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Petition to lancashire county council

"LCC TALK ABSOLUTE SILAGE AND NOT GRASSROOTS FOOTBALL"

Once again Lancashire County Council has decided to deprive an already struggling and needy Town of more GREEN SPACE. Today during a telephone conversation I asked could they clarify their intentions of GLENBURN PLAYING FIELDS and I asked if the field could be maintained (GRASS CUT) so that we the SKEM MEN-ACES a football club for adults with a learning disability could continue to train in a safe environment along with other community clubs and the general public. The reply frankly had me so shocked, enraged and yes brought me to tears.      I was told that they were trying to discourage people from using Glenburn field and that regular maintenance was not an option. When I asked why you would leave a huge and well-used field like Glenburn to become overgrown I was utterly astounded to be told that a local farmer will put a tractor on it every few months and use the mown grass as SILAGE. The Skem Men-Aces have trained on this ground like many other clubs since 2010. It is a central location for most of our lads, easy travel routes and a place that they love to train on. Why would LCC want to discourage people using Glenburn field? For me, the answer is simple, so that they can eventually say that it is not being used and so It can be used for future developments. Please let me assure you that this is not just about the Skem Men-Aces it's about once again kicking Skelmersdale in the teeth and letting this amazing community just make do. PLEASE  sign my petition and help me and our community to show LCC that this is totally unacceptable and that we as a community will simply not allow it to happen. Thank you.   

carl eaton
131 supporters
Started 3 days ago

Petition to Martin Gannon

Gateshead Council should provide free school transport for young people with SEND

We disagree with the method that that Gateshead local authority and council are using to save money. As part of their money saving strategies they have withdrawn funding for home-school taxis for some young people with SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities).  Many young people with SEND attend specialist schools or colleges that are suited to supporting their particular needs. Often these schools are not within their local catchment area and they must travel significant distances each day to access the most suitable educational provision for them.  Historically, young people with SEND have been provided with free home-school transport should they require it. The problem is that Gateshead Council are now asking some families to arrange and pay for their child's transport.  The council choose who must pay by judging who is capable of travelling independently using generalisations about disabilities rather than looking at the specific facts surrounding an individual’s needs.  Although classed as 'ambulant', many young people have hidden disabilities such as Autism, Mental health difficulties such as anxiety or learning difficulties like Dyslexia or processing difficulties. All these conditions can make independent travel a terrifying experience for some of these vulnerable young people.  Independent travel must be introduced at the right time for the individual - not when the council deems it appropriate. Furthermore, if the organisation and payment of transport is placed on the families of these young people, life is made even more difficult for families who already face many day-to-day challenges. For parents who have children at a mainstream and special school it will be problematic to get both children to school on time. This could put a lot of pressure on parents and affect both children’s education. Likewise parents worry about the cost of getting their child or children to school if they have to pay for buses or taxis. In addition we believe it is short-sighted of the council to introduce a policy that could increase traffic and pollution which in turn will increase the need to spend money on road infrastructures and health. Therefore we are urging Gateshead Council to discuss the SEND transport policy again as soon as possible and find a way to support vulnerable young people and their families who already facing great difficulties.

Fair Transport Gateshead
128 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Penny Mordaunt, Damian Hinds, Lord Freud, Damian Green, Theresa May MP

Large companies create work from home jobs to allow ill/disabled opportunity to work.

Everyone in the disabled community is acutely aware of the massive upheaval to welfare reform. Our government is doing everything in its power to 'help' the sick and disabled back to work. It so it claims. But is it really?  Cutting benefits and imposing sanctions only serves to instil fear and stress upon a community that could really do without it. Work related interviews, support back to work etc. is all well and good; but only if the job is suitable for the person who is being forced into it.  It is my belief that rather than forcing ill and disabled people into 'regular' jobs that are completely unsustainable; our government should put rules in place to ensure all companies with a workforce of over 1000 employs at least 1% of its staff in entirely home working positions. With all the benefits afforded to those working outside the home, including minimum hourly wage, holidays and pension credits. Preferably these positions would be flexible hours if possible, to give us optimum opportunity to work and also maintain our health.  Of course many disabled people are still not going to be in a position to work. But for those of us that are physically and mentally able, this would actually be a genuine way our government could help us. The press loves to portray the disabled community as lazy scroungers who choose to take from the state. But that is not the case. Most of us miss working, we suffer a deep sense of depression in not being able to provide for ourselves. This could be a relatively 'easy fix'. Initially there may well be logistical hurdles and financial layout for the companies. But overall this would likely save them money. Many positions, from telephonists through to corporate, could easily be undertaken at home. Particularly with all the new technologies on the market. Companies would have a whole new market of talented and determined people available to them. People who still have such a lot to give. Not to mention the money they could save on premises etc.  This petition won't only help us as a disabled community. It would be of benefit to stay at home parents. Carers. Anyone who isn't able to work in the 'conventional' manner. It's not about giving us as a community an unfair advantage. We don't need jobs created specifically for us, we need EQUAL opportunities. For us to truly have that, there has to be jobs available that we could excel in. The opportunity to work from home is the opportunity to excel.  People may do that there are work from home positions already. Indeed there are. But they are hard to find. There's network marketing. Commission based sales. Agency work. But very few jobs provide the benefits of working in a 'standard' job. No hourly wage, holidays, pension. That's what we need to change. That's why we need more positions in the home. The technology is ready and waiting, we just need to use it!  So please, join me in this. With this small change our government could actually do something to genuinely help not only us as a disabled community, but many others too. 

Jennie Smales
116 supporters