Repeal the National Minimum Wage and replace with a “Top-Up Benefits System.”

The National Minimum Wage as it is at the moment is detrimental to businesses, employees and the economy. Anyone who wishes to employ is currently is forced to pay at least the minimum wage even if they deem the employee to be worth less than this amount. This leads to the predicament of employees being unable to afford or be willing to employ which, when the economy is suffering as it is at present, increases unemployment and subsequently Government expenditure through benefits such as job seekers allowance.

Instead employees should be free to pay whatever wage they deem appropriate and if this is lower than the current minimum wage the employee can apply for top up benefits from the government to take their pay up to the minimum wage value. This would decrease the amount of benefits paid out, lower unemployment and increase the number of economically active people.

Why is this idea important?

The National Minimum Wage as it is at the moment is detrimental to businesses, employees and the economy. Anyone who wishes to employ is currently is forced to pay at least the minimum wage even if they deem the employee to be worth less than this amount. This leads to the predicament of employees being unable to afford or be willing to employ which, when the economy is suffering as it is at present, increases unemployment and subsequently Government expenditure through benefits such as job seekers allowance.

Instead employees should be free to pay whatever wage they deem appropriate and if this is lower than the current minimum wage the employee can apply for top up benefits from the government to take their pay up to the minimum wage value. This would decrease the amount of benefits paid out, lower unemployment and increase the number of economically active people.

Reform the National Minimum Wage to allow profit-share enterprises

Simply that the burden of paying the National Minimum Wage should be lifted from enterprises where the Employee or Worker has a share in any profits or gross earnings of that enterprise.

Why is this idea important?

Simply that the burden of paying the National Minimum Wage should be lifted from enterprises where the Employee or Worker has a share in any profits or gross earnings of that enterprise.

Repeal Laws which Prevent Working From Home

Most residential tenancies and many mortgage agreements specificlally state that the person is not allowed to operate a business from their home.

Running a business from home might be as simple as buying and selling things on ebay, designing websites or doing some kind of handicraft to sell. These types of things cause no problem for anyone else and so all restrictions in local authority or landlord and tenant law should be lifted.

Why is this idea important?

Most residential tenancies and many mortgage agreements specificlally state that the person is not allowed to operate a business from their home.

Running a business from home might be as simple as buying and selling things on ebay, designing websites or doing some kind of handicraft to sell. These types of things cause no problem for anyone else and so all restrictions in local authority or landlord and tenant law should be lifted.

New Type of School – Centre of Enterprise

I would like to suggest that potentially self-funding schools are founded in areas with high unemployment with the aim of fostering enterprise. Pupils could be taught all the necessary skills needed to set up and market their own business. The school could incorporate exhibiton ares and a retail outlet. They could also trade online worldwide. Pupils could also earn money by providing services to the local communty. It would be compulsory for teachers to have spent some time as a self-employed person and the general approach would be positive towards self-employment.

Business could participate and sponsor pupils. A worldview could be fostered. The creative approach would ensure that the process learning is fun but also it could be taught that making money can be enpowering. Pupils would see the results of their endeavours being ploughed back into the school creating growth of the school. Even if the school struggled financially there would be lessons to be learned.

Why is this idea important?

I would like to suggest that potentially self-funding schools are founded in areas with high unemployment with the aim of fostering enterprise. Pupils could be taught all the necessary skills needed to set up and market their own business. The school could incorporate exhibiton ares and a retail outlet. They could also trade online worldwide. Pupils could also earn money by providing services to the local communty. It would be compulsory for teachers to have spent some time as a self-employed person and the general approach would be positive towards self-employment.

Business could participate and sponsor pupils. A worldview could be fostered. The creative approach would ensure that the process learning is fun but also it could be taught that making money can be enpowering. Pupils would see the results of their endeavours being ploughed back into the school creating growth of the school. Even if the school struggled financially there would be lessons to be learned.

Freedom for temporary trading, pop-up businesses and one-off events for profit.

It should be easier and simpler to allow people to trade on  a temporary basis, Please free them from the laborious paperwork and rregistration equirements which inhibit initiative.

This would enable people to  viably test their business ideas out and learn before taking the leap into self-employment

Encourage financial self-sufficiency and innovation.

Give an opportunity for those who are disabled or too ill to work full time to help themselves when they can.

Encourage the use of temporary shop premises between long-lets, preventing them from beign squatted or beign an empty eyesore on the High Street.

Why is this idea important?

It should be easier and simpler to allow people to trade on  a temporary basis, Please free them from the laborious paperwork and rregistration equirements which inhibit initiative.

This would enable people to  viably test their business ideas out and learn before taking the leap into self-employment

Encourage financial self-sufficiency and innovation.

Give an opportunity for those who are disabled or too ill to work full time to help themselves when they can.

Encourage the use of temporary shop premises between long-lets, preventing them from beign squatted or beign an empty eyesore on the High Street.

Scrap Farm Subsidies

Farm Subsidies hark back to the era just after the war when there were severe food shortages.  We no longer live in that world and farm subsidies are no longer needed.

They also cost Billions each year that could be saved. 

Why is this idea important?

Farm Subsidies hark back to the era just after the war when there were severe food shortages.  We no longer live in that world and farm subsidies are no longer needed.

They also cost Billions each year that could be saved. 

Free street trading.

Councils should only require individuals and businesses to have street trading licences in areas where there is a genuine likelihood of too many traders causing problems. Even in such cases, they should provide areas where people can freely trade without needing a licence. Alternatively, we could simply make street trading licences free – at least for the first couple of years – to give businesses a chance to take off.

Why is this idea important?

Councils should only require individuals and businesses to have street trading licences in areas where there is a genuine likelihood of too many traders causing problems. Even in such cases, they should provide areas where people can freely trade without needing a licence. Alternatively, we could simply make street trading licences free – at least for the first couple of years – to give businesses a chance to take off.

Limit Self Assessment and Record Keeping for Hobbyist and Micro Businesses




Micro Businesses eg crafters and hobbyists for example should not need to keep records of sales and expenses or register for self assessment,unless they are also claiming benefits (whether disability,incapacity,housing benefit,tax credits,pension credits,job seekers allowance etc) or unless they are also working for an employer. If it is their only source of  earnings, they should not need to disclose until their turnover reaches £10,000 per annum.All they should need to do is tell the |Inland revenue  of their start up and sign an online disclosure form each year that there turnover has not reached , or is not expected to reach £10,000 in that tax year.Once this turnover figure is reached in any given tax year they should then begin keeping records ,but discounting the first £10,000 of turnover and related expenses up to the date the limit is reached. Although once the £10,000 turnover is reached capital allowances/gains would still be claimed/disclosed for the whole of the tax year in question. As an over 50 small online crafter/embroiderer,whereby this is my only earnings position,and who's ethic is self reliance , who does not ever rely on the benefit system,and who has set up solely to try to bring in a small supplementary income,( although my actual working day from home is virtually 24/7, so much less than minimum wage) my record keeping is both extensive and much too time consuming .In my opinion all this added paperwork and red tape is uneccessary as my profits are  very low and I would expect to always be well under the Lel for both income tax and national insurance.

Why is this idea important?




Micro Businesses eg crafters and hobbyists for example should not need to keep records of sales and expenses or register for self assessment,unless they are also claiming benefits (whether disability,incapacity,housing benefit,tax credits,pension credits,job seekers allowance etc) or unless they are also working for an employer. If it is their only source of  earnings, they should not need to disclose until their turnover reaches £10,000 per annum.All they should need to do is tell the |Inland revenue  of their start up and sign an online disclosure form each year that there turnover has not reached , or is not expected to reach £10,000 in that tax year.Once this turnover figure is reached in any given tax year they should then begin keeping records ,but discounting the first £10,000 of turnover and related expenses up to the date the limit is reached. Although once the £10,000 turnover is reached capital allowances/gains would still be claimed/disclosed for the whole of the tax year in question. As an over 50 small online crafter/embroiderer,whereby this is my only earnings position,and who's ethic is self reliance , who does not ever rely on the benefit system,and who has set up solely to try to bring in a small supplementary income,( although my actual working day from home is virtually 24/7, so much less than minimum wage) my record keeping is both extensive and much too time consuming .In my opinion all this added paperwork and red tape is uneccessary as my profits are  very low and I would expect to always be well under the Lel for both income tax and national insurance.