Remove occupational psychologists from purview of Health Professions Council

  1. The Health Care and Associated Professions (Miscellaneous Amendments and Practitioner Psychologists) Order 2009 should be amended to exclude occupational psychologists from regulation by the Health Professions Council.
  2. Government policy on occupational psychology should be handled by the Department of Business, Industry and Skills, who have the correct expertise to deal with it appropriately.

Why is this idea important?

  1. The Health Care and Associated Professions (Miscellaneous Amendments and Practitioner Psychologists) Order 2009 should be amended to exclude occupational psychologists from regulation by the Health Professions Council.
  2. Government policy on occupational psychology should be handled by the Department of Business, Industry and Skills, who have the correct expertise to deal with it appropriately.

Protect school playing fields

School playing fields are essential for school children and the wider local community, which has paid for them through its taxes: they affect their rights to a full education and to the peaceful enjoyment of their family life.  But controls over the disposal of playing fields as development land are not working.

The Government should amend the School Standards and Frameworks Act 1998 to ensure that all consents granted so far for the disposal of school playing fields, and all future consents, should lapse five years after they have been granted, as is the case with planning permission; and should strengthen the presumptions (i) that open-air playing fields should be retained unless there is genuinely no further need for them, and (ii) that the full proceeds of any disposals that are so justified should be returned to public funds at local or national government level. 

It should declare as its policy that the expansion of the academies programme to which it is committed will not in any way prejudice the need to retain playing fields in the public interest, or the way in which the necessary controls over disposals of playing fields are exercised. 

Why is this idea important?

School playing fields are essential for school children and the wider local community, which has paid for them through its taxes: they affect their rights to a full education and to the peaceful enjoyment of their family life.  But controls over the disposal of playing fields as development land are not working.

The Government should amend the School Standards and Frameworks Act 1998 to ensure that all consents granted so far for the disposal of school playing fields, and all future consents, should lapse five years after they have been granted, as is the case with planning permission; and should strengthen the presumptions (i) that open-air playing fields should be retained unless there is genuinely no further need for them, and (ii) that the full proceeds of any disposals that are so justified should be returned to public funds at local or national government level. 

It should declare as its policy that the expansion of the academies programme to which it is committed will not in any way prejudice the need to retain playing fields in the public interest, or the way in which the necessary controls over disposals of playing fields are exercised.