All laws to have expiry dates

All laws to have expiry dates so that law will take account of changing society and values, and so that obsure laws from the Middle Ages etc are used when there is little knowledge or understanding of such laws. Start with new laws, a clause can go into each new one automatically. I suggest 50 years so that as a maximum our law would be reviewed every generation or so. Current laws can be ammended on mass by a law or enabling act.

Why is this idea important?

All laws to have expiry dates so that law will take account of changing society and values, and so that obsure laws from the Middle Ages etc are used when there is little knowledge or understanding of such laws. Start with new laws, a clause can go into each new one automatically. I suggest 50 years so that as a maximum our law would be reviewed every generation or so. Current laws can be ammended on mass by a law or enabling act.

363 Annual Returns

That businesses only be required to make a return when the shareholders/ directors change. Saves the 2+ milion small businesses that don't really change that much £15-30 a year in red tape cost and frees HMRC from the bueaucracy costs of monitoring whether businesses have done so. HMRC can check whether the 363 is up-to-date when it conducts its tax/VAT audits of businesses every 3 years.

Why is this idea important?

That businesses only be required to make a return when the shareholders/ directors change. Saves the 2+ milion small businesses that don't really change that much £15-30 a year in red tape cost and frees HMRC from the bueaucracy costs of monitoring whether businesses have done so. HMRC can check whether the 363 is up-to-date when it conducts its tax/VAT audits of businesses every 3 years.

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.

Abolish introductory and demoted tenancies

Introductory and demoted tenancies are two species of tenancies granted by local housing authorities to their tenants under the Housing Act 1996. They should be abolished in order to simplify the law and so make it easier to manage local authority housing stock.

Why is this idea important?

Introductory and demoted tenancies are two species of tenancies granted by local housing authorities to their tenants under the Housing Act 1996. They should be abolished in order to simplify the law and so make it easier to manage local authority housing stock.

Reduce the ridiculous Red Tape involved in planning school trips

I have just organised a residential trip for 30 primary school children and the paperwork that i had to fill in was ridiculous. It was a nightmare doing risk assessments for the various museums and other activities – even spending some time in Hyde Park needed to be risk assessed and we were only there for half an hour to eat our lunch. This is health and safety gone mad.

Why is this idea important?

I have just organised a residential trip for 30 primary school children and the paperwork that i had to fill in was ridiculous. It was a nightmare doing risk assessments for the various museums and other activities – even spending some time in Hyde Park needed to be risk assessed and we were only there for half an hour to eat our lunch. This is health and safety gone mad.

Anti-Smoking Signs

Remove the unnecessary requirement for shops, offices and other public buildings to display a sign stating that smoking is against the law.  There are lots of laws that apply all the time and we don't need signs reminding us what is illegal and what is not, so why do the owners of premises have to put up a special sign for this particular one?

Why is this idea important?

Remove the unnecessary requirement for shops, offices and other public buildings to display a sign stating that smoking is against the law.  There are lots of laws that apply all the time and we don't need signs reminding us what is illegal and what is not, so why do the owners of premises have to put up a special sign for this particular one?

Remove requirement to advertise public notices in local press

The requirement for local authorities to advertise public notices – planning, car parking etc., – should be abolished.

With the number of local publications falling, as is their circulations, the effectiveness of conveying the information contained is getting less and less.

It is totally out of date since the information can be conveyed more efficiently on the council websites.

It is a double waste in Wales where they are published in Welsh as well as English.

Why is this idea important?

The requirement for local authorities to advertise public notices – planning, car parking etc., – should be abolished.

With the number of local publications falling, as is their circulations, the effectiveness of conveying the information contained is getting less and less.

It is totally out of date since the information can be conveyed more efficiently on the council websites.

It is a double waste in Wales where they are published in Welsh as well as English.

remove the legislation that dictates that departments have to spend ALL of their budget for the year

Currently the budgeting system of the government means that a department, local authority or council have to spend their entire budget for the year or else they will not get as much next year, which inevitably leads to departments spending money needlessly when it could just be saved for reinvestment in the next year like a department/constituency/council savings account.

Why is this idea important?

Currently the budgeting system of the government means that a department, local authority or council have to spend their entire budget for the year or else they will not get as much next year, which inevitably leads to departments spending money needlessly when it could just be saved for reinvestment in the next year like a department/constituency/council savings account.

Simplify premises licenses processes for online businesses

My family runs an online gift basket business from home. These baskets are mainly food, but we do get asked to add the occasional bottle of wine, which we currently cannot do as we do not have a premises license. The process for getting one for an online business is currently the same as if we wanted to turn our home into an off-license, requiring that someone first get a personal license and then a premises license.

My mother (the business owner) has now gone through the process of getting a personal alcohol license. I actually think this is a good idea, as it ensures that someone in the business is responsible for adhering to current legislation and ensuring that all steps are taken to ensure that alcohol is not sold to minors.

Now we need to get the premises license. To do this, we have to publicly advertise our request in the local papers, to our neighbours, fire brigade, police etc. and put a public notice up prominently outside our house. This is in spite of the fact that no customers will be physically coming to the premises at all. All our orders are taken either online or over the phone and delivered to customers' addresses. It makes no sense.

Also, the current process is very bureaucratic, expensive (when you consider the fees involved for both the personal and premises licenses) and makes little sense for a small business like ours which is not looking at alcohol as a main line of business. And we do not want to advertise to all & sundry that we may have alcohol on the premises. The people it is most likely to interest would be those who may want to break in to steal it! 

Surely, for an internet / mail order business such as ours where we will not be dealing with customers coming to our premises at all, a personal licence should be sufficient, or the local authority should be able to grant a premises license without requiring public notices to be put up.

Please do review this, thank you.

Why is this idea important?

My family runs an online gift basket business from home. These baskets are mainly food, but we do get asked to add the occasional bottle of wine, which we currently cannot do as we do not have a premises license. The process for getting one for an online business is currently the same as if we wanted to turn our home into an off-license, requiring that someone first get a personal license and then a premises license.

My mother (the business owner) has now gone through the process of getting a personal alcohol license. I actually think this is a good idea, as it ensures that someone in the business is responsible for adhering to current legislation and ensuring that all steps are taken to ensure that alcohol is not sold to minors.

Now we need to get the premises license. To do this, we have to publicly advertise our request in the local papers, to our neighbours, fire brigade, police etc. and put a public notice up prominently outside our house. This is in spite of the fact that no customers will be physically coming to the premises at all. All our orders are taken either online or over the phone and delivered to customers' addresses. It makes no sense.

Also, the current process is very bureaucratic, expensive (when you consider the fees involved for both the personal and premises licenses) and makes little sense for a small business like ours which is not looking at alcohol as a main line of business. And we do not want to advertise to all & sundry that we may have alcohol on the premises. The people it is most likely to interest would be those who may want to break in to steal it! 

Surely, for an internet / mail order business such as ours where we will not be dealing with customers coming to our premises at all, a personal licence should be sufficient, or the local authority should be able to grant a premises license without requiring public notices to be put up.

Please do review this, thank you.

Money laundering regulations – no de-minimus limit

Accountants and many other professions are required to report to SOCA (Serious Organised Crime Agency) any crimes which involve the proceeds of crime.

Drug trafficing, terrorism, robbery, tax evasion?  Absolutely no problem with these.

One big problem with the current regulations is that there is no de-minimus limit.  So if you have reasonable suspiscions that an employee at a client has stolen a pen then you are technically required to report it.

SOCA currently need to employee people to process the multitude of trivial reports they receive every day.

My idea is to give a de-minimus level for reporting of £1,000, with no lower limit in the case of the most serious offences such as drug trafficing, terrorism, etc.

Why is this idea important?

Accountants and many other professions are required to report to SOCA (Serious Organised Crime Agency) any crimes which involve the proceeds of crime.

Drug trafficing, terrorism, robbery, tax evasion?  Absolutely no problem with these.

One big problem with the current regulations is that there is no de-minimus limit.  So if you have reasonable suspiscions that an employee at a client has stolen a pen then you are technically required to report it.

SOCA currently need to employee people to process the multitude of trivial reports they receive every day.

My idea is to give a de-minimus level for reporting of £1,000, with no lower limit in the case of the most serious offences such as drug trafficing, terrorism, etc.

P11D return of benefits and expenses

The P11D return of benefits and expenses needs to be filed by all employers every year by 6 July following the end of the tax year.  The return is required to disclose taxable benefits so that the correct tax can be collected (fair enough) but also any expenses payments to directors / employees, even if it is simply the reimbursement of costs wholly for business.  A "dispensation" can be applied for to limit the reporting requirement of expenses, but is rather bureaucratic and is difficult to use when there is only one director.

My idea is to remove the requirement to report reimbursement of business expenses to directors / employees where they are clearly for business.

Why is this idea important?

The P11D return of benefits and expenses needs to be filed by all employers every year by 6 July following the end of the tax year.  The return is required to disclose taxable benefits so that the correct tax can be collected (fair enough) but also any expenses payments to directors / employees, even if it is simply the reimbursement of costs wholly for business.  A "dispensation" can be applied for to limit the reporting requirement of expenses, but is rather bureaucratic and is difficult to use when there is only one director.

My idea is to remove the requirement to report reimbursement of business expenses to directors / employees where they are clearly for business.

Abolish the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) Quango

What does the Information Commissioners office do? It seems to take an annual fee from my business each year but little else. It stores all this data on expensive computers in Wilmslow, but for what purpose?  I am sure that many businesses do not even bother to register at all.

What did we do before it existed – we carried on as usual!

I do not think that the level of fees levied to register is even sufficient to rent the offices, pay the beaurocrats and pay for the upkeep of the computer system and administration. So the taxpayers stump up the balance again.

We all insure against public and professional liability issues, surely that is sufficient.

Please Mr Clegg, let us save some taxpayers money here and scrap the laws which caused this unnecessary quango to come into existence and sweep it away. We really do not need it – it is just a  luxury to provide employment and inflated pensions to a number of 'jobsworhs' . The Ministery of Administrative Affairs from 'Yes Minister' comes to mind here!

 

Why is this idea important?

What does the Information Commissioners office do? It seems to take an annual fee from my business each year but little else. It stores all this data on expensive computers in Wilmslow, but for what purpose?  I am sure that many businesses do not even bother to register at all.

What did we do before it existed – we carried on as usual!

I do not think that the level of fees levied to register is even sufficient to rent the offices, pay the beaurocrats and pay for the upkeep of the computer system and administration. So the taxpayers stump up the balance again.

We all insure against public and professional liability issues, surely that is sufficient.

Please Mr Clegg, let us save some taxpayers money here and scrap the laws which caused this unnecessary quango to come into existence and sweep it away. We really do not need it – it is just a  luxury to provide employment and inflated pensions to a number of 'jobsworhs' . The Ministery of Administrative Affairs from 'Yes Minister' comes to mind here!

 

Empowering disabled people to have their own parking space outside their own home

Create personal disabled parking spaces for blue badge holders outside their own homes.

This priviledge should only be offered to those persons on higher rate mobilty rate DLA

At present such spaces are routinely refused by most councils on grounds of high cost due to red tape that has to be followed to create them. Disabled parking bays make a huge difference to a persons quality of life, disability equality and civil rights.

Spaces should be able to be created cheaply and simply through special dispensation from the Department for Transport to create enforceable disabled parking bays without the need for expensive and lengthy Traffic Regulation Orders. This would require the same arrangements in place currently to create a bus stop with no stopping "cage".

Why is this idea important?

Create personal disabled parking spaces for blue badge holders outside their own homes.

This priviledge should only be offered to those persons on higher rate mobilty rate DLA

At present such spaces are routinely refused by most councils on grounds of high cost due to red tape that has to be followed to create them. Disabled parking bays make a huge difference to a persons quality of life, disability equality and civil rights.

Spaces should be able to be created cheaply and simply through special dispensation from the Department for Transport to create enforceable disabled parking bays without the need for expensive and lengthy Traffic Regulation Orders. This would require the same arrangements in place currently to create a bus stop with no stopping "cage".

Removal of the requirement of 2 doctor’s signatures before having an abortion

Currently, a woman has to obtain the signatures of 2 doctors before she is permitted to have an abortion. This is suggesting that a woman cannot possibly be capable of making an informed decision on abortion. A women should be able to have an abortion with the consent of 1 doctor only.

Why is this idea important?

Currently, a woman has to obtain the signatures of 2 doctors before she is permitted to have an abortion. This is suggesting that a woman cannot possibly be capable of making an informed decision on abortion. A women should be able to have an abortion with the consent of 1 doctor only.

Reverse the requirement for Intrastat returns for services

At the start of this year, a new VAT requirement was introduced for businesses – to submit Intrastat returns for sales of services within the EU. This has not been necessary previously and it is unclear why it is suddenly necessary now, but it does generate a lot of extra paperwork. This is especially the case since there is no threshold below which this does not apply.

I suggest this requirement be reversed, or at least a minimum threshold be made to apply

Why is this idea important?

At the start of this year, a new VAT requirement was introduced for businesses – to submit Intrastat returns for sales of services within the EU. This has not been necessary previously and it is unclear why it is suddenly necessary now, but it does generate a lot of extra paperwork. This is especially the case since there is no threshold below which this does not apply.

I suggest this requirement be reversed, or at least a minimum threshold be made to apply

POLICE TO DECIDE ON CRIMINAL CHARGES NOT THE CPS

As things currently stand the Crown Prosecution Service has to authorise all charges before the police are allowed to prosecute. This creates an unecesarry and duplicate layer in decision making. Police sergeants and above should be allowed to authorise all charges, (save perhaps indictiable only – ie the most serious offences). Such officers are qualified by examination and by default will have significant experience. If it was a Custody Officer decision this would also provide an independent judgement (as defined by virtue of the Police &  Criminal Evidence Act 1984).

Such a proposal would allow the removal of CPS Direct, a massive organisation, costing millions per year. It would allow the CPS to then concentrate on prosecuting and restore some faith in our police service. it would also remove the nervousness of the CPS to only prosecute offences where they are almost certain to win at court (as created by virtue of their own KPI's).

I would suggest a simple and effective suggestion which will save significant money and lead to a better society.

Why is this idea important?

As things currently stand the Crown Prosecution Service has to authorise all charges before the police are allowed to prosecute. This creates an unecesarry and duplicate layer in decision making. Police sergeants and above should be allowed to authorise all charges, (save perhaps indictiable only – ie the most serious offences). Such officers are qualified by examination and by default will have significant experience. If it was a Custody Officer decision this would also provide an independent judgement (as defined by virtue of the Police &  Criminal Evidence Act 1984).

Such a proposal would allow the removal of CPS Direct, a massive organisation, costing millions per year. It would allow the CPS to then concentrate on prosecuting and restore some faith in our police service. it would also remove the nervousness of the CPS to only prosecute offences where they are almost certain to win at court (as created by virtue of their own KPI's).

I would suggest a simple and effective suggestion which will save significant money and lead to a better society.

crb

CRBs should be executed much more quickly as people are denied the civil liberty to work for 6-7 weeks even though the Govt. website says that most take only 10 days myself and other colleagues have had to wait from the end of April to the end of June thus denying skilled trained people the right to work as teachers .  This could mean that the state has to pay Jobseekers allowance when people could be earning their own living and costing the taxpayers money

Why is this idea important?

CRBs should be executed much more quickly as people are denied the civil liberty to work for 6-7 weeks even though the Govt. website says that most take only 10 days myself and other colleagues have had to wait from the end of April to the end of June thus denying skilled trained people the right to work as teachers .  This could mean that the state has to pay Jobseekers allowance when people could be earning their own living and costing the taxpayers money

Planning applications shouldn’t be an exercise in job creation

Planning applications used to need the submission of a 3 page form together with plans and elevations showing the proposals

Under directions ordered by the last government, Local Planning Authorities now require completion of a 10 page form as well as very detailed plans, sections and elevations.  They can also now ask for all sorts of things to accompany the application, such as Environmental Statements, Supporting Planning Statements, Design and Access Statements, Transport Assessments, Travel Plans, Flood Risk Assessments, Regeneration Statements, Retail Assessments, Sustainability Appraisals, Tree Surveys, Nature Conservation Assessments, Ecological Assessments, Noise Impact Assessments, Air Quality Assessments, Utilities Statements, Energy Statements, Archaeological Assessments, etc. 

As this is now all laid down in Local Authority Planning Protocols, there are many Planning Officers who will ask for unnecessary information  – without having the common sense to question it. 

The consequence is, of course, that many consultants need to be employed to prepare such assessments and statements and the cost of making planning applications has risen alarmingly.   Another side to the issue is that Local Authorities require additional staff (or their own consultants) to verfity and check the information, thereby creating an additional burden on tax payers.

These Local Planning Authority powers should be curbed so that development is allowed to proceed with minimal levels of bureaucracy.

 

Why is this idea important?

Planning applications used to need the submission of a 3 page form together with plans and elevations showing the proposals

Under directions ordered by the last government, Local Planning Authorities now require completion of a 10 page form as well as very detailed plans, sections and elevations.  They can also now ask for all sorts of things to accompany the application, such as Environmental Statements, Supporting Planning Statements, Design and Access Statements, Transport Assessments, Travel Plans, Flood Risk Assessments, Regeneration Statements, Retail Assessments, Sustainability Appraisals, Tree Surveys, Nature Conservation Assessments, Ecological Assessments, Noise Impact Assessments, Air Quality Assessments, Utilities Statements, Energy Statements, Archaeological Assessments, etc. 

As this is now all laid down in Local Authority Planning Protocols, there are many Planning Officers who will ask for unnecessary information  – without having the common sense to question it. 

The consequence is, of course, that many consultants need to be employed to prepare such assessments and statements and the cost of making planning applications has risen alarmingly.   Another side to the issue is that Local Authorities require additional staff (or their own consultants) to verfity and check the information, thereby creating an additional burden on tax payers.

These Local Planning Authority powers should be curbed so that development is allowed to proceed with minimal levels of bureaucracy.

 

make it easier for companies to give away food

my idea is to change the regulations that require food shops to secure their waste bins so that people cannot  search through them for perfectly edible yet expired food. or if the issue is the danger of people getting into large bins then there should be some provision of a place where people can safely access this source of food.

Why is this idea important?

my idea is to change the regulations that require food shops to secure their waste bins so that people cannot  search through them for perfectly edible yet expired food. or if the issue is the danger of people getting into large bins then there should be some provision of a place where people can safely access this source of food.

Slim down the National Curriculum for teachers!

I trained up originally as a primary school teacher in the 1990s, and was very good at my job. I left because of the sheer volume of paperwork required to manage the National Curriculum.

Most of my time was devoted to "benchmarking" and assessing my pupils against various level descriptors. Not only this, but the Literacy and Numeracy hours (the principles of which which I agree with) were intensely prescriptive: we were told how to structure classes, for example, which involved me having to allocate different *topics* (not just differentiated tasks) to different groups of children in their Numeracy lesson, when commnon sense told me they should at least have the same focus, albeit at different levels.

I have since moved on to sixth form teaching, via FE and a stint doing VSO, but I still hear various horror stories about primary teachers having to submit detailed lesson plans and evaluations (including portfolios of photographs) for *every lesson* they teach! I notice that the teachers in the school oppposite where I live,one with a very good reputation, are often at work before 7a.m.

Why is this idea important?

I trained up originally as a primary school teacher in the 1990s, and was very good at my job. I left because of the sheer volume of paperwork required to manage the National Curriculum.

Most of my time was devoted to "benchmarking" and assessing my pupils against various level descriptors. Not only this, but the Literacy and Numeracy hours (the principles of which which I agree with) were intensely prescriptive: we were told how to structure classes, for example, which involved me having to allocate different *topics* (not just differentiated tasks) to different groups of children in their Numeracy lesson, when commnon sense told me they should at least have the same focus, albeit at different levels.

I have since moved on to sixth form teaching, via FE and a stint doing VSO, but I still hear various horror stories about primary teachers having to submit detailed lesson plans and evaluations (including portfolios of photographs) for *every lesson* they teach! I notice that the teachers in the school oppposite where I live,one with a very good reputation, are often at work before 7a.m.