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.
Make the abuse of Dementia and Alzheimer's sufferers a specific offenceThe provisions that are available are not robust enough as the offences keep happening. The victim could be someone you know...someone you love...it could be you...but, what is certain, is those affected become progressively more vulnerable, less able to communicate their abusive treatment and less able to defend themselves against those who's behaviour is indefensible. It is therefore down to us to protect them...it is down to us to bring about change so that the law becomes the instrument it should be and protects those who cannot protect themselves...and, importantly, it no longer responds leniently towards those who show no humanity in the treatment of those entrusted to them.
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.
Arrest Tony Blair for war crimesThis important to restore justice and honesty in to British politics. _________________________________________________________________________ This petition has been started by a member of public and not 38 Degrees. If there's a campaign that you'd like to run why not start your own petition here: https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petition/new
Criminal records data retention until a person is 100 in UKBill to amend the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 will be debated soon. England and Wales brand young offenders criminals for life. The punitive and penal approach to the rehabilitation of young offenders and disclosers and retention of criminal records is vastly different to many other countries. Below is brief guide of how other nations treat criminal convictions. • Canada permanently deletes records of juvenile convictions once an individually turns 18 or after 5 years of turning 18. Murder, manslaughter and aggravated sexual assault are never deleted. Canada also has a pardon system that allows adults to appeal for their records to be suspended and not disclosed if an individual can show good character and rehabilitation since the offence. Also in the USA individuals can apply to have their records expunged; this is for citizens under 18 and varies from state to state. • Scotland does not disclose convictions if 15 years has passed or if an individual were 18 or over 18 at the date of conviction, 7 and half years, if an individual were under 18 at the date of conviction • Australia expunges juvenile convictions after 3 years of no repeat offending and has a pardon policy for adult convictions • In Spain, conviction records are not erased completely but are ‘cancelled’ in a process known as ‘cancelling a conviction record’. Once conviction records are cancelled, the individual will possess a clean criminal record. Therefore, the record of their convictions will be sealed in the Central Criminal Records Registry and is likely made unavailable to the police. To cancel a conviction record a period of time after having served the sentence must have elapsed (6 months, 2 years, 3 years or 5 years depending on the sentence); no further crime has been committed in the interim and civil compensation has been paid or the person has been declared without money. • Ireland. If 3 years has lapsed juveniles records are wiped clean. • In France for adults once the rehabilitation period has passed (depending on the severity of the conviction either three years for misdemeanors or five years for felony crimes, after the sentence was completed) the records of the convictions will remain on the system but will not show on the request of a record. In the case of minors and children, these are removed once the individual concerned has reached 18 years and/or three years from the date the crime was committed. • In Germany most adult convictions are deleted after 5, 10, 15 or 20 years, respectively.
Help Us Save Our Special TreesI believe that the public display of planning permission notices should be a compulsory part of the planning process for applications to carry out work on trees with Tree Protection Orders and in Local Conservation Areas. At the moment there is no 'requirement' to display such public notices. This means that the first local people know of work to these special trees is when the work actually starts. This is likely to be long after the window of opportunity for comment as part of the planning process has passed. I became aware of this issue recently when I was looking on our local planning authority website after hearing a rumour of tree work in our local park. It was only then that I found out that one of the trees to be felled was a much loved local Oak. The park is in a Conservation Area. I felt devastated that it was already too late to have any input into the application. I hadn't known to look on the planning website beforehand to check on tree work as I had assumed any notices would be posted nearby as with other types of planning application. I tried everything I could think of to save the tree but all to no avail. I doesn't seem right to me that trees with supposedly protected status have so little protection in practice and I feel that others will also be shocked to learn that permission can be given to fell these special trees without consulting or even informing local people at all. Please sign my petition to help protect our special trees for future generations and wildlife to enjoy.
Close the dark-money loophole in campaign financeHundreds of thousands of pounds were funnelled through Northern Ireland for the Brexit campaign, funding lavish pro-Leave adverts – but we don’t know where the money came from. Northern Ireland is the last refuge for dark money in the UK: unlike the rest of the country, donors to political parties there remain anonymous. The public deserve to know where all the money for political campaigning comes from. It’s in James Brokenshire’s power to reveal the full list of donors in the EU referendum. Sign the petition urging him to open up the books now.
Amend the financial requirements for spousal immigrationThe Laws for UK Spouse and Partner immigration are tearing families apart. A requirement of £18,600 in income or £62,500 in savings is placed solely on the UK spouse. At minimum wage this would involve working 55 hours a week, which is simply unavailable in this climate. Many families and partners of British citizens are stuck from returning home due to the strict financial requirements, whilst European residents walk freely into the country. Ironically the English speaking countries of Australia New Zealand and America also fall under this bracket, unlike countries such as Romania, Russia and Poland. House owners and highly skilled workers, are all prevented from returning to the UK, despite being in well paid jobs abroad, this is due to the lack of work in the UK that exceeds this requirement. The requirements do not consider assets such as house ownership, or partners earning capacity. Those with savings are prevented from investing in the country as only cash savings count when held for over 6 months are considered. A plea to reduce this requirement to around £13,000 was rejected by the high court claiming it did not infringe on the right to a family life. However it seems obvious it is. This is clearly a move to reduce immigration that has failed, it has isolated working and middle class families, and by its own admission ''did not consider any other factors but financial, and was based solely on central London'' Its other purpose was stated as being to stop dependence on state support, however this does not prevent foreign EU residents from claiming state support, only British citizens wishing to bring their partners and family home. This is a policy from the Tory government which has betrayed our rights as citizens and further divided our ability to have family lives. Typically to Tory politics, this was based on money and favoured the rich. Please sign the petition to bring our families and loved ones home, so we may not be replaced by the new wave of European immigration.
Stop disabled Hooria and her family being removed from UKHooria is a 21 year old cerebral palsy patient with learning difficulties and special needs with a history of epilepsy and vision problems. She is wheelchair bound and requires around the clock care. Hooria came to the UK 10 years ago (2007) from Pakistan with her parents, brother and sister who she is emotionally attached to and physically dependent upon. Hooria is originally from Pakistan. Access to healthcare for people with disabilities in Pakistan is very poor. Hooria faced a lot of physical and emotional abuse from healthcare professionals and schools in Pakistan. She had been discriminated due to her disability. She experienced seizures, which were sometimes 3 times a day, but was terrified to go hospital. Due to her complicated health needs, doctors prescribed her medication that showed no improvement in her health and showed no interest in her. Hooria’s family saw a massive deterioration in her health. This changed when Hooria moved to the UK. Throughout the 10 years, Hooria has settled in England where she has: made friends, learned English, been able to access buildings and buses and has started to trust people. Her health has improved tremendously and her epileptic seizures have reduced. She looks forward to going school and her day ahead of her. Hooria and her family have made their own private life and settled down. Her elder sister is married to a British citizen since 2013 and lives with her husband and two children who Hooria adores and loves. Hooria considers this country to be her own home. Therefore, Hooria’s family applied to become permanent citizen in the UK for the welfare of Hooria, however the home office refused this and they are trying to remove the family from the UK and forcing them to return back to Pakistan. Hooria is not willing to go back to Pakistan due to her previous experiences, which have caused her a lot of stress and anxiety. Hooria believes UK is a home for her and her small family. She is stable in the UK, if she were to go back all the hard work her family, health professionals and teachers have put into supporting Hooria will be reversed, as there are no rights for people with disability in Pakistan, who are mostly secluded and seen as a burden in the society. At this present moment Hooria is in a state of shock and makes comments like if she goes back to Pakistan “I will die”, “no one cares there”, “they hate me”. Please support Hooria and her family to remain in this country.
Refugees Welcome in ModburyAylan, the toddler who drowned fleeing Syria, was just three years old. His town was under attack by Isis. His five year old brother and his mum also died trying to reach safety. Yet our prime minister said ‘we won't take any more refugees’. He thinks that most of us don't care. But 38 Degrees members do care. We don't want Britain to be the kind of country that turns its back as people drown in their desperation to flee places like Syria. So let's stand up for Britain's long tradition of helping refugees fleeing war. Let's show the Prime Minister that we, the people of the UK, are proud to do our part and provide refuge to people in their hour of need. Please sign and share, or start your own petition for your town or city here: https://you.38degrees.org.uk/efforts/refugees-welcome
Stop the Home Office refusing holiday visas for family visits to the UK without good reason.In my wife's case: My wife’s elderly retired parents have been refused entry to the United Kingdom for a family holiday. My wife, is from the Philippines she has a British Passport and has been resident in the UK for a period approaching 10 years, we have been married for the same period. We have paid the application process fees to the Home Office fees amounting to hundreds of pounds, this fee is non-returnable. We have more than sufficient funds in the bank, we are financing the return airfare together with all other expenses, the Home Office have my bank statements, my bank account has never been over-drawn in the past 50 years. I am a retired licensed debt counsellor and finance broker; my credit rating is irrefutably shown as being at the highest possible level. Amongst other shameful, fatuous and humiliating reasons for entry refusal is: 1. They are not satisfied with my wife’s immigration status although she has a British Passport! 2. They are not satisfied that we will not resort to the use of public funds. 3. My wife’s father is unemployed, yes of course he is, he’s retired. 4. Quote from the refusal: I am not satisfied you have shown that your ties to Philippines (or elsewhere) are sufficient incentive to leave the UK at the end of your proposed visit. On balance of probabilities, I am therefore not satisfied that you are genuinely seeking entry as a visitor or will to leave the UK after a limited period. Your application for a visit visa is refused under paragraph V4.2. Why would they want to live here, the Home Office acknowledge they live in a mortgage free house in the Philippines which we purchased for them to live in. 5. Mine and my wife’s bank balance fluctuates, why would they not? We run a business, of course it fluctuates, but it's always thousands of pounds in credit, they know that, because they have originals of bank statements and savings accounts. Isn’t about time the Home Office stopped issuing blanket holiday visa refusals in respect of British citizens married to wives with British passports without good reason and then compounding the humiliation by expecting us to pay more fees to appeal their absurdly unsound and injudicious decisions.
3 Fee Waivers for refugee studentsThe current refugee crisis is the largest humanitarian disaster facing Europe since World War 2. Over 11 Million Syrians have been unsettled and were forced to flee. Once Syrian Students have managed to claim refugee status in the UK, they face dramatic barriers to enter university, as they cannot access student loans and suffer from financial restraint. Generations of students miss out on valuable education to rebuild their future and contribute to society. Our university is rightly proud to host an increasing international student body. Our Human Rights Center has been praised as one of the leading institutions of its kind. We would like to see the university act in a humanitarian way and find ways to support the refugees. Other universities are starting to play their part: “Four UK universities (UEL, York, Warwick and Sussex) were offering scholarships to refugees. Since then a number of other universities have announced their scholarship and bursary schemes for refugees, including University of Edinburgh, Salford, SOAS, Newman and Sheffield.” In total, more than 26 universities have pledged to support refugee students to study at their universities. Let us join in this proud number: This is a petition BY students, FOR students. We want everyone to fully enjoy their right to education, regardless of the conflicts raging on in the world. Please consider this petition so we can contribute to the humanitarian disaster in what we do best: education.
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.
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/
Refugees Welcome in ClackmannanshireDavid Cameron announced we’ll welcome 20,000 more Syrian refugees. But there’s a catch. This will take 5 years, leaving thousands of refugees in limbo. It’s now up to us to show that in cities, towns and villages all across the country we’re ready to welcome people now. Aylan, the toddler who drowned fleeing Syria, was just three years old. His town was under attack by Isis. His five year old brother and his mum also died trying to reach safety.We don't want Britain to be the kind of country that turns its back as people drown in their desperation to flee places like Syria. So let's stand up for Britain's long tradition of helping refugees fleeing war. Let's show the Prime Minister that we, the people of the UK, are proud to do our part and provide refuge to people in their hour of need. Please sign and share, or start your own petition for your town or city here: https://you.38degrees.org.uk/efforts/refugees-welcome
Let Hoops and Loops (LGBT Asylum Seekers and Refugees) keep their name.Hoops and Loops is a support and social group for LGBT asylum seekers in South Wales, established in 2015 with DPIA, and became associated with Race Equality First in 2016. The group have established an identity under this name, and are recognised in the community. They are not formally incorporated in to Race Equality First, and having decided to no longer be affiliated with REF are being told they cannot keep their name and threatened with legal action. This is intimidation, and is harmful to members of the group and their identity as a group. They must be allowed to keep their name.
Accept the number of child refugees agreed under the Dubs amendmentThe Government agreed to make an amendment to the number of child refugees who would be admitted to the UK in line with what is now referred to as the Dubs amendment.Only 350 out of 3000 children have so far been admitted and it would appear that the Home Secretary has been delaying this process. Children are hungry, cold, vulnerable and at risk to abuse and exploitation in camps which are unfit for habitation: we have agreed to accept them and many churches and charities have confirmed their willingness to support this process.
Recognise PCS Union at National Museums Liverpool Trading CieWorkplaces that recognise unions tends to have better levels of pay, happiness and do provide better services to their users. National Museums Liverpool is a public service and should not be exploiting its workers, many of them only earning just about the minimum wage. Many employees of the NML Trading company are local young people and they deserve as much respect as their colleagues employed directly by the museums. As NMLT is fully owned by the museums, museum bosses should not pretend they cannot act or ensure better standards. Yes there have been budget cuts for museums but surely union recognition would not cost a penny and if workers were getting the real Living Wage and decent hours of work, they would be spending their wages in the local economy and not having to consider claiming benefits.
Start taking in refugees nowSome of the refugees living on the streets in Europe are young children. They have no where to go and are in grave danger to traffickers unless we don't get our act together. There are thousands of stranded refugees with nowhere to live on the streets all over Europe. RDC is in danger of breaking their promises in helping these people. We also feel it is absolutely fair and necessary we take our share of the burden as we are a large region.
Ask to Government to stick to their commitment of helping 3,000 unaccompanied child refugeesThere is an estimated 90,000 unaccompanied children and teenagers across Europe Help Refugees, one of the British charities working in France, had already launched legal action against the government's handling of Dubs. Its judicial review, which will be heard on Friday, argues that ministers failed to consult local authorities properly about how many unaccompanied children could be housed.
CALL FOR AN INVESTIGATION AND PUBLIC DEBATE INTO THE DEATH OF 7 YEAR OLD ZANEZane died in his home on 8 February 2014, a day after his home in Chertsey was hit by severe floods. His parents Nicole and Kye were hospitalised in a critical condition. Officials are investigating whether Zane’s death was caused by carbon monoxide poisoning. But family, friends and the fire services crew have highlighted that there is evidence to suggest the real cause was hydrogen cyanide, a toxic gas that can lurk in unregulated landfill, released from the ground by mixing with floodwater. The fire and rescue team who attended the incident and monitored the air in the family home confirmed "25,000 parts per million of hydrogen cyanide" were present. Hydrogen cyanide was also found in the family's blood. It is understood that hydrogen cyanide can be released into the breathable atmosphere from flood water following a change in pressure or temperature. If this was the cause of Zane’s death, then clearly there are issues of public safety that require urgent attention. After Zane and his family were taken to St.Peter’s hospital in Chertsey, the police and fire services evacuated nearby homes and a public health warning was issued for those in the area feeling unwell to seek urgent medical assistance. Seventeen other local residents and police officers were ambulanced to hospital, isolated in contamination areas and then tested and and observed. Despite the reports that "very high levels of hydrogen cyanide" were found at the property, reports in the press suggested Zane’s death may have been caused by carbon monoxide poisoning from pumps in the family home. The family have said that the only pumps which were on at the time were electric. The house is a rare all electric house with no gas supply and no capability of generating carbon monoxide. No carbon monoxide was found in the family home. Also, it took Public Health England 14 weeks to confirm to the family that hydrogen cyanide was indeed found in their flooded house and amazingly, despite the immediate finding of hydrogen cyanide in the home, the pathologist was never told to test Zane’s blood for hydrogen cyanide. However, as early as March, the family sent a report to the coroner suggesting excellent lines of enquiry including testing for hydrogen cyanide. They are still to confirm what actually killed Zane. The family’s own investigations into the surrounding area have since revealed that a field 6 metres from their home that contains a lake and looks so idyllic, is actually contaminated land but this did not show in environmental searches. Zane’s parents bought the house in 2004, when an environmental report showed no land contamination. However, subsequent reports for a neighbouring property in 2011, and for their own home, ordered by Zane’s parents last month, indicate contamination due to an old landfill site behind their home, now an infilled lake. Both Mr Gbangbola, who still has to use a wheelchair following his illness, and Ms Lawler believe there is a chance that families in other homes may be at risk since restrictions on what could be dumped at landfill sites in the past were less stringent. Also, no notice was given to the home or business owners in the area that would have been affected by the reclassification to contaminated land. In short, it appears that the very agencies here to protect us believe the truth will do more harm than good. Their focus is on the avoidance of national hysteria over the possible risk posed by old contaminated, undisclosed landfill sites throughout the UK. How many are there? Could you be living by one? Zane’s parents are deeply concerned that all possible causes of his death are not being investigated fully. Nicole and Kye are bereaved parents who deserve to know what really happened to their son. Also, they are currently homeless, unable to return to their home and Kye is still in a wheelchair. They have been left ‘broken’ by the death of their son and frustrated by the lack of answers. Mr Gbangbola said: “We really want to push and find answers because it is wrong that these risks can occur. Ideally this is something we would like to be able to highlight nationally. This deadly gas has come from somewhere, the authorities need to admit its presence, investigate its source and act to prevent more deaths and illness.” He said “We miss Zane every second of the day and all those who spent time with Zane commented that Zane was a truly remarkable boy. We would not want anyone else to experience this pain and burden of a living hell”. Help us get the truth about Zane’s death. Join the campaign for a proper public debate to establish the truth and ensure a tragedy like this never happens again. Press Coverage update Officials knew FOUR years ago about toxic gas blamed for death of boy in Surrey floods: Environment Agency protected their own building...but didn't tell boy's family living right next door http://dailym.ai/1t1o2vd
The Right to Die With DignityCurrently the law forbids assisted dying . And people are being denied a choice . People are able to travel to Switzerland to Die at a minimum cost of £10,000 . Many people are being forced to suffer and wish to Die . The majority of people are discriminated against by not only not having a choice but not being able to afford to go to Switzerland.
Refugee children deserve our helpUnaccompanied refugee children in Europe are alone and afraid. They are cold and hungry and at the mercy of traffickers. They were offered the hope of a refuge in Britain but Amber Rudd in the government has decided to put an end to the prospect of their finding a safe home in Britain even though the Dubs agreement specified that 3000 children would be helped. So far only 300 children have been accepted. This is a cruel blow to the hopes of the rest of these children which has been condemned by MPs from all parties and by Religious leaders of all faiths. We beseech Amber Rudd to show British values of fairness, decency and tolerance and allow a safe passage to Britain for all these very vulnerable children.
Get rid of Atos AssesmentsI for one just had my P.I.P reduced and mobility taken away. I know of GENUINE people also, that have had this happen. When I called to make a mandatory appeal, TWICE I was told, the decision was made BEFORE any of my medical evidence, Occupational therapy report had even been received . The government wants to save money - yet within the space of a month , I had to go to TWO different assessments. People are taking their own lives because of these decisions . Why should they be allowed to play with peoples lives ??
BAN NPOWERNPOWER a German company known as RWE Npower have consistently persecuted bullied and destroyed the health and happiness of "millions" of UK customers and their families. This despicable company "overcharged/stole/fraudulently obtained" £70 million stolen from customers bank accounts .had to be returned Prioritizing only the financial needs of the company, Npower's orgy of predation and insatiable greed combined with their utter disregard for their customers, led to their rampant plunder of customers bank accounts. https://www.facebook.com/banNpower/ for full story
MENTAL HEALTH PROVISION IN DERBYSHIREMental Health services are not only being cut but actually being closed down . As a long term sufferer of mental health conditions both as a client and as a volunteer the situation is untenable . The give just a few examples Due to funding cuts from HMG Derbyshire City and County Councils Derby Steps Rethink Mental illness funding cuts DORA chesterfield to close March 2017 The Croft . Ripley Rethink (decision from CCG Jan 21st Red Cross Dementia Care/ MH Alfreton/Belper/ Ilkeston/ Long Eaton (been volunteer for seven years) Cease operations March 2017 MHAG mental Health Action Group (which covers Amber Valley) Sept 2017 Moneywise CAB in the community Amber Valley through Derby CAB for MH scrapped Amber Trust P3 / Ripley floating support cut from 2 years to 9 months etc Probably more to follow Where are people to go ? To interact in a safe environment etc ., See Derbyshire Healthwatch Report on Crisis Care just published. "There is a massive increase in admissions to A& E by mental health sufferers as I'm sure you have heard/seen on TV and Radio .. Surely by cutting these services it makes the situation worse ?"The Mental Health Action Group is led by people living with a mental health condition who rely on services in the community to help them stay well. At a time when the demand for mental health services has never been greater, vulnerable people are facing cuts in Derbyshire on an unprecedented scale. All manner of support services, money advice services, advocacy services, housing support services are being scaled down. It is dangerous to underestimate the cumulative effect of this on so many individuals and families. The gap between need and provision is widening all the time and people will disappear through that gap. How can we allow this to happen when the impact of mental illness has never been so well recognised nor the need to improve mental health care so well acknowledged?" supporting statement from the MENTAL HEALTH ACTION GROUP DERBY RESTORE THESE SERVICES NOW
Ask the Mayor to support a UK HIV/AIDS Memorial in LondonWe the undersigned call on the Mayor of London to support us in the creation of a UK HIV/AIDS Memorial. HIV/AIDS disproportionally affected gay men but also new African communities; people with haemophilia; prisoners and injecting drug users. It influenced the whole nation by forcing us to confront deep rooted prejudices and ask questions about equality, difference, religion, morality and identity which hit at the very core of our values as a people and as a nation. There is currently no memorial to those who died in London in contrast to most other major cities affected including Amsterdam, Auckland, Barcelona, Berlin, Brighton, Buenos Aires, Cape Town, Dublin, Edinburgh, Hong Kong, Johannesburg, Kiev, LA, Madrid, Manchester, Melbourne, Montreal, Moscow, Munich, NYC, Paris, San Francisco, San Salvador, Sydney, Toronto, Vienna and Zurich. We want the Mayor of London to support our campaign for a national memorial in the city, by meeting with campaigners and helping in practical ways to find a location, funding and wider support. Why Now? 1) 2017 is the 50th Anniversary of the passing of the Sexual Offences Act 1967 which partly decriminalised sexual acts between two men in private and aged over 21. 2) 2016 is the 20th anniversary since the widespread use of the life-saving anti-retroviral therapy that arrested the number of deaths and literally, allowed for a new awakening. 3) New communities are examining and documenting their unique histories for future generations to make more sense of their own lives and to make secure as well as more grounded, their identities and narratives. The National AIDS Memorial in London aims: • To pay tribute to the men, women and children who died in the UK • To remember the struggles of those living with HIV as well as those who took on the challenge to treat, support and campaign for those who were affected by AIDS. • To acknowledge an almost forgotten period in British history • To form a linear historical path between the past, the present and the future for all the communities in the UK who bore the brunt of the epidemic. • To remember those worldwide who perished and who continue to live with HIV, the majority of whom still cannot access treatment This campaign is being led by GMFA (Gay Men Fighting AIDS), in conjunction with the UK HIV sector. @AidsMemoryUK; #AidsMemoryUK
Save Netherwood Day CentreCamden Council is planning to close Netherwood which is a specialist dementia day centre - the only one of its kind - in Camden. This will be the third time Camden has tried to close it since 2011. Each time we campaigned and won. We need to win again. Situated in NW6 between West Hampstead and Kilburn, Netherwood is regularly visited by people the world over, so impressive is its design and the care received by the people who attend it. If Camden Council closes this centre and sells off the land, as is the general feeling, then it will be lost forever. The council will never be able to afford such a site again. If the closure goes ahead, those attending their beloved Netherwood will be "decanted" to another nearby centre which is not a specialist day centre and is not purpose-built. The council says it will have money to make alterations to the building to make it "dementia friendly". We argue: why spend money on partially reconfiguring another centre when you have one right there that is purpose built? We appreciate local governments are having to make huge budget cuts, but we believe losing such a jewel of a resource will be a travesty and will adversely impact generations to come. Please help us save this incredible community resource a third time! Dementia is recognised as a growing concern in today's society. Not only is it important that there is excellent care for the person with dementia, it is also crucial that family carers are given time to themselves to recharge from what can often be a hugely challenging and exhausting situation. Places like Netherwood enable families to STAY together. They also keep people from being hospitalised and we know how important that is in the current climate. If we have brilliant services in the community the ultimate saving to society, both financially and in terms of general well-being, is enormous. Cutting such lifelines will ultimately cost more in the long run with some families perhaps deciding that residential care is the only solution. The cost of this to the council would be enormous. If we are to have a truly dementia-friendly society then places like Netherwood should never be threatened with closure but should be protected in perpetuity.
Do Not Overhaul the 'WikiLeaks Act'Extract from 'The Goldwater': "The current laws are being overhauled by the British Government as it seeks to ban journalistic freedom. This will be the first official reworking of the Official Secrets Act in 100 years. The new law will mean that whistleblowers who leak information will face a massive 14-year prison sentence."
Theresa May to nominate Angela Merkel for the Nobel Peace PrizeAngela Merkel has demonstrated global leadership in her response to the refugee crisis. With the rise of the far right and destabilising influences in America the world needs to hold up leaders like Angela Merkel to show other leaders that compassion and action is the way to a better world.
Stop Ordnance Survey & Migration Lawyers ads on #Muslimban Cheerleaders BreitbartBreitbart News Network has been a cheerleader for Trumps presidential campaign and continues to promote his far right agenda - applauding the #Muslimban, slurring opponents of the ban and supporting French National Front leader Le Pen's plan to bring the ban to Europe. After we started this petition Newman University pulled their ads from #MuslimBan cheerleader Breitbart Media. Stating 'our values of social justice and the common good are extremely important to us'. Ordnance Survey and UK Migration Lawyers should not be paying for adverts in racist far right publications. We call on them to pull their ads from Breitbart immediately.
Opposing the introduction of Public Space Protection Orders in Southampton.In Southampton, Public Spaces Protection Orders are planned to control anti-social street drinking and begging in locations within the city. If plans are approved this Tuesday, people failing to comply with the orders could be fined or arrested. This would simply result in the fast tracking of “vulnerable individuals into the criminal justice system-rather than divert them away from it. “(Liberty) PSPOs allow for broad powers to criminalise behaviour that is not normally criminal (eg busking, swearing. chalking on the pavement, revving engines), or to sanction behaviour which is already covered by laws or byelaws. PSPOs, (unlike byelaws, which require democratic process and which need to be sanctioned by secretary of state), can be implemented by local authority officers. “Whereas byelaws would be enforced through Magistrates’ Courts, with due legal process and rights to a defence, PSPOs can be punished through on-the-spot fines of up to £100 issued by police officers and authorised local authority officers.” (Manifesto Club) Unlike asbos which were directed at individuals, PSPOs are "geographically defined, making predefined activities within a mapped area prosecutable." (Bradley LGarrett: Guardian) The definitions of what can be criminalised are extremely vague and accrue “disproportionately punitive sanctions” (Liberty) with “minimal checks and balances and a very low burden of proof.”(Manifesto Club) It has been claimed that local authorities may vary the order by increasing or reducing the restricted area or altering the prohibitions or requirements (including adding new ones). The PSPO could relatively easily be amended to include other controversial restrictions. Legislation allows for ‘other authorised persons’ to be given the responsibility for implementing PSPOs, which means that PSPO enforcement could be outsourced to private security. Thus, “ fines can be given out where there may have been a contravention, not where one has definitely taken place; so the process is a bit like a forced plea bargain – if a private security guard, potentially employed by a property developer, thinks you may have violated the PSPO, you must pay the fine or face prosecution.” (Bradley L Garrett :Guardian) Southampton City Council has said it will not be using private security to implement PSPOs and with regard to begging, that PSPOs would only be used ‘as a last resort’ Whose interpretation of ‘last resort’ is open to question, as are assurances that they will only be used in extreme circumstances. References for quotes and more info :- Liberty https://www.liberty-human-rights.org.uk/campaigning/public-space-protection-orders-0 Manifesto Club http://manifestoclub.info/psposreport Society of St James http://www.ssj.org.uk/blog/soton-public-spaces-protection-orders-tpstatement Guardian article by Bradley L Garrett http://www.theguardian.com/cities/2015/sep/08/pspos-new-control-orders-public-spaces-asbos-freedoms Radio Broadcast on BBC WM 95.6 with Bradley L Garrett https://clyp.it/a2wnbfpf
No further downgrades of Buckinghamshire's Hospitals - including Community HospitalsDue to underfunding, Buckinghamshire is ahead when it comes to downgrades to our hospitals. Under STPs (Sustainability and Transformation plans), our cash-strapped local hospitals are set to lose more services and sites could potentially be sold off. Following the recent closure of Ward 5B at Wycombe hospital for 'frail older' people, more of our community hospitals such as Marlow are at risk of losing beds. At a time when the NHS is desperately short of beds and social care is struggling, this would be unacceptable.
Stop Newman University Funding #Muslimban Cheerleaders BreitbartBreitbart News Network has been a cheerleader for Trumps presidential campaign and continues to promote his far right agenda - applauding the #Muslimban, slurring opponents of the ban and supporting French National Front leader Le Pen's plan to bring the ban to Europe. Universities should be at the forefront of progress not paying for adverts in racist far right publications. We call on Newman University to pull their ads from Breitbart immediately.
For the UK Parliament to seek the withdrawal of the offer for a State Visit by TrumpSince his Inauguration, President Trump has created significant division and prejudice regarding human rights, asylum and refugee seeking people. His ban on muslims has created significant unrest and his hate speech is not befitting of a World Leader. Therefore, we call upon the Prime Minister and UK Parliament to request a cancellation of the offer for a State Visit that may threaten the UK and create divisive actions.
Fund all UK pupils fairlyMore than three million UK pupils are being under-funded for their education because central government, incredibly, does not fund basic education costs and extra learning needs equally across the country. Local Authorities are allocated money for schools based on out-dated, historical criteria, which has created shocking underfunding of pupils in more than 50 areas, across the country. Schools in those areas have only managed through their thrift, resourcefulness and others' charity. Their deprived children have not received the extra funding that they need and would receive if they lived elsewhere in England and all of their pupils have been affected. This unacceptable situation has been going on for decades, obscured to the public by layers of funding complexity. But no longer: it is time for parents and communities to push for change urgently, because, with education cuts forecast, more than a ⅓ of the already underfunded schools can no longer make do and mend - they face bankruptcy. Millions of our children's futures are at stake.
Don't fine the homeless of Exeter for begging.Exeter Council are handing out fines to people who beg for food or money from strangers. It’s an attempt to sweep homelessness and begging out of the area, but it could mean people sleeping on the streets over winter face fines they can’t afford. These people need support, like shelters and access to food and advice, not fines for asking for money. Fining them will not solve the problem of homelessness, it will divide us even further. Edit: In an effort to be transparent please read the following: It has been brought to my attention that this new public spaces protection order(PSPO) is not set to be decided until the end of February, if we can stop it from happening in the first place that would be amazing. Also, the PSPO specifically targets 'aggressive' begging, which is described as begging near a cash point or approaching people directly. A link to this information is below: https://cllrpaul4cowick.wordpress.com/category/pspo/ I personally do not know how different officers will enforce this, or how subjective 'aggressive' is. I do not mind being approached for money, however you may feel differently. The link to the information I was originally presented with is here: http://m.exeterexpressandecho.co.uk/could-you-be-in-trouble-under-exeter-8217-s-public-spaces-protection-order/story-30027760-detail/story.html Thank you, Ella
Save isolated Alston's hospital BedsAlston is the highest market town in England, and lies 21 miles from any other towns-only 2 of which have a hospital. Alston is over an hour's drive from Carlisle Hospital. ALL 5 roads out of Alston cross high moorland in the North Pennines, and these are frequently closed or rendered treacherous by winter weather between November and March. Ambulances would face a very long, slow and difficult journey to reach a patient and to get them to hospital. Lives will be put at risk. Lives may well be lost if the threat of closure of our Cottage Hospital beds is carried out. Moreover, our absolutely brilliant Doctors Surgery, which depends on the hospital beds to sustain it, could then also eventually close. Where will the 2000-3000 residents of Alston and Alston Moor then go for initial emergency care, to see a doctor, or for other general GP services? There is no bus service to speak of (also cut back). In addition some of the stunning roads in the region produce more than average numbers of road accidents, particularly involving motorbikes and are often very serious. One of our local GPs can be on the scene within minutes--at the moment. If the GP Surgery also has to close, the nearest 'first response' possible will have to travel 21 miles (on notoriously slow windy roads) just to reach the casualty. Do all these lives count for nothing, that we we should lose our hospital beds, our local GPs and an effective emergency response, simply because we live in a beautiful but isolated locality? Why not, indeed, use the beds at Alston (and a small number of other places in Cumbria similarly threatened) as 'OVERSPILL' beds. These beds could be used temporarily by those patients, often elderly, who no longer need to receive medical treatment on the Ward but who need some nursing and monitoring.....whilst they wait for appropriate care to be provided in/by their own community. This would also relieve and 'unblock' several beds in General hospitals for those on the waiting list, and for emergency treatments. Surely this a much more cost-effective way of using our Cottage Hospital beds, rather than simply closing them and leaving a great facility redundant?
Stop Virgin Media targeting vulnerable peopleMy daughter who has learning difficulties and lives in a Mencap supported house, with my support, cancelled a package she had, despite the fact it was made clear at the time she could not act individually in this sort of situation she was phoned direct and phone/bullied into a new package she did not want causing her extreme distress.
Defend women’s healthcare across the worldOn 23 January 2017 President Trump signed an executive order reinstating the Global Gag Rule, or the Mexico City Policy. This order denies U.S. funding to global health and family planning organisations if they use money from other donors to provide abortion services, counselling or referrals—even if abortion is legal in a country. It blocks critical funding for life-saving health services like contraception, maternal health, Zika and HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment for any organisation that refuses to sign it. It will have a devastating effect. The World Health Organisation estimates that every day, 830 women die from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth and 99% of all maternal deaths occur in developing countries. The Policy will hit hardest women living at the margins of society – the poorest, the most remote and those under 25. Zika and HIV are more likely to spread. Millions will suffer. The Global Gag Rule jeopardises the investment the UK Government has made in women’s health globally. Due to close inter-linkages between women’s health and poverty, environmental degradation, forced migration and conflict, these trends will worsen. The Global Gag Rule is an attempt to silence the voice, choice, and control of the world’s poorest women. The Policy is an assault on every woman, everywhere. In the spirit of the Women’s Marches last weekend, we call on the UK government to join other governments in championing comprehensive sexual and reproductive health and rights both politically and financially. So please sign and share our petition asking the UK Government to champion life-saving services for women across the world. Many thanks, The IPPF team For more on the Global Gag Rule: http://www.ippf.org/news/why-we-will-not-sign-global-gag-rule
British Man's Wife Denied a UK VisaWe are a family of 5 people, 4 of us are British citizens. My wife in Venezuelan. The children are aged 8, 7 and 3 months. I live and work and pay taxes in the UK and my wife is being denied a UK visa for no reason. Our family is being destroyed by this ridiculous decision. My wife and children are currently in Venezuela while I am in the UK setting up a home and working so everything is ready for my family to come here. We have been separated for more than 10 months while waiting for the visa to be issued. We meet all of the visa requirements including my wife passing an English proficiency exam with the British Council in Venezuela and me being in full time employment earning more than the £18,600 wage threshold that is required by the British Government. Regardless of my stability in the UK, mine and our 3 children British nationality and citizenship the immigration department refused the visa and a Judge dismissed the appeal. The dismissal was based on my work situation but this is not a true or valid reason because I am in full time employment and earn more than the minimum wages required. There is no reason to deny my wife the visa yet she is being denied the visa. My children are suffering terribly by this unnecessary separation that has been enforced upon us by the British authorities. Their future is being taken from them by a decision that is wrong and is contradictory to the visa requirements. We meet every one of the requirements and we are still being denied the visa.
Give Lawand a chance to communicateLawand was born in Iraq. He was born profoundly deaf. The family fled Iraq and travelled under harsh conditions to Europe. He arrived at the deaf school with no language at all - unable to access his families language through his implant. Unable to tell them he loved them or to understand the world around him. Since he arrived at the Deaf school he has made incredible progress, learning British sign language at an amazing speed and so starting his education. Lawand is able, for the first time, to develop relationships with his family and make friends. Now the home office have decided that he should be removed with his family to Germany under a European Agreement called the Dublin Regulation. This is because asylum seekers should claim asylum in the first safe country they arrive in. However, this case is exceptional. If Lawand is deported he will suffer a set back which will profoundly affect his life. He will be, once again, in a very chaotic situation with no further access to British sign language so his communication would shut down. He would also suffer psychological damage as his ability to communicate with his family would also drastically reduce as their opportunity to learn a shared language would be denied. His implant is no longer working so without access to sign language he is completely isolated from the world around him. Please support our petition by signing it and bring Lawand's case to the attention of people who can change his immigration decision.
Refugees Welcome in StaffordAylan, the toddler who drowned fleeing Syria, was just three years old. His town was under attack by Isis. His five year old brother and his mum also died trying to reach safety. Yet our prime minister said ‘we won't take any more refugees’. He thinks that most of us don't care. But 38 Degrees members do care. We don't want Britain to be the kind of country that turns its back as people drown in their desperation to flee places like Syria. So let's stand up for Britain's long tradition of helping refugees fleeing war. Let's show the Prime Minister that we, the people of the UK, are proud to do our part and provide refuge to people in their hour of need. Please sign and share, or start your own petition for your town or city here: https://you.38degrees.org.uk/efforts/refugees-welcome
Get UK to join the Netherlands birth control fundThe Dutch Government is planning to launch an international fund to finance access to birth control and abortion in developing countries, in order to fill the gap left after the Trump administration announced it would no longer fund any overseas aid organisations which discussed abortion. “Banning abortions does not result in fewer abortions,” Dutch Trade and Development Minister Lilianne Ploumen said in a statement. “It leads to more irresponsible practices in back rooms and more maternal deaths.” The World Health Organisation estimates that 22 million women experience unsafe abortions every year, the vast majority of whom are in developing countries. Choice is very important and has been a hard won right in may countries. It is telling that the signing of the repeal in USA was overseen by old men only, and significantly by men who have no financial pressures. Birth control is so important where women are given no choice about career or even control of their own bodies.
Ban a British governmental cooperation with Donald TrumpThis is very important because of the fact that Donald Trumps ideals and proposition are flawed and are frankly ludicrous. For example: a Mexican / American boarder wall, a ban of Muslims entering the US, War on ISIS ( this issue need to be handled with care, not weapons) and finally women being criminalised for having abortions.