Food labelling

Stop food companies hiding behind food labelling rules and get them to print exactly what is contained in the whole packet. I have just had a bottle of MARS drink. The portion size is suggetsed as 200ml, for which they publish the sugar and fat content. However, no one would drink just 200ml, they would drink the whole bottle, 330ml which gives nearly double the % RDA sugar they advertise on the bottle.

Why is this idea important?

Stop food companies hiding behind food labelling rules and get them to print exactly what is contained in the whole packet. I have just had a bottle of MARS drink. The portion size is suggetsed as 200ml, for which they publish the sugar and fat content. However, no one would drink just 200ml, they would drink the whole bottle, 330ml which gives nearly double the % RDA sugar they advertise on the bottle.

Cut red tape for non-trading companies

My partner is the secretary of a company set up to own the freehold of a block of flats. It doesn't trade, and there's one share per flat. Every year she has to submit a set of accounts (the same every year, except the dates have to be changed). She also has to submit an annual report. Why can't the Companies Act be changed to only require non-trading companies to submit accounts or annual reports IF THERE IS A MATERIAL CHANGE IN CIRCUMSTANCES

Why is this idea important?

My partner is the secretary of a company set up to own the freehold of a block of flats. It doesn't trade, and there's one share per flat. Every year she has to submit a set of accounts (the same every year, except the dates have to be changed). She also has to submit an annual report. Why can't the Companies Act be changed to only require non-trading companies to submit accounts or annual reports IF THERE IS A MATERIAL CHANGE IN CIRCUMSTANCES

Abandon the criminalisation of imperial measures

I think the intention is admirable of scrapping damaging or unneccessary laws.

It may of course be a very long and exhausting business to do so, but I urge you to stick with it.

My own conviction is that laws banning imperial units should be repealed.

It was ridiculous and offensive that the use of imperial units was criminalised.

R>P>Seys Llewellyn

Why is this idea important?

I think the intention is admirable of scrapping damaging or unneccessary laws.

It may of course be a very long and exhausting business to do so, but I urge you to stick with it.

My own conviction is that laws banning imperial units should be repealed.

It was ridiculous and offensive that the use of imperial units was criminalised.

R>P>Seys Llewellyn

Residential regulation: Regulatory enforcement

Enforcement varies considerably by area and by regulation. For example Houses in Multiple Occupation and tenant deposit schemes are examples where legislation is obviously required to protect tenants. However as enforcement is often inadequate, good landlords invest time and money in compliance whilst bad landlords can ignore it without fear of sanction.

Why is this idea important?

Enforcement varies considerably by area and by regulation. For example Houses in Multiple Occupation and tenant deposit schemes are examples where legislation is obviously required to protect tenants. However as enforcement is often inadequate, good landlords invest time and money in compliance whilst bad landlords can ignore it without fear of sanction.

EU Derivatives Reform

In principle British Land PLC supports the EU’s aim of improving transparency and reducing the systemic risk posed by the OTC derivatives market. However, it is imperative that the regulation does not, inadvertently, discourage the use of derivatives for hedging purposes. The use of derivatives, particularly interest rate swaps linked to loans, is widespread in the commercial property sector and does not contribute to systemic risk but instead enhances market stability.

The European Institutions have sensibly judged that a distinction needs to be drawn between financial businesses (who can use derivates in a speculative manner) and other businesses including property groups which use derivatives to provide cash flow certainty. The problem is largely definitional: it is vital to use as narrow a definition as possible (for example based on MiFID regulation) and to ensure that all non-financial businesses rather than just SMEs are excluded.

Two other important changes to the EU’s current proposals are needed: first in relation to risk mitigation for non-cleared contracts, any new regime must take account of non-cash security (such as underlying real estate assets) supporting the contract. Second, information and clearing thresholds for monitoring and regulating the use of derivatives by non-financial undertakings should specifically exclude interest rate swaps used for hedging purposes as proposed under the equivalent US regulations.
 

Why is this idea important?

In principle British Land PLC supports the EU’s aim of improving transparency and reducing the systemic risk posed by the OTC derivatives market. However, it is imperative that the regulation does not, inadvertently, discourage the use of derivatives for hedging purposes. The use of derivatives, particularly interest rate swaps linked to loans, is widespread in the commercial property sector and does not contribute to systemic risk but instead enhances market stability.

The European Institutions have sensibly judged that a distinction needs to be drawn between financial businesses (who can use derivates in a speculative manner) and other businesses including property groups which use derivatives to provide cash flow certainty. The problem is largely definitional: it is vital to use as narrow a definition as possible (for example based on MiFID regulation) and to ensure that all non-financial businesses rather than just SMEs are excluded.

Two other important changes to the EU’s current proposals are needed: first in relation to risk mitigation for non-cleared contracts, any new regime must take account of non-cash security (such as underlying real estate assets) supporting the contract. Second, information and clearing thresholds for monitoring and regulating the use of derivatives by non-financial undertakings should specifically exclude interest rate swaps used for hedging purposes as proposed under the equivalent US regulations.
 

End the uncertainty of the EU AIFM Directive

Agreement on the EU AIFM Directive between the European Commission, European Parliament and Member States appears to have been delayed. This provides an opportunity to confirm that the real estate sector is excluded which would be consistent with the intention of those who drafted the legislation. The Directive is intended to catch the managers of all types of ‘funds’, subject to certain exceptions. It is not intended to apply to all businesses. In particular, it is not supposed to apply to ordinary industrial or other operating businesses. The boundary is uncertain and particularly so in the real estate context.

Why is this idea important?

Agreement on the EU AIFM Directive between the European Commission, European Parliament and Member States appears to have been delayed. This provides an opportunity to confirm that the real estate sector is excluded which would be consistent with the intention of those who drafted the legislation. The Directive is intended to catch the managers of all types of ‘funds’, subject to certain exceptions. It is not intended to apply to all businesses. In particular, it is not supposed to apply to ordinary industrial or other operating businesses. The boundary is uncertain and particularly so in the real estate context.

Simplify UK GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Principles)

In common with other members of the British Property Federation, British Land PLC supports the objectives in relation to the future of UK GAAP. However using IFRS for SMEs as the basis for UK GAAP is not the right approach because of the substantive difference between IFRS and UK GAAP and the onerous obligations of IFRS. The result is likely to be an overly complex and duplicating regulatory burden on SME businesses (Tier 1 reporters), particular when these are subsidiaries of larger businesses (Tier 2 reporters). The danger is that many companies will end up adopting full IFRS across their whole group despite the unnecessary expense.

Why is this idea important?

In common with other members of the British Property Federation, British Land PLC supports the objectives in relation to the future of UK GAAP. However using IFRS for SMEs as the basis for UK GAAP is not the right approach because of the substantive difference between IFRS and UK GAAP and the onerous obligations of IFRS. The result is likely to be an overly complex and duplicating regulatory burden on SME businesses (Tier 1 reporters), particular when these are subsidiaries of larger businesses (Tier 2 reporters). The danger is that many companies will end up adopting full IFRS across their whole group despite the unnecessary expense.

Residential regulation – Design Standards

There is an opportunity to reform and rationalise the number of residential design standards that apply to new housing. This would tackle the sheer number of standards that currently includes: Building for Life, Code for Sustainable Homes, Design for Manufacture, Lifetime Homes, Secured by Design and Design for London. 

Some of these standards appear subject to frequent change, for example over the last eight years, affordable housing in London has been subject to Scheme Development Standards, then Housing Quality Indicators, and now the new Design for London Standards. Many of these standards have entirely appropriate individual aims, but it is their cumulative impact that is problematic as they are increasing cost and complexity for developers, reducing the viability of individual developments, and ultimately resulting in reduced housing delivery.

The second problem is applying common standards to very different situations across the country. For example ‘Lifetime Homes’ are very much an appropriate standard in some locations, but not others. The third problem relates to the enforcement of standards. There is often no clear deliniation between planning departments and building regulations departments and conflicting advice between the two, as the Penfold Review points out.

Why is this idea important?

There is an opportunity to reform and rationalise the number of residential design standards that apply to new housing. This would tackle the sheer number of standards that currently includes: Building for Life, Code for Sustainable Homes, Design for Manufacture, Lifetime Homes, Secured by Design and Design for London. 

Some of these standards appear subject to frequent change, for example over the last eight years, affordable housing in London has been subject to Scheme Development Standards, then Housing Quality Indicators, and now the new Design for London Standards. Many of these standards have entirely appropriate individual aims, but it is their cumulative impact that is problematic as they are increasing cost and complexity for developers, reducing the viability of individual developments, and ultimately resulting in reduced housing delivery.

The second problem is applying common standards to very different situations across the country. For example ‘Lifetime Homes’ are very much an appropriate standard in some locations, but not others. The third problem relates to the enforcement of standards. There is often no clear deliniation between planning departments and building regulations departments and conflicting advice between the two, as the Penfold Review points out.

Rush Hour Rail Fares – Reduction

At the moment travelling by train during the rush hour, when most people are going to work, is the most expensive time of the day to travel.  Fares reduce once the rush hour is over and yet the journeys taken in off-peak are far more pleasant and enjoyable as people have more room.

My idea is to reverse this, to make the less pleasant, busiest and yet economically most important journeys the cheapest to take, whilst those trips that people take for purely pleasure more expensive if necessary.

At the moment there is a kind of economic discrimination against those of us who go to work during the rush hour while the ladies (and gents) of leisure have their fares subsidised by the rest of us

Why is this idea important?

At the moment travelling by train during the rush hour, when most people are going to work, is the most expensive time of the day to travel.  Fares reduce once the rush hour is over and yet the journeys taken in off-peak are far more pleasant and enjoyable as people have more room.

My idea is to reverse this, to make the less pleasant, busiest and yet economically most important journeys the cheapest to take, whilst those trips that people take for purely pleasure more expensive if necessary.

At the moment there is a kind of economic discrimination against those of us who go to work during the rush hour while the ladies (and gents) of leisure have their fares subsidised by the rest of us

ban CQC for dental practices

This is NOT a good idea for dental practices who already have enough red tape on them.  The practices are being put under immense financial and staffing burden withthis and not being compensated by anyone. also when was the last time that infections were such an issue in the practices. almost never!!! Ethical dentists as we are, we already oversee patient safety to a high standard

Why is this idea important?

This is NOT a good idea for dental practices who already have enough red tape on them.  The practices are being put under immense financial and staffing burden withthis and not being compensated by anyone. also when was the last time that infections were such an issue in the practices. almost never!!! Ethical dentists as we are, we already oversee patient safety to a high standard

Too many professional registration requirements

As a Speech & Language Therapist returning to the UK after 7 years working in Australia I was horrified to find out that despite keeping continous registration with the appropriate regulatory bodies in Australia I am required to spend in excess of 600GBP to become registered with the Health Professions Council and the Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists. I have been required to pay for medical examinations and certification of identity documents as well as an application fee on top of the yearly registration fees. It seems a lot of red tape to wade through as well as a huge expense, when a simple communication with the professional body "Speech Pathology Australia" would have provided up to date information about the fact that I have kept appropriate and relevant registration in a country which has similar if not better requirements to ensure protection of the general public.

Why is this idea important?

As a Speech & Language Therapist returning to the UK after 7 years working in Australia I was horrified to find out that despite keeping continous registration with the appropriate regulatory bodies in Australia I am required to spend in excess of 600GBP to become registered with the Health Professions Council and the Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists. I have been required to pay for medical examinations and certification of identity documents as well as an application fee on top of the yearly registration fees. It seems a lot of red tape to wade through as well as a huge expense, when a simple communication with the professional body "Speech Pathology Australia" would have provided up to date information about the fact that I have kept appropriate and relevant registration in a country which has similar if not better requirements to ensure protection of the general public.

Scrap stamp duty relief for zero carbon homes

Stamp duty exemption for new Zero Carbon homes sounds like a good idea but…

It only applies to the first sale. Given that the vast majority of zero carbon homes are built by individuals and not by building companies stamp duty would have already been paid on the plot and there would never be a first sale.

This legislation is therefore a waste of paper as virtually no one will get the relief.

It would be more useful to give Stamp Duty relief to all Level 5 and Level 6 houses on every sale.

Why is this idea important?

Stamp duty exemption for new Zero Carbon homes sounds like a good idea but…

It only applies to the first sale. Given that the vast majority of zero carbon homes are built by individuals and not by building companies stamp duty would have already been paid on the plot and there would never be a first sale.

This legislation is therefore a waste of paper as virtually no one will get the relief.

It would be more useful to give Stamp Duty relief to all Level 5 and Level 6 houses on every sale.

A single CRB check is enough

Like a TV or vehicle licemce, a SRB check should be valid for a fixed period and acceptable to all bodies requiring it, avoiding the need to get a new one for every new appointment where one is needed.

Why is this idea important?

Like a TV or vehicle licemce, a SRB check should be valid for a fixed period and acceptable to all bodies requiring it, avoiding the need to get a new one for every new appointment where one is needed.

Travel Expenses reinstated when going for a new job interview locally or not

I have been extremely surprised that these travel expenses were scrapped. Companies wanting to recruit call many potential workers for an interview without restraint and above all without having to pay them for their efforts to find a job.

Travel Expenses need to be reconsidered, especially when people who want to work and are on job seeker's allowance cannot afford to pay for all the interviews' travel expenses.

Worse even is the fact that a job seeker is prevented by the government to get Travel Expenses paid back if they do search for a job locally, [http://jobs.gbguide.com/Articles/Travel_Expenses_For_Job_Seekers.aspx] "the intention… is to allow you to attend interviews further afield ". Families are breaking up more quickly than ever and the government want to accentuate the split by "encouraging people" to move away from where they live and look for jobs further afield. That's nonsense. Why uprooting people? We haven't learnt a great deal since the Industrial Revolution obviously!

Why is this idea important?

I have been extremely surprised that these travel expenses were scrapped. Companies wanting to recruit call many potential workers for an interview without restraint and above all without having to pay them for their efforts to find a job.

Travel Expenses need to be reconsidered, especially when people who want to work and are on job seeker's allowance cannot afford to pay for all the interviews' travel expenses.

Worse even is the fact that a job seeker is prevented by the government to get Travel Expenses paid back if they do search for a job locally, [http://jobs.gbguide.com/Articles/Travel_Expenses_For_Job_Seekers.aspx] "the intention… is to allow you to attend interviews further afield ". Families are breaking up more quickly than ever and the government want to accentuate the split by "encouraging people" to move away from where they live and look for jobs further afield. That's nonsense. Why uprooting people? We haven't learnt a great deal since the Industrial Revolution obviously!

Everyone should have the right to DIY

The building regulations are being skewed to only allow certified trades to perform installations. I particular the Part-L wiring regulations.

There is no evidence that there was a problem with the old wiring regulations, electrocution is not a major cause of death in the UK.

Once it is a legal requirement to employ a 'specialist' the price goes up astronomically.

Everyone should have the right to do their own work in their own house in a cost effective way.

Why is this idea important?

The building regulations are being skewed to only allow certified trades to perform installations. I particular the Part-L wiring regulations.

There is no evidence that there was a problem with the old wiring regulations, electrocution is not a major cause of death in the UK.

Once it is a legal requirement to employ a 'specialist' the price goes up astronomically.

Everyone should have the right to do their own work in their own house in a cost effective way.

Repeal the European Communities Act

The Government is claiming that it will reduce the burden of regulations on British businesses and on individuals.  However it does not adit that its power to do so is very severely limited by our membership of the EU.  About 80% of our legislation and regulations come from the EU, and we have no control over them.

Why is this idea important?

The Government is claiming that it will reduce the burden of regulations on British businesses and on individuals.  However it does not adit that its power to do so is very severely limited by our membership of the EU.  About 80% of our legislation and regulations come from the EU, and we have no control over them.

Creating new jobs without additional funding

The UK government has said during this period of austerity they will not be cutting the aid budget but something new needs to be done about employment and job creation. It should be noted that this idea works without the Aid element if you were looking at creating jobs there are elements in this idea that speak to that. If you reposition the funding and look for private sector contribution it still works . This might be might be politically sensitive / incorrect or dubious idea for the purist. If we look at the aid given by the UK / US/ EU to Africa (and the rest of the world), a percentage of that aid is tied to purchases by the aid recipient to the donor countries. But it’s usually business for the boys and usually badly managed. The question is that can that be changed taking the UK (just because I live there) for example will give approximately £100 million to Nigeria of west Africa ( see DFID ) not a lot you might say but with jobs scarce in the UK, should aid also includes job aid. Secondly have we maximised private sector involvement in Job creation if we can give them some tax breaks for creating some jobs even if the jobs are not directly working for them? This brief looks at the creating of an aid corps valued at possibly £3 million in terms of salary and deployment but can lead to jobs creation and business opportunities worth hundreds of millions. Their initial remit is entrepreneurial programs, Train indigenous worker and create markets for goods and services. The money does not have to be 100% government get the private sector involved the selling point is that they might be able to get a pool of trained staff in the future with local knowledge and management experience which they might not get in the in the UK on return. Do not forget the Africans in Diaspora who might want to go back and contribute for some time (like 6 months they may have local knowledge and skills plus they are not beholden to the aid recipient. Examples of this are experts from the World Bank who have been seconded to countries like Nigeria even if for a short time can have an impact (See Article ) especially as they are paid by the aid donor. I personally know that with jobs scarce British people are highly travelled and willing to work abroad The point is that there should be a paid aid corps (an example in the building and construction trade is suffering while aid funded construction projects could use the help of aid funded construction experts to not only execute but to train the local work force). This goes beyond selling equipment (I have horrendous stories of donated equipment which is never used) this forces the equipment to be setup and used. The alternative is to set up and African Venture capital fund and not based of the British Model ( my MBA dissertation written 12 years ago showed that British VC’s do not really invest in start ups and early stage companies and the angel investor are quite weak 12 years later things have not changed much) this should be more in line with the VC in America that have a more rounded port folio ( there are Chinese Indian and African returnees who have created their own funds in India china Nigeria Ghana but its not enough) . This should not be limited to goods and services. Africans send their kids to be educated abroad spending £240 -500 million (12000 students a year) for a population of 150million that’s a pittance compared to the potential of British secondary and universities extending their brands abroad. The question is that will it damage the education trade? The answer is no, when education was really good in Nigeria people still sent their children abroad and china and the middle east are opening branches of universities abroad . In certain universities the first two years are carried out abroad and the final year in the US or UK tech also means that they are in constant contact with satellite universities. For Britain and America to prosper they may actually have to invest abroad to create markets for their goods and services. To people without insight all of china investments in other countries are about obtaining strategic natural resources. But the probable mix is: strategic natural resources 40% political influence 40% creating future markets for their goods and services 20% any way back to the main point. The scenarios and options are varied and I will write a policy paper on it in the future in detail lets look at some issues : Political:The is a political price for changing aid policy but it does not have to be for all aid only a part of it. The political will and cost to change some of the status quo might be high. The will be resistance to measuring the real not perceived returns of the aid possibly calling this type development investment as a policy might remove it from the main focus of aid and make it some thing else. The goodwill might be obtained if private companies can be involved to contribute (an example is private companies can jointly fund positions in Africa the salary for a experts and engineers where need). The job creation part of things can be sold as a good thing.* There is a problem that the jobs might be abroad ( a component of jobs will be in the UK). There are other government agencies that do similar things like the DFID but note these are not entrepreneurial enterprises and an extension of government policy this goes beyond and is leaner in its focus. If the UK wants to change its perception by countries that it has labelled future strategic trouble spots then this kind of aid might buy them some good will. In country like Ghana and Nigeria the post colonial tactic of divide and rule might not be very effective if they are competing with the Chinese for oil reserves and they want to win hearts and minds in the north of those countries etc.Economic: The long term view is to create jobs up date workforce skills by working abroad or working with international agencies. Our thinking has to change since, financial services is the biggest industry what other soft services can we expand: education, remote medical diagnostics, we can export our film expertise the current value of Nollywood films is $400 million (they need help with piracy and production skills ,training ,equipment). Africa is screaming for IT investment in a transformative way. The Kenyan, South African and Nigerian market is huge, the return per user is lower but the volume is higher and there is less legacy cost which means that most of the investment is lower over time. It would be nice if all the jobs our created in the UK but if it cant UK will still remain the base and nothing has stopped profits from being repatriated as shell BP and chevron (who have invested over $3- 10 billion in Nigeria) repatriate funds. There is an explosion of microfinance in Africa one of its main problems is financing the right investments access of their customers to training and goods and services I am sure that aid could be directed to help this fledgling businesses in a measurable way also the use of the internet though mobile Phones ( as opposed the internet because pcs are expensive and access is not as pervasive) The list is endless and the possibilities endless. Seeding the venture capital market there is a great market for new venture funds for Africa but the approach will be different, there is also the ability to skip certain tech steps examples are in the telecoms. Secondly there is the low tech approach which means that some tech solutions are too sophisticated in its implementation (manual labour is cheaper in some solutions). Healthcare and technology is another area of growth I personally know of three companies from the US who are looking at investments in Nigeria. Social: The ability to redefine or channel aid and manage the public’s perception of aid without strings. The impact of the aid will be measurable and the quality of life improvement can be measured. Technological: Create a market for UK Jobs directly / indirectly for goods and services. Create and adapt technology that works in the third world. Creating systems that are cheaper to deploy. The impact of telecoms as a platform for deploying tech. The largest and fastest changes are using telecoms as a payment platform. Green Tech might be expensive for Africa but there are opportunities to create research hubs ( there are hundreds of scientists underemployed in Africa) there is also the weather and people seem to forget that there are at least six development banks focused on Africa looking at investing. There is an opportunity for the UK to created the worlds largest development solutions database this looks at all the different solutions ( solar ,pedal powered, medical equipment ,industrial equipment ) and the cost, location, the companies with database analytics and all the case studies / example of its implementation . The UK should be the number one destination for research on development technologies and the UK can hold conferences and services and support. The UK can become the base camp or Hub for development tech. Legal: Patchy regulations and enforcement. Immense infrastructural huddles. Corruption.Ther is a problem arround security of foreign national abroad ( kidnapping is on the rise in oil rich areas of nigeria). This is just a brief overview of a policy paper I will be writing in the future as I have gotten other potential contributors interested. I personally feel squeamish about aid with the addition of strings but in exploring the issue dispassionately it might trigger some really good ideas.

Why is this idea important?

The UK government has said during this period of austerity they will not be cutting the aid budget but something new needs to be done about employment and job creation. It should be noted that this idea works without the Aid element if you were looking at creating jobs there are elements in this idea that speak to that. If you reposition the funding and look for private sector contribution it still works . This might be might be politically sensitive / incorrect or dubious idea for the purist. If we look at the aid given by the UK / US/ EU to Africa (and the rest of the world), a percentage of that aid is tied to purchases by the aid recipient to the donor countries. But it’s usually business for the boys and usually badly managed. The question is that can that be changed taking the UK (just because I live there) for example will give approximately £100 million to Nigeria of west Africa ( see DFID ) not a lot you might say but with jobs scarce in the UK, should aid also includes job aid. Secondly have we maximised private sector involvement in Job creation if we can give them some tax breaks for creating some jobs even if the jobs are not directly working for them? This brief looks at the creating of an aid corps valued at possibly £3 million in terms of salary and deployment but can lead to jobs creation and business opportunities worth hundreds of millions. Their initial remit is entrepreneurial programs, Train indigenous worker and create markets for goods and services. The money does not have to be 100% government get the private sector involved the selling point is that they might be able to get a pool of trained staff in the future with local knowledge and management experience which they might not get in the in the UK on return. Do not forget the Africans in Diaspora who might want to go back and contribute for some time (like 6 months they may have local knowledge and skills plus they are not beholden to the aid recipient. Examples of this are experts from the World Bank who have been seconded to countries like Nigeria even if for a short time can have an impact (See Article ) especially as they are paid by the aid donor. I personally know that with jobs scarce British people are highly travelled and willing to work abroad The point is that there should be a paid aid corps (an example in the building and construction trade is suffering while aid funded construction projects could use the help of aid funded construction experts to not only execute but to train the local work force). This goes beyond selling equipment (I have horrendous stories of donated equipment which is never used) this forces the equipment to be setup and used. The alternative is to set up and African Venture capital fund and not based of the British Model ( my MBA dissertation written 12 years ago showed that British VC’s do not really invest in start ups and early stage companies and the angel investor are quite weak 12 years later things have not changed much) this should be more in line with the VC in America that have a more rounded port folio ( there are Chinese Indian and African returnees who have created their own funds in India china Nigeria Ghana but its not enough) . This should not be limited to goods and services. Africans send their kids to be educated abroad spending £240 -500 million (12000 students a year) for a population of 150million that’s a pittance compared to the potential of British secondary and universities extending their brands abroad. The question is that will it damage the education trade? The answer is no, when education was really good in Nigeria people still sent their children abroad and china and the middle east are opening branches of universities abroad . In certain universities the first two years are carried out abroad and the final year in the US or UK tech also means that they are in constant contact with satellite universities. For Britain and America to prosper they may actually have to invest abroad to create markets for their goods and services. To people without insight all of china investments in other countries are about obtaining strategic natural resources. But the probable mix is: strategic natural resources 40% political influence 40% creating future markets for their goods and services 20% any way back to the main point. The scenarios and options are varied and I will write a policy paper on it in the future in detail lets look at some issues : Political:The is a political price for changing aid policy but it does not have to be for all aid only a part of it. The political will and cost to change some of the status quo might be high. The will be resistance to measuring the real not perceived returns of the aid possibly calling this type development investment as a policy might remove it from the main focus of aid and make it some thing else. The goodwill might be obtained if private companies can be involved to contribute (an example is private companies can jointly fund positions in Africa the salary for a experts and engineers where need). The job creation part of things can be sold as a good thing.* There is a problem that the jobs might be abroad ( a component of jobs will be in the UK). There are other government agencies that do similar things like the DFID but note these are not entrepreneurial enterprises and an extension of government policy this goes beyond and is leaner in its focus. If the UK wants to change its perception by countries that it has labelled future strategic trouble spots then this kind of aid might buy them some good will. In country like Ghana and Nigeria the post colonial tactic of divide and rule might not be very effective if they are competing with the Chinese for oil reserves and they want to win hearts and minds in the north of those countries etc.Economic: The long term view is to create jobs up date workforce skills by working abroad or working with international agencies. Our thinking has to change since, financial services is the biggest industry what other soft services can we expand: education, remote medical diagnostics, we can export our film expertise the current value of Nollywood films is $400 million (they need help with piracy and production skills ,training ,equipment). Africa is screaming for IT investment in a transformative way. The Kenyan, South African and Nigerian market is huge, the return per user is lower but the volume is higher and there is less legacy cost which means that most of the investment is lower over time. It would be nice if all the jobs our created in the UK but if it cant UK will still remain the base and nothing has stopped profits from being repatriated as shell BP and chevron (who have invested over $3- 10 billion in Nigeria) repatriate funds. There is an explosion of microfinance in Africa one of its main problems is financing the right investments access of their customers to training and goods and services I am sure that aid could be directed to help this fledgling businesses in a measurable way also the use of the internet though mobile Phones ( as opposed the internet because pcs are expensive and access is not as pervasive) The list is endless and the possibilities endless. Seeding the venture capital market there is a great market for new venture funds for Africa but the approach will be different, there is also the ability to skip certain tech steps examples are in the telecoms. Secondly there is the low tech approach which means that some tech solutions are too sophisticated in its implementation (manual labour is cheaper in some solutions). Healthcare and technology is another area of growth I personally know of three companies from the US who are looking at investments in Nigeria. Social: The ability to redefine or channel aid and manage the public’s perception of aid without strings. The impact of the aid will be measurable and the quality of life improvement can be measured. Technological: Create a market for UK Jobs directly / indirectly for goods and services. Create and adapt technology that works in the third world. Creating systems that are cheaper to deploy. The impact of telecoms as a platform for deploying tech. The largest and fastest changes are using telecoms as a payment platform. Green Tech might be expensive for Africa but there are opportunities to create research hubs ( there are hundreds of scientists underemployed in Africa) there is also the weather and people seem to forget that there are at least six development banks focused on Africa looking at investing. There is an opportunity for the UK to created the worlds largest development solutions database this looks at all the different solutions ( solar ,pedal powered, medical equipment ,industrial equipment ) and the cost, location, the companies with database analytics and all the case studies / example of its implementation . The UK should be the number one destination for research on development technologies and the UK can hold conferences and services and support. The UK can become the base camp or Hub for development tech. Legal: Patchy regulations and enforcement. Immense infrastructural huddles. Corruption.Ther is a problem arround security of foreign national abroad ( kidnapping is on the rise in oil rich areas of nigeria). This is just a brief overview of a policy paper I will be writing in the future as I have gotten other potential contributors interested. I personally feel squeamish about aid with the addition of strings but in exploring the issue dispassionately it might trigger some really good ideas.

URGENT Stop Dover Port From Being Sold !!!

If the government had any sense you wouldn't allow our ports or airports  to fall into foreign hands or have  because this undermines our National Security. Surely you could back British firms to put bids in for these contracts.

 

 

Why is this idea important?

If the government had any sense you wouldn't allow our ports or airports  to fall into foreign hands or have  because this undermines our National Security. Surely you could back British firms to put bids in for these contracts.

 

 

My Tax Should Not Go Towards Benefits For Others!

i feel that people claiming benefits is atrocious! i do not agree with it wot so ever. young teenage girls getting pregnant and i get taxed from my wage packet for it to go towards people not working spending there benefit money on booze, fags and drugs. and for young mums to claim money and get a house and then my tax goes on paying for there baby. if i wanted to pay for young people to get pissed and for young mums babys i might aswell give it to them my self .

i would rather my tax go to people that actually do something for our country . e.g ambulance , police , soldiers ect.. this is something i feel very strongly about. i would rather my tax go on people like them not going towards people who claim! 

Why is this idea important?

i feel that people claiming benefits is atrocious! i do not agree with it wot so ever. young teenage girls getting pregnant and i get taxed from my wage packet for it to go towards people not working spending there benefit money on booze, fags and drugs. and for young mums to claim money and get a house and then my tax goes on paying for there baby. if i wanted to pay for young people to get pissed and for young mums babys i might aswell give it to them my self .

i would rather my tax go to people that actually do something for our country . e.g ambulance , police , soldiers ect.. this is something i feel very strongly about. i would rather my tax go on people like them not going towards people who claim! 

Public Sector Job Advertising

Not strictly business, I know, but an idea to broaden the base of recruitment to managerial posts in the public sector.

 

Why not remove the monopoly held by The Guardian newspaper over the advertising of managerial posts in this sector?  Stipulate that such posts should be advertised in the recruitment sections of a specified list of papers which would include a broad range of political views.  In time, the public sector would have to interview and appoint people of a broader range of views than are perhaps found among Guardian readers (no disrespect to them intended).

Why is this idea important?

Not strictly business, I know, but an idea to broaden the base of recruitment to managerial posts in the public sector.

 

Why not remove the monopoly held by The Guardian newspaper over the advertising of managerial posts in this sector?  Stipulate that such posts should be advertised in the recruitment sections of a specified list of papers which would include a broad range of political views.  In time, the public sector would have to interview and appoint people of a broader range of views than are perhaps found among Guardian readers (no disrespect to them intended).

Dental registration with CQC

The CQC takes over from an organisation which did not exactly cover itself in glory, in fact in relation to hospital inspections it was negligent. The application of CQC regulation to Dental Practice has been transposed from the regime for Care Homes and Hospitals with little or no adaptation because dental expertise has not been adequately involved.

There is extensive duplication of the functions of the General Dental Council in regulating the profession (at least as far as we can understand at the moment) and the inspection regimes of PCTs and the DRO system.

We are 8 months away from CQC registration yet a regime that can close a practice down has yet to make clear EXACTLY what will be rquired from us and even the most basic information i.e. cost of registration is unknown.This is also a MASSIVE admin burden especially on single-handed practices.

This proposal has all the hallmarks of creating another monster like the Child Support Agency.

Why is this idea important?

The CQC takes over from an organisation which did not exactly cover itself in glory, in fact in relation to hospital inspections it was negligent. The application of CQC regulation to Dental Practice has been transposed from the regime for Care Homes and Hospitals with little or no adaptation because dental expertise has not been adequately involved.

There is extensive duplication of the functions of the General Dental Council in regulating the profession (at least as far as we can understand at the moment) and the inspection regimes of PCTs and the DRO system.

We are 8 months away from CQC registration yet a regime that can close a practice down has yet to make clear EXACTLY what will be rquired from us and even the most basic information i.e. cost of registration is unknown.This is also a MASSIVE admin burden especially on single-handed practices.

This proposal has all the hallmarks of creating another monster like the Child Support Agency.

Flexibility in council car park charges

At the moment, council car park charges need extensive and costly consultation before they can be changed, which prevents them being raised or lowered in response to fluctuations in demand.  Demand does vary, sometimes predictably when an event is planned such as roadworks or a festival, sometimes in response to a weather forecast, and councils cannot react using charges to manage demand.

Where there is a market in car parking, such as near commuter stations, other operators' charges are often raised from time to time and the local council car park cannot respond quickly to avoid local business users or shoppers being crowded out..  It is also undesirable for a publicly funded service to undercut private operators in the same market.

The idea is to remove the requirement for consultation to allow a local council flexibility in setting these charges.

Why is this idea important?

At the moment, council car park charges need extensive and costly consultation before they can be changed, which prevents them being raised or lowered in response to fluctuations in demand.  Demand does vary, sometimes predictably when an event is planned such as roadworks or a festival, sometimes in response to a weather forecast, and councils cannot react using charges to manage demand.

Where there is a market in car parking, such as near commuter stations, other operators' charges are often raised from time to time and the local council car park cannot respond quickly to avoid local business users or shoppers being crowded out..  It is also undesirable for a publicly funded service to undercut private operators in the same market.

The idea is to remove the requirement for consultation to allow a local council flexibility in setting these charges.

Reduce Traffic Problems by Banning HGVs on Sundays

In Switzerland (it was and may still be) illegal to drive an HGV on a Sunday.  This reduced traffic problems and allowed people to travel much easier on a Sunday.  There is little justification for HGVs to be on the road on a Sunday.  All you see are trucks for the large supermarkets jamming up the roads in towns and cities which could deliver overnight after 12am.  In rural counties you regularly see HGVs on minor and A roads as they travel from one store to another.

Give the road back to the motorist for just one day a week please, getting anywhere in this country is becoming a nightmare !

 

 

Why is this idea important?

In Switzerland (it was and may still be) illegal to drive an HGV on a Sunday.  This reduced traffic problems and allowed people to travel much easier on a Sunday.  There is little justification for HGVs to be on the road on a Sunday.  All you see are trucks for the large supermarkets jamming up the roads in towns and cities which could deliver overnight after 12am.  In rural counties you regularly see HGVs on minor and A roads as they travel from one store to another.

Give the road back to the motorist for just one day a week please, getting anywhere in this country is becoming a nightmare !

 

 

Remove requirements for testing for people moving small numbers of animals

Recently introduced regulations require anyone keeping vertebrate animals for commercial purposes who transports animals other than single animals or for journeys less than 40km to pass a test and periodically retest. This regulation should only apply to people moving larger numbers of animals, for example it could apply to LGVs or HGVs but not other classes of vehicle.

It is absurd that, for example, someone who breeds dogs occasionally should be breaking the law if they take their two dogs in the car for a day trip.

Why is this idea important?

Recently introduced regulations require anyone keeping vertebrate animals for commercial purposes who transports animals other than single animals or for journeys less than 40km to pass a test and periodically retest. This regulation should only apply to people moving larger numbers of animals, for example it could apply to LGVs or HGVs but not other classes of vehicle.

It is absurd that, for example, someone who breeds dogs occasionally should be breaking the law if they take their two dogs in the car for a day trip.