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Petition to Ros Jones, Chris McGuiness, Pat Hagan

Stop Doncaster's 'law against everything' Protect buskers. Don't criminalise the homeless

Under highly controversial new powers sought by Doncaster Council and described by as a way of 'improving' the town centre it could soon become a criminal offence to busk, sleep rough with or without a tent, be annoying in the opinion of a council officer and even to stand around or touch parking equipment.  Doncaster's proposal to introduce a wide-ranging Public Space Protection Order would create a litany of nebulous and petty new criminal offences that overwhelmingly target the most vulnerable and marginalised members of the community.  Under these proposals 15 year old musical prodigy Alfie Sheard, whose viral video taken when busking in Doncaster was seen by millions and led him to an appearance on the Ellen show in LA, would have been committing a criminal offence punishable by a fine of up to £1000 for 'Requesting money, donations or goods, including through placing of hats, clothing or containers'  The new powers would also give police and council officials the power to BAN people from the town centre whose behaviour they believed to be likely to cause nuisance or annoyance, a test so subjective and wide-ranging it could affect nearly everybody. Whilst the council claim that the new powers are designed to help vulnerable people engage with services, the likely effect of the order would be to impose punitive fines and criminal records upon highly vulnerable people with a wide range of complex social needs. The police and the council already have a wide range of existing powers that can be used to target genuinely antisocial behaviour without bringing in new powers that are so open to misuse and misinterpretation. The Keep Streets Live Campaign is a not for profit organisation which advocates for public spaces which are open to informal offerings of art and music and other community uses, and opposes the criminalisation of homelessness. We have campaigned against and obtained changes to PSPOs that would have criminalised the vulnerable in Chester and Oxford and worked with local authorities across the UK to advocate for policies that support a vibrant and inclusive street culture. We are asking Doncaster Council to rethink these proposals, which, if implemented, could lead to a damaging erosion of everyday freedoms in the public spaces of the town with a disproportionate effect upon the most vulnerable. Please take a moment to complete the public consultation and share your concerns with Doncaster Council.  

Keep Streets Live Campaign
40 supporters
Update posted 11 hours ago

Petition to Human Rights Campaign, Theresa May MP, Jeremy Corbyn MP, Birmingham City Council

Let my son be with his family

Where to begin. First and foremost Birmingham Children's Services have themselves stated my son has NEVER come to ANY harm in the care of his mother/myself. My son was placed on a child protection register at birth due to me having convictions for violence 4 years previous, he was kept on child protection aged 3 months due to the fact he was "a very advanced baby" and this "may have led his mother to expect to much of him which might cause significant emotional harm". From July 2014-September 2014 my son , his mother and myself lived a happy peaceful life the days were spent loving,nurturing and enjoying our cheery,happy perfect baby ,however we made the grave error of reporting the fact social worker NADINE REDSHAW was turning up clearly intoxicated and had pictures on her Facebook of her friends babies drinking cans of carling, after that Children's Services embarked upon a smear campaign with the aim of stealing our son for adoption. We were branded "bizarre and paranoid" for refusing to strip our son naked in front of a room full of 10/12 strangers, his mother was labelled as "having a learning difficulty she struggled with" - she has genius level IQ (Children's services declined her offer to take an IQ test), we were branded "tremendously defiant" for refusing to sign our son over to my abusive mother , his mother simply asking for the law to be adhered to meant she had "personality difficulties" and quiet unbelievably our next door neighbours were asked to sign a statement "telling a little white lie" - the "little white lie" being that my son's mother had gone out and left our son in the house unsupervised. Back in December 2014 my son was illegally and viciously seperated from his mother by Birmingham Children's Services and my own mother who has a history of abusing children. 2 days before Christmas his mother went to collect him only to have my own mother refuse to hand him over whilst screaming PPO (police protection order) at my son's mother so his mother rung the police to retrieve our son only for the social worker SYEDA TAHERAH AHMED to lie to the police and claim my mother had custody. The reason Social Services gave for so brazenly breaking the law was "the child may be harmed" due to the fact that his mother and myself had had a verbal disagreement when our son wasnt in our care. His mother wanted to take our son to her fathers home in a different city without me. She kept trying to get our son back for the same thing to keep happening until we were taken to court. My mother made up a pack of lies to try and keep our son for herself. Social Services advocated for her relentlessly and the courts put our son in the care of this woman despite the fact at the time she was under police investigation for serious child abuse allegations perpetrated against her own children (me). Thankfully an independent social worker highlighted what a danger this woman was and my son was removed. Me and his mother PASSED a parenting assessment, we proved all allegations against us to be lies and his mother offered to take our son upon him being returned to her care to live at her fathers home away from myself (the "problem"). However Children's services decided to press for adoption due to facts we are still unsure of. At the Final Hearing the social worker was proven to have lied repeatedly about his mother and so had the guardian ELAINE BENNETT. After a 5 day hearing and a 2 week wait we were told our son would be placed for adoption due to the fact his mother had "drawn a malicious picture" of the social worker and because his mother had asked the social worker SYEDA TAHERAH AHMED and manager RUTH EVELYN HILL to apologise for the fact she had been told she could not care for him as a vunerable single parent. Barbara Carter of Barbara Carter Solicitors was the judge behind this scandalous decision she made findings on things his mother was not even questioned about,falsely claimed my sons mother accepted threshold and felt it appropriate to describe him as 'a very attractive baby to adopters' (one of the reasons the order was given according to Barbara Carter). Legal Aid solicitors CARTWRIGHT KING and BLAIR ALLISON colluded with BCS to remove our son for 'potential risk of emotional harm'. My son has until March to be rescued from the clutches of strangers, strangers who follow a completely different religion to him, strangers who are ripping a child from a loving mother to help fill a void in there own lives. My son is not your baby to have, He has a family who love and want him, he is the centre of the whole family and without him it is pointless. His mother says her home feels like someone has died without him in it. He doesn't deserve to be punished for my actions, his mother doesn't deserve to be punished because of my actions and he definitely doesn't need ripping from his family until he is 18 for things his mother "may or may not do" based on MY past. His mother due to Birmingham Family Courts decision to refuse to process her appeals for some unknown reason now has to wait to oppose the adoption order. Enough signatures will get my son's voice heard and just maybe if his voice is heard loud enough he might just might be returned to where he belongs and the courts might stop ignoring applications put before them and see justice done. If the family courts weren't secret he would have NEVER been removed. I quote Paul Pennington-Wilson (independent social worker) : "The parents present as loving parents who's lives revolve around their son" and finally i quote judge Barbara Carter "the mother is clearly a very bright,intelligent,engaging and fiesty young woman with much to offer those around her including her son." Tom Latimer

Tom Latimer
6,502 supporters
Update posted 1 day ago

Petition to Sue Powell Simon Stevens NHS CEO (Islingon Manager LD), Nhs islington NHS England Simon Stevens, Simon Galczynski .... Simon Stevens NHS England., David Cameron MP, Ed Miliband

Bring my son Stephen home & care for him in our community #bringstephenhome

My son Stephen is 19 years old. I love him to bits but right now I am desperately worried for him. He has autism and finds it hard to communicate. For over a year now he has been living in a unit at St Andrew’s Hospital, Northampton, which is 80 miles from our home in London. He has learning difficulties but he is being kept under the mental health act at a psychiatric unit, with patients much older and with a range of different conditions. He has the sweetest smile but since he has been there I haven’t seen it once. It's not the right place for him - even his consultant agrees he should not be on the mental health register and should be moved somewhere more suitable. We have to travel miles each weekend to see him and sometimes we only see him for a few minutes, sometimes we travel all the way to see him, only to be told that we are not allowed a visit. And other times he has been put on so many drugs he just falls asleep. It's is heartbreaking to have to leave Stephen there. He is covered in bruises and has gashes all over his head from where he has hit himself from being anxious. Right now the local authority is reviewing where to place Stephen. They want to move him to another hospital in Colchester but that won't solve anything. We want Stephen to have a better quality of life; to be able to spend time outdoors, to be around his family more often. Ideally we want Stephen to live with us as a family with the support of carers. He should also be taken off the the mental health register, so he has more freedom for how he lives his life. Other families who have loved ones with autism have successfully fought to have them live in homes with specialist carers near loved ones. And the Government made promises that people with autism and other learning difficulties should be cared for in their communities with the help of their families but this promise is being broken for Stephen. Stephen is being let down by the institutions that are meant to be caring for him - locked up in a hospital and lost to a system that wants to tick boxes instead of care for my son. Stephen deserves to be allowed to live a life in safe place with carers who understand his needs and surrounded by people that love him. Please sign my petition and help my family but most of all help my son.

Stephen S A M
29,995 supporters