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economic justice

615 petitions

Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to Sadiq Khan

Save the Shepherd's Bush Market Businesses

Shepherd's Bush Market is one of London's long standing Markets, established in 1914. For over 100 years, the independent traders of Shepherds Bush Market have kept the open-air stalls and railway arches open for business, rain or shine. Famed for its broad offering of exotic foods, fabrics, jewellery, fashion and much more, all for good value, it is one of London's well loved and frequented markets.  Many of the businesses within this 100+ year old market are family-run, and have been passed down from generation to generation.  The SBMTA - Shepherd's Bush Market Tenants' Association have strived for many years to raise awareness to protect and secure this exceptional community of ethnically diverse, independent, and unique businesses. In 2014, Transport for London sold the market to redevelopers Orion Land & Leisure, for the development of a private block of 200+ luxury flats adjoining Shepherd’s Bush Market. In the 12 months that have followed, over 10% of the Market businesses have closed down, and the remaining businesses' livelihoods are being threatened. The redeveloper’s scheme is removing the tenants' security and forcing additional costs and liability onto the Market businesses. It is wrong that the Shepherd's Bush Market Businesses should be compromised. Please sign this petition to show your support for the SBMTA and the businesses of Shepherd's Bush Market, and help us in our battle to protect and preserve these valuable, long-standing, independent businesses.

SBMTA Shepherd's Bush Market Tenants' Association
11,589 supporters
Update posted 7 days 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 CathrynHall@outlook.com 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
127,631 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP

Lowering of Retirement Age for Front line Ambulance Staff from 67 to 60

Currently front line emergency ambulance staff have a retirement age of 67. Yet we do full rotating shifts which is proven to shorten your life. The job is both physically and mentally demanding involving carrying heavy equipment and patients up and down stairs, facing arduous circumstances on a daily basis. Often working outside in challenging circumstances and conditions. Recently a close colleague  retired at 63 after a 40 year career serving the public of London. Sadly he suddenly passed away 3 weeks later, leaving a partner 4 children, 9 grandchildren and a great grandson that was born just after he passed away. He had been very fit and healthy to this point and had not yet reached the official retirement age by nearly 3 years. Currently as legislation stands we in the ambulance service are treated the same as any other NHS employee with a retirement age of 67. I am calling for a reduction in the retirement age for front line staff from 67 to 60 to bring us more in to line with our colleagues in our partner emergency services . I also believe that due to the way our job has changed that this problem will be self resolving as most staff no longer have long careers within ambulance services. I want to see a change made before a colleague passes away on duty. This is a career choice and we should enjoy a life after retirement.

Matt Fisher
203,105 supporters