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.

Revise Management of Heralth & Safety at Work Regulations

Revise the regulations to clarify the concepts of acceptable risks and trivial severities in absolute terms in order to target singnificant risks.

Why is this idea important?

Revise the regulations to clarify the concepts of acceptable risks and trivial severities in absolute terms in order to target singnificant risks.

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.

Red Tape – Stop Local Authorities overurning gravestones

We all know of the isolated incidents there have been in the past, when yobs have injured themselves when vandalising gravestones.  This has resulted in a disproportionate response by Local Authorities – applying the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 and the Occupiers Liability Acts 1957 and 1982 to push over any gravestones appearing to have loose foundations.

This action is not only damaging our nation's heritage of commemorated burials and genealogical research, but is causing many historic churchyards to have the appearance of being vandalised.

This is gilt-edged red tape, and a relatively recent phenomenon which needs scrapping – urgently.

 

Why is this idea important?

We all know of the isolated incidents there have been in the past, when yobs have injured themselves when vandalising gravestones.  This has resulted in a disproportionate response by Local Authorities – applying the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 and the Occupiers Liability Acts 1957 and 1982 to push over any gravestones appearing to have loose foundations.

This action is not only damaging our nation's heritage of commemorated burials and genealogical research, but is causing many historic churchyards to have the appearance of being vandalised.

This is gilt-edged red tape, and a relatively recent phenomenon which needs scrapping – urgently.

 

Downsize the Food Standards Agency

Downsize the Food Standards Agency and reduce its remit to what its name suggests – testing and analysing food for safety standards, as regards additives and adulterants. Remove the remit for the FSA to produce ever more hectoring propanganda regarding what food we should eat and how much (and for all I know how and when we should eat it).

Why is this idea important?

Downsize the Food Standards Agency and reduce its remit to what its name suggests – testing and analysing food for safety standards, as regards additives and adulterants. Remove the remit for the FSA to produce ever more hectoring propanganda regarding what food we should eat and how much (and for all I know how and when we should eat it).

Debt Relief Orders

In April 2009, Debt Relief Orders were introduced and were  designed to help those in financial difficulties with less than £15,000 of debt and less than £300 in assets. 

The problem with these D.R.O's is they include all assets….even a pension which you may not be entitled to for many years. In doing so, it automatically eliminates people from being able to apply for a D.R.O and leaves them with no alternative except to go for bankruptcy or wait for the bailiffs to eventually turn up. 

This idea which was designed to help people in real financial hardship with spiralling debts is actually no good should you have been made redundant and are not able to receive your pension for another 30 years!

The issues regarding removing pensions from the application for a D.R.O should be addressed immediately and help ease personal financial debts which are fast becoming out of control. 

Why is this idea important?

In April 2009, Debt Relief Orders were introduced and were  designed to help those in financial difficulties with less than £15,000 of debt and less than £300 in assets. 

The problem with these D.R.O's is they include all assets….even a pension which you may not be entitled to for many years. In doing so, it automatically eliminates people from being able to apply for a D.R.O and leaves them with no alternative except to go for bankruptcy or wait for the bailiffs to eventually turn up. 

This idea which was designed to help people in real financial hardship with spiralling debts is actually no good should you have been made redundant and are not able to receive your pension for another 30 years!

The issues regarding removing pensions from the application for a D.R.O should be addressed immediately and help ease personal financial debts which are fast becoming out of control. 

CRB checks

Whilst I am in total agreement with most of the CRB checks for adults wishing to be involved with activities for children. What I would like you to change – and help to save money, Is that once a CRB check has been carried out then that check should be valid for all establishments where children are involved. At the moment you need a new CRB check for each school you  work at. I am a freelance and would like to offer my services to other schools. 

My wife who is also a mother of two can't help out with children who have reading difficulties at the school which one of our daughters attends  without a CRB check. We both now have a valid CRB check for one school, but need to re-apply for the other school. We are not prepared to go through this process again, hence other children will lose out.  

Why is this idea important?

Whilst I am in total agreement with most of the CRB checks for adults wishing to be involved with activities for children. What I would like you to change – and help to save money, Is that once a CRB check has been carried out then that check should be valid for all establishments where children are involved. At the moment you need a new CRB check for each school you  work at. I am a freelance and would like to offer my services to other schools. 

My wife who is also a mother of two can't help out with children who have reading difficulties at the school which one of our daughters attends  without a CRB check. We both now have a valid CRB check for one school, but need to re-apply for the other school. We are not prepared to go through this process again, hence other children will lose out.  

CRB Checking

Reduce the scope and duplication involved in the Criminal Records checking system.

remove many of the areas where CRB checks are currently required such as sports clubs and social activities such as amateur dramatics and parents providing lifts to school and club activities.

Stop duplication; by one CRB check does for all areas – example, if a person has a CRB check for teaching or work,  that check should cover all areas. No second and third checks needed.

Only areas for such checks should be – Teaching, but only for young children not for adult teaching.

Working with young children and vulnerable adults

Coaching, but only in sensitive areas such as swimming or "one to one " activities

Why is this idea important?

Reduce the scope and duplication involved in the Criminal Records checking system.

remove many of the areas where CRB checks are currently required such as sports clubs and social activities such as amateur dramatics and parents providing lifts to school and club activities.

Stop duplication; by one CRB check does for all areas – example, if a person has a CRB check for teaching or work,  that check should cover all areas. No second and third checks needed.

Only areas for such checks should be – Teaching, but only for young children not for adult teaching.

Working with young children and vulnerable adults

Coaching, but only in sensitive areas such as swimming or "one to one " activities

Replace capital allowances with accounting depreciation and 100% allowance for small businesses

Under the life of the last Labour Government there was constant tinkering with capital allowances (the tax allowances given to businesses for capital purchases, such as plant, equipment, vehicles, etc) in just about every Budget.  Most small businesses really had no idea where they stood with capital allowances.

The system can be simplified in two ways: –

1.  All small businesses should be entitled to 100% first year allowance for capital purchases.  In any case, we are effectively just about there already with the £100k annual investment allowance.  Few small businesses spend more than that in capital equipment every year.  If they do, then congratulate them by giving them the tax relief!

2.  For all other businesses replace capital allowances with accounting depreciation.  After all, if it is good enough for the shareholders, why is it not good enough for the Taxman.  Of course, the Taxman will argue that the two are different over the short term and that depreciation is open to manipulation for tax purposes.  Tough – they generally even out over the long term.

Why is this idea important?

Under the life of the last Labour Government there was constant tinkering with capital allowances (the tax allowances given to businesses for capital purchases, such as plant, equipment, vehicles, etc) in just about every Budget.  Most small businesses really had no idea where they stood with capital allowances.

The system can be simplified in two ways: –

1.  All small businesses should be entitled to 100% first year allowance for capital purchases.  In any case, we are effectively just about there already with the £100k annual investment allowance.  Few small businesses spend more than that in capital equipment every year.  If they do, then congratulate them by giving them the tax relief!

2.  For all other businesses replace capital allowances with accounting depreciation.  After all, if it is good enough for the shareholders, why is it not good enough for the Taxman.  Of course, the Taxman will argue that the two are different over the short term and that depreciation is open to manipulation for tax purposes.  Tough – they generally even out over the long term.

Scrap Data Protection fee collection

Retain the rule of law about data protection but it is entirely unnecessary for businesses to register and have to pay a fee/tax to do so. This is particularly onerous on self employed, small businesses and charities.

As long we all know the law it is up to businesses to abide by it just like any other laws and registration is merely a tax collection wheeze.

Why is this idea important?

Retain the rule of law about data protection but it is entirely unnecessary for businesses to register and have to pay a fee/tax to do so. This is particularly onerous on self employed, small businesses and charities.

As long we all know the law it is up to businesses to abide by it just like any other laws and registration is merely a tax collection wheeze.

Allow pharmacy staff to hand-over prescriptions

There seems to be no possibility collecting a prescription, which is in a sealed and labelled bag, from a pharmacy unless the pharmacist is available.

This does not prevent any prescriptions being given out to the wrong person, nor does it prevent the wrong medicines being put into the bag in the first place. It simply inconveniences the customer, and puts pressure on the pharmacy either to employ two pharmacists or restrict the pharmacist's free time. If the pharmacist is sick or has transport problems, then nobody can get the medication which may well be ready for them to collect, until a locum is arranged.

I don't know if this is as a result of direct legislation,eg "only the pharmacist can supply prescription medicine" , "a pharmacist must be present whenever…" or yet another over-eager application of "Health and Safety" legislation.

Either way, it is a nonsense.  Rarely, an individual needs to speak to a (usually busy) pharmacist: he/she would just have to wait, as is presently the case.

Why is this idea important?

There seems to be no possibility collecting a prescription, which is in a sealed and labelled bag, from a pharmacy unless the pharmacist is available.

This does not prevent any prescriptions being given out to the wrong person, nor does it prevent the wrong medicines being put into the bag in the first place. It simply inconveniences the customer, and puts pressure on the pharmacy either to employ two pharmacists or restrict the pharmacist's free time. If the pharmacist is sick or has transport problems, then nobody can get the medication which may well be ready for them to collect, until a locum is arranged.

I don't know if this is as a result of direct legislation,eg "only the pharmacist can supply prescription medicine" , "a pharmacist must be present whenever…" or yet another over-eager application of "Health and Safety" legislation.

Either way, it is a nonsense.  Rarely, an individual needs to speak to a (usually busy) pharmacist: he/she would just have to wait, as is presently the case.

Repeal Diving at Work Regulations 1997 for Recreational Training

The Diving at Work Regulations 1997 regulations apply to all scuba diving for training in the UK. This includes both commercial and volunteer training. These regulations have been applied despite adequate self regulation by scuba diving training agencies (e.g. PADI, BSAC, etc). These regulations introduce unnecessary paperwork and effort, including:

  • Yearly medical checks for instructors
  • HSE risk assessments (including non-commercial instructors)
  • Redundancy of safety equipment – every group having their own emergency oxygen, when it could be provided at a central point at established diving locations
  • Unnecessary staffing requirements – this should be dictated by local conditions not blanket rules


These rules should be relaxed, eliminated or replaced by rules that are specifically designed for the wide range of conditions encountered in UK scuba diving training.

These regulations might be usefully retained for scuba diving involving police work, engineering work, etc. I am focusing on recreational diving training here.

Why is this idea important?

The Diving at Work Regulations 1997 regulations apply to all scuba diving for training in the UK. This includes both commercial and volunteer training. These regulations have been applied despite adequate self regulation by scuba diving training agencies (e.g. PADI, BSAC, etc). These regulations introduce unnecessary paperwork and effort, including:

  • Yearly medical checks for instructors
  • HSE risk assessments (including non-commercial instructors)
  • Redundancy of safety equipment – every group having their own emergency oxygen, when it could be provided at a central point at established diving locations
  • Unnecessary staffing requirements – this should be dictated by local conditions not blanket rules


These rules should be relaxed, eliminated or replaced by rules that are specifically designed for the wide range of conditions encountered in UK scuba diving training.

These regulations might be usefully retained for scuba diving involving police work, engineering work, etc. I am focusing on recreational diving training here.

Classification of multi-tenant HMO property

Councils are being asked to poke their noses into too many peoples private lives.

If I live in a townhouse with my girlfriend and her baby twins, and we have a lodger, then the house must be registered and inspected by a council officer, and I must install 15 fire alarms, control panel, emergency access lighting and signs, and have it inspected every month by a Fire alarms person.

Crazy. Legislation affecting 'renting' has become unpleasant – it has a begrudging feel. 

If I swapped one of the twins for an au pair, then the house must still be registered and inspected by a council officer, and I must install 15 fire alarms, control panel, emergency access lighting and signs, and have it inspected every month by a Fire alarms person…  

Regulation in the private property rental sector has gone berserk.  Its badly targeted, new anti-slum 'HMO' council officers are popping up with hundreds of different types of implementation, charging hundreds of quid for admin, sending threatening letters and waving around £20,000 fines.

Why is this idea important?

Councils are being asked to poke their noses into too many peoples private lives.

If I live in a townhouse with my girlfriend and her baby twins, and we have a lodger, then the house must be registered and inspected by a council officer, and I must install 15 fire alarms, control panel, emergency access lighting and signs, and have it inspected every month by a Fire alarms person.

Crazy. Legislation affecting 'renting' has become unpleasant – it has a begrudging feel. 

If I swapped one of the twins for an au pair, then the house must still be registered and inspected by a council officer, and I must install 15 fire alarms, control panel, emergency access lighting and signs, and have it inspected every month by a Fire alarms person…  

Regulation in the private property rental sector has gone berserk.  Its badly targeted, new anti-slum 'HMO' council officers are popping up with hundreds of different types of implementation, charging hundreds of quid for admin, sending threatening letters and waving around £20,000 fines.

Stop PAT testing power cords

The Portable Appliance Test is a nice little earner with no obvious benefit.   Responsible businesses will not use damaged power cords, those that would be picked up will ignore the regulation anyway, and the liability for using defective and dangerous equipment will not be removed along with the removal of this costly regulation.

Why is this idea important?

The Portable Appliance Test is a nice little earner with no obvious benefit.   Responsible businesses will not use damaged power cords, those that would be picked up will ignore the regulation anyway, and the liability for using defective and dangerous equipment will not be removed along with the removal of this costly regulation.

Bill of rights. Allow the people to vote on their laws.

Rather than relying on a few gentlemen and ladies, who have never lived on the poverty line, the vote to pass laws that involve us all. The votes should be made public, We all have to live in the UK, and abide by the laws of the land, so we should be given a say.

This website is a wonderful idea, a chance for us to have a say. But i feel that it should be made a regular day to day thing. Part of our lives, children should be raised to believe that 1 day their voices will be heard too.

 

Why is this idea important?

Rather than relying on a few gentlemen and ladies, who have never lived on the poverty line, the vote to pass laws that involve us all. The votes should be made public, We all have to live in the UK, and abide by the laws of the land, so we should be given a say.

This website is a wonderful idea, a chance for us to have a say. But i feel that it should be made a regular day to day thing. Part of our lives, children should be raised to believe that 1 day their voices will be heard too.

 

Burying dead livestock on farm

It is now illegal to bury on farm livestock which have died.  They must be left out for a lorry to collect which goes from farm to farm for that purpose.  

Please ease this law so that farmers have the option to bury on farm if they wish.  It is heartbreaking to lose a favourite animal and doubly so that a decent burial cannot be provided on farm.

It has always been the case that dead animals (and people) are buried – earth to earth, ashes to ashes etc.  This EU ruling goes against common sense.

Why is this idea important?

It is now illegal to bury on farm livestock which have died.  They must be left out for a lorry to collect which goes from farm to farm for that purpose.  

Please ease this law so that farmers have the option to bury on farm if they wish.  It is heartbreaking to lose a favourite animal and doubly so that a decent burial cannot be provided on farm.

It has always been the case that dead animals (and people) are buried – earth to earth, ashes to ashes etc.  This EU ruling goes against common sense.

police targets

Police shouldn’t be measured on how quick they answer a call from the public.

 

Currently we have to answer a call within 10 seconds if it’s an emergency call – 999.

 

However, it’s a pointless objective as once answered and an incident created, the incident can often have no officer allocated for several minutes, and its not uncommon to have the incident endorsed with ‘no office free to attend’.

 

A better measure of service to the public would be how long it takes a police officer to turn up at an incident.

 

Which would you rather have, your phone call answer quickly, but no one attend for several hours, or, you wait a few minutes to get your call answered, but see police a few minutes later.

 

Obviously it’s in everyone’s interest to answer emergency calls as soon as possible, but it’s a poor way to measure a forces performance.

Why is this idea important?

Police shouldn’t be measured on how quick they answer a call from the public.

 

Currently we have to answer a call within 10 seconds if it’s an emergency call – 999.

 

However, it’s a pointless objective as once answered and an incident created, the incident can often have no officer allocated for several minutes, and its not uncommon to have the incident endorsed with ‘no office free to attend’.

 

A better measure of service to the public would be how long it takes a police officer to turn up at an incident.

 

Which would you rather have, your phone call answer quickly, but no one attend for several hours, or, you wait a few minutes to get your call answered, but see police a few minutes later.

 

Obviously it’s in everyone’s interest to answer emergency calls as soon as possible, but it’s a poor way to measure a forces performance.

Stop banning things

How about not banning things unless the activity is actively harmful to society in a measurable sense? This might put a stop to some of the knee jerk legislation the previous, not sadly missed government indulged itself in. How about treating us as adults and not overgrown children who need nannying? That would make a refreshing change.

Why is this idea important?

How about not banning things unless the activity is actively harmful to society in a measurable sense? This might put a stop to some of the knee jerk legislation the previous, not sadly missed government indulged itself in. How about treating us as adults and not overgrown children who need nannying? That would make a refreshing change.

Housing, Benefits & Jobs

Having had the misfortune of being made redundant through ill health last November and also being made homeless for part of this year, I have had to hunt high and low for somewhere to live and it has been far from being easy!

The biggest problem with being unemployed, is the simple fact that a great many landlords do not accept DSS tenants. Look at most adverts for property that is available to rent and you will see the words NO DSS attached to the end of the advert. 

Having researched the problem myself, I have discovered that there is a serious level of discrimination towards those who are unfortunate enough to have lost their jobs through no fault of their own.

Your government may be looking to cut benefits in order to reduce the national debt, but for someone like myself who is desperate to get back in to work and also done their damned hardest to get off the street, benefits are vital until new employment can be found. By councils delaying benefits or constantly messing people around, they are adding even more stress to what is already a difficult time.

Yes, the benefits system needs a re-think and yes, there are people who abuse it, but there are a hell of a lot of people who need it, that are struggling to survive! 

I am on Job Seekers Allowance of £65 per week. £7.65 per week  is deducted from that because I had no choice except to apply for a Social Fund Loan in order to be able to get the house I am now living in. This leaves me with just over £57 a week to survive on. Once I pay for electric, gas and food, I am left with virtually nothing. I do not own a television and even if I did, I would not be able to afford a licence! I have no car, and yet again if I did, I could not afford to run it! 

What I am asking is that the government start to look at the reasons why the people on DSS are struggling to find employment…. is it because of a lack of jobs? A lack of skills? There could be any number of reasons. 

In my particular case, I was made redundant through ill health last year, since making a recovery, I have applied for over 180 jobs since March this year. Out of the 180 jobs I have applied for, I have had exactly 8 letters telling me I was not suitable for the position or was not qualified enough and I have been asked to one (1) interview! The rest I have not heard anything from! So as a part of looking at the reasons why people are struggling to find employment, look at the jobs which are being advertised! 

I have been registered with Jobs Today, Monster and several other websites. Since registering, I have checked them daily and all I see is a repeat of the same adverts by the same companies with very little difference elsewhere. Many of these companies when you read their adverts often talk about career prospects within the company and how you can advance through the ranks. If this is the case, how come so many of the companies advertising these claims of fabulous career prospects are advertising elsewhere…why are they not promoting their current staff to the managerial jobs which dominate the Jobs website pages and replacing the staff who are promoted?

Why is this idea important?

Having had the misfortune of being made redundant through ill health last November and also being made homeless for part of this year, I have had to hunt high and low for somewhere to live and it has been far from being easy!

The biggest problem with being unemployed, is the simple fact that a great many landlords do not accept DSS tenants. Look at most adverts for property that is available to rent and you will see the words NO DSS attached to the end of the advert. 

Having researched the problem myself, I have discovered that there is a serious level of discrimination towards those who are unfortunate enough to have lost their jobs through no fault of their own.

Your government may be looking to cut benefits in order to reduce the national debt, but for someone like myself who is desperate to get back in to work and also done their damned hardest to get off the street, benefits are vital until new employment can be found. By councils delaying benefits or constantly messing people around, they are adding even more stress to what is already a difficult time.

Yes, the benefits system needs a re-think and yes, there are people who abuse it, but there are a hell of a lot of people who need it, that are struggling to survive! 

I am on Job Seekers Allowance of £65 per week. £7.65 per week  is deducted from that because I had no choice except to apply for a Social Fund Loan in order to be able to get the house I am now living in. This leaves me with just over £57 a week to survive on. Once I pay for electric, gas and food, I am left with virtually nothing. I do not own a television and even if I did, I would not be able to afford a licence! I have no car, and yet again if I did, I could not afford to run it! 

What I am asking is that the government start to look at the reasons why the people on DSS are struggling to find employment…. is it because of a lack of jobs? A lack of skills? There could be any number of reasons. 

In my particular case, I was made redundant through ill health last year, since making a recovery, I have applied for over 180 jobs since March this year. Out of the 180 jobs I have applied for, I have had exactly 8 letters telling me I was not suitable for the position or was not qualified enough and I have been asked to one (1) interview! The rest I have not heard anything from! So as a part of looking at the reasons why people are struggling to find employment, look at the jobs which are being advertised! 

I have been registered with Jobs Today, Monster and several other websites. Since registering, I have checked them daily and all I see is a repeat of the same adverts by the same companies with very little difference elsewhere. Many of these companies when you read their adverts often talk about career prospects within the company and how you can advance through the ranks. If this is the case, how come so many of the companies advertising these claims of fabulous career prospects are advertising elsewhere…why are they not promoting their current staff to the managerial jobs which dominate the Jobs website pages and replacing the staff who are promoted?

Two-Tier Marriage Law

I want to see the law – or Home Office regulation – scrapped that says a marriage between a UK citizen and a foreigner becomes invalid after two years.  When you've already filled in a lot of paperwork, twice, and paid vast sums of money for precious little service, it is offensive to be made to do it again.

Why is this idea important?

I want to see the law – or Home Office regulation – scrapped that says a marriage between a UK citizen and a foreigner becomes invalid after two years.  When you've already filled in a lot of paperwork, twice, and paid vast sums of money for precious little service, it is offensive to be made to do it again.

Transparancy in nutritional labeling standards for food

Currently supermarkets are getting away with making food seem healthier by bunging in whey powder, cheese powder etc into products that never traditionally had them (bread/crackers etc) so as to make the protein ratio higher, thereby making the fat & sugar percentages look lower. This is hoodwinking the public & completely unnacceptable. It's also making things more difficult for those with dairy allergies, vegans etc as they have to scrutinise ingredient lists for milk products where they would never before expect to find them.

Why is this idea important?

Currently supermarkets are getting away with making food seem healthier by bunging in whey powder, cheese powder etc into products that never traditionally had them (bread/crackers etc) so as to make the protein ratio higher, thereby making the fat & sugar percentages look lower. This is hoodwinking the public & completely unnacceptable. It's also making things more difficult for those with dairy allergies, vegans etc as they have to scrutinise ingredient lists for milk products where they would never before expect to find them.

Leave the EU – that should stop most of the daft, expensive legislation

Leaving the EU should stop most of the daft, expensive legislation which this site was set up to do. Most of the ideas proposed on this site would be impossible to repeal because the are binding on our government. Euro diktat has precedence over UK law in many cases.

Most of our legislation is now directed from Brussels. The government you elect here in the UK can rarely do anything about laws, regulations and bureacracy from the EU. Most of these things have been created after lobbying by special interest groups or big business. They have the deep pockets to employ specialist PR agents who – at best – wine and dine the EU bureacrats.

Even where the legislations sounds to be positive, it is usually at enormous cost.

Every year, thousands of new rules and regulations are published producing a monumental nuisance for almost every organisation in the country.

Some we know are EU-inspired, but other laws are less well known as EU in origin. In fact most of our legislation comes from over the water.  But the majority of EU laws and regulations are expensive to implement and monitor, and ineffective in not producing the intended effect; some are harmful, and of course some actually useful.

Why is this idea important?

Leaving the EU should stop most of the daft, expensive legislation which this site was set up to do. Most of the ideas proposed on this site would be impossible to repeal because the are binding on our government. Euro diktat has precedence over UK law in many cases.

Most of our legislation is now directed from Brussels. The government you elect here in the UK can rarely do anything about laws, regulations and bureacracy from the EU. Most of these things have been created after lobbying by special interest groups or big business. They have the deep pockets to employ specialist PR agents who – at best – wine and dine the EU bureacrats.

Even where the legislations sounds to be positive, it is usually at enormous cost.

Every year, thousands of new rules and regulations are published producing a monumental nuisance for almost every organisation in the country.

Some we know are EU-inspired, but other laws are less well known as EU in origin. In fact most of our legislation comes from over the water.  But the majority of EU laws and regulations are expensive to implement and monitor, and ineffective in not producing the intended effect; some are harmful, and of course some actually useful.

Allow free market places in towns and cities

Every weekend, or at least one day of every week a part of town (e.g. an open square) should become a free market place. Perhaps people should still have to register (through the council) so there is some form of quality control, but the important thing is that a market place should be provided for free, without the need for a traders licence, and that the market should be facillitated (i.e. tables and covers provided).

Why is this idea important?

Every weekend, or at least one day of every week a part of town (e.g. an open square) should become a free market place. Perhaps people should still have to register (through the council) so there is some form of quality control, but the important thing is that a market place should be provided for free, without the need for a traders licence, and that the market should be facillitated (i.e. tables and covers provided).

Permission for A Protest

Removal of having to write to Local Council and form filing to ask for permission to protest

I believe people no matter how small or crazy there protest may seem should have the right to protest when they wish where they wish.about what they wish 

It rips the whole idea of making a protest if we have to ask the powers that be for permission 

we are the people and we have all got our right to speak when we want.

Its is so not fair living under such a dictatorship 

I have the right to be heard 

Why is this idea important?

Removal of having to write to Local Council and form filing to ask for permission to protest

I believe people no matter how small or crazy there protest may seem should have the right to protest when they wish where they wish.about what they wish 

It rips the whole idea of making a protest if we have to ask the powers that be for permission 

we are the people and we have all got our right to speak when we want.

Its is so not fair living under such a dictatorship 

I have the right to be heard 

Stop Ofsted visiting home childminders

People generally want to use a childminder because their child is very young and needs close care with one adult or because they want a home from home situation. Parents don’t need endless policies on data protection, fire drills and equal opps from someone that they know well and want to look after their kids. If someone only wants to look after one child on one day a week for 3 hours they currently need to have a first aid certificate, have attended a childminders course and been ofsteded. This is over the top. A CRB check should be sufficient between people that know each other. If others want to register to take children that they do not know then fine but it should not be illegal for friends to pay each other for childcare without ofsted being involved.

Why is this idea important?

People generally want to use a childminder because their child is very young and needs close care with one adult or because they want a home from home situation. Parents don’t need endless policies on data protection, fire drills and equal opps from someone that they know well and want to look after their kids. If someone only wants to look after one child on one day a week for 3 hours they currently need to have a first aid certificate, have attended a childminders course and been ofsteded. This is over the top. A CRB check should be sufficient between people that know each other. If others want to register to take children that they do not know then fine but it should not be illegal for friends to pay each other for childcare without ofsted being involved.