• Spouse Visas for non EU Individuals
    I know this Petition will be a touchy subject for those who have had to apply for a Spouse Visa in the last four years to allow a non-EU domiciled spouse into the UK from abroad. I have made every effort to keep this petition explanation short and hope my point comes across to your clearly and concisely, and that you will support my initiative to urge our fellow Minister of State, Rt Hon Brandon Lewis to look into this as a matter of urgency and bring about a change in pricing policy. Here is my Story: I, Andy Wilkinson am a UK Citizen and married my wife Sylvia Alexis in 2010 who was from Pretoria, South Africa. She joined me in the UK as my partner having acquired a spouse visa - costing around £600 in 2010. In March 2012, we decided to move to Cape Town for few years for a job opportunity for which I had been accepted. Late last year, my role came to an end, and we had to move back home. After reviewing the criteria for the UK Visa, it was obvious I would have to come back to the UK alone and find a job that qualified me for the financial requirement of the minimum income threshold which was required. In June 2017, we were set to apply for Sylvia’s Spouse Visa and was advised the cost to be £1,464 pounds. The Issue: Given the current recessionary economic climate in the UK, a huge population of the work force just about get by with what they earn (See my link to the Guardian’s newspaper below to see the income situation of UK Citizens). What happens when a UK Citizen finds their match from abroad, and have to pay £1,464 to bring them into the UK, this becomes a sticky situation an unaffordable price for many. Therefore a number of questions have come to mind? Why has the government which came into power in 2010, suddenly hiked the prices of a spouse visa for a UK Citizen’s partner. Ofcourse the government has an ambition of curbing the national debt, but penalizing UK citizens for having chosen a partner from abroad is not one of the best ways of doing it. A visa cost of £600 in 2010, and the same visa in 2017 costs £1,464. It would frustrate any logical minded person how the steep increase of 140% is justified. Or is the government simply trying to rake in as much money as it can from a situation they know the applicant has no alternative choice but to pay. I feel this is a penalization technique to those who have found their match from abroad. Ofcourse it will be argued that this has been a decision to curb exploitative marriages. But what about those who have been married for many years, those who have kids, certainly they cannot be labeled as exploitative – so why should they have to pay such a hefty visa cost? Finally, it may also be argued this is to stop UK Citizens bringing in partners from abroad. This cannot be something the government decides. It is every Human’s Right to marry whomsoever they wish. It is not justifiable for the government to apply strong charges, as if to punish a UK Citizen from marrying outside the borders of the UK. Referring back to the article by the Guardian, many people who have spouses abroad will have to wait, or pay the cost using expensive methods of credits (credit cards, loans etc), and this certainly can’t be a reasonable strategy. What do I want? I want your support to urge our Minister of State, Rt Hon Brandon Lewis, to look into reducing the cost of a spouse visa for UK citizens who plan to bring in their spouse’s from abroad. The visa costs should be designed so that they are equitable to all UK Citizens, not assuming everyone is a high income earner. (For I am not a high UK earner, but am grateful Sylvia has now joined me in the UK). I also understand that the government has taken a consultation process to determine fee levels for certain visas, but the visa that I am concerned is for UK Citizens who have/plan to bring their spouse from abroad. https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/feb/20/one-in-four-uk-families-have-less-than-95-in-savings-report-finds
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  • Ban pro lifers from protesting outside hospital
    This is important because if pro life protests target abortion clinics it could cause a woman who wishes to seek an abortion, to be too scared to attend appointments because of fear of judgement and condemnation. This could have disastrous consequences for her. Abortion is legal in this country therefore these protests are infringing on a woman's right to choose. This is important because these protests invade on a safe space. A space that is much needed for women
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  • Stop the speeding
    Cars have been speeding round these streets at break neck speed something needs to be done before someone is killed
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  • BARNFIELD RESIDENTS' APPEAL
    The funding of £1m was given to this area in 2012 over a 10 year period and one main priority should be education for our children and young people, there has been a great demand for supplementary education but we cannot afford to fund this ourselves. Whilst the funds for this Big Local Area has been inappropriately allocated to pay Big Local Co-ordinator’s salary, run activities and events that attempt to address short term needs of some members of the community to the detriment of Barnfield children education. We therefore solicit that the Barnfield Big Local funding subsequently be allocated in a way that prioritise our children’s education.
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  • Permanently ban fracking in North Yorkshire
    Why is this important? fracking in North Yorkshire could: pose a risk to health contaminate water hit house prices increase traffic in nearby communities and make it harder to meet climate targets NYCC ignored the will of the people. It is vital we overturn their decision and ban fracking to protect North Yorkshire’s people and environment from a dangerous form of energy extraction.
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  • save the crooked billet
    jobs, independent local, history,
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  • Cycle helmets to be made compulsory
    Our children,wives and husbands are the most precious things in the world and wearing a cycle helmet should be like putting a seatbelt on in a car so why is not the case that this isn't a law.
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  • Reinstate a railway station in Forfar
    We are a commuter Town between Dundee and Aberdeen with a growing population, we need better links to the outside world to help the local economy flourish !
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  • Plastic Packaging for Bananas Should NOT be a Thing!
    Over eight million tonnes of plastic enter oceans every year, with 80% coming from land. Bananas DO NOT need packaging, they have skins. It's making me go bananas.
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  • Save our park!
    Children do not have many areas which are safe to play in as it is. In todays society, it is more important now than ever that our children have safe play areas to access close to their homes.
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  • Save the Grace
    This has been a very important venue to the people of Ellesmere Port for nearly eighty years. There has been a tremendous loss of pubs in the area in recent years. It is a very attractive building and taking it away would be very detrimental to the area.
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  • 1998 and onwards student loans
    So far, almost 20 years payments has barely reduced any loan balance. The 1998 era hasn't been looked at and We were the first to receive loans rather than grants. It is only just and fair that we have the same cap on how many years we are expected to pay the loan for- in line with current student loan proposals.
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