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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.

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- 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.
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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. Protect employees from abuse by their companies for lifting and moving accidents

    Many staff are employed in jobs which require lifting and moving heavy objects, eg some airline staff, Special Assistance helpers.
    These staff have NO protection from the companies that require them to do this. If they injure themselves eg whilst lifting a disabled person from a wheelchair to a seat:
    - they do NOT get any pay whilst they are recovering/off
    - they have to pay for their own treatment, and
    - usually do not receive any compensation for their injuries
    - may have to leave their job
    - may have serious health problems, requiring treatment and other home adjustment…

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    • MPs should have a local house supplied (and withdrawn) with the job.

      Like the church vicarage system, the local taxpayer should supply the elected MP with a suitable size local house for the term they represent the electorate, which they would lose if deselected. This would mean MP's do not build up any equity/advantage via property price increases and would reacquaint MPs with the insecurity of tenure common to the people they represent. The properties would be held in trust by the local council on behalf of council taxpayers.

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        0 comments  ·  Politics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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        • Childcare vouchers vs Tax-free Childcare

          Childcare vouchers have become an important part of many working parents’ lives, and a lot of families simply could not afford to pay for quality childcare without this assistance from the government. There will be some families better off with Tax-Free Childcare when it comes into effect, but once a parent has switched to the new system there will be no going back. The vast majority will be worse off. Unfortunately, this also adds a constraint on people moving jobs, because if you leave your employer (who has the child voucher scheme) and join another you will NOT be able…

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            0 comments  ·  Poverty & welfare  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Fight the Crown Estate residential property sell off

            The Crown Estates has for many generations rented farms and residential properties to the public - the South-West having a substantial part of these. As a result many families have remained in the same properties for years (Often generations). Over the past few years Crown Estates have decided to turn their attentions to developing retail/business assets in... guess where? Yup, London. As a result they need vast amounts of cash to fund this. To get this cash it looks as though they are rapidly selling off swathes of the rural estate. Tenants are being given 2 months to quit -…

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            • A more proportional voting system for the UK Parliament

              A referendum should be held on whether to implement the Alternative Vote Top Up system (also known as AV+) as recommended by the Jenkins Commission.

              The commission was asked to take into account the following four requirements, and recommended AV+ as the best solution:
              - broad proportionality,
              - the need for stable government,
              - an extension of voter choice, and
              - the maintenance of a link between MPs and geographical constituencies.

              The current UK parliament voting system produces a result which is clearly not proportional and not very democratic.

              A referendum rejected the Alternative Vote, but AV on it's own…

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                0 comments  ·  Politics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Cut to 10 percent Vat on pub and food service outlets. To keep pubs afloat ,jobs and social structures.this would more than retain the tax t

                This is to save pubs which are dying. The overheads are enormous, with rents etc. they provide many jobs and are a social asset. The tax lost would soon be regained with increased turnover.there is already duty on the drink so vat is tax on a tax like petrol.staff pay tax too. Business rates are greedy, no wonder so many are going bust. As it is now people can't afford to eat out.

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                  0 comments  ·  Economy  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • An end to MPs policing their own ethics and standards

                  Maria Miller has just been asked to repay £5,800 in expenses she was not entitled to, once again undermining our confidence in the integrity of the political system. This is further compounded by two additional factors. Firstly, the original amount of £45,800 (set by the IPSA), if that had been benefits, would have meant she would be facing a minimum 1 year custody sentance, instead of having to say sorry. Secondly, it was reduced down to £5,800 by the House Commons Committee on Standards, i.e. MPs. How can we have confidence in the integrity and accountability of our politicians if…

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                    0 comments  ·  Politics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • A call for the instant dismissal of any MP who is found to be over claiming expenses they are not entitled to

                    Too many MPs are getting away with over claiming on expenses. While in politics they are protected by peers and their mis-claiming brushed under the carpet, if an employee in any other industry or profession was caught doing this, they would be instantly dismissed and possibly prosecuted. I call for this action to be taken against any politician working under UK law who commits this kind of fraud in order to restore a sense of trust in UK politicians.

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                      0 comments  ·  Public services  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • An inquiry in to the poisoning of high numbers of raptors across the country by land owners breaking the wild birds directive legislation

                      There have been large numbers of Eagles, Buzzards, Hawks etc poisoned this year.
                      The RSPB and other wildlife organisations put lots of work and money in to trying to protect these magnificent creatures and land owners worry about them taking the pheasants (an introduced species) which the land owners and their friends like to shoot. Native species of birds are being deliberately poisoned in favour of an introduced species. This is illegal and more needs to be done about it.

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                        0 comments  ·  Environment  ·  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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                        • Close the Fixated Threat Assessment Centre and pay their victims compensation.

                          The Fixated Threat Assessment Centre breach Human Rights and Civil Liberties. They deny victims access to lawyers and arrest and hold people purely based on rumors and lies. I lost my job because I was held prisoner for 4 months purely as a result of false information. They government are breaching Magna Carta by allowing the FTAC to continue.

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                          • Prisoners should not profit in any way from their crimes. I refer to Millie Dowler's killer.

                            Should MP's be allowed to have debts waived, say sorry and still sit in Parliament. What affect will this have on the young and impressionable? Many pre-school children are still up for the
                            6 O'clock news.

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                            • Prisoners should not profit in any way from their crimes. I refer to Millie Dowler's killer.

                              I can't get my head round a child killer inside for life can gain monetary payment because he was badly beaten up by another prisoner. The easy solution would be to put him in solitary confinement for life.

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                              • Ask David Cameron if he realises support for Maria Miller reinforces the public's disdain for politicians

                                Trying to make senior politicians understand just how much we, the voters, are disillusioned with the way they are neither accountable for their actions like the rest of us are, nor justified in their disdainful disregard for the spirit of the rules they operate within

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                                • MRA Regulatory Consultants

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                                    0 comments  ·  Public services  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • should we have a referendem on whether we should have a referendem

                                    We had a referendum in London as to whether we wanted to have a Mayor and an Assembley to run London.

                                    Why can we not have a referendum on Europe as to whether we have a referendum : Now or on a set date or after the election or Not at all.

                                    I think this would be very interesting to find out

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                                    • abolishing benefit sanctions...everyone needs to eat.

                                      Many people have died already because of their monetary support being cut. Does the British taxpayer want the government to deny people with no other means of support the right to eat. How are benefit sanctions even allowed to happen, stop them now.

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                                        0 comments  ·  Human rights  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Make sex-based hate speech a criminal offense

                                        There are protections from hate content for people based on religion, race and sexual orientation, but none exists to protect women as a class.

                                        In real life and online, women face abuse of epidemic proportions. Online alone, this includes publishing of women's workplaces, home addresses and phone numbers with direct calls to harassment and sex-based violence. There is posting and replication of sexually abusive content that includes pictures leaked without women's and girls knowledge or consent, and videoed rape.

                                        So far the law is shown to have waited for these crimes and more to occur, before any steps are taken…

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                                        • Stop the BBC's Excessive spending on the World Cup

                                          I've just read (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2595844/BBC-taking-272-staff-World-Cup-Brazil-equivalent-25-football-teams-DOUBLE-ITV-workers.html) that the BBC intends to spend £12,000,000 to send 272 people to cover the World Cup. Spread over a year, that's almost £33,000 per day for one event. I think this is an excessive squandering of public money (maybe they're giving each of their staff a £90 England shirt for the trip).

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