• bring back Working Family Tax Credit for 16 hours or more
    The changes have resulted in approximately 250, 000 working FAMILIES losing a substantial part of their income, often as much as a quarter of total income. These are people who are working at poorly paid part time jobs, often because they are caring for children or are partially disabled or simply can't find full time work. The WTFC was introduced to make even low-paid work a worthwhile alternative to unemployment benefit. These people want to work and have shown that they can work. To penalise them is just wrong! My family of 5 have lost £300 of our £1050 earnings and now have to cope with an income of about £11,000 . With our son losing his £30 Educational Maintenance Allowance qwe are struggling to pay for his travel to college and see little future for his younger brother and sister other than whatever job they can get when they are 16. The poorest people in this country are now directly subsidising the wealthiest
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    Created by iain rendell
  • Assistance for the Self Employed
    Most of my clients are artists and crafts people and some can claim artists or creative averaging. This means that the profits of a good year resulting from a gallery show or the sale of a book can be averaged with the profits of the preceding or following year if it would be beneficial. My petition is to try to persuade the government to extend this to all self employed people who are not receiving the benefits available to employed people in the current crisis. One of my clients is a hairdresser who works only in care homes. Since the care homes have been closed to visitors her income has disappeared. The Chancellor has deferred the July SA tax payments until January next year but they will still have to be paid. If my suggestion was introduced her profits of the current tax year (2019/20) could be averaged with those of the next tax year (2020/20) and could result in a reduction of her liabilities. I also do the accounts and tax return for a builder/decorator and general handyman. His work has dropped off because of social distancing. I have several clients but not many of them are VAT registered and the rest are below the threshold. Consequently I am more aware than most accountants of how the self employed will be affected by the current crisis. A temporary change to the rules of self assessment would, in the long term, alleviate some of their problems.
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    Created by Sue Murby
  • Petition for Avon Pension Fund to end investment in fossil fuels
    As a fund member I am calling for divestment from this destructive industry and reinvestment of our money so it contributes to building a positive and sustainable future. 1. A climate emergency has been declared by local councils including Bristol, North Somerset South Gloucestershire and Bath & North East Somerset among over 100 local authorities in this country; 2. The Governor of the Bank of England has warned funds of the risk of ‘stranded assets’ if they continue to hold fossil fuel stocks; 3. The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has given the world until 2030 to take action to reduce carbon emissions or face climate breakdown; 4. Around the world pension funds, sovereign wealth funds, investment houses and others have committed to divest from fossil fuels; 5. Avon Pension Fund now invests through the Brunel Pensions Partnership and has started to invest in a low carbon fund (though this fund does not exclude carbon intensive stocks); 6. This is the pension fund members’ money and fund members in local Unison branches have repeatedly resolved to seek this divestment. Unison has also called nationally and locally for divestment.
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    Created by Conan Connolly
  • Free Parking in Ramsgate Town
    With Westwood Cross just up the road and plenty of free parking available Ramsgate shop keepers are finding business harder and harder. One of the most common reasons people give for Ramsgate being so quiet and shop trade being down is the continual excessive cost of parking. To help Ramsgate stay open for business at least one of the town center car parks needs to have 3 hours free, Staffordshire Street, or Leopold Street Multi Story should provide 3 hours free. While Ramsgates car parks stay empty 99% of the week and all summer tourist rush around the town to get back to their cars just to save a couple of pound in parking Westwood Cross continues to have full car parks, the only benefit at Westwood is the lure of free parking. Thanet District Council allowed the building of Westwood Cross knowing the detrimental affect it would have on Ramsgate shops and so should be made to help Ramsgates shopkeepers to stay open by providing free parking even if only 3 hours so the shops can stay open
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    Created by Jim Brady
  • Primary school bus service. Millbank and rosebank primary
    This is important because it would take a lot of pressure off parents and their children. It would also keep the roads safer as it would mean less traffic on the lochloy Road as buses would mean less cars.
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    Created by Sarah Gow Picture
  • Support the Curry Industry by Reviewing Immigration Policy
    Previous attempts by this and former governments to train chefs within specialized Training Centres of Excellence in the UK have consistently failed to produce the skilled chefs required to address the shortage. Closures of restaurants around the country are at an alarming rate of 3-4 per week. Heavy handed raids by UKBA and heavily imposed penalties add to the burden levied upon the restaurateurs eager to maintain and survive the current economic climate.
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    Created by Bangladesh Caterers Association
  • Lancashire County Council withdraws any intention of awarding the contract To Virgin Care
    This will cost local Lancashire Health Trusts £2.08mil for a nominal saving. It is important to reduce outsourcing because private providers owe a duty to their shareholders, as well as patients and may therefore seek to hide behind principles of ’commercial confidentiality’. Private providers are not subject to the Freedom of Information law in the same way that NHS organisations are
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    Created by Gina Eastwood Picture
  • Why tax on foreign income as it is not considered to get home mortgage by any leading banks of UK
    Coin has two sides. If you do not consider worldwide income for a first time buyer of home mortgage, then how come you can tax him / her on his / her foreign income?
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    Created by Yatin Malkan Picture
  • Implement new Stamp Duty exemptions fairly
    First-time buyers could have saved thousands of pounds each had they have had some prior warning about this policy. There should be support for young people, families, and first time buyers who are trying to responsibly manage their finances and who have been recently stung by Stamp Duty.
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    Created by Charlie LeyoftheLand Picture
  • To allow Dss tenants need to rent privately again
    It is becoming impossible to find a letting agent or landlord that accepts housing benefit. This is encouraging an army of illegal landlords letting out sheds and offices. It is making homelessness rise rapidly. It is like Victorian England again.
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    Created by Rachel mayhook
  • Save Heysham Swimming Pool.
    Cllr Margaret Pattison, Cllr Janice Hanson, Cllr Darren Clifford and Cllr David Whittaker are very concerned with living in a seaside area such as Morecambe and Heysham that children should have a local pool to learn to swim. The pool has 54.000 visitors a year with 16 schools using the pool for swimming lessons and groups helping people to keep fit and healthy, if closed this would effect the health and safety of the people in Morecambe.
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    Created by Cllr Margaret Pattison.
  • Better Wifi for Kenmore & Acharn
    So people can run their business Better Residential communication
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    Created by Heather Wallace Smith Picture