Give survivors of domestic abuse anonymous registration on Electoral Register
A Sexual and Domestic Violence Campaigns group is part of the work being done by Nottinghamshire Rape Crisis Centre. It raises issues around the difficulty that people leaving refuge experience when trying to get registered anonymously on the Electoral Register. The regulations are so strict that, for many people leaving refuge, it is a choice between going on the normal register (and risk being tracked down by their abuser) or not registering to vote at all, meaning they lose their voice and democratic rights.
With the support of work by Nottinghamshire Rape Crisis Centre, Women’s Aid Integrated Services and Nottingham Women’s Centre, a petition has been placed on the Petition Parliament asking that all survivors of domestic violence leaving refuge or safe houses, are offered automatic anonymous registration. The link to this petition is below:
The Pension Act, it may affect you
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The 1995 Conservative Government’s Pension Act included plans to increase women’s SPA to 65, the same as men’s. Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI), agree with equalisation, but don’t agree with the unfair way the changes were implemented – with little/no personal notice (1995/2011 Pension Acts), faster than promised (2011 Pension Act), and no time to make alternative plans. Retirement plans have been shattered with devastating consequences. Please take a look by clicking the picture above.
Save your local pharmacy - sign the petition
What is this all about, in a nutshell? The Department of Health (DH) has indicated it believes that there are up to 3000 too many pharmacies in England. At the same time, they have proposed a series of policy measures which would divert investment from local pharmacies to other care settings or to online suppliers of medicines. Beyond this, there is little detail about the Government’s plans. Nevertheless, it is easy to see that the current direction of policy, if not challenged, will lead to a serious fracturing of the pharmacy network in England.
Why are people saying that the Government’s proposals are wrong? The Government is conducting a dangerous experiment which will see pharmacies close, thereby reducing people’s access to medicines and healthcare advice, and putting extra pressure on GPs and hospitals. The proposals put at risk a part of the health system that holds the key to solving many of its problems. Patients would be the biggest losers. There are particular concerns about the risks to the most vulnerable people and the most deprived communities, where local pharmacies are often (literally) a lifeline.
What’s wrong with getting my medicines online? People should be able to have a choice about where they get their medicines. Online supply is convenient for some. But your local pharmacy is more than just a place to get medicines and should not be put at risk.
Everyone is facing cuts. Why should pharmacies be any different? This is about much more than funding cuts. The Department of Health recently announced substantial cuts to the funding of community pharmacies in England and more cuts will follow – but that is not really the full story issue. This is actually about the vision for pharmacy in the long term. For pharmacists, it’s about keeping the ‘community’ in community pharmacy.
What’s the answer? Ministers and officials should pause and reflect, and not rush to implement policies that may have unintended and irreversible consequences for local pharmacies and the people they serve. There should be an opportunity for more patient input and also for expert analysis of how the plans could affect patient care. In particular, the Government should consider whether the proposals are safe, maintain consumer choice, safeguard the most vulnerable patients, and maximise pharmaceutical care in the most deprived communities.