• No public money for MPs' meals
    MPs have voted against extending free school meals into the holidays for the poorest children in the UK, in the middle of a pandemic. They should under no circumstances benefit from free or subsidised meals out of public funds themselves. If the public purse cannot afford to feed the poorest in our society, why are we feeding those least in need? Already well paid public servants, set to receive yet another generous pay increase, whilst millions face hardship, job losses and poverty, do not need the public to pay for their food and drink. Public funds should be spent on those most in need of them. Read more about what expenses MPs can claim for food here: https://fullfact.org/online/mps-free-housing-alcohol/ UPDATE 23/10/2020: Portia Lawrie, who started the petition, said: "I only started this petition yesterday because I was so angry that some MPs had rejected the chance in parliament, and Marcus Rashford's campaign, to extend free school meals into the school holiday. I wanted to point out the clear hypocrisy between that and the food and drink the public subsidise for MP's whilst denying support to those most in need of it." "I couldn't quite believe what I was watching unfold as hundreds of thousands of people threw their support behind it in less than 24 hours. It’s simply unfair that the government is refusing to use OUR money for one of the most basic responsibilities of a compassionate society - feeding hungry children. And the level of support this petition is getting shows clearly the level of hurt caused by those who voted against it." "Many MPs are pushing for free school meals to be extended into the school holidays, and I applaud them. But It’s time for the government to listen to them, and us, and make sure children across the UK do not go hungry any longer. Enough is enough."
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    Created by Portia Lawrie
  • Morrison's Car Park/ARCFS Children's Safety Initiative
    Our children's health and safety should be of paramount consideration both for Schools and their local neighbours and community for which Morrisons Supermarket Ascot Road Watford clearly is. Some relatively simple measures could be facilitated to ensure these objectives are achieved and to the reduce the risks of exposure illnesses such as Asthma, or any unnecessary road traffic collisions.
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    Created by Phil Barton
  • Secure the Minimum Income Floor suspension on Universal Credit
    In just under a month the suspension on the Minimum Income Floor (MIF) for Universal Credit payments will end. [1] This may seem like an insignificant fact but the suspension of the MIF has been the only lifeline for self-employed people like myself and 3 million others who fell through the gaps in the various coronavirus employment support packages [2]. What the reintroduction of MIF means is that any individual who earns less than £1,322 (after expenses) per calendar month will be considered unemployed even if they submit a tax return. They will be expected to be looking for work for 35 hours a week and to take any job that is offered even if it might clash with their pre-existing self-employment [3]. Their existing profession will not be considered viable. My sector has been on standby on the instruction of the government in the interests of public health. My business is only temporarily interrupted because of the closures of venues which will eventually reopen, and yet I have not received a penny in Covid-related support from either furlough or the SEISS. Like many others like me, I have managed to survive on Universal Credit and/or through the generosity of friends. With the reintroduction of the Minimum Income Floor, not only will I be forced to close my business, I will also not be able to afford to retrain in anything that I have the potential to succeed at. This will force self-employed artists like myself into precarious unskilled jobs, if available, and poverty. Productivity will drop and recovery of the arts sector post-pandemic will be delayed by a generation. It’s also a real slap in the face to artists who already make huge financial and personal sacrifices to be able to create joy and escapism for other people. The arts are viable, and we’re important. For the last 8 month, we’ve been largely ignored by the government despite their assertions that they won't "leave anyone behind" [4]. The removal of the MIF will be the last straw. __________________________ References: [1] The Social Security (Coronavirus) Regulations | "Section 2 deals with MIF suspension. Section 10 deals with the expiry of this legisaltion which says "(2) Regulations 2, 6, 7, 8 and 9 cease to have effect at the end of the period of eight months beginning on 13th March 2020." | https://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2020/371/made?fbclid=IwAR1aIcgQ62JmRfKr98sKkQDlqJV_mO1En8rLb281xz_KGEHRJsPVuP3Fy7Y [2] Calculation for the 3 million taxpayers excluded from UK Government Covid-19 financial support | ExcludedUK | "Self-employed excluded: 1.6 million, CJRS excluded – ltd company directors: 710,000, CJRS excluded – other employees: 790,000" | https://www.excludeduk.org/three-million-breakdown [3] Universal Credit: Your Responsibilities | https://www.gov.uk/universal-credit/your-responsibilities [4] "You have not been forgotten. We will not leave you behind. We are all in this together." | Rishi Sunak (Chancellor of the Exchequer) | https://twitter.com/RishiSunak/status/1243235450908803072
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    Created by Denholm Spurr
  • Legacy Benefits
    There are over a million people this affects.
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    Created by Mark Thomas
  • Put Speed cameras on Huddersfield road Kirkburton
    This is a local route for our children to walk to and from school, it is also used by many children to get buses to and from school. Drivers will regularly go over 60mph on this road and unless we have speed cameras that’s not going to change After the tragic incident where a local resident lost his life due to a speeding driver, action needs taking!!
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    Created by Sarah Jones
  • Keep the social security lifeline
    Social security should be strong enough for all of us to rely on when we need a lifeline – because, as the pandemic has shown us, life is full of things we can’t plan for. We should be secure in knowing that social security will protect us when we're at risk of being pulled into poverty, and will be strong enough to pull us out. It should ensure stability and open up options and opportunities. But a lifeline that’s left to wear thin and threadbare isn't strong enough to pull families like mine safely through hard times. Cuts and freezes to our levels of social security have left many of us unable to meet our families’ everyday needs. Instead of being pulled out of poverty, we’ve been put at risk of being pulled deeper into it. The extra £20 has made a huge difference to me, and many others. It means I can afford one weekly shop, which has been good when I’ve been isolating. Without it, I don’t know what I’d do. If the £20 is taken away I’d struggle to keep the gas and electric on and do my weekly shop.  As we look to rebuild our society, ‘level up’ and ‘build back better’, it would make no sense at all to weaken social security support by cutting £20 a week from millions of families’ already-precarious incomes. The Government has a choice: to go ahead with its plan to cut support by £20 a week this October, adding to the insecurity people face, or keep this lifeline and the stability families need. It must also ensure people who are still receiving legacy benefits, many of whom are disabled or carers, are no longer left out of this vital improvement to support. That’s why I set up this petition, calling on the Government to act with compassion and do the right thing. Please will you sign my petition to urge the Government to keep the £20 lifeline, and to extend it to people on legacy benefits? Thank you, Joanna - petition starter and Universal Credit claimant from Malvern.
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    Created by Joanna and The Joseph Rowntree Foundation Picture
  • Social Media age limit raised with online checks
    How important is your child’s well-being and mental health?? Upon watching /the social dilemma on Netflix (which I highly recommend) statistics show how mental health issues in children and young people have risen significantly since social media sites such as Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat & Twitter etc have entered our lives. We don’t let our children drink alcohol until the age of 18 as it is bad for their Health and can compromise their decisions yet we let our 13 year olds roam on social media sometimes with no time limits and no control over what they are doing, watching, speaking too or being influenced by. Things are leading to poor self esteem, anxiety, mood swings, tiredness, bullying, depression and more severely self harm and even suicide. Things need to change drastically now, let’s raise the age for all social media sites to 16 with online photo checks (as they do for alcohol, electric cigarettes etc) and help this generation have a brighter happy future. Please forward and share to all you know xx
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    Created by Joanna Smith
  • Refund cancelled bookings
    Many holiday makers have had their cruises cancelled because of the Covid 19 pandemic. Iglu cruises are breaking the law by not refunding customers within the statutory 14 days and some customer are having to wait 6 months putting them into a downward spiral of debt.
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    Created by Robert Riley
  • Overhaul of universal credit and more financial support for people
    I am on universal credit my self so this a key issue to me personally I also the government did increase universal credit by a certain amount for a single man like me living by my self and I have occansnlily and for help off immediate family in these trying and not the local authorities or charities if did have to live on
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    Created by Michael David Plaskitt
  • Make sure no child in the UK goes hungry
    The coronavirus pandemic will dramatically increase unemployment and poverty. Many people are already struggling to put food on the table and this is only going to get worse. The government needs to act fast to stop children in the UK going hungry. A lack of nutrition at an early age can cause huge problems later on in life and stops children from being able to concentrate at school. One of the solutions recommended by the national food strategy is to expand free school meals and holiday hunger schemes from children for all households on universal credit. It’s a simple way to help ensure children across the UK are getting enough food to eat.
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    Created by Jessica Khan
  • Elderly Care Home Residents Left Stranded Without Family
    Many elderly people are confined to their rooms and in some cases bed-bound. Despite the best efforts of care home staff, they are heavily reliant on meeting family members to maintain a reasonable quality of life and mental well-being. The families of care home residents also experience great stress through not being able to see elderly relatives. Recent research has established that elderly people deprived of visits by family and friends will deteriorate both mentally and physically.
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    Created by Lynne Walmsley
  • Don't bring back benefit sanctions!
    Imagine arriving to work five minutes late and having your pay docked. For anyone who depends on benefits, it only takes missing the bus to the JobCentre to be given a sanction and lose payments. With the UK economy going to be hit hard with job loses in the thousands, we cannot let benefit claimants have their money stopped or cut. During the height of the coronavirus crisis, there were no sanctions. The government stopped them for 3 months. We know that the benefits system can function without sanctioning people. But benefit sanctions are set to return in England. Huge public backlash could force the government to rethink their decision, and stop the unfair and cruel sanctions for good.
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    Created by Hugh Mccourt