• Don't electronically tag innocent people for attending protests
    The Government’s new Public Order Bill would allow police to put innocent people on electronic ankle tags and ban them from attending marches and demonstrations. Campaigners and people who want to attend a protest need not have ever committed any offence in order to be given a so-called “protest banning order” by the police. Under this new anti-protest law, the police will be given powers to monitor campaigners using electronic GPS tags, restrict their internet activities and prevent them from attending protests. These are some of the most disturbing and anti-democratic police powers introduced in the UK for decades. After the shocking police behaviour towards grieving women at the Clapham vigil for Sarah Everard, we fear these ankle tags could entail serious abuse. There is no place for police monitoring and oppression of people simply campaigning for change. These extreme police powers would be controversial in Russia and China – we cannot allow them in a democratic country like the UK. If thousands of us sign this petition, we can make Priti Patel drop these dangerous new powers.
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    Exeter has a proud culture of welcoming new arrivals, and we believe our diversity makes our city stronger and more vibrant. We’re calling on the U.K. Government to drop this discriminatory and inhumane policy completely, and particularly for LGBTQI+ people.
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  • Stop the closure of Budhmor Residential Home in Portree, Isle of Skye
    Isle of Skye does not have a lot of spaces available for old people to be cared for. At the moment Home Farm has 17 residents and if the 15 residents from Budhmor are homed there it will leave only space for 3 more residents from the whole island. The staff are being made redundant at a time when the economy on the island is at an all time low.
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  • Make Hoarding Support Safe for People who Hoard (In Line with the CareAct2014)
    Hoarding Specific Support Teams Needed Across the UK Housing officers need better training or even specialist support teams to deal with hoarders – according to new research from the University of East Anglia. From environmental health and fire risks to dealing with often complex mental health needs, a new study reveals the challenges faced by housing officers supporting people who hoard. At present there is no established national guidance for managing hoarding behaviours. The research team recommend that housing officers are given better training – particularly to deal with hoarders with mental health disorders and underlying trauma – and that specialist teams could help hoarders reduce their clutter. Lead researcher Dr Sarah Hanson, from UEA’s School of Health Sciences, said: “People who have a hoarding disorder have trouble throwing things away, they collect and accumulate belongings, and their living spaces become very unmanageable. It’s hard to know how many of us are hoarders because it’s so stigmatised and people with the disorder are likely to feel embarrassed or ashamed. But it’s thought that about two per cent of the adult population are affected. Hoarding behaviours are associated with a higher rate of healthcare utilization, chronic and severe medical concerns, a higher rate of mental health service use and housing insecurity due to the threat of eviction. As well as affecting the individual’s health and wellbeing, hoarding often affects relationships and family life. It can also cause a significant fire and environmental health risks and a significant economic burden to housing providers and emergency services. Working with hoarders presents many challenges to housing providers, who need to balance the care of their properties with the care of their tenants. Dealing with the results of hoarding can be traumatising for the person who hoards and the hoarding behaviours usually re-occur. We wanted to find out more about the nature and extent of hoarding, about the challenges faced by housing officers, and how they could be better equipped to deal with hoarders.” The research team worked with housing officers from Norwich City Council and developed a database for the officers to log hoarding cases. A total of 38 cases were recorded between May and August 2021 and each was assigned a clutter rating. Other information – such as the vulnerability of the tenant, safeguarding issues, referrals to other agencies, tenancy duration, and environmental health and fire risks – was also logged. The research team found that the majority of hoarders lived alone (87%) and almost half (47%) had a known vulnerability or disability. Around 60% of cases lived in flats and just over a third (34%) posed an environmental health or fire risk. Dr Hanson said: “We interviewed 11 housing officers and they were each working with up to 10 problematic hoarders. The officers felt very conflicted about how to best protect the property, whilst acting in the best interests of the tenant and their mental health issues and vulnerabilities. We found that hoarding often presented alongside other support needs, for example substance misuse, trauma, and depression. But housing officers are not mental-health trained so many of the problems they’re dealing with go beyond the boundaries of their role and expertise. Overall, we found that housing staff are very committed to finding person-centred solutions. But building relationships and finding solutions to manage hoarding to levels that are safe and acceptable to the tenant, the property and neighbours is very time-consuming. Housing officers need long-term, ongoing support and specialist training to manage hoarding cases, but this is often challenged by other demands of the job, which are often emergency situations. It’s really important that housing officers should have stronger links with mental health providers be able to refer hoarders for further support packages. Managing hoarding cases is emotionally demanding for staff, and they may require additional support themselves,” she added. “Our research shows that there needs to be a greater focus on a holistic and community-based approach to hoarding cases. Training up dedicated hoarding teams or ‘hoarding champions’ to manage cases of hoarding could work really well,” she added. Rachel Omori, Independent Living Manager at Norwich City Council, said: “This collaboration with UEA helped us raise the profile of tenants with complex self-neglect and hoarding behaviours and explore more deeply how we might best support tenants and staff. Staff welcomed the opportunity to share their experiences with the researchers who were independent from the council and were comfortable to share how they felt about working alongside people with very entrenched behaviours alongside their other day to day work. The research highlighted a number of issues which we will explore further via an action plan. This includes a more systematic approach to data collection, holding regular workshops to share good practice, implementing a trauma informed approach with a special training programme, reviewing our internal process and guidance, assessing the prevalence of cases across the county, and exploring approaches to case management.” Council tenancies and hoarding behaviours: A study with a large social landlord in England is published in’ the journal Health and Social Care in the Community on March 21, 2022.
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  • Stop General Dynamics sponsoring Hastings Half Marathon
    General Dynamics is a 'Sponsor' of Hastings Half Marathon. Charity War Child UK has accused General Dynamics of ‘profiteering from the deaths of innocent children’. Arms companies including General Dynamics have made more than £6bn from sales to Saudi Arabia during the ongoing war in Yemen. International humanitarian law prohibits attacks against civilians yet the British armed Saudi-led coalition has bombed schools, markets, hospitals, and health centres. Since the conflict escalated in Yemen nearly seven years ago, the UN verified that more than 10,200 children have been killed or injured, while survivors face malnutrition and disease with the collapse of infrastructure. Unicef warns that, ‘nearly every child in Yemen’ is in need of humanitarian assistance. Hastings Half Marathon claims to offer family-friendly event with a children’s mini marathon. This is totally at odds with its with association with General Dynamics. Ironically, this year’s ‘brass’ commentates the great Alan Turing whose BOMBE device - the name of an electro mechanical machine developed during World War Two, and was famous for breaking the German Enigma Codes, helped shorten the War by two to four years, and saved millions of lives. Again, this is completely at odds with accepting sponsorship from General Dynamics. And in a time when weapons manufacturers (or in fact, their shareholders) benefit so heavily from wars, nuclear weapons proliferation and personal gun-use, no local or business or charity can justify working under the shadow of General Dynamics reputation. http://www.hastingsagainstwar.org/GD.html https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/www.forbes.com/sites/williamhartung/2019/09/09/should-arms-makers-be-held-responsible-for-how-their-weapons-are-used/amp/ https://inthesetimes.com/features/us-saudi-arabia-yemen-war-arms-sales.html https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/www.theglobeandmail.com/amp/news/politics/think-tank-under-fire-for-accepting-donations-from-arms-maker/article31086389/
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  • Help get Black and ethnic minority people to safety from Ukrainian borders
    People have a right to safety and signing this petition could help effect real change in many lives.
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  • Governments £200 Debt Scheme for UK
    We need to stand together and prevent the chancellor Rishi Sunak from enforcing the £200 electricity debt. We all have human rights and by enforcing this he is as well as the government breaking them. Our utilities are the highest in Europe by a significant amount, so let’s say NO 2Gether
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  • Ban Hikvision
    Chinese state-owned companies Hikvision and Dahua are used to monitor, control and oppress ethnic minorities in China. Their cameras watch over 1 million people held in concentration camps and every corner of the Xinjiang province, with high-tech features such as facial recognition, behavioural analysis and "Uyghur alerts" to flag the province's ethnic minorities to the authorities. And these surveillance companies are not only spying on ethnic minorities in China - almost all of us in the UK are being watched by Hikvision and Dahua CCTV cameras every day. Big Brother Watch's investigation has revealed that Hikvision dominates the UK's CCTV networks - over 60% of public bodies, from schools to councils, are using either Hikvision, or to a lesser degree, Dahua cameras. Their intrusive, advanced surveillance capabilities are being quietly normalised in the UK. That means not only is our privacy and security at risk in an increasingly dystopian surveillance state - but British taxpayers' money is funding companies implicated in genocide and modern slavery in China. The USA has already banned Hikvision and Dahua. With enough public pressure on the Government, the UK can and should ban Hikvision too. Tell Boris Johnson to #BanHikvision and #BanDahua now!
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  • Change The Discriminatory Unfair Windrush Compensation Scheme Form. Lessons Have NOT Been Learned.
    Apart from the Windrush Generation of which some who now live abroad may have had there pensions affected or indeed Frozen. The Windrush Generation are also affected in other ways. For Instance. Surely It can not be right that if you can prove your right to live and work in the UK as a Windrush Survivor. And have still been subject to the unhealthy disadvantage within the Windrush Hostile Environment. There predicament are not included in the platform of the Tick Box compensation scheme application form in order to make a claim. By not including this segment of the Windrush Generation it excludes people who are prevented from making a personal claim whatsoever. If you do try to pursue a claim based on your personal experience and circumstances. The claim is very likely to be rejected. As hundreds of people including myself, have found out through personal experience. PLEASE SUPPORT THE PETITION IF YOU ARE IN SYMPATHY WITH OUR PLIGHT. We Welcome Your Support PLEASE NOTE. You DO NOT need to be a rejected Windrush Applicant to SUPPORT OUR PREDICAMENT by Signing This Petition. Thank You.
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  • North Northamptonshire stands with refugees
    What is the Nationality and Borders Bill? On Wednesday 8th December, Government MP's including Philip Hollobone, Tom Pursglove and Peter Bone voted for the Nationality & Borders Bill. It has been described as an attack on refugee rights and criticised for breaching international law. The bill includes unlawful policy changes meaning that: - UK residents could have citizenship stripped without notification. - Asylum Seekers could be sent to offshore 'processing centres'. - People rescuing refugees could be prosecuted. - Refugees not entering the country by a 'safe and legal route' would punished and ignored. Why should we vote against it? Despite ministers claims that the Bill will help to save lives; it will do the exact opposite. The Bill fails to offer a safer route to the UK, putting refugees at further risk of exploitation by smugglers and traffickers. Why should we do more? Our government and the media give the impression that the UK are doing more than enough to help people fleeing war and persecution. But that is not the case. To put into context: - At the end of 2020 around 82.4 million people were forcibly displaced across the world. - Of these, 26.4 million were refugees. - Half of the world’s refugees are children. - 85% of refugees are being hosted in developing countries. The UK is home to approx 1% of 26.4 million refugees around the world, and significantly falls far behind our European neighbours when it comes to granting asylum (in terms of the number of asylum applications per head of population, the UK ranks 17th highest in Europe). In addition, it is our moral and legal obligation to uphold the 1951 Geneva Refugee Convention - an agreement that the UK played a central role in drafting. We should be proud of our tradition of protecting refugees but given the scale of the global refugee crisis facing the world, we can and should be doing much more to help. How can I make a difference? We are calling on people of North Northamptonshire to sign this petition, and demand that our local Members of Parliament hear our voice and speak out against the Nationality and Borders Bill. North Northamptonshire is a beautifully diverse and culture rich place, and we are proud to embrace and accept refugees with open arms.
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  • Protect Asylum Seekers!
    In the UK, there has always been a strong tradition of welcoming refugees. Examples from our history are many, including the Hugenots and those fleeing the Nazis. We need to continue this tradition, not let it end with this Bill. The Nationality and Borders Bill, especially Part 2 Asylum 10, needs to be amended significantly.
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  • Afghan Refugees Welcome in Ely
    Like many others, we have watched in horror as the Taliban seized power in Afghanistan and thousands of ordinary people fled their homes. In 2015, we stepped up and offered safety to Syrian refugees fleeing ISIS. ECDC should do the same for Afghan refugees fleeing the Taliban.
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