• Bonus for working through Covid-19 Pandemic
    We need to say thank you to the forgotten Keyworkers as without them the country would have been at a standstill and the workers would like to feel valued as they have never been trained to be on the front line.
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    Created by Sarah Shannon
  • Let's End Period Poverty in Uttlesford
    This petition was launched on 7th March 2020 at an annual celebration of International Women's Day at Saffron Walden day centre open to the public focused on relieving women from the indignity of a lack of menstrual products, as well as discrimination issues faced by women due to taboos associated with menstruation in different parts of the world. (See Picture above: "Leviticus Illustrated 10" by adamrice) On average, menstruating women in the UK spend around £5000 in their lifetime on period products. Low-income families should not have the additional burden of struggling to afford menstrual products, or young people having to use socks in their pants, or missing school once a month because they just can’t afford menstrual protection. An estimated 137,000 young women and girls missing school every year because they do not have the products they need. Uttlesford has a high level of inequality with 21.4% of children living in poverty in 2019 (End Child Poverty Coalition). Nearly 2,300 girls living in poverty in Uttlesford. In one of the richest districts of the fifth richest country in the world, this is completely unacceptable It is a real, local issue which we as a collective can resolve. For the sake of dignity for girls and women, Saffron Walden Constituency Labour Party call on Uttlesford District Council and other local authorities in the area to provide free menstrual products in all of its public facilities. Schools, libraries, youth centres, public toilets, should all provide full access to a range of period products. The petition calls for non-means tested distribution in public buildings such as toilets and libraries, and a drive to assist vulnerable sections of the population, notably households dependent on food banks and people facing housing insecurity.
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  • Stop the monopoly of live football games on TV.
    Fans pay to use a clubs website and some listen to live audio, not everyone wants to put money into the big corporations like Sky or BT Sports to watch the game live, Some want to support their clubs and would rather give them the money to watch live games.
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    Created by Gary Colville
  • Strip Paula Vennells of her CBE
    Evidence has been produced that the Post Office engaged in a mass cover up which led to the wrongful prosecution of 550 Post Office Staff many of whom were subsequently jailed, bankrupted and in some cases, sadly took their own lives. The initial Post Office investigation in 2012 failed to find any issues and as a result in 2012, Second Sight, an independent investigative firm were brought in to investigate complaints that the Horizon system used in post offices was inaccurate, buggy and could 'lose money'. Despite pledging full co-operation initially, Post Office subsequently witheld documents from the investigation and Paula Vennells later failed to answer a select committee when challenged on why this documents had not been produced as requested. The damning report, marked as 'confidential' stated that the Horizon system was 'not fit for purpose' and among their discoveries were 12,000 communication failures every year, software defects at 76 branches and that the system was failing to track money from lottery terminal, tax disc sales and cache machines properly. It concluded that rather than investigate the cause of such errors, Post Office instead accussed sub-postmasters of theft. The Post Office dismissed the report which was subsequently leaked to the BBC in 2014. Despite Paula Vennells assertion that Post Office "have been working with Second Sight over the last few weeks on what we agreed at the outset. We have been provided the information" to Parliament at her select committee appearance in 2015, the lead investigator for Second Sight, Adrian Bailey, when asked if this was the case said categorically, "No, it is not" which meant that he could not access files to back up his suspicions that Post OFfice Ltd had brought cases against sub=-postmasters with 'inadequate investigation and inadequate evidence'. The requested files had still not been handed over to Second Sight 18 months later. In March 2015, on the eve of the Second Sight report publication, Private Eye reported that the Post Office had instructed Second Sight to end their investigation, destroy all paperwork and scrapped the independent committee that had been convened. In 2019, a class action case, Bates & Ors v Post Office Ltd, was settled by the Post Office in favour of the 550 sub-postmasters for over £58 million. Mr Justice Fraser, the judge in the case concluded that the approach of the Post Office: "amounted, in reality, to bare assertions and denials that ignore what has actually occurred, at least so far as the witnesses called before me in the Horizon Issues trial are concerned. It amounts to the 21st century equivalent of maintaining that the earth is flat." Mr Justic Fraser, so concerned by what he had seen in the case, has passed a file to the Director of Public Prosecutions. In the Lords, Baron Arbuthnot of Edrom said in November 2019: "My own suggestion is that the government should clear out the entirety of the board and senior management of the Post Office and start again, perhaps with the assistance of consultancy services from Second Sight, who know where the bodies are buried.". Having been handed a CBE for services to the Post Office, and moved out into other senior positions in government and healthcare, it is only right that this award is now withdrawn through the process of forfeiture. Paula Vennells has subsequently refused to answer questions from these staff as well as the media and has refused to apologise for the cover-up, misery and trauma caused which has brought not only herself but the Post Office, the honours system and government into disrepute.
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    Created by David Smith
  • Save the British Council
    Since its foundation in 1934, the British Council has worked effectively to develop cultural relations with other countries and to support international mobility. The British Council now works with more than 100 countries worldwide, creating benefits that have fundamentally changed the lives of millions of people. This work is of enormous significance in the way we are able to understand and appreciate other cultures in often turbulent times and of course, in the ways that we are able to promote understanding of our own. The British Council has been a major disseminator of knowledge about the United Kingdom and the English language through its work in Education, Society, Arts and development projects, which benefit the partner countries and the UK. Although it is a public body under the auspices of the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), the government response to the British Council’s financial situation has been slow, and the British Council’s future is now significantly under threat. Unlike most public bodies, the majority of the British Council’s income, 85% of it, comes from commercial activity in teaching English and delivering UK examinations abroad, along with other projects. There are over 11,000 British Council employees worldwide who promote a wider knowledge of the United Kingdom and the English language; encouraging cultural, scientific, technological and educational co-operation with the United Kingdom. Approximately 203 of 221 British Council teaching centres and schools abroad were closed and 26 out of 41 test centres were also closed due to Coronavirus pandemic measures. This cut off the major source of income. Some teaching and exams services have moved online, where possible, and there is limited activity in some countries where the pandemic restrictions are easing. However, this is not enough to generate the income required. These closures are having a devastating impact on the cash flow and financial reserves of the organisation with money likely to run out in the coming weeks unless vital and urgent additional government funds are secured So far, there has been a small amount of additional money allocated to the British Council. The FCO are reviewing the operations of the British Council, and if emergency funding is offered it is likely to come with conditions which could be detrimental to the future of the organisation. British Council employees could face wage reductions and redundancies. The organisation could be cut back or brought back under a tighter control by government ministers, losing its arm’s length and independent status which is an important factor in its global success. Any government review of this valuable national asset should not be behind closed doors, any recommendations should be public and open to scrutiny. We need to act now, to ensure the UK government provides the financial support to save and preserve the British Council, before it is too late.
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    Created by Helen Flanagan
  • Bring Superfast Broadband to ALL communities in Lancashire
    Do you live in a community in Lancashire that does not have Fibre (FTTC, or FTTP) Broadband services? Did you know some communities in Lancashire currently with Superfast Broadband are being offered upgrades to Ultrafast while other communities are still only on guaranteed speeds of 1-3mpbs? Sign this petition to lobby Lancashire County Council (and their delivery partners) to STOP upgrading residents on FTTC, and prioritize areas currently on broadband speeds of <10mpbs. Background Lancashire Country Council had £40m to bring Superfast Broadband to residents across Lancashire. In 2015 the following was stated during a Internal Scrutiny Committee at Lancashire County Council. "Superfast Broadband was deemed to be download speeds above 24 megabits per second (mbps). Members noted that it was planned that 97% of Lancashire's homes and businesses would have access to broadband speeds above 24mbps by March 2016, which would conclude "Phase One". Regarding "Phase Two", it was planned that 99%* of Lancashire homes and businesses would have access to broadband speeds above 24mbps by the end of 2017." Ref.1 It is 2020 and some communities in Lancashire are still on outdated copper services that only guarantee speeds of 1-3mpbs while communities who initially received FTTC are now being upgraded again to Ultrafast FTTP to increase speeds exceeding 24mbps.* While some communities have seen heavy investment in broadband infrastructure, others have been left behind and failed by Lancashire County Council, British Telecom (BT), Broadband Delivery United Kingdom (BDUK), Blackpool Council and Blackburn with Darwen Council. From the information below it is fair to assume profit has been prioritized ahead of people. "The methods of installation of Superfast Broadband were communicated to the Committee. It was explained that premises would receive services via Fibre to the Cabinet (FTTC) which was the cheapest method of mass delivery, and when this wasn't possible, via Fibre to the Premises (FTTP). With regard to FTTC, it was explained that issues with broadband speeds could arise when a premises was over 1.2km from the cabinet, and in these instances, often FTTP, although expensive, was the best solution to resolve such issues. Regarding "Phase Two", it was conveyed that other methods of providing Superfast Broadband would also be utilised and that more information would be disseminated to the Committee at a future meeting." Ref. 1 *For information on which areas this impacts please see the Ofcom Broadband Checker Map - https://checker.ofcom.org.uk/broadband-coverage Ref 1 - http://council.lancashire.gov.uk/ieDecisionDetails.aspx?Id=15207
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    Created by Rebecca Brocken
  • Save our minster fm
    its the heart of city radio station local and Informative cares about its listeners
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  • Better Broadband for Ballyroney
    In the last 2 months, since 'Corona virus Lockdown' began, it has become apparent that broadband provision in the Ballyroney area is extremely poor. Ballyroney is a rural area. Broadband speed is low (often less than 2 Mb/s). Home working is difficult, local businesses have difficulty operating, children have difficulty accessing online learning and people have difficulty accessing online services such as shopping, banking and streaming services.
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    Created by Trevor Fisher
  • Get sick pay for Carers
    Carer's are risking their lives to help people that are dying from the Coronavirus and they should be supported when they get sick themselves.
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    Created by Joanna Cordle
  • Thank You Keyworkers
    It's a fitting way for us all from all the four devolved nations that make up the UK to come together as one to say Thank you and for them to Stay Home and have time with their families or a well earned break.
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    Created by Gareth Hicks Picture
  • Nursing NMC subscription
    At a time when the NHS is under immense strain a simple expression of gratitude would show that they are indeed appreciated.
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    Created by Mike Davies Picture
  • Public Finance for Essential COVID Symptom Study
    By collecting symptom data in real time, with the help of a small percentage of the UK population using a phone app, this research project is already helping us to understand how the virus spreads, who is at risk and to correct some otherwise vague statistics about the pandemic in this country. A spokesperson from the NHS has said, "We are grateful to the innovative developers of the COVID Symptom Study app. The app is supporting the NHS and Government to manage the COVID-19 crisis.” This research was started by people who could see that it was needed and that they had the knowledge to do it. They had to begin with their own resources and have attracted support from charity, yet the work is of national and international importance. We are already benefitting from the results but benefits could be so much more if we can give it national support. https://covid.joinzoe.com/about
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    Created by Alan Bradshaw