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Update posted 11 hours ago

Petition to The Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP for Bromsgrove, Rt. Hon. Nick Hurd MP

Grant Police Widows Pensions for Life - Don't Make Them Choose Between Future Happiness and Pensions

My husband Colin was a police dog handler and served with the West Midlands Police for 21 years. On Sunday 29th November 1987, he was dispatched with a number of his colleagues to deal with a disturbance; having performed this duty Colin suffered a heart attack and died at the scene – he was 40 years old.  At 24 I found myself a widow, and our 4 year old daughter Kelly lost her best friend in the world.  In 2001 I was faced with a very difficult decision: to keep my police widows' pension, or move in with my partner; although I could ill afford to lose the money living apart was becoming intolerable. Our financial lives have been a roller coaster ride since then but we have been happy. 2006 saw Police Pension Regulations change for new entrants and serving officers eligible to transfer to the new scheme. Should the most awful thing happen, they know that their survivors' benefits are now payable for life, irrespective of whether they remarry or form a new partnership. Changes have also taken place in Northern Ireland: 'Following a change to the Royal Ulster Constabulary Pension Regulations 1988, widows whose widows’ pension ceased on remarriage under the RUC Pension Regulations 1988 will now have their widows pension reinstated from 1 July 2014. For those of us forever overshadowed by the 1987 Police Pension Regulations, we have been told by the government - that in order to make public service pensions affordable for the tax payer, we will not be able to keep our pensions for life should we remarry or cohabit, and those of us who have already chosen love over money will not have our pensions reinstated. They say that the financial cost is too great.  I think that you will agree that our husbands have already paid the ultimate price and given value for money in serving and dying within their communities. If you agree, and think that all police widows should keep their pensions for life – then please sign this petition. Thank you. Cathryn L. Hall Update As a direct result of this campaign the Police (Injury Benefit) Regulations 2006) were amended; the amendment came into force January 18th 2016. The widows, widowers and civil partners of police officers killed in the line of duty and covered by the 1987 Police Pension Regulations, will now receive their pensions for life if they were in receipt of a special or augmented pension and remained unmarried and were not living with a partner by 1st April 2015. The survivors of firefighters killed on duty will also benefit from these changes. On October 5th 2015 the Scottish Government announced the same amendment to the pensions paid to the survivors of police officers and firefighters killed in the line of duty in Scotland. Scotland differs from England and Wales in that the survivors who were entitled to a special or augmented pension before they remarried or moved in with a partner - have had their pensions reinstated and back-dated to 1st October 2015. We continue to campaign for parity with the RUC widows in Northern Ireland and lifelong pensions for ALL police widows, widowers and civil partners.  

Cathryn Louise Hall
125,580 supporters
Update posted 3 days ago

Petition to Cecilia Malmstrom

Fighting causes for migration: Fair trade agreements with East Africa!

DE / EN “Economic refugees” - a term that can be found in many comment sections, but plays down the dramatic situation these refugees are in. They flee because they are unable to feed their children, because they don’t have a roof over their heads, because they cannot pay for medicine. Africans flee due to the devastating effects of poverty, because the Western world has been exploiting the continent for decades. And the next unjust trade deal between the EU and East Africa is already on its way.  That is the reason why I started this petition, together with the German organisation “Katholische Arbeitnehmer-Bewegung” (KAB). We demand that EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström stops the new Economic Partnership Agreement with the East African Community and starts establishing fair trade relations instead. My name ist Peter Niedergesäss, I am Secretary of Diocesan at KAB. I recently returned from a 3-week stay in Uganda, dedicated to visiting self-help projects that are endorsed by KAB. This year, the focus of said projects were vegetable, chicken-and dairy projects. The projects have improved the income situation greatly.   I am shocked that the EU keeps exploiting African countries. The planned Economic Partnership Agreement enables Europe to export agricultural products, subsidised for the EU common market, to East Africa for dumping prices. Examples of Economic Partnership Agreements with West African countries cause serious concern for East Africa. In Cameroon, yoghurt production is much more affordable with subsidised milk powder from Europe instead of domestic milk. This results in destruction of the local milk industry. In Ghana, chicken cuts like chicken wings are being imported from Europe for throw-away prices. The low-cost competition is destroying local chicken farming. The existence of East African farmers is being jeopardised. Local and regional markets are being crushed. This is how more and more causes for flight come up, and Africans become refugees. Dear Ms Malmström, put a stop to the Economic Partnership Agreement with the East African Community. Fulfil the wishes of the East African Community, as transmitted by Uganda’s president Museveni, and open a dialogue for fair trade deals instead. You need to ensure that East African farmers are not deprived of their existence, that food security and sovereignty of the people are guaranteed. The compliance with human rights by the East African governments and businesses needs to be ensured. Make sure that future trade relations between the EU and Africa contain binding agreements on commerce and sustainable development, including enforceable regulations in favour of enforcement of ILO labour standards, the most important environmental protection regulations and the Paris agreement. During my stay in Uganda, I experienced the lovable and kind nature of the East African people. They should matter to us. If we jeopardise their existence with unjust trade deals, they will soon be standing at our borders. More information on our campaign:

Peter Niedergesäss
62,682 supporters
Update posted 4 days ago

Petition to The Scottish National Party, HUMZA YOUSAF, Kenneth Gibson, Nicola Sturgeon, Stuart McMillan., Jeremy Corbyn MP, Michael Matheson


Caledonian MacBrayne are A World Leading Company, ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ With 199 Years Of Experience, Award Winning, Owned by Us, In The Public Sector, who Expertly Run LifeLine Ferry Services to The Scottish Islands and West Coast of Scotland, and based at Gourock, Inverclyde, Scotland, UK. They are constantly under threat of Process Privatisation, and having to use resourses to defend against the likes of serco, as they are at the moment.   Let us not forget what happened at NORTHLINK, Where Serco Unfairly Manipulated Themselves, into preferred bidder status, Taking Advantage, winning the contract, Then the problems started............ Let's Get NORTHLINK back.     We are calling for the SNP Government, Nicola, Humza,  Fiona and Alex.    To Ensure :::  Investment and Expansion of CALEDONIAN MACBRAYNE :::IE ::: EG ::: To Northern Ireland and The EU.::: And a return of Car Carrying to Dunoon Pier. THAT THE TENDERING PROCESS, POST EU, IS NOT NOW REQUIRED, AND THAT THIS NON SENSE IS SCRAPPED./.   Scottish Labour Party, Neil, Neil Bibby MSP, David, David Stewart MSP, Highlands and Islands, Support me in this, as well as Jeremy Corbyn, The New Labour Leader.  Also The Scottish Daily Record, and Daily Mirror. The Future Is Bright, The Future Is Caledonian MacBrayne~~~ We are building, and have built, and plan, fine ships for Caledonian MacBrayne   It is time to further recognise, and praise, All the Brilliant Work put in by the Multi- Award Winners, World Leading Ferry Company. Thank you. Please read The Shetland Times Article on what happened with the Northern Isles Boats, Appalling, Shocking Reading.  Thank you Everyone.

The Labour Party.
682 supporters