This excessive bureaucratic burden on dentist will shift the focus away from patient care.

The requirement for CQC registration for the dental profession should be scrapped because there are already qulitiy assurance systems in place that are being regularly checked by the local PCTs.  Moreover, the GDC has tough guidelines on standards of care etc. As it is the dental profession is one of the most heavily regulated professions in the world. This means that dental practitioners have to dedicate much more time in dealing with excessive and unnecessary regulations and guidelines that are not all evidence based resulting in less time focusing their energy on patient care.  Is it not patient experience and outcomes that are more important than the raft of new regulations beseeching dentist in this ever changing world of health service provision where the goal post seems to shifting on a monthly basis!  If the concern is about totally private practices then surely the remit of the PCTs can be extended to cover this sector?

Why is this idea important?

The requirement for CQC registration for the dental profession should be scrapped because there are already qulitiy assurance systems in place that are being regularly checked by the local PCTs.  Moreover, the GDC has tough guidelines on standards of care etc. As it is the dental profession is one of the most heavily regulated professions in the world. This means that dental practitioners have to dedicate much more time in dealing with excessive and unnecessary regulations and guidelines that are not all evidence based resulting in less time focusing their energy on patient care.  Is it not patient experience and outcomes that are more important than the raft of new regulations beseeching dentist in this ever changing world of health service provision where the goal post seems to shifting on a monthly basis!  If the concern is about totally private practices then surely the remit of the PCTs can be extended to cover this sector?

make fostering and adoption national agency and stop repetition

I wanted to adopt/foster four years ago. I applied but then moved house, and so they stopped the applicagtion and I had to apply all again in the new home a year later, which in fact takes another year.  then i disliked the hertfordshire adoption policy against obese people and left them and went to another and had to start all over again for another year.  such a waste of public money as if the first social worker interviewed me for a national agency (whereever i lived and offering a home to children from any borough) then I would have not only offered a home immediately but when i moved my foster children might have moved too or in fact i began doing it immediately. the notion each borough does its own thing leads to the criminal repetition and waste of moeny of agency and borough social workeres going through paperwork then wasting time – in fact years – that a child could have been settled in a family.  it is in insane the boroughs have control anyway as the original social worker who interviews you could leave the borough and the staff there have to pass on the notes, so there is no reason if soc services were out of the control of boroughs that you would nto have the better fostgering and adoption to children nationally.  The obscenity of haringey council offering a manager a large pay rise for not getting a "bad " case in the headlines – as with baby P woudl be curbed as this is also a misuse of our council tax by  councillors trying to reward staff for covering up before elections etc.  If it was national then no one would get a payrise for a shameless failing like that…instead the money would go to the foster parents – the thousnad more who shoudl be recruited from lone parents (a bit of a no no inherently in the reactionary interview technique of the forms etc) AND WIDEN THE FIELD .  stop the endless repetition and waste of moeny that each foster parent goes through when they move borough – again ….

Why is this idea important?

I wanted to adopt/foster four years ago. I applied but then moved house, and so they stopped the applicagtion and I had to apply all again in the new home a year later, which in fact takes another year.  then i disliked the hertfordshire adoption policy against obese people and left them and went to another and had to start all over again for another year.  such a waste of public money as if the first social worker interviewed me for a national agency (whereever i lived and offering a home to children from any borough) then I would have not only offered a home immediately but when i moved my foster children might have moved too or in fact i began doing it immediately. the notion each borough does its own thing leads to the criminal repetition and waste of moeny of agency and borough social workeres going through paperwork then wasting time – in fact years – that a child could have been settled in a family.  it is in insane the boroughs have control anyway as the original social worker who interviews you could leave the borough and the staff there have to pass on the notes, so there is no reason if soc services were out of the control of boroughs that you would nto have the better fostgering and adoption to children nationally.  The obscenity of haringey council offering a manager a large pay rise for not getting a "bad " case in the headlines – as with baby P woudl be curbed as this is also a misuse of our council tax by  councillors trying to reward staff for covering up before elections etc.  If it was national then no one would get a payrise for a shameless failing like that…instead the money would go to the foster parents – the thousnad more who shoudl be recruited from lone parents (a bit of a no no inherently in the reactionary interview technique of the forms etc) AND WIDEN THE FIELD .  stop the endless repetition and waste of moeny that each foster parent goes through when they move borough – again ….

Scope of Practice – protecting patients

My understanding was the GCC was supposed to protect patients rights. Currently there are people within the profession who would limit chiropractic to musculoskeletal pain syndromes which I believe it failing patients to protect numerous patients who will lose life saving and quality of life care if these people are sucessful.

Why is this idea important?

My understanding was the GCC was supposed to protect patients rights. Currently there are people within the profession who would limit chiropractic to musculoskeletal pain syndromes which I believe it failing patients to protect numerous patients who will lose life saving and quality of life care if these people are sucessful.

Abolish stupid restrictions on Business Names

Did you know that if your name is John Sheffield it is an offence to open a business called "John Sheffield Widgets" without the permission of a self-important dining club in Nick Clegg's constituency? If your name is Windsor you will have similar problems.

Maggie Thatcher sensibly got rid of the redundant Business Names Registration Act, but New Labour snuck in daft new rules through the last Companies Act. These apply to all "businesses" but it is not clear how they are meant to be applied – I am not sure if staff at Companies House have ever had an application from an individual for permission to use his own name, as they act as gatekeepers for the formation of new Companies and LLPs – but if not them, who does police this Law? If no-one, why create an offence?

So my proposal is to drastically prune the list of Sensitive Names and restrict it to those claiming Limit of Liability. As Maggie understood, the Market will sort itself out. Try setting yourself up as Harrods of Blandford (real example) and the Lawyers will crush you instantly.

Why is this idea important?

Did you know that if your name is John Sheffield it is an offence to open a business called "John Sheffield Widgets" without the permission of a self-important dining club in Nick Clegg's constituency? If your name is Windsor you will have similar problems.

Maggie Thatcher sensibly got rid of the redundant Business Names Registration Act, but New Labour snuck in daft new rules through the last Companies Act. These apply to all "businesses" but it is not clear how they are meant to be applied – I am not sure if staff at Companies House have ever had an application from an individual for permission to use his own name, as they act as gatekeepers for the formation of new Companies and LLPs – but if not them, who does police this Law? If no-one, why create an offence?

So my proposal is to drastically prune the list of Sensitive Names and restrict it to those claiming Limit of Liability. As Maggie understood, the Market will sort itself out. Try setting yourself up as Harrods of Blandford (real example) and the Lawyers will crush you instantly.

Companies House Annual Returns

Make it easy to change the filing date.

At present it is very simple for a company to change its accounting date using form 225 but for some reason the Companies Act makes it ridiculously hard to change the Annual Return date. All we need is an amendment to make the rules similar to those for accounting dates. Companies House could then create a new form and an online equivalent – they told me 5 years ago they are unable to do do because the Companies Act does not let them. I got onto my MP and he just got a smug brush off via the Labour minister at the time – this was when the new Companies Act was being drafted.

Why is this idea important?

Make it easy to change the filing date.

At present it is very simple for a company to change its accounting date using form 225 but for some reason the Companies Act makes it ridiculously hard to change the Annual Return date. All we need is an amendment to make the rules similar to those for accounting dates. Companies House could then create a new form and an online equivalent – they told me 5 years ago they are unable to do do because the Companies Act does not let them. I got onto my MP and he just got a smug brush off via the Labour minister at the time – this was when the new Companies Act was being drafted.

Amendment to Money Laundering Regulations to help the self employed small business

Dear Cameron,

I am now semi retired after 40 years as an accountant. My turnover was only £1400 for the year ending 31.3.2010 but on 1.10.2010 I will have to pay the £120 Money Laundering Regulation Fee, the fee would be the same even if my turnover was £50000.

As you will appreciate £120 is 8.5% of my turnover(my turnover will be much the same in the current tax year). I have to absorb most of this fee myself and consider it to be excessive given the value of my turnover. Could you please consider setting a turnover limit below which the fee is not payable, I would suggest £10000,or alternatively, having a fee which is on a sliding scale based on turnover.

 

Why is this idea important?

Dear Cameron,

I am now semi retired after 40 years as an accountant. My turnover was only £1400 for the year ending 31.3.2010 but on 1.10.2010 I will have to pay the £120 Money Laundering Regulation Fee, the fee would be the same even if my turnover was £50000.

As you will appreciate £120 is 8.5% of my turnover(my turnover will be much the same in the current tax year). I have to absorb most of this fee myself and consider it to be excessive given the value of my turnover. Could you please consider setting a turnover limit below which the fee is not payable, I would suggest £10000,or alternatively, having a fee which is on a sliding scale based on turnover.

 

use disposal medical implements in hospitals

I'm not sure if this is a business issue but it can certainly be made one.

Yesterday there was a report that human flesh had been found on surgical implements in a hospital. Having been treated in this particular hospital – albeit more years ago than I care to remember – I was horrified.

Though the contaminated batch was spotted at the hospital, I cannot think there must be better, more efficient, and possibly cheaper ways of running operating theatres.

These instruments are sterilised by private companies. This is a job that could surely be better done in-house but it would be much better if scalpels and other such implements were only ever used once.

These instruments are all made from high quality steel. There is no reason most of them could not be manufactured from plastic, mostly it is only the blades that need to be metal. Scalpels made of plastic apart from the blades would be cheaper, lighter and easily disposed of and recycled. Ditto other such implements.

Disposable instruments bought in bulk would almost certainly be no more expensive than regular ones, and the possibility of contamination would be eliminated.

 

Why is this idea important?

I'm not sure if this is a business issue but it can certainly be made one.

Yesterday there was a report that human flesh had been found on surgical implements in a hospital. Having been treated in this particular hospital – albeit more years ago than I care to remember – I was horrified.

Though the contaminated batch was spotted at the hospital, I cannot think there must be better, more efficient, and possibly cheaper ways of running operating theatres.

These instruments are sterilised by private companies. This is a job that could surely be better done in-house but it would be much better if scalpels and other such implements were only ever used once.

These instruments are all made from high quality steel. There is no reason most of them could not be manufactured from plastic, mostly it is only the blades that need to be metal. Scalpels made of plastic apart from the blades would be cheaper, lighter and easily disposed of and recycled. Ditto other such implements.

Disposable instruments bought in bulk would almost certainly be no more expensive than regular ones, and the possibility of contamination would be eliminated.

 

Help for Small Business

I run a small restuarant and have been trading for just over a year. It has been hard to beat the ressesion but we are still paying the bills. For the 1st quarter of this financial year I registered for VAT. The overall running costs of a restuarant is high, staff, rent,rates, serevices in the region of £60k.   As most of our purchases are non-vatable we cannot claim much back. We are a very seasonal business and do most of our trade in the summer. I was devistated when I  was told my VAT bill is £4000 for the 1st Quarter of the year. All of our cashflow to help us through the winter has been eroded in this one bill. Surely this isn't a fair tax for a fairly new business who's turnover is going to be under £150k we are not even in a profit situation yet. We have now regerstered for the flat rate but that doesn't really help as we then can't claim any VAT back that we have paid so it works out that it is just in our favour but only by a few pounds. I can't see any help from the government in my situation. 

There should be a fairer system for the small start up business possibly on a sliding scale for VAT.

    

Why is this idea important?

I run a small restuarant and have been trading for just over a year. It has been hard to beat the ressesion but we are still paying the bills. For the 1st quarter of this financial year I registered for VAT. The overall running costs of a restuarant is high, staff, rent,rates, serevices in the region of £60k.   As most of our purchases are non-vatable we cannot claim much back. We are a very seasonal business and do most of our trade in the summer. I was devistated when I  was told my VAT bill is £4000 for the 1st Quarter of the year. All of our cashflow to help us through the winter has been eroded in this one bill. Surely this isn't a fair tax for a fairly new business who's turnover is going to be under £150k we are not even in a profit situation yet. We have now regerstered for the flat rate but that doesn't really help as we then can't claim any VAT back that we have paid so it works out that it is just in our favour but only by a few pounds. I can't see any help from the government in my situation. 

There should be a fairer system for the small start up business possibly on a sliding scale for VAT.

    

make the overselling of seats on planes illegal

Legislate against airlines being able to oversell places on planes – a major source of frustration and distress to the travelling public.  They have taken the price of the ticket up front so don't lose out if someone doesn't fly.  There is no justification for telling someone they can't fly because their seat is double booked.  No other industry is allowed to do this – theatres don't ask you to come back to the next performance because they sold your seat twice.  Even restaurants don't double book tables and they aren't even paid up front!

This practice is treats customers unfairly and should be made illegal.

Why is this idea important?

Legislate against airlines being able to oversell places on planes – a major source of frustration and distress to the travelling public.  They have taken the price of the ticket up front so don't lose out if someone doesn't fly.  There is no justification for telling someone they can't fly because their seat is double booked.  No other industry is allowed to do this – theatres don't ask you to come back to the next performance because they sold your seat twice.  Even restaurants don't double book tables and they aren't even paid up front!

This practice is treats customers unfairly and should be made illegal.

don’t impose the CQC burden on small dental practices

CQC or 'Care Quality Commision', represents a duplication of existing legislation.

Large organisations like hospitals may employ a legal team to deal with 'red tape', but most small dental practices consist of clinical teams of a dentist and dental nurse supported by a receptionist. The legislation about to be implemented was designed for hospitals etc, but dental practices are caught up in the net.

The CQC should disregard dental practices which already comply with the regulations under the GDC remit.

Why is this idea important?

CQC or 'Care Quality Commision', represents a duplication of existing legislation.

Large organisations like hospitals may employ a legal team to deal with 'red tape', but most small dental practices consist of clinical teams of a dentist and dental nurse supported by a receptionist. The legislation about to be implemented was designed for hospitals etc, but dental practices are caught up in the net.

The CQC should disregard dental practices which already comply with the regulations under the GDC remit.

Reduce immigration

The idea is to reduce immigration and, therefore its effect on the population and make up of the UK. It seems that Britain's population grew by some 395,000 during 2009 and is now expanding at three times the rate of the 1980s.

Why is this idea important?

The idea is to reduce immigration and, therefore its effect on the population and make up of the UK. It seems that Britain's population grew by some 395,000 during 2009 and is now expanding at three times the rate of the 1980s.

Allow any units of measurement

People in a free country should be entitled to use any scale of measurement that they wish – metric, imperial, babylonian whatever – in their own lives.  Government can choose which system(s) it wishes to use for its own transactions, signs etc.  Clearly this would influence people but not force them.

People can select the business that uses the system they prefer.

Why is this idea important?

People in a free country should be entitled to use any scale of measurement that they wish – metric, imperial, babylonian whatever – in their own lives.  Government can choose which system(s) it wishes to use for its own transactions, signs etc.  Clearly this would influence people but not force them.

People can select the business that uses the system they prefer.

Get rid of ‘equal pay for for equal work’

There should be no requirement to pay equally for equal work.  There is no job that is identical to another and is carried out identically by different people.

 

People should be paid upon what they are able to 'demand' and what the employer is willing to pay.

Why is this idea important?

There should be no requirement to pay equally for equal work.  There is no job that is identical to another and is carried out identically by different people.

 

People should be paid upon what they are able to 'demand' and what the employer is willing to pay.

Deregulate employment laws

There should not be any restriction on a company's right to terminate an employee's employment.  Any restrictions should be governed by the specific contract of employment.

 

If a company no longer has a need for an employee or feels that the employee is no longer worth employing then they should be allowed to react appropriately.

Why is this idea important?

There should not be any restriction on a company's right to terminate an employee's employment.  Any restrictions should be governed by the specific contract of employment.

 

If a company no longer has a need for an employee or feels that the employee is no longer worth employing then they should be allowed to react appropriately.

Charge D.E.F.R.A. with following up on all notifiable plant notifications

It is important theat certain notifiable plants, such as ragwort and himalayan balsam are destroyed as early as possible in the growing cycle to avoid further reproduction. At the moment, the way the rules work it is down to any individual who notes these plants to ask the landowner to remove/kill them. It is required that the reporting individual asks the landowner twice and logs the action taken (or not) before D.E.F.R.A. will get involved and even then this department is reluctant.

The usual response from a landowner informed of the existence of these plants by a member of the public is nothing!

Why is this idea important?

It is important theat certain notifiable plants, such as ragwort and himalayan balsam are destroyed as early as possible in the growing cycle to avoid further reproduction. At the moment, the way the rules work it is down to any individual who notes these plants to ask the landowner to remove/kill them. It is required that the reporting individual asks the landowner twice and logs the action taken (or not) before D.E.F.R.A. will get involved and even then this department is reluctant.

The usual response from a landowner informed of the existence of these plants by a member of the public is nothing!

Replace income tax with VAT

Income tax is a temporary (technically) tax which penalises hard work and savings (double taxation).  Replacing it with VAT would make citizens' lives easier and also penalise consumption which would be a 'green' approach to take.   Would enable VAT to include a resources element to make use of resources more expensive and keep items such as food etc cheaper.

Why is this idea important?

Income tax is a temporary (technically) tax which penalises hard work and savings (double taxation).  Replacing it with VAT would make citizens' lives easier and also penalise consumption which would be a 'green' approach to take.   Would enable VAT to include a resources element to make use of resources more expensive and keep items such as food etc cheaper.

Allow local, on farm disposal of dead livestock

The idea is to allow farmers to dispose of their dead livestock on the farm as long as certain conditions, such as distance froam a watercourse, are met.

Why is this idea important?

The idea is to allow farmers to dispose of their dead livestock on the farm as long as certain conditions, such as distance froam a watercourse, are met.

Single payments scheme – introduce minimum land holdings to qualify

Introduce a minimum holding of (say) 25 hectares to qualify for single payments. It is absolutely crazy that anone with one or two acres can qualify and receive annual payments of several hundred pounds especially as one reads that it costs £1700 to process each one.

This will have several major effects:

1.  Reduce the outgoings considerably – senior DEFRA management can easily calculate the monetary savings – probably in the order of 20%..

2.  Because the number of claimants will be reduced by 80% (the 80/20 rule) there will be an enormous reduction in the need for people to process the claims.

3.  Because there are many fewer qualifiers there will be a saving of at least 80% of the stationary bill – the packets of leaflets and brochures sent out several times a year. 

Why is this idea important?

Introduce a minimum holding of (say) 25 hectares to qualify for single payments. It is absolutely crazy that anone with one or two acres can qualify and receive annual payments of several hundred pounds especially as one reads that it costs £1700 to process each one.

This will have several major effects:

1.  Reduce the outgoings considerably – senior DEFRA management can easily calculate the monetary savings – probably in the order of 20%..

2.  Because the number of claimants will be reduced by 80% (the 80/20 rule) there will be an enormous reduction in the need for people to process the claims.

3.  Because there are many fewer qualifiers there will be a saving of at least 80% of the stationary bill – the packets of leaflets and brochures sent out several times a year. 

Capital Gains Tax

Why not make calculation/payment of Capital Gains Tax more like betting tax where you could pay an amount on the purchase price OR on any gain.  The advantages are much simpler for the citizen, govt gets some income earlier.

Why is this idea important?

Why not make calculation/payment of Capital Gains Tax more like betting tax where you could pay an amount on the purchase price OR on any gain.  The advantages are much simpler for the citizen, govt gets some income earlier.

Scrap Retail Distribution Review (RDR) in Financial Services

This review will be costly for businesses, is brutally unfair for experienced advisers and will reduce consumer choice by driving out many small IFA businesses after the end of 2012.

The FSA has demonstrated that it is not fit for purpose so why should they determine the future of financial services. Clients would be horrified if they realised that the advisers that they had trusted for decades were being forced out of the business due to the qualification requirements of RDR, set by a regulator which was significantly responsible for the lack of oversight of the major banks. 

Why is this idea important?

This review will be costly for businesses, is brutally unfair for experienced advisers and will reduce consumer choice by driving out many small IFA businesses after the end of 2012.

The FSA has demonstrated that it is not fit for purpose so why should they determine the future of financial services. Clients would be horrified if they realised that the advisers that they had trusted for decades were being forced out of the business due to the qualification requirements of RDR, set by a regulator which was significantly responsible for the lack of oversight of the major banks. 

An End To Private Landlord Selective Licensing

We have just become part of local council selective licensing in our area. We think that this is a money making scheme for the local council and surprisingly our tenants agree. We are a small business that has 3 properties and we are grateful to the council for pointing out some work that needs to be done. Most of them are Health and Safety issues and the problem that we and our tenants have is that the council seem to have forgotten that these are peoples homes and not places of work. I do not have handrails all over my house in case I fall. The cost of this to us as a small business is huge due to the fees that we also have to pay to the council for nothing.

 It is not in our best interest to let our properties go to rack and ruin as it affects the resale value which is already bad enough.

As one of our tenants pointed out "the council should take care of their own proprties before lording it over others", as many council properties in our area are in a terrible state.

Why is this idea important?

We have just become part of local council selective licensing in our area. We think that this is a money making scheme for the local council and surprisingly our tenants agree. We are a small business that has 3 properties and we are grateful to the council for pointing out some work that needs to be done. Most of them are Health and Safety issues and the problem that we and our tenants have is that the council seem to have forgotten that these are peoples homes and not places of work. I do not have handrails all over my house in case I fall. The cost of this to us as a small business is huge due to the fees that we also have to pay to the council for nothing.

 It is not in our best interest to let our properties go to rack and ruin as it affects the resale value which is already bad enough.

As one of our tenants pointed out "the council should take care of their own proprties before lording it over others", as many council properties in our area are in a terrible state.

Reduction in scope of CRB checks

My proposal is that the need for Criminal Records Board checks should be removed or simplified in relation to volunteers in charitable organisations who are only involved with the charity's users on a group basis – e.g. volunteers who help at group meetings for stroke victims or people with learning disabilities.  

Why is this idea important?

My proposal is that the need for Criminal Records Board checks should be removed or simplified in relation to volunteers in charitable organisations who are only involved with the charity's users on a group basis – e.g. volunteers who help at group meetings for stroke victims or people with learning disabilities.  

Bovine Tb

All movement of livestock to shows should be banned.

Farmers wishing to buy livestock should visit the farm offering them for sale to check the quality of the animals and the care provided by the farmer. The auction at the 'show' will be in the absence of the cattle which will be saved the transport round the country and the pollution from cattle trucks. Bovine Tb will soon be eliminated.

Why is this idea important?

All movement of livestock to shows should be banned.

Farmers wishing to buy livestock should visit the farm offering them for sale to check the quality of the animals and the care provided by the farmer. The auction at the 'show' will be in the absence of the cattle which will be saved the transport round the country and the pollution from cattle trucks. Bovine Tb will soon be eliminated.