• Tendring Council - Recycle all our recyclable plastics ...
    Landfill is not the option for our 🌍 Planets future. Our grey rubbish bins don’t have the capacity for the additional plastic that would’ve gone into our recycling bins. We just end up taking it to the dump where it goes into another landfill site.
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  • Stop the importation and killing of gamebirds for sport.
    Over 40 million game birds are released in the uk every year, 40% of them are imported, 25% of them die before they are shot. Many are killed on roads, get eaten by predators or starve. This is also impacting on other wildlife and its habitat. These are non native birds that do not have the same protection as wild birds in the uk. We have a wildlife emergency and we need Natural England to act.
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  • Make the BBC dedicate time every day to updating the public on the climate crisis
    The argument about climate change is reaching a critical point where the government needs to take real action to help secure our future and set an example for other countries to follow. But they still aren’t taking the drastic action required to guarantee our safety or survival. This is likely because topics like Brexit, immigration and crime get more media coverage than the increasingly disturbing facts about climate change that are emerging. Although all these topics are very important, they pale in comparison to the fact that millions of people are dying, and that number will only increase if we don’t take action now [World Health Organisation, 2018]. For this reason, groups like Extinction Rebellion are currently taking to the streets just to raise awareness of the possible catastrophe awaiting us in the next few decades. But surely this shouldn’t be necessary. As a neutral broadcaster with the public’s interests at heart, the BBC should be doing more to make people aware of the situation. That is why I have started this petition to ask the BBC to make sure they spend a short, set amount of time everyday reporting on research, dangers and new solutions relating to the climate crisis. So that the public can be more aware and demand more action from our government. Things the BBC can talk about from day to day: - Various threats posed by the climate crisis (sea, land, air, species). - The state of current food production and predictions for the future. - Available green alternatives (should only focus on technology that has been proven to work and is planned or fully implemented). - Laws the government need to pass (including those not easy to hear). Thank you for reading – please find more details and references below References and articles of interest [1] Shayla Love - Some Compelling Reasons Not to Give Up on Solving Climate Change, [2019] - https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/nea93d/actually-humans-probably-will-survive-the-climate-crisis?utm_campaign=sharebutton [2] World Health Organisation, [2018] - https://www.who.int/airpollution/en/ [3] Kelsey Piper, [2019] - https://www.vox.com/future-perfect/2019/6/13/18660548/climate-change-human-civilization-existential-risk [4] "These temperature rises are in the lifetime of children today. It's catastrophic, this stuff should be on the news every night." Gail Bradbrook, [2018] - [00:08:50] - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b2VkC4SnwY0 [5] "The power of the pen (and, more so, TV, video and Internet news platforms) could have been, is and can still be much stronger than it has been on this issue, and if editorial boards had the will to take on the fossil fuel industry in order to save humanity, they could have. Now, it is essential that they do." Ami Chen Mills-Naim, [2019] - https://medium.com/@Amichen/the-media-needs-to-report-on-the-climate-crisis-every-day-2023a1b17a71
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  • Stop All Shipping Using Bunker Fuel
    Bunker fuel has the worst effect possible on our health and global warming without stopping all ships from using this bunker fuel global warming will happen as all other things spoke about are of ittle use without stopping this.
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  • Reduction In Speed Limit on Main Rd Boreham to 30 mph
    This is important to safeguard the residents of the village. The majority of residents now need to cross the main rd to access the Co-op store which is the only store in the village now. Crossing the road near the store is fraught with dangers, particularly for elderly residents and children, as the speed of some vehicles is well in excess of the current 40mph limit. Additionally, the fact that vehicles are entering and exiting the car park, make the overall situation quite hazardous at busy periods.
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  • Petition for Ferryside Surgery
    We feel very strongly that it is essential to maintain a surgery in Ferryside. We need a doctor, a nurse and a dispensary to provide the vital services required by a village where most residents are over the age of 50. It is an integral part of Calon y Fferi Community centre which is very accessible. Visiting the centre is an opportunity to meet people and mitigates against loneliness and isolation. It helps to maintain physical and mental health at a local level. Public transport is very infrequent which makes using other medical centres very difficult for people with mobility problems. Most people want to stay in their own homes as they age and this is possible and more sustainable and economical when services and companionship are nearby. It would be a backward step to oblige all residents to leave the village for treatment.
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  • Dentistry to be more accessible to NHS patients
    Dental health is grossly under-rated and undervalued by the government and dental practices who often have gone private to make more money. Poor oral/dental hygiene and care leads to thousands of people suffering and being admitted to hospital for treatment due to infections which could be prevented if dentistry was part of the NHS agenda We don’t pay to see a GP, we should not have to pay to see a dentist. People struggle to get on the books of a dentist and their dental health suffers. I’ve been on the receiving end of being removed from a Dental Practice with no communication from them about this. I’ve also had to wait to be able to see a dentist due to lack of money. Dental Practices need to be held to account as there is little fall back for the clients to appeal this.
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  • Provide Canonbie Primary School with WiFi internet
    There have been multiple unsuccessful attempts made to the local education department by the headteacher and the Parent Council to try and get WiFi for Canonbie Primary. Both Langholm Primary and Langholm Academy have WiFi access and as a partner school in a cluster with them, we believe Canonbie Primary should be treated equally and be given WiFi. We live in a digital era and for Canonbie Primary pupils to be successful they have to have digital skills. The ability to use computers and other digital equipment, use online applications, find information online, assess its quality and value, and make use of it in daily life is crucial in their education and their future as they enter the world of work. It is widely recognised that WiFi can improve the quality of education in many ways: • it enables access to a much wider range of information, knowledge and educational resources, increasing opportunities for learning in and beyond the classroom • it helps to keep lessons interesting which helps to keep pupils enthusiastic and passionate in their learning • interactive teaching methods enable teachers to tailor lessons and give more attention to individual pupils’ needs and abilities and support shared learning • it helps pupils in understanding the lessons being discussed • it helps pupils and teachers accomplish tasks faster • accessing online materials and digital technologies helps to reduce costs associated with textbooks and materials • pupils need to learn how to use the internet safely and to do everyday tasks such as online buying, internet banking and social media • pupils can develop research skills by exploring online content on their own and can immediately find the learning materials that they need while they are in school. The national curriculum and associated assessments are all changing to take account of the internet and digital technologies. The Scottish Government's Digital Learning and Teaching Strategy states that all learners should benefit fully from learning and teaching enhanced by digital technology. Reliable access to the internet is fundamental to achieving the government’s vision for the future. In addition, the Parent Council and wider community fundraised to purchase tablets to help Canonbie Primary pupils with their learning and they are not being utilised due to lack of internet provision. It is therefore not unreasonable to ask our Education Department to provide WiFi as a matter of urgency.
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  • Keep our Coop
    Midcounties cooperative have announced a consultation period from October to December 2019 with a potential closure date of 26th January 2020. This food store with Post Office and pharmacy is central to the town and great example of a supermarket in the town. Midcounties Coop have said The long-term viability of our Hednesford Food store has been reviewed, and despite the hard work of our colleagues sales have fallen and continue on a downward trend, with the profitability of the store being impacted. As a result, the Society has taken the difficult decision to propose to close the Hednesford Food store. It is anticipated that if the closure proceeds, the store will close at the end of the financial year on 26th January 2020. The proposal is to continue to trade the Post Office as normal, and the Society is considering the building design to allow that to happen once the Food store has closed. The consultation period commenced on 4th October 2019 and is proposed to conclude on 10th January 2020.’
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  • Stop Disability Tax
    APRIL 2018 SAW THE INTRODUCTION OF THE DISABILITY TAX FOR THOSE WHO OWNED THEIR OWN HOMES AND WHO ARE ON LOW INCOME BENEFITS. We require the government to reverse the immoral removal of the Mortgage Interest Relief Scheme (MIRS) for people with Disabilities, for whom the replacement has become a regressive tax (charging interest on interest) that could potentially lose them every penny that they have paid for their home. Further, institute a form of payments towards essential upkeep of owner occupied homes for those on low income benifits, providing parrity with private landlords of people in receipt of LAHA This is especially important given successive governments encouragement of home ownership. Changes in assistance with housing costs in 2018 have proportionatly adversly affected those with disabilities and thus immorally. In the 2017 general election Theresa May's "Dementia Tax" was severely critised and ultimately dropped. This proposal would have seen much of the persons home value used for care but would have left a substantial sum for them to use or leave in a will. Despite the public uproar at the Dementia Tax an effective wider affecting "Disability Tax" (which would have seen people who have become disabled and reliant on benefits, potentially loose every penny they have paid for their home as well as, possibly rightly, any increase in house value), has gone unchallenged and virtually unreported. Up until 2018 the system by which some help was given to people on low incomes (e.g. Employment Support Allowance or its equivalent in Universal Credit) was by payments towards their mortgage interest payments, Mortgage Interest Relief Scheme (MIRS), this did not pay for all of their mortgage payments nor, as in the governments reasons for its removal, make any assistance with the actual cost of the property. It merely just gave some money towards the mortgage interest rate. Unlike Local Area Housing Allowance (LAHA), which nominally pays the average cost of the full price of rent ( and thus the actual purchase price of a property, mortgage interest payments and upkeep of the property at a profit for somebody who isn't even living in the property, I.e. the landlord), MIRS was already a far cheaper scheme. As can already be seen that those in receipt of MIRS also received no help with most aspects of maintaining their home. The government decided that MIRS needed replacing as erroneously they stated that the welfare system should not be seen as assisting somebody to pay for their home whilst quite willfully not only buying a landlords property and upkeep but also providing them with a profit. In 2018 the new arrangements were introduced these provided a loan on some of the mortgage interest payments (a interest on interest loan scheme that would be considered unacceptable/imorral by the Financial Services Authority). These loans are to be repaid upon sale of the home or death. The only limit to the extent of the Loan repayable is the final sale price of the property. As such, the person could loose all the money they have paid into the property, a scheme worse than the proposed Dementia Tax but which has been allowed to be enacted. Worse is the fact that those who are more likely to be on benefits long term, and thus most affected by this regressive Tax are those with severe disabilities or long term sicknesses (and their families, who often act as cheap carers). This new Disability Tax means that rather than getting help with housing costs, they face additional charges, the mortgage its interest, and then the interest on the interest-in the loan provided by the government. As such under the new Disability Tax, not only does the disabled person probably loose every penny that they pay towards the purchase cost of their home, they effectively get no assistance in the long term with the cost of their home be that mortgage interest or upkeep, items that successive governments are happy to provide to landlords including effectively buying the property for them and providing a profit. Such a regressive and discriminatory reform of the benifits system in comparison to the treatment of those on LAHA and their landlords has to be seen as immoral and reprehensible. If The Dementia Tax was wrong then this Disability Tax is totally Immoral.
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  • Government help for working parents with childcare
    As a 2 full time working parents household with two children needed childcare for us to go to work, we cannot get help with our childcare cost and it’s leaving us next to nothing to live off, why should we work 37 hours a week 5 days a week for nothing?? Things need to change 15 hours funding for 2 year olds go to low income families or for non working families! Is this right??? 30 hours is amazing but it doesn’t help me till my child is 3, my childcare is twice my mortgage, help is needed for us working parents, universal credits is a joke with a income cut off point which is so low this needs lifting as minimum wage goes up but so does the cost of living,
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  • Our Call For The London Living Wage For All Barnet Group Employees
    Since ex-Fremantle care workers transferred into the Barnet Group this year, The Barnet Group now has a large number of employees paid below the London Living Wage (ÂŁ10.55/ hour). This means that the skilled caring work done by staff is paid at rates lower than those paid to cleaners working in the Council buildings. It is absolutely right that cleaners are paid the London Living Wage but care workers are no less deserving. The London Living Wage is identified as the hourly rate of pay needed to more realistically cover the real cost of living. For more information see here: https://www.trustforlondon.org.uk/issues/work/london-living-wage/
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