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Update: free school meals

February 13th, 2013 by

Exciting news!  The petition to David Cameron to make sure that all children in poverty get free school meals is getting bigger and bigger.

Yesterday, some pupils from Conisborough College, along with people from 38 Degrees and The Children Society went to 10 Downing Street. We handed in the petition, which over 90,000 of us signed, to the Prime Minister, David Cameron.

The introduction of the new benefits system – universal credit – means the government could easily decide to extend free school meals to all children living in poverty. Over the next few weeks we’ll need to keep up the pressure on David Cameron. Can you help grow the petition by asking your friends and family to sign? All they need to do is click here.

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Bevan’s Run: 38 Degrees member stands up for the NHS

January 13th, 2012 by

Photograph by Chris Honeywell

38 Degrees member and Co-Chair of the NHS Consultants Association, Dr Clive Peedell, has been running alongside  fellow oncologist Dr David Wilson since 10th January to show opposition to the Government’s NHS reforms

They are running from NHS founder Aneurin Bevan’s statue in Cardiff to the Department of Health in London in just six days. We were lucky enough to get a message from the man himself!

‘Bevan’s Run started on January 10th from Bevan’s statue, Cardiff, with the aim of reaching the Department of Health at Richmond House, London, on Sunday January 15th.

The aim is to raise public awareness of the damaging effects of the Health and Social Care bill on the NHS and to add to calls for its withdrawal.

Myself and co-runner Dr David Wilson will be delivering 3 “Bevan’s Postcards”, which outline the reasons why the bill should be withdrawn, to David Cameron’s constituency in Witney, as well as the Department of Health and 10 Downing Street. The postcard can be viewed here.

Lots of aching muscles, but ice baths helping a lot!
Best wishes
Clive’

Further details about the run can be found at Clive’s blogsite

Bevan’s Run can be followed on Twitter @cpeedell and by using the hashtag #bevansrun.

There will be more news on this blog about the NHS Campaign soon.

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UK blocking a Robin Hood Tax

November 10th, 2011 by

Robin Hood Tax Demonstration

Photograph by Delphine Bedel/Oxfam France

At the G20 summit on Monday, a large group of countries including Germany, France, Brazil and South Africa stood up to support a Robin Hood tax on the banks. But on Tuesday, George Osborne announced that the UK plans to block progress. His message from the UK to the rest of the world was loud and clear: “that’s not going to happen.”

The Robin Hood Tax is a brilliant idea. With just a tiny levy on the banks’ financial transactions, we could generate billions to invest in sustainable development, reducing poverty and tackling climate change. More and more countries across the globe are agreeing that now is the time to bring in the tax. It would be a tragedy if UK banking lobbyists blocked progress.

We’ve got just a few weeks to change our government’s tune. On 9th December, David Cameron will attend a European summit. The Robin Hood Tax should be on the table. We need to make sure we put him under overwhelming pressure not to block progress.

Last year, more than half the Conservative Party’s donations came from bankers. David Cameron is already worried that people think his government is in bed with banking lobbyists. We know that he changes his mind when hundreds of MPs tell him that voters aren’t happy. If enough of us email our MPs about the UK blocking the Robin Hood Tax, Cameron could decide this isn’t worth the damage to his reputation.

So let’s prove that the public are watching whose side he takes. Along with lots of others including Oxfam, Save the Children and Friends of the Earth, we can show him he can’t afford to side with the bankers against the rest of us.

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Delivering our Robin Hood Tax message

November 2nd, 2011 by

38 Degrees with Bob Russel, MP for Colchester, outside Parliament this morning

This morning, 38 Degrees volunteers went down to Westminster to deliver the petition on calling for a Robin Hood Tax, and take our message to MPs as they arrived at work. Alongside volunteers from Oxfam, Save the Children and lots of other organisations, we spent over an hour outside Parliament.

We caught lots of MPs on their way into the Houses of Parliament and asked them to put pressure on David Cameron before he leaves for the world leaders’ G20 meeting tomorrow. And at least one of them did: Caroline Lucas asked David Cameron in Prime Minister’s Questions if he would listen to the protesters outside parliament and the 80,000 people (including over 15,000 38 Degrees members) who have signed the petition asking him to back the Robin Hood Tax at the global meeting.

What will David Cameron do this week? Will he listen to the bankers and vote against putting the brakes on banks? Or will he back a tax to help fight poverty, combat climate change and protect public services, schools and hospitals? There’ll be more news from the G20 talks in France coming soon on the 38 Degrees blog.

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Tell Cameron to tax the banks

November 1st, 2011 by

David Cameron has a choice this Thursday when he meets with other world leaders in France- will he sign the UK up to a Robin Hood Tax, to reduce reckless gambling by the banks and raise billions for the world’s poorest people? Or will he try to block it?

Around the world, the pressure to support a Robin Hood Tax has grown- people power has helped persuade leaders to sign up to the plan. Now, we have an important role to play here in the UK. It looks like it could go either way. So far David Cameron has opposed a Robin Hood Tax. But as more and more governments sign up, Cameron wouldn’t want to look isolated on the international stage.

A big petition in the UK this week could tip the balance globally. Over 100 organisations, including 38 Degrees, Oxfam, Save the Children and the RSPB, are working together to deliver as many messages to David Cameron as possible.

British bankers have been leaning on David Cameron to block the tax. But together, we can make sure the UK doesn’t stop these plans going forward. We know that banks played a massive role in causing our economic crisis- the Robin Hood Tax would crack down on the free reign the banks have had with our money, and force them to make a fair contribution. The money raised could reduce poverty, improve public services and help get climate change under control.

If enough of us sign the petition to tell David Cameron we want the UK to play a positive role, he will think twice about blocking the Robin Hood Tax at next week’s global meeting.

 

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Help Break Murdoch’s Grip

July 5th, 2011 by

How much lower can Rupert Murdoch’s media empire sink? Today, one of his papers stands accused of hacking the phone of murdered teenager Milly Dowler, causing her family even more pain, and risking a police inquiry.

Rupert Murdoch’s empire is now under investigation by the police. But at the same time, he’s getting ready to take even more control of our media. This week, Murdoch’s expecting to get the green light from David Cameron’s government for his takeover of BSkyB.

If we work together, we can make sure this week doesn’t end with Murdoch getting awarded even more power.  The final government inquiry into Murdoch’s power grab ends this Friday, at midday. We’ve got until then to prove to the government that the public want to put the brakes on Murdoch’s power grab. We’ll deliver a copy of the petition to that inquiry – demanding that the phone hacking allegations are taken into account and the deal is halted.

The government wants to approve Murdoch’s BSkyB takeover. They say that Murdoch promises to respect media independence, so there’s nothing to fear from giving him even more control. They want us to trust Rupert Murdoch! But how can we trust him when his paper stands accused of hacking into the phone of a murdered teenager?

Yesterday, Murdoch’s empire thought they this deal was in the bag. Our people-powered campaign had helped delay things – but they had just one hurdle left. The minister in charge, Jeremy Hunt, was clearly on Murdoch’s side. Murdoch’s backing for the Conservatives at the election and his executives’ cosy dinners with David Cameron all seemed to be paying off.

But now, we have a real chance to stop this power grab. Across the UK, people are shocked at how one of Rupert Murdoch’s paper is accused of heartlessly abusing a family facing one of the worst situations any of us can imagine. Let’s work together to make sure this is a turning point in the battle for higher media standards in Britain.

Please sign the petition now.

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Tomorrow’s climate vote on a knife edge

July 4th, 2011 by

A picture of a polar bear on an iceberg

Photograph by U.S. Geological Survey

 

“This climate vote is going to be very close. 38 Degrees members could play a key role in making sure it goes the right way.”

Ruth Davis, Chief Policy Advisor, Greenpeace

 

Tomorrow could be a make or break day in the fight against climate change. There’s a crunch vote in the European parliament. It could come down to one or two votes. Hardline Conservative MEPs are threatening to vote against action to bring down emissions – we’ve got just 24 hours to stop them.

David Cameron could bring his MEPs into line by telling them to back strong climate action. That would probably tip the vote the right way. But Cameron will only act if he feels public pressure. Let’s help tip the vote the right way by sending Cameron a flood of emails urging him to act.

Can you send David Cameron a quick email asking him to make sure his MEPs don’t block vital climate change targets?

Tomorrow’s vote is crucial. If the European parliament votes for tougher targets it will be a great step towards cleaner energy, green jobs, and falling emissions. If the vote is lost, it’ll be a huge win for the dirty industries who are lobbying hard behind the scenes. If Europe rejects tougher targets, it will set back the fight against climate change across the world.

We know it works when we put pressure on David Cameron asking him to keep his climate promises. In May, thousands of us contacted him to tell him not to water down the UK’s own target – and it worked! Now, let’s do the same to make sure British MEPs don’t try to derail the Europe-wide climate effort.

Please email David Cameron now.

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Cameron to back climate targets

May 16th, 2011 by

David Cameron will take the advice of Chris Huhne and the Committee on Climate Change

Photograph by 38 Degrees

What a week in the world of UK carbon targets. With a crucial decision on climate change looming, thousands of us contacted our MPs. We asked them to urge David Cameron to listen to his expert scientific advice and keep his green promises. Good news, that message has got though.

On Tuesday, climate minister Chris Huhne announced that the government will accept the recommendations of the Committee on Climate Change. It’s not perfect, the government have given themselves a little bit of wiggle room in the form of a 2014 review, but it still represents a victory for people power.

So what was all the fuss about? Here’s a quick recap on the events to date:

  • The 2008 Climate Change Act was a world leading piece of legislation committing the UK to serious action on climate change
  • David Cameron was vocal in his support of the then Climate Change Bill as it made its way through parliament. He even sleighed through the arctic to highlight his concern for the effects of climate change
  • Then days after coming to power last May, the prime minister promised he’d lead the “Greenest Government Ever”
  • Earlier this year, the Committee on Climate Change, a body set up to help implement provisions of the Climate Change Act, issued its latest set of recommendations in their Fourth Carbon Budget. This included key emissions targets for the period 2023 to 2027
  • Treasury insiders (and Vince Cable) have in the past weeks furiously lobbied David Cameron to reject these targets
  • The prime minister makes the big decision this week

38 Degrees members have asked David Cameron to keep his green promises and accept the recommendations. If, as now predicted, the government backs the Committee on Climate Change, it represents an important  victory for people power. Once again 38 Degrees members have had our voices heard.

And we weren’t alone in making this call. A chorus of support for the CCC rose over the past week. Greenpeace brought their Huskies to parliament on Friday (click for cute dog pics) and some of the UK’s biggest NGOs, from the RSPB to Friends of the Earth to Christian Aid, have written to the prime minister telling him he needs to get to work if he’s to keep all those green promises.

While David Cameron has promised the “Greenest Government ever”, we have seen the priorities of many of his cabinet colleagues lie elsewhere. A victory here, but as 38 Degrees members, we know the need for our close inspection of environment decisions remains.

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Is Cameron about to break climate promises?

May 12th, 2011 by

Pic of David Cameron after he promised to lead the greenest government ever

Photograph by DECC

Less than a week into office David Cameron promised he would lead the “greenest government ever”. Now it looks like the prime minister is about to break a crucial commitment on climate change.

The crunch decision is expected next week. If it goes the wrong way, it could set back the fight against climate change for years to come. We need to move fast to stop that happening.

The press reports that the government is “deeply divided” on whether to tackle climate change. The UK’s chief climate adviser has described next week’s decision as “the key test” of the government’s commitment to being green.

Cameron has always promised to follow the advice of his scientists. But Treasury hardliners are pushing him to ignore the advice. [1] They want watered-down targets, cuts in green jobs, and a boost for the dirtiest industries.

David Cameron wants to be seen as a prime minister who keeps promises and cares about the environment. That gives us an opportunity to influence him. We need to ensure David Cameron is hearing from every single MP, all telling him the public won’t stand for broken green promises.

Please contact your MP urgently. Tell them to write to the prime minister, demanding he keeps his climate change promises.

By working together to put pressure on our MPs, we can make David Cameron realise that breaking promises on climate change would ruin his reputation. This is a man who posed in the Arctic with huskies, and promised to run the “greenest government ever”. If we speak out now, we can send a clear message: you can’t get away with talking green and acting dirty.

Tens of thousands of 38 Degrees members are working together to push this government to keep its green promises. Together, we stopped them selling off the forests, protecting them for wildlife and future generations. Nearly 50,000 of us have now signed the petition to keep the laws which protect our countryside and our wildlife. Now let’s work together to stop this urgent threat to the UK taking action on climate change.

The clock is ticking. A decision is expected early next week. We know that the hardliners will be using that time to put as much pressure on Cameron as they can. If enough of us contact our MPs, we can drown them out with people power.

Please email your MP urgently and ask them to contact David Cameron as soon as possible.

NOTES
[1] The really important recommendations are:

  • A Domestic Action fourth carbon budget of 1950 MtCO2e
  • An indicative 2030 target to reduce emissions by 60% relative to 1990 levels (46% relative to 2009 levels)
  • An adjustment of the second and third budgets to reflect the level of ambition in the intended budget for the non-traded sector, giving an economy-wide reduction of 37% in 2020 relative to 1990

The full report is available from the Committee on Climate Change website.

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Climate, countryside and wildlife protection under threat

April 20th, 2011 by

baby hedgehog

Photograph by Alexander Olm

On Monday, The Guardian newspaper revealed that the government might scrap vital laws which protect wildlife and the countryside and help stop climate change. 278 regulations designed to protect wildlife, tackle pollution, protect the countryside, and reduce climate change have been branded ‘red tape’ by a new government consultation, “The Red Tape Challenge”.

The government says it wants to “free up business and society from the burden of excessive regulation”. But included in the list of regulations under review are very important laws such as the UK Climate Change Act, National Parks Act, Clean Air Act and the Wildlife and Countryside Act. These aren’t little-known laws that no one cares about. The Wildlife and Countryside Act protects wild birds, their nests and eggs, and makes sure that national parks and marine reserves are protected. The UK’s Climate Change Act was a world first which helps make sure we reduce our emissions.

The Red Tape Challenge website makes it clear that if we want to protect these laws, we need to speak out:

“Once you’ve had your say, Ministers will have three months to work out which regulations they want to keep and why. But here’s the most important bit – the default presumption will be that burdensome regulations will go. If Ministers want to keep them, they have to make a very good case for them to stay.”

John Sauven, Director of Greenpeace, has said of these proposals:

“David Cameron needs to come out and say the Climate Change Act, central to the push for a clean technology revolution, is safe from the axe. But if ministers are serious about scrapping it and other vital environmental regulations then we’ll be looking at something akin to the worst excesses of the Bush-Cheney White House.”

 

Friends of the Earth commented:

“News in today’s Guardian that all of the UK’s environment law is going to be reviewed is extremely alarming”

In the past, David Cameron has made headlines promising to run “the greenest government ever”. We need to convince him that scrapping these laws would be a disaster for his reputation. A huge petition will prove to Cameron that he can’t afford to break his green promises.

We know that when we work together we can make sure the government doesn’t get away with plans which could hurt the environment. When they decided to try to sell off our forests, over half a million of us got together and convinced them to drop their plans.

The government says it wants to hear what we think before scrapping these laws – so let’s give them a consultation response they can’t ignore! Please help make sure we have a huge petition telling the government to keep laws which protect our wildlife and our environment.

 

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