Campaign suggestions

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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!

How do I use my vote?
- 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. More funding for Health care, Social care and Advocacy services for people with brain injury/mental illness

    I would like to see more being invested into health care, social care and advocacy services for people with brain injury/mental illness.
    They are having important service cut and due to advocacy services, who help them to voice their needs disappearing due to lack of funding, these people are being left alone to struggle.

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      0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Atos new contract

      Atos have got the governments contract to administer the NHS care.data package. This would include the extracting of confidential patient information and potentially selling it off to private companies (if government decides to do this). Can we trust Atos of all companies? (See The Independent 26.02.14).

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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 →
        • 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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          • The Health Secretary should once again have a duty to provide and secure comprehensive healthcare

            The Health and Social Care Act removed the duty to provide and secure comprehensive healthcare from the Health Secretary. I believe this to be one of the most damaging changes to the NHS. While there is only a duty to promote comprehensive healthcare, the government cannot be held accountable if health services provisions are found to be inadequate in any part of the country. Since the Act was introduced we have already seen complaints from people who are no longer feeling the health service provisions they are offered are adequate. As the right to healthcare is included in the Universal…

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              0 comments  ·  Politics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                • putting pressure on Russia to stop homophobic persecution in Russia today

                  Following on from the recent Dispatches documentary, Hunted, 5 Feb 2014, this kind of persecution of gay people must be severely condemned by our Government.

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                  • Foreign aid used to create worthwhile jobs

                    Use at least a portion of the foreign aid budget to set up a Government organisation which hires professionals and motivated unemployed people to help countries in need develop infrastructure (shelter, wells, roads, farmland, education, hospitals) and deal with disasters. It will remedy issues that, rather than being solved by throwing money at the problem, requires a specifically targeted task force to build a long term solution alongside the community.
                    Having a large idle workforce is unacceptable when there's vital work that needs to be done. It would be a fantastic gateway job, getting young people out into the world,…

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                      0 comments  ·  International issues  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • E-Petition: Raise personal income tax allowance to be in line with the national minimum wage

                      Hi, my cousin and I believe that in order to help people on low incomes the personal income allowance should increase to that of the minimum wage, based on a 40-hour week, which is why my cousin set up an online e-petition here: http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/61160. This would build on the work by the coalition to take the lowest earners out of tax altogether. By raising the threshold, it will simplify the tax returns of countless numbers of low-paid workers and enable them to keep more of their wages rather than having them taken away and given back to them via…

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                        0 comments  ·  Economy  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Announce the Pay and Pension Provision Arrangements of all these Overpaid Union Bosses. Whose Sole Purpose is to Undermine the Con / Lib Gov

                        The Union Leaders and their Shop stewards, are intent on Bringing Down Our Elected Government. By introducing Random, but pre agreed Strikes, which will harm our Recovery, in the Medium to long Term. One after another, they are Conning their Union Membership, to walk out, thus undermining the Recovery of our Nation.......
                        They no longer have an Ali in Ed Miliband, to Support them. First it was the Postal Workers, then the Fire brigade Members, followed by the Underground Workers, and next week the Teachers, I believe!!! Followed by the Nurses..........
                        Just what are they Striking For, at least under…

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                        • The people of the UK must also vote either for or against Scottish independence

                          The people of the UK as a whole must be allowed to vote either for or against the independence of Scotland. We have been a United Kingdom for 300 years and it is unfair that the people of one nation can break up the Kingdom.

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                          • Unwanted housing development in green belt surrey

                            Unwanted housing development in green belt surrey

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                              0 comments  ·  Environment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Protecting NHS from the threats posed by The Transatlantic Trade Deal

                              This pernicious bit of work has no mandate from the public but could see all manner of requirements imposed that run counter to our declared wishes. Private health care and genetically tampered life forms would be given free reign against the wishes of the populace,in fact without their knowledge as this deal has been done behind closed doors.

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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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                                • NI numbers on job application forms

                                  The Gov advise that job seekers should not be asked for their Ni number on application forms. Amongst other things.
                                  Yet most employers appear to be unaware of this Gov advice.
                                  I recently applied for a job with a local council which asked for my NI number on the application form. I emailed them and told them about the gov advice and they had no idea it even existed.
                                  To make matters worse, many online application forms will not let you proceed with the application unless you supply this information.
                                  There are a number of reasons why we shouldn't be…

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                                  • Further inquiry into the death of Dr David Kelly. Evidence in the News International court case supports a whitewash from ex-PM Tony Blair.

                                    Evidence from the current News International court case supports earlier posts that a further inquiry needs to be made. http://uk.news.yahoo.com/hacking-trial-blair-39-offered-advice-brooks-39-171708071.html#hxQQdn8
                                    Ex-PM Tony Blair advises Rebekah Brooks to have a 'controlled' inquiry headed by someone to "publish a Hutton (sic) style report". The invasion of Syria was only defeated by a House vote in reflection that MPs suspected the Iraq War was unjustified and not only did we lose those in the line of duty, but a UN weapons Inspector was murdered. Mr Blair needs to be questioned and accountable for, albeit, he will never be investigated for these war crimes.

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                                    • grandparents should be given priority to care for their own grandchildren

                                      our granddaughter was unjustly put into foster care by Social Workers who invented hurtful false allegations against our family to justify their actions for not allowing her to live with us her own grandparents ,we couldn't obtain legal aid to fight them in Court and the Social Workers wouldn't even allow us in Court to defend our good name against their invented allegations'' ! tried to take this issue up with our MP Andrew Srephenson but he just fobbed us off,

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                                      • Building industry - late payers and those putting themselves into CVA(company voluntary liquidation)

                                        This is done to save paying sub-contractors and suppliers thus puting them out of business. Michael Fallon said he was proposing stopping late payment but nothing has happened. Companies in CVA just write off debts and then continue working - leaving devastation behind them for the smaller companies/suppliers. My Company is now on the edge because of three companies doing this already this year to a tune of £10,000 - we cannot sustain this loss.

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                                        • NHS - Make the vaccine for Shingles available for all people between the ages 70 - 79.

                                          We think that leaving most people over the age of 70 un-vaccinated against the serious disease of Shingles as greatly negligent of the needs of the elderly population of the UK. It is painful, it can reoccur, it can leave the sufferer with lasting pain & older people are more prone to get it.
                                          We should join other civilised counties who offer this as a matter of course.

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