Petition to London School of Economics
Remove Anti-homelessness bars from LSE Benches!
We are students of the London School of Economics and we have started this petition to convince our university to remove anti-homelessness bars on our benches. LSE’s mission statement claims to work towards the "betterment of society", but the implementation of anti-homeless benches outside the library is anything but. These new benches, which are interrupted by armrests, prevent rough sleepers from resting there. This does nothing to stop rough sleeping; it merely attempts to hide it from view and to make life harder for people who are homeless. We wholeheartedly reject the university’s decision to prioritise how the university looks over the shelter of the most vulnerable in our society. The number of rough sleepers in England has increased by 73% over the last three years and a quarter of these rough sleepers, around 1,140 per night, are located in London. As a university which claims to care about alleviating inequality and addressing social and economic challenges, it is outrageous that LSE would install these benches designed to exclude vulnerable populations. We therefore call on LSE to: Remove the new benches with dividing arm rests outside the library and replace them with benches on which an individual can lie down and rest. Take action to support local rough sleepers without putting anyone at risk, such as by installing benches like those in Vancouver which become shelters for those in need at night. We hope that if enough people sign this petition not only can we convince LSE to remove these bars, but that we can send a strong message to the whole country that the public will not stand for anti-homelessness architecture. This could set an example which stops other institutions from taking this action in the future. So, please support us in calling on LSE to remove these anti-homelessness bars by signing this petition.
Petition to UK Parliament
Re-open empty Army Barracks for Homeless Ex Serviceman
Please everyone sign this. There are ex servicemen on our streets. The Army Barracks are sitting empty not being used! If they open them, they will have a roof over there head somewhere safe to sleep, they can maintain the up keep and anyone suffering with stress disorder can help eachother. No one who served for our country deserves to be failed by the system
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.
Petition to Tim O'Toole, Philip Rutnam
Make Spelthorne Zone 6 (Ashford, Staines, Sunbury, Shepperton)
Being so close to Britain's largest airport and many attractions such as Thorpe Park, classing these stations outside the Zones has made fares expensive and fines frequent. As the population of London grows, so must the Zone areas. Please include these stations, within the M25, in Zone 6. Policing and fining of unsuspected passengers/tourists would also decrease. There are many stations not in 'London' which are included in the Zones so there is no reason why our stations aren't included.
Petition to EU Parliament, FRENCH GOVERNMENT, Irish Central Bank
EU & French Government:
Justice for Hood-winked Owners of French Leaseback Properties
Justice is needed for people who were mis-sold French Leaseback properties with invalid promises, mis-leading marketing and mis-information. People bought these properties at high prices as they came with leases that promised: guaranteed rents from operator maintenance taken care by operator have their property back at the end of the lease refund of VAT (TVA) by French government (normally payable on a new build) The reality for many has been: co-erced into signing new leases with reduced rent (under threat of VAT clawback by French government) by operators who cannot/will not pay rent delayed, diminished or no rents paid by operator - operators going into receivership leaving owners stranded little or no maintenance by operator a lease that goes on forever in French law (a situation not referred to in the lease that owners signed) at least unless potentially huge eviction compensation is paid by the owner to get his property back French courts that are slow, expensive and unsympathetic high charges and taxes than were never mentioned in marketing and advertising lease terms ignored by operator / unco-operative operators who use the leased properties as a revenue stream with no regard for owners re-sale either impossible or value now fraction of purchase price The conclusions are that they were mis-sold and there is inadequate consumer protection both at EU level and at national level. The properties could never have achieved the rental yields (often 5%) used in marketing and stated in leases in order to sell them at inflated prices. In fact, the only reason they were given 'leaseback' status was because they were in areas that were un-developed for tourism. The marketing was misleading about the nature of the property and that of a French 'commercial lease' and also the taxes and charges that would be due. The properties equate to a 'financial product' since the lease is a fundamental part of the deed of sale and the legal status of the property (part of a Résidence du Tourisme). Goals We are calling on the EU Parliament to regulate effectively (in a similar way to the Directive on Timeshare properties), and to make this retrospective in order to protect consumers not just going forward but for those of us already caught up in the nightmare. We are calling on the French government to respond effectively, so that issues outlined above with French Leaseback properties are resolved. We are calling on the Irish Central Bank - Director of Consumer Protection - to regulate those selling such 'investment properties' in order to protect Irish consumers going forward. Similarly for UK owners. If the operator fails to pay rent and the owner cannot pay the French mortgage, the property can be re-possessed and fire-sold by French bank, and the owner may be pursued in Ireland for balance - peoples family homes are put at risk !! Owners, already hugely financially compromised by this, need to be able to get back our properties without further payments to operators or French government. For further information see Justice for French Leaseback Owners
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.
Petition to Minister Eoghan Murphy, Joe MacGrath
Finish Glencree, Newport, Tipperary
https://goo.gl/maps/EKmLeLog2Aq Residents in Glencree Newport are left angry and frustrated due to unfinished Estate. Glencree housing estate was originally built in 2003 where the majority of properties were sold off-plan. Such plans portrayed an idyllic setting displaying manicured green spaces, driveways, roads and street lighting. Plans to include 18 townhouses and a state of the art crèche at the entrance to the estate have never materialised. For those residents who have purchased homes, their reality is an entirely different picture. A number of residents have young families and said that it is fast becoming a nightmare scenario. To date there has been no satisfactory action taken by Singland Homes Ltd., to finish the Glencree Estate. Residents are appealing to Eoghan Murphy, T.D. Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government to take action as the appalling, unfinished condition of the housing estate is putting lives at risk and hampering the social development of the local community. One resident described it as an absolute eyesore and is affecting normal daily living for young families. Another described the metal fencing surrounding the housing estate as unsightly and unacceptable. Residents are infuriated by the dilapidated Porto cabins, unused building materials and an out-building which remain inside the fencing. Many expressed concern that the footpath surfaces to the main Newport to Thurles road are unfinished and hazardous, forcing people off the paths onto the main road, particularly during heavy rainfall. Residents explained that traffic coming from the Thurles direction is immediately met with what now looks like a run-down estate and are outraged by the fact that their homes are becoming inequitable and say this is having a serious effect on their lives. Residents have been let-down by local T.D.s and Counsellors and feel strongly that Tipperary County Council and politicians have failed them. Residents are seeking support from local business owners and the local community as the unfinished entrance devalues the locality of Newport and not just the estate of Glencree. Residents are now appealing to Minister Eoghan Murphy, to take swift action. They are demanding that their quality of life is restored and say that this is not what they bought into and is not what they envisaged for their family lives in Glencree 14 years later. It has also come to our attention that the developer is planning on building in Limerick in the near future after leaving us in an unfinished estate!!! Please sign and share our petition and help give us a voice. This petition is run independently of Glencree Residents Association
Petition to Theresa May, Jeremy Corbyn, Nicola Sturgeon, Leader Liberal Democrats, Leanne Wood Leader Plaid Cymru
Call for Edna's Law and a public inquiry into whistle-blowing
We call for: 1. Edna's Law to replace the Public Interest Disclosure Act which has failed to protect the public, the victims or the whistle-blowers. 2. A public inquiry into whistle-blowing in all sectors, ie including social care, construction, finance, education, local authorities, police, civil service, transport, military, NHS. We want it to expose wrongdoing and hold individuals and institutions to account for past cases of cover-ups and victimisation of whistle-blowers, and to recognise and compensate those who suffered detriment for doing the right thing. EDNA'S LAW: Would make it a criminal offence to fail to act on the genuine concerns of a whistle-blower and would hold individuals accountable. The wrongdoing would be made public in a criminal court and corrective action would be taken. Edna's Law would put the victims of silence first and would protect the protectors who report wrongdoing. The State would prosecute and uphold the public interest (instead of expecting the whistle-blower to become a legal expert in order to represent themself effectively at an employment tribunal against experienced barristers). Edna's Law would be a deterrent because it would create strong case law precedents. The whistle-blower would be a protected witness. It would be a criminal offence to harm a genuine whistle-blower. Bad companies and organisations would be held to account, resulting in real culture change. The whistle-blower would be compensated for loss of trust and loss of employment. NB this does not mean "rewards or bounties" as some organisations want - we simply want proper compensation for losses incurred because you can never put a price on human life or suffering. eg Would the life or suffering of a vulnerable child or adult be "worth" less than a banking loss? NO. A genuine whistler doesn't stand around thinking "How much will I get for reporting this?" and to suggest "rewards or bounties" is grossly insulting. A law that protects whistle-blowers protects us all, and that is what Edna's Law would do. Together we can break the shameful chain of complacency, ignorance, denial and silence so please sign and share this petition now. Here are just a few well-known cases of deaths and serious harm which were ALL preventable if whistleblowers had been listened to or if others had not been too scared to speak up: Gosport, Mid Staffs, Bristol Babies, Jimmy Savile, Piper Alpha, Clapham train crash, Herald of Free Enterprise, Rotherham, Hammersmith Radiology. Imagine how much suffering could have been avoided if only someone had come forward years ago to tell the truth about various major cases now going through public inquiries and legal proceedings. All these are well documented but many more cases never make the news. Edna’s Law will break that silence. The reality for whistle-blowers includes harassment, physical assault, suspension, false counter-allegations, dismissal, loss of income, unemployment, ill-health, high legal fees, months or years of stress, loss of homes, broken relationships and family break-ups. Their relatives, even young children and terminally ill relatives, have been targeted for indirect reprisals at school and in healthcare. That shameful fact shows how low some will go to retaliate against those who speak up. All that is bad enough - but no action is taken on the wrongdoing or risks, which continue unchecked, covered up by employers, regulators and employment tribunals. Other workers see this and decide it is safer to stay silent so the cycle of wrongdoing continues. PIDA cases are said to be "an employment issue" so the employment tribunals may reject evidence claiming it is not relevant, even though the whistleblower's reported concerns clearly relate to the public interest. Would YOU report wrongdoing or risks if you knew what the consequences would be for you and your family? And if you knew that the law would not protect you? And if it still wouldn't stop the wrongdoing or risk anyway? Please sign the petition now to stop needless suffering and risk. The alternative would be to do nothing and just wait for the inevitable news of the next case of avoidable harm or death - which might affect YOU or your loved ones. People are suffering and dying today, and others being harmed or put at risk (even though they may not know it) because whistle-blowers are ignored and victimised and others are too scared to speak up. This affects everyone. Which will you choose? Please sign now. We hope we have already convinced you to sign. If you need more detailed information before you sign, please read on..... Background details and examples: Edna's Law is based on evidence from the first 1500 whistle-blowers who contacted Compassion In Care This has now increased to over 5000 who all confirm the need for this law. The evidence has already been given to many Government ministers and MPs. Please ask your MP about Edna's Law. Edna was a defenceless elderly lady with no family. She died after terrible abuse in a BUPA care home even though it had been reported by no less than SEVEN care workers to Des Kelly. He was not at arm’s length, he was directly involved as the decision maker and the whistleblowers gave him personally the evidence in a formal meeting with the prescribed regulator under PIDA. Des Kelly also heard it afterwards in a court as he sat through every day of the employment tribunal of the BUPA7, as they became known. He rose to become "Sir Des Kelly OBE" and an advisor to the Government and CQC on elderly care, and head of the National Care Forum and on DEMOS. We often refer to him because all the evidence is available on what he did, there is no "grey area" or room for interpretation, it is all documented fact in the public domain. Shocking documents are continuing to come to light and will be published in the near future. All those who have harboured him will also be held to account. He is just one of many wrongdoers who have never been held accountable for their actions and now hold senior positions - this is at the root of why whistleblowers are still victimised or ignored, because wrongdoers like Des Kelly escape accountability. The BUPA7 lost their jobs but the wrongdoing was not put right, the abusers continued abusing, and Edna died. Four years later it was revealed that people had continued to suffer in that home. Imagine how much preventable suffering that was. Failures in legal protection demonstrated by the BUPA7 case left a toxic legacy, because it told BUPA and other employers that they could get away with ignoring concerns and victimising whistleblowers in spite of the Public Interest Disclosure Act which had just come in at that time. This sent a strong message to other workers to stay silent for fear of ending up unemployed like the BUPA7. PIDA failed the BUPA7 and it still fails today's whistleblowers as comments on this petition demonstrate. Employment tribunals hear PIDA cases but have no power to make sure problems are put right - so whistle-blowers lose their jobs and still the wrongdoing and risks they reported continue unchecked. The 2015 Francis Review and the new National Guardian will do nothing to protect whistleblowers or encourage anyone else to raise concerns because the recommendations rely on policies, procedures, employers and regulators – which include the very same people who have “got away with” cover-ups, ignoring concerns, and victimising whistle-blowers for many years. The Francis "Freedom to Speak Up" review in 2015 was an expensive public relations sham, and held no wrongdoers to account. We say it never intended to and here is why: Robert Francis is on the CQC, which has invited Des Kelly's input even though Des Kelly had ignored seven whistleblowers and had deliberately put an abuser in at least three BUPA care homes. The CQC has ignored multiple whistle-blowers, eg the abuse at Winterbourne View and Old Deanery, and many more. Is that so surprising when they have included in their press releases a significant contribution from Des Kelly, the man who could have prevented Edna’s death but chose not to? Instead he deliberately gave Edna’s worst abuser access to other defenceless people to torment. Compassion In Care and Private Eye joint investigations have proved that the CQC lied and misled the public for many years but no-one was held accountable. The CQC falsely claimed it had closed 100 care homes, an outright lie as it was only two. They have been complicit in re-registering care homes as "new" under slightly different names, but the same ownership, in order to hide bad inspection reports. Now the supposedly "independent" new National Guardian for the NHS is to be overseen by.....you guessed it......the CQC. It's like the story of The Emperor's New Clothes - the evidence, in this case of wrongdoing and complicity, is there in plain sight for all to see, but most are scared to point it out or just can't believe what they see. But Robert Francis and many others in Parliament and the care sector know it is true because we have presented the evidence. Many are "Guilty By Association", because by praising and harbouring wrongdoers, they are complicit in the wrongdoing. This isn't a fairy story. People are suffering right now so we're speaking up loud and clear that Edna's Law is needed to protect the public. Whistleblowing helplines paid for by employers can never be independent - they protect the employer, not the employee because they make their income by selling policies and procedures to employers so their loyalty is to their customer. After Mid-Staffs, Robert Francis spoke a lot about "changing the culture" but clearly it didn't work, because he was shocked by how many people told him they still felt unable to speak up. Many trusted the Francis Review and hoped it would be a turning point. But as whistle-blowers, we have already been failed by his “policies and procedures”and “Guardian” approach. We have been contacted by people in roles designated "whistleblower supporter" who then lost their own job after reporting concerns themselves. We know it doesn't work, it has never worked before and it can never work in future. We don't need any more expensive hot air about "changing the culture" - we need to change the reality and bring in Edna's Law. More than 900 callers rang Eileen's helpline after BBC Panorama "Behind Closed Doors" Thousands more calls/emails have come in since the Francis Review. Many of these whistleblowers still experience lasting detriment, so cannot put their names publicly to the petition yet, though a lot have left public comments on the petition which shows how widespread this is. You might ask "Why didn't they just speak up in their workplace?" But how can we expect workers to report wrongdoing when they have seen what happens to those who do? Would you? Please help us break the shameful silence and ensure accountability – by signing Edna’s Law now. Thank you. For more information: http://www.thewhistler.org/edna-s-law.html Edna's Law demonstration Breaking The Silence Parts 1, 2, 3 Part 4 is now in preparation. BBC Newsnight Hammersmith Radiology BBC Panorama - "Behind Closed Doors" Beyond the Facade - story of the BUPA 7 We are sending this to all party leaders so that we can continue building support for the long term change that is needed.