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564 petitions

  1. Stamp duty holiday to be triggered upon exchange of contracts

    Government responded – 10 June 2021

    The SDLT Holiday was extended at Budget 2021 in order to benefit transactions which were unable to be completed by 31 March 2021. The government does not intend to change the SDLT trigger point.

    14,178 signatures

  2. Recognise Pagan handfasting as a legal form of marriage in England and Wales

    Government responded – 10 June 2021

    The Law Commission’s review of how and where people legally marry in England and Wales will make recommendations later this year to allow greater choice and respect individuals’ wishes and beliefs.

    11,245 signatures

  3. Allow non-professional singing in groups of more than six indoors

    Government responded – 9 June 2021

    The Government eased restrictions from Step 3 to allow up to 6 people to sing indoors. It is right that we take a cautious response and follow the views of public health experts.

    59,237 signatures

  4. Ban the sale of artificial grass

    Government responded – 8 June 2021

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

    32,527 signatures

  5. UK Government to formally recognise the State of Palestine

    Government responded – 8 June 2021

    The UK will recognise a Palestinian state at a time when it best serves the objective of peace. We continue to encourage progress towards a negotiated two-state solution between the parties.

    131,090 signatures

  6. Introduce sanctions against Israel

    Government responded – 8 June 2021

    The UK is firmly opposed to boycotts or sanctions against Israel. Our close and varied relationship means we are able to express clearly when we disagree.

    388,357 signatures

  7. Introduce an Independent Regulator for Football in England by December 2021

    Government responded – 7 June 2021

    Football clubs are the heart of local communities and have a unique social value, which is why we are proceeding with our commitment to undertake a wide ranging, fan led review of football governance.

    142,910 signatures

  8. Sanction Hong Kong officials responsible for human rights violations

    Government responded – 7 June 2021

    We carefully consider sanctions designations. It is not appropriate to speculate who may be designated in the future or we risk reducing the impact of the designations.

    15,528 signatures

  9. Do not vaccinate children against COVID-19 until Phase 3 trials are complete

    Government responded – 7 June 2021

    The Government will continue to evaluate evidence and assess expert opinion before making a decision on routinely vaccinating children under 18 years old.

    73,328 signatures

  10. Add social workers to the professions it is an additional offence to assault

    Government responded – 20 July 2021

    Social workers have worked tirelessly throughout the pandemic and we are grateful to the British Association of Social Workers (BASW) for bringing this issue to the fore.

    13,928 signatures

  11. Ban the use of peat in horticulture and all growing media by 2023.

    Government responded – 4 June 2021

    In the England Peat Action Plan, we have committed to publishing a consultation in 2021 on banning the sale of peat and peat containing products in the amateur sector by the end of this Parliament.

    11,916 signatures

  12. Prioritise brownfield development in law to protect our green belt and farmland

    Government responded – 3 June 2021

    The Government has no plans to introduce a legal requirement that all brownfield sites are fully developed before any development is allowed on non-brownfield land.

    13,839 signatures

  13. Allow Disabled People to Keep All Their Benefits if They Move in With a Partner

    Government responded – 3 June 2021

    Disabled people are entitled to Income-related Employment and Support Allowance or Universal Credit if they meet conditions of entitlement depending on their income and capital of their household.

    26,328 signatures

  14. Increase curriculum content about water safety as part of swimming lessons

    Government responded – 3 June 2021

    The Department expresses its sincere condolences to the family of Dylan Ramsay and is working closely with water safety organisations to support schools to teach water safety effectively.

    108,202 signatures

  15. Fund adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD) screening for children at birth.

    Government responded – 2 June 2021

    The UK National Screening Committee advises the Government on screening. It continually reviews the evidence for screening for adrenoleukodystrophy, and will publish its latest recommendation shortly.

    11,840 signatures

  16. Increase sentences relating to knife crime

    Government responded – 29 June 2021

    The government keeps offences and penalties under review. Minimum sentences are rarely used; there are currently no plans to introduce further minimum sentences in this area.

    51,575 signatures

  17. Do not cut UK higher education Arts Funding

    Government responded – 28 May 2021

    The Government is not cutting 50% of arts funding. We are reallocating some Grant funding – amounting to about 0.05% of affected providers’ estimated total income – towards NHS and STEM subjects.

    37,172 signatures

  18. Shift to a Wellbeing Economy: put the health of people and planet first

    Government responded – 25 May 2021

    While traditional economic measures such as GDP remain important, the government is committed to broadening the range of measures it uses, including by better accounting for natural and human capital.

    67,911 signatures

  19. Repeal Section 127 of the Communications Act 2003 and expunge all convictions

    Government responded – 21 May 2021

    We are committed to making the UK the safest place to be online while upholding rights to freedom of expression. The Law Commission is currently reviewing harmful and abusive communications online.

    20,343 signatures

  20. Authorise direct flights to North Cyprus

    Government responded – 27 May 2021

    The UK Government has no plans to authorise direct flights between the UK and the north of Cyprus. Direct flights would breach obligations under international law.

    13,165 signatures

  21. Require Planning Permission for laying of Astroturf Lawns / Artificial Grass

    Government responded – 27 May 2021

    The Government has no plans to introduce a requirement that planning permission must be sought for the installation of artificial grass in residential gardens.

    12,704 signatures

  22. Leave the 1951 Refugee Convention and 1967 Protocol & revoke the Immigration Act

    Government responded – 26 May 2021

    The Government is committed to the 1951 Refugee Convention and 1967 Protocol and has no plans to repeal the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999. We are planning widespread reform of the asylum system.

    13,044 signatures

  23. Ban developers starting new work until their EWS1 failing buildings are fixed

    Government responded – 13 July 2021

    We don’t intend to ban developers from starting new works where buildings have a EWS1 form, but our tax and levy will ensure that industry make a fair contribution to remediation costs.

    12,670 signatures

  24. Scrap the Voter ID requirement introduced in the Election Integrity Bill

    Government responded – 25 May 2021

    Voter identification is part of the Government’s body of work to strengthen the integrity and security of our elections. We will not remove voter identification requirements from the Elections Bill.

    102,435 signatures

  25. Enforce the “50+1” Rule for professional football club ownership in the UK

    Government responded – 24 May 2021

    The European Super League proposals demonstrated now is the right time to launch the fan-led review of football governance. This will be a comprehensive examination of the English football system.

    107,067 signatures

  26. Mini’s law - Protect the public and animals from hunting activities

    Government responded – 24 May 2021

    The police can take action under the Dogs Act 1871 where dogs are out of control and dangerous to other animals. This Government will not amend the Hunting Act.

    97,329 signatures

  27. Review the Regulation of Odour Management of Landfill Sites

    Government responded – 29 June 2021

    The Environment Agency regulates environmental permits that set limits, including for malodours, within which operations can be undertaken without causing a significant impact on the environment.

    12,029 signatures

  28. Enshrine tree planting target in law

    Government responded – 21 May 2021

    The Government is exploring whether a statutory target for woodland creation in England would be appropriate.

    10,508 signatures

  29. Make non-binary a legally recognised gender identity in the UK

    Government responded – 20 May 2021

    As set out in the response to the Gender Recognition Act consultation, there are no plans to make changes to the 2004 Act.

    140,671 signatures

  30. Make the consumption of dog and cat meat illegal

    Government responded – 20 May 2021

    The UK’s relationship with companion animals already sets a strong moral example for others. Laws exist to prohibit dogs or cats from entering the food system and further safeguard their welfare.

    12,168 signatures

  31. Stricter laws governing the purchase/acquisition/possession of crossbows

    Government responded – 20 May 2021

    Crossbows are subject to statutory controls. Legislation is already in place to deal with those who use crossbows as a weapon. The Government has no plans to legislate further at this time.

    42,035 signatures

  32. Make driving safely around horses a mandatory part of the driving test

    Government responded – 20 May 2021

    Driving safely around horses is covered in the theory and hazard perception test. All candidates are assessed on awareness, anticipation and planning skills, which are needed if driving around horses.

    17,583 signatures

  33. Require local authorities to fund specific domestic abuse services for women

    Government responded – 28 May 2021

    Domestic Abuse is a form of Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) and the Government recognises that there is need for specific services for women. Its scale and impact warrant a dedicated strategy.

    12,918 signatures

  34. Ban fire and rehire employment tactics

    Government responded – 11 May 2021

    Government has been concerned by reports of employers using fire and rehire inappropriately. We asked Acas to conduct an evidence-gathering exercise and will set out our next steps in due course.

    15,494 signatures

  35. End all requirements to wear face coverings immediately

    Government responded – 11 May 2021

    Everyone must continue to minimise the risk of further COVID-19 waves. The best way remains the wearing of face coverings together with regular hand-washing, social distancing and fresh air.

    76,225 signatures

  36. To remove the UAE off the ‘Red List’ by the Summer

    Government responded – 11 May 2021

    The decisions on the Red List are made by ministers informed by the latest scientific data and public health advice. This protects public health and the vaccine rollout from variants of COVID-19.

    20,083 signatures

  37. Remove Pakistan from red list for travel

    Government responded – 11 May 2021

    The Government has made it consistently clear it will take decisive action, if necessary, to contain the virus and Pakistan has been added to the “Red List” to protect public health.

    134,667 signatures

  38. Increase funding for NHS transgender services

    Government responded – 7 May 2021

    The Government is providing additional funding and resources to help reduce waiting times for gender identity services and is planning further additional services.

    55,947 signatures

  39. Increase funding for eating disorder treatment in the community and inpatient

    Government responded – 5 May 2021

    The Government is increasing funding into eating disorder services to address increased demand, working with arm-length bodies to ensure that people with eating disorders get the support they need.

    13,365 signatures

  40. Ban Water Companies discharging raw sewage into water courses.

    Government responded – 5 May 2021

    Tackling the harm caused by sewage is a top priority for Government. That is why we have established the Storm Overflows Taskforce and have announced plans for legislation to address this problem.

    111,434 signatures

  41. Tuition Fee Compensation for International Students in UK Universities

    Government responded – 6 May 2021

    Whether or not an individual student is entitled to a refund of fees will depend on the specific contractual arrangements between the provider and student.

    36,222 signatures

  42. Apply to join the European Union Single Market

    Government responded – 30 April 2021

    From 31 December 2020, the UK is outside the EU customs union and single market fulfilling the Government’s manifesto commitment to get Brexit done and take back control of our money, borders and laws

    16,354 signatures

  43. A national holiday and day of remembrance for those lost in the COVID pandemic

    Government responded – 7 June 2021

    We are carefully considering the most appropriate way to remember those who have lost their lives during the Covid-19 pandemic. The Government has no plans to create a bank holiday on 23rd March.

    10,648 signatures

  44. Offer 15hrs free childcare for multiples under 3 years

    Government responded – 29 April 2021

    Government continues to support families with their childcare costs. There are already forms of support to help with the costs of childcare for under 3s.

    13,808 signatures

  45. Prohibit employers from requiring employees to have a Covid-19 vaccine

    Government responded – 29 April 2021

    Organisations must ensure their practices are legal and do not unfairly discriminate against individuals. There may be limited high risk settings where requiring vaccination could be appropriate.

    19,383 signatures

  46. Outlaw discrimination against those who do not get a Covid-19 vaccination

    Government responded – 29 April 2021

    The Government believes that COVID-status certification could have a role to play in the reopening of society. We are considering carefully the equality and ethical concerns in an ongoing review.

    347,514 signatures

  47. Stop the importation of honey bees into GB from the EU via Northern Ireland

    Government responded – 29 April 2021

    We recognise the serious threat posed by small hive beetle. EU areas affected by this pest are not permitted to export to the UK. Strict controls apply to imports into the UK from other areas.

    16,933 signatures

  48. Ban the use of face masks in schools

    Government responded – 28 April 2021

    Following a review of the latest evidence, in line with public health advice, the DfE recommend face coverings continue to be worn in accordance with our guidance, unless an individual is exempt.

    38,092 signatures

  49. Fund additional support for victims of COVID19 racism and anti-racism programmes

    Government responded – 28 April 2021

    All forms of hate crime are completely unacceptable and we will continue to work to bring offenders to justice, support victims and eradicate prejudice against communities.

    22,477 signatures

  50. Make it a requirement to report hitting a cat whilst driving

    Government responded – 27 April 2021

    The Government has no current plans to amend the Road Traffic Act 1988 (the Act) to grant cats the same status as dogs and other animals mentioned in the Act.

    12,082 signatures

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