The following draft proposals are examples of practical policies that could be considered by presenting to the electorate for feed-back:
- Restructure MP numbers with constituency boundary changes to reduce current 650 MPs to say 500 MPs to save costs and reduce Parliamentary terms to 4 years.
- In conjunction with above implement reasonable salary increase to MPs on the basis that MPs have no other paid jobs/directorships/consultancies or external benefits that may influence their public service role.
- Introduce MP job descriptions and constituency development plans with annual reviews by the electorate of those plans and the MP performance. (eg by evaluating constituents feedback and opinion)
- Introduce practical measures to ensure that MPs or Civil Service decision makers inputting into high value Government spending decisions do not gain future employment or benefits from those suppliers.
- Reduce House Of Lords membership and replace with a democratically elected second chamber.
- Cap all public funded roles (such as Senior Civil Servants, Quango/public service Chief Executives, board members and those part public financed assisted charities E.g CEO roles etc) to levels no higher than that salary and benefits package paid to the UK Prime Minister.
- Put measures in place to ensure a piloting approach and quality/value for money appraisal before committing large sums of public monies to commercial purchases. (E.g. Learn lessons from previous inappropriate Government spending such as £26 Billion wasted on failed IT systems)
- Pilot NHS healthcare initiatives such as 7 day per week GP practises with late evening appointments also to relieve burden on A&E Depts.
- Pilot the setting up of a NHS (Flagship) Hospital with developmental funding and specialist resources to develop value for money/centre of excellence healthcare (resulting in improved patient care) with a view to roll out of successful initiatives across the NHS.
- Pilot/roll out education programmes to inform/educate young people about the death toll/serious harm dangers of using so called ‘legal highs/party drugs’ sold freely on the internet and in shops. Fast-track legislation to make it unlawful for retailers/web-sites to sell these drugs unless they are clinically tested and backed with a ‘certificate of safety’.
- Introduce a ‘People’s bank’ to provide affordable loans and financial support to those sectors of the community currently resorting to using ‘pay day’ loan companies. This bank should also support small businesses with loans and credit facilities.
- Introduce sensible UK tax raising initiatives designed to address and close tax avoidance schemes by individuals and international companies who currently pay little or no tax but access large income streams from the UK people.
- Develop a process for addressing/fast tracking crucial policy matters of national importance to the electorate. (E.g the UK role in Europe, military intervention, immigration, NHS strategy etc). A process for the Government to reflect the consensus democratic will of the people in a timely and proactive manner. (E.g why wait years for a referendum on Europe ?)
- Develop a process to ensure that legislation from Europe is not imposed on UK citizens without that legislation being scrutinised by democratic processes within the UK and deemed acceptable to the electorate.
- Consider ring fenced tax levy on health damaging products to fund hospice and end of life care services.
- Introduce national data-base of volunteer resources for people offering (by location) specified services to the community. (E.g one hour per month free advice from Solicitor to charities etc. Subsidised web design/IT for charities, occasional gardening for elderly or infirm etc)