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705 petitions

  1. Make the NHS Pension scheme tax-unregistered

    Government responded – 10 August 2022

    The Government has no plans to make the NHS Pension Scheme a tax unregistered scheme. This would not benefit the vast majority of members, who would lose tax relief and a tax-free lump sum.

    11,244 signatures

  2. Do not require parents to register home educated children with local authorities

    Government responded – 8 August 2022

    The registers will help local authorities support home educating families; identify children not receiving a suitable education, children missing education, and children otherwise at risk of harm.

    10,901 signatures

  3. Overturn the decision to allow the use of neonicotinoid pesticides

    Government responded – 8 August 2022

    The use of neonicotinoids is prohibited other than via an emergency authorisation, in emergency circumstances, with strict conditions to mitigate risks to bees and other pollinators.

    11,074 signatures

  4. Save the bees: cut hazardous pesticides and support nature-friendly farming

    Government responded – 8 August 2022

    The Government is committed to developing and implementing policies that support sustainable crop protection with the minimum use of pesticides.

    14,182 signatures

  5. Review UK foreign policy in light of reports of Israeli apartheid

    Government responded – 5 August 2022

    The UK is committed to advancing the Middle East Peace Process. We are aware of these reports, and do not agree with the terminology used within them.

    14,112 signatures

  6. Protect and restore Britain’s lost rainforests

    Government responded – 5 August 2022

    The Government recognises the importance of temperate rainforests and will continue working to protect and restore these vital habitats.

    10,454 signatures

  7. Ban development on agricultural land to increase food self-sufficiency

    Government responded – 5 August 2022

    Government has committed to broadly maintaining current levels of food production. National planning policy sets a clear presumption away from developing high-quality agricultural land where possible.

    18,596 signatures

  8. Ban school uniforms in sex shops and pornography

    Government responded – 1 August 2022

    The Government does not intend to take this specific action at this time but remains firmly committed to preventing the sexualisation of children through the robust measures that are already in place.

    15,182 signatures

  9. Ensure student nurses are paid for placement hours

    Government responded – 1 August 2022

    The Government greatly values the contribution of student nurses. There are currently no plans to pay students while on their undergraduate nursing degree course’s mandatory clinical placement.

    12,801 signatures

  10. Extend the Leasehold Reform Act to ground rent on existing residential leases

    Government responded – 29 July 2022

    The Government remains committed to creating a fair housing system that works for everyone. We are taking forward a wide-ranging programme of reform to end unfair practices in the leasehold market.

    16,481 signatures

  11. Limit the shooting season of Woodcock

    Government responded – 27 July 2022

    Defra published a Nature Recovery Green Paper considering options for reforming protection to better support the recovery of species, such as woodcock. We are currently considering the next steps.

    21,513 signatures

  12. Fast-track access to benefits for terminally ill as soon as diagnosed

    Government responded – 25 July 2022

    The 12-month eligibility criteria improves access to benefits for those nearing the end of life and aligns with the NHS definition. All eligible benefit claims are paid as fast as possible.

    10,830 signatures

  13. Add Romanian to the Modern Languages GCSE

    Government responded – 22 July 2022

    It is for schools to decide which languages they teach as part of their curriculum, and for exam boards to consider which languages have sufficient demand for a GCSE to be made available.

    10,843 signatures

  14. Commission NICE to Review Guidelines on Chronic Pain (Published April 2021)

    Government responded – 21 July 2022

    NICE guidelines are evidence based and developed independently. NICE are clear that medicines should not be withdrawn from patients with chronic pain if they are safe and effective for them.

    11,403 signatures

  15. Fund the drug bevacizumab (Avastin) on the NHS to treat colorectal cancer

    Government responded – 21 July 2022

    Although NICE has not recommended bevacizumab for colorectal cancer, it has recommended a number of other medicines to treat colorectal cancer that are routinely available to NHS patients.

    18,606 signatures

  16. Increase the HMRC Mileage Rate from 45p/mile to 60p/mile

    Government responded – 20 July 2022

    The AMAP rate is advisory. Organisations can choose to reimburse more than the advisory rate, without the recipient being liable for a tax charge, provided that evidence of expenditure is provided.

    41,211 signatures

  17. Increase staffing to reduce waiting times for visas

    Government responded – 19 July 2022

    Staff have been surged from across our operations and other government departments to assist across a range of visa routes, including the Ukraine schemes.

    10,957 signatures

  18. Fund pay rise for police officers in line with inflation, plus 1%

    Government responded – 18 July 2022

    It is the role of the Police Remuneration Review Body to consider and make recommendations to the Government on the appropriate level of pay and allowances for police officers in England and Wales.

    67,197 signatures

  19. Set up an independent regulator to monitor and regulate vehicle fuel pricing

    Government responded – 12 July 2022

    Fuel is an important part of household expenditure. That is why the Government cut fuel duty and requested a review of competition in the market. That review will inform consideration of a watchdog.

    11,564 signatures

  20. End the UK’s membership of the World Health Organisation

    Government responded – 4 July 2022

    The Government believes the World Health Organization has a vital role in global health and views the International Health Regulations as important in protecting citizens from the spread of disease.

    21,556 signatures

  21. Prohibit 5G technology in the UK

    Government responded – 1 July 2022

    In relation to 5G, UKHSA has said that the exposure to radio waves is expected to remain low relative to international guidelines and, as such, there should be no consequences for public health.

    10,632 signatures

  22. Make people on disability benefits eligible for the £650 one off payment.

    Government responded – 1 July 2022

    6 million people in receipt of a qualifying disability benefit will receive a £150 payment in September. If they are in receipt of a qualifying benefit, they will also receive the £650 payment.

    20,003 signatures

  23. Require local authorities in England to permit motorcycles in bus lanes

    Government responded – 30 June 2022

    The Department already prescribes traffic signs that enable local authorities to allow motorcycles to use bus lanes during their hours of operation. Whether to do so is a decision for them.

    14,407 signatures

  24. Change legal definition of stillborn to include all delivered babies

    Government responded – 28 June 2022

    The Government recognises the tragedy of pregnancy loss and we are working to better understand what can be done for those who have lost a pregnancy through The Pregnancy Loss Review.

    17,000 signatures

  25. Stop the government's 'one way ticket' plan to send asylum seekers to Rwanda

    Government responded – 27 June 2022

    The Government is committed to tackling illegal migration and breaking the business model of evil people smuggling gangs. Rwanda is safe and secure, with a track record of supporting asylum seekers.

    12,374 signatures

  26. Negotiate re-entry to the Single Market

    Government responded – 24 June 2022

    Leaving the EU was the democratic wish of the British public. The Government is now focussed on implementing the Trade and Cooperation Agreement, ensuring it delivers for our citizens and businesses.

    12,967 signatures

  27. Review the euthanasia of animals in the UK and impose reporting requirements

    Government responded – 23 June 2022

    Existing vet requirements already protect animals from unnecessary euthanasia. There is no evidence of widespread unnecessary euthanasia requiring a government review or new reporting requirement.

    12,989 signatures

  28. Make it a legal duty to report when a dog attacks or kills a cat

    Government responded – 22 June 2022

    We recognise how painful it is to lose a pet and not know what happened. We will continue to work with local authorities to develop best practice to help reunite dead pets with their owners.

    14,182 signatures

  29. Automatically suspend PR rights of parent guilty of murdering the other parent.

    Government responded – 16 June 2022

    The court can limit the exercise of parental responsibility, if in the best interests of the child. In the most serious cases this can effectively amount to removing all parental powers and authority.

    129,411 signatures

  30. Ban the sale and use of artificial grass for residential properties

    Government responded – 16 June 2022

    The Government has no plans to ban the use of artificial grass.

    10,901 signatures

  31. Do not build two new prisons at Wethersfield Air Base

    Government responded – 15 June 2022

    The Government is undertaking the largest prison build programme in more than a century, one of the sites being considered is Wethersfield Air Base, a planning application has not yet been submitted.

    10,270 signatures

  32. Introduce independent body to enforce the ministerial code on ministers.

    Government responded – 15 June 2022

    The Government is accountable to Parliament and the British people. The Prime Minister issues and upholds the Ministerial Code in line with his position as head of Her Majesty’s Government.

    53,027 signatures

  33. Increase statutory maternity pay in line with cost of living crisis

    Government responded – 13 June 2022

    The Government has no plans to increase Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP). The standard rate of SMP is reviewed annually and is generally increased in line with CPI.

    26,481 signatures

  34. Exempt charities using IPAFFS from ban on importing animals from Eastern Europe

    Government responded – 8 June 2022

    Great Britain has suspended the commercial import of dogs, cats and ferrets from Belarus, Poland, Romania or Ukraine due to the potential risk to human and animal health and cases of non-compliances.

    18,072 signatures

  35. Increase benefits in line with current levels of inflation

    Government responded – 6 June 2022

    We are providing over £15bn of support for those with the greatest need. This is in addition to the £22bn announced previously, with support for the cost of living totalling over £37bn this year.

    12,781 signatures

  36. Introduce an "Ecological Damage Tax" on Astroturf Lawns / Artificial Grass

    Government responded – 31 May 2022

    There are no current plans to introduce a tax on artificial grass. The government keeps all tax policy under review.

    26,440 signatures

  37. Do not sign any WHO Pandemic Treaty unless it is approved via public referendum

    Government responded – 27 May 2022

    To protect lives, the economy and future generations from future pandemics, the UK government supports a new legally-binding instrument to strengthen pandemic prevention, preparedness and response.

    154,257 signatures

  38. Ban commercial breeding for laboratories. Implement reform to approve & use NAMs

    Government responded – 27 May 2022

    The use of animals in science supports the development of new medicines and the safety of our environment, for the benefit of humans and animals, and is only permitted when there are no alternatives.

    64,093 signatures

  39. Fund Evusheld the preventative COVID19 antibody for immunocompromised

    Government responded – 25 May 2022

    The Government recognises the concerns of immunocompromised people, and is actively exploring all available evidence on Evusheld in order to make decisions around its use in the UK.

    16,868 signatures

  40. Hold a referendum in Greater Manchester on removing the position of Mayor

    Government responded – 5 July 2022

    Removing the Mayor of Greater Manchester would cost taxpayers significantly. Local leadership is key to levelling up and we are negotiating new devolution deals – not removing those already in place.

    10,453 signatures

  41. Seek to rejoin the EU

    Government responded – 18 May 2022

    The UK has left the EU, fulfilling the Government’s manifesto commitment to take back control of our money, borders and laws. This was the democratically-expressed wish of the British public.

    11,756 signatures

  42. Do not reduce staff-child ratios in early years childcare

    Government responded – 17 May 2022

    We will consult in the summer on moving to the Scottish ratios for two-year-olds, from a ratio of 1:4 to 1:5. We will engage fully with the sector and parents/carers on this proposed change.

    67,249 signatures

  43. Make Graduate visa extendable and count towards permanent residency

    Government responded – 16 May 2022

    The Government does not support this proposal. The Graduate route allows eligible graduates to remain in the UK for up to 3 years, with the opportunity to switch into a route to permanent settlement.

    15,649 signatures

  44. Ensure Trans people are fully protected under any conversion therapy ban

    Government responded – 12 May 2022

    We will introduce a ban protecting everyone from attempts to change their sexual orientation. Recognising the complexity of issues we will consider the issue of transgender conversion therapy further.

    147,938 signatures

  45. Fund research into Topical Steroid Withdrawal (TSW)

    Government responded – 12 May 2022

    Adverse reactions from topical steroid withdrawal can occur following long-term or incorrect use of these medicines. The Government welcomes high-quality research to further understand this issue.

    14,327 signatures

  46. Give U.K. pensioners living abroad increases with parity as those in the U.K.

    Government responded – 10 May 2022

    There are no plans to change the policy. The Government continues to up-rate the State Pension where there is a legal requirement to do so.

    11,291 signatures

  47. Provide an energy grant to people with a disability or serious medical condition

    Government responded – 14 June 2022

    The Government will provide approximately six million people across the UK, who receive certain disability benefits, with a one-off payment of £150 in September 2022.

    15,715 signatures

  48. Require all public rights of way be accessible to pedestrians, horses & bicycles

    Government responded – 14 June 2022

    As local authorities already have responsibility for managing public rights of way for the benefit of users the Government feels it is not necessary to implement the changes set out in the petition.

    18,107 signatures

  49. Make parking at work permanently free for all NHS workers

    Government responded – 27 April 2022

    Free hospital parking for NHS staff was a time-limited measure during the pandemic. It is right to end this now as we learn to live with the virus. Free parking for staff working overnight remains.

    15,306 signatures

  50. Require schools provide a vegan meal option every day

    Government responded – 25 April 2022

    Head teachers and governors set their schools’ food policies. We expect them to act reasonably and to work with parents to provide choices that meet dietary and cultural needs, including veganism.

    25,884 signatures

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