dom” status and/or offshore “financial instruments’, to avoid paying the taxes which would give them a stake in the policies their newspapers advocate. In other words they influence policy but do not pay for the consequences - an example of representation without taxation which undermines the concept of public service and accountability."
Save Our Sea: Protect the Wildlife of Cardigan BayCardigan Bay provides a home for many species of vulnerable marine life, some species such as the Atlantic grey seal are internationally important. From the reefs and sandbanks, small organisms in the benthos, to the largest population of breeding bottlenose dolphins in the UK, the complex biodiversity of this Bay is what makes it special. We feel that opening up this area to commercial scallop dredging would be detrimental to the ecosystem and significantly impact not only Welsh marine biodiversity but the lives of the local people who depend on the Bay for income, livelihood, and enjoyment. Mae Bae Ceredigion yn gartref i nifer o rywogaethau o fywyd morol bregus, rhai ohonynt – megis morlo llwyd yr Iwerydd – o bwys rhyngwladol. O’r riffiau i’r banciau tywod, o organebau bach y benthos i boblogaeth fwyaf y DU o ddolffiniaid trwynbwl sy’n bridio, y fioamrywiaeth gymhleth hon sy’n gwneud Bae Ceredigion mor arbennig. Teimlwn y byddai caniatáu treillio am gregyn bylchog yn yr ardal yn niweidiol i’r ecosystem ac yn cael effaith sylweddol ar fioamrywiaeth forol Cymru ac ar fywydau pobl leol sy’n dibynnu ar y Bae am incwm, bywoliaeth a mwynhâd.
Make Employee Representation on Company Boards LawDear Theresa May, Please can you help UK industry and their Employees to have greater Success, Collaboration, Flexibility, Security and Speed of Business Decisions by ensuring we have Full Employee Representation in the Boardroom. Success • Throughout Europe the most successful companies have Employee Representation directly engaging with the company by participating in board meetings. • Company success is aided not hindered by Employee Representation. Collaboration • Employee board Representation leads to collaboration and avoids industrial disputes. • It is truly a Win-Win situation. • Collaboration between the board and the employees removes many elements of the current "them and us" attitude of UK companies that often leads to outcomes that neither the company nor employees want. Flexibility • Employee board representatives are very often more creative and flexible with their demands. Knowing the challenges facing a company they will often ask for improved investment or help develop restructuring proposals instead of a pay rise knowing that this will help the company. • Currently unions predominantly campaign for increased salaries as they have no insights to the company pressures and direction. Security • In the light of Brexit it is now more important than ever that Employee board representatives are able to work with management to ensure operations are not moved off-shore without a meaningful set of discussions.. • Flexible Employee Responses can be worked on to enhance job security. Speed of Business Decisions • Employee board representatives participating in board meeting discussions are able to formulate responses ahead of a hard company decisions. This means that consultation occurs before a hard decision is publicly declared and prevents company back tracking and face saving that wastes time and effort.
CITIZEN STATE PENSION SAME MONEY REGARDLESS OF NATIONAL INSURANCE HISTORYGIVES ALL PENSIONERS ALL AGES INCREASED STATE PENSION - age 60 to 100 plus. £18,000 a year state pension for all pensioners, being 60 per cent of the average wage which is about £30,000 a year (2016). Paid from 60 for men and women, as well as to all current pensioners. Same money regardless of National Insurance history and SERPs opt out. This is better than the maximum figure of around £13,000 plus of a full SERPs pension (2015) of full basic state pension and additional top up pension that only 20 per cent get, mostly to men, and lost forever now to new workers just starting out. The wife suddenly becomes fully independent and not asking for support from the husband. He'll like that. He'd like even more if he's in his late 50s now and gets the pay out at that level, not paying any more National Insurance deductions from his wage, once he claims his state pension at 60, and still in work. The high street tills will ring and ring and ring. No vacant shops. The coffee shops will brim over. The tea shop with the menu on ration cards will have all their coupons stamped in abundance. Sweet stalls in the market will groan under the weight of stock, needed to keep pace with the demand. Ye Olde style sweet shoppe will abound in those great glass jars of old favourites. Sherbet Dips. Liquorice. Lemon Drops. Sugar Mice. And over 1 million young peoples' job on the high street would be ensured, saved from younger folk all online shopping now. WHAT ELSE? IRONS OUT ALL THE REDUCTIONS TO STATE PENSION FROM NATIONAL INSURANCE RECORD GAPS AND THE SERPs OPT OUT Not everyone's National Insurance history is properly logged by the government, leaving years not listed. Women get full pension instead of the reduced money from past fiasco of Married Woman's NI Stamp. This petition offers the same increased money regardless of National Insurance record, same for men and women, without any variation. The SERPs opt out was the worst idea for those not in top paying jobs, as you would have gained far more from being contracted into SERPs from the additional top up pension. ENDS PENSIONER POVERTY IN UK - ALL AGES OF PENSIONERS OLD AND NEW Pensioners live below breadline food and fuel poverty when only on state pension money or only with just a tiny works pension (the norm if low waged throughout life). Source: 1in 6 live in pensioner poverty - Age UK - http://www.ageuk.org.uk/money-matters/income-and-tax/living-on-a-low-income-in-later-life/ This contributes to around 40,000 excess winter deaths of elderly each year, within which are around 7000 aged in their 60s. The official measure of poverty is someone who has a disposable income 40 per cent lower than the national average. The state pension and lots of works pension are closer to 3 per cent of average wage. Source - http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/damning-report-finds-third-brits-7980219 LOWEST STATE PENSION OF ALL WEALTHY COUNTRIES UK state pension lowest of all rich nations on earth and with flat rate since Wednesday April 6, is now even more unequal. SOURCE: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) made up of 34 nations http://home.bt.com/lifestyle/money/investing-pensions/uk-state-pension-one-of-the-worlds-lowest-says-oecd-11364025523350 GUARANTEE PENSION CREDIT IS WITHERING AWAY National Pensioners Convention confirm that you get the guarantee pension credit maximum top up to a minimum income level, even without a National Insurance record, but pension credit has not got the triple lock guarantee rise each year up to 2.5 per cent as with the state pension. Last year there was no annual rise to pension credit. This year Savings Credit top up to the guarantee pension credit was abolished for new pensioners by the flat rate. Those only on pension credit and / or those only on a reduced state pension (mostly women by working life without access to National Insurance) and pension credit, are helped by this petition to get dignity in old age with a liveable state pension for all. Which also helps those hit by works pensions that get reduced when a firm goes bust, as shown in 2016 by Tata Steel and Bhs. And who lost entire private pensions, like with Equitable Life. When a firm goes bust and takes it works pension fund with it, the government's pension protection fund saves your works pension, but never gives an annual rise again to you in old age. So lessening your works pension over the years. Facebook campaign page welcome to join and share: - Pensioner Justice https://www.facebook.com/groups/512562602284757/