Abolish the ‘Challenge 21/25’ requirements when buying alcohol

I would like to propose that the 'challenge 21' or in some cases 'challenge 25' requirements when purchasing alcohol be repealed.

 

Currently, the legal age to purchase alcohol in a shop is 18. However, the law requires that employees challenge anyone who appears to be under 21, or 25 in some cases, to provide ID before they can purchase alcohol. 

These regulations lead to a creeping criminalisation of people's legal right to enjoy an alcoholic drink, and foster a culture of suspicion and mistrust by enshrining in law the assumption that a customer is attempting to purchase alcohol illegally, and requiring them to prove otherwise. 

The poorly thought out nature of this law has lead to its over-zealous application in numerous instances – there have been no shortage of reports in the media of people who are clearly and unquestionably over 18 – in some cases quite evidently of pensionable age – being denied alcohol because they do not have, or cannot provide, a passport, driving licence or the one specific type of ID card permitted; and even cases where parents accompanied on a shopping trip by their children have been denied their purchase, despite showing the required ID, on the pretext that the children might drink the alcohol!

In addition, the law criminalises employers and employees who fail to check a customer's ID.

Why is this idea important?

I would like to propose that the 'challenge 21' or in some cases 'challenge 25' requirements when purchasing alcohol be repealed.

 

Currently, the legal age to purchase alcohol in a shop is 18. However, the law requires that employees challenge anyone who appears to be under 21, or 25 in some cases, to provide ID before they can purchase alcohol. 

These regulations lead to a creeping criminalisation of people's legal right to enjoy an alcoholic drink, and foster a culture of suspicion and mistrust by enshrining in law the assumption that a customer is attempting to purchase alcohol illegally, and requiring them to prove otherwise. 

The poorly thought out nature of this law has lead to its over-zealous application in numerous instances – there have been no shortage of reports in the media of people who are clearly and unquestionably over 18 – in some cases quite evidently of pensionable age – being denied alcohol because they do not have, or cannot provide, a passport, driving licence or the one specific type of ID card permitted; and even cases where parents accompanied on a shopping trip by their children have been denied their purchase, despite showing the required ID, on the pretext that the children might drink the alcohol!

In addition, the law criminalises employers and employees who fail to check a customer's ID.

remove the opening restictions on Sunday in England and Wales

why are stores only allowed to open for 6 hours on a Sunday?  What kind of half way house is that.  I used to live in Scotalnd where this rule doesn't apply and it's great to ahve the freedom to shop whenever you get the chance.

Why is this idea important?

why are stores only allowed to open for 6 hours on a Sunday?  What kind of half way house is that.  I used to live in Scotalnd where this rule doesn't apply and it's great to ahve the freedom to shop whenever you get the chance.

Prevent ‘stealth’ rises in foodstuffs and other products

All too often we see the contents of food stuffs packages reduced whilst the price remains the same.  This is a price increase by stealth and shouldn't be allowed to happen in this manner.  We consumers need protection and the way to do it is to force food (and other) producers to make it plain in a standard and consistent manner that the package contents have been reduced. 

It should be made illegal to operate in the manner they currently do so.

 

Why is this idea important?

All too often we see the contents of food stuffs packages reduced whilst the price remains the same.  This is a price increase by stealth and shouldn't be allowed to happen in this manner.  We consumers need protection and the way to do it is to force food (and other) producers to make it plain in a standard and consistent manner that the package contents have been reduced. 

It should be made illegal to operate in the manner they currently do so.

 

Restore Sunday as a family /rest day

With no religious intent, I feel that Sunday' should be designated a day of rest for (almost) all.

Too much stress at work, too much pressure at home and at school.  If the big shops closed a) everyone could use the day to relax and spend time with loved ones, football/rugby/cricket, sons and daughters or just unwind in the garden, in bed etc and b) the streets could be returned to the small shop.  Shopkeepers play an important part in society, they know who is who, where places are, whose children are behaving and whose aren't, who is trading alcohol and drugs and they are a useful adjunct to the police.

Everyone is happy? probably not but the small shopkeeper gets a share of the available trade  and everyone is relaxed and not rushing around,  with no pressure to spend what little money we have left.

Why is this idea important?

With no religious intent, I feel that Sunday' should be designated a day of rest for (almost) all.

Too much stress at work, too much pressure at home and at school.  If the big shops closed a) everyone could use the day to relax and spend time with loved ones, football/rugby/cricket, sons and daughters or just unwind in the garden, in bed etc and b) the streets could be returned to the small shop.  Shopkeepers play an important part in society, they know who is who, where places are, whose children are behaving and whose aren't, who is trading alcohol and drugs and they are a useful adjunct to the police.

Everyone is happy? probably not but the small shopkeeper gets a share of the available trade  and everyone is relaxed and not rushing around,  with no pressure to spend what little money we have left.

Scrap Restrictions on Sunday Trading

The current law in the UK (Except Scotland) prevents shops with a floor area of more than 280 square metres (3,000 square feet) opening for more than 6 hours between 10:00 and 18:00.

 This law should be scrapped.  Shops should be allowed to open when they want on Sundays.

Why is this idea important?

The current law in the UK (Except Scotland) prevents shops with a floor area of more than 280 square metres (3,000 square feet) opening for more than 6 hours between 10:00 and 18:00.

 This law should be scrapped.  Shops should be allowed to open when they want on Sundays.

Sunscreen should be zero rated for VAT

Given the rise in the number of people suffering from skin cancer, sunscreen products should be zero rated for VAT.

Therefore a change should be made to the EU agreement that does not allow the UK to introduce new zero rated taxes.

 

 

 

Why is this idea important?

Given the rise in the number of people suffering from skin cancer, sunscreen products should be zero rated for VAT.

Therefore a change should be made to the EU agreement that does not allow the UK to introduce new zero rated taxes.

 

 

 

Legalise building and selling computers

While the physical act of building a custom computer for a customer is not illegial, there are other laws which make it virtually impossible to build & sell a computer to a customer without it being illegial (Epecially for small shops).

CE Marking:

Most people don't know this, but companies that build custom spec computer systems are braking the law unless they spend around £500 – £1000 for CE compliance for each "variant" of the system. In I.T., there are thousands of "variants" (e.g. size of RAM, made of hard drive, style of case)

I am asking the government to remove the CE testing, marking and documentation keeping for the companies that assemble or upgrade computers.

WEEE Waste Regulations:

Currently, even if you build a single custom PC for a customer, you are classed as a "producer" and have to sign up to a "weee producer compliance scheme". Given that the cost of this is around £600/year, this is outrageous!

Why is this idea important?

While the physical act of building a custom computer for a customer is not illegial, there are other laws which make it virtually impossible to build & sell a computer to a customer without it being illegial (Epecially for small shops).

CE Marking:

Most people don't know this, but companies that build custom spec computer systems are braking the law unless they spend around £500 – £1000 for CE compliance for each "variant" of the system. In I.T., there are thousands of "variants" (e.g. size of RAM, made of hard drive, style of case)

I am asking the government to remove the CE testing, marking and documentation keeping for the companies that assemble or upgrade computers.

WEEE Waste Regulations:

Currently, even if you build a single custom PC for a customer, you are classed as a "producer" and have to sign up to a "weee producer compliance scheme". Given that the cost of this is around £600/year, this is outrageous!

Abolish or strictly limit ‘use by’ dates on commodities

Allow people and businesses to use their senses including common sense to decide whether food items are fit for consumption.  'Use by' dates on such as honey, found palatable after 5000 years in a Pharoah's tomb and bottled water advertised as 'filtered through rocks for a thousand years' are just ludicrous.  Or at the very least limit the rigidity of 'use by' dates to items where unfitness for comsumption can be truly dangerous to health and/or can be concealed by the unscrupulous.  For example allow retailers deeply to discount or give away fresh food that is past its best but perefectly palatable.

Why is this idea important?

Allow people and businesses to use their senses including common sense to decide whether food items are fit for consumption.  'Use by' dates on such as honey, found palatable after 5000 years in a Pharoah's tomb and bottled water advertised as 'filtered through rocks for a thousand years' are just ludicrous.  Or at the very least limit the rigidity of 'use by' dates to items where unfitness for comsumption can be truly dangerous to health and/or can be concealed by the unscrupulous.  For example allow retailers deeply to discount or give away fresh food that is past its best but perefectly palatable.

RENTS in U.K. extortionate- new -feudalism REFORM

in the Netherlands 10% (lonely planet-statistic 2001) of people own their own property ,and rents

are controlled by the government at reasonable levels. Here in the U.K. we pay some of the highest rents in the developed world. For people with low incomes it amounts to a third or even a half of our incomes.

The ECONOMY would benefit enormously if people had reasonable rents because of all the spare cash generated. Less debt would be created.

Who benefits from high rents = debt recovery agencies , landlords( who often have several properties).

Profit can still be gained from a REASONABLE rent regime. Excessive greed drives this engine.

Why is this idea important?

in the Netherlands 10% (lonely planet-statistic 2001) of people own their own property ,and rents

are controlled by the government at reasonable levels. Here in the U.K. we pay some of the highest rents in the developed world. For people with low incomes it amounts to a third or even a half of our incomes.

The ECONOMY would benefit enormously if people had reasonable rents because of all the spare cash generated. Less debt would be created.

Who benefits from high rents = debt recovery agencies , landlords( who often have several properties).

Profit can still be gained from a REASONABLE rent regime. Excessive greed drives this engine.

Legislate against BUY ONE GET ONE FREE offers

In the UK we throw away 8 millions tonnes of food a year just from households.  This is £12 billion retail value equivelent, more than the entire Department of Transports Budget!!!

This also costs councils and therefore council tax payers another £1 billion per annum to landfill or treat all this food waste!

Its a complex area, but one reason is because people just buy to much when they are shopping in a hurry and never get round to eating it, this is exacerbated by BOGOF offers which make you get twice as much as you really needed. 

In New Zealand a private members bill – the waste minimisation act – requires amongst other things that supermarkets doing BOGOF to offer you a single unit for 50% of the price.  This is a simple measure which combined with public education and awareness of cooking, shopping, storage and home composting could help save the UK billions of pounds and make us leaner, greener, meaner and better off

Why is this idea important?

In the UK we throw away 8 millions tonnes of food a year just from households.  This is £12 billion retail value equivelent, more than the entire Department of Transports Budget!!!

This also costs councils and therefore council tax payers another £1 billion per annum to landfill or treat all this food waste!

Its a complex area, but one reason is because people just buy to much when they are shopping in a hurry and never get round to eating it, this is exacerbated by BOGOF offers which make you get twice as much as you really needed. 

In New Zealand a private members bill – the waste minimisation act – requires amongst other things that supermarkets doing BOGOF to offer you a single unit for 50% of the price.  This is a simple measure which combined with public education and awareness of cooking, shopping, storage and home composting could help save the UK billions of pounds and make us leaner, greener, meaner and better off

End misleading supermarket “special offers”

Consumers need a masters degree in shopping to negotiate the often confusing and misleading special offers in the big supermarkets.

Two-for-one, three-for-two, buy-one-get-one-free deals work if they are honest and straightforward..

But, all too often, consumers only discover that they have been ripped off when they later check their till receipts. Most are too busy to check, which means extra profits for the supermarket giants.

Some deals are so confusing that even the supermarket staff themselves find it difficult to interpret them when challenged.

Point out a mistake and the managment invariably quotes "human error.". This is hard to accept when the shelves are carefully stacked in line with special "planograms" sent out by head office.

It is common to find an end-of-aisle shelf stacked with "special offers" with one or two items expressly excluded from the deal – a sure fire way of confusing busy mums and pensioners.

Consumer law should be amended to force the big supermarkets to be honest and fair with their customers. The new test should be – if a special offer is capable of being misunderstood by anybody, it is illegal. It should be as simple as that.
 

Why is this idea important?

Consumers need a masters degree in shopping to negotiate the often confusing and misleading special offers in the big supermarkets.

Two-for-one, three-for-two, buy-one-get-one-free deals work if they are honest and straightforward..

But, all too often, consumers only discover that they have been ripped off when they later check their till receipts. Most are too busy to check, which means extra profits for the supermarket giants.

Some deals are so confusing that even the supermarket staff themselves find it difficult to interpret them when challenged.

Point out a mistake and the managment invariably quotes "human error.". This is hard to accept when the shelves are carefully stacked in line with special "planograms" sent out by head office.

It is common to find an end-of-aisle shelf stacked with "special offers" with one or two items expressly excluded from the deal – a sure fire way of confusing busy mums and pensioners.

Consumer law should be amended to force the big supermarkets to be honest and fair with their customers. The new test should be – if a special offer is capable of being misunderstood by anybody, it is illegal. It should be as simple as that.
 

Permit the sale of second hand electrical goods in charity shops etc.

Modify whatever law (or risk averse action by the insurance industry) bans us from being able to sell second hand electrical goods in charity shops, village fetes, etc. A lower standard of acceptable safety should apply to such sales, e.g. visual inspection by anyone (or a ‘competent’ person if essential) shows no damage to wiring etc. and the appliance works when turned on, rather than a full electrician check/PAT test being needed.

Why is this idea important?

Modify whatever law (or risk averse action by the insurance industry) bans us from being able to sell second hand electrical goods in charity shops, village fetes, etc. A lower standard of acceptable safety should apply to such sales, e.g. visual inspection by anyone (or a ‘competent’ person if essential) shows no damage to wiring etc. and the appliance works when turned on, rather than a full electrician check/PAT test being needed.

Sunday Trading Act 1994

In July 1994, a compromise law was introduced that prohibited big shops from opening for more than 6 hours on a Sunday, this suggestion would repeal that law, and allow businesses to decide whether to open on Sunday or not.

Why is this idea important?

In July 1994, a compromise law was introduced that prohibited big shops from opening for more than 6 hours on a Sunday, this suggestion would repeal that law, and allow businesses to decide whether to open on Sunday or not.

Sunday trading should be the same as weekday trading

Shops should be given freedom to choose whether they wish to open on a Sunday, and not restricted in this decision by the Sunday Trading Act (1994) which only permits large stores to do so (for a certain time period).

The only justification I can see for not permitting Sunday trade is on religious grounds (i.e with Sunday being the Sabbath) so please bring up some more reasons in your comments if there are others

Why is this idea important?

Shops should be given freedom to choose whether they wish to open on a Sunday, and not restricted in this decision by the Sunday Trading Act (1994) which only permits large stores to do so (for a certain time period).

The only justification I can see for not permitting Sunday trade is on religious grounds (i.e with Sunday being the Sabbath) so please bring up some more reasons in your comments if there are others