Repeal/ Adjust the limit of 20 quid on earnings before Benefits can take most of it.

There is currently a reg in place that means that if you earn more than 20 quid whilst on JSA or Incap Benefits the local council can take every pound after the first 20 quid you earn per week.

It's part of the Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit  system basically.  It's called Permitted Earnings.

Disabled people get supported permitted earnings.  And that limit is about 80 quid per week, but the 20 quid limit is still valid.

So you get to earn say 70 quid, and then have to give 50 quid to the council.

Why is this idea important?

There is currently a reg in place that means that if you earn more than 20 quid whilst on JSA or Incap Benefits the local council can take every pound after the first 20 quid you earn per week.

It's part of the Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit  system basically.  It's called Permitted Earnings.

Disabled people get supported permitted earnings.  And that limit is about 80 quid per week, but the 20 quid limit is still valid.

So you get to earn say 70 quid, and then have to give 50 quid to the council.

Simplify the HGV Tacho Laws. Remove Highways Agency Cars

The laws on HGV drivers hours are ridiculous. They are complicated and most seem to be just to raise money from fines. The VOSA cars that wait on the motorway to catch offending drivers only stop foreign lorrys and would surely be better placed on the ports checking the lorrys entering the country. I also think that Highways Agency Traffic patrols are a waste of time as they have no powers and cause more problems than they solve. The overhead warning signs on motorways are normally incorrect too.

Why is this idea important?

The laws on HGV drivers hours are ridiculous. They are complicated and most seem to be just to raise money from fines. The VOSA cars that wait on the motorway to catch offending drivers only stop foreign lorrys and would surely be better placed on the ports checking the lorrys entering the country. I also think that Highways Agency Traffic patrols are a waste of time as they have no powers and cause more problems than they solve. The overhead warning signs on motorways are normally incorrect too.

Repeal Section 436A of the 1996 Education Act

Section 436A of the 1996 Education Act and the statutory guidance relating to it is in direct conflict with Section 437

Section 436A of the 1996 Education Act states:

“436A Duty to make arrangements to identify children not receiving education
(1) A local education authority must make arrangements to enable them to establish (so far
as it is possible to do so) the identities of children in their area who are of compulsory
school age but —
(a) are not registered pupils at a school, and
(b) are not receiving suitable education otherwise than at a school.
(2) In exercising their functions under this section a local education authority must have
regard to any guidance given from time to time by the Secretary of State.
(3) In this Chapter, “suitable education”, in relation to a child, means efficient full-time
education suitable to his age, ability and aptitude and to any special educational needs he
may have.””

whereas section 437 states:

“1) If it appears to a local education authority that a child of compulsory school age in their area is not receiving suitable education, either by regular attendance at school or otherwise, they shall serve a notice in writing on the parent requiring him to satisfy them within the period specified in the notice that the child is receiving such education”

Why is this idea important?

Section 436A of the 1996 Education Act and the statutory guidance relating to it is in direct conflict with Section 437

Section 436A of the 1996 Education Act states:

“436A Duty to make arrangements to identify children not receiving education
(1) A local education authority must make arrangements to enable them to establish (so far
as it is possible to do so) the identities of children in their area who are of compulsory
school age but —
(a) are not registered pupils at a school, and
(b) are not receiving suitable education otherwise than at a school.
(2) In exercising their functions under this section a local education authority must have
regard to any guidance given from time to time by the Secretary of State.
(3) In this Chapter, “suitable education”, in relation to a child, means efficient full-time
education suitable to his age, ability and aptitude and to any special educational needs he
may have.””

whereas section 437 states:

“1) If it appears to a local education authority that a child of compulsory school age in their area is not receiving suitable education, either by regular attendance at school or otherwise, they shall serve a notice in writing on the parent requiring him to satisfy them within the period specified in the notice that the child is receiving such education”

that housing law shall consist only of clear facts that disprove their own opposites

This is to enact a blanket principle, that simply states: in all law concerning occupancy of your  home, as owner or tenant, every fact of law or point of law that is true shall be absolutely true with no shades of uncertainty, and shall disprove that its opposite is true.

This is to prevent manipulation and swindling by your solicitor. At present, there can be all sorts of complications arising from planning issues, certifying the completion of extensions, or "burdens", duties attached to a piece of land for murky reasons of its history. When these complications or any others arise, you are left to rely on your solicitor's opinion, with no definite reference point to say it is right or wrong, and solicitors are allowed to have different conflicting opinions on the same thing yet both count as right. This is manipulation, it leaves you with no entitlement to know for certain what the law is that you are trying to comply with.

These things are true in both the English and Scottish systems.

Why is this idea important?

This is to enact a blanket principle, that simply states: in all law concerning occupancy of your  home, as owner or tenant, every fact of law or point of law that is true shall be absolutely true with no shades of uncertainty, and shall disprove that its opposite is true.

This is to prevent manipulation and swindling by your solicitor. At present, there can be all sorts of complications arising from planning issues, certifying the completion of extensions, or "burdens", duties attached to a piece of land for murky reasons of its history. When these complications or any others arise, you are left to rely on your solicitor's opinion, with no definite reference point to say it is right or wrong, and solicitors are allowed to have different conflicting opinions on the same thing yet both count as right. This is manipulation, it leaves you with no entitlement to know for certain what the law is that you are trying to comply with.

These things are true in both the English and Scottish systems.

Repeal Ombudsman Laws/ Rules

I would like to see the repeal of the law and or rules, that stop a judicial review having full powers to oversee and reverse any of the various Ombudsman's decisions.

Widely seen as biased and untrustworthy, Most people who have had to deal with any Ombudsman department would like the total power held over them by the Ombudsman and be association, the power of big business to act as they please, to be moderated and overseen by Judicial review or by going through some other suitable route.

The way the present Laws, rules and process moves, there is no protection for the public from even the most obviously ridiculous one sided rulings the ombudsman's bodies make.

So I, and a huge body of the British public urge a reform over the Laws and rules governing the way the Ombudsman and courts interact with the pubic once a complaint about a business, council, or utility service, has been made. 

Why is this idea important?

I would like to see the repeal of the law and or rules, that stop a judicial review having full powers to oversee and reverse any of the various Ombudsman's decisions.

Widely seen as biased and untrustworthy, Most people who have had to deal with any Ombudsman department would like the total power held over them by the Ombudsman and be association, the power of big business to act as they please, to be moderated and overseen by Judicial review or by going through some other suitable route.

The way the present Laws, rules and process moves, there is no protection for the public from even the most obviously ridiculous one sided rulings the ombudsman's bodies make.

So I, and a huge body of the British public urge a reform over the Laws and rules governing the way the Ombudsman and courts interact with the pubic once a complaint about a business, council, or utility service, has been made. 

Freedom to choose G.P. outside the postcode area

Can David Cameron please reintroduce his idea given about two years ago that he would abolish the limit of post code ruling for patients in their choice of G.P. if he ever came to government. Some of us have wonderful doctors but if we have moved just outside the post code where he practises his practice manager tells us we can no longer be on their patient list. Please, Nick Clegg, please adopt this idea your self and give us a right of choice here!! Let us choose our own doctor and not one forced on us by a wretched post code restriction?

Why is this idea important?

Can David Cameron please reintroduce his idea given about two years ago that he would abolish the limit of post code ruling for patients in their choice of G.P. if he ever came to government. Some of us have wonderful doctors but if we have moved just outside the post code where he practises his practice manager tells us we can no longer be on their patient list. Please, Nick Clegg, please adopt this idea your self and give us a right of choice here!! Let us choose our own doctor and not one forced on us by a wretched post code restriction?

Simplification of minibus driving regulations

To change the complicated rules around category D on driving licences to allow those passing their tests after Jan 1997 to have the same rights to drive a minibus as those who passed before.

Why is this idea important?

To change the complicated rules around category D on driving licences to allow those passing their tests after Jan 1997 to have the same rights to drive a minibus as those who passed before.

Strengthen the laws on litter and make them work

 

We need a major change in public thinking on fly tipping and litter led very energetically by the Government just like eventually led to a change from the norm in the last century on heavy drinking and driving, which used to be common place.

Existing laws do address waste on public land and establish a clear duty for Councils to clear it up within 48 hours following complaints. However, the law needs to be more effective and used very energetically rather than merely residing on the statute book.

As it stands, the laws is too light handed giving Councils every excuse to adopt limited and insufficiently robust efforts to deal with it. A few Councils are decidedly proactive but most quite the opposite. What laws there are allow resolution but only when the persons responsible can be identified. Where they cannot, you may find instances of fly tipping and litter left there permanently.

A very great concern is that there is no sufficiently applicable law, so action cannot be taken on private land unless the waste clearly is a health hazard.

So, what we need is:

1) That the law requires all people acting in a private, company or public role to be required unceasingly to adhere to certain minimum standards including their behaviour in regard to fly tipping and litter.

For example, such provisions need to cover your neighbour who at present can dump whatever he likes in his front garden or his back garden and turn it into a refuse dump with virtual impunity. If you are unfortunate enough to live in an area where this is prevalent, the value of your property will be affected but you have no means of compensation for any resultant loss. Why should you even have to put up with an unsightly mess in spaces to the front or the rear, in or away from public vision, even so that just looking from your upstairs window you have no choice but to see private property turned into an unsightly waste tip? Why cannot it even be made obligatory that the grass is regularly kept mowed and tidy instead of being allowed to turn into a weed infested mess as often is allowed to happen?

2) The law must be strengthened and worded clearly and unambiguously so that councils and rural authorities not only have the power but also the clear duty to clean up or have cleaned up all public and private land in urban, rural and unpopulated country areas regardless of who is responsible for leaving it there. This must include whatever has accumulated in the past and not only deal with future violations.

A few, very few enterprising councils have used people on Community Service Orders to clear up and this would be very effective if used land in urban, rural and unpopulated country areas as the norm.

3) The legal right for appointed officials to enter private land for the purpose of inspecting it for alleged unreasonable fly tipping and litter or complaints to that effect, such that a legal order must be issued, not merely may be issued, for its removal regardless of who is responsible for leaving it there within a designated time period. The officials must also be held legally liable if failing to do this when the circumstances justify it.

4) Harsher penalties for offences on fly tipping and litter affecting those on whose land the problems occur regardless of whether they are the parties responsible for leaving it there and a legal duty that will ensure these penalties are enforced rather than merely being on the statue book. A light touch is precisely the opposite of what now is needed.

Footnote – In order to further put this into perspective, led me add this.

Starting with concerns locally, I proceeded through my MP, then Joan Ryan to investigate the laws affecting fly tipping and litter and with her help took it to ministerial level and exchanged written and verbal discussion with others including the then minister Joan Ruddock to no avail.

I wrote to the officer in charge at my local council (Enfield), MPs. MEPs, the London Mayor (Ken then Boris) and members of the London Assembly, various organisations like the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England (CPRE) and others. The majority of the few who did reply regarded my proposal as unfair that people on private land have to clear up even when it may be an inherited problem and not demonstrably their fault. They are right, but which is better, to leave it there or clear it up once and for all? The situation is out of hand so that it is more important to get the job done  than being fair.

Organisations like Keep Britain Tidy and Bill Bryson’s CPRE are too reasonable for their efforts to make sufficient difference. We need it to be dealt with as a national emergency for, like climate change (whether man made or mainly due to natural causes) fly tipping and litter has now become so bad we are contaminating the whole planet.

The situation worldwide is so bad that there is a slick of waste – not the only one – estimated to be twice the size of France in the South Pacific with wild life attempting to eat plastic waste from it  they believe to be food. This is now beginning to contaminate the food chain.

Why is this idea important?

 

We need a major change in public thinking on fly tipping and litter led very energetically by the Government just like eventually led to a change from the norm in the last century on heavy drinking and driving, which used to be common place.

Existing laws do address waste on public land and establish a clear duty for Councils to clear it up within 48 hours following complaints. However, the law needs to be more effective and used very energetically rather than merely residing on the statute book.

As it stands, the laws is too light handed giving Councils every excuse to adopt limited and insufficiently robust efforts to deal with it. A few Councils are decidedly proactive but most quite the opposite. What laws there are allow resolution but only when the persons responsible can be identified. Where they cannot, you may find instances of fly tipping and litter left there permanently.

A very great concern is that there is no sufficiently applicable law, so action cannot be taken on private land unless the waste clearly is a health hazard.

So, what we need is:

1) That the law requires all people acting in a private, company or public role to be required unceasingly to adhere to certain minimum standards including their behaviour in regard to fly tipping and litter.

For example, such provisions need to cover your neighbour who at present can dump whatever he likes in his front garden or his back garden and turn it into a refuse dump with virtual impunity. If you are unfortunate enough to live in an area where this is prevalent, the value of your property will be affected but you have no means of compensation for any resultant loss. Why should you even have to put up with an unsightly mess in spaces to the front or the rear, in or away from public vision, even so that just looking from your upstairs window you have no choice but to see private property turned into an unsightly waste tip? Why cannot it even be made obligatory that the grass is regularly kept mowed and tidy instead of being allowed to turn into a weed infested mess as often is allowed to happen?

2) The law must be strengthened and worded clearly and unambiguously so that councils and rural authorities not only have the power but also the clear duty to clean up or have cleaned up all public and private land in urban, rural and unpopulated country areas regardless of who is responsible for leaving it there. This must include whatever has accumulated in the past and not only deal with future violations.

A few, very few enterprising councils have used people on Community Service Orders to clear up and this would be very effective if used land in urban, rural and unpopulated country areas as the norm.

3) The legal right for appointed officials to enter private land for the purpose of inspecting it for alleged unreasonable fly tipping and litter or complaints to that effect, such that a legal order must be issued, not merely may be issued, for its removal regardless of who is responsible for leaving it there within a designated time period. The officials must also be held legally liable if failing to do this when the circumstances justify it.

4) Harsher penalties for offences on fly tipping and litter affecting those on whose land the problems occur regardless of whether they are the parties responsible for leaving it there and a legal duty that will ensure these penalties are enforced rather than merely being on the statue book. A light touch is precisely the opposite of what now is needed.

Footnote – In order to further put this into perspective, led me add this.

Starting with concerns locally, I proceeded through my MP, then Joan Ryan to investigate the laws affecting fly tipping and litter and with her help took it to ministerial level and exchanged written and verbal discussion with others including the then minister Joan Ruddock to no avail.

I wrote to the officer in charge at my local council (Enfield), MPs. MEPs, the London Mayor (Ken then Boris) and members of the London Assembly, various organisations like the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England (CPRE) and others. The majority of the few who did reply regarded my proposal as unfair that people on private land have to clear up even when it may be an inherited problem and not demonstrably their fault. They are right, but which is better, to leave it there or clear it up once and for all? The situation is out of hand so that it is more important to get the job done  than being fair.

Organisations like Keep Britain Tidy and Bill Bryson’s CPRE are too reasonable for their efforts to make sufficient difference. We need it to be dealt with as a national emergency for, like climate change (whether man made or mainly due to natural causes) fly tipping and litter has now become so bad we are contaminating the whole planet.

The situation worldwide is so bad that there is a slick of waste – not the only one – estimated to be twice the size of France in the South Pacific with wild life attempting to eat plastic waste from it  they believe to be food. This is now beginning to contaminate the food chain.

Revise H&S laws that force one to wash in scalding water

One often goes into cloakrooms where the basins have a single spout dispensing scalding water with no control over temperature.   If you want to wash your hands your one and only choice is to scald yourself. 

 The root of this problem is the persistent use of gravity-fed water systems, with their loft- mounted storage tanks, a practice which has long since fallen into disuse in most of North America, Europe, and Southern Africa.  

In an attempt to bodge this right our Health and Safety Executive has brought about a law which mandates that the hot water temperature must be 60 deg C or more to avoid the cultivation of legionnaires disease and other bacteria in the loft tank.    An H&S mandatory notice nearby blithely tells one that this is 'VERY HOT WATER!'        This is a classic example of an H&S reg which, in order to eliminate a bacterial hazard of low probability, creates an alternate scalding hazard of high probability.    

And to make sure that nobody misses the opportunity to scald themselves,  the sensible option of using mixer taps is discouraged by our venerable H&S on the grounds that clean mains-direct drinking water should be available in cloakrooms.  So to accommodate the one person in ten thousand who would really want to drink water from a cloakroom tap,  we are forced to have separate cold and hot taps on basins, and have to do some kind of 'modulating hand dance' between scalding hot and ice cold water.    H&S's answer to this is that one should use the plug (?), fill the basin with water from both taps until it's a comfortable temperature and then wash one's hands in it.) .  Please, get real!   H&S legislators may have time for this, the rest of us working people don't.

The sensible thing  to do would be to enforce mains- pressured closed water systems in all new public establishments – as is widely done elsewhere in the world – with reasonable temperature hot water and cold water dispensed from mixer taps.   The cold water would then also be potable for the few that want to drink it.   Establishments with existing gravity-fed tanks systems should be given a 5 year period of grace to upgrade.

Why is this idea important?

One often goes into cloakrooms where the basins have a single spout dispensing scalding water with no control over temperature.   If you want to wash your hands your one and only choice is to scald yourself. 

 The root of this problem is the persistent use of gravity-fed water systems, with their loft- mounted storage tanks, a practice which has long since fallen into disuse in most of North America, Europe, and Southern Africa.  

In an attempt to bodge this right our Health and Safety Executive has brought about a law which mandates that the hot water temperature must be 60 deg C or more to avoid the cultivation of legionnaires disease and other bacteria in the loft tank.    An H&S mandatory notice nearby blithely tells one that this is 'VERY HOT WATER!'        This is a classic example of an H&S reg which, in order to eliminate a bacterial hazard of low probability, creates an alternate scalding hazard of high probability.    

And to make sure that nobody misses the opportunity to scald themselves,  the sensible option of using mixer taps is discouraged by our venerable H&S on the grounds that clean mains-direct drinking water should be available in cloakrooms.  So to accommodate the one person in ten thousand who would really want to drink water from a cloakroom tap,  we are forced to have separate cold and hot taps on basins, and have to do some kind of 'modulating hand dance' between scalding hot and ice cold water.    H&S's answer to this is that one should use the plug (?), fill the basin with water from both taps until it's a comfortable temperature and then wash one's hands in it.) .  Please, get real!   H&S legislators may have time for this, the rest of us working people don't.

The sensible thing  to do would be to enforce mains- pressured closed water systems in all new public establishments – as is widely done elsewhere in the world – with reasonable temperature hot water and cold water dispensed from mixer taps.   The cold water would then also be potable for the few that want to drink it.   Establishments with existing gravity-fed tanks systems should be given a 5 year period of grace to upgrade.

Marriage in church without the need to live in the area for 7 days

Our society has changed since the time in the eighteenth century when this law was made. It is ridiulous that a woman can get married in any hotel in any part of the country, but cannot get married in a church without living within the County boundaries of that church for at least 7 days during the year prior to the date of marriage. This discriminates against church weddings.

Why is this idea important?

Our society has changed since the time in the eighteenth century when this law was made. It is ridiulous that a woman can get married in any hotel in any part of the country, but cannot get married in a church without living within the County boundaries of that church for at least 7 days during the year prior to the date of marriage. This discriminates against church weddings.

Student Visa

People have been allowed into this country on the pretext of Student Visa. Those people who never been to college in their home country. Not only that , those students then are allowed to bring their spouse? It should be stopped and if anyone is allowed on student VISA as soon as that particular course is over student should go back and reapply for further course visa.

Then they should not be allowed to go on to other sort of VISA e.g. working visa and lead to permanent visa. This way illegal immigration can be controlled. Sponsor should be pursued to return the sponsred to UK Border Agency. Employer employing illegal workers should be dealt with more strictly.

Why is this idea important?

People have been allowed into this country on the pretext of Student Visa. Those people who never been to college in their home country. Not only that , those students then are allowed to bring their spouse? It should be stopped and if anyone is allowed on student VISA as soon as that particular course is over student should go back and reapply for further course visa.

Then they should not be allowed to go on to other sort of VISA e.g. working visa and lead to permanent visa. This way illegal immigration can be controlled. Sponsor should be pursued to return the sponsred to UK Border Agency. Employer employing illegal workers should be dealt with more strictly.

Immigration Cap & Increase Point for Tier-1

Honourable Home Minister,

I have a request that immigration changes for tier-1 in which you are going to increase points are not good enough to attract high calibre personeel from different backgrounds. Infact there should be given some incentives to those who spent their time in studying masters degree from within the UK. I am talking about PSW should be given some additional 10 points so that they can get Tier 1 easily, as these are the brightest people which were already diluted in to the Uk culture. Therefore the increse in point for tier one made by you is unfair as these peoples are nearly submittion to their applications as most of them earned nearly 35-38 k but considering this increase in points, it is difficult for these peoples to get tierone if they have more than 30 years old. This means they will leave uk and it can affect uk as they are people who already contributed a lot during their studies and their PSW period and also wanted to contribute in the future. Please don't increase the point  as there is already a change made in april 2010 where earnings slap have been changed dramatically high.

 

Thanks You for considering my humble suggestion.

Why is this idea important?

Honourable Home Minister,

I have a request that immigration changes for tier-1 in which you are going to increase points are not good enough to attract high calibre personeel from different backgrounds. Infact there should be given some incentives to those who spent their time in studying masters degree from within the UK. I am talking about PSW should be given some additional 10 points so that they can get Tier 1 easily, as these are the brightest people which were already diluted in to the Uk culture. Therefore the increse in point for tier one made by you is unfair as these peoples are nearly submittion to their applications as most of them earned nearly 35-38 k but considering this increase in points, it is difficult for these peoples to get tierone if they have more than 30 years old. This means they will leave uk and it can affect uk as they are people who already contributed a lot during their studies and their PSW period and also wanted to contribute in the future. Please don't increase the point  as there is already a change made in april 2010 where earnings slap have been changed dramatically high.

 

Thanks You for considering my humble suggestion.

Repeal the UK Borders Agencies Requirement for Universities to Track Student Attendance

The UKBA forces Universities to record student attendance and contacts (eg email contact).

There seems to be two possible objectives that the UKBA wishes to achieve.
either
a) To keep an eye on suspected terrorists
and or
b) to make sure people are not coming into the UK as students as a backdoor to avoid normal immigration controls.

In the case of a) keeping these records accessible to the UKBA is not going to prevent terrorist activity
In the case of b) someone who wishes to slip into the 'undergrowth' will surely have done so by the time the UKBA find out and do something about it.

My conclusion is that this action will be ineffective and that the requirement is a remnant of the previous governments attempts at centralised control. It infringes my privacy and I find it intrusive. Not only that, it is in my case meaningless. I happen to be a UK resident and so the UKBA should have no interest in me. If I were not a UK resident then I believe that I would be at best offended at worst intimidated.

In any event it is a waste of money and an unwarranted level of surveillance.  
 

Why is this idea important?

The UKBA forces Universities to record student attendance and contacts (eg email contact).

There seems to be two possible objectives that the UKBA wishes to achieve.
either
a) To keep an eye on suspected terrorists
and or
b) to make sure people are not coming into the UK as students as a backdoor to avoid normal immigration controls.

In the case of a) keeping these records accessible to the UKBA is not going to prevent terrorist activity
In the case of b) someone who wishes to slip into the 'undergrowth' will surely have done so by the time the UKBA find out and do something about it.

My conclusion is that this action will be ineffective and that the requirement is a remnant of the previous governments attempts at centralised control. It infringes my privacy and I find it intrusive. Not only that, it is in my case meaningless. I happen to be a UK resident and so the UKBA should have no interest in me. If I were not a UK resident then I believe that I would be at best offended at worst intimidated.

In any event it is a waste of money and an unwarranted level of surveillance.  
 

Be able to sack your Counsellor.

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?

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.

Open Historic Registers Now

A review, chaired by Paul Darce of the 30 year rule, recommended that it be reduced to 15 years in its report January 2009.

In his submission to the review Anthony Camp, M.B.E. suggested that all historic records of Birth, Marriage and Death be made open to the Public.

It is high time these records were openly accessible there is absolutely no good reason for them to remain regulated and only accessible by purchasing certified copies.

The records used to be open to public inspection. From the start of civil registration the public could carry out searches in the registers of Birth, Marriage and Death. In 1898 the then Registrar General took it upon himself to close the records held at the GRO even though there was no change in the law to allow for such unilateral action.

Similarly in 1974 many local Registrars closed the registers they held to public searches even though a public search of the registers was written in to the various applicable Acts of Parliament.

I therefore suggest that the coalition government release all historic registers of Birth, Marriage and Death to allow private enterprise to digitise and make those records available online.

Such a move would create employment in the private sector, reduce costs and pressure on the General Register Office. This would allow staff to concentrate on their core activities and increase productivity.

In addition the sale of digitised copies of historic Birth, Marriage and Death certificates would create useful revenue in these times of need.

Why is this idea important?

A review, chaired by Paul Darce of the 30 year rule, recommended that it be reduced to 15 years in its report January 2009.

In his submission to the review Anthony Camp, M.B.E. suggested that all historic records of Birth, Marriage and Death be made open to the Public.

It is high time these records were openly accessible there is absolutely no good reason for them to remain regulated and only accessible by purchasing certified copies.

The records used to be open to public inspection. From the start of civil registration the public could carry out searches in the registers of Birth, Marriage and Death. In 1898 the then Registrar General took it upon himself to close the records held at the GRO even though there was no change in the law to allow for such unilateral action.

Similarly in 1974 many local Registrars closed the registers they held to public searches even though a public search of the registers was written in to the various applicable Acts of Parliament.

I therefore suggest that the coalition government release all historic registers of Birth, Marriage and Death to allow private enterprise to digitise and make those records available online.

Such a move would create employment in the private sector, reduce costs and pressure on the General Register Office. This would allow staff to concentrate on their core activities and increase productivity.

In addition the sale of digitised copies of historic Birth, Marriage and Death certificates would create useful revenue in these times of need.

EU laws restricting info & access to harmless food & herb supplements

Stop allowing the EU directives effectively outlawing our access to information and use of safe natural products. Members of the public have never asked for this.

The majority of the nutrients, herbs and dosages which the EU Medicines and Food Directives are endeavouring to outlaw are totally safe. Some are also more effective at supporting health issues than the dangerous pharmaceuticals. However, the bottom line line is it should be an individuals right to choose.

Why is this idea important?

Stop allowing the EU directives effectively outlawing our access to information and use of safe natural products. Members of the public have never asked for this.

The majority of the nutrients, herbs and dosages which the EU Medicines and Food Directives are endeavouring to outlaw are totally safe. Some are also more effective at supporting health issues than the dangerous pharmaceuticals. However, the bottom line line is it should be an individuals right to choose.

Reform the Pensions System

To replace the existing State Pension with a single pension payable from age 70, of at least £10,000 a year payable tax-free.

To reform private pensions legislation to remove the Lifetime Allowance, decrease the Annual Allowance to £50,000, limit tax relief to 10% of all contributions, remove Pension Commencement Lump Sum restrictions, to make provision to make all withdrawals from pensions free of Income Tax and Capital Gains Tax, and to make provision to make all monies inside pensions free from Inheritance Tax.

Why is this idea important?

To replace the existing State Pension with a single pension payable from age 70, of at least £10,000 a year payable tax-free.

To reform private pensions legislation to remove the Lifetime Allowance, decrease the Annual Allowance to £50,000, limit tax relief to 10% of all contributions, remove Pension Commencement Lump Sum restrictions, to make provision to make all withdrawals from pensions free of Income Tax and Capital Gains Tax, and to make provision to make all monies inside pensions free from Inheritance Tax.

Repeal the European Communities Act 1972 (UK)

This Act, although given Royal Assent, must be repealed if Britain and British people are to have any say in the governance of their way of life. The Act states, in effect, that all legislation and Acts of Parliament are subject to approval by the European Parliament. To hand over control of everything that maintains law and order in Britain is totally unacceptable. It must never have represented the wishes of the majority of the British population.

Europe has far too much influence on our way of life. While there is a strong case to change from pounds and ounces to kilogrammes, or to abandon gills, pints, gallons and firkins in favour of litres, the European insistence that we must sell eggs by weight is just plain silly. If you ask for a kilogramme of eggs will you endup with all small eggs? Or a mixture of small and large?

More serious is the cost to Britain's taxpayers for this European interference. Everyone in the British isles is affected by the unbelievable debt run up by the Socialist government; we are all feeling the pinch to a greater or lesser degree and yet an unacceptably large percentage of our GNP is lost in the corridors of the European Parliament.

Why is this idea important?

This Act, although given Royal Assent, must be repealed if Britain and British people are to have any say in the governance of their way of life. The Act states, in effect, that all legislation and Acts of Parliament are subject to approval by the European Parliament. To hand over control of everything that maintains law and order in Britain is totally unacceptable. It must never have represented the wishes of the majority of the British population.

Europe has far too much influence on our way of life. While there is a strong case to change from pounds and ounces to kilogrammes, or to abandon gills, pints, gallons and firkins in favour of litres, the European insistence that we must sell eggs by weight is just plain silly. If you ask for a kilogramme of eggs will you endup with all small eggs? Or a mixture of small and large?

More serious is the cost to Britain's taxpayers for this European interference. Everyone in the British isles is affected by the unbelievable debt run up by the Socialist government; we are all feeling the pinch to a greater or lesser degree and yet an unacceptably large percentage of our GNP is lost in the corridors of the European Parliament.

European Working Time Directive (EWTD)

The introduction of the EWTD for UK doctors has been a costly disaster for patient safety and trainee education.

  1. The regulations were designed for Spanish lorry-drivers and are very inflexible.
  2. Although very long hours (>80/week) are associated with patient harms there is no evidence that reducing hours below, say, 56 hours per week are associated with improved outcomes.
  3. Cross-cover arrangements introduced on the back of EWTD mean that the doctor has very little knowledge of the patients he is looking after, a recipe for error.
  4. There is insufficient time for adequate patient handover, particularly during busy winter months.
  5. The direct exposure of trainee doctors to learning opportunities is greatly reduced as the same learning opportunities are divided between more doctors.
  6. Knowledge of trainees by supervising senior doctors is greatly reduced because of shiftwork patterns and the loss of the clinical team.
  7. Shiftwork patterns are known to be associated with increased rates of depression. Anyone with experience of jet-lag knows that it takes several days to recover afterwards.
  8. This lack of experience, expertise and knowledge of the patient by junior doctors means that more senior grades are becoming over-committed for routine activity.
  9. Most shifts have gaps, which are covered by locums of variable quality (c.f. Dr Ubani).
  10. The drop in income of junior doctors means that many are 'moonlighting' in neighbouring trusts as locums. This means that their hours are much the same as before, but they have to travel to and work in a strange unit. Both increase patient risk.
  11. The cost of locums has shot up. An average middle grade locum pre-EWTD cost around £40 per hour. Now it is £70 with a sign on fee of up to £20,000 for any medium-term locum. This is costing the health service a fortune.
  12. The change in designation of on call to mean that anyone resident (even if asleep) is paid as if working is very costly and not good value-for-money.
  13. The number of doctors in the NHS has trebled since 1979. On retirement from the NHS doctors in those days survived an average 18 months, so pensions could be generous. Now, with reduced hours and increased longevity, I would predict survivals of an average of 15 years. The pension bill will therefore increase by 30 fold (compound).

Why is this idea important?

The introduction of the EWTD for UK doctors has been a costly disaster for patient safety and trainee education.

  1. The regulations were designed for Spanish lorry-drivers and are very inflexible.
  2. Although very long hours (>80/week) are associated with patient harms there is no evidence that reducing hours below, say, 56 hours per week are associated with improved outcomes.
  3. Cross-cover arrangements introduced on the back of EWTD mean that the doctor has very little knowledge of the patients he is looking after, a recipe for error.
  4. There is insufficient time for adequate patient handover, particularly during busy winter months.
  5. The direct exposure of trainee doctors to learning opportunities is greatly reduced as the same learning opportunities are divided between more doctors.
  6. Knowledge of trainees by supervising senior doctors is greatly reduced because of shiftwork patterns and the loss of the clinical team.
  7. Shiftwork patterns are known to be associated with increased rates of depression. Anyone with experience of jet-lag knows that it takes several days to recover afterwards.
  8. This lack of experience, expertise and knowledge of the patient by junior doctors means that more senior grades are becoming over-committed for routine activity.
  9. Most shifts have gaps, which are covered by locums of variable quality (c.f. Dr Ubani).
  10. The drop in income of junior doctors means that many are 'moonlighting' in neighbouring trusts as locums. This means that their hours are much the same as before, but they have to travel to and work in a strange unit. Both increase patient risk.
  11. The cost of locums has shot up. An average middle grade locum pre-EWTD cost around £40 per hour. Now it is £70 with a sign on fee of up to £20,000 for any medium-term locum. This is costing the health service a fortune.
  12. The change in designation of on call to mean that anyone resident (even if asleep) is paid as if working is very costly and not good value-for-money.
  13. The number of doctors in the NHS has trebled since 1979. On retirement from the NHS doctors in those days survived an average 18 months, so pensions could be generous. Now, with reduced hours and increased longevity, I would predict survivals of an average of 15 years. The pension bill will therefore increase by 30 fold (compound).

Repeal All Post 1974 Licensing Act Changes

The present licensing system is not fit for purpose.  Extended opening hours have proved a social disaster.  Increasing prices will have no effect except to push the families of alcoholics into further hardship and suffering.  The problem is availability of alcohol.

Then improve the 1974 act by provided that any retail outlet exceeding 2000 square feet in total area (including storage). is not permitted to sell alcohol.  Restore and enforce the requirement to provide live entertainment and substantial meals so long as the bar servery is open. Reduce the potential for violence outside venues by requiring venues to remain open (alcohol free) for at least one hour after the bar servery has closed.  Make it an offence for doubles (spirits) to be served.

The supermarkets have made noises about voluntary codes while at the same time they have aggressive campaigns to promote drink… placing large displays at the entrances to their stores where they are most likely to influence the young and selling alcholic drinks below cost.  They should lose the business altogether for their misconduct.

Why is this idea important?

The present licensing system is not fit for purpose.  Extended opening hours have proved a social disaster.  Increasing prices will have no effect except to push the families of alcoholics into further hardship and suffering.  The problem is availability of alcohol.

Then improve the 1974 act by provided that any retail outlet exceeding 2000 square feet in total area (including storage). is not permitted to sell alcohol.  Restore and enforce the requirement to provide live entertainment and substantial meals so long as the bar servery is open. Reduce the potential for violence outside venues by requiring venues to remain open (alcohol free) for at least one hour after the bar servery has closed.  Make it an offence for doubles (spirits) to be served.

The supermarkets have made noises about voluntary codes while at the same time they have aggressive campaigns to promote drink… placing large displays at the entrances to their stores where they are most likely to influence the young and selling alcholic drinks below cost.  They should lose the business altogether for their misconduct.

Make identity checks meaningful

Currently identity checks, usually carried out for the alleged purpose of controlling money laundering, are burdensome and ineffective.  Organisations who know a customer well ask for passport, driving licence, utility bills to prove they are who they say they are.  Pointless!

Money laundering controls should be aimed at the criminals not at the whole lawabiding population.

Why is this idea important?

Currently identity checks, usually carried out for the alleged purpose of controlling money laundering, are burdensome and ineffective.  Organisations who know a customer well ask for passport, driving licence, utility bills to prove they are who they say they are.  Pointless!

Money laundering controls should be aimed at the criminals not at the whole lawabiding population.