Repeal Section 97 Children Act1989

This is the section that penalises any person revealing anything that happens in the family courts but at the same time permits the local authorities (with the court's permission) to advertise widely in magazines children for adoption with colour photos,and giving first names,birth dates,and character descriptions !

I know of several mothers in Tower Hamlets who were very distressed to see their children advertised for adoption in the Daily Mirror like puppies" seeking a good home" ! Their neighbours recognised many of the children featured in the large advert ,and gossip was rife ! Nevertheless,in each case mothers desperate to keep their children were warned by the judge that if they dared to discuss their case with anybody ( even the neighbours who had seen the adverts)they would go to prison ,and one did !

Can anyone defend such cruelty and injustice? Surely once a child has been widely advertised for adoption by the local authority the parents should be free to tell their side of the story to whoever they wish?

 

Why is this idea important?

This is the section that penalises any person revealing anything that happens in the family courts but at the same time permits the local authorities (with the court's permission) to advertise widely in magazines children for adoption with colour photos,and giving first names,birth dates,and character descriptions !

I know of several mothers in Tower Hamlets who were very distressed to see their children advertised for adoption in the Daily Mirror like puppies" seeking a good home" ! Their neighbours recognised many of the children featured in the large advert ,and gossip was rife ! Nevertheless,in each case mothers desperate to keep their children were warned by the judge that if they dared to discuss their case with anybody ( even the neighbours who had seen the adverts)they would go to prison ,and one did !

Can anyone defend such cruelty and injustice? Surely once a child has been widely advertised for adoption by the local authority the parents should be free to tell their side of the story to whoever they wish?

 

local authorities

change this label to something like local administrators.. and remove their right to lay down the law. theres a sign at my local quayside, installed recently. saying "no swimming or diving from this quay, by order. " . people have swam in this water for years. i swam in it, so did my grandparents. no, sudenly, we cant. this sign should be unlawful. in fact, im sure it is but because it says "by order" people believe it has to be obeyed.. no one has drowned here in my lifetime so its far from dangerous. things like this are happening all over the country.

Why is this idea important?

change this label to something like local administrators.. and remove their right to lay down the law. theres a sign at my local quayside, installed recently. saying "no swimming or diving from this quay, by order. " . people have swam in this water for years. i swam in it, so did my grandparents. no, sudenly, we cant. this sign should be unlawful. in fact, im sure it is but because it says "by order" people believe it has to be obeyed.. no one has drowned here in my lifetime so its far from dangerous. things like this are happening all over the country.

Motor Caravan Aires and Wild Camping in suitable locations

Permitting Motor Caravans to park in locations other than licenced or exempted caravan sites will require the Public Health Act 1937 section 286 and The Caravan Sites and Control of Development Act 1960 being ammended.

THe 1937 Act defines what constitues a caravan and the 1960 Act requires that Caravan Sites are licenced or carry an exemption issued by certain clubs and bodies. A Caravan is defined as being a vehicle or vessel that has been built or adapted for human habitation and does not recognise a difference between a Static, Touring(trailer) or Motor Caravan.

Modern Motor Caravans are totaly different and contain superior sanitary and habitation equipment to those envisaged in the 1930s and 1950s. Motor Caravans are in fact luxury hotels on wheels these days with Bedrooms, Kitchens and bathrooms with hot water and showers and sealed toilets.

A recognition that a motor caravan parking overnight does not need the same facilities as a touring caravan is required.

A recognition of the diference between camping and parking (including using the vehicle for cooking and sleeping) is required.

Motor Caravans are much heavier than touring caravans and existing grass caravan sites can prove unsuitable for them in wet weather. A Motor Caravan simply needs a firm level surface to park on and from time to time access to basic facilities for drinking water and to dispose of wet and dry waste.

Camping as defined in regulations for Camping Cars abroard is putting anything including Tables, Chairs, steps, waste and water containers, Awnings, ramps etc outside of the vehicle. There are no restrictions on what you can do within a parked vehicle.

Modern Motor Caravans are totaly self contained and only need facilities to get fresh water and dump black and grey water every few days. They are designed to carry these loads unlike touring caravans.

Local Authorities have the power at present to allow Aire type stopovers on land owned or leased by them under section 11 of the 1960 Act. Few have used this power.

Britain is unfriendly to visiting motor caravan users as we require them to join one of our clubs to use a reasonably priced Certificated site or some of the club sites. Otherwise thay need to use highly priced commercial or club sites.

We can enjoy using our Motor Caravans abroad without such restrictions using the many municipal and private Aires available at very low or even no cost other than a couple of Euros to obtain drinking water.

It has been recognised since the 1960s abroard that Motor Caravan users bring trade into areas they visit, as they need to buy supplies and will use and visit local amenities and eating places. It is time the UK recognised this and became more welcoming to travelling visitors. Many of our authorities are still in the B&B mindset with regards to taking holidays, or are "Traveller" phobic.

Action needed:

Examine and revoke or re-write the 1937 and 1960 acts to bring them into line with todays developments.

Instruct local authorities to remove restrictions preventing the use for cooking and sleeping in parked Motor Caravans.

A recognition that a motor caravan parking overnight does not need the same facilities as a touring caravan is required.

A recognition of the difference between camping and parking (including using the vehicle for cooking and sleeping) is required.

Require local Authorities to make use of existing underused parking spaces at night such as Coach Bays or car parks to permit the overnight parking of Motor Caravans.

Remove height barriers from some parts of otherwise restricted car parks so that larger vehicles can gain access. (Restrictions could still apply to the type of use to which these spaces are permitted to be used for ie no commercial vehicles or trading, and the lenght of stay permitted).

Why is this idea important?

Permitting Motor Caravans to park in locations other than licenced or exempted caravan sites will require the Public Health Act 1937 section 286 and The Caravan Sites and Control of Development Act 1960 being ammended.

THe 1937 Act defines what constitues a caravan and the 1960 Act requires that Caravan Sites are licenced or carry an exemption issued by certain clubs and bodies. A Caravan is defined as being a vehicle or vessel that has been built or adapted for human habitation and does not recognise a difference between a Static, Touring(trailer) or Motor Caravan.

Modern Motor Caravans are totaly different and contain superior sanitary and habitation equipment to those envisaged in the 1930s and 1950s. Motor Caravans are in fact luxury hotels on wheels these days with Bedrooms, Kitchens and bathrooms with hot water and showers and sealed toilets.

A recognition that a motor caravan parking overnight does not need the same facilities as a touring caravan is required.

A recognition of the diference between camping and parking (including using the vehicle for cooking and sleeping) is required.

Motor Caravans are much heavier than touring caravans and existing grass caravan sites can prove unsuitable for them in wet weather. A Motor Caravan simply needs a firm level surface to park on and from time to time access to basic facilities for drinking water and to dispose of wet and dry waste.

Camping as defined in regulations for Camping Cars abroard is putting anything including Tables, Chairs, steps, waste and water containers, Awnings, ramps etc outside of the vehicle. There are no restrictions on what you can do within a parked vehicle.

Modern Motor Caravans are totaly self contained and only need facilities to get fresh water and dump black and grey water every few days. They are designed to carry these loads unlike touring caravans.

Local Authorities have the power at present to allow Aire type stopovers on land owned or leased by them under section 11 of the 1960 Act. Few have used this power.

Britain is unfriendly to visiting motor caravan users as we require them to join one of our clubs to use a reasonably priced Certificated site or some of the club sites. Otherwise thay need to use highly priced commercial or club sites.

We can enjoy using our Motor Caravans abroad without such restrictions using the many municipal and private Aires available at very low or even no cost other than a couple of Euros to obtain drinking water.

It has been recognised since the 1960s abroard that Motor Caravan users bring trade into areas they visit, as they need to buy supplies and will use and visit local amenities and eating places. It is time the UK recognised this and became more welcoming to travelling visitors. Many of our authorities are still in the B&B mindset with regards to taking holidays, or are "Traveller" phobic.

Action needed:

Examine and revoke or re-write the 1937 and 1960 acts to bring them into line with todays developments.

Instruct local authorities to remove restrictions preventing the use for cooking and sleeping in parked Motor Caravans.

A recognition that a motor caravan parking overnight does not need the same facilities as a touring caravan is required.

A recognition of the difference between camping and parking (including using the vehicle for cooking and sleeping) is required.

Require local Authorities to make use of existing underused parking spaces at night such as Coach Bays or car parks to permit the overnight parking of Motor Caravans.

Remove height barriers from some parts of otherwise restricted car parks so that larger vehicles can gain access. (Restrictions could still apply to the type of use to which these spaces are permitted to be used for ie no commercial vehicles or trading, and the lenght of stay permitted).

Removal of travellers from land they have no right to use

Whilst there should be some level of protection for people who choose a less conventional lifestyle it should not be at the expense of others. I am not an expert in these laws so am unable to say precisely which laws need to be repealed but as it stands the balance needs readdressing and I suggest that making it less onerous for landowners to reclaim their land would be a suitable proposal for further consideration.

Why is this idea important?

Whilst there should be some level of protection for people who choose a less conventional lifestyle it should not be at the expense of others. I am not an expert in these laws so am unable to say precisely which laws need to be repealed but as it stands the balance needs readdressing and I suggest that making it less onerous for landowners to reclaim their land would be a suitable proposal for further consideration.

Repeal the regs allowing Councils to get Final Salery Pensions.

The bizarre case of Croydon.  The town that committed suicide.

All management decisions…

 

They seem to have sunk a town to simply line their own nests.  See below.

Why is this idea important?

The bizarre case of Croydon.  The town that committed suicide.

All management decisions…

 

They seem to have sunk a town to simply line their own nests.  See below.

Legislate to install an independant regulatory authority to control Councils

I have had a serious problem with Hampshire County Council requiring me to involve my member of parliament. In the course of discussions his representative commented that he held little hope of resolving the problem because County (and City) Councils were a law unto themselves. I think this is unacceptable as they should be accountable to the people that pay for them and their services – the local tax payer.

I would like Parliament to install an independant regulatory authority, with teeth, that could deal with taxpayer's complaints against their local councils just as we have for other public services – Gas, electricity, water, telephones, etc.

I think this is long overdue.

Why is this idea important?

I have had a serious problem with Hampshire County Council requiring me to involve my member of parliament. In the course of discussions his representative commented that he held little hope of resolving the problem because County (and City) Councils were a law unto themselves. I think this is unacceptable as they should be accountable to the people that pay for them and their services – the local tax payer.

I would like Parliament to install an independant regulatory authority, with teeth, that could deal with taxpayer's complaints against their local councils just as we have for other public services – Gas, electricity, water, telephones, etc.

I think this is long overdue.

Be able to sack your Councillor.

A re-titling of this one, for the sake of accuracy:

http://yourfreedom.hmg.gov.uk/restoring-civil-liberties/be-able-to-sack-your-counsellor

My spelling sucks.  So I'll re-do it here for clarity.  Sorry mods!

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To the Mods.  I've seen the wording of another one you blocked so I'm gonna try this angle.  Giz a fair chance eh?

 

Basically there are laws coming in to make MP's sackable.  By forcing a local election under certain circumstances.

I propose this power be extended to Councils as well.  For the same reasons.  It is a restoration of civil liberties, hence why I am trying it this way.  If someone lies to get in they need to go, so there is a serious justice factor as well.

Yet the regs as is have been set up to not allow this.  Hence why you now have these new changes.  Unwritten or written down they were there and protected bad eggs.  It could even be called implied law. Like an implied contract, and how that is not written down yet some things can be reasonably expected.

Hence why MP's are now being made more accountable.  The old regs were bad so needed adjusting.  There may be some repealing in this.

Why is this idea important?

A re-titling of this one, for the sake of accuracy:

http://yourfreedom.hmg.gov.uk/restoring-civil-liberties/be-able-to-sack-your-counsellor

My spelling sucks.  So I'll re-do it here for clarity.  Sorry mods!

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To the Mods.  I've seen the wording of another one you blocked so I'm gonna try this angle.  Giz a fair chance eh?

 

Basically there are laws coming in to make MP's sackable.  By forcing a local election under certain circumstances.

I propose this power be extended to Councils as well.  For the same reasons.  It is a restoration of civil liberties, hence why I am trying it this way.  If someone lies to get in they need to go, so there is a serious justice factor as well.

Yet the regs as is have been set up to not allow this.  Hence why you now have these new changes.  Unwritten or written down they were there and protected bad eggs.  It could even be called implied law. Like an implied contract, and how that is not written down yet some things can be reasonably expected.

Hence why MP's are now being made more accountable.  The old regs were bad so needed adjusting.  There may be some repealing in this.

Stupid Council Rules

I truly thing Local Authorities need to think their refuse policy-where is the sense in levying fines upon people just because your bin lid will not close…..all this does is to encourage people to fly tip, which in turn, costs the authorities money to clear, let alone the administrative cost of taking proceedings against the individual.  Where is the logic in this petty rule.  Make it easier for people to use local waste disposal site instead of making them apply for 'permits' …..more admin……more paper……..more money………more waste.

Why is this idea important?

I truly thing Local Authorities need to think their refuse policy-where is the sense in levying fines upon people just because your bin lid will not close…..all this does is to encourage people to fly tip, which in turn, costs the authorities money to clear, let alone the administrative cost of taking proceedings against the individual.  Where is the logic in this petty rule.  Make it easier for people to use local waste disposal site instead of making them apply for 'permits' …..more admin……more paper……..more money………more waste.

Stop Councils taxing below the personal tax allowance

Those below the personal tax level (for income tax) are amongst the poorest people and way below the poverty level. Yet councils can charge tax BELOW THIS LEVEL. This is morally unacceptable. 

It also ushers in a volume of bureaucracy  to calculate the amount of so-called 'benefit' to be set against the charges. Volumes of unintelligible letters are posted by the Council eg. I had 3 posted seperately on the same date, several about my owing 07p (!) from spring 2008. Countless hours of council staff time are involved.

Let the Councils – and the Government – obtain its finances from those with the ability to pay,not off the backs of those who struggle for basic existence.

Why is this idea important?

Those below the personal tax level (for income tax) are amongst the poorest people and way below the poverty level. Yet councils can charge tax BELOW THIS LEVEL. This is morally unacceptable. 

It also ushers in a volume of bureaucracy  to calculate the amount of so-called 'benefit' to be set against the charges. Volumes of unintelligible letters are posted by the Council eg. I had 3 posted seperately on the same date, several about my owing 07p (!) from spring 2008. Countless hours of council staff time are involved.

Let the Councils – and the Government – obtain its finances from those with the ability to pay,not off the backs of those who struggle for basic existence.

Moratorium on Building Regulation part L

Have a moratorium on thermal insulation requirements. The CLG have acknowledged only 10% of new dwellings comply. In October the requirements are tightened up again. These rules are written by academics & passed to lawyers. They bear no relationship to reality – hence they are  universally  broken. 

Why is this idea important?

Have a moratorium on thermal insulation requirements. The CLG have acknowledged only 10% of new dwellings comply. In October the requirements are tightened up again. These rules are written by academics & passed to lawyers. They bear no relationship to reality – hence they are  universally  broken. 

Local Acts

Around the country there are a number of local acts dealing with the design and construction of buildings. Most of these acts place a requirement on the builduing relating to fire safety.

 

These acts often conflict with what is required in the neighboring town or city. If the requirement is a good idea it should be adopted nationally.If not then why is it there? Just to give the local authority or fire authority some power.

 

The previous government commissioned a report on this topic and the report concluded that ALL local acts should be repealed as they are acting against the best interests of development, and affecting growth. However nothing was done about them. It is now time to take these acts off the statute book as they do not fulfil a useful purpose.

Why is this idea important?

Around the country there are a number of local acts dealing with the design and construction of buildings. Most of these acts place a requirement on the builduing relating to fire safety.

 

These acts often conflict with what is required in the neighboring town or city. If the requirement is a good idea it should be adopted nationally.If not then why is it there? Just to give the local authority or fire authority some power.

 

The previous government commissioned a report on this topic and the report concluded that ALL local acts should be repealed as they are acting against the best interests of development, and affecting growth. However nothing was done about them. It is now time to take these acts off the statute book as they do not fulfil a useful purpose.

Remove requirement for fire-doors in 2-storey shared rented houses

It is illogical to require self-closing firedoors in an ordinary 2-storey house which is rented on a joint tenancy as a shared house (eg to professionals or students) – as is required in HMO-related legislation, as interpreted by some (not all) local authorities.

Such a house is occupied & lived in, in the same way as any (rented or non-rented) family house, with no greater danger of fire. Furthermore, firedoors can be an undesirable feature when the landlord wishes to sell the house to, or return it to (non-HMO) family accommodation. And furthermore again, fire doors are frequently propped in an open position by tenants (esp. kitchen & lounge doors) because they find them inconvenient, & are therefore ineffective. The landlord therefore has the cost (which increases rent) of installing, then removing, a feature of dubious usefulness.

The LACORS fire guidance document does not require them, but not all LAs follow this.

An appropriate smoke alarm system of course is necessary, & I don't disagree with fire doors in a 3-storey house from which escape is more difficult, although there is evidence that sprinkler systems are more effective.

Why is this idea important?

It is illogical to require self-closing firedoors in an ordinary 2-storey house which is rented on a joint tenancy as a shared house (eg to professionals or students) – as is required in HMO-related legislation, as interpreted by some (not all) local authorities.

Such a house is occupied & lived in, in the same way as any (rented or non-rented) family house, with no greater danger of fire. Furthermore, firedoors can be an undesirable feature when the landlord wishes to sell the house to, or return it to (non-HMO) family accommodation. And furthermore again, fire doors are frequently propped in an open position by tenants (esp. kitchen & lounge doors) because they find them inconvenient, & are therefore ineffective. The landlord therefore has the cost (which increases rent) of installing, then removing, a feature of dubious usefulness.

The LACORS fire guidance document does not require them, but not all LAs follow this.

An appropriate smoke alarm system of course is necessary, & I don't disagree with fire doors in a 3-storey house from which escape is more difficult, although there is evidence that sprinkler systems are more effective.

Council Tax

Disallow all councils from issuing summons against residents for non payment of council tax until at least one full month of non payment is recorded. It is beyond belief that Mole Valley Council in particular, issues a summons in the same month when the account is not in arrears but they feel that because it was not recorded as paid on the 1st of the month – it was considered "late" No reminder issued.

 

This is just a simple ploy to force people to pay by direct debit instead of (in my case) Bacs payment and an unscrupulous method of increasing revenue.

 

Freezing council tax next year will see many councils employing the same underhanded tactics to increase revenues because it costs not a snippet of the surcharge they levy to issue a summons. Payment received does not cancel out the costs (even when the payment has been received before the date of the summons) they are supposed to have incurred.

 

It is the poor and the struggling who suffer from this outrageous policy. It should be outlawed and councils forced to make allowances for the fact that people are often not paid when the council tax is due but have insufficient resource to build a backlog of funds to cover such intransigence.

Why is this idea important?

Disallow all councils from issuing summons against residents for non payment of council tax until at least one full month of non payment is recorded. It is beyond belief that Mole Valley Council in particular, issues a summons in the same month when the account is not in arrears but they feel that because it was not recorded as paid on the 1st of the month – it was considered "late" No reminder issued.

 

This is just a simple ploy to force people to pay by direct debit instead of (in my case) Bacs payment and an unscrupulous method of increasing revenue.

 

Freezing council tax next year will see many councils employing the same underhanded tactics to increase revenues because it costs not a snippet of the surcharge they levy to issue a summons. Payment received does not cancel out the costs (even when the payment has been received before the date of the summons) they are supposed to have incurred.

 

It is the poor and the struggling who suffer from this outrageous policy. It should be outlawed and councils forced to make allowances for the fact that people are often not paid when the council tax is due but have insufficient resource to build a backlog of funds to cover such intransigence.

Stop Govt and Local Councils from abusing Anti-terrorist legislation

We have this legislation to deal with terrorism and it has been used to:

Remove an old man from the Labour party conference for heckling

Parents suspected of lying on their childs school application form are followed, photographed for weeks.

There have been many more cases and local govt and the police have proven themselves as not trustworthy enough to utilise the law as intended. The legislation should be redefined as to be only used in cases involving terrorism.

Why is this idea important?

We have this legislation to deal with terrorism and it has been used to:

Remove an old man from the Labour party conference for heckling

Parents suspected of lying on their childs school application form are followed, photographed for weeks.

There have been many more cases and local govt and the police have proven themselves as not trustworthy enough to utilise the law as intended. The legislation should be redefined as to be only used in cases involving terrorism.

Reduce the powers of local authorities

Local authorities are imposing petty rules which have applied excessive fines attached for minor matters such as over-filling waste bins,  These are simply money-making rackets given law.

Why is this idea important?

Local authorities are imposing petty rules which have applied excessive fines attached for minor matters such as over-filling waste bins,  These are simply money-making rackets given law.

Remove the right of access to our homes from local authorities

Pitt the Elder in 1706 defined that "an Englishmans home is his castle" and until the Labour Government this principle was only waived for specific Government bodies such as Police and Customs but not nearly a hundred bodies can claim the right of access down to minor local officials.

Why is this idea important?

Pitt the Elder in 1706 defined that "an Englishmans home is his castle" and until the Labour Government this principle was only waived for specific Government bodies such as Police and Customs but not nearly a hundred bodies can claim the right of access down to minor local officials.

Repeal or Amend ‘ RIPA’ (Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act)

Under anti-terrorist laws the powers of Covert Surveillance was extended to a large range of State organizations, including Local Councils. Even organizations to which you may owe money to.

The threshold of who can authorize surveillance is considerably lowered; Previously these powers could only be authorized by Senior officers in Police and Security Services and the Home Secretary.

The purposes for which it can be used for have been greatly extended

Councils have been using these powers in a major way for a whole range of low level crimes and misdemeanours (Even ‘Dog Fouling’ ) . I am sure you have read other stories in the Press.
 

One family was watched for a month, by Council agents from  cars, filmed, schedule recorded, followed on the School Run etc. Why? To make sure that they weren’t cheating on their School Application Form.
 

The offending article is literally two lines in a paragraph. (Sorry but I lost the files on my Laptop so you will have to check it out yourself.)
It truly is The Devil In the Detail.

Without Repealing or Amending this section of the Bill it is a waste of time.The relevant bill is named; ‘Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act’ (RIPA)


Ministers saying ,it should be regulated better will not make the fundamental change necessary. After all, regulations can change at whim, but laws are much harder to change.

 

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Why is this idea important?

Under anti-terrorist laws the powers of Covert Surveillance was extended to a large range of State organizations, including Local Councils. Even organizations to which you may owe money to.

The threshold of who can authorize surveillance is considerably lowered; Previously these powers could only be authorized by Senior officers in Police and Security Services and the Home Secretary.

The purposes for which it can be used for have been greatly extended

Councils have been using these powers in a major way for a whole range of low level crimes and misdemeanours (Even ‘Dog Fouling’ ) . I am sure you have read other stories in the Press.
 

One family was watched for a month, by Council agents from  cars, filmed, schedule recorded, followed on the School Run etc. Why? To make sure that they weren’t cheating on their School Application Form.
 

The offending article is literally two lines in a paragraph. (Sorry but I lost the files on my Laptop so you will have to check it out yourself.)
It truly is The Devil In the Detail.

Without Repealing or Amending this section of the Bill it is a waste of time.The relevant bill is named; ‘Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act’ (RIPA)


Ministers saying ,it should be regulated better will not make the fundamental change necessary. After all, regulations can change at whim, but laws are much harder to change.

 

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PLANNING LAWS TO BE MORE PUBLICLY ACCOUNTABLE

To revert back to the Town & Country Planning Act which may need strengthening in places but fundamentally worked in allowing local participation and to scrap the existing planning laws which allow developers the right of appeal but not local people or communities.

To scrap the law that a local authority can be both a developer and planning authority at the same time as this is inherently biased in favour of development and does not allow any real democratic public process.

Why is this idea important?

To revert back to the Town & Country Planning Act which may need strengthening in places but fundamentally worked in allowing local participation and to scrap the existing planning laws which allow developers the right of appeal but not local people or communities.

To scrap the law that a local authority can be both a developer and planning authority at the same time as this is inherently biased in favour of development and does not allow any real democratic public process.

Health and Safety in Schools – Design Technology

Remove the H&S directive that requires in State-run Secondary Schools all Design Technology classes to be taught in groups of 20 or less. Instead set the bar higher at 25 (as it has been until this year)

Why is this idea important?

Remove the H&S directive that requires in State-run Secondary Schools all Design Technology classes to be taught in groups of 20 or less. Instead set the bar higher at 25 (as it has been until this year)

Travellers

We have Travellers that have cut through a chain and padlock and moved onto a football field used by a local club. It will require a court order to remove them from this site as the police claim there is no evidence of breaking an entry. This nullifys the Law. In addition this does not protect the children who are part of this football club. Dogs now run across the sports field, deficating and urinating on the pitches. The police, environmental health, the local council are not prepared to do anything to remove them from this site. Does this make any sense? Surely this calls for a change with respect to the Law on Travellers. The only way they can be removed from the site is by a court order which will cost a voluntary organisation of approximately £1500 which they do not have. Is it about time that the government started looking after people who pay taxes regularly and abide the law, rather than flout it and not pay regular taxes. The Travellers are legally stationed there for now and are until the owner can afford to pay the court fees, polluting the football field and interrupting the use of the pitches. The law needs changed.

Why is this idea important?

We have Travellers that have cut through a chain and padlock and moved onto a football field used by a local club. It will require a court order to remove them from this site as the police claim there is no evidence of breaking an entry. This nullifys the Law. In addition this does not protect the children who are part of this football club. Dogs now run across the sports field, deficating and urinating on the pitches. The police, environmental health, the local council are not prepared to do anything to remove them from this site. Does this make any sense? Surely this calls for a change with respect to the Law on Travellers. The only way they can be removed from the site is by a court order which will cost a voluntary organisation of approximately £1500 which they do not have. Is it about time that the government started looking after people who pay taxes regularly and abide the law, rather than flout it and not pay regular taxes. The Travellers are legally stationed there for now and are until the owner can afford to pay the court fees, polluting the football field and interrupting the use of the pitches. The law needs changed.

Health and Safety in Schools

There are many times in my life where I wonder exactly what some of these so called council Health and Safety officers actually do. I am a teacher in a small primary school, where positions of responsibility can only be shared among a few people. With so many areas such as Child Protection and curriculum responsibilities on our shoulders, it would save us countless hours trawling the internet for policies and other guidance that we need if councils would provide a comprehensive guide for everything that we actually need.

Why is this idea important?

There are many times in my life where I wonder exactly what some of these so called council Health and Safety officers actually do. I am a teacher in a small primary school, where positions of responsibility can only be shared among a few people. With so many areas such as Child Protection and curriculum responsibilities on our shoulders, it would save us countless hours trawling the internet for policies and other guidance that we need if councils would provide a comprehensive guide for everything that we actually need.