Citizens Sacking proposal

In much the same way citizens are empowered to make a citizens arrest, citizens should be empowered to make on the spot sackings of public servants who are lazy, incompetent, rude or truculent.  This will empower the consumers of servces and ramp up quality and efficiency.

Why is this idea important?

In much the same way citizens are empowered to make a citizens arrest, citizens should be empowered to make on the spot sackings of public servants who are lazy, incompetent, rude or truculent.  This will empower the consumers of servces and ramp up quality and efficiency.

Remove requiements for planning authorities to put public notices in local newspapers

At the moment planning authorities are required to place notices in local newspapers at regular stages e.g. to annource planning applications, to annouce consultation on a plan, to say that a plan has been adopted etc.  This is very expensive.  Each time that a notice is placed it costs about £1000, depending on the individual newspaper.  

I'm not sure that many people read the notices section and think that there are better ways of getting the infomation to the public (e.g. online consultations, press releases, notices displayed at sites).  These methods are already widely used.

Why is this idea important?

At the moment planning authorities are required to place notices in local newspapers at regular stages e.g. to annource planning applications, to annouce consultation on a plan, to say that a plan has been adopted etc.  This is very expensive.  Each time that a notice is placed it costs about £1000, depending on the individual newspaper.  

I'm not sure that many people read the notices section and think that there are better ways of getting the infomation to the public (e.g. online consultations, press releases, notices displayed at sites).  These methods are already widely used.

Criminalise Abuse Of Govt. Held Records

Anyone who abuses or mis-uses access to Govt held records should receive

minimum 5 year jail sentences.

e.g Tax records, child benefit, DVLA, any Govt benefits, medical records, etc.

 

Govt Needs to take VERY VERY SERIOUSLY the Protection and Security of the

public's personal information.

Why is this idea important?

Anyone who abuses or mis-uses access to Govt held records should receive

minimum 5 year jail sentences.

e.g Tax records, child benefit, DVLA, any Govt benefits, medical records, etc.

 

Govt Needs to take VERY VERY SERIOUSLY the Protection and Security of the

public's personal information.

Retain option of pension payment choice

The Pensions Service say they are "phasing out" payment of State Pension by giro cheque, in favour of direct payment to bank accounts.  They see this as safer for customers and more efficient for themselves. 

What about people with disabilities – like my 95 year old father, who cannot manage chip and PIN to get his money out of a bank account?  He changed to payment by cheque two years ago as he could not remember or enter his PIN correctly – and I was not permitted to either remind him or enter it on his behalf – and could not manage the buttons anyway due to arthritis in his fingers.

He fought for British liberty in WWII, then taught primary school children with learning difficulties for 32 years.  Why are we now treating him as though his opinion doesn't matter?  It is a disgrace that he cannot continue to receive his pension payment by cheque.

These dictates are dreamed up by public sector officials who have never had contact with anyone elderly or disbabled, and are blissfully unaware of what life is like for the old and infirm.  Perhaps they should undergo "front line" training, for example, spending a day or two with my old Dad – that would soon make them see sense.

Why is this idea important?

The Pensions Service say they are "phasing out" payment of State Pension by giro cheque, in favour of direct payment to bank accounts.  They see this as safer for customers and more efficient for themselves. 

What about people with disabilities – like my 95 year old father, who cannot manage chip and PIN to get his money out of a bank account?  He changed to payment by cheque two years ago as he could not remember or enter his PIN correctly – and I was not permitted to either remind him or enter it on his behalf – and could not manage the buttons anyway due to arthritis in his fingers.

He fought for British liberty in WWII, then taught primary school children with learning difficulties for 32 years.  Why are we now treating him as though his opinion doesn't matter?  It is a disgrace that he cannot continue to receive his pension payment by cheque.

These dictates are dreamed up by public sector officials who have never had contact with anyone elderly or disbabled, and are blissfully unaware of what life is like for the old and infirm.  Perhaps they should undergo "front line" training, for example, spending a day or two with my old Dad – that would soon make them see sense.