• Change the Childcare Rules in Local Restriction Areas
    Many families use a mixture of formal and informal childcare in order to continue working and ensure their children are looked after while they are working to provide for them. Local Restriction rules ban them from using informal childcare arrangements, such as grandparents, other family members and friends, unless they are part of their support bubble. This includes many key workers such as NHS staff, police officers, teachers, shop workers and factory workers - people that have worked throughout this crisis to keep our country going. Many have used up their annual leave to cover childcare during the national lockdown, leaving them with no options now. People with informal childcare arrangements tend not to be able to afford to pay for childcare or they work hours that do not fit in with paid childcare or paid childcare is not available or their children have disabilities that means formal childcare is not an option for them. They are also highly likely to have employment contracts that state that they will not be paid for time off to look after children. Not everybody can work from home, not everybody can work school hours, so how will they cope with the drop in income? Many are worried about losing their jobs. We urge the Health Secretary to think again as these rules are just not practical or workable for many families, they cannot afford to employ private nannies and it is completely unrealistic to expect that they can arrange formal childcare within a matter of days or that they can afford formal childcare.
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  • Pay parents to parent not strangers.
    Family life has been eroded. Child mental health is depreciating . More people want to avoid covid and stay at home . It .makes no sense , to pay strangers with goverment money . When it could enable parents, to care for their own children.
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  • Newhaven SKATEPARK Coping removal
    So today we found out by luck that all the COPING in NEWHAVEN Skatepark is being removed and going to just be concrete sadly this has been decided without any input form the Skateboarders,Scooters,Bmx riders. A Man from the council that has never skated before has decided that the coping will go rusty and need replacing every 10 years. Without coping the skate-park will not be the same, also all metal on the grind boxes are being removed. We had no idea this was happening to the skatepark, can anyone tag me in who I need to speak to in the Council. This would not even be an option at the Level in Brighton or Eastborne or Lewes. How is this going to happen without input of the daily skatepark users. Many thanks. Morgan Smith OWNER OF SURF N SKATE NEWHAVEN Lewes District Council Cllr James MacCleary Clark & Kent Contractors Ltd
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  • BRING BACK PROPER BENEFIT SYSTEM TO CLOSE FOOD BANKS
    If People have proper Benefit rate then Food Banks could be removed give people the right to buy food the wish. this in turn would give back dignity which is removed by having to go to Food Banks also removes the stigma of being poor not able to feed there children. I am chairman of Loaves and Fishes Food Bank in East Kiilbride we experience mothers coming in tears humiliated because they have no money to feed there children mostly caused by waiting on benefit being payed o change of benefit when you live below poverty linehow can you survive if you have to wait 5 weeks to get money by that time they are in debt borrowing from friends some end up going to the very people the Government wanted done away with illegal money lender. why do go to them desperation all because benefits were cut so people would go out and work but no one provided work. not every one can work some have bad health biggest problem mental health. We have social workers coming to us on regular basis for lients who can't feed there selves. In reality why should You go to work to not only feed your family but feed others because benefits were cut its not hard to work out before benefits were cut there were no food banks 2010 benefits were cut within 3 months of cuts Food Banks arose time to give back not punish. please add your name to bring back a caring society you care enough to donate food please care enough to donate your name Denis Curran MBE Chairman Loaves and Fishes Charity
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  • Not Going Out to be released on dvd. Series 8-present
    Its important to the fans to complete their collection of a very popular comedy series.
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  • Defend children’s rights in care – withdraw Statutory Instrument 445
    On 24 April 2020, Statutory Instrument 445* removed and weakened legal protections from children in care (and children who could come into care) in England. There was no public consultation or Parliamentary debate. The changes were brought in overnight. Councils in England are now allowed to reduce social worker visits to children in care (which can be by phone, video or other electronic means). Even a six-weekly telephone call is no longer mandatory. The duty to have an independent six-monthly review for each child has been removed. Pre-court scrutiny and other vital safeguards in adoption have been lost. Legal timescales for children's homes inspections have been removed, and independent scrutiny of children's homes diluted. Safeguards for children placed out of their home area with people who are not connected to them have been removed. Safeguards in relation to short breaks have been removed. This particularly affects disabled children. Even duties on fostering services to notify Ofsted of criminal convictions and infectious disease have been reduced. These changes weaken vital safeguards for vulnerable children built up over 70 years. The government says the changes are temporary until 25 September 2020 “unless extended”. But some of the changes extend beyond the expiry date. Moreover, the government has a track record of trying to remove and dilute councils’ duties. In 2016/17, Ministers tried to get a law through Parliament which would have allowed councils to opt out of their children’s social care duties for up to six years – as an experiment for removing them altogether. Children’s rights campaigners and charities have consistently stood together to successfully defend children’s legal protections. Please join us in pressing to urgently reinstate children’s rights in care. *Its full title is The Adoption and Children (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020.
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  • Covid tests for families with dying relatives (non corona)
    To give support to those who are dying, to help families manage and cope with grief, which is worsened in current climate due to the impact of lockdown.
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  • Emergency Child Benefit increase during Covid-19
    Parental unemployment, furloughed wages, Universal Credit delays, interrupted public transport, food bank shortages and missed free school meals mean that children are going hungry unnecessarily. All children have a parent who receives child benefit already; increased payments would require very little administration to implement and would immediately allow families to buy food, pay for fuel for cooking, washing and laundry.
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  • NHS staff: Extended death in service protection
    Death in service Support to extend death in service cover is needed from the Government for all healthcare workers, to give them peace of mind for their families and loved ones, should the worst happen. Now more than ever with the pandemic of covid 19 and the NHS STAFF working tirelessly to treat the patients, we are just as vulnerable as anyone else. PPE does not make us immune. The dependants of NHS staff receive their full death in service entitlement, irrespective of whether they are an active member of the NHS pension scheme. To ensure medical students, junior colleagues and lower paid NHS staff’s families receive a fair entitlement, we are also calling for the introduction of a minimum amount payable if an NHS worker dies in service.
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  • Valerie’s Law: Protecting Women from Domestic Abuse During Covid-19
    Valerie Forde and her 22-month old daughter, RJ were viciously murdered by Valerie's ex-partner in 2014. One of the key factors contributing to their deaths was the failure of Police to respond adequately. We believe that Valerie's ethnicity was a key factor for this failure to safeguard both mum and baby. Recommendations in the subsequent Homicide Review have changed nothing. This tragic event also highlighted the need for an organisation to tackle domestic abuse in African heritage families. Valerie's murder was the catalyst for the charity Sistah Space which was established. https://www.sistahspace.org Alongside expertise in domestic & sexual abuse services, Sistah Space understands the specific needs of African heritage women and girls. This means we can provide advice and advocacy for women who are concerned about domestic abuse. The 31st of March 2020 marks the 6th anniversary of Valerie and RJ's death. Since then, not much has improved for black women effected by domestic or sexual violence. In the light of the government’s hostile environment and the impact of the Windrush Scandal, women are less likely to report domestic violence as result of fear of deportation or their concerns about their partner’s or their own citizenship status. With the Corona Virus (C0VID-19) crisis, further pressure will be placed on women and children during this time of social isolation and social distancing measures, which may lead to more acts of violence and trauma. This is especially true of black and minority ethnic women. In a recent article in the Hackney Gazette the founder of Sistah Space Ngozi Fulani gives advice and tips to all women https://www.hackneygazette.co.uk/news/crime-court/founder-of-hackney-domestic-abuse-charity-warns-lockdown-is-pressure-cooker-for-abuse-1-6584693 Despite recent guidance from the government on domestic violence this will have very little impact on black women due to structural racism of statutory services and limited support in the voluntary for services to women due to austerity and lack of cultural sensitivity from mainstream organisations
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  • Stuck in Argentina - bring us home to the UK
    Many other countries have organised repatriation flights to bring their citizens home across the world, and by the looks of it the British government has organised these flights for its citizens in Peru. We ask Mr. Raab to please help us and get us home to the UK - where our families are worried about us and we are worried about them. There are currently limited flights out of Argentina, which the British Embassy has suggested we take, that cost far too much money to book. None of them are direct and we risk our health by going through countries where there is no lock down, especially if our connecting flight is cancelled and we are trapped on the way home. With so many of us here, it does not make sense for the government to leave each individual to "commercially repatriate" themselves. It is the responsibility of the British government to look after its citizens, especially during an international crisis like this one. Please bring us home!
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  • URGENT - STUCK IN GUATEMALA
    Many British citizens are stranded in Guatemala and are being left to make their own arrangements with little to no guidance from our embassy except to go to a potentially dangerous border. Some have infants or are in other compromised situations (medication potentially running out etc.) Furthermore many tourists are scattered throughout the country and there is a curfew now in place. Mr Raab needs to organise for British nationals to have special dispensation for a period of time to travel to an international airport.
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