• Reimburse 2020-2021 student fees
    All people have been impacted by the coronavirus. However, students have invested in their education and have not received adequate teaching or an adequate education in general. Students seem to be the forgotten generation. It is time for the government to step up and resolve this.
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    Created by Dee Monteeth
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  • Make students accommodations cancel rent payments for students
    This is important because students are expected to still pay rent in the thousands for accommodation we are not even allowed to live in, until potentially mid February at the earliest. We are still expected to pay maintenance loans back in the future with interest. We are paying for something we can even use, with interest!!!
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  • Financial help for parents forced to take unpaid leave due to self isolation and school closures
    This is something that is going to affect many families during this lockdown period, granted the schools are open for key worker children but for many this isn’t the case. Not everyone can work from home and as companies are not obliged to pay anyone who needs to take leave to care for their child I believe the government have neglected to consider the financial impact this will have on those that are forced to take unpaid leave to care for their children at home. Who can actually afford unpaid leave? There are no benefits available for people who are employed but earning nothing due to this situation. The same goes for those having to self isolate as their child has come into contact with someone who’s tested positive, there is no financial assistance for this anywhere. The £500 from the local authority does not cover children.
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  • Make Church Lane, Melbourne/Thornton a non vehicle through road.
    It would allow more people to use the lane and enjoy walking, cycling, riding, jogging etc without the danger, noise and interruption of vehicles. Wild life would be able to flourish
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  • Don't leave the Erasmus+ programme!
    Having a Brexit deal agreed may have seemed like an early Christmas present to some when the Government announced on Christmas Eve that an agreement had been reached with the EU, but to any students who were hoping to go on an international mobility as part of their degree it's a kick in the face. Boris Johnson, according to the EU, “decided” that the UK would not be involved in the EU's Erasmus programmes going forward. This, despite the wonderful opportunities it brings for British and European students to experience another culture, learn a language or other valuable new skills and further their career prospects. https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/brexit-deal-erasmus-eu-university-exchange-b1778667.html Instead, the UK will be setting up a new programme named after Alan Turing. No doubt this will continue to provide similar benefits, most likely within Commonwealth countries and other close international partners such as the USA, but such a programme could take years to fully set up. With the wealth and variety of programmes the Erasmus+ scheme currently offers, this move risks a generation of students missing out on the opportunity to study abroad. It also puts another barrier in the way of talented and highly qualified workers from outside of the UK choosing to come and work and contribute to the British economy after the positive experience that an Erasmus+ placement brings for so many. I spent a year in Murcia, Spain, last year as part of my degree in History and Spanish. It's a cliché, but it was truly the making of me – I matured so much as a person and my Spanish improved enormously. Having the chance to explore the subjects I wanted in a more relaxed context also clarified to me where I wanted to take my studies after getting back to the UK. I honestly don't know where I would be right now without having spent that year in Spain. To think that students in years to come won't have the same opportunity absolutely breaks my heart. Erasmus+ is more than just a study programme, it's a community and it's memories you'll keep for a lifetime. The UK leaving the scheme (which is open to non-EU countries as well, and is expected to be extended further in the new cycle) doesn't just deny others the opportunity I had, but it also means I won't be able to get funding for the Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree I was hoping to apply for, which would have allowed me to study and gain priceless work experience in three different countries, giving me international and inter-disciplinary insight that I would never be able to access otherwise. The Erasmus scheme also provides extra financial support for students from a disadvantaged background, as well as those with medical needs or disabilities. For the next cycle of the programme, from 2021-2027, the programme budget will be doubled to extend opportunities even further for underprivileged students. For people from a working-class background like myself, these opportunities are now being shut off. This goes beyond spending a fun year with friends in a different country – this is another of the barriers the Conservative government are putting in place to prevent less privileged people having access to the same opportunities as their privately-educated children. The House of Lords produced a report in 2019 expressing concern that a new British scheme would struggle to offer the same benefits as Erasmus+, and has warned that leaving the programme would be a backward step away from the Government's long-term equality targets. The Government's then-Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation, Chris Skidmore, said in the report that the value of the UK's participation in Erasmus+ went beyond money, and reflected experience gained over "30 years' worth of ties." https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld201719/ldselect/ldeucom/283/283.pdf Now, it seems, those priorities have changed, due to a budget increase that was intended to help our least privileged young people, all while Boris Johnson has bickered with the EU over the rights of multinational companies to retain access to the EU's big-money markets. Will you sign this petition and challenge the Government to show their intent to build for the future by putting education first?
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  • Disability Shopping Days
    Since we are experiencing COVID-19 supermarkets have set up NHS shopping, ELDERLY shopping etc etc ....... this got me to thinking , why isn’t there anything like this for people who have additional/complex needs . We do like to do everything that any able bodied person would like to do , but we are human and don’t like to be made to feel less than good enough , just because I don’t behave like you , doesn’t make my heart and my feelings any less than yours . Therefore I believe that a certain day should be put aside for the likes of me to shop in peace .
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  • Make Mental Health therapy and counselling free.
    Some people aren’t able to afford sessions or the ability to reach out which will prevent them from receiving the care they need and deserve if not it could put them at risk of getting worse and suffering alone then could lead to risk of suicide.
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  • Offer Associate EU Citizenship to UK Citizens
    European Citizenship was a part of the identity of so many of our generation, who could enjoy the freedom to live, work and study across the whole of the European Union. Many feel that these are rights that have been taken away against their will. A form of Associate Citizenship for those UK citizens who want to keep their ties with Europe, and to pay into the European project would be a fair compromise for the 48% who voted to remain, whilst respecting the leave vote.
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  • Stop the enclosure of Beacon Hill Nature Reserve Rottingdean in perpetuity.
    The agreement of 2010 will be broken should the new Ranger at BHCC go ahead with his plans to erect a stock fence on the northern side of the reserve. If his plans go ahead then there is nothing to stop future Rangers grazing the reserve without the use of electric fences in sections and in doing so denying residents somewhere to walk their dogs livestock free. Over the years the grazing of the sheep has already, and without involving local residents, gone from 3 months of the year to 6 months if not more of the year. The resulting large amount of sheep faeces has made large areas of the reserve paths not nice to walk on for a long period of time. The extended grazing time has been identified by The Friends of Beacon Hills own expert in the annual report as detrimental.
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  • Vaccinate staff working in special educational needs settings against COVID-19
    A new strain of COVID-19 has resulted in a surge of cases and the R level increasing at an alarming rate. Hospitals across Kent, London and Essex have declared major incidencies, as they are unable to cope with the current level of demand. The new strain appears to be spread more easily by children than previous strains. This has resulted in the government taking the decision to stagger the return of secondary schools and keep many primary schools in Tier 4 areas closed & they will not re-open after the Christmas holidays. This will be reviewed on January 18th. However, legislation for SEND (Special educational needs and disabilities) settings has been ambiguous throughout this crisis, and the majority of SEND schools will be reopening their doors to pupils from Monday, where all staff (aside from the CEV in the highest tier areas) will be expected to return. The current guidance from the Department of Health and Social care advises priority vaccinations to be given to "frontline health and social care workers at high risk of acquiring infection, at high risk of developing serious disease, or at high risk of transmitting infection to multiple vulnerable persons or other staff". Staff working with pupils in special needs schools also meet the above criteria. They work in environments where it is impossible to maintain social distancing, the use of masks may be very difficult and they are expected to carry out personal care. It will also be very difficult to carry out the mass testing of pupils in these settings, which the government have said is vital as a long term aim to stop the spread of this awful disease. Tragically a recent report from Public Health England, found that people with learning disabilities were 6 times more likely to die from COVID-19, during the first wave of the pandemic. If staff working in these settings were to be vaccinated as a priority, it would mean that not only were they protected, but it would also protect the vulnerable children in their care.
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  • Vaccinate ALL UK paramedics as a priority NOW
    Without our paramedics and NHS staff, we have no hope of overcoming the virus. No more clapping for the NHS - they need our help - vaccinate them NOW.
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