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Petitioning Theresa May MP, Jeremy Corbyn MP, Welsh Government

Make NHS workers parking free and pay off their parking fines

NHS staff should not have to pay to park outside the hospitals they work in, they should not be a cash cow for private parking firms, NHS staff with current outstanding parking fines for parking at work should see their fines paid by our Government whilst you look at new legislation to make parking free for the whole of Britain

Daren Howe
132,734 supporters
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
117,337 supporters
Petitioning Welsh Government

SAVE SHELL ISLAND! Maintain high tide emergency services access.

Shell Island in Gwynedd is one of the largest campsites in Europe and a much-loved family holiday destination. The main access route to Shell Island is via a causeway which is cut off by the tide twice a day. Emergency vehicles have had high-tide access through the neighbouring Llanbedr Airfield, which is owned by the Welsh Government, for over fifty years. The new tenant of Llanbedr Airfield, Snowdonia Aerospace LLP, has now withdrawn guaranteed 24-hour emergency services access to Shell Island. Snowdonia Aerospace LLP has been a tenant of Llanbedr Airfield since 2012.  From April, but only on a temporary basis and at the discretion of Snowdonia Aerospace LLP, emergency services seeking access to Shell Island during high tides will be obliged to call a mobile number issued by Snowdonia Aerospace LLP. Snowdonia Aerospace LLP say they will open the access gate in an emergency, only at times of high tide, subject to the availability of their contact, so that the services can be escorted over the airfield.  We don't think that is good enough and we'd like the Welsh Government to intervene. Snowdonia Aerospace LLP initially proposed on short notice to stop any kind of emergency vehicle access across the airfield by the end of March, which could have forced the closure of Shell Island just as the holiday season was set to commence. Snowdonia Aerospace LLP have advised that the current arrangement is ‘temporary’ and Shell Island fears that they may renew their threat to completely withdraw access in the near future. Shell Island, also known as Mochras, has been a much-loved holiday destination for generations of visitors to North Wales, and it provides significant employment for many families in the local community. They are all now facing an uncertain future. We are petitioning the Welsh Government, as owners of the Llanbedr Airfield, to urge their tenant Snowdonia Aerospace LLP to reinstate guaranteed and permanent high tide emergency services access so that Shell Island can continue to operate.  

Shell Island
39,652 supporters
Petitioning Manufacturers, Welsh Government, Supermarkets

Ban plastic carrier bags in Wales by 2020

Petitioning Welsh Parliament and Government to:Ban use of plastic bags in Wales by 2020 - why not lead the way for a change! Sue Hay, South Wales, United Kingdom Every single piece of plastic ever made, still exists. An extremely large amount of plastic bags will inevitably end up in our oceans, littering the floors and branches of our forests, killing both mammal and marine life alike. Plastic bags are responsible for the decline and extinction of thousands of species Worldwide. It is hard to recycle plastic bags.  By banning plastic bags we will be setting a global standard and example for the rest of this planet and leading from the front for a change! FACT: we never used plastic bags until 1960's. Plastic bags do not degrade in the marine environment. Plastic bags photo-degrade, meaning they break down into smaller and smaller bits of plastic but never completely go away. Marine animals, such as turtles, and seabirds - even some fish see these micro plastic particles floating in the water and think that it’s food. Plastic cannot be digested; thus the plastic blocks the digestive track and the turtle or bird dies from starvation because their food can’t be digested. It is estimated that over 267 species of seabirds have plastic in their bodies. Numerous studies have proven this fact. FACT: Plastic bags also kill our land animals in huge numbers. This means that no matter how far from the ocean that you live, an improperly disposed of plastic bag will eventually reach the ocean through our rivers or by the wind.  “Over 46,000 pieces of plastic litter are floating on every square mile of ocean today. In the Central Pacific, there are up to 6 pounds of marine litter to every pound of plankton”. That was in 2006, 11 years ago; imagine what the statistics are now. FACT: The introduction of he 5p charge in Wales in 2011 has reduced useage by 71% but it's not enough. FACT: There are other options. Plant based starch bags, or strong paper brown bag manufacturers offer an affordable, bio-degradable and environmentally friendly option to all. I am urging the Welsh Government, leading plastic bag distributors, and supermarkets to take action towards this disaster and stop it while we can. Thanks.  This petition will be delivered to: Welsh Government on reaching 10,000 signatures to Downing Street to be debated in parliament. I agree with this cause and believe Welsh Government is conscience enough to make this happen. Share with Facebook friends please to be part of the solution and not the problem!  

Thrive Magazine
29,518 supporters
Petitioning UK Parliament, Welsh Government, Support Admin, Theresa May MP

Seperate maternity unit for women giving birth to a deceased child.

So as many of you know, pregnancy is the greatest thing a woman can ever experience. When you find out your expecting, your whole life changes. Your baby becomes your priority.. But then to find out your baby has passed away in the womb or is suffering multiple anomalies is heartbreaking. Especially knowing you have to wait a gruelling few days before your labour is induced and you have to give birth to that baby knowing you will never hear his/her first cry. I believe there should be a completely seperate maternity unit in hospitals for expectant mothers going through this traumatic experience as I personally had to spend 48 hours in induced labour in a maternity ward full of expectant mothers with soon to be born healthy children and all night all I could hear was babies crying, mothers in labour and heartbeat monitors of lovely strong baby heartbeats.. Knowing myself in a short while I would be giving birth to a child taken too soon. To make matters worse after you have gone through the labour process you then have to walk past delivery suites. You see mothers cuddling their newborns. They are ready to start a whole new life as a family whilst mothers of deceased children can not simply smile at others because we know it should also be us holding our newborn in our arms with our partner stood next to us smiling down at our baby. Mothers of babies who passed away before 40 weeks should not have to endure the pain of spending hours/days in a maternity unit seeing other people go through exactly what you had planned to go through. It is absolutely heartbreaking and if you are a mother of an angel who has gone through this experience I am sure you can agree with me. I dont want future expectant mothers going through a simular situation to go through the pain and suffering I had to endure. Nothing will make giving birth to a deceased child any easier but atleast if you have your own privacy in a ward where you dont have to face happy & overwhelmed parents cuddling their healthy newborn children then just maybe it will be a tad bit easier ♡

Clare Bartley
15,891 supporters
Petitioning Welsh Government, Julie Morgan, Councillor Huw Thomas, Councillor Graham Hinchley

Keep funding organisations that support families of children with disabilities and ALN.

Families with children with disabilities and additional learning needs face many struggles. We have to fight for the support that our children need constantly. We fight to get appropriate help within schools. We fight to access the health and social services our children need. We fight to ensure that our children are able to access the benefits that they are entitled to. Families First, a Welsh Government initiative to support vulnerable families, is removing its funding to Snap Cymru and Diverse Cymru. Snap Cymru assist families to access appropriate support in education. Diverse Cymru advise and advocate for families trying to access disability benefits for their children. It will become even more stressful and difficult for us to get appropriate support for our children.  The system is already stacked against families with disabled children, statutory services are thin on the ground and we are now going to see a drastic reduction in the support offered by two organisations which provide essential advice and advocacy. There has been little or no consultation with the carers and families that this decision will affect. Both of these organisations have been a lifeline for many of us during extremely difficult circumstances. We want the Welsh Government, Cardiff Council and Families First to review the Families First funding decision and prevent the loss of yet more services for disabled children and their families.

Sharon Ross
11,692 supporters
Petitioning Welsh Government, Ken Skates

Don't take Neath off the main railway-line. #KeepNeathOnTrack

For the attention of Welsh Government Minister for Economy and Transport, Ken SkatesCC... UK Government Minister for Transport, Chris Grayling. Dear Government Minister(s), I draw your attention to the recent news that suggests that Neath will be taken off the main railway line from Swansea to London Paddington. I am not in favour of this decision because I believe that taking Neath off the main line would have a detrimental effect to the economy and re-generation of our town. The station is already run-down and a hub for anti-social behaviour. Taking Neath off the main line would only worsen these problems.  It would also have a negative impact on those who commute on the main-line to work, meaning they would have to take an extra connection to Swansea, Baglan or Port Talbot first. Recent figures via research conducted by Plaid Cymru Councillor for Neath South Jamie Evans has found that: Around 830,000 passengers used Neath train station a year, making it the second busiest station, behind Swansea in the historic county of West Glamorgan and busiest of the five stations in Neath Port Talbot. The plans to remove Neath from the main line would mean commuters travelling to Cardiff from Neath would have to first catch a train to Swansea, Baglan or Port Talbot, meaning an increase in both cost and time taken to get to and from work. People from Neath, Pontardawe, Skewen, Glynneath and the Dulais Valley would see no benefit at all from the “10 minutes” saved on a journey between Swansea and Cardiff. I would gratefully ask you to reject this proposal.

Bethan Phillips
10,468 supporters
Petitioning UK Parliament

Weekly mental health support groups in all schools

At the age of sixteen I was admitted to the care of camhs (child and adolescent mental health services). I was diagnosed a few months later with an eating disorder which then led to depression and anxiety. I soon found myself isolated and alone finding clarity and peace in alcohol, drugs and self harm, only adding to my problems. I knew that many children in school were struggling but were afraid to speak up as there was nowhere young people could get together and talk about mental health. Being in school and feeling afraid and alone is a dark place to be. I feel that my journey would have been much easier if I could have spoke in a group at school about various experiences. Many young people are not fortunate enough to receive a place at camhs creating isolation and fear. I wasn't referred or acknowledged as having a problem until I took an overdose of paracetamol at school. In 2015 I lost a friend who also attended camhs.She was fifteen at the time of her death, and I remember her speaking about the fact that she wanted to come to school,but that she struggled as she felt that people found it hard to understand. I believe pupils with or without mental health issues would benefit from such groups in schools ,as they could not only better themselves but grasp an understanding, help friends and support one another. They just need a room and a time to meet. These groups would be run by named teachers, school councillors or students themselves depending on the resources each individual school has available.It's easy to label these children as attention seeking, but what's important to remember is that they do want attention. Just like we would expect medical attention when we are physically unwell, they are crying out for help as they too are sick. Imagine yourself in hospital asking doctors for help, but then being told that there's nothing wrong with you and that you've made it all up purely because nobody can see an injury. This is our reality, and it's happening daily. Hundreds of children are dying each year as their voices aren't being heard, a change is needed now.

Sarah wilkinson
9,199 supporters
Petitioning BBC, Welsh Government, Sky

Televise all womens rugby games

Women’s rugby should be on television for all to watch. In a world of apparent equality, this shouldn’t even be an issue, but women’s rugby has been televised very rarely on Tv and on any other social media platform.  Over the many years of watching rugby, womens rugby has had to unfairly take a back seat. We are slowly coming out of the dark ages and some major games like the 6 nations are finally starting to get some coverage, but autumn internationals and lower level games don’t. This is not good enough. Having a young impressionable daughter who plays rugby and wants to support wales men and women, means I have to try and answer the question, why women’s rugby is not on television. I can’t answer that, as I see no logical reason for it. No young women or girls aspiring to play rugby in this day and age, should have to wonder why the ladies games are not valid enough to grace our screens like our wonderful men’s game.  Please help this petition go forward, because womens rugby is an amazing game to watch, and is something the public are losing out on.  

Shelley Black
7,649 supporters
Petitioning Conwy County Borough Council, Welsh Government

Stop Conwy Councils 4 weekly plan

The people of Conwy pay large amounts of council tax as it is as for what is in comparison to the rest of the UK poor services. The people in general have the feeling that the council care more for cash rather than good service and these 4 weekly bin collection prove this. It is a basic right of any household to have bins collected weekly and these 4 weekly bin collections need getting rid of. 

Dan Cassidy
5,681 supporters