• Free sport & leisure for all children to help repair mental health & wellbeing
    Children and young people have sacrificed so much during the Covid-19 pandemic and it is felt that their resilience has been taken somewhat for granted. The UK government has ploughed public money into the economy to help small businesses, charities, the self-employed, the unemployed and financed the furlough scheme. Implementing these policies was right, however our children and young people have been forgotten. Sending laptops to schools is helpful but it's not all about education now. Their mental health is at stake and this will likely hinder them for years, if not their whole lives. Furthermore, it will have long-term implications for the NHS too. We would like to see the UK government prioritise schemes to thank our young people for giving up so much for the greater good. We would like to see them provided with paid for gym and leisure centre memberships, paid courses for hobbies such as music, sports, amateur dramatic, martial arts, etc. This may not solve all of their well-being challenges but it would go some way to helping repair the damage of the pandemic and would also show our children and young people that we care and that they are important too.
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    Created by Melanie Knight
  • Support James Pember
    James Pember from Caerphilly is a fantastic intelligent young person who is the most kind thoughtful and funny boy I've ever met. His approachable and empathetic personality always puts everyone at ease and anyone who ever meets him thinks the world of him. He definitely deserves more praise for how much he is there for others but he doesn't always appreciate himself. This petition is to show him that we all care, and to encourage the Welsh Government to provide recognition of James in whatever way possible. Let's bring him to public prominence for his kindness!
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    Created by Emma Cairns
  • Introduce a 20mph speed limit in the residential areas of Shirenewton and Mynyddbach.
    The lanes and roads of the adjoined villages are dangerous for pedestrians and school children as there are few pavements and little street lighting. The Primary school is situated on a narrow lane between the two villages and due to the lack of pavements, people, prams and mobility aides all have to use the roads. Reducing the speed limit to 20mph will make the villages safer for everyone.
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    Created by Elizabeth Wixcey
  • Commit to free school meals over ALL school holidays
    It’s almost impossible to believe, but once again the government has opened up a new free school meals fiasco. Headteachers in England have been told not to provide free school meals for the children who need them over the half-term holiday next month. Instead they want councils to trial a new scheme especially for half term, which creates huge confusion and risks leaving children hungry. Children can’t learn on empty stomachs. Huge public pressure has meant that the government has already U-turned on their decision not to provide free school meals vouchers during the holidays. And just yesterday they U-turned on their decision to send out inadequate food parcels, and instead agreed to send out vouchers in term time again. If thousands of us sign this petition, it could be enough to force them to do the right thing again.
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    The government has replaced free school meals vouchers with food parcels, which are being provided by a private company. Parents are posting pictures all over social media of the shocking contents in these parcels and the ingredients provided are worth only a fraction of the original £30 free school meals voucher. This is a massive disrespect to families across the country and to parents trying to feed their children at home. Back in November, parents up and down the country told the government about the struggle to feed their children throughout this pandemic. But families with children feel like they’re back to square one again. This is unacceptable. A petition signed by thousands of people like you and me would send a clear message to the government: free school meal vouchers cannot be replaced with food parcels.
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  • Bring back priority shopping
    This was a huge help to many in the first lockdown but hasn't been repeated. The pandemic is worse than it was at the start and it makes sense to do it again now, so that these members of society can feel safe while they shop. While some people might argue that these groups shouldn't be going anywhere, the reality is that some still must because they're unable to get delivery slots or someone to help them. This might be the only outing older members of society have in a week to combat loneliness and keep their last bit of independence. Also, NHS staff are exhausted and burnt out so it would be great to help them out again by giving them some space to get their shopping done more peacefully.
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    Created by Simone Chalkley
  • Close down Hardware and DIY only Stores during Tier 4 Lockdown
    Keeping more stores open is increasing the risk of infection rates and allowing this new, higher-risk mutation of COVID-19 to spread quicker. Hardware stores were never classed as essential during the March lockdown and thus should remain that way. I am pretty sure the public can survive the Coronavirus without Christmas Lights, Dinner Plates or Bathroom Mirrors. Food however is your main concern and should be limited to these stores only. Unless of course, the government is willing to put money situations over people's lives.
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    Created by Brandon Thompson
  • Free WiFi for people who can't afford it
    I like many others have been struggling through all this, no home WiFi so I can't video call family in England, made redundant and can't look for many jobs as they expect video interviews! I am not the only one as many have lost jobs through this!
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  • Open Northampton SWEP
    Up to 30 individuals are still sleeping rough every night across Northampton. The Severe Weather Emergency Protocol which gets them indoors overnight is meant to be activated when the temperature is predicted to drop below 0 for 3 consecutive nights by the Met. Office. This has been the case and is getting worse but nothing has yet been done. Northampton SWEP is notoriously late and slow in opening every year, which is simply not good enough, people are at the risk of severe illness, even death while others sit in the warm discussing options. Winter didn't sneak up on us and take us by surprise, so why unlike other areas is Northampton never prepared? Activate SWEP before we loose lives to the cold.
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    Created by Stan Robertson
  • Increase legacy benefits by the same £20 per week given to Universal Credit due to the pandemic
    The government has already raised Universal Credit and working tax credit payments by £20 a week for 12 months, but those on benefits that have not yet been replaced by Universal have not received the same help. Recipients of legacy benefits are often amongst our most vulnerable, including disabled people, carers and people with young families. It is unacceptable that these people have been left facing hardship, just because they happen, through no fault of their own, to be claiming the ‘wrong’ kind of benefit.” Government focus is on appeasing the unprecedented numbers of new claimants for Universal Credit. But in the background, people on legacy benefits have slipped down the list of priorities and been forgotten. This cannot be allowed to continue.
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  • Dr Ian Roberts should be included in the new year's honours list
    Dr Ian Roberts, ran into a fireball to save a driver with open face helmet, with little regard to his own safety, he would have gone even further to extract Romain from the car if required.
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    Created by Colin Boyd
  • Free Adult Care Services - Protect the Vulnerable
    We have seen over the last 12 - 18 months West Lothian Council begin to roll out a policy where vulnerable, sick or special needs adults are being means tested and some ultimately having to contribute to their care packages. My sister has a host of special needs including autism and learning difficulties, she attends a day centre two days a week which is the highlight of her week. It is the only time she gets to meet people outside her caring circle, so for her it's the only time she gets to meet friends and feel a sense of independence. The other 5 days a week she is pretty much housebound. These services provide our family, particularly my mother (my sisters primary carer) respite from caring duties which are a 24hr day job. During the first COVID-19 lockdown, these day centres were closed in West Lothian and didn't re-open again until September. Then in November West Lothian Council made a decision that my sister should start making a financial contribution to her care package services. After a little digging, I found that some people in West Lothian are having to contribute financially to the services they are provided. Some people are struggling to pay these fees, some have struggled so much that they have had to stop attending or using these lifeline services. People using Non-Residential Care Services aren't people who can work a little more to make up the difference, they are people who are living on state pensions or benefits and are struggling already. We as the Community of West Lothian should demand our elected officials and Local Authority do more to support our neighbours who are the most vulnerable in West Lothian. Imagine you were: Someone who has special needs and live on your own with no support. An Elderly parent caring for a son / daughter with disabilities. A retired couple and your spouse has a life limiting condition. Now imagine WLC sending you a letter, telling you that you need to contribute to your care package. They will be sending you an invoice for a contribution of between £20 - £180 per week, How would you feel? This is a choice! WLC are choosing to recoup money for crucial services from some of the most vulnerable people in our communities, all of this whilst investing large quantities of money in other projects. Resources are finite, however our priorities speak volumes for who we are and what we stand for. Do you agree with me that these services should be free for all?
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