make full time jobs, not 16 hour a week jsa replacement positions!

Stop allowing big companies like tescos building supermakrets then filling them with staff who can only get jobs at 16 hours a week! this is obviously some con the government has with these companys to get people off their dole figures. 16 hours a week is  maximum hours you can work on jsa before it is stopped. its clear that they are doing this as a way of getting people off dole, but its an underhand way of keeping people stuck in poverty! how r people suposed to be independent from benefits when they cant get full time work? make full time jobs and give people proper jobs where they can get a proper wage!

Why is this idea important?

Stop allowing big companies like tescos building supermakrets then filling them with staff who can only get jobs at 16 hours a week! this is obviously some con the government has with these companys to get people off their dole figures. 16 hours a week is  maximum hours you can work on jsa before it is stopped. its clear that they are doing this as a way of getting people off dole, but its an underhand way of keeping people stuck in poverty! how r people suposed to be independent from benefits when they cant get full time work? make full time jobs and give people proper jobs where they can get a proper wage!

Supporting in-family childcare arrangements

Support mothers returning to work by allowing childcare vouchers to be used for family members providing childcare.  Allowing a Grandma to look after her grandchild whilst also enabling her to be in receipt of payment would keep both mother and grandparent earning whilst benefitting both parties and the child. Alternative might often be mother staying at home instead, claiming benefits as cost of sending child to nursery outweighs benefit of earning.

Why is this idea important?

Support mothers returning to work by allowing childcare vouchers to be used for family members providing childcare.  Allowing a Grandma to look after her grandchild whilst also enabling her to be in receipt of payment would keep both mother and grandparent earning whilst benefitting both parties and the child. Alternative might often be mother staying at home instead, claiming benefits as cost of sending child to nursery outweighs benefit of earning.

DLA IS NOT AN OUT OF WORK BENEFIT

As a  GENUINELY disabled person you can get it even if you work, and many GENUINELY DISABLED people who get it do work.

Far from being an out of work benefit DLA HELPS a disabled person to find and stay in work by paying for the costs of getting there (motability, if you get the higher rate mobility componant) and you can also use the care componant towards the cost of any adaptations that would make working easier.

 if you work and get DLA then have a medical which results in a bad decision and lose it, it could mean you cant work and thus end up back on out of work benefits costing the tax payer even more money. lose dla – cant get to work – cant get to work lose job – lose job back on benefits.

Far too many people, on here and on other websites, and certain frontbench members of the coalition government (which is very frightening when one is the head of the DWP, another is chancellor, anothe the minister for disabled people and then the 2 stooges heading the government) do not understand that DLA IS NOT AN OUT OF WORK BENEFIT.

so my suggestion is can we please have it clearly stated by members of government at all times when talking about benefits that disability living allowance is NOT an out of work benefit so that people finally start to get the message.

I am getting sooooo sick of uninformed people stating the same old 'being disabled doesnt mean you cant work, come off DLA and get a job' line, i know i can work, i want to, no one needs to tell me.

IT NEEDS TO BE STOPPED!!

So i'll finish by stating again in great big capital letters (i only wish we had 50 feet high neon fonts on here)

DISABILITY LIVING ALLOWANCE IS NOT AN OUT OF WORK BENEFIT

This is why so many disabled people are worried about these medicals, if we lose DLA,we lose everything, no money, no job, no chances of a decent life.

do we not deserve those things?

seems like a few people on here dont think so, some seem to see the disabled community as the dregs of society, second class citizens, and to quote a certain grumpy git, 'the surplus population'

And i thought we were living in a democracy.

Why is this idea important?

As a  GENUINELY disabled person you can get it even if you work, and many GENUINELY DISABLED people who get it do work.

Far from being an out of work benefit DLA HELPS a disabled person to find and stay in work by paying for the costs of getting there (motability, if you get the higher rate mobility componant) and you can also use the care componant towards the cost of any adaptations that would make working easier.

 if you work and get DLA then have a medical which results in a bad decision and lose it, it could mean you cant work and thus end up back on out of work benefits costing the tax payer even more money. lose dla – cant get to work – cant get to work lose job – lose job back on benefits.

Far too many people, on here and on other websites, and certain frontbench members of the coalition government (which is very frightening when one is the head of the DWP, another is chancellor, anothe the minister for disabled people and then the 2 stooges heading the government) do not understand that DLA IS NOT AN OUT OF WORK BENEFIT.

so my suggestion is can we please have it clearly stated by members of government at all times when talking about benefits that disability living allowance is NOT an out of work benefit so that people finally start to get the message.

I am getting sooooo sick of uninformed people stating the same old 'being disabled doesnt mean you cant work, come off DLA and get a job' line, i know i can work, i want to, no one needs to tell me.

IT NEEDS TO BE STOPPED!!

So i'll finish by stating again in great big capital letters (i only wish we had 50 feet high neon fonts on here)

DISABILITY LIVING ALLOWANCE IS NOT AN OUT OF WORK BENEFIT

This is why so many disabled people are worried about these medicals, if we lose DLA,we lose everything, no money, no job, no chances of a decent life.

do we not deserve those things?

seems like a few people on here dont think so, some seem to see the disabled community as the dregs of society, second class citizens, and to quote a certain grumpy git, 'the surplus population'

And i thought we were living in a democracy.

Lift Restrictions on Unisex Toilets

There are several regulations under HASAWA and elsewhere that restrict or prohibit unisex toilets in workplaces and public buildings, including entertainment venues. Properly managed unisex toilets make possible more flexible use of facilities.

 

 

Why is this idea important?

There are several regulations under HASAWA and elsewhere that restrict or prohibit unisex toilets in workplaces and public buildings, including entertainment venues. Properly managed unisex toilets make possible more flexible use of facilities.

 

 

Calculate benefits and tax credits per individual, not per couple

Calculate jobseekers allowance and working tax credits on adults' individual NI contributions and work history – not on what their partner earns.

Why is this idea important?

Calculate jobseekers allowance and working tax credits on adults' individual NI contributions and work history – not on what their partner earns.

Repeal the National Minimum Wage and replace with a “Top-Up Benefits System.”

The National Minimum Wage as it is at the moment is detrimental to businesses, employees and the economy. Anyone who wishes to employ is currently is forced to pay at least the minimum wage even if they deem the employee to be worth less than this amount. This leads to the predicament of employees being unable to afford or be willing to employ which, when the economy is suffering as it is at present, increases unemployment and subsequently Government expenditure through benefits such as job seekers allowance.

Instead employees should be free to pay whatever wage they deem appropriate and if this is lower than the current minimum wage the employee can apply for top up benefits from the government to take their pay up to the minimum wage value. This would decrease the amount of benefits paid out, lower unemployment and increase the number of economically active people.

Why is this idea important?

The National Minimum Wage as it is at the moment is detrimental to businesses, employees and the economy. Anyone who wishes to employ is currently is forced to pay at least the minimum wage even if they deem the employee to be worth less than this amount. This leads to the predicament of employees being unable to afford or be willing to employ which, when the economy is suffering as it is at present, increases unemployment and subsequently Government expenditure through benefits such as job seekers allowance.

Instead employees should be free to pay whatever wage they deem appropriate and if this is lower than the current minimum wage the employee can apply for top up benefits from the government to take their pay up to the minimum wage value. This would decrease the amount of benefits paid out, lower unemployment and increase the number of economically active people.

Reform the National Minimum Wage to allow profit-share enterprises

Simply that the burden of paying the National Minimum Wage should be lifted from enterprises where the Employee or Worker has a share in any profits or gross earnings of that enterprise.

Why is this idea important?

Simply that the burden of paying the National Minimum Wage should be lifted from enterprises where the Employee or Worker has a share in any profits or gross earnings of that enterprise.

Equal Pay for Equal Work

The title says it all, doesn't it? But, just in case it isn't clear, let me re-phrase it. Equal pay for equal work means that if there are two people working in the same establishment, doing work which either (1) is covered by the same job description or (2) involves the same input of effort, time and ability or (3) produces the same output, whether measured in monetary terms or by less tangible criteria such as quality and beauty; those two people should receive the same compensation package, in terms of money, fringe benefits and job security. Such evaluation of input or output should be without regard to age, seniority, rank, sex, qualifications, past performance, future prospects or membership or otherwise of any professional body, pressure group, political party or religious grouping.  Such a policy, if enacted, would fully conform to the Equal Pay Guidelines of the EU.

Why is this idea important?

The title says it all, doesn't it? But, just in case it isn't clear, let me re-phrase it. Equal pay for equal work means that if there are two people working in the same establishment, doing work which either (1) is covered by the same job description or (2) involves the same input of effort, time and ability or (3) produces the same output, whether measured in monetary terms or by less tangible criteria such as quality and beauty; those two people should receive the same compensation package, in terms of money, fringe benefits and job security. Such evaluation of input or output should be without regard to age, seniority, rank, sex, qualifications, past performance, future prospects or membership or otherwise of any professional body, pressure group, political party or religious grouping.  Such a policy, if enacted, would fully conform to the Equal Pay Guidelines of the EU.

Stop ‘child labour’ legislation from restricting teenagers’ right to work

Child labour laws were initially brought in to protect children from the kinds of working environments that no longer legally exist in this country.  They are now overbearing and prevent people who want to work from working, when it would be hugely beneficial to them to do so.

All restrictions of the employment of 16/17 year olds should be fully lifted, as should the restrictions on the number of hours 14/15 year olds can work during school holidays and at weekends.

In addition, 13 year olds should be able to work for up to 20 hours a week during school holidays and 5 hours a week during term time, and 12 year olds up to 10 hours a week during the school holidays.

Why is this idea important?

Child labour laws were initially brought in to protect children from the kinds of working environments that no longer legally exist in this country.  They are now overbearing and prevent people who want to work from working, when it would be hugely beneficial to them to do so.

All restrictions of the employment of 16/17 year olds should be fully lifted, as should the restrictions on the number of hours 14/15 year olds can work during school holidays and at weekends.

In addition, 13 year olds should be able to work for up to 20 hours a week during school holidays and 5 hours a week during term time, and 12 year olds up to 10 hours a week during the school holidays.

Help for 16 – 21 year old’s seeking work

Allow youngsters on the dole to be able to accept short time work for say 6 weeks, to be able to get back on the dole when that work dries up, without having to wait the customry 26 weeks or whatever the period is now.    It may mean that they are given a job at the end of the 6 weeks ( or whatever time), but because they are penalised for taking short time work they are scared to go off the dole for short periods.
 

Why is this idea important?

Allow youngsters on the dole to be able to accept short time work for say 6 weeks, to be able to get back on the dole when that work dries up, without having to wait the customry 26 weeks or whatever the period is now.    It may mean that they are given a job at the end of the 6 weeks ( or whatever time), but because they are penalised for taking short time work they are scared to go off the dole for short periods.
 

Website directories/networks for the Self-Employed

Currently a website directory/network for professional/qualified/skilled self-employed people to advertise their services, to publish references and examples of past services, to join informal overlapping teams for specific tasks, to build and maintain relationships with past current and future customers, is classified as an Employment Agency by the Employment Agency and Employment Business Regulations when it is in fact a directory network publisher. 

The current classification imposes a vast bureaucratic cost on each user and each task.  The result is this revolutionary business model doesn't exist in the UK.

Why is this idea important?

Currently a website directory/network for professional/qualified/skilled self-employed people to advertise their services, to publish references and examples of past services, to join informal overlapping teams for specific tasks, to build and maintain relationships with past current and future customers, is classified as an Employment Agency by the Employment Agency and Employment Business Regulations when it is in fact a directory network publisher. 

The current classification imposes a vast bureaucratic cost on each user and each task.  The result is this revolutionary business model doesn't exist in the UK.

Allow established illegal immigrants a chance to “buy” their citizenship

There are many illegal immigrants who have entered the UK and been living invisibly and working on the black economy because they do not have official documents. I believe there should be an amnesty window, and those who are living underground as it were, could buy their citizenship by paying a very large fine for the illegal entry, which could be spread over some years like the student loan system. As someone with the status of a probationary immigrant, they would be allowed to work legally and contribute to the economy, and also pay a higher tax rate for a while to compensate for the years they could not pay tax, as we have no way of knowing or proving what they earned or how they survived during the time they were invisible.

The probationary citizen period would end when the fine was totally paid off. I would suggest the figure shoudl be around 12-15,000 per person. Once they are working legally, deductions could be made at source at a rate that is deemed managable so they do not suffer hardship, or the fine scheme be too offputting.

Why is this idea important?

There are many illegal immigrants who have entered the UK and been living invisibly and working on the black economy because they do not have official documents. I believe there should be an amnesty window, and those who are living underground as it were, could buy their citizenship by paying a very large fine for the illegal entry, which could be spread over some years like the student loan system. As someone with the status of a probationary immigrant, they would be allowed to work legally and contribute to the economy, and also pay a higher tax rate for a while to compensate for the years they could not pay tax, as we have no way of knowing or proving what they earned or how they survived during the time they were invisible.

The probationary citizen period would end when the fine was totally paid off. I would suggest the figure shoudl be around 12-15,000 per person. Once they are working legally, deductions could be made at source at a rate that is deemed managable so they do not suffer hardship, or the fine scheme be too offputting.

Require businesses to create entry-level jobs

Businesses should be required to have at least 5% of positions in their companies set aside for people without experience in the sector. This can be 5% rounded down, so companies with under 20 workers would not be affected, companies with 20 – 39 employees would need to have one position etc.

Why is this idea important?

Businesses should be required to have at least 5% of positions in their companies set aside for people without experience in the sector. This can be 5% rounded down, so companies with under 20 workers would not be affected, companies with 20 – 39 employees would need to have one position etc.

Scrap the Sunday Trading regulations

In today's global society every day is important for trade, and the current Sunday trading regulations seem to be stifling for businesses and economic growth.

I believe that if the Sunday trading regulations were scrapped, and Sunday treat as a normal trading day, that this could help the economy and create more jobs.

One disadvantage of this would be that currently workers can refuse to work on Sundays – however, I see no reason why, if the Sunday trading regulations were scrapped, an amendment could be made to the working time directive to state that workers are allowed to stipulate one day a week that they refuse to work. This could safeguard vital time together for families, and also be beneficial to many religious groups. Currently it is only Sundays which people can opt out of, which is beneficial to many Christians – but if people could choose their own opt out day then Christians would still be able to opt out of Sundays, Jews may wish to opt out of Saturdays, Muslims may wish to opt out of Fridays – the freedom would be there to choose whichever day is important to you.

Why is this idea important?

In today's global society every day is important for trade, and the current Sunday trading regulations seem to be stifling for businesses and economic growth.

I believe that if the Sunday trading regulations were scrapped, and Sunday treat as a normal trading day, that this could help the economy and create more jobs.

One disadvantage of this would be that currently workers can refuse to work on Sundays – however, I see no reason why, if the Sunday trading regulations were scrapped, an amendment could be made to the working time directive to state that workers are allowed to stipulate one day a week that they refuse to work. This could safeguard vital time together for families, and also be beneficial to many religious groups. Currently it is only Sundays which people can opt out of, which is beneficial to many Christians – but if people could choose their own opt out day then Christians would still be able to opt out of Sundays, Jews may wish to opt out of Saturdays, Muslims may wish to opt out of Fridays – the freedom would be there to choose whichever day is important to you.

BENEFIT SYSTEM

HI

I am a social worker by profession. Here what i see at work is people are dependant on the government to survive. Some of the professionals are not interested to get disabled people to work as that involves a bit of more work. They just ask people to fill forms and get all the benefits. the term is called "MAXIMISING THE BENEFITS". THIS NEED TO STOP. Out of 100 disable people who get various benefits 60% could actually work. but the law does not allow them to work more than three hours a week as they would lose the benefits. what a rediculous situation.

There has to be a cap of maximum amount a persoan can claim on benefits. some single person i have seen claim around £250 on benefits when govt provie them accomodation. An working person who works 40 hours fail to reach this mark. a single person who is on benefit does not need £250 to live. they could work and earn

Why is this idea important?

HI

I am a social worker by profession. Here what i see at work is people are dependant on the government to survive. Some of the professionals are not interested to get disabled people to work as that involves a bit of more work. They just ask people to fill forms and get all the benefits. the term is called "MAXIMISING THE BENEFITS". THIS NEED TO STOP. Out of 100 disable people who get various benefits 60% could actually work. but the law does not allow them to work more than three hours a week as they would lose the benefits. what a rediculous situation.

There has to be a cap of maximum amount a persoan can claim on benefits. some single person i have seen claim around £250 on benefits when govt provie them accomodation. An working person who works 40 hours fail to reach this mark. a single person who is on benefit does not need £250 to live. they could work and earn

Allow Asylum Seekers to Work as soon as they arrive in country

Placing restrictions on Asylum Seekers regarding employment creates divisions and doesn't allow the person to make a legal  contribution to the society in which they have chosen to live.

Why is this idea important?

Placing restrictions on Asylum Seekers regarding employment creates divisions and doesn't allow the person to make a legal  contribution to the society in which they have chosen to live.