Remove ICAS save money

ICAS (Independent Complaints Advocacy Service) was set up to 'help' people who have complains about a particular NHS service. My experience of ICAs when I has a complaint about the Bright NHS Trust was that they basically didn't do very much, making it pretty easy for the Trust director to just bat the problem back and forth without ever reaching resolution.

If this organisation can't add value to the NHS process then it should be disbanded and the money used more appropriately.

Why is this idea important?

ICAS (Independent Complaints Advocacy Service) was set up to 'help' people who have complains about a particular NHS service. My experience of ICAs when I has a complaint about the Bright NHS Trust was that they basically didn't do very much, making it pretty easy for the Trust director to just bat the problem back and forth without ever reaching resolution.

If this organisation can't add value to the NHS process then it should be disbanded and the money used more appropriately.

Remove ID Cards

ID Cards are an unnecessary burden on society. These days the vast majority of people have a passport or some other means of identifying themselves. An ID card would not add any value to the system, and unless extremely expensive measures are taken they would not be a definitive means of identify someone.

Of all the identification schemes available:- 

Sticky latex allows a criminal to lift another person's finger prints.

Retina scanning is unreliable, because the retina changes over age.

Any of these protections can be overcome. When finger printing was introduced in South east Asia, criminals chopped of the fingers of their victims to gain their identities.

Why is this idea important?

ID Cards are an unnecessary burden on society. These days the vast majority of people have a passport or some other means of identifying themselves. An ID card would not add any value to the system, and unless extremely expensive measures are taken they would not be a definitive means of identify someone.

Of all the identification schemes available:- 

Sticky latex allows a criminal to lift another person's finger prints.

Retina scanning is unreliable, because the retina changes over age.

Any of these protections can be overcome. When finger printing was introduced in South east Asia, criminals chopped of the fingers of their victims to gain their identities.

end the duplication of the CRB System

 

I work as a sports coach and have 7 crbs two from 2 local authorities (which require me to renew every year) 4 from four separate schools within a single local authority and one for volunteering at a local sports club. I have paid £46 for each crb check however I did get a free check for volunteering. I truly feel that I am being "financially abused" why is it that I have to pay for the same thing 6 times over? In order to work I must have a crb because if I refused then I would certainly lose business. Now I am not saying we should scrap crbs completely in theory I support it I believe people should be screened who work with children, young people and vulnerable adults because sadly we cannot trust everyone in our society. However what annoys me to my bones is when I turn up to a school and ask if they want to check and photo copy my crb and receive a reply of "What's a crb?" or "No you're alright" or "No I’m busy " what is the point of putting in place all these measures, procedures and investment so that when it comes to the front line staff who deal with crbs on a daily basis that they simply throw everything back in my face.

My recommendation would be simple yet effective, have one single crb check make it as simple or comprehensive as possible (in terms of the background check). Make the crbs personal to that person so it wouldn’t matter if an individual worked for 1, 2 or even 30 different companies/local authorities/schools/voluntary organisations etc etc, that way a person can work freely without being hindered by RED TAPE which drastically slows down my business. I except complexity to discuss and agree to the people/positions that require a crb check and the actual length of a crb i.e. 1 year, 3 years or 5 years. I must make clear that once a decision has been made it should be kept and not tampered with every year. Finally, in an ideal world the price for a crb check would be much lower dare I say free but I would accept a fair price that reflects the work and man hours required to complete my crb check not a stupidly overly priced and highly duplicated system which we all know it is at present.

Why is this idea important?

 

I work as a sports coach and have 7 crbs two from 2 local authorities (which require me to renew every year) 4 from four separate schools within a single local authority and one for volunteering at a local sports club. I have paid £46 for each crb check however I did get a free check for volunteering. I truly feel that I am being "financially abused" why is it that I have to pay for the same thing 6 times over? In order to work I must have a crb because if I refused then I would certainly lose business. Now I am not saying we should scrap crbs completely in theory I support it I believe people should be screened who work with children, young people and vulnerable adults because sadly we cannot trust everyone in our society. However what annoys me to my bones is when I turn up to a school and ask if they want to check and photo copy my crb and receive a reply of "What's a crb?" or "No you're alright" or "No I’m busy " what is the point of putting in place all these measures, procedures and investment so that when it comes to the front line staff who deal with crbs on a daily basis that they simply throw everything back in my face.

My recommendation would be simple yet effective, have one single crb check make it as simple or comprehensive as possible (in terms of the background check). Make the crbs personal to that person so it wouldn’t matter if an individual worked for 1, 2 or even 30 different companies/local authorities/schools/voluntary organisations etc etc, that way a person can work freely without being hindered by RED TAPE which drastically slows down my business. I except complexity to discuss and agree to the people/positions that require a crb check and the actual length of a crb i.e. 1 year, 3 years or 5 years. I must make clear that once a decision has been made it should be kept and not tampered with every year. Finally, in an ideal world the price for a crb check would be much lower dare I say free but I would accept a fair price that reflects the work and man hours required to complete my crb check not a stupidly overly priced and highly duplicated system which we all know it is at present.

Local Authority entering private land

Change the law which prevents the Local Authority from entering private land to remove items of fly tipping. 

Asbestos was recently dumped on private land and the Local Authority had to pay a private contractor to remove it because of this law.

Why is this idea important?

Change the law which prevents the Local Authority from entering private land to remove items of fly tipping. 

Asbestos was recently dumped on private land and the Local Authority had to pay a private contractor to remove it because of this law.

Repeal the Local Government Act 1972 (and Amendments thereto)

This would allow the removal of the costly middle-tier of local government – the Boroufgs etc – and upgrading of the presently expensive, unaccountable (to the LGO) and effectively useless parishes to their former status as Urban & Rural District Councils.

Local autonomy – local responsibility – in the heart of communities.

See for example the ideas promulgated by Nigel Ward and his Free Whitby ethos:

http://www.freewhitby.org.uk

Why is this idea important?

This would allow the removal of the costly middle-tier of local government – the Boroufgs etc – and upgrading of the presently expensive, unaccountable (to the LGO) and effectively useless parishes to their former status as Urban & Rural District Councils.

Local autonomy – local responsibility – in the heart of communities.

See for example the ideas promulgated by Nigel Ward and his Free Whitby ethos:

http://www.freewhitby.org.uk

Human Tissue Act

Currently the Human Tissue Act 2004 defines tissue as: "The HT Act regulates removal, storage and use of human tissue – defined as material that has come from a human body and consists of, or includes, human cells."

The authority has interpreted this to mean any sample that could possibly contain a remnant of a cell, whether whole or destroyed, including serum, urine, sputum (phlegm), CSF if collected for research or archiving purposes.

In fact, serum is created by spinning the cellular material out of the sample, and most urine samples have very cellular content. The majority of samples stored are serum samples, and they fall under the HTA. I would argue that such a wide definition of the HTA creates a huge, and unnecessary workload for research hospitals, with no demonstrable gain to the public.

Why is this idea important?

Currently the Human Tissue Act 2004 defines tissue as: "The HT Act regulates removal, storage and use of human tissue – defined as material that has come from a human body and consists of, or includes, human cells."

The authority has interpreted this to mean any sample that could possibly contain a remnant of a cell, whether whole or destroyed, including serum, urine, sputum (phlegm), CSF if collected for research or archiving purposes.

In fact, serum is created by spinning the cellular material out of the sample, and most urine samples have very cellular content. The majority of samples stored are serum samples, and they fall under the HTA. I would argue that such a wide definition of the HTA creates a huge, and unnecessary workload for research hospitals, with no demonstrable gain to the public.

Exempting charities from VAT

The main bureaucracy/admin burden on charities are the complex rules around VAT.  As well as having a direct cost in terms of the VAT that cannot be recovered (which will get bigger with the increase to 20%), there is a huge admin burden in working out how different transactions should be recorded, how much VAT can be reclaimed, getting specialist advice on appropriate treatments etc.  A simple blanket rule that charities are exempt from VAT would be a huge relief.

Why is this idea important?

The main bureaucracy/admin burden on charities are the complex rules around VAT.  As well as having a direct cost in terms of the VAT that cannot be recovered (which will get bigger with the increase to 20%), there is a huge admin burden in working out how different transactions should be recorded, how much VAT can be reclaimed, getting specialist advice on appropriate treatments etc.  A simple blanket rule that charities are exempt from VAT would be a huge relief.

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.

TV LICENCE LAWS

Scrap the TV licence.  It results in teenagers and impoverished families being harassed, fined and criminalised.  What's the point?

Enormous resources are wasted in collection, enforcement, punishment.  Yet this is a near-universal tax that could be rolled seamlessly into basic income tax, saving the millions spent on TV licence bureaucracy.

The TV licence is the modern Glass Tax.

Why is this idea important?

Scrap the TV licence.  It results in teenagers and impoverished families being harassed, fined and criminalised.  What's the point?

Enormous resources are wasted in collection, enforcement, punishment.  Yet this is a near-universal tax that could be rolled seamlessly into basic income tax, saving the millions spent on TV licence bureaucracy.

The TV licence is the modern Glass Tax.

End IR35 immediately

IR35 was introduced to stop tax evasion and raise £300 million.  It did neither and just made it much more difficult for small business owners.  Many independent contractors have been caught up in expensive measures to demonstrate that they are not nor have any intention to be employees of the companies to whom they supply services.  They do not receive any of the benefits of being employees (holidays, sickness, benefits, pensions, training, expenses, etc,).

In addition, many badly worded confusing, often contradictory and regularly changed "questions" were put into PAYE and personal tax returns. 

Simply repeal IR35 and all references to service companies.  By all means make sure everyone pays the correct amount of tax, but  end this failed law.

Why is this idea important?

IR35 was introduced to stop tax evasion and raise £300 million.  It did neither and just made it much more difficult for small business owners.  Many independent contractors have been caught up in expensive measures to demonstrate that they are not nor have any intention to be employees of the companies to whom they supply services.  They do not receive any of the benefits of being employees (holidays, sickness, benefits, pensions, training, expenses, etc,).

In addition, many badly worded confusing, often contradictory and regularly changed "questions" were put into PAYE and personal tax returns. 

Simply repeal IR35 and all references to service companies.  By all means make sure everyone pays the correct amount of tax, but  end this failed law.