• Failing BBC Panorama
    The BBC, apart from Chanel 4, is a Public Services Broadcasting Company, widely regarded as independent and trustworthy across the world. Unless it is prepared to use that trust, and the expectation of the license payer to examine seriously important issues like this, it will have betrayed it's Charter.
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  • Justice for Rotherham Victims of Child Sexual Exploitation
    We are shocked and appalled at the scale of the problem of child sexual exploitation (CSE) in Rotherham. The report produced by Professor Alexis Jay following her Inquiry into CSE between 1997 and 2013 reveals that at least 1400 children suffered at the hands of abusers. The crimes included grooming, pimping, trafficking, torture, rape and murder. There has been an abject failure to safeguard vulnerable children in Rotherham and alarmingly South Yorkshire Police chose to criminalise the behaviour of vulnerable, working class victims of sexual abuse whilst letting the perpetrators off scott-free. We have no confidence in South Yorkshire Police or the Police and Crime Commissioner, who was the Cabinet member for Children's Services in Rotherham between 2005 and 2010.
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  • Acupuncture - Patient Choice under Threat
    The Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (AACP) together with the British Acupuncture Federation (BAF) composed of 6 major UK Acupuncture organisations are extremely concerned that the present NICE discussions could result in the removal of both Acupuncture and Manual Therapies from the current NICE guidelines. For many years the Government and the NHS have supported the “choice of the public” to access acupuncture and manual therapy, available in both NHS Physiotherapy Departments and Pain Control centres, Primary and Secondary Care units throughout the UK. We ask NICE to protect the democratic right of “patient choice”, to maintain both NHS Acupuncture and Manual treatment of Low Back Pain within its recommendations and not to allow these to be changed because of a different composition of its panel; as no contrary evidence has been released. .......Sign the petition and help protect patient choice of treatments in the NHS…….
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  • investigation into the media bias surrounding the scottish referendum
    this is extremely important this is Scotland's future we are talking about . its our oppertunity to start a fresh . the BBC is a definitive no supporter and this is clearly showing by the coverage and and lack of support for yes Scotland . theirs more publicity for better together the more they peddle the media and it has to.stop theirs less than 3 weeks before we vote
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  • investigation into the media bias surrounding the scottish referendum
    this is extremely important this is Scotland's future we are talking about . its our oppertunity to start a fresh . the BBC is a definitive no supporter and this is clearly showing by the coverage and and lack of support for yes Scotland . theirs more publicity for better together the more they peddle the media and it has to.stop theirs less than 3 weeks before we vote
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  • Reconsider removing tax allowances from ex-pats
    There are hundreds of thousands of British Ex-pats around the world that have worked all of their lives in the UK and then retired abroad. They have paid their taxes in the UK for all of their working lives, many still paying today and should not now be penalised if they choose to emigrate. I also believe that it is 'uneuropean' in as much as it impedes the freedom of movement within member states by the population of the UK by effectively taxing them to leave. This policy punishes mainly those ex-pats that have served their country in the armed forces, police, NHS, fire brigade and civil service and shows that the UK government has no loyalty to it's most deserving of citizens.
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  • SAVE DRAGON AND OTHER LOCAL LEISURE CENTRES
    Bodmin has had swimming baths for decades and the success of Bodmin and District Swimming Club is testament to its worth. The potential closure of this popular leisure and health facility is serious. Former club member Cassie Patten competed in Olympics and other local swimmers have had great success. Tennis, hockey and football players alike have been successful in their chosen sports following coaching at the facility but more importantly, local school children from Bodmin and surrounding areas learn to swim and engage in sports here. Engaging in positive activities such as sport raises aspiration in children and young people and Cornwall Council can cut costs in other areas without detrimentally impacting upon local communities in this way. There is little else positive to do in Bodmin and other similar towns; there are only do many hairdressers and charity shops one can amuse themselves in. If a well used and popular Bodmin Dragon Centre facility is closed as a cost cutting exercise, what does it spell for similar facilities in the rest of Cornwall?
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  • Keep breast surgery at New Cross Hospital
    Having to travel further than necessary to Cannock Chase Hospital for breast surgery, having never visited the hospital before, will place patients, their families and carers under even more stress. The Breast Cancer Action and Support Group feels that the consultation process on the proposed changes to services has been rushed and not well-publicised. Many Wolverhampton residents the group has spoken to are not even aware of the proposed changes, or that a consultation period should be allowed.
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  • Support for victims of sexual abuse
    Based on data from the ‘Crime Survey for England and Wales’ around 473,000 adults were victims of sexual offences (around 404,000 females and 72,000 males) on average per year from 2009-2012 (Sexual Offending in England and Wales, 2013). 90% of victims of the most serious sexual offences reported they knew the perpetrator, yet only 15 per cent of victims of such offences said that they had reported it to the police. Stating that it was ‘embarrassing’, they ‘didn’t think the police could do much to help’, that the incident was ‘too trivial or not worth reporting’, or that they saw it as a ‘private/family matter and not police business’. We must learn from the tragic case of Frances Andrade, who tragically died at her home in Guildford, Surrey in January 2013, just a week after giving evidence in court about historical sexual abuse by her former choirmaster. Her husband, Levine Andrade, 59, found his wife, known as Fran, dead at 8am on 24 January last year. He said, "Apart from the trial bringing it all back up she felt the defence barrister seemed to be attacking her personally. "It got her completely down and she felt completely defenceless. I think she felt she was not prepared enough for the trial. She was not expecting to be attacked personally and have to answer so many direct questions in public. Much more needs to be done to provide and promote professional high-quality support services to help victims move on with their lives. Only when victims have sufficient support can they make the choice to go through the criminal justice system. More importantly victims must have sufficient professional support to endure the often lengthy and protracted court process. In the policy 'Ending violence against women and girls in the UK' it stated that the government would part-fund 87 independent sexual violence advisers and pledging £1.2 million for 3 years from 2012 to improve services. The problem is this funding will end in 2015 and 87 part-funded ISVA's are far from adequate for the number of victims we have in the UK. We need to put this on the public and government agenda before the next elections.
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  • Getting A2Dominion to manage their properties.
    People's lives are being completely destroyed by the very bad mismanagement of this company. The most important thing is for honesty and transparency of any said company that manages a housing association. At the moment we know nothing of how to fight this huge company and to not put to fine a point on it we have no official body to go to that has any legal teeth.
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  • More Now Means Less Later
    It is economic and health and well being based logic. If you deal with mental health issues in young people; providing quality support for them at the early stage(s) of their problems, you will not only save millions of pounds in the long run due to less, older adults needing extended support; but you will also create a healthier and more productive adult workforce, thereby increasing the number of persons working, contributing to the UK economy, and paying tax.
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  • A return to affordable council housing
    For many reasons. to house Britain's 1,500,000 homeless. to revitalise the building industry and its ancilliary suppliers. to return Britain to being a community in charge of its own destiny. We have the skills we have the labour and there's plenty of money around at very low rates of interest.
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