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Jul 27th, 2018

What 38 Degrees members are taking action on this week:

By Megan Bentall

It’s been a busy week for hundreds of thousands of 38 Degrees members across the country. Here’s a snapshot of what we’ve been working on this week.

Pensions support:

Welfare Secretary Esther McVey wants to “kill off” a new government website which would help millions of people keep track of their pensions throughout their careers, because she thinks it’s not the government’s job to help. Without it millions of pension pots are at risk of being lost.

The website has already been successfully tested, and was due to be rolled out nationally soon. A huge petition signed by thousands of us will show the government we expect them to keep their promises and continue to roll out the pensions dashboard: Add your name here.

Our NHS:

Hip operations are being refused because the NHS doesn’t have the money it needs.  That means thousands of people are being forced to live in pain. Hospitals are even telling people to pay for the operation themselves to jump to the front of long waiting lists.

Unless the money that Theresa May promised to the NHS is delivered, this will become the new normal. But if enough of us chip in, we can launch our biggest campaign yet to make sure Theresa May’s promise turns into real action for our NHS. Can you chip in a few pounds – the price of a cup of coffee – today? You can donate securely here.

Fracking companies vs  democracy:

The government’s trying to give toxic energy companies a free pass to frack by getting rid of planning permission. It could make it as easy for fracking companies to drill as putting up a garden shed. They would be able to risk our landscape, water and could even cause earthquakes without local authorities having the power stop them.

Right now, the government’s testing the waters. They’ll want to get these plans through as quietly as possible, not deal with a huge public backlash. If we build a huge petition with hundreds of thousands of signatures, we can show the government this is a battle they won’t be able to win. Make sure our landscape and democracy is protected for years to come by signing the petition today.


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