Inform us of new laws

All new laws affecting the British people should be summarised and put on a website every day and listed in national newspapers regularly.

We should also be told who made the laws – the EU or Westminster – and what the penalties are for breaking them.

Why is this idea important?

All new laws affecting the British people should be summarised and put on a website every day and listed in national newspapers regularly.

We should also be told who made the laws – the EU or Westminster – and what the penalties are for breaking them.

Rogue company directors – repeal the laws that protect them

The Acts of Parliament and Company Law that prevent rogue company directors from being prosecuted for running up debts and then declaring insolvency should be changed or repealed.

If a company folds because of bad or fraudulent management, the director(s) should not be allowed to start another company for a certain number of years.

There would also have to be provision to prevent relatives from taking over the scam without some sort of guarantee or insurance policy against further failures.

Why is this idea important?

The Acts of Parliament and Company Law that prevent rogue company directors from being prosecuted for running up debts and then declaring insolvency should be changed or repealed.

If a company folds because of bad or fraudulent management, the director(s) should not be allowed to start another company for a certain number of years.

There would also have to be provision to prevent relatives from taking over the scam without some sort of guarantee or insurance policy against further failures.

Charge VAT on imported food

If the cost of food manufactured, grown or packaged outside the UK had 10% VAT charged on it, people would be encouraged to buy British.

It would give an enormous boost to jobs in industry and agriculture in this country.

It could well pay for itself several times over by reduced reliance on the state.

It might mean that the rise in VAT to 20% on many manufactured goods was no longer necessary.

Unless, of course, the EU says we wouldn't be allowed to do it…

Why is this idea important?

If the cost of food manufactured, grown or packaged outside the UK had 10% VAT charged on it, people would be encouraged to buy British.

It would give an enormous boost to jobs in industry and agriculture in this country.

It could well pay for itself several times over by reduced reliance on the state.

It might mean that the rise in VAT to 20% on many manufactured goods was no longer necessary.

Unless, of course, the EU says we wouldn't be allowed to do it…

Allow councils to control traffic flow

At present, I believe the Road Traffic Act prevents simple but effective changes to be made to local traffic rules on the highway. Power to make immediate, radical, simple and effective changes should be given to local councils. This would mean faster decisions could be made according to local conditions.

One major result would be that many roads could be made one-way either short or long-term, and over short or long-distance. My reasons are explained below.

Why is this idea important?

At present, I believe the Road Traffic Act prevents simple but effective changes to be made to local traffic rules on the highway. Power to make immediate, radical, simple and effective changes should be given to local councils. This would mean faster decisions could be made according to local conditions.

One major result would be that many roads could be made one-way either short or long-term, and over short or long-distance. My reasons are explained below.

Selling home-made goods without a license (or excise duty)

There are good reasons to license the sale of  food because of food hygeine. But you should also be allowed to sell food and other produce without a license, as long as it's clearly marked as unlicensed. (There could be exceptions e.g. meat products)

Examples of things to be sold without a license include:

Home made beer – this is actually a very safe product because it tastes awful if it's contaminated.

Cakes and biscuits sold at village fetes and that sort of thing.

Manufactured craft products such as jewellery – could be dangerous but it's up to the buyer to decide whether its safe. 

All the above should also be exempt from excise duty of course because they are small-scale and therefore not worth the bother.

Why is this idea important?

There are good reasons to license the sale of  food because of food hygeine. But you should also be allowed to sell food and other produce without a license, as long as it's clearly marked as unlicensed. (There could be exceptions e.g. meat products)

Examples of things to be sold without a license include:

Home made beer – this is actually a very safe product because it tastes awful if it's contaminated.

Cakes and biscuits sold at village fetes and that sort of thing.

Manufactured craft products such as jewellery – could be dangerous but it's up to the buyer to decide whether its safe. 

All the above should also be exempt from excise duty of course because they are small-scale and therefore not worth the bother.

Reintroduce supertax for obscene salaries

A supertax bracket of 75% (or more) should be introduced for incomes above £10,000 a week which should go directly to organisations like the NHS.

Recipients of such huge salaries could get relief from the tax on any money they give directly to charity.

Why is this idea important?

A supertax bracket of 75% (or more) should be introduced for incomes above £10,000 a week which should go directly to organisations like the NHS.

Recipients of such huge salaries could get relief from the tax on any money they give directly to charity.

Referendum on UK EU membership

The present coalition government, whatever it thinks it has or has not promised, should hold a referendum on the UK's membership of the EU.

If the government wishes, it could even say it does not promise to abide by the result – just so long as the British people can actually express their views.

Why is this idea important?

The present coalition government, whatever it thinks it has or has not promised, should hold a referendum on the UK's membership of the EU.

If the government wishes, it could even say it does not promise to abide by the result – just so long as the British people can actually express their views.

Reform VAT rules

VAT was originally intended as a tax on luxuries but is now charged on almost all essentials, including domestic fuel and some foods, while other goods which we could survive without are either zero-rated or exempt, such as books (other than educational), newspapers and magazines. The system badly needs reforming. If this was done, the rise in VAT to 20% would not be necessary.

Why is this idea important?

VAT was originally intended as a tax on luxuries but is now charged on almost all essentials, including domestic fuel and some foods, while other goods which we could survive without are either zero-rated or exempt, such as books (other than educational), newspapers and magazines. The system badly needs reforming. If this was done, the rise in VAT to 20% would not be necessary.

Carer’s Allowance taxation

The Carer's Allowance is paid to people who voluntarily give up the opportunity to work and so should NOT BE TAXED. At little more than £1 per hour it causes great hardship and it is ridiculous to penalise further those who relieve the State of its caring responsibility in this way.

 

In addition, many carers can work from home while still caring, and should be allowed to earn as much as they can, without being taxed, up to the normal income tax threshold, and should not have to declare income and expenditure.

Why is this idea important?

The Carer's Allowance is paid to people who voluntarily give up the opportunity to work and so should NOT BE TAXED. At little more than £1 per hour it causes great hardship and it is ridiculous to penalise further those who relieve the State of its caring responsibility in this way.

 

In addition, many carers can work from home while still caring, and should be allowed to earn as much as they can, without being taxed, up to the normal income tax threshold, and should not have to declare income and expenditure.

Home Information Pack (HIP) compensation

People who paid for a HIP, sometimes costing more than £500, between putting their house up for sale and HIPs being abandoned by the present Government, should have some or all of the cost refunded by the Government.

Why is this idea important?

People who paid for a HIP, sometimes costing more than £500, between putting their house up for sale and HIPs being abandoned by the present Government, should have some or all of the cost refunded by the Government.