Retain AM and VHF Radio Broadcasting

The government is planning to do away with AM and VHF broadcasting.

At the moment, millions of people use these services. And although AM radio is somewhat dated, VHF is certainly not.

The VHF service is a high quality one, offering sterio broadcasting in most cases, and is very well respected throughout the country.

The government wants to scrap the service alogether, and thereby make us all by digital (DAB) radios.

These radios are expensive, and are nearly always monophonic.

Why is this idea important?

The government is planning to do away with AM and VHF broadcasting.

At the moment, millions of people use these services. And although AM radio is somewhat dated, VHF is certainly not.

The VHF service is a high quality one, offering sterio broadcasting in most cases, and is very well respected throughout the country.

The government wants to scrap the service alogether, and thereby make us all by digital (DAB) radios.

These radios are expensive, and are nearly always monophonic.

Digital Radio Change Over

The BBC (ex-Auntie) has invested heavily in this 30 year old technology and is going to be relied upon by the Government to determine when the majority of the listening public have switched over to DAB. Is the BBC to be trusted to provide an unbiased assessment in light of the investment? Living outside London and the south east (Northumberland) we are in the minority and our inability to be heard (sic), as is still the case with broadband connectivity, means that, when anaglogue is switched off, we will no longer be able to hear J Humphries et al. Yes, employ new technology for all the benefits its offers the licence payer, but to enforce the introduction of an out-dated DAB system and to shut down the analogue network that clearly is not yet 'broken', strikes me as being irresponsible. Are any other states introducing DAB at present, what else is available – there may even be a financial, but not necessarily face-saving, benefits!

Why is this idea important?

The BBC (ex-Auntie) has invested heavily in this 30 year old technology and is going to be relied upon by the Government to determine when the majority of the listening public have switched over to DAB. Is the BBC to be trusted to provide an unbiased assessment in light of the investment? Living outside London and the south east (Northumberland) we are in the minority and our inability to be heard (sic), as is still the case with broadband connectivity, means that, when anaglogue is switched off, we will no longer be able to hear J Humphries et al. Yes, employ new technology for all the benefits its offers the licence payer, but to enforce the introduction of an out-dated DAB system and to shut down the analogue network that clearly is not yet 'broken', strikes me as being irresponsible. Are any other states introducing DAB at present, what else is available – there may even be a financial, but not necessarily face-saving, benefits!

Well meaning “multiculturalism” is not working.

The theory of multiculturalism is to create a society which embraces variety, understanding, tolerance and harmony between different cultures within the same country. Good idea but it doesn’t seem to be working.

 

I currently see groups of isolated cultures, attracting only more of their own, with little real integration or harmony, let alone tolerance and understanding.

 

The main reason multiculturalism is failing in this country is that many individuals cannot (or will not) speak ENGLISH. This condemns them to a life of social isolation with no hope of mixing with people of other cultures. I know the law on immigration will be changed to include a language test, but what about all those people already here who cannot mix? We need to do something to encourage them integrate rather than leave them to a life of, effectively, apartheid.

 

This is a sensitive subject that many people feel uneasy discussing, so let me make my position clear; I’m not a raciest and I would ask those with views of deportation to refrain from commenting here (you may be entitled to your opinion but please make them on someone else’s thread). I’m advocating a basic adoption of British values by ALL those who have the right to live here. I wouldn’t dream of moving to another country and trying to enforce my language, culture and ideas on them. People should be proud of their own culture but don’t thrust it publically on those who don’t share it

 

We need laws which will discourage isolation and encourage everyone to mix, speak the common language and feel part of the same country – what ever their race, religion or culture. A good start would be to ban foreign translated notices in public places and ban the wearing of “I’m not one of you” clothing in public.

Why is this idea important?

The theory of multiculturalism is to create a society which embraces variety, understanding, tolerance and harmony between different cultures within the same country. Good idea but it doesn’t seem to be working.

 

I currently see groups of isolated cultures, attracting only more of their own, with little real integration or harmony, let alone tolerance and understanding.

 

The main reason multiculturalism is failing in this country is that many individuals cannot (or will not) speak ENGLISH. This condemns them to a life of social isolation with no hope of mixing with people of other cultures. I know the law on immigration will be changed to include a language test, but what about all those people already here who cannot mix? We need to do something to encourage them integrate rather than leave them to a life of, effectively, apartheid.

 

This is a sensitive subject that many people feel uneasy discussing, so let me make my position clear; I’m not a raciest and I would ask those with views of deportation to refrain from commenting here (you may be entitled to your opinion but please make them on someone else’s thread). I’m advocating a basic adoption of British values by ALL those who have the right to live here. I wouldn’t dream of moving to another country and trying to enforce my language, culture and ideas on them. People should be proud of their own culture but don’t thrust it publically on those who don’t share it

 

We need laws which will discourage isolation and encourage everyone to mix, speak the common language and feel part of the same country – what ever their race, religion or culture. A good start would be to ban foreign translated notices in public places and ban the wearing of “I’m not one of you” clothing in public.

Housing, Benefits & Jobs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Why is this idea important?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Stop DWP medical assessments. Trust our doctors to know best!

I have had my medical conditions for over ten years but when I claimed Employment support allowance (ESA) I had to undergo a medical with ATOS, a private company. I already receive Disability living allowance and have done for several years.

Paying a private comapny to assess claimants medical conditions is a waste of money and unnecessary. A claimant's doctor, psychiatrist or consultant is considered competent emough to prescribe dangerous medications, so why are they not trusted to tick a few boxes for the DWP?

The amount of money wasted is not the only issue. The number of appeals for disability related benefits has risen sharply. Many of the appeals consist of the assessing doctors either making mistakes or not recording the claimant's medical details correctly. Removing this private company from undertaking these assessments would alleviate a lot of stress for disabled people and especially for people with mental health problems.

Many disabilities can be hidden and only a doctor who knows you can assess you fairly. The DWP's actions make it feel as if they consider every person who applies a liar. If their own doctors support the claim then surely that should be enough?

The medical assessment should also be valid for all health and disability related benfits. At present a person would need to be assessed separately for each benefit which doubles the cost.

Why is this idea important?

I have had my medical conditions for over ten years but when I claimed Employment support allowance (ESA) I had to undergo a medical with ATOS, a private company. I already receive Disability living allowance and have done for several years.

Paying a private comapny to assess claimants medical conditions is a waste of money and unnecessary. A claimant's doctor, psychiatrist or consultant is considered competent emough to prescribe dangerous medications, so why are they not trusted to tick a few boxes for the DWP?

The amount of money wasted is not the only issue. The number of appeals for disability related benefits has risen sharply. Many of the appeals consist of the assessing doctors either making mistakes or not recording the claimant's medical details correctly. Removing this private company from undertaking these assessments would alleviate a lot of stress for disabled people and especially for people with mental health problems.

Many disabilities can be hidden and only a doctor who knows you can assess you fairly. The DWP's actions make it feel as if they consider every person who applies a liar. If their own doctors support the claim then surely that should be enough?

The medical assessment should also be valid for all health and disability related benfits. At present a person would need to be assessed separately for each benefit which doubles the cost.

End humiliating medical tests for genuinely disabled.

Those on HR DLA shouldn't have to be subjected to a battery of further medical tests as part of the current welfare reform proposals.. These people have usually been subject to many tests over the years. Why should 1 doctor's opinion be trusted more than another anyway?
Too often we're bombarded with negative 'scrounger' type stereotypical imagery which has contributed to a recent surge in disabled hate crime.  What you don't get to hear about are the people with very real & disabling conditions (with a poor enough quality of life anyway) subjected to Dr's asking them to urinate in front of them & other such grossly humiliating 'tests'& questions. Enough is enough!
 

Why is this idea important?

Those on HR DLA shouldn't have to be subjected to a battery of further medical tests as part of the current welfare reform proposals.. These people have usually been subject to many tests over the years. Why should 1 doctor's opinion be trusted more than another anyway?
Too often we're bombarded with negative 'scrounger' type stereotypical imagery which has contributed to a recent surge in disabled hate crime.  What you don't get to hear about are the people with very real & disabling conditions (with a poor enough quality of life anyway) subjected to Dr's asking them to urinate in front of them & other such grossly humiliating 'tests'& questions. Enough is enough!
 

Digital Economy Act

The Digital Economy Act was pushed through the parliament in the washup by the previous administration. It was a bill that was lobbied for extensively, by money-concerned corporations, with little to none of the ISPs having to enforce the Act being consulted.

It should be repealed unconditionally.

Why is this idea important?

The Digital Economy Act was pushed through the parliament in the washup by the previous administration. It was a bill that was lobbied for extensively, by money-concerned corporations, with little to none of the ISPs having to enforce the Act being consulted.

It should be repealed unconditionally.