Driving licence – Change of name

The DVLA allows to to request a form D1 to be sent to you by post, which costs them time and postage. Why not simply make the form D1 available to download as a PDF document on their website?

Why is this idea important?

The DVLA allows to to request a form D1 to be sent to you by post, which costs them time and postage. Why not simply make the form D1 available to download as a PDF document on their website?

Cycle to Work Scheme – Transfer of Ownership

The cycle to work scheme is currently a hugely popular way of enabling employers to offer their employee's the chance of obtaining a tax free bike with most people saving in the region of 40% off the cost of a bicycle and accesories. In return the employee has to enter into a hire agreement with their employees over a set period and repay the cost of the bike (Minus VAT and with tax benefits) in equal monthly payments.

However, HMRC are threatening the very existence of the scheme.

HMRC's rules mean that an employer cannot state to the employee that they will either agree to enter into discussions to transfer the legal ownership of the bike before they sign up to the scheme, thus putting people off the scheme (who is going to want to pay up to a £1,000 for a bike without the guarentee of at least being made an offer to ownership in the future)

Secondly, HMRC state that the employee needs to pay what is known as a ‘fair market value' for the bike and accessories, otherwise further tax implications will apply for the individual concerned. The only problem is that they offer no guidance on how to do this other than that you cannot apply a rate of transfer on bikes across the board.

What instead they propose is that the bike is individually assessed, what this means in practice is that this increases the administrative burden associated with the scheme increasing costs and wasting resources by over complicating the process. They give no guarentee that this complies with their vague ruling thus reducing confidence in the scheme.

By also making the process more complicated and daunting than it needs to be it also makes the scheme less attractive to individuals wanting to sign up which will simply result in less people cycling and only contributing to this country’s huge carbon footprint.

It would be much simpler if a set of nationally agreed guidelines are drafted stating that a bicycle packages’ value after a defined time period is a % figure of the bicycle packages original retail value. This would make the scheme much easier to administer and it would save a enormous amount of time and effort from for organisations administering the scheme. As I say it is not just private sector businesses that run this scheme but public sector organisations too. This is one way government could actually bring about increased efficiency in the public sector.

Why is this idea important?

The cycle to work scheme is currently a hugely popular way of enabling employers to offer their employee's the chance of obtaining a tax free bike with most people saving in the region of 40% off the cost of a bicycle and accesories. In return the employee has to enter into a hire agreement with their employees over a set period and repay the cost of the bike (Minus VAT and with tax benefits) in equal monthly payments.

However, HMRC are threatening the very existence of the scheme.

HMRC's rules mean that an employer cannot state to the employee that they will either agree to enter into discussions to transfer the legal ownership of the bike before they sign up to the scheme, thus putting people off the scheme (who is going to want to pay up to a £1,000 for a bike without the guarentee of at least being made an offer to ownership in the future)

Secondly, HMRC state that the employee needs to pay what is known as a ‘fair market value' for the bike and accessories, otherwise further tax implications will apply for the individual concerned. The only problem is that they offer no guidance on how to do this other than that you cannot apply a rate of transfer on bikes across the board.

What instead they propose is that the bike is individually assessed, what this means in practice is that this increases the administrative burden associated with the scheme increasing costs and wasting resources by over complicating the process. They give no guarentee that this complies with their vague ruling thus reducing confidence in the scheme.

By also making the process more complicated and daunting than it needs to be it also makes the scheme less attractive to individuals wanting to sign up which will simply result in less people cycling and only contributing to this country’s huge carbon footprint.

It would be much simpler if a set of nationally agreed guidelines are drafted stating that a bicycle packages’ value after a defined time period is a % figure of the bicycle packages original retail value. This would make the scheme much easier to administer and it would save a enormous amount of time and effort from for organisations administering the scheme. As I say it is not just private sector businesses that run this scheme but public sector organisations too. This is one way government could actually bring about increased efficiency in the public sector.

Repeal Employee’s National Insurance Contributions

Originally conceived as a method of collecting money for pensions, this is not a hypothecated tax and now serves no distinct purpose.  By scrapping it and increasing income tax we could pay less and the govt would collect the same by removing a tier of civil servants responsible for administering it and losing the associated cost.

Benefits could be linked to payment of income tax (instead of NI) if desired.

Why is this idea important?

Originally conceived as a method of collecting money for pensions, this is not a hypothecated tax and now serves no distinct purpose.  By scrapping it and increasing income tax we could pay less and the govt would collect the same by removing a tier of civil servants responsible for administering it and losing the associated cost.

Benefits could be linked to payment of income tax (instead of NI) if desired.

Change University Education

Change the early stages of University Education so that they are based on lectures provided from CD and Internet storage and the University itself should be taking the very best ideas from the Open University and its coursework based by mail and combining it with the traditional lecture based system to provide the best of both worlds rather than the current system which is more focussed on bums on seats attendance.

Some students need more contact with the lecturers to succeed, others less so. There is an efficiency dividend to be reaped if approached carefully.

Why is this idea important?

Change the early stages of University Education so that they are based on lectures provided from CD and Internet storage and the University itself should be taking the very best ideas from the Open University and its coursework based by mail and combining it with the traditional lecture based system to provide the best of both worlds rather than the current system which is more focussed on bums on seats attendance.

Some students need more contact with the lecturers to succeed, others less so. There is an efficiency dividend to be reaped if approached carefully.

Councils spending money unnecessarily and unprofessionally; salaries too high

Councils should be run similar to non-profit organisations. They have important work to do, but they are continually monitored by a highly efficient management team. Ultimately, they have to spend money wisely and usually someone else’s money (eg funding).
Councils spending too much money
Salaries far too high (on public money)
Too many employees
Streamlining operations and becoming more effective for the public benefit and reducing significant costs
Wasting time (and therefore money) in meetings
Spending up money so their budgets are not cut

Why is this idea important?

Councils should be run similar to non-profit organisations. They have important work to do, but they are continually monitored by a highly efficient management team. Ultimately, they have to spend money wisely and usually someone else’s money (eg funding).
Councils spending too much money
Salaries far too high (on public money)
Too many employees
Streamlining operations and becoming more effective for the public benefit and reducing significant costs
Wasting time (and therefore money) in meetings
Spending up money so their budgets are not cut

Cancel Council Tax

Have local taxation linked to, and collected by Inland Revenue so that it's based on income and not property value. This would mean that it is calculated and administered centrally, so that over 200 local authority council tax departments will be not needed= big savings. Local authorities will be held to account by central government who will have more incentive to pressurise expenditure downwards.

Why is this idea important?

Have local taxation linked to, and collected by Inland Revenue so that it's based on income and not property value. This would mean that it is calculated and administered centrally, so that over 200 local authority council tax departments will be not needed= big savings. Local authorities will be held to account by central government who will have more incentive to pressurise expenditure downwards.

Remove requirement of ISO 9000 for government tenders

At present, it is a requirement of most government tenders that bidders are accredited to ISO 9000. As anyone who has the misfortune to work for an ISO 9000 certified company will know, ISO 9000 is essentially a way to create enormous amounts of stifling bureaucracy supervised by jumped up jobsworths both internally and externally. Surprise surprise, companies which do not tender for government work do not register for ISO 9000. It is well known that ISO 9000 is almost impossible to lose (because there is money to be made from accreditation) and there is no evidence that ISO 9000 accreditation is associated with success in business. For more details, read the works of John Seddon at http://www.systemsthinking.co.uk  (Note that I have no connection with Mr Seddon).

Why is this idea important?

At present, it is a requirement of most government tenders that bidders are accredited to ISO 9000. As anyone who has the misfortune to work for an ISO 9000 certified company will know, ISO 9000 is essentially a way to create enormous amounts of stifling bureaucracy supervised by jumped up jobsworths both internally and externally. Surprise surprise, companies which do not tender for government work do not register for ISO 9000. It is well known that ISO 9000 is almost impossible to lose (because there is money to be made from accreditation) and there is no evidence that ISO 9000 accreditation is associated with success in business. For more details, read the works of John Seddon at http://www.systemsthinking.co.uk  (Note that I have no connection with Mr Seddon).

Magistrates to license pubs not councils

As the last government did nothing to help Pubs and there is no glimmer of this one doing anything could we please revert back to the Magistrates Courts for licence extensions. We use to be able to go to court and get a licence for the next day but since it was Blairised we now have to give 10 working days notice which means we loose even more business. I note that licenses have just been issued to some pouns shops to sell beer and wine for 1.00 a pint, thats going to be helpful to pubs and all the associated crime that goes with cheap alcohol
 

Why is this idea important?

As the last government did nothing to help Pubs and there is no glimmer of this one doing anything could we please revert back to the Magistrates Courts for licence extensions. We use to be able to go to court and get a licence for the next day but since it was Blairised we now have to give 10 working days notice which means we loose even more business. I note that licenses have just been issued to some pouns shops to sell beer and wine for 1.00 a pint, thats going to be helpful to pubs and all the associated crime that goes with cheap alcohol
 

Allow “left-turn on red traffic light” at city traffic intersections

In Canada, and I think in the USA, it is legal to do a right-turn on a red traffic light. This has of course to be done with care. But the result is that traffic flow is increased, especially in heavily built-up areas.

Having lived in Canada for 15 years, I saw this operating without any problem.

Why is this idea important?

In Canada, and I think in the USA, it is legal to do a right-turn on a red traffic light. This has of course to be done with care. But the result is that traffic flow is increased, especially in heavily built-up areas.

Having lived in Canada for 15 years, I saw this operating without any problem.

Remove the Hazard Perception Test element of driver training.

Remove the Hazard Perception Test element of driver training.  This tests only the ability to pass a computer based Hazard Perception Test.  It adds nothing to driver safety and simply adds cost to the driver training process.

Why is this idea important?

Remove the Hazard Perception Test element of driver training.  This tests only the ability to pass a computer based Hazard Perception Test.  It adds nothing to driver safety and simply adds cost to the driver training process.

Changing our Clocks

Rather than discussing what to do about putting the clocks forward or back we should align our clocks with those of our neighbours in Europe giving us more daylight hours.   Scotland should then be free to consider its own destiny. 

Why is this idea important?

Rather than discussing what to do about putting the clocks forward or back we should align our clocks with those of our neighbours in Europe giving us more daylight hours.   Scotland should then be free to consider its own destiny. 

A Government mechanism to support offender responsibilities

A Government initiated fund based on the "STUDENT LOANS" model to be made available to support all convicted individuals unable to pay expences and/or fines enforced by a court of law. The fund would subsequently claw back the loan in exactly the same way as a student loan and would  involve a similar rate of interest on the outstanding amount.

The fund should be available for an individual to claim up to three separate loans. A fourth loan should only be allowed when all previous loans have been repaid.

For all individuals loans should remain payable after bankrupcy so that a loan of this kind could only lapse on death of the individual.

Why is this idea important?

A Government initiated fund based on the "STUDENT LOANS" model to be made available to support all convicted individuals unable to pay expences and/or fines enforced by a court of law. The fund would subsequently claw back the loan in exactly the same way as a student loan and would  involve a similar rate of interest on the outstanding amount.

The fund should be available for an individual to claim up to three separate loans. A fourth loan should only be allowed when all previous loans have been repaid.

For all individuals loans should remain payable after bankrupcy so that a loan of this kind could only lapse on death of the individual.

Scrap the “failure to produce” law

We all know that with a quick tap on their computers the police can tell in a matter of seconds who owns a vehicle, if it's insured and if it has a valid MOT. They can also tell if the driver has a current, valid licence, what endorsements they have and if there are any outstanding warrants. Why then, if all of this has been confirmed, does a motorist have to endure the inconvenience of digging out all of the original paperwork and turning up at a police station with them within a limited time span? I can see no justification for this outdated law. A person stopped by police, even though they have committed no offence, can be asked to produce documents and failure to do so makes an innocent person a criminal.

Why is this idea important?

We all know that with a quick tap on their computers the police can tell in a matter of seconds who owns a vehicle, if it's insured and if it has a valid MOT. They can also tell if the driver has a current, valid licence, what endorsements they have and if there are any outstanding warrants. Why then, if all of this has been confirmed, does a motorist have to endure the inconvenience of digging out all of the original paperwork and turning up at a police station with them within a limited time span? I can see no justification for this outdated law. A person stopped by police, even though they have committed no offence, can be asked to produce documents and failure to do so makes an innocent person a criminal.

Cut 95% of the red tape in the NHS (especially the Mental Health side).

I believe that we could cut 95% of the red tape in the NHS (especially in the Mental Health field) and provide a better service to more patients while reducing stress of front line staff and saving money.

So much of the paperwork, audits and computer inputting is not needed to give practical and psychological healp to the patient and is in fact a major distraction and hindrance to this aim.

By using IT systems intelligently and allways focussing on whether an action will benefit the patient or just sustain our own organisation we could be so much more efficient, effective and a better service.

Why is this idea important?

I believe that we could cut 95% of the red tape in the NHS (especially in the Mental Health field) and provide a better service to more patients while reducing stress of front line staff and saving money.

So much of the paperwork, audits and computer inputting is not needed to give practical and psychological healp to the patient and is in fact a major distraction and hindrance to this aim.

By using IT systems intelligently and allways focussing on whether an action will benefit the patient or just sustain our own organisation we could be so much more efficient, effective and a better service.

Reducing the burden of public consultation

Make public consultation duties and activity more proportionate and value for money or in some cases enable authorities to act first then receive feedback with the ability to make changes if required rather than encourage delay and procrastination with consultation exercises.

Considerable time, effort and public money is spent on listening exercising with little proven benefit. Consultation activity was massively increased in the late 1990s across the public sector.

Quality outcomes can be driven by used of more effective market research and made accountable through a committment to make changes during a probation period, rather than waste time and money on consultation rounds.

For example: changes to waiting restrictions (yellow line restrictions)

To install yellow lines the public are consulted, this work is undertaken by every local council. It would be quicker to install them on an experimental basis, using professional judgement and consulting with local elected members, install them and then seek feedback. At present simple proposals are costly and take consdierable officer time to implement. The Traffic Regulation Order process needs to be simplified.

For example: changes to NHS service provision in Greater Manchester

Millions of pounds of public money were spent on listening exercises with regard to changes to NHS services in 2006/7. The NHS was duty bound to conduct this exercise, but the available options had already been determined by cost and service efficacy reasons. The customer did not know best as often their reasoning was based on emotional reactions or inertia to change. If change is essential, consultation should be limited and the public told what is not on the table for discussion. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why is this idea important?

Make public consultation duties and activity more proportionate and value for money or in some cases enable authorities to act first then receive feedback with the ability to make changes if required rather than encourage delay and procrastination with consultation exercises.

Considerable time, effort and public money is spent on listening exercising with little proven benefit. Consultation activity was massively increased in the late 1990s across the public sector.

Quality outcomes can be driven by used of more effective market research and made accountable through a committment to make changes during a probation period, rather than waste time and money on consultation rounds.

For example: changes to waiting restrictions (yellow line restrictions)

To install yellow lines the public are consulted, this work is undertaken by every local council. It would be quicker to install them on an experimental basis, using professional judgement and consulting with local elected members, install them and then seek feedback. At present simple proposals are costly and take consdierable officer time to implement. The Traffic Regulation Order process needs to be simplified.

For example: changes to NHS service provision in Greater Manchester

Millions of pounds of public money were spent on listening exercises with regard to changes to NHS services in 2006/7. The NHS was duty bound to conduct this exercise, but the available options had already been determined by cost and service efficacy reasons. The customer did not know best as often their reasoning was based on emotional reactions or inertia to change. If change is essential, consultation should be limited and the public told what is not on the table for discussion.