We still have the two petitions running, so please if you haven’t signed both yet, do that. I took the change.org one to OPSS along with 4 letters from the admin team. I have had no reply to them at all, which I consider to be very rude! I imagine they have no way to answer them to be honest. The government have nothing at all to back up any of their statements. Anyway, moving swiftly on.
The debate in November was eventful to say the least. We were delighted with Helen Jones MP as a very worthy supporter of the cause. The final minutes were a wonder to behold. I think it is fair to say that the government didn’t have a leg to stand on much as they tried.
We are gathering information at the moment to hopefully take to Helen in the next few months, maybe when the ‘B word’ deal is done or otherwise. We have a new firework log and have incorporated a small survey to hopefully get a bigger picture of the problems people have to contend with over the firework season.
Again. here are the petition links still to be signed even though we have had the debate.
November 15th 2018
If you signed the Government petition you will have heard by now that it has been given a debate date.. 26th November 2018. Very quick. We are planning to take our Change.org petition to the OPSS in Birmingham next week.. I would love some support if anyone can make it. Date to be confirmed soon. Check the page .
We are very busy asking members to write again to their MPs asking them to attend the debate. That’s about it for now. Please keep sharing the petitions, both of them.
Well as you will see from the Hansard report on the debate, nothing changed. Well I say nothing changed, actually, there were a lot more MPs attending the debate and a greater feeling of desire to change.
The Office of Product Safety and Standards was set up as promised by the Minister of BEIS at the time (now out of office). It took some months to staff and has now begun to work properly one imagines.
We decided to use Change.org as the platform for our 2018 petition which is being supported by the RSPCA. We will be taking it to the OPSS when we feel we have enough signatures. At the time of writing this we have close to 300,000, in three weeks and two days. We decided to use Change.org because we would then be able to update our signatories and felt it would work better that way. It seems to have been a good decision 300,000 later.
Our petition achieved 100,000 signatures in less than 5 weeks and a debate is scheduled for 29th January 2018 in Westminster Hall at 4.30pm.
At the moment the petition has slowed down. There are two reasons for this, the first is that the government reply to the petition even at 10,000 signatures was very negative. The second reason is that now the debate is scheduled we have publicized the petition less. More signatures are always welcome, so please sign if you haven’t.
We started a new 2017/18 petition two weeks ago and to date 20th October we have achieved 12,306 signatures. This proves to us that there are many people out there who feel as we do. You can have too much of a good thing! Although many enjoy fireworks, even they feel that firework use has got out of hand. You only have to watch the news from now until January and at least twice a week there is an incident where fireworks have been used as weapons against (of all people) our emergency services.
It is time to put a stop to this, as with acid attacks, the government need to act NOW.
Link to 2017/18 petition…. https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/201947
The petition finished in April 2016, after raising an amazing 104,038 signatures!
Due to the signatures achieved, the issue was debated at parliament on June 6th at 4:30pm
Prior to the debate the team promoted the campaign with radio (local and national) and television interviews including BBC Breakfast. Links to the debate are below.
The outcome of the debate is that there was an agreement something needed to change and they didn’t want a total ban (like us!) so we have been working hard on coming up with our Stage 2 plan
Watch the debate here:
Full transcript here: https://hansard.parliament.uk/Commons/2016-06-06/debates/16060612000001/Fireworks
We have started a new petition to start addressing what the MPs said they would be open to. A change in which only organised events are run. (link below with full information) We are however still asking for help (information for this is found on our home page)