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825 petitions

  1. Make Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha public holidays

    Government responded – 26 May 2023

    While the Government recognises the importance of Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha and the valuable contribution Muslims make to this country, it has no plans to make these festivals bank holidays.

    58,598 signatures

  2. Overturn the decision to allow use of neonicotinoid pesticides on sugar crops

    Government responded – 24 May 2023

    The Government is committed to implementing policies to encourage sustainable farming and minimise the use of chemical pesticides, while monitoring the development of alternative solutions.

    21,603 signatures

  3. End the use of animals for toxicity tests & prioritise non-animal methods (NAMs)

    Government responded – 24 May 2023

    The Government is already supporting technologies to reduce reliance on the use of animals in research and we will continue to review funding for non-animal methods as part of our normal processes.

    13,196 signatures

  4. Ensure fair grading for GCSE and A Level students in 2023

    Government responded – 23 May 2023

    Ofqual confirmed this year’s grading approach includes allowance for the impact of disruption, so that a student who would have achieved a particular grade pre-pandemic is just as likely to in 2023.

    36,059 signatures

  5. Hold a referendum on ending devolution in Scotland

    Government responded – 23 May 2023

    The Government believes the devolution settlement strikes the right balance. We are committed to working with the Scottish Government to tackle shared challenges and deliver for people in Scotland.

    15,635 signatures

  6. Do not extend the period before a vehicle’s first MOT to 4 years

    Government responded – 16 May 2023

    The Government consultation on MOT reform closed on 22nd March 2023. We are currently analysing the results and will release a decision in the near future.

    10,609 signatures

  7. Legally recognise non binary gender identity.

    Government responded – 19 May 2023

    The Government believes the provisions of the Gender Recognition Act 2004 are effective and has no current plans to review or change the Act.

    10,619 signatures

  8. Do not require schools to tell parents their child is transgender/non-binary

    Government responded – 17 May 2023

    We are developing guidance to help schools to support pupils questioning their gender and will be consulting on this shortly.

    15,921 signatures

  9. Allow Serbian citizens to visit the UK for up to 90 days without a visa

    Government responded – 12 May 2023

    The Government currently has no plans to change the visa requirements for Serbian nationals. The visa system is kept under regular review and plays a key part in protecting the UK’s border security.

    12,894 signatures

  10. Introduce reporting requirements for euthanasia of healthy/treatable animals

    Government responded – 15 May 2023

    Existing obligations require veterinary surgeons to protect animals from unnecessary euthanasia. There is no evidence that a new reporting requirement is necessary.

    10,738 signatures

  11. Investigate Anti-Hindu propaganda & hatred attacks on Hindu Community

    Government responded – 11 May 2023

    This Government takes all forms of religious hatred very seriously. We are considering our approach to religious hatred and will be announcing our next steps in due course.

    17,432 signatures

  12. Extend temporary admission for UA refugees to use cars with UA registration

    Government responded – 11 May 2023

    To ensure road safety for all drivers on UK roads, foreign imported vehicles must generally be registered with the DVLA and issued with UK licence plates.

    10,178 signatures

  13. Create a Sudanese Family Scheme visa for Sudanese people affected by war

    Government responded – 11 May 2023

    There are no plans to introduce any new visa schemes for Sudanese people affected by the current conflict in Sudan.

    27,503 signatures

  14. Introduce an unmetered monthly tariff for energy for the elderly and disabled

    Government responded – 11 May 2023

    The Government is considering potential approaches to consumer energy protection post-April 2024. The Government intends to consult on options in summer 2023.

    13,311 signatures

  15. Extend Bereavement Support Payments (BSP) for widowed parents

    Government responded – 9 May 2023

    Bereavement Support Payment helps with the immediate costs of bereavement. Other parts of the welfare system, such as Universal Credit, can provide longer-term financial assistance for those in need.

    11,506 signatures

  16. Hold a parliamentary vote on whether to reject amendments to the IHR 2005

    Government responded – 5 May 2023

    The International Health Regulations aim to prevent and provide a public health response to the international spread of disease; the UK supports targeted amendments to ensure they are fit for purpose.

    58,540 signatures

  17. Reform the Vaccine Damage Payment with payments based on the scale of disability

    Government responded – 2 May 2023

    The VDPS 60% level of disablement is consistent with the DWP’s Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit. There is no evidence that this threshold provides an undue barrier to claimants.

    11,257 signatures

  18. Condemn Israel for their actions against Palestinians and impose trade ban

    Government responded – 28 April 2023

    The UK regularly engages with Israel over the conduct of the occupation and urges it to comply with international law. We do not believe that trade bans will benefit the peace process.

    19,583 signatures

  19. Abolish Council Tax for State Pensioners

    Government responded – 27 April 2023

    The Government requires each council to have a council tax support scheme in place under which low income pensioners receive council tax discounts of up to 100%.

    21,539 signatures

  20. Increase the basic State Pension to match the new State Pension

    Government responded – 25 April 2023

    The Government has no plans to increase the basic State Pension to match the new State Pension.

    15,238 signatures

  21. Make chanting about tragedies and death at a football match a criminal offence

    Government responded – 25 April 2023

    The Government is committed to tackling all harmful behaviours at football matches. Existing legislation can be used to prosecute those engaging in chanting about tragedies and death at football.

    17,358 signatures

  22. Protect the Environmental Information Regulations (EIR) 2004

    Government responded – 24 April 2023

    Defra is reviewing retained EU law. Our default is to retain regulation as we undertake whether to retain, repeal or reform, rather than automatically allow regulation to fall with the sunset clause.

    24,367 signatures

  23. Free prescriptions for all cystic fibrosis (CF) patients

    Government responded – 20 April 2023

    We understand the long-term difficulties people with cystic fibrosis can experience. However, at present we have no plans to review the list of medical exemptions from prescription charges.

    12,205 signatures

  24. Hold referendums on joining new trade blocks eg CPTPP

    Government responded – 19 April 2023

    The Government will not hold a referendum on the UK’s trade agreements. We ensure that parliamentarians, UK citizens and businesses have access to the information they need on trade negotiations.

    11,640 signatures

  25. Increase funding for special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) education

    Government responded – 19 April 2023

    The Government is investing £2.6 billion between 2022 and 2025 to support local authorities to deliver new specialist SEND places and increasing high needs revenue funding to £10.1 billion in 2023-24.

    11,478 signatures

  26. Deny Sex Offenders the right to apply for removal from the Sex Offender Register

    Government responded – 17 April 2023

    Protecting the public from sexual harm is a priority for the Government. Sex offenders who pose a risk will remain on the register for life if necessary. We do not plan to change the law in this area.

    20,196 signatures

  27. Urgently review the current Ofsted Framework and associated methodology

    Government responded – 6 April 2023

    Ofsted inspections are hugely important in providing assurance on educational standards and safeguarding, and prompting improvement. Arrangements are always kept under review, and that will continue.

    61,895 signatures

  28. Identify and sanction individuals from Pakistan involved in illegal activities

    Government responded – 12 April 2023

    The UK Government is committed to tackling corruption and money laundering. We will take action – including sanctions – against individuals involved in illicit financial activity.

    16,894 signatures

  29. Amend the 1999 GLA Act to remove the Mayor's power to impose road use charges

    Government responded – 22 March 2023

    Government has no plans to amend the GLA Act. While DfT is aware of concerns about schemes which charge road users in the capital, transport in London is devolved and decisions lie with the Mayor.

    25,707 signatures

  30. Make school uniform VAT exempt

    Government responded – 3 April 2023

    School uniform designed for children under 14 is VAT-free. This is when body dimensions begin to merge with the adult population. There are no plans to go further but we keep all taxes under review.

    23,836 signatures

  31. Reduce the VAT on Hospitality businesses to 10%

    Government responded – 3 April 2023

    The VAT relief for the hospitality sector was a temporary measure designed to support the viability of sectors that had been severely affected by COVID-19. There are no plans to reintroduce it.

    18,374 signatures

  32. Require public referendums on 15-minute town and city policies

    Government responded – 31 March 2023

    The 15-minute cities concept is not national planning policy. Local Planning Authorities can set planning policies locally. These are not subject to referendums.

    17,797 signatures

  33. Review and increase foster care allowances and tax exemptions

    Government responded – 31 March 2023

    Allowances are reviewed annually. Minimum rates will rise by 12.43% from April. Tax allowances for foster carers have been reviewed and rise from April, representing an average annual tax cut of £450.

    13,310 signatures

  34. Retain bans on cat, dog, seal fur imports, and extend to ban all fur imports

    Government responded – 27 March 2023

    There are already bans in place which the Government will retain. We have no plans currently to make further changes.

    49,777 signatures

  35. Public Inquiry into Ofcom's guidance on broadcast standards during the pandemic

    Government responded – 24 March 2023

    A public inquiry into Ofcom's guidance on broadcast standards during the Covid-19 pandemic is not required. The UK Covid-19 Inquiry has been set up to examine the impact of the pandemic.

    11,161 signatures

  36. Stop shark being sold under misleading names in the UK

    Government responded – 23 March 2023

    The Government is proud to champion the conservation and sustainable management of sharks and we will consider the evidence to support a review on the commercial designations of endangered sharks.

    12,113 signatures

  37. Amend the Gender Recognition Act to allow for posthumous and expedited grants

    Government responded – 14 March 2023

    As announced in 2020, we believe the Gender Recognition Act 2004 is effective, strikes the right balance and allows for those who wish to legally change their sex. We have no plans to change it.

    13,614 signatures

  38. Add content on death, dying and bereavement to the national curriculum

    Government responded – 13 March 2023

    Bereavement can be taught about as part of relationships and health education in an age-appropriate way. When we review the statutory guidance, we will assess whether content on bereavement is needed.

    11,322 signatures

  39. Invest to guarantee women’s access to breast screening – now and for the future

    Government responded – 13 March 2023

    The Government is committed to supporting and improving the NHS breast screening programme. Measures have been introduced to reduce barriers to access and improve uptake of screening.

    65,546 signatures

  40. Grant a Section 30 Order to enable a Scottish Independence Referendum

    Government responded – 18 April 2023

    The Government’s focus is on tackling issues such as the cost of living, energy security, and growing the economy. This is simply not the time to be talking about another independence referendum.

    15,207 signatures

  41. Reverse IR35 legislation

    Government responded – 9 March 2023

    There are no plans to repeal the reforms to the off-payroll working rules. The reforms were introduced to tackle non-compliance with the off-payroll working rules and have been successful in doing so.

    14,160 signatures

  42. Do not permit any Council Tax increase of more than 5% without a referendum

    Government responded – 8 March 2023

    The Government takes annual decisions on council tax referendum thresholds. The Government set higher thresholds for three councils which are in financial difficulty and asked for this flexibility.

    17,392 signatures

  43. Carry out an independent review into Low Traffic Neighbourhoods (LTNs)

    Government responded – 25 April 2023

    The Government is already carrying out an evaluation of active travel schemes funded in 2020/21, including LTNs. It has no plans to commission a further review until this has concluded.

    15,572 signatures

  44. Create a Turkish Family Scheme visa for people homeless due to the earthquake

    Government responded – 1 March 2023

    The Government has no plans to adopt this proposal but has responded with life-saving support to people affected in the region. Existing visa routes for those wishing to come to the UK are available.

    82,583 signatures

  45. Give Ukrainians on humanitarian visas rights to extend stay and settle in the UK

    Government responded – 27 February 2023

    Our schemes provide Ukrainians with three years’ temporary sanctuary in the UK, until Putin is defeated and they can safely return home. As such, they are not routes for settlement.

    19,558 signatures

  46. Guarantee access to broadcast TV (Freeview) and aerial radio beyond 2040

    Government responded – 24 February 2023

    We agree that terrestrial TV and radio are hugely important and will continue to be for years to come. We remain committed to ensuring UK audiences can access these platforms in the long term.

    29,521 signatures

  47. Enshrine in law rights to roam and wild camp in national parks

    Government responded – 24 February 2023

    The Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 provides the public a right of access to large parts of the English countryside including National Parks. There are no plans to change this.

    37,443 signatures

  48. Withdraw the Transport Strikes (Minimum Service Levels) Bill

    Government responded – 23 February 2023

    The Government believes in the ability to strike. However, this must be balanced against our first duty: to preserve the lives and livelihoods of British people by protecting essential services.

    12,075 signatures

  49. Hold a referendum on removing the London Assembly and London Mayor

    Government responded – 21 March 2023

    The Government has no current plans to hold a referendum on the role or functions of the Mayor of London or London Assembly; devolved transport policies are best determined locally.

    67,498 signatures

  50. Stop housing asylum seekers who entered the UK illegally in hotels

    Government responded – 21 February 2023

    The Government has been clear that using hotels to accommodate asylum seekers is not a long-term solution and is working tirelessly to reduce our dependency upon hotels to house asylum seekers.

    15,996 signatures

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