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125 petitions

  1. All nurseries and places of education to stay closed after Xmas to 15 January

    Government responded – 26 January 2021

    On 4 January, the PM announced restriction of attendance at education settings, except early years, to vulnerable children and young people and children of critical workers, to reduce transmission.

    49,367 signatures

  2. Shut all nurseries and early years settings during lockdown

    Government responded – 26 January 2021

    The wider restrictions in place as part of the national lockdown to contain the spread of the virus in the community enable us to continue prioritising keeping nurseries and early years settings open.

    102,840 signatures

  3. Reimburse student rents for all accommodation not used during this academic year

    Government responded – 26 January 2021

    Accommodation providers are autonomous and responsible for setting rent agreements. We encourage them to ensure policies are fair. Government has made extra hardship funding available.

    39,459 signatures

  4. Cancel GCSE and A-levels in 2021 replace with Course Work and Teacher Assessment

    Government responded – 26 January 2021

    Students will not be asked to sit GCSE, AS and A level exams this summer as planned in light of the ongoing impact of the covid-19 pandemic.

    156,855 signatures

  5. Extend paid maternity leave by at least four months

    Government responded – 26 January 2021

    Government has no plans to extend paid Maternity Leave. Existing Maternity Leave entitlements are among the most generous in the world, up to 52 weeks of leave are available of which 39 are paid.

    55,131 signatures

  6. Allow the armed forces to train in their own gym facilities during Covid-19.

    Government responded – 26 January 2021

    Limited exemptions exist for Service Personnel to use gyms on the Defence Estate in England where this is crucial for the operational effectiveness of the Armed Forces.

    10,297 signatures

  7. Enable all students to end university tenancy agreements early due to Covid-19.

    Government responded – 26 January 2021

    University and private accommodation providers are autonomous, but the Government encourages landlords to be fair and consider students’ interests in their decisions about rent charges and tenancies.

    67,318 signatures

  8. Extend the 12-month period drivers can use non-GB driving licences

    Government responded – 25 January 2021

    There are no current plans to extend the period drivers can use non-GB licences. If needed, mobile emergency workers using non-GB licences can get a driving test during the current lockdown.

    10,691 signatures

  9. Close schools in Tier 4 areas

    Government responded – 21 January 2021

    The Government has asked schools and Further Education colleges to restrict attendance from 5 January 2020 for most pupils and students. Early years settings will remain open to all.

    194,020 signatures

  10. Repeal Coronavirus Act and end all Covid-19 restrictions

    Government responded – 21 January 2021

    With the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic still being at large with the emergence of the new variants, the measures taken by the Government to tackle the virus remain as important as ever.

    30,170 signatures

  11. Do not implement Covid-19 Freedom Passes

    Government responded – 21 January 2021

    We are continually exploring ways in which we can return to normality as soon as possible while controlling the spread of the virus. This includes ways in which technology can be used to achieve this.

    19,222 signatures

  12. Allow learner drivers to go out and drive with people from their household.

    Government responded – 20 January 2021

    Whilst Government guidance is clear that people should be staying at home, pupils can practise driving with members of their household or support bubble as part of an essential journey.

    10,825 signatures

  13. Prioritise teachers, school and childcare staff for Covid-19 vaccination

    Government responded – 20 January 2021

    The government is working hard to ensure everyone who is clinically prioritised, as set out by the Joint Committee on Vaccine and Immunisation, receives a vaccine as soon as possible.

    486,740 signatures

  14. Extend driving theory test certificates expiring in 2020/21 by 12 months

    Government responded – 19 January 2021

    The maximum duration of two years between passing the theory test and practical test is in place for road safety reasons and the Government has no current plans to lay legislation to extend it.

    56,657 signatures

  15. Allow driving instructors to pass learners unable to book a test

    Government responded – 19 January 2021

    There is no provision within legislation that allows an approved driving instructor (ADI) to conduct a driving test for a learner driver. The Government has no plans to lay legislation to amend this.

    55,271 signatures

  16. Exempt outdoor tennis from closure due to COVID-19

    Government responded – 18 January 2021

    Sport is crucial for our mental and physical health. That’s why we have continued to make sure that people can exercise. Given the seriousness of the current situation tennis courts have had to close.

    27,054 signatures

  17. Allow golf to be played with appropriate safety measures

    Government responded – 18 January 2021

    Sport is crucial for our mental and physical health. That’s why we have continued to make sure that people can exercise. Given the seriousness of the current situation golf courses have had to close.

    131,782 signatures

  18. Require negative covid test to enter the UK

    Government responded – 15 January 2021

    The Government has introduced mandatory pre-departure COVID-19 testing. All arrivals from outside the Common Travel Area must possess a negative test result from within 3 days of departure to England.

    49,377 signatures

  19. Do not start mass testing in schools or require asymptomatic students to isolate

    Government responded – 14 January 2021

    The rapid testing programme is supporting those staff and pupils currently in secondary schools and colleges and will help support the full reopening of these settings as soon as is possible.

    18,736 signatures

  20. Support Boarding Kennels and Catteries

    Government responded – 14 January 2021

    The Government understands the considerable difficulties faced by UK businesses, including those that are adversely affected by the fall in travel and tourism in the UK due to the coronavirus pandemic

    22,424 signatures

  21. Keep gyms open during Tier 4 lockdown

    Government responded – 14 January 2021

    Sports facilities are crucial for adults and children to stay active. That’s why we have continued to make sure that people can exercise throughout the national and local tiered restrictions.

    178,580 signatures

  22. Recall Parliament now to scrutinise new Christmas coronavirus restrictions

    Government responded – 11 January 2021

    At the Government's request, Parliament was recalled on 30 December and 6 January. Regulations relating to covid-19 restrictions and measures for a national lockdown were debated respectively by MPs.

    12,243 signatures

  23. Exempt driving tests and lessons from COVID-19 restrictions

    Government responded – 12 January 2021

    The Government is doing whatever is necessary to deal with COVID-19. To stop the spread of the virus and keep everyone safe, routine practical driving lessons and tests are currently suspended.

    22,094 signatures

  24. Allow fitness classes to resume in areas with tier 3 restrictions

    Government responded – 21 December 2020

    Sports and physical activity facilities are crucial for adults and children to stay active. The Government’s phased approach is based on scientific and medical advice to protect public health.

    23,706 signatures

  25. No public sector pay freezes for the next 5 years

    Government responded – 18 December 2020

    The economic impact of Covid-19 means temporarily pausing pay awards for most of the public sector, excluding one million NHS and 2.1 million earning less than £24k who will still get a pay rise.

    10,714 signatures

  26. Approve the return to training plan for contact sports

    Government responded – 7 December 2020

    Contact Combat sports are now able to return, consistent with the phases in the published Government guidance, once their National Governing Body has had guidance reviewed.

    10,669 signatures

  27. Increase uniform tax reliefs, especially for healthcare staff

    Government responded – 7 December 2020

    Employees can claim tax relief on the actual costs incurred in cleaning their uniforms. They should not be incurring costs in cleaning or maintaining PPE as this is the responsibility of employers.

    10,614 signatures

  28. Fully fund schools for Covid-19 costs and provide relief for loss of income

    Government responded – 7 December 2020

    We have announced a new fund for the cost of teacher absences. This comes on top of £100m for exceptional costs between March and July, the £1bn COVID catch-up fund, and £2.6bn rise in school budgets.

    29,239 signatures

  29. Implement a two week school lockdown before 24 December to save Christmas

    Government responded – 1 December 2020

    As set out in the Government’s COVID-19 Winter Plan, schools should not close early or change their Christmas holidays. It remains a national priority to avoid further disruption to education.

    125,199 signatures

  30. End lockdown to prevent further economic damage to the UK’s economy.

    Government responded – 1 December 2020

    The Government has announced the Covid 19 Winter Plan, which sets out how we will continue to support the economy whilst limiting the spread of the virus.

    39,106 signatures

  31. Do not implement a second national lockdown or other restrictions this winter

    Government responded – 30 November 2020

    The Government introduced new measures in England on 5 November to protect the NHS and reduce the growth in hospitalisations and deaths. Similar steps were taken in other parts of the UK.

    34,348 signatures

  32. Reclose schools and colleges due to increase in COVID-19 cases

    Government responded – 25 November 2020

    Government’s priority is that all pupils remain in school and college full-time. For the vast majority of young people, the benefits of being in the classroom far outweigh the low risk from COVID-19.

    427,437 signatures

  33. Keep schools closed until Covid 19 is no longer a threat

    Government responded – 25 November 2020

    Government’s priority is that all pupils remain in school full-time. For the vast majority of young people, the benefits of being back in school far outweigh the low risk from coronavirus (COVID-19)

    70,337 signatures

  34. Exempt amateur boxing from Covid-19 restrictions

    Government responded – 23 November 2020

    Boxing is crucial for staying active. Due to the rise in infections, indoor and outdoor sports and leisure must remain closed until 2 December. Grassroots sport will return as soon as it is safe.

    11,288 signatures

  35. Exempt golf courses from the list of venues required to close due to Covid-19

    Government responded – 23 November 2020

    People can leave their homes to exercise outdoors, with their household or with one person from another household or support bubble. Grassroots sports will return as soon as it is safe to do so.

    257,267 signatures

  36. Allow open-air swimming pools, lidos & lakes to open in a new Covid-19 lockdown

    Government responded – 23 November 2020

    Physical activity is crucial for staying active. Due to new national restrictions, all indoor and outdoor sport facilities must close until 2 December. Grassroots sports will return soon as possible.

    31,463 signatures

  37. Save Community Sports Clubs and Leisure Facilities with a Sports Recovery Fund

    Government responded – 23 November 2020

    Sports providers and facilities are crucial for people staying active. Government has provided unprecedented support to businesses through tax reliefs, cash grants and employee wage support.

    46,506 signatures

  38. Ensure access to treatment and screening for all cancer patients during Covid-19

    Government responded – 24 November 2020

    The NHS is working to restore cancer services as quickly as possible. Cancer Alliances have been allocated £153m to continue delivering treatment in a Covid safe way.

    37,151 signatures

  39. Allow corporate worship and congregational singing at places of worship

    Government responded – 20 November 2020

    Places of worship can remain open for individual prayer but cannot open for communal worship. Congregational singing is not permitted. Regulations will be reviewed before expiring on 2 December.

    32,775 signatures

  40. Reduce VAT to 5% for the Hair & Beauty Industry inline with Hospitality.

    Government responded – 20 November 2020

    The Government has announced a significant support package to help businesses affected by Covid-19. While there are no plans to extend the scope of the reduced rate, we keep all taxes under review.

    20,101 signatures

  41. Delay implementation of IR35 legislation reform until COVID-19 is resolved

    Government responded – 20 November 2020

    The Government has already delayed this reform until April 2021 in response to COVID-19. The legislation has now received Royal Assent.

    17,222 signatures

  42. Do not require salons to close due to Covid-19

    Government responded – 18 November 2020

    From 5 November, new national restrictions will be in place in England which will require non-medical close contact services to close, apart from for click and collect retail.

    27,913 signatures

  43. Hold a public inquiry into Government contracts granted during Covid-19

    Government responded – 5 January 2021

    The National Audit Office, the public spending watchdog reported on Government procurement during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Government has published a statement on GOV.UK.

    117,586 signatures

  44. Place the UAE on the UK Travel Corridor list

    Government responded – 24 November 2020

    The UAE was added to the government’s travel corridors list at 4am on Saturday 14 November.

    22,239 signatures

  45. HM Government to outline a plan to Save Future Travel

    Government responded – 4 November 2020

    Firms can continue to draw upon a range of unprecedented financial support during this period, including billions of pounds worth of loans, grants, tax deferrals and extension of CJRS for workers.

    20,151 signatures

  46. Lower university tuition fees for students until online teaching ends

    Government responded – 30 October 2020

    Universities are responsible for setting their own fees. Any lowering of fees would be their decision. Government is not considering a temporary change to fee limits, or a programme of refunds.

    170,262 signatures

  47. Prevent gyms closing due to a spike in Covid 19 cases

    Government responded – 28 October 2020

    Sports and physical activity facilities are crucial for adults and children to stay active. The Government’s phased approach is based on scientific and medical advice to protect public health.

    620,975 signatures

  48. Allow football fans to attend matches at all levels

    Government responded – 21 October 2020

    We will take the earliest opportunity to look again at getting spectators safely back into stadia but this must clearly be done carefully against the prevailing health conditions.

    200,291 signatures

  49. Repeal the Coronavirus Act 2020

    Government responded – 20 October 2020

    With the Coronavirus pandemic still at large, the Coronavirus Act, and the measures within it, remain as important as ever.

    102,806 signatures

  50. Cancel GCSEs and A Levels in 2021

    Government responded – 20 October 2020

    The Government is committed to GCSE, AS and A level exams taking place next year. We continue to believe that exams are the best and fairest way of judging students’ performance.

    211,530 signatures

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