UK Gov, E-Petition: STOP SCIENTOLOGY TAX BREAKS!

AnonLover

Patron Meritorious
I didnt see this posted over here (sorries if its a dup - not the same as the german petition that float around in recent weeks)

cross post from WWP:
http://forums.whyweprotest.net/thre...aks-in-the-uk-petition-harpoons-needed.92373/

HM Government

e-petition

Stop Scientology Tax Breaks

Responsible department: Department for Communities and Local Government

The High Court says "Scientology is both immoral and socially obnoxious". Eric Pickles, DCLG Secretary of State, says it should not receive tax relief on business rates. Yet local councils continue to give Scientology hundreds of thousands of pounds of taxpayers' money each year, in rates relief. We ask the Government to amend the Local Government Finance Act to prevent large organisations from qualifying for rates relief unless they are UK registered charities, approved by the Charity Commissioners.

http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/12501
short alias
http://tinyurl.com/SciTax

Need your help to get this off the ground!

- Sign the petition (Must be citizen or resident)

- Forward it, tweet it, etc. Suggest hashtag #stupidscientology

- Harpoons to media, particularly those which have covered this issue before:

http://forums.whyweprotest.net/thre...iving-tax-breaks-to-scientology-winrar.64325/

- Harpoons to local and national politicians.
http://www.writetothem.com/

Thank you!

NB your name does not appear on the web when you sign the petition.
http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/privacy-policy
 
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Freeminds

Bitter defrocked apostate
This is a really good thing. If went to a picket, and a member of the public asked what they could do to help end Scientology's abuses, it's something I could tell them about. That's happened before, and it's good to have an answer ready. It's a lot more likely that they'll follow through on this than a "write to your MP" type answer.

I believe that if it gets over 90,000 signatures in a year, it has to be debated in committee. Right now it's about a day old, and it has 300, so it could happen!

Please keep on spreading the link.
 

Lohan2008

Gold Meritorious Patron
Re: Link

Please keep on spreading the link.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Legend_of_Zelda#Link
 

RolandRB

Rest in Peace
This is a really good thing. If went to a picket, and a member of the public asked what they could do to help end Scientology's abuses, it's something I could tell them about. That's happened before, and it's good to have an answer ready. It's a lot more likely that they'll follow through on this than a "write to your MP" type answer.

I believe that if it gets over 90,000 signatures in a year, it has to be debated in committee. Right now it's about a day old, and it has 300, so it could happen!

Please keep on spreading the link.

I thought I would point out that "write to your MP" in the UK is one of the most powerful moves a UK citizen can make and is a very important part of the functioning of government in the country.

http://findyourmp.parliament.uk/

This post on WWP contains a letter I wrote to my MP in case you lack a way to word things.

http://forums.whyweprotest.net/thre...ion-harpoons-needed.92373/page-5#post-1856681
 
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RolandRB

Rest in Peace
This is a really good thing. If went to a picket, and a member of the public asked what they could do to help end Scientology's abuses, it's something I could tell them about. That's happened before, and it's good to have an answer ready. It's a lot more likely that they'll follow through on this than a "write to your MP" type answer.

I believe that if it gets over 90,000 signatures in a year, it has to be debated in committee. Right now it's about a day old, and it has 300, so it could happen!

Please keep on spreading the link.

100,000

http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/how-it-works
 

Freeminds

Bitter defrocked apostate
The petition isn't getting enough signatures yet. I assume that relatively few Brits know about it. Time for some radio show phone-ins, or something?
 

AnonLover

Patron Meritorious
Help wanted on compiling some current pricing numbers for feeding to the press on this effort.

Any former staff registrars or FSMs in the clubhouse over here that got good experiences with calculating the cost of someone's modern-day bridge who could maybe lend us a hand crunching some numbers from my collection of pricing & fee schedules here:

http://www.scribd.com/collections/2731355/Scientology-Fee-Schedules

(most recent stuff on the later pages)

Useful numbers to calculate - recent numbers from materials dated in the last 3-5yrs on how much it costs (at a minimum) to get the whole way thru the bridge, and how much it costs just to get to OTIII Xenu lulz.

and yeah i know... the costs resulting from sec checks, ethics actions & re-treads are hard to estimate, so just a roughcut perfect-world total number based off of materials/training/services alone is fine (and we can round up slightly to the closest flat/even number for misc. bridge-derail stuff, then quote those slightly padded numbers as a "bare minimum" amount)

also - type of currency doesnt matter, we can always translate the crunchy numbers from pounds to dollars & vice versa once we got something reasonable to work with in one given currency. And if possible tho, keep track of which dox you use from my collection on scribd so that we can properly document the values calculated with good citations pointing back to the source dox it came from.

Any takers? And please feel free to PM me if you want to lend a hand with calculating crunchy numbers but not reveal who helped us out in the open, and i can relay a msg bak to this thread for ya to let folks know we got a volunteer.

TIA!!
 

AnonLover

Patron Meritorious
The petition isn't getting enough signatures yet. I assume that relatively few Brits know about it. Time for some radio show phone-ins, or something?

Yeah, we're working on that... web-based word of mouth spreading & some press efforts is all in the works, lurk over the main WWP discussion thread starting here for more details:

http://forums.whyweprotest.net/thre...ion-harpoons-needed.92373/page-2#post-1853495

more help is definitely needed on the spread-the-word front, so if by chance we got any UK facebook users in these parts, plz consider putting an announcement/link about the e-petiticion up on your wall.
 

UkAnony

Patron Meritorious
Come on you UK guys, do you want Scientology to keep getting tax breaks ?


Need your help to get this off the ground!
http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/12501

- Sign the petition (Must be citizen or resident)

- Forward it, tweet it, etc. Suggest hashtag #stupidscientology

- Harpoons to media, particularly those which have covered this issue before:
http://forums.whyweprotest.net/thre...iving-tax-breaks-to-scientology-winrar.64325/

- Harpoons to local and national politicians.
http://www.writetothem.com/

Thank you!


NB your name does not appear on the web when you sign the petition.
http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/privacy-policy
 

anonspork

Patron
BUMP.

Or to put it another way:

If you live in the UK and haven't already done so, please have a look at the e-petition and consider signing it and passing it on.

http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/12501

The first post in this thread contains more info and a link to the ongoing discussion on WWP.

Right now we have around 530 signatures and could do with a few thousand to get it onto the first page or so of the e-petition list. If we can do that, it's thought it'll probably be good enough to eventually get the issue raised in Parliament. We're expecting press coverage soon which should also help a bit.

Thanks!
 
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