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Petitioning Matthew Hancock MP

Don't weaken the Freedom of Information Act

The Freedom of Information Act established the broad principle that public bodies must release information if the public interest in doing so outweighs the public interest in it remaining secret. We, the undersigned, urge the Government not to do anything which would detract from that principle. In particular we urge you: to ensure that the Act continues to allow for the release of internal discussions at local and central government level when there is a public interest in doing so not to seek to create any new veto powers over the release of information not to introduce charges for Freedom of Information Act requests or appeals. Any charges could dramatically undermine the ability of requesters, including regional press journalists and freelances in particular, to use the Act to hold authorities to account. Investigative journalism is time-consuming, expensive and sometimes difficult to justify for news organisations which are under financial pressure. It needs to be nurtured and encouraged, for the benefit of society and democracy, not subject to Freedom of Information charges which would be effectively be a tax on journalism. This petition was launched by Press Gazette as part of the Society of Editors' Hands Off FoI campaign. It also has the backing of the Campaign for Freedom of Information. Note to signatories: If backing this on behalf of an organisation, or news title, please indicate which one you represent. If you are a journalist, please give your job title and organisation if you can. Please do so in the section where you are invited to share your reasons for signing the petition.

Dominic Ponsford - editor of Press Gazette
42,960 supporters
Petitioning jeremy hunt mp, Jackie Doyle-Price MP, Matthew Hancock MP

Increased funding and on-the-ground impact for children's mental health services

Our daughter is currently in her 4th mental health hospital. She was first admitted in October 2016 aged 14. 20 months on she is still an inpatient. Since her hospital admission she has become worse displaying some truly distressing behaviour which has put herself and others at risk. She has received limited therapy, had diagnoses which have changed each time she moved hospital. She will be 17 in November- she has lost her teenage years; all she wants to do is come home. Lack of therapy and trained staff have hindered her progress. The pain of seeing our daughter so distressed and not having her home has been unbearable. It is our belief that if CAMHS were better funded she would never have got to the point of needing to be hospitalised and had the hospital been better funded she would be home now.

Lee Frere
1,592 supporters
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Petitioning Theresa May MP, Matthew Hancock MP, Lucy Frazer, Chris grayling, Henry Batchelor

Stop the death toll from rising on the A1307

Stop the death toll from rising further on the A1307 and take action now The A1307 is a secondary class A road in Cambridgeshire and Suffolk between the A14 at junction 31 in Cambridge to Haverhill, Suffolk and is one that needs urgent action. In the tail end of 2016 3 severe collisions occurred in the space of just 14 days. 2017 is now upon us and there has already been 1 fatality on this road which is now being widely reported as a 'deadly stretch of road'. Action must be taken now to debate improvements to this road which would ultimately save lives.

chris pearce
1,167 supporters
Petitioning Theresa May MP, Matthew Hancock MP

The government must fund, not fail lifeline care for children like Ella who died too young

Ella was just three months old when she suffered a seizure and was rushed to hospital. After a night of tests she was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder called Miller-Dieker Syndrome. Life would never be the same again – Ella would never hold her own head, sit, walk or talk, and required around-the-clock care for the rest of her life. Her parents were devastated, and while they knew Ella's life would be short, they were determined to make it the best life they could. Ella’s mum Kirsty says: “The first few months were terribly hard – we had to learn to understand medical procedures, juggle multiple appointments, deal with seizures every day, manage medicine, and come to terms with everything, all while trying to give Ella a happy life.” Ella’s parents were then introduced to Acorns Children's Hospice, a charity which provides specialist palliative care and support across the West Midlands. Kirsty says: “Acorns was amazing, and helped us to get the most out of Ella, whilst supporting us as parents. As Ella had to be watched all night, we often didn’t get much sleep, so Acorns offered us respite and Ella would have fun at a sleepover with other children.” As Ella got older, her condition became more difficult until, two years after her initial diagnosis, she was admitted to hospital with a severe chest infection and pneumonia in both lungs. Just after midnight, whilst in her sleep, with her patents at her bedside talking to her, Ella passed away. Kirsty says: “When Ella passed, we found out how special Acorns really was. They thought of everything and made it so much easier whilst supporting us as well as our family and friends. Even now we are still very much included in the Acorns family and they will always be a part of our lives which is important to me as part of remembering Ella.” But Acorns, and other children’s hospices like them across the country, rely on donations from the public to operate. Kirsty says: “I was surprised to find that children's hospices only receive limited financial funding from the government and NHS, and this funding is falling. Without financial support being maintained by government and the NHS, the fantastic support we received from Acorns may not be available to many other children and families when they most need it.” Together for Short Lives is the UK charity for children’s palliative care. Join Kirsty by signing our petition which asks the government to use some of the recent 3.4% NHS funding boost to: increase the NHS England Children’s Hospice Grant to £25million bring about parity of funding between children’s and adult hospices in England put in place a funded children’s palliative care strategy Find out more about the current state of children's palliative care funding and see why this petition is important. When you've signed the petition click here to tweet your local MP asking them to fund, not fail the lifeline palliative care services for seriously ill children. 

Together for Short Lives
727 supporters
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Petitioning Suffolk County Council, Matthew Hancock MP

Stop 32 young people becoming homeless due to cuts in supported housing.

32 young people under the age of 25 are likely to be made homeless on the 1st of April 2017 due to Suffolk County Council cutting 1/3 of their funding for supported housing. I know a lot of people have their own preconceptions of the Cangle and the types of people who live here. I'm not sure anyone who hasn't lived here truly understands the help and support the Cangle offers young people in and around Haverhill. The system here encourages young single homeless people to better themselves and puts them on the right path to advance in life, through employment opportunities and a friendly face to talk to. Everyone who lives here or has in the past, had no where else to turn. Now we are faced with a situation where vulnerable young people have effectively had the system turn their backs on them when most are working to better themselves and use of the Cangle as a positive stepping stone into the future. Not a lot of people I have spoken to knew that his was happening. we feel that this needs to be stopped as this is a life line for many of us, we have nowhere to go, and no one to turn to. For those who are working, and trying to succeed in life, we have very little options open to us, should this service be stopped. The staff that work here who offer valuable support, could potentially lose their jobs, something which should not be allowed to happen.

vikki hayes
721 supporters
Petitioning UK Parliament, Theresa May MP, Department of Education, Jeremy Corbyn MP, Boris Johnson MP, Nick Clegg MP, Nicky Morgan MP, Mary Macleod MP, Karl McCartney MP, James Morris MP, Global Partnership f...

changes for special needs children

Hi all i am from the westmidlands UK and im a mother  to a 5 year old sweet boy with complex learning difficulties, We need loads more funding and understanding for children with all different special needs. More time in mainstream schools & more teachers training on special needs kids! We need more special school opening and time spent on our children just like the rest do, im so saddened by this it breaks my heart to know our children are suffering how about in 5-10 years time the next generation of children are going to suffer immensly due to this something has to be done NOW. Nevermind trying to pass our children off as naughty or cant be bothered to teach them so they end up in limbo like a pru with no formal education again due to no special school placement for children with no formal diagnosis, i am a mother of a special 5 year old boy whos going through hell with himself trying to get him where he needs to be! Like many others we need extra funding in order for our children to get the education they all deserve. Its been going on too long now something needs to be done i want to get as many signatures as i can to forward to the SEN department and above goverment for there understanding that us as parents simply cant keep going through hell all at the mercy of endless paperwork. We need them to listen to us parents as we know what's best for OUR CHILDREN not them! We need more special schools opening and training as theres a big rise in new cases and nowhere to place our children, please help by signing lets get our childrens voices heard Thankyou

sarah brownhill
652 supporters
Petitioning Sir Malcolm John Grant, Matthew Hancock MP

Approve simple device to drastically improve lives of Type 1 Diabetics

Type 1 Diabetics from all walks of life from young children to the elderly struggle every hour of every day from the very moment we are diagnosed for the rest of our lives. Type 1 Diabetes is a chronic life long condition in which the pancreas produces no insulin. Insulin is the hormone our body needs to break down everything we eat or drink in order to allow sugar and carbohydrates to enter the body's cells to produce energy for our bodies to function. Without Insulin glucose builds up in a Diabetics body and causes serious complications and damage. Type 1 Diabetes cannot be cured as your Pancreas is damaged and cannot produce insulin any longer meaning we have to manually calculate the correct dosage of Insulin to inject ourselves with numerous times every day in order to break down every morsel of food we eat. It is absolutely critical we can measure our blood glucose throughout the day every day in order to enable us to manually and accurately calculate the insulin dosage to use at that point in the day/night. The only way we can complete this awful task is by piercing our own skin every time we need to test our blood this is painful, embarrassing and could be classed as self harm as we have to prick and pierce our own skin (sometimes numerous times as our skin is so damaged from the continual impact) which is painful, embarrassing and a constant depressing reminder of our debilitating conduction. Diabetes and treatment aims to keep your blood glucose levels as normal as possible and control your symptoms with careful management, healthy lifestyle and exercise to prevent/delay health problems developing later in life such as blindness, loss of limbs, kidney failure, heart disease, stroke and even death. At long last a revolutionary small, simple, painless, easy device called the FreeStyle Libre has been developed to enable us Type 1 Diabetics to successfully and easily manage our own condition painlessly, privately, continually and cost effectively from home without having to damage and pierce our own skin numerous times per day every day and without needing constant ineffective, expensive, time consuming appointments with our GP (£45 each 5 minute appointment) and eliminating/minimising additional HbA1c tests completed by additional NHS Health professionals (1,000,000 patients seen by NHS staff every 36 hours), reducing ineffective telephone calls to NHS 111 (£20 each call) and massively reducing emergency hospital admissions (19.7 million hospital admissions 16/17) which our NHS cannot cope with and emergency Ambulance call outs (£244 each one) costing - this small effective device costs only £48 each and has been available on prescription from November 2017 and NICE have published guidelines for suitability. The Freestyle Libre is so effective and life changing even our Prime Minster Theresa May wears hers with pride.  But majority of our 207 CCG's (Clinical Commissioning Groups) are currently discriminating against us as a group by still not funding these clever, simple, life enhancing and cost effective devices for all of their suitable patients dependant totally upon post-code..... Why ???

Claire White
565 supporters
Petitioning Theresa May MP, Jeremy Corbyn MP, Mary Macleod MP, Amber Rudd MP, The Hon. Sussan Ley MP, Matthew Hancock MP, David Cameron MP, Surrey Police, Gabrielle Upton MP, Nicola Blackwood MP, James Morris ...

Not a ‘Happy Ending’ for All. Call for Action to Recognise Legitimate Massage Businesses.

Stop Sexual Harassment of Massage Therapists & Better Regulations for All To stop this confusion and the constant harassment of legitimate therapists providing Health and Beauty services, there needs to be a clear distinction as to which businesses provide therapeutic massage and others which provide massage with the end goal of sexual gratification. We, in the Health and Beauty industry find this extremely important as everyone should have the right to feel safe in the workplace. This is not the case however, as massage therapists are propositioned daily to provide ‘Happy Endings.’  In the industry, we often have to deal with people expecting an entirely different service to the professional Health and Beauty services we are qualified and insured for. The fact that there is an abundance of sexual services provided by illegal businesses masquerading as spas and beauty salons, and they are actually brothels and parlours, indicates that the Government is not doing enough to combat this issue. If there are laws in place to prevent this, why isn’t this being regulated and enforced? Many men & women (especially women) that start out in the Health and Beauty industry at a very young age, find being asked for sexual services as extras a fear for their safety. Many therapists are subject to sexual harassment and leave the industry because of this. Receptionist's also find it a daily battle with seedy phone calls and perverse e-Mails.  As humans, we have a right to work without fearing for our safety. Suggested call for action is: 1.      Better licensing of legitimate Health and Beauty Providers and a certification for such businesses, so that they are easily recognised by potential customers as legitimate. This would confirm to customers that they are have a team of qualified, insured & fully certified therapists. 2.      legalese the sex work that goes on in some ‘Massage Parlours,’ which could possibly increase safety for vulnerable sex workers and decrease modern slavery and trafficking. This legalisation would make the industry more transparent and less ambiguous as to which businesses provide therapeutic massage and which provide massage with the end goal of sexual gratification.

Spa Satori
207 supporters
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Petitioning David Cameron MP, George Osborne, Phillip Hammond, Rt Hon Theresa May MP, Alun Cairns MP, Sajid Javid MP, Justine Greening MP, jeremy hunt mp, Greg Clark, Patrick McLoughlin, Elizibeth Truss, Olive...

Declare the UK referendum to close to justify leaving the EU.

In the hours following the results from the "Brexit" referendum the disastrous effect leaving will have on the British economy is already visible. This petition is to convince our elected government officials to consider the referendum as a census of public opinion, rather than a binding document. To use it to help shape policy moving forward. Leaving the EU would be a calamity and not one from which we could return. This petition is to implore every MP and government official with children who will live on in the UK after their time in government not to ruin the future of Great Britian based on the results of a Referendum that were so close as to be moot.

Daniel Martin
190 supporters
Save Further Education in Northumberland

Thank you for the opportunity to respond to this petition set up by Jacqui Dixon. We are focusing the skills budget where it can have most impact. This will focus on providing young adults with the skills they need for sustainable work, skills training for unemployed adults, and English and maths for all those who have yet to achieve a Grade A*-C, recognising these are essential requirements for sustainable employment. Apprenticeships and Traineeships will be a particular priority. Full funding rules are available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/sfa-funding-rules. Of course, older learners need additional help so we have made more funding available for Advanced Learning Loans, enabling learners to access support to help meet up-front fees, and removing one of the main barriers to learning. The petition suggests that in areas of high unemployment such as the North East, people are discouraged from taking on a government backed Advanced Learning Loan. Applications for loans in their first year of operation (over 66,000 to the end of April) have been strong. In recent meetings with providers and stakeholders from across the FE sector we received positive feedback on the way the loans programme has been implemented. I believe that Advanced Learning Loans provide an opportunity for individuals to undertake learning which should improve their employment prospects at no up-front cost and are only repayable when they are earning £21,000. For younger learners, our priority remains to provide a high-quality study programme for every 16-19 year old, especially 16 year olds who are now legally required to participate. To that end despite a decrease in the population of 16-18 year olds we will be funding in 2014/15 at least as many places as were filled in the academic year 2013/14. We will be reducing funding for 18-year-olds to £3,300 compared to £4,000 for 16- and 17-year-olds. Students without GCSE grade C in English or mathematics and those with statements of special education needs, learning disability assessments or education, health and care plans are excluded from this reduction. Full-time 18-year-olds will still be funded for programmes broadly the same size as the core element of programmes they undertook prior to 2013/14. For the academic year 2014/15 we will cap any losses resulting from this change to the funding for 18-year-olds at 2% of the institution’s programme funding, protecting more than 450 schools and colleges that would otherwise have lost more than 2% of their funding from the 18-year-olds funding reduction. Full funding rules are available at: https://www.gov.uk/16-to-19-education-funding-guidance. I appreciate that any budget reductions are unwelcome and Northumberland College, like all providers, will have had to re-prioritise its provision. However, in order to reduce the budget deficit, reductions to programme funding have been necessary and I believe that the funding priorities we have established are the right ones. The College’s 2014/15 Adult Skills Budget will be £3,092,460 plus an increased Advanced Learning Loan allocation of £756,036, representing a total £890,519 reduction. Its 16-19 budget will be reduced by £60,000 to £7,378,751 (excluding student support funding). One of our key funding priorities is Apprenticeships which equip people of all ages with the skills that employers need to compete and grow. I was therefore disappointed to read in the petition that small employers in the North East are reluctant to take on an apprentice due to bureaucracy. Small businesses are the cornerstone of our economy and high quality training opportunities like Apprenticeships are key to supporting their growth and success. Many small business employers already recognise the benefits of recruiting Apprentices and recent evidence suggests that about half of all Apprenticeship employers are small, with 1-24 employees. However, many small businesses are not engaged and are missing out on the opportunities that Apprenticeships offer for improving productivity and supporting sustainability and we want to address that. We are therefore making it easier to take on an Apprentice by cutting back on bureaucracy and replacing complex frameworks with simple standards set by employers. The Apprenticeship Grant for Employers also provides support for smaller employers taking on young apprentices aged 16-24. The Budget announced an additional £170 million funding over the next two years to support the current very high demand for the grant. The additional support will fund over 100,000 additional incentive payments. The grant has been particularly successful at removing barriers to smaller businesses taking on their first apprentices. Finally, I would like to pay tribute to the college and all the work it does in Northumberland, particularly in view of the employment and skills challenges facing people in the communities it serves. I know that local colleges play an important role in inspiring people and equipping them with the skills that they need to engage more successfully with their local labour markets. Matthew Hancock

4 years ago