Web Site Development Brief - hosted on a cpanel system
1. Betterlawsplease is intended to be a political social network, where British (UK IP only?) members can create/suggest new Acts or Bills (laws) to be considered publically for the UK Parliament.
2. The concept is that Members of The Community will in effect behave like parliamentarians. They can propose a law, they can second a law. They can vote on a law, they can comment on a law.
2.1. Each Act submitted will consist of three parts:
2.1.1. The Title - a maximum of 20 words
2.1.2. The Description - a maximum of 200 words.
2.1.3. The Submission – a maximum of 300 words
220.127.116.11.1. An Act to “remove all taxi and bus lanes from Central London”
18.104.22.168.1.1. This Act will ensure the free flow of regular traffic throughout the capital, by ensuring that buses and all forms of public transport including taxis are treated the same as private motors
2.2. It will also be possible to suggest an amendment to an existing Act. Thus:
2.2.1. An Amendment to The 2004 Companies Act – Staff Bonus payments for all quoted public companies
22.214.171.124. This amendment will ban the payments of bonuses to any employee for any quoted public company, which has failed to show a net profit before interest and tax in the financial year in the 24 month period prior to the end of the current financial year.
2.3. Proposers of Laws may make amendments to their own laws following suggestions from the other members. SO in the example of 2.1 above, if twenty members had left suggestions saying this was wrong and would be better only applied to taxis, the proposer of the law could amend it to read only taxis. But only he could make that amendment and both the original and amended version could be seen.
2.4. Once submitted, each Act will go on The Proposed Bills section of each Government Department.
2.5. Each Act must then gain four “seconders”, to go through to the voting stage.
2.6. Every fortnight, a list of Bills will be opened for voting
2.6.1. Each Bill will require at least 65% of the Membership to vote for them with a minimum of 100 members.
2.6.2. Each Bill will have a Yes – No – Abstain box and the numbers will be recorded alongside each Bill.
2.6.3. Bills will be available for voting only for that fortnight.
3. All visitors must register their name and email.
3.1. In addition Members must ask for various rights
3.1.1. The ability to make Comments
3.1.2. Propose new laws
3.1.3. Second New Laws
3.1.4. Vote on existing Laws
3.1.5. View Only
3.2. In addition Members can also ask to receive notifications about their special areas of interest – based on the available Government Departments shown below
4. The site layout should consist of a:
4.1. Front Page
4.1.1. Registration Form
4.1.2. Government Departments for your new Laws
Attorney General’s Office
Business, Enterprise and Regulation Reform (Department for)
Children, Families and Schools (Department for)
Communities and Local Government (Department for)
Culture, Media and Sport (Department for)
Defence (Ministry of)
Energy and Climate Change (Department of)
Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Department for)
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Government Equalities Office
Health (Department of)
Innovation, University and Skills (Department for)
International Development (Department for)
Justice (Ministry of)
Northern Ireland Office
Office of the Advocate General for Scotland
Office of the Leader of the House of Commons
Office of the Leader of the House of Lords and Lord President of the Council
Prime Minister's Office (No 10)
Transport (Department for)
Work and Pensions (Department for)
4.1.3. Members Chat room – Blog Area
4.1.4. Current Bills awaiting seconders
4.1.5. Bills currently being voted on and their current scores
4.1.6. Others to be decided upon
5. DESIGN Issues
5.1. Please look at [url removed, login to view]
5.2. The site should be clear, crisp, clean, responsible
5.3. All design elements are to be fixed – all texts are to be changeable
5.4. Site hosted with Cpanel, and Fantastico so will support Joomla, Wordpress, Drupal etc etc
5.5. Site to contain column of six changeable affiliate based ads
5.6. SEO enhanced
PLEASE NOTE: Communication by Skype based on UK timezones is essential. This may require the freelancer to adjust their work times accordingly.