Closed petition Restrict people stockpiling and reselling items at inflated prices

Shut down any traders who are stockpiling items & then reselling at prices beyond recommended retail price during the coronavirus outbreak.

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See their stock forcibly reclaimed & redistributed back to local councils or charities to share/donate to those most in need.

There is growing social pressure to panic buy items in the face of self isolation. This is being exacerbated by people excessively bulk buying items resulting in empty shelves & pressure for consumers & staff. A number of these people are then profiteering from this at the expense of others by reselling the same items on at massively inflated prices.

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Petitions Committee questions Government on its response to coronavirus

Last week the Petitions Committee put some of the most popular questions from the public about coronavirus to the Government Minister for Schools, the Minister for Disabled People and the Deputy Chief Medical Officer. These included:

  • How long will schools be closed for and what will the impact be on exams and grades?
  • What financial support will be available for the self-employed?
  • What financial support will be offered to people who are unable to pay their rent or bills due to self-isolation or loss of work?
  • What support will be offered to the events, creative and hospitality industries now that pubs, clubs and cultural venues have been closed?
  • What clear, practical steps can people take to make sure they are following Government guidance on social distancing, household isolation and self-isolation?
  • Who is being tested and why, and will tests be made freely available to everyone?
  • What is the Government doing to ensure that everyone is getting the right information?

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Because of the large number of petitions that we continue to receive on coronavirus we have sent more questions to the Government to answer.

Read our letters to different Government Ministers:

Some of the questions we’ve asked include:

  • When will testing capacity will be increased; who will testing be available for and will it be free?
  • What is being done to tackle the spread of disinformation?
  • How quickly will support for self-employed people be made available?
  • What will happen to the school year? Will summer holidays be cancelled so that children can catch up?
  • How are foodbanks being supported to continue operating during the outbreak?
  • What is being done to address panic buying and prevent price hikes of key items?
  • Will trains, buses and flights continue to operate? For how long?

We’ll email you again to let you know when we get a response to these questions, and to let you know about any more action the Committee takes.

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Share your experiences of accessing food coronavirus outbreak

Have you struggled to get your weekly shop? Are you self-isolating or shielding and relying on deliveries or food parcels? Do you use a foodbank?  
A group of MPs called the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee would like to hear about your experiences of accessing food during the coronavirus outbreak.

You can share your experiences here:
They’d like to hear from you by 28 April. Your answers will help them to understand the issues people are facing and what questions MPs need to ask the Government. 
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 ### What is the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee?
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·         is run
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·         decides on its policies
It's a cross-party committee and is independent of the Government.
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