A single CRB check is enough

Like a TV or vehicle licemce, a SRB check should be valid for a fixed period and acceptable to all bodies requiring it, avoiding the need to get a new one for every new appointment where one is needed.

Why is this idea important?

Like a TV or vehicle licemce, a SRB check should be valid for a fixed period and acceptable to all bodies requiring it, avoiding the need to get a new one for every new appointment where one is needed.

Liberate small charities, voluntary groups and individuals

The number and source of laws and regulations constraining the actions of individuals and voluntary groups in carrying out community and civic activities are so extensive that their repeal would be slow and tortuous. In the meantime it is becoming impossible to get people to volunteer because of the hoops they have to jump through, and the threats of criminal and civil action if they persevere; from statutes on discrimination, health and safety, protection of the vulnerable, etc and from litigation in respect of employees, clients, etc seeking compensation and damages for perceived injury.

The principle must be re-established in law that a person giving their time and skills freely for the good of the community should be protected from criminal and civil action, provided only that they have acted in good faith and without wilful negligence.

This would make it more difficult to justify legal action against volunteers, freeing them from the anxiety that by attempting to benefit others they would become victims of the legal minefield which professional and commercial agents now navigate, but without any of the resources the latter can call upon in mitigation.

Why is this idea important?

The number and source of laws and regulations constraining the actions of individuals and voluntary groups in carrying out community and civic activities are so extensive that their repeal would be slow and tortuous. In the meantime it is becoming impossible to get people to volunteer because of the hoops they have to jump through, and the threats of criminal and civil action if they persevere; from statutes on discrimination, health and safety, protection of the vulnerable, etc and from litigation in respect of employees, clients, etc seeking compensation and damages for perceived injury.

The principle must be re-established in law that a person giving their time and skills freely for the good of the community should be protected from criminal and civil action, provided only that they have acted in good faith and without wilful negligence.

This would make it more difficult to justify legal action against volunteers, freeing them from the anxiety that by attempting to benefit others they would become victims of the legal minefield which professional and commercial agents now navigate, but without any of the resources the latter can call upon in mitigation.

Temporary Event Notices and school events

Establish an exemption for regulated entertainment at schools. 

A temporary event notice is currently required for all unlicensed premises for regulated entertainment, the supply of alcohol and late night refreshments with specific requirements being determined by local authority licensing officers.

Currently, a temporary event notice can be required to hold a school disco for pupils and the screening of a film.

Why is this idea important?

Establish an exemption for regulated entertainment at schools. 

A temporary event notice is currently required for all unlicensed premises for regulated entertainment, the supply of alcohol and late night refreshments with specific requirements being determined by local authority licensing officers.

Currently, a temporary event notice can be required to hold a school disco for pupils and the screening of a film.

Getting the Long Term Unemployed Back to Work

There are many charities that already have the procedures in hand to train volunteers and give them the necessary skills to enhance their abilities to return to paid employment.  The government needs to endorse such a programme.  Sometimes just the work experience and doing courses like First Aid, POVA and Child Protection can elevate a person's confidence and abilities enough to give them a start back on the career path.  This would help organisations like the Red Cross attract more volunteers and help the government get people off aid whilst serving the community and making the volunteer feel good about themselves through worthwhile work.  

Why is this idea important?

There are many charities that already have the procedures in hand to train volunteers and give them the necessary skills to enhance their abilities to return to paid employment.  The government needs to endorse such a programme.  Sometimes just the work experience and doing courses like First Aid, POVA and Child Protection can elevate a person's confidence and abilities enough to give them a start back on the career path.  This would help organisations like the Red Cross attract more volunteers and help the government get people off aid whilst serving the community and making the volunteer feel good about themselves through worthwhile work.  

Long term unemployed to earn benefits through community work

The Welfare State, fantastic as it was as an ideal designed  to protect those in society who genuinely needed it, has (through it's own failure to predict the nature of our species), with time, created a subculture in our society who believe they have a right to be supported by the state (and therefore the taxpayer). This idea needs to be reversed. In the words of J.F  Kennedy ask "not what your country can do for you but what can you do for your country". There are many initiatives possible to educate or change the attitude of that part of society and I do believe we are at a watershed in our culture where we have the opportunity to do so before indeed it is too late. A fundamental measure to me is motivating and educating those who are currently unemployed but who are able to work, to contribute to society and the community as a first step to that realisation of their own worth and idea of self responsibility for the good of all.

Why is this idea important?

The Welfare State, fantastic as it was as an ideal designed  to protect those in society who genuinely needed it, has (through it's own failure to predict the nature of our species), with time, created a subculture in our society who believe they have a right to be supported by the state (and therefore the taxpayer). This idea needs to be reversed. In the words of J.F  Kennedy ask "not what your country can do for you but what can you do for your country". There are many initiatives possible to educate or change the attitude of that part of society and I do believe we are at a watershed in our culture where we have the opportunity to do so before indeed it is too late. A fundamental measure to me is motivating and educating those who are currently unemployed but who are able to work, to contribute to society and the community as a first step to that realisation of their own worth and idea of self responsibility for the good of all.

School leaving age and Community Service

Repeal the act raising school leaving age to 16 to allow non academic young people to learn 'on the job'.  At the same time repeal the act stopping National Service and change it to Community Service for all young people when they leave full time education. 

Why is this idea important?

Repeal the act raising school leaving age to 16 to allow non academic young people to learn 'on the job'.  At the same time repeal the act stopping National Service and change it to Community Service for all young people when they leave full time education. 

Work for Benefits

People who are in receipt of benefits, and who cannot produce a doctors note, should undertake a form of work. There are a massive range of tasks that need doing in modern Britain. These tasks could be coordinated by a number of agencies or organisations. For instance local authorities could facilitate a whole range of jobs both in the external environment and in buildings. In association with their other members in their local strategic partnerships, activity in the NHS, local PCT, police, fire, ambulance, etc. The Volunteer Centres of the nation could be funded to help facilitate a volunteering programme with their volunteer user bodies that could help both unemployed and the community and voluntary sector.  This is not an idea meant to get those physically, mentally or emotionally unable to work off benefits.

Why is this idea important?

People who are in receipt of benefits, and who cannot produce a doctors note, should undertake a form of work. There are a massive range of tasks that need doing in modern Britain. These tasks could be coordinated by a number of agencies or organisations. For instance local authorities could facilitate a whole range of jobs both in the external environment and in buildings. In association with their other members in their local strategic partnerships, activity in the NHS, local PCT, police, fire, ambulance, etc. The Volunteer Centres of the nation could be funded to help facilitate a volunteering programme with their volunteer user bodies that could help both unemployed and the community and voluntary sector.  This is not an idea meant to get those physically, mentally or emotionally unable to work off benefits.

Make the path to citizenship fair, clear and transparent

The government should re-examine the previous government's proposals regarding the path to gaining UK citizenship. These introduced the idea of "probationary" citizenship and the fast-tracking of applications by those who had been deemed to perform community service. However no definition of what will be regarded as appropriate community service has been forthcoming from either the current or previous government leaving those currently on the path to citizenship confused and embittered. The path to gaining UK citizenship should be aspirational and positive yet it has turned into a legalistic, expensive, bureaucratically opaque and negative journey for those currently contributing to this society and seeking to become permanent members of the British family.

The government should scrap the requirement for community service as no such requirement exists for existing UK citizens, thereby creating a two-tiered notion of citizenship. It should also bear in mind that existing community based organisations are in no place to deal with the (likely cyclical and short term) volunteering that would result under such a scheme and nor are they experts in providing community or civics education. The requirement for community service will also act as a severe disincentive for highly skilled professionals to make the commitment of becoming UK nationals (and potentially long-term UK taxpayers).

Why is this idea important?

The government should re-examine the previous government's proposals regarding the path to gaining UK citizenship. These introduced the idea of "probationary" citizenship and the fast-tracking of applications by those who had been deemed to perform community service. However no definition of what will be regarded as appropriate community service has been forthcoming from either the current or previous government leaving those currently on the path to citizenship confused and embittered. The path to gaining UK citizenship should be aspirational and positive yet it has turned into a legalistic, expensive, bureaucratically opaque and negative journey for those currently contributing to this society and seeking to become permanent members of the British family.

The government should scrap the requirement for community service as no such requirement exists for existing UK citizens, thereby creating a two-tiered notion of citizenship. It should also bear in mind that existing community based organisations are in no place to deal with the (likely cyclical and short term) volunteering that would result under such a scheme and nor are they experts in providing community or civics education. The requirement for community service will also act as a severe disincentive for highly skilled professionals to make the commitment of becoming UK nationals (and potentially long-term UK taxpayers).

crb

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

Why is this idea important?

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

Freedom to work in the charity/voluntary sector

At the moment, the system as it stands makes it incredibly difficult for those who believe they have a genuine ability and predisposition for charitable work to make an active decision when they leave school and through their lives to enter such work.

People should have the freedom to enter such work without having to worry about financial constraints, as they are putting something valuable into society. 

Some like myself would prefer to work permanently in the charitable or voluntary sector, but have been forced because of financial pressures into private sector employment.

The whole system needs a rethink to allow those who wish to permanently offer their abilities to the charitable sector to be able to do so, and some means needs to be established that maybe the larger companies who have had a monopoly on the workforce for so long should make contributions towards local community funds which perhaps charitable or voluntary workers could be given enough to live on, and then topped up by the government.

Why is this idea important?

At the moment, the system as it stands makes it incredibly difficult for those who believe they have a genuine ability and predisposition for charitable work to make an active decision when they leave school and through their lives to enter such work.

People should have the freedom to enter such work without having to worry about financial constraints, as they are putting something valuable into society. 

Some like myself would prefer to work permanently in the charitable or voluntary sector, but have been forced because of financial pressures into private sector employment.

The whole system needs a rethink to allow those who wish to permanently offer their abilities to the charitable sector to be able to do so, and some means needs to be established that maybe the larger companies who have had a monopoly on the workforce for so long should make contributions towards local community funds which perhaps charitable or voluntary workers could be given enough to live on, and then topped up by the government.

Remove the vetting requirement for volunteers

 

The requirement for State vetting of volunteers providing services in the community  should be lifted.

The Government should not involve itself in voluntary services. Doing so deters volunteers and is a first and unacceptable step towards bringing such services under state control, something which socialists and bureaucrats love, but efficiency and community spirit hate. If organisations using volunteers to provide valuable service in the community want to ensure they are not taking on those who might be a risk, what is wrong with the centuries old system of asking for references,  taking them up and being responsible for the way things are run?  The state vetting system is overbearing, intrusive, bureaucratic, and starts from the premise that we are all guilty until proved innocent.  This has already had serious spin-offs. How many of us would comfort a lost child, and risk being thought a pervert or even accused of being one?  How do we allow our country to come to this?  The Labour Government believed that they were responsible for everything. This Goverment believes in passing responsibility back to the people. Great. Here is a limited but significant step in the right direction. 

Why is this idea important?

 

The requirement for State vetting of volunteers providing services in the community  should be lifted.

The Government should not involve itself in voluntary services. Doing so deters volunteers and is a first and unacceptable step towards bringing such services under state control, something which socialists and bureaucrats love, but efficiency and community spirit hate. If organisations using volunteers to provide valuable service in the community want to ensure they are not taking on those who might be a risk, what is wrong with the centuries old system of asking for references,  taking them up and being responsible for the way things are run?  The state vetting system is overbearing, intrusive, bureaucratic, and starts from the premise that we are all guilty until proved innocent.  This has already had serious spin-offs. How many of us would comfort a lost child, and risk being thought a pervert or even accused of being one?  How do we allow our country to come to this?  The Labour Government believed that they were responsible for everything. This Goverment believes in passing responsibility back to the people. Great. Here is a limited but significant step in the right direction. 

Give benefits only to Volunteer workers to encourage Charity work and Community Service.

Only people who are working in registered Charity organisations or as Volunteer workers in national projects such as woodland trusts would be able to claim longterm unemployment benefits. Anyone who currently sits at home must choose to do something for the good of the community if they are to receive benefits from the state.

Why is this idea important?

Only people who are working in registered Charity organisations or as Volunteer workers in national projects such as woodland trusts would be able to claim longterm unemployment benefits. Anyone who currently sits at home must choose to do something for the good of the community if they are to receive benefits from the state.

CRB Certificates to be transferrable

At present every person working or volunteering at an organisation in which they deal with children or vulnerable adults needs a CRB certificate through that organisation.  Therefore, somebody undertaking duties for different organisations needs multiple CRB certificates.  I have 5, I know people with even more.  This is time consuming and costly.  If CRB certificates were transferrable this pointless waste would be avoided.

Why is this idea important?

At present every person working or volunteering at an organisation in which they deal with children or vulnerable adults needs a CRB certificate through that organisation.  Therefore, somebody undertaking duties for different organisations needs multiple CRB certificates.  I have 5, I know people with even more.  This is time consuming and costly.  If CRB certificates were transferrable this pointless waste would be avoided.