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- 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.
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  1. 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 →
      • 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 →
        • 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 →
          • 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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            • 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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              • Head Teachers - Safeguard the health and development of children in schools

                Dear Head Teachers, please take action to safeguard the health and development of pupils in your school by banning the use of mobile/smart phones on school property and using only wired communications for all IT equipment and utility meters. Wi-Fi/2.4GHz signals have been shown in scientific studies to cause biological damage, alter brain activity, increase the proliferation of cancer cells and have a negative effect on fertility. Schools have a legal duty to prevent any damage to the health and development of children. Responses to the government's statements on Wi-Fi safety can be found here: http://wifiinschools.org.uk/resources/SSITA+response+January+2014.pdf.
                Calls for you…

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                  21 comments  ·  Human rights  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Support Democracy For Hong Kong

                  Pressure the Government to make China go through with its promise for democracy in Hong Kong.

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                    0 comments  ·  Human rights  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/call-for-a-public-debate-into-the-death-of-7-year-old-zane

                    Please help us with this campaign!
                    6 months ago a little boy died in the floods in chertsey and his father remains paralysed from the waist down. it seems to be down to hydrogen cyanide gas coming from a nearby landfill site. but till today the parents of Zane and the public have no answers to why Zane died. The authorities are doing everything possible to cover it all up. please help us to find out the TruthAboutZane and to prevent other families of suffering in the same way! This is not just about a family -it's a national issue…

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                      1 comment  ·  Environment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                      • Stop the change of commissioning of dialysis and chemotherapy care and the downgrade to non specialised services.

                        There is a process taking place of changing the commissioning of dialysis from NHS England to GPs (CCGs). Dialysis would no longer come under the banner of specialised care and would become non-prescribeable. GPs are not experts in this field.
                        I do not believe these changes are in the interests of patients but rather they appear to be further fragmentation and watering down of important services to make eventual bidding for these services easier.

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                          0 comments  ·  Public services  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Replace MPs 2nd home mortgage subsidy with state owned or rented accomodation

                          Following the Maria Miller and previous scandals regarding the opportunities for the misuse of the MPs second home mortgage allowances and the draconian application of the 2nd bedroom rules, it is surely time to replace this blatant profiteering with an alternative "not-for-profit" system.

                          Alternatives could be a combination of:

                          > state owned apartment block(s) with various sized flats to suit MPs needs: this could include shared common facilities such as large reception/meeting rooms and guest bedrooms

                          > within above, MPs who live close to London (such as Miller who has only a 45m commute from Basingstoke) and should therefore need…

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                            2 comments  ·  Politics  ·  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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                            • The Medical Innovation Bill

                              Lots of cancer specialists have signed a petition in the Times against the Medical Innovation Bill which they say will harm cancer patients. Lord Satchi promotes the bill which will do away with people being able to claim compensation when medicines are trialled on them, instead of the current way of clinical trials. This seriously worries me and I'm sure hundreds of thousands would sign. Thank you for reading this

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                              • Support the people on the frontline fighting crime in our communities the police officers that the government leave stranded!!

                                The police force is continually given bad press or blamed for every problem that comunities face these days. My campaign is actually not about the police force but actually about fighting for the people that continually put their lives on the frontline to help the fight against crime. The people that the government has left stranded as they continously cut costs leaving forces with unsafe numbers to fight crime and therefore putting people's safety at risk everytime they go to work.

                                A government that spends ridiculous amounts on police commissioners that do nothing but get paid £100k per year.

                                A…

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                                • MP's PAYE or limited companies?

                                  I'm curious about how many MP's could be avoiding the higher rate of incombe tax. by registering themselves as Limited Companies. therfor only paying 20% corporation tax instead of the upper rate of incombe tax of 40%. surely as MP's they are employed by the state. and there fore should by default be PAYE. The same rulse should apply to civil servants, but i believe they are playing the same game. It would warrant some investigation at least.

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                                    0 comments  ·  Politics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Reverse the State Pension Law

                                    Give us the same transitional protection that MP's, Judges and Civil Servants were given against the changes to their pension schemes.

                                    They were given 10 years protection whilst we were given as little as 18 months notice of the changes made to the State Pension.

                                    Is this fair and equitable?

                                    http://you.38degrees.org.uk/p/statepensionlaw

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                                    • Mare Nostrum migrant rescue operation in the Mediterranean

                                      The hard pressed Italian navy should not be left to deal with hundreds of thousands of migrants in the Mediterranean alone. Our government should reverse its shameful decision to abandon these people to their fate and other European governments should all support this operation or something similar rather than leave desperate people to drown.

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                                      • Take on the PFI companies

                                        I suggest you float this one again - Recover Money for NHS from greedy PFI companies that underperform - I believe the climate is right for this have just watched a youtube video posted by NHA of a CH4 news item this week interviewing Robert Eyre the only one to comment on your last forum post in 2013 - this is what he said ...

                                        'By simply enforcing the existing woeful PFI contracts strongly. the NHS will recover at least £10Million per site.
                                        It equates to over a £Billion across all sectors ad sites and would mean less cuts in…

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                                        • Gary Barlow have his OBE removed

                                          Jockey Lester Piggott had his OBE removed when he was found guilty of tax evasion. Jimmy Carr was called "morally wrong" for avoiding tax by the Prime Minister. Yet Gary Barlow has neither lost his OBE or been condemned for knowingly avoiding tax on millions of pounds of earnings. The PM says Barlow does a lot of good work for Children in Need - well it's a good job he does, since there are more children in need because of tax avoiders like him than ever before.

                                          So regardless of whether he's a good bloke or not, we cannot set…

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