austerity cuts

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This petition won 4 weeks ago

Petition to Steve Bullock

Do not make dangerous cuts to Children's NHS mental health services in Lewisham!

Lewisham Council is planning to cut children’s mental health (CAMHS) funding by £150,000 over the next 2 years.  This follows a £94,000 cut last year and is on top of NHS efficiency savings demanded by the government.  The proposed cut will happen at a time when we are in the midst of an unprecedented crisis in the NHS- caused by seven years of inadequate health and social care funding by the Conservative and coalition governments.  Lewisham council have been forced to cut £153 million from their total budget, with more cuts to come. The Save Lewisham Hospital Campaign, together with staff, patients and their parents, believe the current situation cannot continue - more money is desperately needed, not less! At least 3 jobs will be lost, on top of 2 jobs that were lost last year. This equates to hundreds of appointments a year disappearing. Waiting lists, already too long, will get longer. Clinicians will be forced to make impossible decisions about which cases are less serious, which children will have to wait longest and who will not get the best care. More children will go to A&E if these cuts happen.  When young people are in crisis, they often attend A&E because community services are overstretched.  This is distressing for them, it is not the suitable environment and it adds pressure to the hospitals.  We believe that every mental health problem has the potential to become critical if untreated - especially for children and young people.  Lewisham has a number of risk factors that mean our young people’s mental health is worse than average. We cannot afford to increase this risk by increasing the number of children not receiving adequate help in the community. Young people are almost powerless in conventional political processes because of their age- even more so if they have a mental health diagnosis.  If adults in Lewisham, alongside Lewisham council, do not stand up for them, then who will? We all have to speak out.  Enough is enough. As well as signing and sharing this petition you can help by: Joining us to lobby the council -  Wednesday, 17th January at 6.45pm Coming to our public meeting on Tuesday, 6th February @ 7.30pm @ New Cross Learning Attending a protest outside the council meeting on 21st February which will have the final power to ratify the proposed cuts. Follow us on twitter, Facebook and see our website to keep up to date:

Save Lewisham Hospital Campaign
14,393 supporters
This petition won 2 months ago

Petition to hilary.mcguill ,

Stop Flintshire Scout Groups paying Business Rates Charges

Flintshire County Council has removed the 20% discretionary funding relief for business rates for all Flintshire Scout Groups.  This has left groups with annual rates bills of upwards of £300 per group.  Scout groups are not businesses.  The Scout Association and Scout groups are registered as charitable organisations and are entirely run by local volunteers who give up their time and put energy into providing the adventure of Scouting to young people across Flintshire.  This petition is to express deep concern at Flintshire County Council decision to charge business rates against the Scout groups in Flintshire and to ask them to reconsider that decision.  The Scout Association is a not for profit organisation that is a key volunteer organisation providing essential skills and opportunities for the young people of the local area, including very likely someone you know, past, present and future. We have been informed that the decision has been taken due to them withdrawing funding relief for charitable sector organisations from 2017 onwards in order to save the council money. It is a decision taken by Flintshire County Council in 2017 to charge business rates on the Scout groups in Flintshire even though their own publications on the matter state that they would ordinarily not do so as the Scout Groups meet the criteria for 100% discretionary rate relief.  Section 47 of the LGFA 1988 permits the billing authority to grant discretionary rate relief. This was amended by the Localism Act 2011 section 69 from 1 April 2012, which removed the previous restrictions of discretionary relief to only apply to charities and other organisations of prescribed types.  The billing authority may make a decision to grant relief, if it is satisfied that it would be reasonable to do so, having regard to the interests of the council taxpayers. If you believe that supporting Scouting UK as an organisation is in the interest of council taxpayers and the local community,  please support this petition to request that the council reverses its decision to remove the rate relief on the business rates charges against the Scout groups in Flintshire. Scouting in the UK: The Scout Association  is a non-profit making body, and; Scout Groups are wholly for charitable, philanthropic and religious purposes, and concerned with education, social welfare, and the development of young people; and the Scout Groups property is used wholly for these purposes by each Scout Group. Furthermore, the Scout Groups always exercise due diligence in ensuring their premises have no negative impact on the local community.   The Scout Association and the Scout groups in Flintshire in particular contributes to our local community:- “Scouting is fun with a purpose, directed towards helping boys and girls become happy, healthy, useful citizens.   Scouting is all about building confidence and self-esteem, learning important life skills and leadership skills, team building, outdoor adventure, education, and fun! Scouts learn how to make good choices and to take responsibility for their actions so that they are prepared for their adult life as independent people.  The mission of Scouting is to contribute to the education of young people, through a value system based on the Scout Promise and Law, to help build a better world where people are self-fulfilled as individuals and play a constructive role in society. Scouting changes lives by offering 6 to 25-year-olds fun and challenging activities, unique experiences, everyday adventure and the chance to help others so that we make a positive impact in communities. Scouts helps children and young adults reach their full potential. Scouts develop skills including teamwork, time management, leadership, initiative, planning, communication, self-motivation, cultural awareness and commitment. We help young people to get jobs, save lives and even change the world.” If you think that Flintshire County Council should not be taxing a volunteer organisation, the Scout Association at all.  If you feel that it is just unacceptable and does not reflect the views of the community.  If you feel that it does not reflect well of Flintshire County Council.  If you feel that It is not in the best interests of the community and is not what I want your council to do, regardless of the current financial pressure.  Please sign the petition.   Please help us to get Flintshire County Council to consider reversing the decision to charge business rates against Scouting in Flintshire.  Thank you.  

Flintshire Scouts
10,532 supporters
Started 3 months ago

Petition to UK Parliament

Gov. should abandon removing refuges from the welfare system

This petition acts to draw attention to significant concerns about the Government’s plans to remove refuges and other forms of short-term supported housing from the welfare system. We feel this proposal will further endanger the safety and lives of women and children seeking to escape domestic abuse. 
Currently, Housing Benefit makes up around 50% of the revenue refuges rely on. If Housing Benefit entitlement is removed for those in refuges, it will mean vulnerable women fleeing abusive partners will not be able to pay for their accommodation using housing benefit - the last guaranteed source of income available to refuges. 
In October 2017, a document was published by the Department of Work and Pensions and Department for Communities and Local Government, ‘Funding Supporting Housing’. Proposals contained in this document state that instead of being able to use housing benefit to fund refuges, a ‘ring-fenced’ grant to councils for short-term supported housing would be given. 
However, the majority of women (77.6% in 2015) in refuges come from outside the authority, having left their original home in order to escape the perpetrator. If these reforms proceed, we are concerned that this will result in a postcode lottery of domestic abuse support services, with further refuge closures who provide such an invaluable service, and more women and children being turned away from the lifesaving support they offer when escaping domestic abuse and violence. 
It takes incredible courage for a person to leave an abusive relationship. Two women continue to be killed by a partner or ex-partner every week in the UK. Research by Women’s Aid found 94 women with 90 children were turned away from refuge services in just one day in 2016, meaning there is an absolute demand for this service. 
We ask that the Government reconsiders and abandons its plans to remove refuges and other forms of short-term supported housing from the welfare system. 
This Government should be working to find a long-term and sustainable funding solution for refuges across the country, who provide an invaluable service for so many women and children in need.

Lily Madigan
731 supporters