Regulate the housing market by creating more social housing and the mass construction of rent controlled, high quality housing at cost

The UK economy is heavily unbalanced and society is under severe strain because of the unhealthy proccupation with property values . The private sector should be controlled and the govt should intervene to create more social housing with a new  agile and diverse  philosophy that would allow tenants to rent, buy, exchange but with clearly defined rules on standards of upkeep and presentation .

Southern Europe has some interesting models with public corporations that develop public and private land under cost controlled ,socially  diverse  responsible and means tested models that allow , different age groups, economic classes etc to establish a foothold in areas otherwise closed to them .

Rent controlled projects should be encouraged to draw demand away from the private sector and prevent overheating in the housing market .

Why is this idea important?

The UK economy is heavily unbalanced and society is under severe strain because of the unhealthy proccupation with property values . The private sector should be controlled and the govt should intervene to create more social housing with a new  agile and diverse  philosophy that would allow tenants to rent, buy, exchange but with clearly defined rules on standards of upkeep and presentation .

Southern Europe has some interesting models with public corporations that develop public and private land under cost controlled ,socially  diverse  responsible and means tested models that allow , different age groups, economic classes etc to establish a foothold in areas otherwise closed to them .

Rent controlled projects should be encouraged to draw demand away from the private sector and prevent overheating in the housing market .

Guarantee the Minimum Wage for interns

Young people are now expected to work unpaid at the start of their careers as the very few opportunities that exist are "for "interns". These are, in the main, just unpaid work.

We have a minimum wage in this country, a guaranteed sum which must be paid to every worker, however this is being abused by employers who think that, by calling their jobs "internships", they can avoid paying the legal minimum. The Minimum Wage regulations should be amended to cover "internships" (they are not mentioned at all) and for employers to be required to pay all young people what they should be paying them.

Why is this idea important?

Young people are now expected to work unpaid at the start of their careers as the very few opportunities that exist are "for "interns". These are, in the main, just unpaid work.

We have a minimum wage in this country, a guaranteed sum which must be paid to every worker, however this is being abused by employers who think that, by calling their jobs "internships", they can avoid paying the legal minimum. The Minimum Wage regulations should be amended to cover "internships" (they are not mentioned at all) and for employers to be required to pay all young people what they should be paying them.

Liberate small charities, voluntary groups and individuals

The number and source of laws and regulations constraining the actions of individuals and voluntary groups in carrying out community and civic activities are so extensive that their repeal would be slow and tortuous. In the meantime it is becoming impossible to get people to volunteer because of the hoops they have to jump through, and the threats of criminal and civil action if they persevere; from statutes on discrimination, health and safety, protection of the vulnerable, etc and from litigation in respect of employees, clients, etc seeking compensation and damages for perceived injury.

The principle must be re-established in law that a person giving their time and skills freely for the good of the community should be protected from criminal and civil action, provided only that they have acted in good faith and without wilful negligence.

This would make it more difficult to justify legal action against volunteers, freeing them from the anxiety that by attempting to benefit others they would become victims of the legal minefield which professional and commercial agents now navigate, but without any of the resources the latter can call upon in mitigation.

Why is this idea important?

The number and source of laws and regulations constraining the actions of individuals and voluntary groups in carrying out community and civic activities are so extensive that their repeal would be slow and tortuous. In the meantime it is becoming impossible to get people to volunteer because of the hoops they have to jump through, and the threats of criminal and civil action if they persevere; from statutes on discrimination, health and safety, protection of the vulnerable, etc and from litigation in respect of employees, clients, etc seeking compensation and damages for perceived injury.

The principle must be re-established in law that a person giving their time and skills freely for the good of the community should be protected from criminal and civil action, provided only that they have acted in good faith and without wilful negligence.

This would make it more difficult to justify legal action against volunteers, freeing them from the anxiety that by attempting to benefit others they would become victims of the legal minefield which professional and commercial agents now navigate, but without any of the resources the latter can call upon in mitigation.

Police officers should enforce current laws

I see little point in passing a multitude of new laws. How can police officers respond? – I'm sure that they don't carry round a crib sheet which has to be updated after every parliamentary session! Some simple examples from the motoring world. Has the motorway speed limit been increased? – who is monitoring and apprehending the majority of car drivers who persistently drive faster than 70m.p.h.? Let's have some well-publicised prosecutions. Why did we bother with a law banning the use of mobile telephones while driving? –  has anyone ever been prosecuted? I thought pavements were for pedestrians, pushchairs, wheelchairs – obviously there are many selfish and irresponsible drivers who think that pavements are parking spaces and others that like to park so that your view of oncoming traffic is blocked. Some short sharp shocks by P.C.S..O. 's would deal with this.

All serving police officers should be out and about enforcing the law not administrating!

Why is this idea important?

I see little point in passing a multitude of new laws. How can police officers respond? – I'm sure that they don't carry round a crib sheet which has to be updated after every parliamentary session! Some simple examples from the motoring world. Has the motorway speed limit been increased? – who is monitoring and apprehending the majority of car drivers who persistently drive faster than 70m.p.h.? Let's have some well-publicised prosecutions. Why did we bother with a law banning the use of mobile telephones while driving? –  has anyone ever been prosecuted? I thought pavements were for pedestrians, pushchairs, wheelchairs – obviously there are many selfish and irresponsible drivers who think that pavements are parking spaces and others that like to park so that your view of oncoming traffic is blocked. Some short sharp shocks by P.C.S..O. 's would deal with this.

All serving police officers should be out and about enforcing the law not administrating!

Allow Anyone To Set Up A Local TV Station

Allow any one to set up a local TV station.  Impose a low power limit and prevent operators having licences for more than one area, but just make it easier.  Don't force people to categorise their channels. Remove massive bureacratic and operational hurdles – it's all but impossible to operate a TV channel without a legal department. Remove scope for malicious complaints.

OK, impose a few conditions. Convicted criminals, sex shop onwers and people "convicted" of trading offences in civil courts should be required to undergo full "Appropriate Person" checks, and debtors, but let ordinary people set up channels.

Let people sub-lease capacity at different times of day without assuming liability for content.

Make it even easier by making Ofcom provide "TV station in a box" model kits, eg docs, retention of recordings, etc.

And keep local council out of it, there is enough bland well meaning rubbish out there.

Why is this idea important?

Allow any one to set up a local TV station.  Impose a low power limit and prevent operators having licences for more than one area, but just make it easier.  Don't force people to categorise their channels. Remove massive bureacratic and operational hurdles – it's all but impossible to operate a TV channel without a legal department. Remove scope for malicious complaints.

OK, impose a few conditions. Convicted criminals, sex shop onwers and people "convicted" of trading offences in civil courts should be required to undergo full "Appropriate Person" checks, and debtors, but let ordinary people set up channels.

Let people sub-lease capacity at different times of day without assuming liability for content.

Make it even easier by making Ofcom provide "TV station in a box" model kits, eg docs, retention of recordings, etc.

And keep local council out of it, there is enough bland well meaning rubbish out there.

Give Communities the Power to Deal with their Own Food Waste

Allow communities to deal with their own food waste by removing the unnecessarily strict interpretation of the Animal By Products Regulations (ABPR) and increasing the limits of food waste which can be composted under a T23 anaerobic composting exemption.

Any community group which wishes to compost their own food waste must comply with the very strict time, temperature and particle size requirements set out in the Animal By Product Regulations. These regulations came into force in aftermath of Foot and Mouth and other crises to regulate collection, transport, storage, handling, processing and use of animal by products in EU Member States but their application in the UK has been far too restrictive.

Under the ABPR all catering waste must be composted in line with the ABPR. Catering Waste is defined  as ‘all waste food including used cooking oil originating in restaurants, catering facilities and kitchens, including central kitchens and household kitchens’ this includes waste from vegetarian kitchens, and no distinction is made for purely vegetable waste (DEFRA website). In practice this means that even a tea bag which may have theoretically touched some milk cannot be composted by community groups unless they can meet the strict guidelines set out in the ABPR.  This means that community groups wishing to compost their carrot peelings must be able to afford expensive in-vessel composting systems and the associated testing and recording.

 Those community groups which do manage to meet the requirements of the ABPR are then only allowed 10 tonnes of food waste on site at anyone time under a free exemption. As the quantities most community groups are processing are less than is financially sustainable for PAS100 accreditation the whole of the material – finished compost of excellent quality included is classed legally as food waste and thus limited to 10 tonnes on site at anyone time. Thus the free exemption treats normal kitchen waste in the same way as animal tissue waste (including blood and carcasses!). 

If groups cannot meet  these limits they must apply for a Standard Permit or Bespoke Permit. These permits were developed with large scale commercial composters in mind and cost thousands of pounds. As most community groups operate on tiny budgets, relying on the good will of volunteers these costs simply cannot be meet. 

Why is this idea important?

Allow communities to deal with their own food waste by removing the unnecessarily strict interpretation of the Animal By Products Regulations (ABPR) and increasing the limits of food waste which can be composted under a T23 anaerobic composting exemption.

Any community group which wishes to compost their own food waste must comply with the very strict time, temperature and particle size requirements set out in the Animal By Product Regulations. These regulations came into force in aftermath of Foot and Mouth and other crises to regulate collection, transport, storage, handling, processing and use of animal by products in EU Member States but their application in the UK has been far too restrictive.

Under the ABPR all catering waste must be composted in line with the ABPR. Catering Waste is defined  as ‘all waste food including used cooking oil originating in restaurants, catering facilities and kitchens, including central kitchens and household kitchens’ this includes waste from vegetarian kitchens, and no distinction is made for purely vegetable waste (DEFRA website). In practice this means that even a tea bag which may have theoretically touched some milk cannot be composted by community groups unless they can meet the strict guidelines set out in the ABPR.  This means that community groups wishing to compost their carrot peelings must be able to afford expensive in-vessel composting systems and the associated testing and recording.

 Those community groups which do manage to meet the requirements of the ABPR are then only allowed 10 tonnes of food waste on site at anyone time under a free exemption. As the quantities most community groups are processing are less than is financially sustainable for PAS100 accreditation the whole of the material – finished compost of excellent quality included is classed legally as food waste and thus limited to 10 tonnes on site at anyone time. Thus the free exemption treats normal kitchen waste in the same way as animal tissue waste (including blood and carcasses!). 

If groups cannot meet  these limits they must apply for a Standard Permit or Bespoke Permit. These permits were developed with large scale commercial composters in mind and cost thousands of pounds. As most community groups operate on tiny budgets, relying on the good will of volunteers these costs simply cannot be meet. 

Repeal of the Caravan Sites and Control of Development Act 1960

To repeal this little known law which allows unelected bodies to make planning decisions  allowing campsites to be established in communities without any recourse to the inhabitants or to the Local Authority. This is one way to give local planning decisions back to local people.

Why is this idea important?

To repeal this little known law which allows unelected bodies to make planning decisions  allowing campsites to be established in communities without any recourse to the inhabitants or to the Local Authority. This is one way to give local planning decisions back to local people.

Reduce Police Costs AND Improve Freedom of Speech

Reduce Protest confrontations by limiting same day or location of secondary counter demonstrations from occuring and thus save money as well as reduce friction in the community, and agression and violence on our streets.

Example:-

1/ Those who protest agains the war should not be permitted to protest at the same places and times where soldiers are marching to commemorate losses/celebrate their bravery.

2/ BNP and anti-BNP groups should have seperate protests either by the location or the date.

The tests I would apply is here is one of historical violence and size of protest as well as whether the secondary protest will prevent the first from freedom of expression at all. If the groups are known to be peaceful and of a reasonable size then this change should not be applied.

Why is this idea important?

Reduce Protest confrontations by limiting same day or location of secondary counter demonstrations from occuring and thus save money as well as reduce friction in the community, and agression and violence on our streets.

Example:-

1/ Those who protest agains the war should not be permitted to protest at the same places and times where soldiers are marching to commemorate losses/celebrate their bravery.

2/ BNP and anti-BNP groups should have seperate protests either by the location or the date.

The tests I would apply is here is one of historical violence and size of protest as well as whether the secondary protest will prevent the first from freedom of expression at all. If the groups are known to be peaceful and of a reasonable size then this change should not be applied.

Make motorist automaticaly liable for collisions with cyclists/pedestrians

A no fault liability system should be applied to cyclists/pedestrians unless a motorist or vehicle driver is able to demonstrate total or partial fault on the part of a cyclist/pedestrian.

The above is standard practice and law in many European/EU Countries

Although this may create, at the outset, a feeling of favouritism this would have the effect of making motorist more cautious to-wards parties who do not have the benefit of protection of airbags and protective compartments around them.

Why is this idea important?

A no fault liability system should be applied to cyclists/pedestrians unless a motorist or vehicle driver is able to demonstrate total or partial fault on the part of a cyclist/pedestrian.

The above is standard practice and law in many European/EU Countries

Although this may create, at the outset, a feeling of favouritism this would have the effect of making motorist more cautious to-wards parties who do not have the benefit of protection of airbags and protective compartments around them.

Update definition of forestry to include community and educational use

The current definition of forestry is limited and is inconsistent with DEFRA'S latest strategy for Trees, Woods and Forests which states that community and educational use of woodlands is core to it's aims.

Under current planning law, woodlands are only available for 'non forestry' use for 28 days a year. This means that community forest schools (which offer children opportunities to learn and connect with their environment), woodland playschemes and conservation groups using young people as volunteers may be required to apply for change of use. Current definitions of land use are also inflexible so that there are no sub groups; educational use is presumed to be a 'school' and a conservation project can find themselves being asked to supply car parking to the same specifications as a new build school in order to get change of use.

I would like the definition of forestry and agrigulture to be more flexible- to allow for sustainable community growing and conservation projects.

Why is this idea important?

The current definition of forestry is limited and is inconsistent with DEFRA'S latest strategy for Trees, Woods and Forests which states that community and educational use of woodlands is core to it's aims.

Under current planning law, woodlands are only available for 'non forestry' use for 28 days a year. This means that community forest schools (which offer children opportunities to learn and connect with their environment), woodland playschemes and conservation groups using young people as volunteers may be required to apply for change of use. Current definitions of land use are also inflexible so that there are no sub groups; educational use is presumed to be a 'school' and a conservation project can find themselves being asked to supply car parking to the same specifications as a new build school in order to get change of use.

I would like the definition of forestry and agrigulture to be more flexible- to allow for sustainable community growing and conservation projects.

Community Services

For years now we have seen Courts handing out community Service Orders (None paid work in the community) but I have NEVER seen anyone actually doing any work in the community!!! Clearly the Labour do gooders did not want the criminals embarrased whilst doing their sentance, so allowed them to be out of sight to the general public.  I would, and I am sure most other people, would like to see Community Service being done IN the community.

Why is this idea important?

For years now we have seen Courts handing out community Service Orders (None paid work in the community) but I have NEVER seen anyone actually doing any work in the community!!! Clearly the Labour do gooders did not want the criminals embarrased whilst doing their sentance, so allowed them to be out of sight to the general public.  I would, and I am sure most other people, would like to see Community Service being done IN the community.

Get stripclubs off the highstreet

Stripclub licenses should be difficult to obtain and the clubs should be strictly regulated and the women who work in them should get a set wage rather than earning based on how far they are willing to go!

Why is this idea important?

Stripclub licenses should be difficult to obtain and the clubs should be strictly regulated and the women who work in them should get a set wage rather than earning based on how far they are willing to go!

Give the community back to the community we do not want the council telling us what to do with our area

Hi,

We live in a lovely area with 1 green field where the children play and we walk dogs and we have a football team play here and we hold summer festivals and use it for so much more, so tell me why it that the council can just decide to bully us and try to build a school on it ( BSF ) and not listen to anyone in the local community. I would like it known that we should have a say on what goes on in our area. We run a residents association and we try to make it a better place to live but the council really do not understand what we want ( but i'm sure you have heard all about stoke on trent council by now ).

 

Thanks

Craig Lees

Why is this idea important?

Hi,

We live in a lovely area with 1 green field where the children play and we walk dogs and we have a football team play here and we hold summer festivals and use it for so much more, so tell me why it that the council can just decide to bully us and try to build a school on it ( BSF ) and not listen to anyone in the local community. I would like it known that we should have a say on what goes on in our area. We run a residents association and we try to make it a better place to live but the council really do not understand what we want ( but i'm sure you have heard all about stoke on trent council by now ).

 

Thanks

Craig Lees

Raffles – remove requirement to register.

Anyone holding a raffle is supposed to register and get permission. On tickets of larger raffles you will see the name and the address of the promoter. Most raffles however are quite small and involve generic raffle tickets bought from stationers, involve relatively few people and may only last a few hours for the duration of an event. The requirement to register is largely ignored in practice by the general public for these smaller raffles, so you may as well remove the law which states that the raffle shoudl be registered.

Why is this idea important?

Anyone holding a raffle is supposed to register and get permission. On tickets of larger raffles you will see the name and the address of the promoter. Most raffles however are quite small and involve generic raffle tickets bought from stationers, involve relatively few people and may only last a few hours for the duration of an event. The requirement to register is largely ignored in practice by the general public for these smaller raffles, so you may as well remove the law which states that the raffle shoudl be registered.

Amend Criminal Justice Bill – Parties are a right not a privilege!

Since time began people have been partying and ghave contributed to the well being a social development of mankind. The Labour Government saw fit to pass the criminal justice bill requiring social gatherings of more than a few people to need a license. If the land owner has no objections and there is consideration as to location (for volume reasons). There should be no problem.

Another thing is to cease the relentless attack on Britain's public houses- they are good for social cohesion. Better than people being stuck at home watching 'Britain's got talent ( an enormous amount of debt and out of control immigration!)'.

Why is this idea important?

Since time began people have been partying and ghave contributed to the well being a social development of mankind. The Labour Government saw fit to pass the criminal justice bill requiring social gatherings of more than a few people to need a license. If the land owner has no objections and there is consideration as to location (for volume reasons). There should be no problem.

Another thing is to cease the relentless attack on Britain's public houses- they are good for social cohesion. Better than people being stuck at home watching 'Britain's got talent ( an enormous amount of debt and out of control immigration!)'.

Help British Waterways become a 3rd sector organisation

Rich in heritage, abundant in wildlife and alive with culture, inland waterways are as popular today as they've ever been. Half the population lives within five miles of one of our canals and rivers and an incredible 13 million people use them every year as part of their everyday life – as a short-cut to work, walking the dog or simply taking time-out and watching the boats.

Independent surveys show that nine out of ten people agree that they are an important part of the nation's heritage, and it's British Waterways' job to ensure they remain so, whilst serving a modern purpose for the local communities through which they pass.

As part of its plans to establish a ‘national trust’ for the nation’s canals and rivers, British Waterways (BW) together with the Kennet & Avon Canal Trust (KACT) are piloting an innovative approach to managing the 200-year old Kennet & Avon Canal. The launch of the initiative will give the people that use and enjoy the waterway and the communities that live alongside it a much greater say in how the canal is managed.

Following discussions, which also included representatives from the Inland Waterways Association (IWA), the KACT and BW will work together in setting up a Waterways Partnership Board for the canal. Members will be drawn from the highest level from the five local authorities and other key stakeholders who came together and led on the canal’s restoration.

The pilot includes reviewing the current plans of both organisations including development, operations, funding requirements etc. and by September agree and produce a combined Waterway Area Plan for the canal corridor which can be implemented by all partners.

It is hoped that the pilot will provide BW with valuable information and experience on how to put waterways on a 'more sustainable footing' and ensure the lessons are incorporated into the consultation on the setting up of a new third sector body.

Why is this idea important?

Rich in heritage, abundant in wildlife and alive with culture, inland waterways are as popular today as they've ever been. Half the population lives within five miles of one of our canals and rivers and an incredible 13 million people use them every year as part of their everyday life – as a short-cut to work, walking the dog or simply taking time-out and watching the boats.

Independent surveys show that nine out of ten people agree that they are an important part of the nation's heritage, and it's British Waterways' job to ensure they remain so, whilst serving a modern purpose for the local communities through which they pass.

As part of its plans to establish a ‘national trust’ for the nation’s canals and rivers, British Waterways (BW) together with the Kennet & Avon Canal Trust (KACT) are piloting an innovative approach to managing the 200-year old Kennet & Avon Canal. The launch of the initiative will give the people that use and enjoy the waterway and the communities that live alongside it a much greater say in how the canal is managed.

Following discussions, which also included representatives from the Inland Waterways Association (IWA), the KACT and BW will work together in setting up a Waterways Partnership Board for the canal. Members will be drawn from the highest level from the five local authorities and other key stakeholders who came together and led on the canal’s restoration.

The pilot includes reviewing the current plans of both organisations including development, operations, funding requirements etc. and by September agree and produce a combined Waterway Area Plan for the canal corridor which can be implemented by all partners.

It is hoped that the pilot will provide BW with valuable information and experience on how to put waterways on a 'more sustainable footing' and ensure the lessons are incorporated into the consultation on the setting up of a new third sector body.

Abolish Corporation Tax for NFP Community Interest Companies

As a volunteer director of a NFP Community Interest Company I think that the notion of charging corporation tax on surpluses undermines the core principle of both the 'not for profit' and 'community interest' principles. My proposal is to abolish corporation tax for Community Interest Companies where the profit is being reinvested back into community benefits and especially where there are no paid staff.

My organisation is dependant upon securing grants from various bodies to help us deliver a community radio service. We have about 80 volunteers, no paid staff and an annual budget of about £15K. If we secure a grant for a project in the 11th month of our financial cycle, the money appears as a 'profit' on the accounts, which would be balanced in the following year as a 'loss'. We are required to make our corporation tax return within the following few months and are therefore subject to paying the tax on grant funding that has been given to us for delivering a specific community benefit. This makes no sense.

Why is this idea important?

As a volunteer director of a NFP Community Interest Company I think that the notion of charging corporation tax on surpluses undermines the core principle of both the 'not for profit' and 'community interest' principles. My proposal is to abolish corporation tax for Community Interest Companies where the profit is being reinvested back into community benefits and especially where there are no paid staff.

My organisation is dependant upon securing grants from various bodies to help us deliver a community radio service. We have about 80 volunteers, no paid staff and an annual budget of about £15K. If we secure a grant for a project in the 11th month of our financial cycle, the money appears as a 'profit' on the accounts, which would be balanced in the following year as a 'loss'. We are required to make our corporation tax return within the following few months and are therefore subject to paying the tax on grant funding that has been given to us for delivering a specific community benefit. This makes no sense.

Allow free market places in towns and cities

Every weekend, or at least one day of every week a part of town (e.g. an open square) should become a free market place. Perhaps people should still have to register (through the council) so there is some form of quality control, but the important thing is that a market place should be provided for free, without the need for a traders licence, and that the market should be facillitated (i.e. tables and covers provided).

Why is this idea important?

Every weekend, or at least one day of every week a part of town (e.g. an open square) should become a free market place. Perhaps people should still have to register (through the council) so there is some form of quality control, but the important thing is that a market place should be provided for free, without the need for a traders licence, and that the market should be facillitated (i.e. tables and covers provided).

Make the Police more human

There have been several occasions in which I have encountered the police using laws to direct action rather than guidance, suggestion, or any form of wisdom. What they should be saying is, you can't do that, becuase such and such a reason. Instead, we get "you can't do that, because that's the way it is", often in a very arrogant, very non-bending, very non-understanding or unhelpful way.

Here are some examples; I have been retained for hours in peaceful protest situations under 'terrorism laws', completely misused, and in turn creating frustration and abuse. In similar situations, I have been told to move away from the pavement, or simply away from having a decent conversation under "blockage of public passageway" instructions. I have been told I couldn't wait for a friend on the other side of a passport queue in an airport, and when I did, was questioned for 40 minutes and held by the police while they did an identity check on me. I tell you, that made me feel very unhappy about coming back to britain from relatively relaxed scandinavia.

There are many things that could make the police more human. walking or getting about by bicycles instead of cars (like rudeboys in the hood) would help. Using contextual, situational (e.g. more human) guidance for control rather than the use of laws would be good. Perhaps having policing as a more community (elected?) group would be fantastic.

Why is this idea important?

There have been several occasions in which I have encountered the police using laws to direct action rather than guidance, suggestion, or any form of wisdom. What they should be saying is, you can't do that, becuase such and such a reason. Instead, we get "you can't do that, because that's the way it is", often in a very arrogant, very non-bending, very non-understanding or unhelpful way.

Here are some examples; I have been retained for hours in peaceful protest situations under 'terrorism laws', completely misused, and in turn creating frustration and abuse. In similar situations, I have been told to move away from the pavement, or simply away from having a decent conversation under "blockage of public passageway" instructions. I have been told I couldn't wait for a friend on the other side of a passport queue in an airport, and when I did, was questioned for 40 minutes and held by the police while they did an identity check on me. I tell you, that made me feel very unhappy about coming back to britain from relatively relaxed scandinavia.

There are many things that could make the police more human. walking or getting about by bicycles instead of cars (like rudeboys in the hood) would help. Using contextual, situational (e.g. more human) guidance for control rather than the use of laws would be good. Perhaps having policing as a more community (elected?) group would be fantastic.

Change the way in which public sector IT projects are handled

 

Having a preferred supplier list for IT projects has led to the following issues:

  • The best company or team may never get an opportunity to bid for work. This not only restricts free trade but also stops the public sector from getting the best price and service
  • Currently there are individuals and companies acting as brokers – they take a cut, just because they are already on the Preference Supplier List (PSL) – they do not do the work
  • IT project experts are not consulted for the likely success of what may appear to be the most cost effective solution

The government should set up a body which uses IT professionals to review IT projects and contracts. This body could be made up of volunteers (I am sure many in my field would offer their time) who review the projects at inception and throughout the process until completion. This body would ensure that projects were broken down into manageable chunks which deliver real value in increments

Complex software and systems are implemented all of the time in the city and it is very rare that we go to the board without a staggered plan – the public sector needs to learn from the people who have successfully developed the major systems which power our economy

An IT community project should be set-up to investigate how IT could be used to improve the efficiency of our police force and councils

Why is this idea important?

 

Having a preferred supplier list for IT projects has led to the following issues:

  • The best company or team may never get an opportunity to bid for work. This not only restricts free trade but also stops the public sector from getting the best price and service
  • Currently there are individuals and companies acting as brokers – they take a cut, just because they are already on the Preference Supplier List (PSL) – they do not do the work
  • IT project experts are not consulted for the likely success of what may appear to be the most cost effective solution

The government should set up a body which uses IT professionals to review IT projects and contracts. This body could be made up of volunteers (I am sure many in my field would offer their time) who review the projects at inception and throughout the process until completion. This body would ensure that projects were broken down into manageable chunks which deliver real value in increments

Complex software and systems are implemented all of the time in the city and it is very rare that we go to the board without a staggered plan – the public sector needs to learn from the people who have successfully developed the major systems which power our economy

An IT community project should be set-up to investigate how IT could be used to improve the efficiency of our police force and councils

Bring Life back to the High Street and Local Store

Cap the number of out of town shopping centres, give high streets free nearby parking, give incentives to councils to approve planning for high street shops.

Why is this idea important?

Cap the number of out of town shopping centres, give high streets free nearby parking, give incentives to councils to approve planning for high street shops.

Specific legal guidelines regarding squatting

Put in place guidelines surrounding the use and occupation of empty buildings. These should include the rights of those to use the space but also the responsibilities to the space itself.

This would mean that evictions should take place not on the basis of the owner proving ownership but proving a need to return the building to use. 

It would also mean that owners would not be able to a building to become a crack house/shooting gallery as the squatters would be evicted for failing in their responsibilities to the upkeep of the building. 

Why is this idea important?

Put in place guidelines surrounding the use and occupation of empty buildings. These should include the rights of those to use the space but also the responsibilities to the space itself.

This would mean that evictions should take place not on the basis of the owner proving ownership but proving a need to return the building to use. 

It would also mean that owners would not be able to a building to become a crack house/shooting gallery as the squatters would be evicted for failing in their responsibilities to the upkeep of the building.