Wireless Telegraphy Act 1949 Section 5(b)

Any reception of unencrypted radio communications not on a ‘broadcast band’ is illegal. Criminalises plane-spotters with their scanner. Far too wide ranging.

Why is this idea important?

Any reception of unencrypted radio communications not on a ‘broadcast band’ is illegal. Criminalises plane-spotters with their scanner. Far too wide ranging.

Great Repeal Bill – Part 1

 

It is an extremely promising and most welcome initiative for the Coalition government to take the matter of excessive regulation seriously and enlist and trust citizens to help define a future legislative programme, and offer views on how the role of the state might be reduced.

I propose a Great Reform Bill to remove the following pieces of legislation or regulations from the statute book, initially consisting of repealing of reforming the following pieces of legislation:

  • The Health & Safety at Work Act 1974. Excessive health and safety legislation has replaced common sense and the sheer volume and proliferation of rules and regulations stifles innovation and swamps small businesses or charitable organisations in the Third Sector. It is time for a thorough review of all aspects of this act as well as the numerous offshoot pieces of legislation, which create unnecessary jobs for the HSE.
  • Construction Design & Management Regulations 2007 (CDM). These regulations do not apply to small domestic projects where statistically most construction deaths or accidents occur. Where CDM does apply eg on major commercial projects, costs have increased typically by 1% due to the fees for a new breed of professional, the Planning Coordinator, whose sole task is to prepare reams of risk assessments and health and safety documentation. Yet again this role has done little to reduce construction-related deaths or injuries.
  • The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. This act forces many small businesses to prepare significant amounts of paperwork, and carry out detailed risk assessments for audit and inspection, and allows Fire Authorities to close businesses without appeal, yet does nothing to reduce the risk of fire.
  • Regional Development Agencies Act 1998. RDAs and Government Offices of the Regions should be abolished as they have failed to fulfil heir remit but at considerable expense to the public purse and merely duplicate the functions of national and county government. RDAs were established despite public antipathy and rejection in a referendum in North East England.
  • The Police Act 1997, specifically with regard to the new Criminal Records Bureau and recently created Independent Safeguarding Authority, both of which should be abolished.
  • Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006. There is an urgent need to review existing asbestos legislation to take account of the diverse range of asbestos-containing products, some of which are much more harmful than others.
  • Identity Cards Act 2006. A wholly undemocratic act worthy of a fascist state that will do nothing to make the nation more secure.
  • Firearms Act 1998. Introduced as a knee jerk reaction to the Dunblane tragedy but has done nothing to reduce gun crime and instead criminalises those who take part in sport shooting.
  • Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005. Specifically with regard to the impact of this piece of regulation on music venues.
  • Regulation of Investigatory Powers ACT 2000. This act provides a legal framework that allows authorities to snoop and spy on citizens and is grossly undemocratic. Abolish The Office of Surveillance Commissioners.
  • The Local Government Act 2000. Abolish Standards for England.
  • Part P Building Regulations 2000, which came into force in 2005 and imposes an undue cost burden on consumers, who are obliged to employ ‘competent’ trained electricians to carry out even the most modest alterations to electrical circuits.
  • Licensing Act 2003.
  • Human Rights Act 1998. Withdraw from the European Convention on Human Rights.
  • The Dangerous Dogs Act 1989, arguably one of the most hasty and ill-considered pieces of legislation of all time.

Why is this idea important?

 

It is an extremely promising and most welcome initiative for the Coalition government to take the matter of excessive regulation seriously and enlist and trust citizens to help define a future legislative programme, and offer views on how the role of the state might be reduced.

I propose a Great Reform Bill to remove the following pieces of legislation or regulations from the statute book, initially consisting of repealing of reforming the following pieces of legislation:

  • The Health & Safety at Work Act 1974. Excessive health and safety legislation has replaced common sense and the sheer volume and proliferation of rules and regulations stifles innovation and swamps small businesses or charitable organisations in the Third Sector. It is time for a thorough review of all aspects of this act as well as the numerous offshoot pieces of legislation, which create unnecessary jobs for the HSE.
  • Construction Design & Management Regulations 2007 (CDM). These regulations do not apply to small domestic projects where statistically most construction deaths or accidents occur. Where CDM does apply eg on major commercial projects, costs have increased typically by 1% due to the fees for a new breed of professional, the Planning Coordinator, whose sole task is to prepare reams of risk assessments and health and safety documentation. Yet again this role has done little to reduce construction-related deaths or injuries.
  • The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. This act forces many small businesses to prepare significant amounts of paperwork, and carry out detailed risk assessments for audit and inspection, and allows Fire Authorities to close businesses without appeal, yet does nothing to reduce the risk of fire.
  • Regional Development Agencies Act 1998. RDAs and Government Offices of the Regions should be abolished as they have failed to fulfil heir remit but at considerable expense to the public purse and merely duplicate the functions of national and county government. RDAs were established despite public antipathy and rejection in a referendum in North East England.
  • The Police Act 1997, specifically with regard to the new Criminal Records Bureau and recently created Independent Safeguarding Authority, both of which should be abolished.
  • Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006. There is an urgent need to review existing asbestos legislation to take account of the diverse range of asbestos-containing products, some of which are much more harmful than others.
  • Identity Cards Act 2006. A wholly undemocratic act worthy of a fascist state that will do nothing to make the nation more secure.
  • Firearms Act 1998. Introduced as a knee jerk reaction to the Dunblane tragedy but has done nothing to reduce gun crime and instead criminalises those who take part in sport shooting.
  • Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005. Specifically with regard to the impact of this piece of regulation on music venues.
  • Regulation of Investigatory Powers ACT 2000. This act provides a legal framework that allows authorities to snoop and spy on citizens and is grossly undemocratic. Abolish The Office of Surveillance Commissioners.
  • The Local Government Act 2000. Abolish Standards for England.
  • Part P Building Regulations 2000, which came into force in 2005 and imposes an undue cost burden on consumers, who are obliged to employ ‘competent’ trained electricians to carry out even the most modest alterations to electrical circuits.
  • Licensing Act 2003.
  • Human Rights Act 1998. Withdraw from the European Convention on Human Rights.
  • The Dangerous Dogs Act 1989, arguably one of the most hasty and ill-considered pieces of legislation of all time.

363 Annual Returns

That businesses only be required to make a return when the shareholders/ directors change. Saves the 2+ milion small businesses that don't really change that much £15-30 a year in red tape cost and frees HMRC from the bueaucracy costs of monitoring whether businesses have done so. HMRC can check whether the 363 is up-to-date when it conducts its tax/VAT audits of businesses every 3 years.

Why is this idea important?

That businesses only be required to make a return when the shareholders/ directors change. Saves the 2+ milion small businesses that don't really change that much £15-30 a year in red tape cost and frees HMRC from the bueaucracy costs of monitoring whether businesses have done so. HMRC can check whether the 363 is up-to-date when it conducts its tax/VAT audits of businesses every 3 years.

FREE COMMUNITIES FROM RED TAPE FOR EVENTS

This country has always enjoyed vibrant community events, from table-top sales to festivals and carnivals. Since new labours obsession with 'elf n safety', all the local community events have mostly died. Killed off by 2 things-the rules n regs of public liabilty [and the astronomical costs involved] and the turgid CRB checks and incurred expenses.

If this new governement are really serious about 'grass roots' engagement in building cohesive communities, then rescind or scale back the rules n regs in place that have completely suffocated all but the most die-hard volunteers.

Additionally, the highways dept are ruthless in removing community promo signs, events are not held that often, the costs of advertising are too prohibitive for most community activities such as a local fete, or garden coffee morning-these small signs are only up for a matter of days-but highways will take them away within hours. Its madness, and it all helps to kill events locally.

Why is this idea important?

This country has always enjoyed vibrant community events, from table-top sales to festivals and carnivals. Since new labours obsession with 'elf n safety', all the local community events have mostly died. Killed off by 2 things-the rules n regs of public liabilty [and the astronomical costs involved] and the turgid CRB checks and incurred expenses.

If this new governement are really serious about 'grass roots' engagement in building cohesive communities, then rescind or scale back the rules n regs in place that have completely suffocated all but the most die-hard volunteers.

Additionally, the highways dept are ruthless in removing community promo signs, events are not held that often, the costs of advertising are too prohibitive for most community activities such as a local fete, or garden coffee morning-these small signs are only up for a matter of days-but highways will take them away within hours. Its madness, and it all helps to kill events locally.

Raise the Business Bar

Essentially, this idea is a simple one which is to look at every piece of business legislation and raise the level at which the legisaltion applies.

For example, companies with more than 5 employees need a Health and Safety policy – make it 10.

Look at the VAT threshold – make it optional up to £100k

Raise the levels for everything leaving many Small Business with a lighter burden

Why is this idea important?

Essentially, this idea is a simple one which is to look at every piece of business legislation and raise the level at which the legisaltion applies.

For example, companies with more than 5 employees need a Health and Safety policy – make it 10.

Look at the VAT threshold – make it optional up to £100k

Raise the levels for everything leaving many Small Business with a lighter burden

Certification of electrical works in homes

I am a retired electrical engineer.  Any work I do at home (such as installing a new socket or re-wiring a lighting circuit) has to be certified by someone less qualified than I am simply because I don't have the hundreds of pounds necessary to keep my Certification up to date.

The death and fire rates from accidents have not reduced since this regulation was introduced. The only reason for the regulation was so that the Electrical Industry could make more money out of training and certification.  It never was a major safety issue.

Why is this idea important?

I am a retired electrical engineer.  Any work I do at home (such as installing a new socket or re-wiring a lighting circuit) has to be certified by someone less qualified than I am simply because I don't have the hundreds of pounds necessary to keep my Certification up to date.

The death and fire rates from accidents have not reduced since this regulation was introduced. The only reason for the regulation was so that the Electrical Industry could make more money out of training and certification.  It never was a major safety issue.

De-criminalise collectors of Vintage Gaming Machines

Simple: Re-word the gaming acts to exclude all vintage mechanically operated fruit machines, one armed bandit, flick ball and the like,  from the gaming act all together.

Most of these machine are fully mechanical, work on  obsolete coins, have a mximum payout of about 10 coins. Yet in order to legally collect these machine (which will sometimes include selling them, or restoring them for other people), we need to go through more red tape and form filling than almost anything else and pay for a license at close to £6000. (Full financial details of self, wife, both parents, siblings. all share holdings, any crominal convictions for a start)

We are not 'operating' the machines, they are not used for gaming, yet the act still applies, and threatens a stiffer penalty than burglary or assault is likely to get..

It would take no more than a sentence or two at the front ot the act to exclude all such machines, and the gaming board are unlikely to object.

By the way please don't just allow an exemption based on the age of hte machine. Some of the flickball machines, whihc could well payout anything up to 6 coins, are now being produced as replicas.

 

 

Why is this idea important?

Simple: Re-word the gaming acts to exclude all vintage mechanically operated fruit machines, one armed bandit, flick ball and the like,  from the gaming act all together.

Most of these machine are fully mechanical, work on  obsolete coins, have a mximum payout of about 10 coins. Yet in order to legally collect these machine (which will sometimes include selling them, or restoring them for other people), we need to go through more red tape and form filling than almost anything else and pay for a license at close to £6000. (Full financial details of self, wife, both parents, siblings. all share holdings, any crominal convictions for a start)

We are not 'operating' the machines, they are not used for gaming, yet the act still applies, and threatens a stiffer penalty than burglary or assault is likely to get..

It would take no more than a sentence or two at the front ot the act to exclude all such machines, and the gaming board are unlikely to object.

By the way please don't just allow an exemption based on the age of hte machine. Some of the flickball machines, whihc could well payout anything up to 6 coins, are now being produced as replicas.

 

 

Artistic freedom – deregulation of house design from planning restrictions

Planning laws are necessary only to prevent the erection of dangerous structures. But they are more often than not used to prevent unusual, creative and innovative design from being built. I propose the resztriction of the planning laws to cover only the structure, size and facililties of buildings, but not their appearance, their colour, shape, materials and ornament. This will allow the natrural creative talent of the nation to flourish, expressed through the built environment at every level.

Why is this idea important?

Planning laws are necessary only to prevent the erection of dangerous structures. But they are more often than not used to prevent unusual, creative and innovative design from being built. I propose the resztriction of the planning laws to cover only the structure, size and facililties of buildings, but not their appearance, their colour, shape, materials and ornament. This will allow the natrural creative talent of the nation to flourish, expressed through the built environment at every level.

Remove regulation stopping qualified people doing their own jobs at home without a licence.

Remove the limitations for a qualified trades person to perform DIY jobs around their own homes without first having to apply for an expensive licence to perform the task.

eg Part P of the Building Regulations that limit electrical work in the home. A qualified electrician can work for their company quite legaly during the day….but if they wish to do the same work at home they are breaking the law.

Why is this idea important?

Remove the limitations for a qualified trades person to perform DIY jobs around their own homes without first having to apply for an expensive licence to perform the task.

eg Part P of the Building Regulations that limit electrical work in the home. A qualified electrician can work for their company quite legaly during the day….but if they wish to do the same work at home they are breaking the law.