Prevent the use of water cannon by police in mainland UKThe use of water cannon would be a violent and excessive use of force to combat protests on the streets of the UK. The right to protest is one of the most important aspects of our free and open democracy and I believe that the threat of this weapon will be an inhibitor to people of all ages from exercising that right. My concerns are twofold. 1 - ACPO's own report into water cannon states that: "the full-pressure jet from a water cannon is capable of causing serious injury or even death and says there are also possible injuries from the impact on the body of street furniture or other debris." http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/jan/22/police-home-secretary-approve-use-water-cannon-austerity-protest We have seen all too frequently instances of police abusing their power, and using unnecessary force to break up protests. Be it the death of Ian Tomlinson, or the assault on anti-fracking campaigner Sean O'Donnell, elements of the police force would prefer to use violence and aggression to silence peaceful protest. I don't believe allowing them access to this weapon will lead to less unprovoked aggression, but more. 2. This leads to my second point. The police are not the government's armed guards, hired to subjugate the will of the people. Increasingly I fear they are becoming so. ACPO argue that they would like water cannon in their arsenal "because austerity measures are likely to lead to continued protest" http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/jan/22/police-home-secretary-approve-use-water-cannon-austerity-protest For starters that is presumptive, and is not representative of their own report: "The report says there is no intelligence to suggest there is an increased likelihood of serious riots within England and Wales." If, however, they are right that increased austerity measures will need to further protests, then so be it. The people have a right to protest against the actions of the government that they do not agree with. It is not the job of the police to suppress this feeling with threat of serious injury, or even death, through the use of water cannon should people wish to protest. The police are for the protection of us all, not to maintain the establishment status quo. Water cannon are dangerous to the public and reinforce the notion that the police may use excessive force to quell the will of the people.
Stop the repeal of animal welfare codesAbandoning codes of practice for farm animal welfare is not in the best interests of the animals or those who will ultimately consume an animal raised in poorer conditions. The RSPCA said it has been voicing concerns for the past three years about the “downgrading” of the guidelines from statutory codes to industry-led guidance and criticised the lack of transparency around the process. The meat industry has had many scandals over the years and weakening regulations can only increase animal suffering and impact those consuming meat reared under poorer quality conditions.
Save the Corrib Pubs Community RoomsThese rooms are a well-regarded facility in the area with a great future when used by the community. Many people have attended events at the Corrib Rest and recent attempts by local residents have tried to arrange activities. Pensioners now evicted from their weekly get togethers here have now had to use an unheated hall. Community facilities like this are far more important than 6 luxury flats.
Save Poole Hospital A&E and MaternityOur A&E and Maternity units at Poole Hospital are essential for local people. The road networks between Poole and Bournemouth are dismal and travel times are very unpredictable, particularly during the summer season. This means that the proposal for closure of these essential departments is extremely worrying. Local A&E staff, paramedics, doctors, midwives and police all have deep concerns about these departments being closed or relocated since longer journey times can put lives at risk. Poole Maternity unit currently caters for mums from a wide geographical area and travelling to the proposed new site in Bournemouth would be time consuming for pregnant women and their families which could potentially result in delays in treatment and care. Poole Hospital needs to keep its successful maternity service so it can continue to provide safe and effective care to the community. Other departments within Poole Hospital will also be put at risk if the A&E unit closes including Paediatric and Neo-Natal care - this is appalling for local people. A&E and Maternity units are vital services for patients - why should people in Poole be put at risk by poorly thought through and misguided cost-cutting like this? PLEASE STOP THIS MADNESS.
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
Save Inner London's only Disability GymAbility Bow is the only place in inner London that provides long term rehabilitation to help people who have a disability, an injury or a long-term health condition. For many it is be a life-changing experience. There are thousands of people that Ability Bow has helped over the last 10 years. Margaret and Witman are stroke survivors who regained full use of their bodies after doctors wrote them off. Albert had a spine broken in two places and learned to walk again. Shona avoided Gastric Band surgery. I had muscular dystrophy and extended how long I could still walk. We are asking for the assistance of a government partner to safeguard the future of this vital service. I do not know where I would be without this place. I started this campaign to raise awareness and make sure that people get the help they need to improve their lives.
Save Pelsall LibraryPelsall Library is less than five years old - it is in a state of the art multi purpose building £5.2m. Closing the facility now would be retrograde and a complete and utter waste of taxpayer money. Pelsall Library is enjoyed by all young and old - a lifeline to many and a hub of the Pelsall community
Government: Fund Alzheimer's Care Costs as promisedThere is currently an estimated £6 billion deficit each year in providing the necessary funding - this means that over 100,000 families are facing financial ruin, adding to the acute misery of seeing their relatives slowly decline. This problem was recognised some 10 years ago, and the Dilnot Commission reported in 2011 with recommendations that were accepted by the Coalition Government in 2013. The Conservative Party, in their 2015 election manifesto, pledged to implement starting in 2016, only for the present Government to renege on its promise within 3 months of taking office. The key points in this commitment were: · A cap on the patient's financial liability for care costs set at £72,000 · The level of assets, below which patients are no longer liable to pay, raised from £23,250 to £118,000 · By 2024, up to 100,000 more to receive financial help with their care costs The BBC Today programme ran a number of features during the week of February 6th, illustrating how the current policy is having drastic effects on families, tearing them apart with heartless bureaucracy. I took part in one of these programmes, describing how I had to pay nearly £400,000 for my late wife's care costs over 8 years, repeatedly refused help by NHS Continuing Healthcare over 5 years. I was only one of tens of thousands trapped in the 'No Man's Land' between the NHS and Social Care funding.
Retain the Highland Council Countryside Ranger ServiceThe Highland Council Ranger Service provides a very important educational service to local communities across the Highlands, delivering outdoor educational events to people of all ages, but particularly with young people through work with schools and youth organisations. The Rangers also contribute to the fulfilment of the Council’s duty toward Biodiversity, and Community Empowerment through their engagement with community groups and with members of the most disadvantaged communities across the whole Highland Council area. Outdoor Learning and Education is a key part of the curriculum for excellence and the Rangers are key in helping schools deliver this part of the curriculum and getting people outdoors and active and thinking about the environment and our impact on it. They also work with visitors to the area and local people providing guided walks and events, raising awareness of the stunning and internationally important natural history of the Highland Area. Public support for the Service, and the Rangers who are on the ground working directly within their communities, has been vital in retaining the service in the past and the Rangers are now already at doing their job with the minimum level of staff for such a large area to cover. Please sign this petition today to let the Leader of the Highland Council know you want her and our council to keep this important public service
MOVE STROUD BUS STATIONStroud's current 'temporary' bus station does not have the facilities a bus station should. Proper shelter, waiting room and cafe are examples. A potentially viable alternative site is London Road car park. If this possibility is to be further explored, support is needed from Stroud residents. This petition gives you the opportunity to lend your support to a cause which could benefit Stroud.
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.
Stop the closure of Liverpool city librariesThese libraries provide a quiet place for people to study and work in peace and safety, and the books on the shelves provide a vital lifeline of education to many children across the city region. Without them, many will lose a vital part of their everyday lives!
Save Historic Hythe Ferry & PierThe pier was opened in 1881 and the pier train is in the Guinness Book of Records as 'the oldest working pier train in the world'. It provides a vital link between Hythe and Southampton and is a part of our history and heritage. The community led campaign encourages increased use of our waterways and in turn, this will help to reduce traffic congestion on our roads into the city and pollution levels both sides of the water.
Hamilton Primary School restructuring proposalHamilton Primary school restructuring: Reject these unfair and damaging proposals. Tomorrow (Tuesday 22 February) the school's governors will meet to make a final decision on their restructuring document which was delivered to staff on the 25th January. The essence of the proposals are in effect jobs loses, changes in staff terms and conditions and pay cuts. It will mean that the school will lose two important part-time teaching posts and face the real possibility that Higher Level Teaching Assistant (unqualified teachers) will be required to deliver regular time-tabled lessons planned by class teachers to whole classes without any preparation time whatsoever. Most disgracefully the school's highly dedicated and motivated Learning Support Assistants (LSAs) will be forced to reapply for a limited number of jobs, most taking a significant cut in hours. Further savings are being sought by withdrawing pay for LSAs' 15 minute morning "break" (invariably spent supporting distressed or confused children, preparing for the next lesson, or on playground duty). These women are currently earning approximately £8.50 per hour! In addition to removing LSA cover for all class teachers in key stages 1 and 2 in the afternoons, (for example, leaving a single adult in charge of 30 5, 6 or 7 year olds all afternoon), further proposed job cuts include reducing the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator's post to one day a week (even though there is an acknowledged increase in the need for SENCO intervention at the school), and slashing the Computer Technicians post by more than a third (despite the heads decision to invest heavily in new computer technology in the classrooms). We urge the Governors to reject these proposals for what they are: an unfair and damaging attempt to push through cuts in the schools budget at the expense of our children's educational needs and pay cuts and worsening of terms and conditions for some of our school's lowest paid staff. Please sign the petition calling on the Governors to reject these proposals. If the Governors give the proposals the go-ahead we need to urgently act to defend our staff and our children's education. - The school's staff unions should call a joint meeting to develop a strategy of oppose and stop any attempts to implement the proposals. - We should call a joint staff and parents public meeting to organise a protest at the school gate demanding that the proposals be withdrawn. Up and down the country similar attacks are taking place - attacks that unfairly attempt to balance a budget at the expense of children's education needs and staff pay and conditions - but they are being resisted by both staff and parents. In Durham teaching assistants have struck to fight off a 40% cut in pay and in Derby TA's recently descended on Derby Councils head office blowing whistles, ringing bells and waving flags and placards to overturn a proposed pay cut.
Stop the privatisation of the Land Registry.The Land Registry records the ownership of all land and property in England and Wales. If private companies get their hands on the Land Registry they’ll have one thing on their minds - profits. This could mean a hike in price for all of us, or a fall in standards because of cost-cutting measures. The Land Registry is a public service that is self funding and is not a drain on public finance. There's no need to sell it off to the highest bidder.
SAVE THE MOUNTAIN WEATHER INFORMATION SERVICE● The Mountain Weather Information Service (led by Geoff Monk) is a non-profit making forecasting service that has been providing detailed mountain forecasts for the last 13 years. ● MWIS is recognised as a unique, highly trusted source of quality mountain weather safety information: the forecasts receive several million hits a year, and MWIS was judged "overwhelmingly the forecast of choice" by 2,000 mountain users in a 2015 SportScotland survey. ● Since 2007, SportScotland has funded MWIS to provide a service that aims to maximise mountain safety. ● In 2015, MWIS, SportScotland and the Met Office began a 3-5 year collaborative project aimed at ensuring the long-term future of MWIS's quality mountain forecasts. In relation to this new project, on 7th March 2016 the Met Office wrote "Sportscotland, MWIS and the Met Office are now exploring ways of working more closely together so that we can really maximise the skills and strengths of our organisations to provide even better mountain weather services for Scotland. We are listening to the feedback and looking at how forecast services can be improved. For example we are looking at the content, format, frequency and language used as well as how digital technologies can be used to increase access to mountain weather information." ● However, in July 2016, SportScotland informed MWIS that it would be removing funding as of 31st December 2016.
Save Milton Road Public Library in Cambridge from demolitionMilton Road Public Library is an iconic building in the history of mathematics, celebrated for its connection with Professor Sir Andrew Wiles' proof of Fermat's last theorem. This dignified and much-loved building has served the public as a library since the 1930s, and continues to do so. It was a book that Andrew Wiles found in the library when he was ten years old that inspired his remarkable achievement - Eric Temple Bell’s, 'The Last Problem'. Wiles had been on his way home from school when he stopped to look at the library’s puzzle section. He read that a proof of Fermat’s theorem had eluded mathematicians for 300 years. Thirty years later, Wiles announced his solution. Milton Road Library had done what libraries should do - inform and inspire – with magnificent effect. Worldwide, few buildings are as closely associated with so notable a mathematical event. Yet Cambridgeshire County Council proposes to demolish it – to build a 3-storey block of 10 flats, with a small library/‘community hub’. This would be a huge loss to the heritage of mathematics and to the architectural and civic heritage of Cambridge. Read more here: http://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/download/downloads/id/4248/milton_road_library_site_redevelopment_surveydoc.doc
Save Our Public Nurseries in Tower HamletsThe nurseries are outstanding and a fabric of the local community. Some have been running for over 30 years, with dedicated well trained staff teams. They provide affordable childcare to children with different type of needs i.e special educational needs, deaf children, parents on low -medium income, lone parents, students, residents that may require support. Cutting funding for these nursery's will affect parent’s ability to work and will affect the children's well-being, especially children who are disabled or have other specialised needs. If privatised the cost of these nurseries will go up, meaning that many parents will not be able to afford to send their children. As parents we are concerned that cuts are the driving force of the Tower Hamlets proposals. Value needs to be given to quality of care provision, service user’s experience, rather than who can do it cheaper. Tower Hamlets Council is depriving the vulnerable children the services vital to their development, putting additional stress on parents of Tower Hamlets and communities, destroying long lasting community hubs. Our Tower Hamlets, Our Voice, Our Nurseries.
Free Parking for Carers to the elderly and disabledCarers have very little time to make their visits, they earn very little and often have to pay parking fines (as well as petrol costs) for a long journey to half hour job. And not least, their clients suffer if the care is rushed. This lack of parking facility causes a lot of stress to both carer and client.
Transform Recycling in Winchester & HampshireIn 2015 we managed to recycle a meagre 35%, while the best performer, South Oxfordshire, achieved 65%. We’re in the bottom 20% of councils in England. You may be wondering if it really matters that much. The truth is that it matters a great deal. Waste is one of the most significant contributors to climate change, contributing a similar amount of carbon as aviation. Many councils across the UK have been recycling more types of waste for years now. Hampshire never evolved, offering the same recycling service as it did 20 years ago. So, whilst many councils have been able to double or even triple recycling we have achieved minimal gains. Hampshire needs to shift emphasis from incineration and collect more types of waste for recycling. Research suggests that in Winchester if all plastics were collected it could increase our recycling rate to 40%, glass 45%, food waste a staggering 63%. Also, if the council did more to encourage residents to recycle correctly we could increase our rate to 66%, placing us in the top five performing authorities. Let’s play our part in reducing greenhouse gases from waste and at the same time give our city something else to be proud of.
Save our servicesPlease sign Petition and give your support too save all Sheltered Housing Complex's within the Glasgow area.I am currently living within a Sheltered Housing Complex and feel that i need too set up this petition to try save the support that i currently receive. Glasgow City Council(GCC) are cutting the support budget in April 2017 by 30%(£1,000,000)this leaves £2,000,000 to be shared city wide for all Sheltered Housing Support,as of December 2017 this £2,000,000 will be withdrawn leaving nothing in the pot for Sheltered Housing Support. We have an older population and people living longer and Sheltered Housing is a preventative service allowing older people to live in there homes longer and as independently as possible stopping us from reaching the HIGH NEEDS which GCC have stated that they wanted too fund. Sheltered Housing Support tenants to live in their own homes as independently as possible and support them maintain there tenancies. Reducing or removing the support i receive could resulting health deterioration, isolation and increase admission into hospitals, beds blocking because the older person may not or can not go home as there are no support for them until they are able to get back on their feet. Family members also rely on the support provided by Sheltered Housing staff to pick up deterioration in their family members health, they rely on Sheltered Housing staff to make sure there loved ones are safe and well,they rely on Sheltered Housing staff checking that their loved ones are on top off things like paying bills,collecting prescription's when unwell,light shopping, personal care when urgently needed,provide 24hour support and creating a safe environment for their loved ones too live in. All signature's will be collected an taken too GCC to show support in saving sheltered Housing Support. Thanks M Robb
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
Don't move Lewisham blood clinic to WoolichMoving the Lewisham blood clinic to Woolich will cause transport issues and much longer clinic waiting times for people who need regular blood tests; Woolich Hospital already has a reputation for jammed clinics. Also concerned that this action is a backdoor way of weakening Lewisham Hospital's essential services to the community leading to a Government argument that Lewisham Hospital is redundant.
Protect Youth Services in BrightonYouth are our next generation and need help and guidance which Youth Services give them. Supporting them now helps to make them good citizens and aware of what their power is There are multiple services based all over the city. Once these services are closed they will not reopen as the staff will disperse.
Save St Paul's church, TruroThe basis for demolition rests on the poor structural condition of the church, particularly the tower. The Historic Environment comments accompanying last year's pre-application for demolition confirmed that the building has some cracking but, a recommendation by the structural engineers to monitor the cracks had not been carried out. While stone work, in particular the east end shows some sign of delineation, the Historic England Stone Expert, regarded it not to be the worst case he has seen. The Council's response was that a proposal to demolish the listed church would not be supported on the basis of the incomplete nature of the information and evidence pertaining to its structural condition and the nature and extent of any processes that have or are occurring on site and within the structure. As no additional information has been submitted with the current pre-application we conclude that insufficient information and evidence has been provided to outweigh the substantial harm that would result from the loss of the designated heritage asset and, as such, the demolition cannot be supported. St Paul's church (1848) was extended by J D Sedding in the 1880s in the Perpendicular style using dressed coursed local stone with granite and Polyphant stone dressings; scantle slate and dry Delabole slate roofs with coped gable ends. The church has a six bay aisled nave, south porch at west end. Two bay chancel with organ chamber north of choir, chapel north of sanctuary, tower south of choir, vestry south of sanctuary, brick vaulted crypt underneath the east end. The three-stage embattled tower with angle buttresses has corner statues of Sir Richard Grenville, Sir John Elliott and Bishop Trelawney; three niches (with two carved statues surviving of Christ and St George, St Paul has been removed) to second-stage. Peter Beacham says in the new Pevsner guide (2014) 'the exterior is highly accomplished'. The interior is more modest with six-bay aisles having granite piers with four-centred arches to the north side and round arches to the south. There is some good detailing. The fixtures includes works by the workshops of Robinson of London, and stained glass by Laver, Barraud & Westlake which includes a seven light 'Te Deum' east window in memory of the Mayor of Truro, Sir Philip Protheroe Smith, who died in 1882. It is believed that the stone pulpit to the south side beneath the tower arch came from St Clement's Church and is C15. The oak pulpit has blind ogee tracery and was given to the church in 1901 in memory of Lady Protheroe Smith. The building has a rich history. William Mansell Tweedy, a local banker, paid for the building of St Paul's Church circa 1848 as an overflow church for the parish of St Clements. The architect for the original church is unknown but it consisted of a nave, chancel, south aisle and south porch. In 1864 the church was consecrated and acquired its own parish. In the early 1880s a major programme of extension was undertaken by J. D. Sedding. He replaced the single bay chancel with a much larger structure which included an organ chamber and a chapel, dedicated top St Clement, to the north and a chapel (now the vestry) and the tower to the south. The new work by J. D. Sedding was consecrated in 1884 by Bishop Wilkinson. In 1889 the north aisle, which was probably by Sedding, was completed and the church was re-opened on 27th June 1889. The battlemented tower was completed in 1910 by the architect's nephew E. H. Sedding.
Lift Cap on GP referrals in North TynesideThe restriction on GP referrals was introduced in July 2015. We had heard nothing of this and it appears it was sneaked in under the carpet. The excuse given is an overuse of hospital services in particular outpatient appointments. Does anyone go to an outpatient appointment unless required?. If a GP has decided that your ailment requires further investigation or treatment that should be the case. This cap on appointments could undermines the GPs professional status. The decision to refer a patient for treatment should not be based on purely financial reasons. The Referral Management System (RMS) is a scheme with a committee that take the decision on whether a patient will be referred for further treatment or tests. (what does that committee cost?) My husband is waiting for a decision from the RMS committee. His GP is in support but states that it is outside of her control. In the meantime he has to wait. Will it be yes or no. Please sign the petition to try to stop this cut, Many thanks We had a result this morning (1st December) a referral letter arrived. It shows that a little bit of pressure goes a long way.
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.
Shama Women's Centre under threat of closureWithout this Centre, thousands of women in Leicester will suffer isolation, mental health inequalities, cultural and social barriers with no where else to turn to. It is the only women's centre in Leicester that provides social, well-being and educational activities; in a culturally conducive environment for more than 31 years. It has successfully empowered thousands of women, many from vulnerable backgrounds, helping them to overcome personal bereavement, domestic abuse and cultural barriers; enabling them to overcome isolation, make new friends, gain lifelong skills and contribute to the local community. It has an on site 'Good' Ofsted registered nursery to help women with children access the services.
Dog Poo Bins in Downham MarketSome inconsiderate dog owners are not cleaning up after their dogs causing a health hazard along paths, walkways and grassed play areas. Some people are bagging the mess but disposing of it by throwing the bags of dog poo in trees, bushes, ditches which is unsightly. Providing dog Poo Bins will offer dog owners a place for them to dispose of their dog Poo helping to combat the problem.
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.
Keep Sheffield’s Library TheatreThe Library Theatre is a 260 seat Art Deco theatre which is unique amongst the theatres of Sheffield. It is the only theatre owned by, and belonging to the residents of Sheffield. Sheffield groups perform there and Sheffield people make up the audience. It is “The People’s Theatre.” It is home to an eclectic mix of amateur theatre, youth theatre, dance, music, local primary schools and an extensive range of professional touring companies including Doc/Fest and Tramlines It provides our residents the opportunity to go to the theatre at a reasonable cost. It is visited by thousands of Sheffield residents every year and is regarded by those who use it as “our theatre.” It is ideally placed for those reliant on public transport and, for many, it is the only time they visit the City Centre in the evening. And if it goes? All the activities it supports will go with it. It will be a body blow to the cultural identity of the city. It mustn’t be allowed to happen. If a new Central Library is built, it is vital that a new theatre is part of the plan. It’s time for SCC to give the Library Theatre users the same guarantee they have given to the users of the Library and Graves Art Gallery.
Roundabout for Beanfield Ave/Cottingham Road junction CorbyThis is a dangerous junction at most time and is really bad at the school run time, sometimes the traffic backs up to way past the St. Brendan's Church and beyond. Also can cause a hazard at the Zebra Crossing. Seen many a near miss here as some people turn left then do a u-turn at the right turning a bit further down.
What a load of rubbish - Call for Camden Council to change its decisionFrom the residents who are signatories to the petition who live in the following wards and who are affected by the rubbish decision of Camden Council which starts in April 2017: Frognal and Fitzjohns, Swiss Cottage, West Hampstead, Belsize, Gospel Oak, Hampstead Town, Highgate and Kilburn Background Camden Council under the guidance of Cllr Merik Apak has decided, in its wisdom, to remove weekly bin collections for most of residents of the wards listed above. Not all roads in those wards are affected but most are. See the Ham and High’s article confirming those affected wards. http://www.hamhigh.co.uk/news/environment/revealed_the_camden_streets_to_receive_fortnightly_rubbish_collections_1_4842664 If you are not sure if you are affected, you can check your postcode at the link below to see whether you have weekly or bi-weekly collections: Post code checker http://www.veolia.co.uk/london/services/services/north-london/camden/service-change-checker This decision raises a peculiar situation where residents in the same ward with roads which adjoin each other have different rubbish collection dates. The rationale for the decision has been to boost recycling. Camden states that it will still collect recycling and food waste every week. In a letter in the Camden New Journal, Cllr Apak states “for those homes that have been independently assessed to have enough space to store rubbish for two weeks, we will collect their non-recyclable rubbish fortnightly, from April 1 onwards”. Space outside homes have, therefore, been allocated as storage sites for Camden’s waste. If you have the space to store such rubbish, you are chosen. See para 1.4 at the link below: http://www.camden.gov.uk/ccm/navigation/environment/recycling--rubbish-and-reuse/our-new-environment-services-contract/ This decision has nothing to do with the suggestion that residents who do not currently recycle are encouraged to do so. If you live in one of the lucky wards still to receive weekly collections, there is no incentive to recycle – you will still have weekly collections. If you live in one of the unlucky wards, and already recycle - there is no pat on the back – it matters not because you have been selected anyway for 2 weekly collections. Unless you opt out, Camden will now distribute a 240 litre capacity black wheelie bin which you must keep within the boundary of your property. If you already have a large Camden green recycling bin, you now need to add a black one of the same size to your garden. You can opt out of receiving the wheelie bin by 18 Feb. And, the sting in the tail is that if your household rubbish exceeds the size of the new wheelie bin or, if you don’t want one, the 4 Camden orange bags they will give you to put your rubbish in for collection, they won’t take it. Once your orange bags are emptied, you have to put any extra rubbish in them and store for another two weeks or take independently to Camden’s local recycling sites – see para 2.3 of the link above. So Camden is not just moving to 2 weekly collections, they are limiting the amount of rubbish they will take away. So, if you recycle but are a large generator of rubbish – too bad – you have to store it for longer or take it to the dump yourself. What are we paying our Council taxes for?? As part of the same plan, garden waste will now be collected every Saturday as a paid-for, opt-in service. Residents who subscribe to the service will pay £60 for 9 months or £75 for a year – but there is also the option of heading to centres at Hornsey Street or Regis Road to drop off garden waste for free.
Put a green man crossing on Romsey Road at St James'/Clifton TerraceThis is a main thoroughfare for pedestrians between Winchester University (via West Hill Cemetry), Winchester City Centre and the Railway Station. I personally walk there frequently, have impaired vision coupled with delayed reactions, and so find it hard crossing busy roads. It can take up to five minutes to cross sometimes and it is diffucult to see in both directions on the hill, and then you have Clifton Terrace traffic to consider. Of course crossings cost money and the budget is tight, but this is a very dangerous crossing point in our city which should have had a green man crossing years ago as there are already drop curbs in place. It isn't JUST a crossing safety issue either. It is well known that we have a SERIOUS air pollution problem in Winchester, where 40 to 50 people a year die from air pollution related illnesses. If the city could be made more accessible to people wanting to get about on foot, in a wheelchair, with pushchairs, mobility scooter or on bicycle. There are nowhere NEAR ENOUGH safe places for people to cross Romsey Road safely and it is one of the main air pollution traps of the city. Priority of access to Winchester needs to be turned around so that walking and other low-carbon forms of transport are catered for in the first instance, followed by public transport (buses). This year Winchester City Council, in collaboration with WinACC (Winchester Action on Climate Change), have launched FeetFirst, their Walking campaign led by Liz Kesler. They have been conducting Walking Audits on different routes to determine areas which need to be made easier, safer and more pleasant for pedestrians and others using low-carbon forms of transport. This includes making sure pavements are maintained, foliage is kept out of the way so it doesn't take up too much room, and adequate signage. The crossing for which I am campaigning to have a green man crossing is highlighted as a major obsticale to people getting around Winchester on foot. I have been told by Richard Blackman, Co-Director of WinACC, that a crossing there is being seriously considered by HCC. And work has already started to dig up the pavement to see if it is possible to put in the electrics for a crossing. This is promising, but I won't hold my breath. Also, it needs to be a crossing that beeps all the time. Hardly any green man crossings in Winchester beep whenever pressed. As it is difficult to see the green man in bright sunlight/at night it is very useful (particularly for blind or visually impaired pedestrians) that there is a noise to help people know that it is safe to cross. This needs to happen at all times of day not only at set times! PLEASE SIGN MY PETITION AND HELP MAKE WALKING THE PRIMARY MEANS OF TRANSPORT FOR GETTING AROUND THIS BEAUTIFUL HISTORIC CITY!
End privatisation at the Imperial War MuseumIn 2014, the Imperial War Museum privatised its visitor & security services. the company they appointed (Shields Guarding) had no experience in running museums and the results have been catastrophic impacting on workers, the services delivered to visitors and the care of collections. Workers have endured two years of mismanagement, as well as payroll and pension administration problems. The original contractor, Shield Guarding, has now gone bust and has been taken over by multinational Noonans. They also have no experience in managing museums and are focusing on cutting jobs for profit rather than improving services. Workers & the PCS Union have raised numerous Health & Safety concerns that go ignored. It is now an urgent for the Imperial War Museum to end privatisation. PCS members have raised alarming concerns about security and safety arrangements at the museum as a result of cost-cutting and the potential for a major incident to take place. The PCS culture group supports the call for a review of privatisations in the sector and for these contracts, like at the National Gallery, the British Museum or Tate, to be brought back in-house.
KEEP BONNYTON HOUSE IN THE PUBLIC SECTORBonnyton House is already an asset. This is the home of elderly, vulnerable and frail members of our society who need us to look after them. We owe it to these people to explore all avenues before decisions are made. Run properly as a residential care home Bonnyton will be financially viable as well as a major service to an ageing community and the local workforce. If ERC have any respect for our society, for the elderly and infirm and for their hard-working employees they are yet to show it. In a Labour/SNP coalition council, the handing over public assets to private companies should be the last resort, not the first. The community is speaking loudly to East Renfrewshire Council and we will continue to fight for fairness and transparency.
#SaveBarnetDivingOnce this goes, that will be it. This is a service to the children in north London, the nearest one is Olympic park, and the other one is about 15-20 miles away. If it closes, then taking our children diving three times a week is not going to happen. My daughter, Hattie, only tried her first diving lesson last week, and she has been waiting to get in the team for so long, and they are all part of a team, a squad, young kids who pull together. If they were going to tear up a football pitch, people would be up in arms. Taking this facility away means that the current Tom Daley diving squad will have to travel 15-20 miles for the nearest like for like board heights. These kids train three times a week and take part in National Competitions.
Divest from fossil fuelsWest Sussex County Council can help address climate change by divesting £100m of its pension funds out of fossil fuels (1). Fracking, shale gas, arctic sea oil exploration – all of these, plus the systematic drilling for coal, oil and gas on land and in the sea, are financed in part through pension funds. Dangerous climate change is the risk if we don’t all act. Divesting these funds now is morally and ethically correct. What’s more ethical and sustainable investment funds outperformed non-ethical investment funds in 2012/13 (2). Climate change is leading to extremes in our weather. Globally, the State of the Climate report shows a “toppling of several symbolic milestones” in temperature, sea levels and carbon dioxide (3). For Sussex, we are to expect increases in extreme heat – a real danger for young and old members of our community - and flooding. Professor Virginia Murray from Public Health England said, "Data has shown real risk of increased deaths when temperature goes above 26C"(4). Already in our local area, flooding events are increasing and the risk of damage to people and property growing (5). “Divestment represents a tangible action that individuals and organisations can take to combat climate change. I’m scared for my children’s future and take every opportunity I can to pressure action on climate change for them and all of us” - M, Worthing 1 Freedom of Information request dated 02/03/16 2 BlueGreenTomorrow.com: http://blueandgreentomorrow.com/2013/08/15/financial-returns- from-ethical-investment-funds- better-than- mainstream-in- last-12- months/ 3 https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/aug/02/environment-climate-change-records-broken-international-report 4 http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/weather/10187140/Heatwave-deaths-760-lives-claimed-by-hot-weather-as-high-temperatures-continue.html 5 Climate UK: http://climateuk.net/resource/climate-change- risks-south- east-england
Give hypothyroid patients a chanceOne in twenty adults in this country is affected by thyroid disease. Women with hypothyroid or Hashimoto’s disease outnumber men by ten to one. Hypothyroid is also caused by a thyroidectomy or other treatments for hyperthyroidism. Symptoms of hypothyroid include anxiety and depression, hair loss, lack of libido, physical pain, exhaustion, hypertension, high cholesterol and weight gain. Some GPs also tell patients that diabetes is an inevitable long term consequence. The NHS diagnosis and management of the condition is through one blood test which measures thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH), secreted by the pituitary gland. The lower the thyroid hormones in the pituitary, the more TSH the pituitary secretes. For decades now, this condition has been treated with Levothyroxine, a synthetic form of one thyroid hormone: T4. For some, T4 converts to T3, which is then released into the body, giving it energy. However, for many patients, this treatment does not work. The thyroid hormones in the pituitary gland do not always accurately reflect the thyroid hormones in the rest of the body. Therefore, people’s TSH readings may well fall into the ‘normal’ range (which, depending on your GP, can be anywhere between under 5 and under 10) but their symptoms soon return and worsen, even if they abate at first. They are then told it’s ‘all in their mind’ or due to their lifestyle, and they receive no further help to cope with an ever-decreasing quality of life. Some may, in the meantime, be prescribed anti depressants, or have tests done for ME, Fibromyalgia or CFS, which often come back as negative. Most, at any rate, simply have to deal with their condition on their own with no help or much understanding from the NHS. Much success has been achieved privately, however, using natural dessicated thyroid, ironically, the treatment the NHS used to use before Levothyroxine. There is a growing trend amongst patient self help forums to take their treatment into their own hands: including more extensive blood testing to show the real extent of their thyroid’s condition and activity, and thereby more accurately gauge the effectiveness of medication. This does, however, mostly have to happen privately due to the strict guidelines of the NHS. This means that, apart from the individual expense, monitoring of the treatment and condition is not regulated and information/research is not being gathered by the extensive NHS network to improve understanding and treatment of hypothyroidism. We call on you to reconsider the NHS's adherence to the TSH reading as the only guideline for diagnosing and monitoring hypothyroidism, to take patients’ symptoms more into consideration and to introduce a full panel of thyroid blood tests to gauge exactly what is happening to the thyroid. We also call on the NHS to reintroduce natural dessicated thyroid as a licensed treatment for hypothyroid, particularly for patients whose symptoms do not sufficiently improve on T4 alone. Considering the amount of work days lost and lack of quality of life for such a large number of tax payers, it is in the country’s interest that these patients should get more help. Their symptoms of exhaustion, physical pain, depression and anxiety, along with the increased tendency to develop diabetes, should not be dismissed as just another malaise of middle age when there is a growing body of evidence from people who have managed to treat themselves back to a level of health and vitality that they, and their GPs, thought they had lost for ever.
TV companies must pay public sector organisations for their involvement in documentariesThese services are overstretched, the staff are overworked and they are struggling with a lack of funding. Please remember that we the national insurance and tax payers are paying for the services above that TV programmes are being made out of, with the TV companies for far too long being allowed to make such huge profits out of national insurance and tax payer funded services. The TV companies have it made, no studio, no actors/actresses, low overheads etc. It is frustrating that the public are fundraising for the NHS when there is an obvious pot of money which can be gained from a small change in the law.
Stop Privatisation of The Land RegistryPrivatisation of the Land Registry will create a private sector monopoly of a function essential to the property market. It will remove competition and devalue the Land Registry. The Land Registry is a very efficient public organisation that is self funding and is not a drain on public finance. It has a 98% satisfaction rating with its users. The public consultation on government proposals to privatise the Land Registry closed on Thursday 20th March. There has been no publicity or attempt to inform the public of this radical change to an organisation that is vital to the UK property market. Another consultation on giving the Land Registry wider powers in the control of data essential to the sale and purchase of property closed earlier with the majority of the public not being aware of its existence. The Land Registry is well run, efficient and professional. If the government is to sell off one of our best performing public services, the wider public needs to be able to have its say. The public consultation is at https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/land-registry-new-service-delivery-company