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13 responses to Accessibility Statement

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    BALAKRISHNAN RAMANATHAN said on June 26, 2011 at 6:17 am

    A great effort.Please take it to its logical conclusion.Once fully developed,I am sure that this will be epochal.

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    ian smith said on May 31, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    I have worked for a large retailer for the past 13yrs.over the yrs i have seen this company slowly chip away at the basic rights of its employees. i think the sugested scraping of the sunday trading act 1994 will be the finile nail in the coffin for retail workers home and family life.

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    Jonathan Ellis said on May 30, 2011 at 9:31 am

    Re: the hall marking of silver and gold

    as an individual and collector i am concerned about the scrapping of these regulations on a number of counts
    – as a purchaser of jewellery it provides some measure of guarantee as to the quality of the product
    – it protects the trade from fakes
    – it gives credibility to the industry
    – it provides valuable historical data for the benefit of later generations

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    imtiaz malik said on May 26, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    i woul;d like to say some thing about sunday trading/xmas day trading
    the present day regulations can be accepted as they are inforce although not benficial to the working staff because most of the employers have taken away sunday premium.if they are allowed to oppen 24hrs than the staff will be over loaded with work pressure aqnd it will ruin their private life aswell.Same is with the xmas day trading every one respects their relegious days, by making the stores open on this particular day this respect is feared to be lost. In other EU countries the stores are even shut on sundays usually and on Xmas and half day on boxing day.

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    imtiaz malik said on May 26, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    i woul;d like to sau some thing about sunday trading/xmas day trading
    the present day regulations can be accepted as they are inforce although not benficial to the working staff because most of the employers have taken away sunday premium.if they are allowed to oppen 24hrs than the staff will be over loaded with work pressure aqnd it will ruin their private life aswell.Same is with the xmas day trading every one respects their relegious days, by making the stores open on this particular day this respect is feared to be lost. In other EU countries the stores are even shut on sundays usually and on Xmas and half day on boxing day.

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    Glenys Bateman said on May 24, 2011 at 9:03 am

    To whom it concerns,

    I would like to make a comment about the Sunday trading act’s.
    I believe that they should be left as they are, larger store’s have consistently got greedier and have eroded staffs rights.
    I believe that retail staff are now being overworked as it is.
    Shop workers have families they need time with, last Christmas for the first time I had to work
    on boxing day (Sun). It ruined my Christmas has I worked Xmas eve, off Xmas day, then in Boxing day.
    I worked New years eve and again New years day(Sun),
    This also effect’s Easter Sunday, we have had these bank holiday’s for hundreds of years.
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    The shops are already open enough hours, you should be looking to go back to slightly shorter hours.
    This plea will again fall on deaf ears I feel, because its down to greed.

    “Keep Sunday’s as they are”

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    Karen Reed said on May 23, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    I was horrified to learn that the Government was even considering scrapping Hallmarking! This remain one of the very few ways that a lay person can be sure that they are buying what they believe they are buying, so apart from always shopping at often high priced prestige stores our sole choice would be to be at the mercy of charlatans??!? Not a very bright idea I humbly suggest and definitely not an improvement of any sort. Please don’t let this happen.

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    Richard said on May 20, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    NO to change! 14 hours a day is enough to do your shopping

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    Helen said on May 20, 2011 at 11:58 am

    Sunday Trading should be left as it is Shops should stay shut on Christmas Day and Easter Sunday I am not religious but you need to spend time with the family if you cant get what you want from a supermarket between the hours of 8am and 22.00 hrs Monday to Saturday and 10am to 16.00 hrs then there is something wrong with people

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    Mrs.Marjorie Titchen said on May 5, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    Whrn first introduced small guest houses has lower requirements, now we have all been required to be in line with the biggest. One size fits all especially if it is expensive.

    With a six bedroomguest house I have spent two thousand pounds and expected to pay another £1300 for hardwiring which I think is draconian.

    They tell me that anybody letting one room for one night at any time must have this.

    You should warnthose letting for the olympics of this.

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    Fiona Rame said on April 22, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    How can anyone who does not have internet access take part? What is the postal address for comments?

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    Lynne Cheong said on April 16, 2011 at 10:43 am

    Is there an alternative method to this consultation, so that disabled people, particularly those without internet access and those who have learning disabilities, are enabled to participate in it.

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    Neil Joy said on April 12, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    Dear Sirs,
    Lord Young’s Bonfire of Regulations.

    I see from today’s (12/4) Daily Telegraph Business section (pp B6 article by Richard Tyler) that the Government’s Red Tape Challenge has apparently not been kicked into the long grass, though it certainly hasn’t been much in the news.

    I was prompted to write both by that article and one by Richard Littlejohn in the Daily Mail last Friday (8/4). In case you are not aware of the case he cited, I have copied his article at the end of this e-mail.

    A major point that should not be lost sight of is not just removing the ridiculous items of legislation themselves, but changing the mind-set and whole culture of the assorted functionaries and ‘jobsworths’ who enjoy enforcing it. This latter could prove the more difficult, as it involves removing a lot of the power these people have over their fellow citizens, which history shows, can become very addictive.

    As a specific example, I would be ashamed of my career achievements had I agreed to pass the particularly idiotic regulation that rewards the law breaker, should he injure himself breaking into premises protected with barbed wire or similar forced entry deterrent system. Any one engaging in such criminal activity inside another’s premises should automatically forfeit any standard ‘Rights’ they have as law abiding citizens.

    Yours faithfully,

    N. J. R. Joy.

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    Copy of article by Richard Littlejohn in the Daily Mail on 8th April 2011:

    It’s no wonder so many firms end up on the scrap heap
    NIGEL CLEMPSON runs a successful shopfitting company in Stafford¬shire. He’s the kind of businessman upon whom Britain’s recovery depends.
    His teams of skilled craftsmen work seven days a week, mostly at night, refurbishing shops and bank premises. It’s hard graft, but the company now employs 100 people and contributes hugely to the local economy.
    All the debris they strip out of the buildings they are refitting is taken back to the firm’s yard at Rawnsley, near Cannock, where it is dumped in a large skip to await recycling and disposal.
    Because of the nature of the firm’s business, the yard is accessible round the clock. The skip attracts the attention of local rag and bone men and groups of travellers, who sort through it in search of salvage.
    This has been going on for ten years. Nigel has never had a problem with the scavengers, who are looking for scrap metal and other materials they can sell on for a few bob. Good luck to them.
    Recently, he received a visit from a police officer and an inspector from the environmental health department at Cannock council.
    Apparently, the police had seen some travellers loading scrap from his yard into a Transit van. You need a licence to transport industrial waste, they said. He assured them his company was fully licensed and insured.
    Ah, but the travellers aren’t. Nigel was informed that it was his duty to ensure that anyone taking materials from his premises had something called a waste transfer certificate.
    Travellers come and go at all hours. How was Nigel expected to keep track of everyone and make sure they were carrying the correct permits? He’s got a business to run. That was up to him, the officers said. If any of the material was fly-tipped and traced back to him, he would face a hefty fine.
    Why should the onus be on him and not on the travellers them¬selves? After all, half of them don’t even tax their own vehicles, so they’re hardly going to bother getting a waste disposal certificate. They’d probably only give false names, anyway.
    In which case, he would just have to stop them removing stuff from the skip. But if he locks the gate to the yard, the scavengers just climb over the fence. How about razor wire?

    THAT wouldn’t be wise, sir. If anyone hurt themselves breaking into the yard or while rummaging through the skip, for that matter, Nigel could find himself facing prosecution and being sued for compensation.
    The only solution was to commission a giant metal cage, secured by padlocks, to cover the skip at all times. Staff would have to unlock the cage, dump their debris, and re-secure the site before leaving. It’s difficult enough trying to stay ahead of the game in this economy. Small business owners are drowning in bureaucracy and spend half their lives filling in forms, ticking boxes, collect¬ing taxes on behalf on the Government, when they should be drumming up orders.
    Unnecessary rules and regula¬tions pile crippling costs on to companies. Now they are even expected to act as enforcement officers on behalf of the environ¬mental health department.
    Try, for a moment, putting yourself in the shoes of a busi¬nessman who has been told it is his personal responsibility to make sure an itinerant gang of travellers, who turn up out of the blue in an untaxed Toyota pick-up, running on red diesel, has the right paperwork.
    You would be forgiven for deciding that the game’s not worth the candle. That’s what prompted Nigel Clempson to write to me.
    I’ve often wondered in this column why anyone bothers to start a business these days, given the level of official interference and the vindictive, anti-enterprise culture which exists in Britain.
    After his visit from Mr Plod and the jobsworth from environmental health, Nigel told me: ‘I feel like packing it in and putting everyone out of work, all 100 of them. Being told to spend thou¬sands making a skip thief-prool was the final straw.’
    Fortunately for his employees, Nigel is made of sterner stuff. He is determined the bastards won’t grind him down and has reluctantly decided to spend £2,000 on a special cage to encase his skip.

    BUT let’s say he had concluded enough was enough. That would be another firm gone to the wall, another 100 jobs on the scrapheap, another 100 people not paying income tax, another company not paying corporation tax and VAT, hundreds of thou¬sands of pounds in National Insurance contributions down the gurgler.
    And the Government insists Britain is open for business. Try telling that to Nigel Clempson. Whatever happened to Lord Young’s bonfire of regulations?
    We have come to expect this officious behaviour from the assorted jobsworths of local and central government. But what the hell had any of this to do with the Old Bill?
    Maybe they thought he was a shoplifter, not a shopfitter. In which case, he got off lightly.
    Elsewhere, we also learned this week that Gloucester police scrambled a helicopter, eight officers, three patrol cars and two dog units to apprehend a couple subsequently charged with stealing items with a scrap value of 47p from a household recycling centre.
    The operation cost taxpayers £20,000 at a time when the force is cutting 350 jobs in an attempt to save £8 million a year.
    I do hope they checked that the thieves had a waste dis¬posal licence.

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