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52 petitions

  1. Lockdown breaches by Government officials must be treated as Gross Misconduct

    Government responded – 3 August 2020

    Government Departments have procedures in place which allow appropriate action to be taken should a civil servant receive a criminal conviction.

    12,728 signatures

  2. Provide financial help to zoos, aquariums, & rescue centres during the pandemic.

    Government responded – 28 July 2020

    The outdoor areas of zoos can now reopen. Government financial support schemes are available to zoos, including the Zoos Support Fund. We are keeping the situation under close review.

    134,528 signatures

  3. Offer more support to the arts (particularly Theatres and Music) amidst COVID-19

    Government responded – 20 July 2020

    HMG announced a £1.57 billion package for cultural organisations. From 11/7 outdoor performances are allowed. From 1/8, indoor performances to live audiences can restart, subject to success of pilots.

    175,873 signatures

  4. Reopen salons during lockdown with measures in place to practice safe services.

    Government responded – 17 July 2020

    Beauty salons across England will be able to reopen safely from Monday 13 July. We thank members of this industry and their customers for their patience in this difficult time.

    19,174 signatures

  5. Provide financial support to performers and creators during the COVID-19 crisis

    Government responded – 22 July 2020

    HMG announced a £1.57 billion package for cultural organisations. From 11/7 outdoor performances are allowed. From 1/8, indoor performances to live audiences can restart, subject to success of pilots.

    18,056 signatures

  6. Extend the 12month 'giving notice' period for weddings postponed due to COVID-19

    Government responded – 24 July 2020

    We are delighted couples can now marry but understand frustration about expired notices. We are exploring opportunities for amending the law; in the meantime local authorities may help with fees.

    16,411 signatures

  7. Rebuild the economy out of lockdown with a Green New Deal

    Government responded – 21 July 2020

    The Government is committed to a green, resilient recovery from COVID-19 and has already made announcements to demonstrate this commitment including a £3bn investment in building energy efficiency.

    26,344 signatures

  8. Commit to a public review of HS2 project and suspend all on-going work now

    Government responded – 20 July 2020

    The Government is doing whatever is necessary to deal with Covid-19, while continuing to invest in the country’s future infrastructure and level up the economy. That is why we are getting on with HS2.

    44,154 signatures

  9. Allow Salons and Tattoo parlors to open at same time as hairdressers

    Government responded – 17 July 2020

    Beauty salons and Tattoo Parlours across England will be able to reopen safely from Monday 13. Semi-Permanent Make-up Salons can open if they do not provided services in the highest risk zone.

    61,161 signatures

  10. Include animal charities in emergency funding due to the coronavirus pandemic.

    Government responded – 15 July 2020

    The animal welfare sector has faced serious challenges during the time that restrictions have been in place to tackle the spread of Covid-19 and the Government is exploring how these can be alleviated

    25,222 signatures

  11. Hold a Public Inquiry into the handling of the Covid-19 crisis

    Government responded – 7 July 2020

    The response to a new virus inherently involves a continuous process of learning, adapting and responding. Government regularly publishes data that underpins its decision making on GOV.UK.

    21,875 signatures

  12. Do not enforce a compulsory quarantine on people arriving in the UK

    Government responded – 3 July 2020

    The Government’s self-isolation measures at the border, introduced on 8 June, are informed by science, are designed to help prevent a second wave of the COVID-19 virus and are regularly reviewed.

    12,765 signatures

  13. Permit weddings of 5 people (registrar/couple/2 witnesses) during COVID19

    Government responded – 2 July 2020

    The Government understands the huge significance of weddings to couples planning to get married. From 4 July, wedding ceremonies and civil partnership ceremonies will be able to take place in England.

    24,183 signatures

  14. Amnesty for UK undocumented immigrants in this COVID-19 World pandemic

    Government responded – 30 June 2020

    The Immigration Rules already enable the status of undocumented migrants (in the UK for some time and otherwise compliant with the law) to be regularised in some circumstances.

    15,178 signatures

  15. Allow Zoos and Wildlife attractions to reopen with social distancing in place

    Government responded – 26 June 2020

    Outdoor areas of zoos and safari parks were allowed to reopen on 15 June, subject to social distancing measures being in place. The reopening of indoor parts of zoos is being kept under review.

    128,650 signatures

  16. One-off Grant To Be Paid To Anyone Who Has Not Benefited From A Covid-19 Scheme

    Government responded – 30 July 2020

    Individuals who cannot benefit from the Job Retention Scheme or Self-Employment Income Support schemes can benefit from the comprehensive package of other support for workers and businesses.

    51,407 signatures

  17. Reduce curriculum content for year 10 & 12 students who will sit exams in 2021.

    Government responded – 30 July 2020

    All students, including current Year 10s and 12s, will have experienced disruption to their education this year. Ofqual is consulting on measures to mitigate this through changes to next year’s exams.

    144,505 signatures

  18. Make it mandatory to wear a face mask in public during Covid-19 Pandemic

    Government responded – 22 June 2020

    The Government has recently updated its guidance to advise that all passengers on public transport, and those visiting hospitals must wear face coverings. We continue to follow the scientific advice.

    16,287 signatures

  19. Change the Furlough Support Scheme to include new hires after 28th February.

    Government responded – 16 June 2020

    The cut-off date for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme was extended to 19 March in April.

    12,148 signatures

  20. Grant British citizenship to all people in the UK during the Pandemic.

    Government responded – 17 June 2020

    We have already done a huge amount to support foreign nationals in the UK who have been affected by the pandemic, but have no plans to grant citizenship to all in the UK.

    29,494 signatures

  21. Remove the 50% earnings barrier so all self employed workers to receive support.

    Government responded – 10 June 2020

    The Self-Employment Income Support Scheme requires trading profits to be at least equal to non-trading income to ensure it is targeted at those who are most reliant on their self-employment income.

    11,945 signatures

  22. Delay the reopening of schools to September

    Government responded – 30 June 2020

    We want all children and young people to return to school as soon as possible. Schools began to welcome back more pupils from 1 June.

    43,996 signatures

  23. Business Rate Relief to be extended to all small businesses in healthcare.

    Government responded – 5 June 2020

    Business rates relief is targeted at the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors given the acute impacts of COVID-19 on them. A range of other measures to support healthcare businesses are available.

    10,769 signatures

  24. No Extensions to the Brexit Transition Period

    Government responded – 3 June 2020

    The Government won’t accept an extension to the transition period and cannot do so under UK law. We are currently holding talks with the EU by videoconference. These will conclude by 31 December 2020.

    20,442 signatures

  25. Cancel HS2 and use the money for the NHS and local economies, post Covid-19.

    Government responded – 1 June 2020

    The Government is doing whatever is necessary to deal with Covid-19 now, while continuing to invest in the country’s future infrastructure. That is why we are getting on with HS2.

    52,451 signatures

  26. Extend grants immediately to small businesses outside of SBRR

    Government responded – 29 May 2020

    The business grants schemes are helping many thousands of small businesses and are just one part of the Government’s unprecedented package of support for business during the Covid-19 crisis.

    26,003 signatures

  27. Provide COVID19 income support for the newly self-employed, without HMRC records

    Government responded – 28 May 2020

    The recently self-employed can access a range of financial support. However, to protect against fraud, only those with tax records for 2018-19 qualify for the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme.

    17,757 signatures

  28. Pay long-term supply teachers and support staff during mandatory closures.

    Government responded – 27 May 2020

    The Government has ensured that financial support is in place for supply staff on long-term contracts, and has published guidance for schools, and the school workforce, available on the Dfe website.

    13,059 signatures

  29. Make COVID19 testing available to teaching staff caring for pupils.

    Government responded – 26 May 2020

    All symptomatic individuals over 5 across the UK can now receive access to a covid-19 test to confirm whether they currently have the virus.

    35,565 signatures

  30. Refund university students for 3rd Semester Tuition 2020

    Government responded – 19 May 2020

    HE providers must deliver high quality courses. If students are unhappy they should first complain to their provider and if their concerns are unresolved they can ask OIA to consider their complaint.

    110,781 signatures

  31. Refund university rent and tuition fees due to coronavirus

    Government responded – 16 June 2020

    The Government encourages universities and private halls providers to be fair in their decisions about rent charges for this period.

    15,432 signatures

  32. Extend maternity leave by 3 months with pay in light of COVID-19

    Government responded – 14 May 2020

    The UK’s Maternity Leave offer is already amongst the most generous in the World – up to 52 weeks of leave are available, 39 weeks of which are paid – and we currently have no plans to extend it.

    234,846 signatures

  33. Allow gyms and leisure centres to reopen

    Government responded – 13 May 2020

    The Government recognises the importance of physical activity to the nation’s wellbeing and is working with the leisure sector to reopen facilities as soon as possible in a safe and controlled way.

    130,002 signatures

  34. Cut beer duty for at least 12 months, so pubs can survive after the covid virus.

    Government responded – 5 June 2020

    The Government has announced an unprecedented package of support for individuals and businesses to mitigate the economic impacts of COVID-19, which will directly benefit the pubs sector.

    27,975 signatures

  35. Coronavirus Support Package for Directors / Shareholders of small Limited Co's.

    Government responded – 5 June 2020

    The Government has announced an unprecedented package of support for those adversely affected by Covid-19, including support available to owner-managers operating under a Limited Company.

    91,248 signatures

  36. Extended Visas indefinitely for International Students.

    Government responded – 28 April 2020

    Any student whose visa expires before 31 May can contact the Coronavirus Immigration Team to get their visa extended until 31 May. This will be reviewed before 31 May.

    15,255 signatures

  37. Give all key workers a 100% tax and Nat. Ins. holiday through COVID-19 crisis

    Government responded – 27 April 2020

    The Government has announced an unprecedented package of measures to support public services and workers through Coronavirus, targeting support where it’s needed most.

    145,685 signatures

  38. We would like the government to consider social care as equally important to NHS

    Government responded – 20 April 2020

    Social care provides vital support. We are providing councils with additional funding and supporting the workforce in responding to COVID-19 and will bring forward a plan for social care this year.

    44,793 signatures

  39. Give financial help to agency and zero hour workers during COVID-19 outbreak.

    Government responded – 17 April 2020

    Agency workers, workers on zero-hour contracts, and the self-employed can get support from the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and the Self-employment Income Support Scheme, subject to eligibility.

    21,378 signatures

  40. Require councils to suspend council tax payments during the coronavirus outbreak

    Government responded – 15 April 2020

    The Government is providing comprehensive support to individuals and households impacted by Covid-19, including a £500 million hardship fund for those in receipt of working age council tax support.

    106,400 signatures

  41. Give UK nurseries emergency funding if they have to close down amid COVID-19

    Government responded – 14 April 2020

    The Government has announced a comprehensive package of support for individuals and businesses which will directly benefit providers of childcare.

    106,098 signatures

  42. Extend the transition; delay negotiations until after the coronavirus outbreak

    Government responded – 9 April 2020

    The transition period ends on 31 December 2020, as enshrined in UK law. The Prime Minister has made clear he has no intention of changing this. We remain fully committed to negotiations with the EU.

    107,234 signatures

  43. Release HMP Prisoners due to COVID-19 - temporary release, licence, tag, curfew

    Government responded – 8 April 2020

    The Government has announced up to 4000 low risk and vulnerable offenders will be temporarily released. They will be subject to strict licence conditions, risk assessment, and electronic monitoring.

    49,478 signatures

  44. Close down all UK airports & seaports to prevent further spreading of Covid-19.

    Government responded – 8 April 2020

    Keeping airports and seaports open is critical to maintaining essential services and supplies including food, medicines and medical equipment, and facilitating the repatriation of Britons from abroad.

    15,664 signatures

  45. No prosecution for parents that remove child from school during a pandemic.

    Government responded – 6 April 2020

    The Government has introduced emergency legislation in response to the pandemic. The Coronavirus Act 2020 allows a suspension of the duty on parents to secure regular school attendance for their child

    92,085 signatures

  46. Close Schools/Colleges down for an appropriate amount of time amidst COVID19.

    Government responded – 30 March 2020

    Schools closed by the end of the day on Friday 20 March. Affecting schools, colleges, and early years settings in England, except for children of critical workers and the most vulnerable children.

    684,967 signatures

  47. Suspend sanctions against Iran for the duration of the coronavirus pandemic

    Government responded – 30 March 2020

    The UK lifted economic sanctions on Iran as part of the nuclear deal. There is no evidence remaining sanctions, targeted at nuclear and human rights concerns, affect Iran’s ability to fight Covid-19.

    14,388 signatures

  48. Implement Universal Basic Income to give home & food security through Covid-19

    Government responded – 30 March 2020

    The Government does not believe a Universal Basic Income is the best method to tackle the extraordinary situation resulting from COVID-19, because it does not target help to those who need it most.

    113,840 signatures

  49. Government to offer economic assistance to the events industry during COVID-19

    Government responded – 27 March 2020

    The Government has announced a series of measures to provide economic support to businesses and their staff to help to mitigate the economic impacts of COVID-19. Further detail can be found on gov.uk.

    154,473 signatures

  50. Include self-employed in statutory sick pay during Coronavirus

    Government responded – 26 March 2020

    It would not be appropriate to require the self-employed to pay themselves statutory sick pay, as they are their own employer. The welfare system provides a safety net to support the self-employed.

    699,321 signatures

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