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435 petitions

  1. Repeal the archaic Weeds Act 1959 to benefit pollinators and wider biodiversity.

    Government responded – 17 October 2019

    The Government has no plans to repeal the Weeds Act 1959 at this time. The Weeds Act 1959 does not seek to eliminate or eradicate the five injurious weeds named in that Act.

    11,246 signatures

  2. Halt the badger cull & investigate alternative, humane options for bTB control.

    Government responded – 17 October 2019

    Bovine TB is one of the greatest animal health challenges facing England today. We are committed to eradicating this disease by deploying a range of measures, founded in science.

    12,462 signatures

  3. Official observers from OSCE ODIHR to monitor the next Scottish referendum.

    Government responded – 16 October 2019

    In 2014 people in Scotland voted decisively to remain part of the United Kingdom. The UK Government is committed to upholding and respecting the result of the 2014 referendum.

    10,720 signatures

  4. Consult with focus groups of young people when creating climate change policy

    Government responded – 15 October 2019

    This year a group of young people were brought together by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, led by the British Youth Council, to review Government’s environment and climate policy

    11,583 signatures

  5. Compensation for women born in 1950s, due to state pension age change

    Government responded – 15 October 2019

    People are living longer. We needed to equalise and raise the State Pension age for men and women to secure the sustainability of the State Pensions system and fairness between generations and genders

    17,197 signatures

  6. Allergy provision in school: Introduce Statutory Allergy Care legislation

    Government responded – 10 October 2019

    The existing legislation plus statutory guidance is sufficient without need to legislate further. We will be working with allergy organisations on updating the current statutory guidance.

    10,337 signatures

  7. Make vet best practice measures mandatory & honour dual microchip registration.

    Government responded – 9 October 2019

    We agree that no dog should be put down unless there are extenuating reasons. The British Veterinary Association re-issued its best practice advice to vets to scan dogs brought to their practices.

    12,040 signatures

  8. Abolish imprisonment as a penalty for non-payment of Council Tax.

    Government responded – 8 October 2019

    Committal to prison for non-payment of council tax can only occur where the court is satisfied that the debt is due to the wilful refusal or culpable neglect of the liable individual.

    12,596 signatures

  9. Bring the date for the post-study work visa closer to help current students

    Government responded – 8 October 2019

    The Government will implement the Graduate route in summer 2021. This route will benefit hundreds of thousands of students and boost the UK’s global offer to the best and brightest.

    28,169 signatures

  10. Politicians who changes parties should have to go through a new By Election.

    Government responded – 8 October 2019

    Formally, electors cast their vote for individual candidates, and not the political party they represent. The Government does not plan to change this position.

    35,442 signatures

  11. Stop counselling notes of rape survivors being used in court.

    Government responded – 7 October 2019

    The best interests of victims are paramount and they should not be stopped from having counselling if their case goes to court. Notes should never be automatically given to defence lawyers on request.

    13,380 signatures

  12. Link the state pension to the adult minimum wage £328.40p per week.

    Government responded – 4 October 2019

    Government has no plans to link State Pension with National Minimum Wage. We want a decent, secure income for people in retirement, and will spend over £120 billion on pensioner benefits in 2019/20.

    36,542 signatures

  13. Outlaw planning applications that include removal of mature trees or hedgerows.

    Government responded – 3 October 2019

    Trees and hedges provide vital beauty, wildlife, health and wellbeing benefits. Acute housing need means we cannot save every tree or hedge, but we will make net gains for biodiversity mandatory.

    10,629 signatures

  14. Introduce a minimum sentence for carrying a knife, equal to carrying a firearm

    Government responded – 1 October 2019

    Conviction of a knife or offensive weapon offence – threatening or possession - is now more likely to result in some form of custodial sentence, and for longer than at any point in the last ten years.

    62,455 signatures

  15. Stop Brexit

    Government responded – 30 September 2019

    This Government is clear that we won’t be deterred from getting on and delivering on the will of the people to come out of the EU on 31 October. We are taking steps to be ready for every eventuality.

    38,722 signatures

  16. Demand the EU & UN sanction Brazil to halt increased deforestation of the Amazon

    Government responded – 30 September 2019

    The United Kingdom shares concerns about deforestation in the Amazon. The Government believes these issues can be addressed most effectively through dialogue and our bilateral programmes.

    122,940 signatures

  17. Fund an NHS Lyme Disease Centre of Excellence

    Government responded – 27 September 2019

    There are no plans to establish a Centre of Excellence for Lyme disease. NICE has issued a clinical guideline (2018) and a quality standard (2019) to support diagnosis and treatment of this disease.

    10,397 signatures

  18. Rule out any prospect of granting an amnesty on illegal immigration

    Government responded – 25 September 2019

    The Prime Minister said we should look at our arrangements for those who have lived and worked here for a long time, unable to enter the economy, participate properly or pay taxes, without documents.

    35,273 signatures

  19. Hold online trolls accountable for their online abuse via their IP address

    Government responded – 24 September 2019

    Unacceptable behaviour and content is far too prevalent online. The Online Harms White Paper sets out our plans for world-leading legislation to make the UK the safest place in the world to be online.

    132,212 signatures

  20. Leave the EU with No Deal in October 2019

    Government responded – 24 September 2019

    The Prime Minister has been clear: we will leave the EU on 31 October. We’d prefer to do so with a deal, but if there isn’t movement from the EU on the backstop we will have to leave without one.

    197,124 signatures

  21. British National (Overseas) Citizens should be given full British Citizenship.

    Government responded – 24 September 2019

    There are no plans to amend the law in this respect.

    101,954 signatures

  22. Fund research for childhood cancers with the worst survival rates

    Government responded – 19 September 2019

    Research is crucial in the fight against cancer. Research expenditure has risen from £101 million in 2010/11 to £136 million in 2017/18. This constitutes the largest investment in a disease area.

    37,061 signatures

  23. Stop increases in road tax for motorhomes.

    Government responded – 16 September 2019

    Previously the tax system did not account for the CO2 emissions of most motorhomes. The government wants Vehicle Excise Duty to encourage the take-up of lower CO2 emissions vehicles.

    13,602 signatures

  24. Public areas & Food places to have Epi Pens for food allergies

    Government responded – 9 September 2019

    Adrenaline pens should be carried at all times. Back-up pens in public places could be a safety net but significant safeguards would be required. The government will look into the feasibility of this.

    12,940 signatures

  25. Do not prorogue Parliament

    Government responded – 9 September 2019

    Prorogation is a prerogative Act of the Crown, exercised on the advice of Ministers. We must respect the referendum result and the UK will be leaving the EU on 31 October whatever the circumstances.

    1,725,385 signatures

  26. To halt any future increases to the retirement age for the uk State Pension.

    Government responded – 6 September 2019

    Under current law State Pension age (SPa) will reach 66 by October 2020, increases to 67 by 2028 and 68 by 2046. Government reviews SPa regularly to ensure State Pension remains fair and affordable.

    16,974 signatures

  27. Make qualified Dental Nurse wage a minimum of £12 per hour.

    Government responded – 4 September 2019

    Dental nurses are usually employed directly by dental practice owners. Dental practice owners are responsible for decisions about dental nurses' terms and conditions of employment, including pay.

    17,003 signatures

  28. Raise awareness and make Pathological Demand Avoidance a recognisable diagnosis

    Government responded – 15 October 2019

    Every autistic child or adult should be able to get a timely diagnosis and we are committed to improving the diagnostic pathway to enable this.

    10,937 signatures

  29. Stop the passing of the Abortion Law in Northern Ireland

    Government responded – 4 September 2019

    In the absence of a restored Northern Ireland Executive and functioning Assembly, Parliament has placed a legal duty on the Government to reform Northern Ireland’s abortion law.

    15,870 signatures

  30. Ban non-stun slaughter. Animal welfare must take priority over faith tradition.

    Government responded – 3 September 2019

    The Government would prefer all animals to be stunned before slaughter, but respects the rights of Jews and Muslims to eat meat prepared in accordance with their beliefs.

    13,698 signatures

  31. Extend the HM Forces Railcard scheme to include all UK Veterans

    Government responded – 2 September 2019

    Our veterans have demonstrated values, commitment and willingness to make the ultimate sacrifice. They continue to provide a rich contribution to society, which the Government holds in high regard.

    16,697 signatures

  32. Ban Driven Grouse Shooting Wilful blindness is no longer an option

    Government responded – 2 September 2019

    Grouse shooting is a legitimate activity providing benefits for wildlife and habitat conservation and investment in remote areas. Defra is working on the sustainable management of English uplands.

    111,231 signatures

  33. Recall Parliament immediately to urgently debate no-deal Brexit.

    Government responded – 2 September 2019

    The Government has no plans to recall Parliament and it will meet again on 3 September, the date the House itself voted on and agreed to.

    53,729 signatures

  34. Revoke all government gagging orders relating to Brexit

    Government responded – 22 August 2019

    The Government has a responsibility to inform citizens about how leaving the EU might affect them. Organisations working with the Government on Brexit are not routinely required to sign NDAs.

    27,714 signatures

  35. Provide settled and pre-settled status EU citizens a physical document as proof.

    Government responded – 21 August 2019

    The EU Settlement Scheme protects the rights of EU citizens in UK law and gives them a secure digital status, which unlike a physical document, cannot be lost, stolen, damaged or tampered with.

    14,204 signatures

  36. Scrap the pension annual allowance taper

    Government responded – 20 August 2019

    The Government has proposed changes to the NHS pension scheme rules in England and Wales to allow senior clinicians to manage their pension accrual, take on extra shifts and treat more patients.

    19,741 signatures

  37. We Demand A Vote On Cannabis

    Government responded – 20 August 2019

    The Government has no plans to change cannabis policy.

    16,565 signatures

  38. I request a full public inquiry into death of my son, Matthew Leahy. (20 yrs.)

    Government responded – 2 August 2019

    The Government sincerely regrets Matthew’s death. NHS Improvement will review the care that he and others received and will provide advice in due course on whether a public inquiry should be held.

    48,394 signatures

  39. Stop the increase to 20% VAT for the installation of renewable energy sources

    Government responded – 1 August 2019

    The Government is committed to greening our economy and designed the changes for energy-saving materials to retain as much of the VAT relief as possible for UK households, while complying with EU law.

    12,356 signatures

  40. Make ECOCIDE a UK criminal offence

    Government responded – 31 July 2019

    This Government is committed to improving the environment in the UK and internationally. Strong legal laws and safeguards are in place monitored by effective regulators and tiers of Government.

    20,432 signatures

  41. Start a public enquiry into NHS Continuing Healthcare

    Government responded – 24 July 2019

    The Government does not believe there is a need for a public enquiry into NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups management of NHS Continuing Healthcare, who continue to meet their legal duties.

    10,632 signatures

  42. Introduce voter id for all elections

    Government responded – 24 July 2019

    The Government is delivering voter ID to strengthen the integrity of our electoral system and give the public confidence that our elections are secure and fit for the 21st century.

    20,502 signatures

  43. Improve maternal care for black British women

    Government responded – 23 July 2019

    Continuity of carer can significantly improve outcomes for women from ethnic minorities. The NHS Long-Term plan sets out that 75% of Black women will receive continuity of carer from midwives by 2024.

    28,850 signatures

  44. Anonymity for those accused of sexual offences until charge.

    Government responded – 23 July 2019

    There should in general be a right to anonymity before charge in respect of all offences but there will be exceptional circumstances where there are legitimate policing reasons for naming a suspect.

    28,354 signatures

  45. Ban energy-wasting open fridges and freezers in all retail outlets

    Government responded – 23 July 2019

    Government is taking action to improve product energy efficiency. Our minimum performance standards remove inefficient products from the market, and labelling raises awareness of the best ones.

    48,674 signatures

  46. Repeal IR35 legislation in Public Sector and proposed Private Sector rollout.

    Government responded – 22 July 2019

    The off-payroll working rules do not apply to the self-employed. They ensure that individuals who work like employees but through their own company pay broadly the same taxes as the directly employed.

    29,113 signatures

  47. Postpone the rollout of 5G in the UK, pending further independent investigation.

    Government responded – 18 July 2019

    Exposure to radio waves has been researched and reviewed. The evidence suggests exposure from 5G radio systems within current guidelines does not pose a risk to public health or the environment.

    24,745 signatures

  48. To grant a section 30 order to allow a 2nd referendum on Scottish Independence.

    Government responded – 15 July 2019

    Now is not the time for another referendum. In 2014 people in Scotland voted decisively to remain part of the United Kingdom. That result should be respected.

    13,271 signatures

  49. Laws to be introduced on social networks on hate preaching against religion(s)

    Government responded – 15 July 2019

    The Government is committed to the principle of freedom of religion and belief. But this needs to be balanced against other rights and freedoms, as set out in the Online Harms White Paper.

    115,999 signatures

  50. Allow Tier 2 (Intra-Company) individuals and their dependants to settle.

    Government responded – 11 July 2019

    The Tier 2 (Intra-Company Transfer) category facilitates the mobility of key company personnel on a temporary basis only, in line with the Migration Advisory Committee’s recommendation.

    10,359 signatures

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