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. Challenging diagnosis of dementia. Currently not funded as a medical condition, but as social care. Entirely a budget-driven diagnosis.

    Momentum building from within care sector, for dementia conditions to be re-classified. Currently, dementia care funding is determined by a complex assessment process. If re-classified as a medical condition, similar to strokes/ other cardio-vascular , it would be covered as a medical issue and fully-funded. Probably one of the most explosive current issues in NHS care for this decade.

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      0 comments  ·  Poverty & welfare  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • STOP HMRC RAIDING PEOPLES BANK ACCOUNTS WITHOUT A COURT ORDER

      Innocent people face having money taken straight out of their bank accounts under draconian powers to be used by the taxman.

      A Treasury plan to allow HM Revenue and Customs to remove cash from bank accounts without a court order is “very concerning” because of its history of mistakes, a Commons committee said.

      In a consultation document this week, HMRC said the "direct recovery" powers could be used to take money from joint accounts.

      Treasury committee says that taxpayers could suffer “serious detriment” if officials are able, either by mistake or through an “abuse” of power, to take money from…

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        0 comments  ·  Economy  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Save the Canterbury Hospice from closure!

        Petition started by Sarah Kelly,Teynham, United Kingdom

        Petitioning FAO Steve Auty

        Retract plans to close The Pilgrims Hospice, Canterbury in 2016 and allow it to remain in its current working state.
        Following the disclosure yesterday that Steve Auty wants to close the Pilgrims Hospice in Canterbury in 2016, this petition already has 5,200 signatures. We need more people to be informed about this through 38 degrees. This Hospice was built by local people for local people and is a fantastic example of all that can be achieved for everyone that needs the wonderful services it provides. A recent BBC programme…

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          0 comments  ·  Public services  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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          • campaign for widows rights to their spouses pension.

            To ensure widows have rights to their spouses state pension when they have paid full national insurance for 40 years, and not re label the widowed mother's allowance to widowed parents allowance after the spouse has retired, leaving no option for the retired person to provide security in the event of death.

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              1 comment  ·  Human rights  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Stop cuts to the elderly/disabled peoples services who live in your community

              Elderly ,disabled and vunerable people living in your community are having what little services they are able to access,drastically cut or being entirely removed. Age uk says that 800,000 people are affected by the silent implimentation this inhumane policy.It's time to shout at the Departments and Councils responsible

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                0 comments  ·  Poverty & welfare  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Serious proposed attacks on civil liberties being put forward by the government via HMRC.

                I did want to notify you of two serious proposed attacks on civil liberties being put forward by the government via HMRC.
                These are that they propose to give HMRC the power to dip into an individual’s bank account without any court supervision and the second is to assume that a person is guilty , under certain circumstances until proved innocent.
                These seem to me very serious attacks on citizens which should be resisted.
                I attach an article which explains in more detail.
                What do you think?
                Roger Collinge

                Attached article- not written by me

                My subject is two proposed…

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                  0 comments  ·  Human rights  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Children in care and after-care (documentary)

                  My name is Chris Harper and I am 38 degree member. I have taken up the challenge to make a documentary to provoke awareness of the young adults who are leaving the care system.

                  These youngsters receive virtually no support or after-care once they have left foster care. There are at this moment in time 70,000 children within the care system, 4 out of 5 young adults who leave the care system will be involved in crime and prison or caught up in drugs and manipulated into prostitution, or more recently grooming by certain gangs.

                  30% of all homeless in…

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                    0 comments  ·  Public services  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • CoOp bank no longer ethical or democratic

                    I’m amazed that nobody else seems to have talked about this. The CoOp bank is being bailed out by non-ethical companies. Members can't have a say as the directors have such a large block vote that nothing makes a difference to what they want. CoOp members are effectively being held to ransome, as there is nowhere else to go for instance access to money. Members should threaten to close their accounts and all ethical people should make their feelings known. We can’t just stand and watch.

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                      0 comments  ·  Economy  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                      • 2 for 1 - Councils to plant two trees for every one they cut down

                        Trees are reducing in number in London. Councils trim, lop then fell mature trees and rarely replace them so, how about a rule of thumb that every time a tree comes down TWO must be planted nearby to provide long term replenishment?

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                        • The anti-hunting ban should not be repealed or weakened

                          The government is being lobbied to relax the anti-hunting ban.

                          Environment officials are examining what they describe as a "viable amendment" to the Hunting Act, which would allow up to 40 hounds to flush out a fox to face waiting guns rather than two, a move that critics claim would effectively reintroduce hunting with hounds "through the back door".

                          The proposed amendment would be likely to use a parliamentary device known as a statutory instrument to amend the contentious 2004 act. Opponents of foxhunting predict that the move will be unveiled next month and it is has been claimed that…

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                            • BAN Automatic Lights On Cars

                              I'd like to see a ban on these ridiculously dangerous automatic lights on cars. In Particular Daytime Running Lights (DRL's), but ideally all automatic lights. DRL's reduce other drivers visibility unneccessarily. THIS IS OF COURSE PRETTY BASIC PHYSICS. All automatic lights should be removed from cars and fines/points imposed for idiots driving around during daylight with their lights on, endangering other road users (particularly pedestrians) lives!

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                              • adequate and free parking at hospitals

                                It should be possible for those who need to visit a hospital to be able to park free of charge.

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                                • 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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                                  • I would like to see a campaign to abolish mandatory Christian worship in public schools.

                                    The practice of making it mandatory to provide Christian worship in public schools is outdated and impinges on the rights of its students. This practice is not inclusive of all students and, by forcing parents to exclude their children, only serves to stigmatise the students who are opted out. Religious education should serve to educate students equally about world religions, but Christian worship in nonreligious schools should be a thing of the past.

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                                    • 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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                                      • Getting local authorities to remove fluoride from our drinking water

                                        We are "forcefully medicated" by the addition of fluoride to our water, this should be a choice, we have the option of using fluoridated dental products if we wish, so why don't we have the right to fluoride free water.

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                                          3 comments  ·  Human rights  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Object to Government's May 2014 consultation to allow fracking companies to drill under our homes without getting our permission

                                          Department of Energy and Climate Change have published a consultation on whether fracking companies should be allowed to drill under homes without the landowner's permission. Currently (as well as planning permission and environmental permits) companies would also need to get landowner's permission, or they would commit trespass. DECC knows that the ability of individual landowners to block access under their land is the last major barrier to the expansion of this industry, and have published a (very biased) consultation document that lays out their proposal to give fracking companies statutory right of access. If enough people object to this, they…

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