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What is this part of the website for?
- 38 Degrees members decide together what we campaign on. One way members can suggest campaigns is through this part of the website.
- This part of the website also helps determine how popular campaigns are through the voting system.
- You can vote on campaigns other 38 Degrees members suggest here You have up to 10 votes you can use.

How can I suggest a campaign?
- If you’ve got an idea for what 38 Degrees should campaign on please share it here.
-By adding your campaign idea here you’ll give other 38 Degrees members the opportunity to comment, suggest improvements and vote on your idea.
- The most popular suggestions made here will be put to 38 Degrees members to discuss and vote on in other ways – e.g. on our facebook, twitter and blog, and through email polls.
- Get involved and have your say – your campaign might be the next to start an avalanche!

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- Every member has up to 10 votes, which you are free to use how ever you want.
- If you really keen on a particular campaign, you can use more than one vote. – We will email you when when your ideas are completed or deleted as your votes will return to you.
- You can also change your votes by clicking on them.
- You’ll get a digested email of any activity on your ideas, comments, status changes and admin responses.

What happens to my campaign suggestions and votes?
- 38 Degrees campaigns are driven by what members want to do. Uservoice one of a number of ways in which 38 Degrees members can say what they one to the 38 Degrees to work on.
- If an idea is really popular on this Uservoice part of the website 38 Degrees will consult members about the idea in other ways e.g. through discussions on our blog and Facebook group and through member surveys.
- Please note that an idea being popular on this part of the website does not guarantee that it will become a 38 Degrees campaign. This is because firstly this area of the site is not visted by all 38 Degrees members and secondly because it is possible for non-members to vote. This can potentially skew the results. If in a member survey the wider 38 Degrees membership says other issues are more important, those issues will take priority.
- If 38 Degrees members vote that an idea should be a priority in our main member survey as well as on this part of the web site, the 38 Degrees office team will start work to turn it into a campaign. You can see the results of these main member surveys here: http://blog.38degrees.org.uk/tag/poll/

Can I ask others to boost the ranking of my issue?
- It might feel tempting to try and boost the ranking of your favorite issue by encouraging loads of people not involved with 38 Degrees to come and vote for it.
- Please don’t do this — this is intended as a space for 38 Degrees members to discuss together what they want us to do.

Are there any rules?
- It’s really important that the 38 Degrees website is a place where we can all have a healthy debate – which is why we don’t moderate comments or campaign suggestions before they are published. However, to ensure our site stays family friendly we have a few rules that you can read here:
http://38degrees.org.uk/pages/comments-policy

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  1. Reject Marischal Square Development, Aberdeen

    Aberdeen City Council, in association with Muse Developments and Aviva Investors, have duped the public in a sham public consultation for a new development in Aberdeen. It is opposite the most beautiful, largest granite building in the world, Marischal College. (Alhambra is the largest, but Marischal College is a stunning building.) The Council entered into a very risky financial contract, which includes a potential breach of State Aid regulations - public money to underwrite private profit. Thousands of protestors have taken part in a emailing campaign and protested on the streets.
    A motion by the council opposition was defeated in…

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      117 comments  ·  Politics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Councils to use agencies that have availability of staff to care for people that need to leave hospital, not let cost be dictating factor.

      Local councils should use agencies that have carers available when people need to leave hospital. This would stop bed blocking and prevent people like my poor Dad, (88 years old), from being stuck in a hospital bed for FOUR months!! He is so upset, he has given up and to be honest, I think he will die in there if something is not done soon.

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        12 comments  ·  Public services  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Making Justice for Child Abuse easier & less traumatic for the child

        The statistics show that in 99% of all reported cases of child abuse, the child was actually abused, yet one child being abused is not enough evidence, (without actual physical evidence) to take court action. The law wants more than one child to be abused before it is going to take any action - now how totally twisted and wrong is this?

        It is also shocking to hear that in over 90% of cases of sexual abuse to children is done by someone known to the child. So in most cases when the sexual abuse is uncovered it is then…

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          3 comments  ·  Human rights  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Save the Gondar Gardens Covered Reservoir from development

          Please help us to preserve an area of green open space in an urban environment.

          This protected Open Space and Site of Nature Conservation Importance is a “green lung … of high environmental value” (Planning Inspector 2013) and provides views which “constitute a considerable public asset” (Planning Inspector 2005). We urge Camden Council to refuse plans for building on the reservoir site which would destroy the Open Space, increase the population of Gondar Gardens by 50% and put additional stress on oversubscribed schools, parking and other services.

          The whole of this undisturbed open space in north-west London (NW6 1HG) has…

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            0 comments  ·  Environment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Petition Government to ban short selling of UK listed company stocks

            Short selling of stocks impacts everyone's pensions, it also impacts anyone's other investments in UK listed companies. Suppose your pension advisor invested £100,000 of your pension pot into RBS shares just prior to a gang of stock short sellers attacking RBS stock, within a few days the price of the stock has halved and your pension pot is now worth £50,000 less. A typical scenario that happens to many stocks every week. The majority of people don't realise that short selling has been impacting their pensions regularly. Short selling should be illegal. Short selling is when someone, or mostly an…

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              35 comments  ·  Economy  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Support EFVI.EU - Fight against draconian legislation that only benefits the tobacco and pharmaceutical industries.

              We have a European citizens initiative www.efvi.eu in place so we can get a seat at the table to negotiate a fairer deal on the use of e-cigarettes, directives put in place on the 26th of February have effectively banned all ecig products on the market today with each member state having to put these policies in force by 2016, this directive will only put public health at risk and deny smokers the use of a scientifically proven safer alternative. The EU regulations are so disproportionate that it will only be the large multinational tobacco and pharmaceutical companies that will…

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                110 comments  ·  Human rights  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • The closure of the Vale of Leven Hospital.

                The people of the west of Scotland would now have to travel 30 miles in some cases by helicopter just to receive urgent care.

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                  0 comments  ·  Public services  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Natural England - looses 50% of bat volunteers.

                  Natural England had about 1000 highly skilled and qualified volunteers in protected species work - for bats - up to the end of this month, March 2015

                  Bat conservation trust has sent me an email saying : "We estimate only 50% of VBRVs (around 600 individuals) will available for visits nationwide from 01 April."

                  ( VBRV = Volunteer Bat roost visitors)
                  Now instead of NE being proud that they have very expert people, several of whom are members of CIEEM (Charters Inst of Ecology and Environmental management ) , they have made these very experienced volunteers jump through numerous hoops…

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                    0 comments  ·  Environment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • All prospective MPs to have 50%+1of the vote to be elected by constituents

                    If trade unions have to have 40% vote of members pre strike action
                    it follows that MPs have to have 50%+1 of the vote to be elected
                    not as at present 18%/ 20%/or 22%
                    Only one third of MPs at present were elected by 50% of the vote this is wrong

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                      1 comment  ·  Politics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Fight a quarry application which will devastate 470 acres of farm land

                      A small quarry in the Forest of Dean, in a tourist beauty spot, is now applying for a huge expansion up to 470 acres. This expansion will not only mean one farmer losing his whole farm and livelihood, two other farmers losing hundreds of acres of farmland, but will affect thirteen close properties, an AONB, two historic villages, an SSSI, Ancient Woodland and Historic monuments. It will also set a UK wide precedence for smaller buffer zones which will affect hundreds of people living near quarries. Please help us fight this one...

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                        0 comments  ·  Environment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Fairness over political party air time at elections

                        Ofcom has just announced it is giving UKIP "major party" status in the run up to the 2014 elections. Green party members are particularly upset about this, but the real question is who sets the rules and what are they? At the moment there seem to be none. Ofcom makes up a new set of criteria just before each election, when it can see which way the polls are running. The result is different rules for every election. There should be a set formula which applies all the time, be it number of MPs, councillors, or MEPs or number of…

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                          27 comments  ·  Politics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • MP's pay rises should be linked to an average of public sector pay rises

                          We agree a basket of settlements to be included e.g. Police, nurses, teachers, local council workers - MPs will automatically be awarded a pay rise of the average of our basket of public sector posts. After all, we're all in this together - aren't we? I notice the Welsh Assembly Members have finally hitched up their gravy train and 17% is the figure in their trough.

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                            0 comments  ·  Politics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Leaseholders living in flats where Peverel Group/FirstPort are Freeholders/Lanadlords and Managing Agents.

                            Failures of the then Peverel Group, Peverel Retirement, who Price Fixed Tenders.

                            The SFO decided the Cheating of Pensioners was not Serious Enough for them.

                            The OFT found Peverel/Cirrus Guilty of Price Fixing 65 Developments and pardoned them.

                            It cost the Tax Payer £500,000.00 and fined 3 of the 5 Price Fixers.

                            Peverel/ Cirrus were allowed to walk scot free as the Parent Company owned up to the Price Fixing after the Times outed them.
                            Tand OFT decided and the OFT gave them so

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                              0 comments  ·  Human rights  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Reform of UK Financial Services Regulation to protect savings.

                              We're all told to save for our old age, but where can we safely keep our savings? Only a small percentage of what is needed is currently protected and the rest is at the mercy of the markets, akin to put it in a casino.

                              This campaign is not about helping wealthy investors, speculating on the stock exchange or taking risks to bolster their existing riches. It is about ordinary people with limited means who may be reaching old age having scrimped throughout their working lives to put a little away to help them survive when they can no longer…

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                                50 comments  ·  Poverty & welfare  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • scrapping tv liscence

                                The BBC to become self funding through advertising

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                                  0 comments  ·  Media & the arts  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Make Network Rail Subject to Freedom of Information Requests now it's a Taxpayer Funded Company from 1st September 2014

                                  On 1st September 2014 Network Rail will become a public-sector company and its debt of over £33 billion will be transferred to the taxpayer. Over the next 5 years the taxpayer will fund over £38 billion of Network Rail improvements however David Cameron has allegedly blocked moves to make Network Rail subject to Freedom of Information requests that would have allowed the taxpayer to scrutinise spending of their money, including paying Network Rail fat cat executives high salaries and bonuses.

                                  In the build up to the 2010 General Election the Conservatives said they would extend FOI to Network Rail however…

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                                  • Pancreatic Cancer (PC) - Research Funding and Awareness

                                    PC is the 5th largest cancer killer in the UK yet it receives just 1% of the research funding. Over 8000 will be diagnosed this year alone - 20+ being diagnosed today! 5 year survival rates have not improved in over 40 years and still remain at just 3% - most sadly die within weeks of diagnosis.

                                    PC charities in the UK would like to take these statistics to Parliament but in order to get our voices heard we need to get 100,000 signatures on an epetition (hosted by Maggie Watts - a widow to PC) by the 8 April…

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                                    • biscuit selection tins

                                      make it law that you cant take biscuits from the bottom tray until the top tray is empty, im so fed up with eating all the ones I don't like then going to the bottom tray and discovering all the best ones are already taken, this act of selfishness and greed should be banned with sever penalties for the perpetrators.

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                                        0 comments  ·  Human rights  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Ban MPs outside business interests and scrap expenses

                                        I think it's time that MPs focused on the job they were elected to do.

                                        Today's article in the Guardian highlights just how distracted many MPs are from their elected roles.

                                        It's time to ask, who are they really working for?

                                        http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2014/oct/23/twenty-mps-declare-over-100000-from-second-jobs

                                        "Twenty MPs declare more than £100,000 from second jobs

                                        Former ministers among those saying that they received combined £7.1m in income from outside parliament"

                                        Aside from the distraction to their primary roles there are also massive questions around conflicts of interest:

                                        "One of the top earners is Charles Hendry, who was until September 2012 a minister of state…

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                                        • A statue of Lee Rigby on the 4th plinth Trafalgar Square.

                                          To have a statue of Lee Rigby erected on the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square.

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