Decision Maker

Lesley Griffiths, Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty

Welsh Labour politician.


Does Lesley Griffiths, Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty have the power to decide or influence something you want to change? Start a petition to this decision maker.Start a petition
Victory
Petitioning Lesley Griffiths, Lesley Griffiths, Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty, Welsh Government, Lesley Griffiths

Stop housing homeless teenagers in unsuitable bed and breakfast accommodation.

This Christmas there will be a 16 or 17 year old that finds themselves homeless, it must be a terrifying situation to be in. But just when they need a place of safety, some teenagers are put into unsuitable bed and breakfast accommodation by local authorities. Scared, frightened, abandoned and hungry is how many describe the experience. In the worst cases young people have reported sexual assault, after being put into rooms with no locks in a house full of strangers. That's why I've started this petition calling on the Welsh Government to put an end to homeless teenagers being put into bed and breakfast accommodation, no exceptions. There is a fantastic network of charities across Wales that can provide safe places for homeless teenagers to get back on their feet -- in warm, clean accommodation with staff who are trained to help. But End Youth Homelessness Cymru say that local authorities place around a hundred 16 and 17 year olds into unsuitable bed and breakfast accommodation every year and this number is rising. Guidance in England says teenagers should never be put into B&Bs. In a recent debate at the Welsh Assembly officials said they would look again at the guidance local authorities are given here. If people across Wales come together on this issue - we can convince the Welsh Government to make the change needed. All we are asking for is that homeless teenagers have a place of safety, a shower, a hot meal and someone to talk to. I don't think it's too much to ask of our Government this Christmas.

Michael Sheen
117,241 supporters
Petitioning Unique Access Medical, Ayuda en Accion, Delegación Miguel Hidalgo, Gobierno de la Ciudad de México, María Carmen Álvarez-Arenas, Marine Le Pen, Miguel Ángel Mancera, Mark Zuckerberg, Nicky Morgan M...

Con tu ayuda volveré a caminar!!!

Mi nombre es Miguel Ángel Rivera.     Mi deseo más grande en la vida es volver a caminar, para demostrarle a mi hijo que en el mundo en que vivimos, aún  hay gente que desea y anhela ayudar a su prójimo, que cree qué aún hay un mundo mejor cuando te preocupas por las necesidades de aquel que pide ayuda!!    Soy una de las tantas víctimas que ha sufrido violencia en la Ciudad de México; un asalto a mano armada, disparándome en el hombro izquierdo, lamentablemente la bala entró a mi cuerpo, quemando mi médula espinal; dándome así la imposibilidad de caminar.    Hay un hospital en Bangkok Tailandia, Unique Access Medical, donde me he puesto en contacto con un representante y ellos podrían brindarme ayuda sometiéndome a un procedimiento quirúrgico para un dispositivo que me dé estimulación epidural y reconecte mi sistema nervioso!   Te estaré muy agradecido si pudieras tomarte el tiempo para que juntos, logremos cada uno poner ese granito de arena, que salga de tu corazón para que pueda volver a estar de pie, primeramente agradeciendo a Dios y Ti, esta oportunidad. __________________________________________ Gracias por tu donativo !!!  Queridos amigos:      Los saludo nuevamente, es increíble el número de firmas que se han logrado y el gran ánimo que recibo de su parte, pero ante todo, gracias por cada una de sus oraciones que elevan con fé y amor, verdaderamente siento el apoyo que hace que uno no se rinda ante las circunstancias! ....Seguro estoy que Dios derramará grandes bendiciones sobre cada uno de ustedes y les recompensará todo su esfuerzo.     Muchos de ustedes me  han sugerido que proporcione un número de cuenta a donde pudieran hacer algún donativo para lo que se ofreciese en lo que es mi cuidado y recuperación, como lo son medicamentos, terapias, bolsas de colostomia, ipafix, etc.     Les proporcionó este número de cuenta que está a mi nombre ;y de antemano reiteró de nuevo mi más sincero agradecimiento!     Banamex      No de tarjeta : 5204 1673 1346 3697      Miguel A. Rivera Durán  Bendiciones !!!   

Miguel Angel Rivera
8,172 supporters
Petitioning The Honorable Ken Calvert, Rep. Ken Calvert, Donald J. Trump, Edmund G. Brown Jr., Dianne Feinstein, California State Senate, California State House, Nancy Pelosi, Kevin McCarthy, Hillary Clinton, ...

Unhomeless the Homeless in California

**Declare State of Emergency in California for All Homeless Individuals and their Companion Animals**  *♡♡♡PLEASE REMEMBER♡♡♡* THAT THE NUMBERS LISTED IN THIS PETITION REPRESENT ACTUAL ***♡♡♡HUMAN BEINGS♡♡♡*** On any given night, there are over 148,000 homeless people in California - 23% of the entire nation’s homeless population. In L.A. County, for example, the number of homeless people climbed 12% in a year to just shy of 59,000, according to the latest point-in-time count. **The Los Angeles County count found a 24% increase in homeless youth, defined as people under 25, and a 7% jump in people 62 or older.  Officials estimate about 29% of people experiencing homelessness in the county are mentally ill or coping with substance abuse problems. About two-thirds of all people on the streets of metro Los Angeles are male, just under one-third are female, and about 2% identify as transgender or gender non-conforming. This year’s Count revealed that 23% of the unsheltered people experiencing homelessness—more than 9,200 people—were homeless for the first time last year. The majority (53%) cited economic hardship as the cause.  Los Angeles County has the second largest population of homeless people of any region in the United States, according to a government report released Wednesday. In Los Angeles, 600,000 people are considered "severely rent burdened," which means they spend half their income on rent. More than 8,000 people became homeless here for the first time last year, according to the 2017 Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority report. "We are reaching levels of inequality that we have not seen since the Gilded Age," said Tracy Rosenthal of the Los Angeles Tenants Union. The union helps organize tenant boycotts against things like rent increases and gentrification. **Updated 9/19** In L.A. County, for example, the number of homeless people climbed 12% in a year to just shy of 59,000, according to the latest point-in-time count. Within the city, the number soared to more than 36,000, a 16% increase. Los Angeles County's total — 55,188 — was behind only New York City's 76,501, according to the 2017 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. However, 95 percent of people experiencing homelessness in New York City were sheltered, the report found, while only 22 percent of those experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles were sheltered in 2017. The HUD report findings were similar to the results of the 2017 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count released in June by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, which put the county's homeless total at 57,794 — an increase of 23 percent over the previous count. The HUD report found that on one night in January, nearly one of every four people experiencing homelessness in the United States was in New York City or Los Angeles. According to the report, overall homelessness increased nationwide this year for the first time in seven years, by slightly under 1 percent compared to 2016. On a given night across the country, 553,742 people were homeless, with nearly two-thirds housed in shelters or transitional housing programs and one- third living on the streets, according to the report L.A.'s big increase in homelessness had a significant impact on the national numbers. Between 2016 and 2017, individual homelessness increased by 9 percent (15,540 people) in the nation's major cities. Los Angeles accounted for 60 percent of this increase. According to the report, Los Angeles County ranked: - second nationally in the percent of unsheltered homeless, at 84.3 percent; - first in the number of individuals who are homeless, at 47,082; - first in the number of unaccompanied homeless youth at 5,163; and first in the number of homeless veterans (4,476) and percentage of unsheltered veterans (76.1 percent). California had 134,278 homeless people, and while the Golden State has the nation's largest population, the rate of 34 homeless residents per 10,000 people was twice the national average, according to the report. Of those, 68 percent were living on the streets, by far the worst percentage. The report said half the nation's homeless live in California, New York, Florida, Texas or Washington. Counties across the state are facing a pervasive and deepening homeless crisis that imminently endangers the health and safety of tens of thousands of residents, including veterans, women, children, LGBT, youth, persons with disabilities and seniors.  Nowhere is this more evident than in Los Angeles County at least  134,278 men, women and children -- 10,000 to 12,000 in Downtown, including more than 8,000 parents and children in the San Fernando Valley alone -- are without homes.More than 53,000 homeless people, or 40 percent of the state’s total, live in Los Angeles County. That number is up from about 36,000 just six years ago. There are beds for less than one third of the homeless in Los Angeles county, comprehensive services are available to far fewer than half, and the county jails are routinely used as a substitution for mental health facilities.  In Los Angeles county the tremendous scale of homelessness threatens the economic stability of the entire region by burdening emergency medical services and the social services infrastructure. It is time to treat this crisis like the emergency it truly is.  The increasing numbers of displaced homeless people and the lack of ongoing resources to stably re-house them require immediate and extraordinary action. That is why We in LA County are taking the lead in a statewide effort to ask Governor Brown to declare a state of emergency in California to address this growing humanitarian crisis. We need: *Provide 50,000 more vouchers, through a combination of Housing Choice Vouchers and Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) vouchers, two longstanding key programs that provide needed rental subsidies for extremely low-income Americans; *Increse the value of those vouchers to account for the high cost of rents in America’s cities and counties; and, *Create a program based on best-practices to incentivize landlords to work with voucher holders to find stable housing Specifically, we urge you to implement the following recommendations: (1) Create a system for secure storage of the personal property of people experiencing homelessness. Without reasonable provision for the storage and safety of homeless people’s possessions (for example, a site with a tub or shopping cart - sized public locker system), homeless encampments are inevitable. (2) Meet the basic medical and hygienic needs of the homeless people in our midst. Beyond simply assuring access to public restrooms throughout our cities / county during the day, we ask that you: a) Establish a system of easily accessible medical / hygienic facilities (perhaps through medical vans or hygienic equivalents) to be made available to homeless people during the day, so that they could be treated for simple ailments like colds or the flu, as well as have their persons and their belongings “deloused” (freed from bed bugs / lice) b) Establish a system of infirmaries and, if needed, one-night quarantine wards for those arriving ill or infested with bugs, so that homeless persons arriving at the shelters for the night can become confident that they will not simply contract the flu or pests while sleeping at the shelters. (3) Do not close shelters (that is, do not expel the people that the shelters are serving) before a reasonable hour (7-8 am). No one should be forced to leave a shelter at 5 or 6 am, literally into the cold and darkness, before most other businesses and services open. (4) Establish a system of “day centers,” often called “multipurpose centers,” so that people experiencing homelessness have safe places to go to during the day where they could have many of the above mentioned needs met, as well have places to receive counseling, access to phones and computers with internet access for jobs, possible family and/or friends to reconnect  or simply to rest /recreate. (5) Respect the right of people experiencing homelessness to file complaints against homeless service providers and allow them to document the problems and complaints they have about the shelters through photography, video, or audio recordings MUCH MORE NEEDS TO BE ACTUALLY IMPLEMENTED NOW ! Please join us! Sign our petition urging to declare the homeless crisis a state of emergency and bring the concerted effort and resources needed to tackle this crisis in a meaningful way.  Homelessness, Humanitarianism, Social justice, Human Rights, Economic Justice, Homeless crisis, Affordable housing, Civil Rights, Civil Liberties, and the Right to Live Free of prejudice.  No human in our country should be homeless. Let's take the first step together. Every single man, woman, child, baby deserves a safe place to call home. Along with their cats, dogs, birds, fish, and all the other additional animals types that are "family pets/companionship and should be lovingly taken cherished in a home also. Please then Share this petition with your family, friends, neighbors, and on your social media to spread the word even further.  Thank you for your support.

Lori Jean Siebers
5,358 supporters
Petitioning Lesley Griffiths, Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty, Christianne Glossop, Mark Drakeford, Elin Jones, Ben lake, Welsh Government

12,000 cows slaughtered in 1 year. Urgent review needed of Welsh Government TB policy

TB is destroying Welsh livestock farming. This petition is demanding Welsh Government to review its current 'Enhanced Measures' policy that is ruining businesses and lives.  In January 2016 we went down with TB after 30 years of being TB free. we did not think it would last and we certainly did not foresee the catastrophic effect that this would have on our business or on our lives. Despite having a 'closed' herd, instead of disappearing  the disease spread to a number of surrounding farms and the problem became more widespread. In October 2017, the Welsh Government saw fit to introduce 'Enhanced Measures' for any farm that had been under restriction for 18 months and the crippling effect that this has had on ours and many other herds is indescribable.  Any other livestock farmer in Wales needs to understand that they could be affected and to understand what could happen as a result. We have lost 309 cows to date, 89% of these since enhanced measures were introduced. Only 1% of the slaughtered animals showed visible lesions.   Currently, all farms in the high risk regions of Wales and fall under 'enhanced measures' are subject to; 60 day short interval test Tests carried out under severe interpretation  All reactors AND IRS removed to slaughter Compulsory annual whole heard gamma test - all failures removed to slaughter  Signed action plan developed between the farm, APHA and Welsh Government  60% of the cows slaughtered due to these measures are highly unlikely to develop TB.  We have  taken every action to comply with requirements from the Welsh Government but the problem has continued to worsen. We are asking the Welsh Government to  reconsider its policy and to end the unnecessary slaughter of  animals. The situation is currently untenable and will see the destruction of many farms and farmers.    

Chris Mossman
3,145 supporters
Petitioning Lesley Griffiths, Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty

Stop the permanent 50mph zone on the A483

UPDATE: Mobile speed cameras are now parking within the restriction! - More people checking their speed rather than the road, potentially causing more accidents. Many of you have most likely seen that the 50mph speed restrictions on the A483 are to be made permanent. The restriction was put in place to 'apparently' tackle air pollution on that one section of the A483 which has housing estates either side it. Though has caused hassle and chaos to road users who commute it daily. Some of the chaos has been put down to certain drivers still driving at 60-70mph, but that is not the only reason this restriction is dangerous and a waste of everyones time; More Congestion = More Pollution: Slowing cars down from 70mph to 50mph causes huge tail backs at rush hour, which not only ups the risk of rear end collisions but also doubles the amount of cars sat in the area producing emissions of which they are trying to reduce. Reduced Driver Awareness: A lot of drivers are far more concerned with watching their speed than the actual road a head of them. Since the start of the restriction there's been quite a few accidents. That's not to say there has been more than before but it certainly has not made the road any safer.  Pollution V Speed: A cars speed does not directly equate to the amount of pollution it outputs. In simple terms the further you're pressing the accelerator pedal the more fuel is being sent to the engine, therefore more emissions. However depending what gear you are in, traveling at a lower speed your accelerator pedal could be sending the same or even more than cruising at 70mph. It's all dependent on car, gearing and how heavy your foot is. Hard Acceleration = More Emissions: Another point that makes this restriction a waste of time is that nearly every car that leaves the restriction accelerates hard to get back to 70mph (Who can blame them) causing more emissions than if they had  just steadily cruised through at a constant speed.Also the area where the hard acceleration happens is right next to a new housing estate, so for arguments sake the pollution has just been moved up to them. Waiting Times V Emissions: One final overlooked aspect is that the congestion causes cars to be in the area for anywhere between 20-40 seconds depending on traffic.Here's a rough calculation:1 Mile @ 50mph = 1m12s1 Mile @ 70mph = 51sAn extra 21 second travel time in that location at best, feel free to work it out yourself.https://www.timecalculator.net/speed-distance-time-calculatorPlainly put cars are polluting for longer in that area than before, even if they were causing less emissions (Which is questionable) it would barely make a dent when you add the extra congestion times into the equation. Cutting Emissions v Using more electricity: A good point brought up by one of the signatories is that the restriction is to fight emissions/pollution, yet installing speed cameras or average speed cameras use electricity. (Will update with more information on this) Costa Drive Thru: As also pointed out by a few others who have signed the petition; Planning permission has been given to build a drive thru Costa Coffee situated right next to the restriction and housing which encourages drivers to keep their cars idling whilst waiting for coffee in an already overly congested area. Which begs the question is money more important than safety and congestion times for commuters. To wrap up: This scheme might have had good intentions, but in reality it causes more issues than solves and if not for the money the local government and private companies receive for trying to meet these tick box targets to lower emissions, it probably would never have come about. Trying to make this a permanent speed restriction seems more like a punishment for everyone, and easy money to be made at motorists expense due to some road users who don't follow it. Keeping the restriction causes more distress and risk to road users who travel along it every day, yet doesn't put a big enough dent in lowering emissions for it to be worth while permanently. It would be far more beneficial to plant more trees or plants etc to counteract emissions which is scientifically proven. Better yet introduce more positive schemes like cycle to work benefits throughout Wrexham, or even look into funding proper scientific ways to combat emissions in a green way which I'm sure Glyndwr University or another body would love to be involved in developing such a positive project like 'Algie Scrubbers'https://spectrum.ieee.org/energy/environment/new-tech-could-turn-algae-into-the-climates-slimy-savior If you feel the same or have your own views against the speed restriction being made permanent, please sign the petition and let's see how many of us can oppose it to take to the council. We have a right to make our voices heard, especially when its about impacting our health and lives on a daily basis. The bypass was built for fast commuting and lowering the speed negates having it in the first place.     Comments and ideas of how better to tackle this issue than just slowing road users down are welcome below!  

Dafydd John
2,025 supporters
Petitioning Lesley Griffiths, Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty

Review planning approval for petrol station and fast food restaurant in tiny welsh village

Don't force our school children through a petrol station! Our small Welsh villages of Blaengwrach and Cwmgwrach in Neath are about to be devastated by a major development aimed at passing traffic on the A465 through South Wales (P2017/0112).  The local authorities have approved the build of a petrol station and a fast food drive-through restaurant within 300m of our primary school and which will heavily impact the only entrance to our villages.  Our children will be exposed to heavy levels of traffic and diesel fumes and our public transport will not be so easily accessible.  This will force the only safe pedestrian route (and school route) actually through the petrol station forecourt!  The nearest house is just 10m away from this 24-hour retail development. The character of our mining community is about to be ruined for the sake of making other people richer.  We already have a petrol station across the road along with another fast food drive-through restaurant and both are already extremely busy.  By adding bigger versions of these at the entrance to our residential area, not only are local pedestrians being put in danger, but the house values have already dropped.  We have been campaigning against this to our local authority for over a year however it is very clear that no consideration is being given to our community as the third party in this lucrative deal.  All of our complaints have been dismissed and we still have major safety concerns which are not being addressed.  We have sent a letter with more detail to your office and we implore you to read and acknowledge our appeal for fairness and objectivity in a review of this contentious decision.

Blaengwrach Community Action Group
745 supporters
Closed
Petitioning Pia Lord

Clean Oceans and Waterways

This is a petition to create awareness for the water pollution issue. This is a worldwide issue as pollution flows through the ocean all around the Earth.  There is urgency for clean, clear pollution free water. Children, adults, sailors, open water swimmers and kayakers, tourists, tri-athletes' health can be at serious risk for dysentery, bacteria diseases such as vibrio, Crohn's disease, diarrhea, respiratory illnesses and other bacterial infections from swimming in polluted waters. Cleaning up the waters will bring health benefits, economic benefits, social benefits, all human benefits. There will be no downside to cleaning up the water it is only a great benefit to humanity. This is true about cleaning up the waters around any coastal area which has health and maritime concerns including but not limited to Haiti, Caribbean Islands, Pacific Islands, Japan Harbors, China Sea, India around major cities, NYC areas of east coast of the USA, West coastal areas of the USA such as La Jolla Cove in California, Mid-Atlantic coastal areas such as the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland, and Durban Bay in South Africa as well as really any coastal areas where plastics, pollution, and sewage accumulates. Swimming in beautiful waters is a true delight.  Swimming is a healthy sport when done in crystal clear waters.  Lets make sure that our oceans and all waterways get clean and stay clean! Thank you! Pia Lord CEO The Ocean Cleaner Project The Pia Lord Company www.pialord.wix.com/mysite www.pialord.com

The Pia Lord Company
152 supporters
Stop housing homeless teenagers in unsuitable bed and breakfast accommodation.

Thank you for taking the time to engage with this incredibly important issue. It is heartening to see almost 116,000 people working together to bring about positive change in society. Affecting change is the very reason I went into politics and having the ability to introduce policies which improve the lives of millions of people in Wales is now a huge privilege as well as an enormous responsibility. Addressing the issue of teenage homelessness and ensuring our young people have a safe and warm place to sleep at night has been a priority for me since the very first day I became Minister with the responsibility for housing in Wales. I passionately believe nobody, young or old, should be faced with the threat of becoming homeless and I am proud to say this Government is leading the way on preventing homelessness, with more progressive legislation than anywhere else in the UK. Thanks to our action, more people than ever before are prevented from becoming homeless and I was very pleased our hard work and progress were recognised during the meeting with Michael and the End Youth Homelessness Cymru Partnership. The meeting was very constructive – it was clear each of us around the table shared a passion to end the use of Bed and Breakfast accommodation for young people facing homelessness. Ensuring all teenagers have a safe place to stay is of upmost importance to this Government and we are working towards our ambition to end the use of B&Bs for 16 and 17 year olds. Work has been ongoing for several months to produce strengthened statutory guidance for local authorities, which will make it absolutely clear we consider the use of B&B accommodation for 16 and 17 year olds unsuitable. This guidance will be issued next month. However, strengthening guidance alone will not, of course, resolve this difficult issue. This is why increased monitoring is also underway so we have a clearer picture of which local authorities are able to provide services without any reliance on bed and breakfast accommodation and which ones need greater support to achieve this. I will continue discussions with my colleague, Mark Drakeford, Minister for Health and Social Services, to ensure our response is comprehensive and engages with social services agencies. We will also continue to work with partners to develop a comprehensive emergency accommodation network to increase consistency in provision across Wales and will support better communication between local authorities so our young people have a safe place to stay when they need it. I am grateful to you all for shining a light on this important issue. As Michael has said, I have listened to your concerns and I am continuing to take action to make the use of B&B accommodation for 16 and 17 year olds a thing of the past. Lesley Griffiths.

4 years ago
Reconsider your decision to cease funding Play Wales

Please see attached response - sent on behalf of Lesley Griffiths AM, Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty Thank you for the notification of your online petition, sent via an automatic email from Change.org on 17 September, regarding the announcement of the Children and Families Delivery Grants (CFDG) in relation to the play element of the grant. The application from Play Wales was assessed on an equal footing to other third sector organisations in line with the principles established in the Code of Practice for Funding the Third Sector. I understand the outcome was a difficult one for Play Wales, but funding decisions for the CFDG have been made following a robust and fair assessment process. Following positive discussions with Play Wales, funding has now been agreed for the next 18 months specific activities, which Play Wales are well placed to undertake in direct support of key Welsh Government priorities around play and tackling poverty. This will include supporting Local Authorities to meet their duties under the Children and Families (Wales) Measure 2010 to assess and secure sufficient play opportunities.

5 years ago