Speed Cameras should only be allowed outside schools and in residential areas

I have been asking myself if speed cameras are really about safety and not revenue then why isn't there a speed camera outside every school? In fact I don't think I have ever seen a speed camera outside a school yet these are the places where children are put at risk everyday by agressive speeding drivers. At lot of speed cameras are on roads that aren't even close to residential areas.

Why is this idea important?

I have been asking myself if speed cameras are really about safety and not revenue then why isn't there a speed camera outside every school? In fact I don't think I have ever seen a speed camera outside a school yet these are the places where children are put at risk everyday by agressive speeding drivers. At lot of speed cameras are on roads that aren't even close to residential areas.

Immediate Clean Slate for all Non-Fraudulent Tax Credit Overpayments

Write off all non-fraudulent tax credit overpayments whilst continuing to recover those resulting from claimant fraud.  This will save innocent, hardworking families from the distress and hardship caused by system-created errors, and will save the millions of pounds currently being wasted on forcing families who spent their awards in good faith to somehow find money they do not have.  Compassion and sound economics all in one!

Why is this idea important?

Write off all non-fraudulent tax credit overpayments whilst continuing to recover those resulting from claimant fraud.  This will save innocent, hardworking families from the distress and hardship caused by system-created errors, and will save the millions of pounds currently being wasted on forcing families who spent their awards in good faith to somehow find money they do not have.  Compassion and sound economics all in one!

Generate Revenue by putting Advertisement Boards on Motorways/Other Roads

Idea is to generate revenue by putting advertisement boards on motorways. There are a couple of ways this can be achieved in my opinion.

  1. Place small advert boards (2 feet width by 4 feet length – obviously this can be standardised to any size which is ideal for maintenance, etc.) on the light poles, which are in the middle of the motorways, at a safe height which can be easily replaced with minimum disruption to the motorists.
  2. Place large advert boards by the side of the motorways – the placement of these should be given some thought so they can be best and easily viewed by the motorists without diverting too much of their attention away from their driving.

Instead of generating revenue the same advert boards method can also be used to generate public awareness about anything the government wants really. In fact, the government can use a combination of both. From example, in some areas they can use advert boards to generate revenue and in others to generate public awareness.

Why is this idea important?

Idea is to generate revenue by putting advertisement boards on motorways. There are a couple of ways this can be achieved in my opinion.

  1. Place small advert boards (2 feet width by 4 feet length – obviously this can be standardised to any size which is ideal for maintenance, etc.) on the light poles, which are in the middle of the motorways, at a safe height which can be easily replaced with minimum disruption to the motorists.
  2. Place large advert boards by the side of the motorways – the placement of these should be given some thought so they can be best and easily viewed by the motorists without diverting too much of their attention away from their driving.

Instead of generating revenue the same advert boards method can also be used to generate public awareness about anything the government wants really. In fact, the government can use a combination of both. From example, in some areas they can use advert boards to generate revenue and in others to generate public awareness.

Issue a Card for Benefits (no Cash)

The government could do a deal with a major credit card company to supply all benefit claiments with a card. This card could be set to not allow purchases of alcohol or tobacco (or any other goods deemed unsuitable). The acceptance of the cards could be limited to specific companies that have tendered for the supply of benefit goods.

  The right to accept benefit cards could be put out to tender ( as all other Government supply contracts are) and a selection of National and local stores become approved suppliers in a framework agreement. The contracts would be huge and a real discount could be negotiated from the retail prices in the stores.

Why is this idea important?

The government could do a deal with a major credit card company to supply all benefit claiments with a card. This card could be set to not allow purchases of alcohol or tobacco (or any other goods deemed unsuitable). The acceptance of the cards could be limited to specific companies that have tendered for the supply of benefit goods.

  The right to accept benefit cards could be put out to tender ( as all other Government supply contracts are) and a selection of National and local stores become approved suppliers in a framework agreement. The contracts would be huge and a real discount could be negotiated from the retail prices in the stores.

Allow opening of casinos

The Gambling Act of 2005 allowed for larger "regional" casinos. However, the Daily Mail campaign against them forced a climb down by Gordon Brown, and the money spent by Manchester on the bid was wasted. Prevelance studies have shown that casino gambling is by far the lowest problem gambling area, when compared to betting terminals in bookmakers and online gaming.

 

Why is this idea important?

The Gambling Act of 2005 allowed for larger "regional" casinos. However, the Daily Mail campaign against them forced a climb down by Gordon Brown, and the money spent by Manchester on the bid was wasted. Prevelance studies have shown that casino gambling is by far the lowest problem gambling area, when compared to betting terminals in bookmakers and online gaming.

 

Lift the ban on Tobacco Advertising

I think the ban on Tobacco Advertising should be lifted for many reasons.

It should be brought back with a 50% tax on the revenue received from the advertisers. Tobacco companies will still choose to advertise and it will be a massive source of revenue for the country when it needs it most. It also assists with sporting sponsorship. The ban at the moment only appeases the nanny state but shows no benefit to society in actually reducing the take up of smoking. It also insults the inteligence of society by assuming that people can not make informed decisions and cannot educate their children appropriately.

There is also a level of hypocrisy associated with this ban that does not sit comfortably with me. The government is happy to receive the tax revenue from tobacco (which almost endorses its use) but bans the advertising.  I would also argue that alcohol is more dangerous than smoking yet the same dracconian laws do not apply to drinking.

 

Why is this idea important?

I think the ban on Tobacco Advertising should be lifted for many reasons.

It should be brought back with a 50% tax on the revenue received from the advertisers. Tobacco companies will still choose to advertise and it will be a massive source of revenue for the country when it needs it most. It also assists with sporting sponsorship. The ban at the moment only appeases the nanny state but shows no benefit to society in actually reducing the take up of smoking. It also insults the inteligence of society by assuming that people can not make informed decisions and cannot educate their children appropriately.

There is also a level of hypocrisy associated with this ban that does not sit comfortably with me. The government is happy to receive the tax revenue from tobacco (which almost endorses its use) but bans the advertising.  I would also argue that alcohol is more dangerous than smoking yet the same dracconian laws do not apply to drinking.