• Boris Johnson: don’t let kids go hungry by ditching the free school meals expansion!
    I feel strongly that the entitlement of free school meals needs to be expanded. At the moment children are not eligible if their family income is over £7400 per year. As the cost of living is rising rapidly and wages are failing to keep up with this, surely the Government should take this into account when considering the changes it says it is going to implement? This is why raising the threshold of eligibility to a more realistic amount is vital. Meanwhile, expanding free school meals entitlement to include all children in families on Universal Credit will mean 1 million more children will be fed. With food prices - alongside other everyday essentials - soaring, parents will struggle to keep food on the table for their children. This recommendation is a simple, surely uncontroversial, one that will help ensure no kids go hungry due to this cost of living crisis. Boris Johnson must reconsider and u-turn on this decision. We need to stand up for the children, some of the most vulnerable members of our society.
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  • Include off-grid households in Government £400 Energy Bills Support Scheme.
    Rapid inflation in 2022 means that petrol and diesel prices have risen by almost 50% and bottled LPG by around 40% compared to 12 months ago. The wholesale cost of LPG has doubled in the past year. Those who have a mains electricity hook-up do not qualify for the grant because the supply to the marina or caravan site is commercial, not domestic. The cost of solid fuel started to increase around 12 months ago. Some are finding they simply cannot afford these price increases. Most people who live off-grid are typically either working people on low incomes, or pensioners. Research* has shown that 51% of the liveaboard boater community were likely to have an annual income below £20,000, and 40% were likely to be earning minimum wage or less. The cost of living has increased much faster than wages. Some are having to rely on food banks and the generosity of others in the community. People who live off grid may be able to use solar and wind power, but the amount of power renewables can generate if your home is a boat, vehicle or caravan is limited, especially in winter. It is unfair to exclude these off grid, low income households from the support that is being offered to the rest of the UK population, even to the most wealthy. *Research to identify impacts of British Waterways policy on boat dwellers without moorings, by Kennet and Avon Boating Community and similar research regarding the liveaboard boater community in London in 2011.
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  • Benefit changes
    Because so many families with young children are struggling ,They might use food banks ,but the food never lasts ,something needs to be done
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    Created by Aileen Fletcher
  • Save Clydebank Independent Resource Centre
    This amazing service is having to close down after 32 years due to a lack of funding. In this time, they have helped locals with debt issues & claiming benefits, welfare advice & filling out all sorts of forms. They have helped recover about £7 million for local residents. They struggled on during Covid - seen clients face-to-face & in these uncertain times are needed more than ever. West Dunbartonshire Council have always helped fund the centre, but are no longer going to do so.
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  • Peg the Universal Credit rate of reduction to the top rate of income tax
    It is a glaring anomaly that those who earn the national living wage or just above it should be faced with losing over half their Universal Credit whilst those earning over £100,000 per annum pay income tax of only 45%. Using legislation to match these two figures would provide some equity in the tax and benefits system.
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  • Care Home visiting - I want to see my husband!
    The mental health and emotional needs of residents in Care Homes have been ignored for too long. According to Government Guidance: "Visiting is a central part of care home life. It is crucially important for maintaining the health, wellbeing and quality of life of residents. Visiting is also vital for family and friends to maintain contact and life-long relationships with their loved ones and contribute to their support and care". My husband and I are ageing rapidly. He is 81, I am 80. He has dementia and I need to see him now, whilst he still knows me and before he forgets who I am. I want to be able to give him a hug, to reassure him that I still love him. To not allow me and his family to see him is nothing short of cruel. Care Home residents are being trapped in worlds they haven't chosen with no voice and no light at the end of the tunnel for either them or the ones who love them.
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  • Could YOU afford to lose £86 a month?
    Despite Brexit and COVID-19, we still live in one of the richest countries in the world. So, it is truly disgraceful that an increasing number of people are being forced to choose between paying energy bills and food. Food banks are not the solution! While they have done an enormous amount of good work feeding those who need it the most, their existence cannot be justified as long as the government is happy to spend tax payers' money on £300,000 flat refurbishments and 'vanity projects' like HS2, a project which even traditional Conservative voters don't want! Moreover, there are sufficient funds in National Insurance contributions to pay for this much-needed increase in Universal Credit. Many of those claiming Universal Credit contributed to that fund. So, why is it not being used to fund the very things National Insurance was designed to prevent?
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  • Lhanbryde Skatepark
    If you live in Lhanbryde and want to see the children play safe away from the shops and roads please help us get the skatepark for them
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    Created by John Mackay
  • Stop the Capita contracts in Northern Ireland
    The public services ombudsman has found CAPITA's work on the Personal Independence Payment in Northern Ireland to amount to 'systemic maladministration'. Capita continually failed to obtain medical evidence from GPs as required, and used systems which had the potential to inhibit the appropriate use of further evidence in making assessments Despite this, the Minister for Justice Naomi Long is awarding a contract to Capita to deliver a Medical Assessment Service to victims of the conflict in Northern Ireland. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-57583138
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  • Reduce the speed limit of Ormsgill to 20mph
    According to the Highway Code, reducing the speed limit from 30mph to 20mph reduces stopping distance by almost half, from 75ft to 40ft and if a driver stops in time, a lower speed will reduce the force of impact. There is a 2.5% chance of a collision being fatal at 20mph, compared to 20% at 30mph (sourced from www.driving.co.uk We all know of someone who has been affected by speeding cars in our local area: from car crashes to people (and animals) being run over to high noise levels of speeding vehicles in the evenings. We are working hard to teach people in our school and community about how to carefully cross roads but we feel drivers need to also take some responsibility of people's safety. Across the country, the number of 20mph roads has increased in the past decade and we hope to achieve the same in our area. We want to: *Stop speeding *Protect the people of Ormsgill *Save lives
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    Created by Miss J Corless Ormsgill School
  • Childrens mental health
    Since the pandemic there has been a significant rise in children suffering with mental health. 1 in 9 leapt to 1in 6. With a 33% rise in educational settings putting in referrals to CAMHS, who have a minimum waiting period of 12 weeks in some areas. (The average child is rejected sometimes up to 3 times before they even make it on to the waiting list.) children just aren't getting the support they need to engage with their education. Teachers in mainstream educational setting are ill equipped to know how to recognise early signs and are unsure what steps to take if they are concerned because the guidelines are not clear enough or local services are over stretched and can't accept more referrals. On school site counsellors would help avoid crisis point in some of the most vulnerable children giving them the opportunity to build resilience and emotional maturity. With 75% of adult mental health issues beginning before the age of 18. We need to be doing more!
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  • A review of assessment standards of pip
    To many people are being discriminated for being disabled and not getting the help they need.
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