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No10 Downing St E-Petitions Service Suspended

9 July 2010

The new Government has suspended the current e-petitions to the Prime Minister service and deleted all existing petitions. This includes of course a large number of health and safety petitions affecting CWU members and the planned attacks on health and safety by the new Tory/Lib-Dem government.

Number 10 Downing Street e-petitions web site

The e-petitions website now shows no petitions as having been lodged and carries this statement:

"With a new government in place a review is taking place of online services, including e-petitions. We are committed to improving the e-petitions process and are looking at ways of ensuring that it functions as part of a cohesive approach to public debate and transparent government. A full announcement on how we plan to use these and other services across government will be made as soon as this important work is completed. Existing e-petitions, submitted to the previous administration, will not be carried forward to the new administration as part of this process. We will welcome resubmission on issues of concern to the improved e-petitions system when it is launched later in 2010."

Given that the Tory led coalition government announced this month that they would be undertaking a review of health and safety and then the "anti-health and safety" Lord Young was appointed to undertake the review, announcing that every letter he received agreed with him it is quite clear that they are only interested in views of those agreeing with their political dogma.

E-petitions by their very nature allow for dissent and quite clearly this is something the Tory led Tory/Lib-Dem coalition Government do not wish to hear at this time.

It is still possible to view rejected petitions and search for exisiting petitions, but you can not sign them.