COVID-19 Petitions

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As the COVID-19 Coronavirus cases increase in the UK, parliament should pay attention to the public. Sign the petitions below to lobby them.

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Sick pay for self employed 694,880

Include self-employed in statutory sick pay during Coronavirus

4.8 million people are registered self-employed in the UK. Figures are of 2017 according to the Office of National Statisticics. It would be easy enough to work out what each person is entitled to based on their tax returns. Include self-employed in statutory sick pay.

Regional breakdown
North East19129
North West66724
Yorkshire and The Humber45559
East Midlands42891
West Midlands44824
Eastern69819
London115167
South East102994
South West66633
Northern Ireland15353
Scotland56772
Wales29303

Close all Schools/Colleges 680,729

Close Schools/Colleges down for an appropriate amount of time amidst COVID19.

We would like the government to at least consider closing schools/colleges down in the coming weeks or as soon as possible, in addition to taking necessary actions to prevent further spread.

Regional breakdown
North East18891
North West66269
Yorkshire and The Humber43356
East Midlands42198
West Midlands60783
Eastern54531
London174306
South East78488
South West37592
Northern Ireland12422
Scotland38661
Wales23868

Lockdown like Italy 406,850

Implement UK lockdown for preventing spread of COVID19

The UK needs to follow suit the containment procedures of countries that have been greatly affected by COVID19 such as Italy. The UK should restrict unnecessary travel between towns and cities. Travel permitted should only be for work or emergencies. Public gatherings should also be discouraged.

Regional breakdown
North East11100
North West34232
Yorkshire and The Humber24034
East Midlands20940
West Midlands25775
Eastern34201
London109896
South East45472
South West26045
Northern Ireland6764
Scotland32395
Wales20627

Refund tuition fees 298,366

Reimburse all students of this year’s fees due to strikes and COVID-19

All students should be reimbursed of this years tuition fees as universities are now online only due to COVID-19, with only powerpoints online for learning materials which is not worthy of up to £9,250. Furthermore, all assessments are being reconsidered to ‘make do’ and build up credits.

Regional breakdown
North East11050
North West31805
Yorkshire and The Humber25357
East Midlands21328
West Midlands26729
Eastern24349
London62210
South East42270
South West21807
Northern Ireland6334
Scotland5908
Wales10987

Support Events Industry 150,057

Government to offer economic assistance to the events industry during COVID-19

For the UK government to provide economic assistance to businesses and staff employed in the events industry, who are suffering unforeseen financial challenges that could have a profound effect on hundreds of thousands of people employed in the sector.

Regional breakdown
North East3156
North West14002
Yorkshire and The Humber9420
East Midlands8311
West Midlands11677
Eastern13030
London32072
South East22595
South West13797
Northern Ireland2610
Scotland9750
Wales5030

Increase NHS pay 123,704

Increase pay for NHS healthcare workers and recognise their work

I would like the government to review and increase the pay for healthcare workers to recognise the work that they do.

Regional breakdown
North East3613
North West11632
Yorkshire and The Humber6811
East Midlands7524
West Midlands8917
Eastern13423
London26413
South East19806
South West8540
Northern Ireland1081
Scotland5841
Wales6227

Close Universities 123,502

Close all universities down for an appropriate amount of time amidst COVID-19

We would like the government to to consider closing universities down in the coming weeks or as soon as possible, in addition to taking necessary actions to prevent further spread

Regional breakdown
North East4262
North West11059
Yorkshire and The Humber7670
East Midlands7910
West Midlands11411
Eastern6919
London30630
South East14654
South West7308
Northern Ireland1096
Scotland6116
Wales4381

Suspend Rent/Mortgage 120,137

Encourage lenders, landlords and utilities to freeze payments during lockdown

If the country is locked down during a pandemic, the government should work with mortgage providers, landlords and utility companies to freeze rent, mortgage and utility bill payments.

Regional breakdown
North East1611
North West6904
Yorkshire and The Humber5376
East Midlands6769
West Midlands7570
Eastern11171
London49883
South East14645
South West6556
Northern Ireland431
Scotland3819
Wales2128

Universal Basic Income 108,176

Implement Universal Basic Income to give home & food security through Covid-19

The government should implement an immediate Universal Basic Income trial for all UK residents to ensure home and food security through the coronavirus Covid-19 crisis, to support the needs of those that need to self-isolate as well as the public health at large, and the wider economy.

Regional breakdown
North East3789
North West9547
Yorkshire and The Humber7500
East Midlands5435
West Midlands5817
Eastern7256
London22474
South East13660
South West10290
Northern Ireland1273
Scotland13569
Wales4828

Fund closed nurseries 103,422

Give UK nurseries emergency funding if they have to close down amid COVID-19

If nurseries are shut down in view of Covid-19, the Government should set up an emergency fund to ensure their survival and ensure that parents are not charged the full fee by the nurseries to keep children's places.

Regional breakdown
North East3950
North West14860
Yorkshire and The Humber9002
East Midlands8983
West Midlands9134
Eastern9212
London11772
South East14615
South West7334
Northern Ireland2028
Scotland3787
Wales5014

Don’t prosecute truants 84,986

No prosecution for parents that remove child from school during a pandemic.

Legislate to allow parents to have the option to remove their children from school if there is a pandemic e.g. Coronavirus or similar without negative action by schools or local authorities. They shouldn’t lose the child’s place in the school or face any kind of prosecution.

Regional breakdown
North East2140
North West7972
Yorkshire and The Humber6474
East Midlands5746
West Midlands7646
Eastern8715
London21856
South East10632
South West4715
Northern Ireland723
Scotland3150
Wales2754

Pay self-employed 43,063

Pay self employed workers a wage due to lack or earnings caused by COVID-19.

For the government to have a debate and authorise a top up of wages for the self-employed during the coronavirus outbreak. Regardless if they are infected or not, less people are travelling and going to work on a daily basis creating a loss of income.

Regional breakdown
North East513
North West2825
Yorkshire and The Humber1438
East Midlands2626
West Midlands2309
Eastern4754
London15825
South East6233
South West2634
Northern Ireland249
Scotland1708
Wales841

Social care important as NHS 27,870

We would like the government to consider social care as equally important to NHS

We would like the government to support and regard social care: financially, publicly and systematically on an equal par as NHS. We would like parliament to debate how to support social care during COVID-19 and beyond so that it automatically has the same access to operational and financial support.

Regional breakdown
North East1498
North West3945
Yorkshire and The Humber1959
East Midlands2749
West Midlands1882
Eastern2239
London2165
South East3713
South West3365
Northern Ireland238
Scotland1949
Wales1432

Extend Brexit transition 23,201

Extend the transition; delay negotiations until after the coronavirus outbreak

The government should consider delaying negotiations so they can concentrate on the coronavirus situation and reduce travel of both EU and UK negotiators. This would necessitate extending the transition period; as there can only be a one off extension, this should be for two years.

Regional breakdown
North East623
North West1858
Yorkshire and The Humber1390
East Midlands1130
West Midlands1393
Eastern2240
London3430
South East4115
South West2687
Northern Ireland131
Scotland1500
Wales1063

Fund agency & 0 hour workers 16,739

Give financial help to agency and zero hour workers during COVID-19 outbreak.

Put in place an emergency fund for people who work for agencies, are on zero hour contracts, or who are self employed and may not be able to claim Universal Credit should work dry up due due to emergency measures during the outbreak of COVID 19.

Regional breakdown
North East416
North West1644
Yorkshire and The Humber1393
East Midlands1875
West Midlands2325
Eastern1392
London2604
South East1577
South West800
Northern Ireland191
Scotland1341
Wales787

Suspend Iran Sanctions 13,965

Suspend sanctions against Iran for the duration of the coronavirus pandemic

As of today, 2,336 cases have now been confirmed in Iran and Iran has a high ratio of deaths to infections – now about 3.3%. Sanctions against Iran should be lifted immediately to help its populace and prevent the global spread of infection.

Regional breakdown
North East172
North West1268
Yorkshire and The Humber829
East Midlands543
West Midlands986
Eastern1039
London5377
South East1447
South West445
Northern Ireland71
Scotland714
Wales233

Close Airports & Seaports 13,154

Close down all UK airports & seaports to prevent further spreading of Covid-19.

We have to work together as a country and stop further spreading of Covid-19, while hand washing and sanitation is still good but it's still spreading via travel. So lets slow the spread by closing down all UK airports and seaports to avoid infected visitors.

Regional breakdown
North East231
North West960
Yorkshire and The Humber559
East Midlands614
West Midlands778
Eastern1068
London4024
South East2773
South West656
Northern Ireland78
Scotland781
Wales270

Close schools with cases 2,900

Change approach to COV-19 - if schools have "confirmed" cases they should close.

The current advice from the Government is that no school should close in response to a suspected (or confirmed) COVID-19 case unless advised to do so by Public Health England. I do not think this is correct advise, if "confirmed" schools should be closed for deep clean with pupils sent home.

Regional breakdown
North East77
North West234
Yorkshire and The Humber183
East Midlands159
West Midlands282
Eastern262
London819
South East409
South West163
Northern Ireland45
Scotland100
Wales77

Work from home 2,098

Businesses to work from home for an appropriate amount of time amidst COVID19

We would like the government to at least consider closing down offices/businesses and order to work from home as soon as possible, in addition to taking necessary actions to prevent further spread. This will prevent the spread during the commutes and meetings.

Regional breakdown
North East17
North West86
Yorkshire and The Humber58
East Midlands60
West Midlands102
Eastern121
London1027
South East226
South West54
Northern Ireland12
Scotland76
Wales22

Public Testing 1,507

Provide publicly accessible testing for the covid-19 virus around the UK now.

Allocate funds and efforts to the extensive deployment of publicly accessible testing or screening for possible infection of the covid-19 virus.

Regional breakdown
North East24
North West91
Yorkshire and The Humber104
East Midlands74
West Midlands76
Eastern120
London405
South East155
South West142
Northern Ireland35
Scotland159
Wales65

Social Distancing 897

Enforce Moderate Social Distancing to Contain & Delay Sars-Cov-2/Coronavirus

We have seen by now thousands of global leading epidemiologists, virologists and scientific scholars discuss the efficacy of social distancing. We’re not talking lockdown yet, we’re talking everything in between. China have nearly stopped this in its tracts. We want & need action now.

Regional breakdown
North East23
North West56
Yorkshire and The Humber35
East Midlands29
West Midlands37
Eastern45
London299
South East107
South West60
Northern Ireland55
Scotland58
Wales58

Keep schools open 717

Stop schools being closed unnecessarily over fears of coronavirus (Covid-19)

Do not close schools unless that school or someone within that school actually poses a risk of having or testing positive for corona virus and spreading it.

Regional breakdown
North East31
North West62
Yorkshire and The Humber55
East Midlands40
West Midlands74
Eastern69
London137
South East128
South West41
Northern Ireland7
Scotland31
Wales17

Housing Benefit Hours worked 444

Parliament to protect housing benefit payments during Coronavirus.

Housing benefit, and other benefits, require a minimum number of hours to be worked. During emergency Coronavirus measures I want the government to remove the hours worked test to ensure that the emergency health measures do not create additional family misery for those who require benefits top up

Regional breakdown
North East11
North West35
Yorkshire and The Humber23
East Midlands8
West Midlands23
Eastern65
London119
South East73
South West32
Northern Ireland6
Scotland40
Wales5

Help Taiwan join WHO 292

Support Taiwan's membership of the WHO to help fight Coronavirus.

We call on the UK government to support Taiwan's membership of the WHO to aid the fight against Coronavirus. Taiwan's exclusion from this body risks not only the health of the people of Taiwan, but of the international community as a whole, including Britain.

Regional breakdown
North East7
North West20
Yorkshire and The Humber20
East Midlands13
West Midlands14
Eastern18
London120
South East26
South West17
Northern Ireland0
Scotland11
Wales3

Screen people at Airports 185

Start screening every person who enters UK for Coronavirus

Why is there no screening for Coronavirus at the UK airports? There are other countries doing this in order to stop the spread. I strongly believe that this should be done as a matter of urgency to stop further spread into UK. The queues may be long but atleast we can identify and stop the spread

Regional breakdown
North East4
North West18
Yorkshire and The Humber5
East Midlands4
West Midlands14
Eastern14
London42
South East35
South West21
Northern Ireland5
Scotland12
Wales6

Ban large public gatherings 130

Ban large public gatherings in the UK until the coronavirus has been contained

Ban large public gatherings in the UK. This could be determined by either of some threshold on the maximum number of participants, or an assessment of the likelihood of attendees coming from and then dispersing to a wide enough region. Or both, preferably.

Regional breakdown
North East2
North West11
Yorkshire and The Humber9
East Midlands6
West Midlands6
Eastern12
London27
South East20
South West15
Northern Ireland4
Scotland12
Wales4

Suspend VAT/Rates/PAYE 72

Suspend VAT/Business Rates/PAYE Payments for three months amid outbreak COVID-19

Suspend VAT/Business Rates/PAYE Payments for three months amid outbreak COVID-19. All payments should be delayed until outbreak COVID-19 will be finished and economy get back to normal.

Regional breakdown
North East4
North West4
Yorkshire and The Humber2
East Midlands3
West Midlands12
Eastern10
London12
South East4
South West10
Northern Ireland6
Scotland5
Wales0

Catch It, Bin, Kill It 72

Coronaviruses-Start Educational Campaign: Catch It,Bin It,Kill It When You Spit

We the undersigned, are asking Government and Public Health England to promote a "Catch It, Bin, Kill It" campaign for spitting.

Regional breakdown
North East1
North West3
Yorkshire and The Humber0
East Midlands6
West Midlands1
Eastern4
London49
South East0
South West1
Northern Ireland0
Scotland1
Wales5

Release the Models 47

Release the models underlying the government's response to COVID-19

The government's response appears to be in contrast to regions controlling their outbreaks (e.g. Singapore) and against WHO guidance. There are concerns the Government's approach will involve allowing a large portion of the population to contract COVID-19.

Regional breakdown
North East0
North West5
Yorkshire and The Humber0
East Midlands1
West Midlands1
Eastern6
London24
South East1
South West6
Northern Ireland0
Scotland0
Wales1