SarahBell

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  1. Skynet.
  2. Is it a facebook thing?
  3. https://www.taxinsider.co.uk/1675-Buy_To_Let_Property_Too_Costly_To_Sell.html In this scenario, Philip faces a dilemma. If he sells that one property now, he will be roughly £32,000 out of pocket – although he will save himself £1,600 a year of increased tax cost, indefinitely. But if he can afford to suffer the additional tax cost of finance, and he believes that the property will ultimately claw back the value lost in the last few years, then he could be better off biding his time
  4. Not on holiday. Alive and well posting elsewhere.
  5. It's a drug using criminal who has exploded. Oh no wait it's a gas incident.
  6. What it will ultimately create is more pensions to be funded. Employing council staff to manage private rentals isn't a sensible idea. (Manage they will, to fill plenty of officer hours) What councils need is more environmental enforcement officers trained to deal with substandard housing. And to enforce action against bad landlords. The initial scheme in Manchester's Moston and Lightbowne folded. FOI would reveal the scale of damage to council tax payers and the huge waste of time it was. If you want landlords to improve properties, then ensure there ar systems to force them - and there currently are - but by EH not a new branch of the council. And if you want neighbour nuisance dealt with then you need to actually learn how to change people. Councils just evict bad tenants. Do they expect more from private landlords?
  7. Clicks make prizes.
  8. LEd is excellent. Like coming out of the dark ages changing from CFLs.
  9. We also need to cap the pensions of anyone getting taxpayer money. CEOs of Councils, NHS etc etc are all paid way too much, but to pay pension equivalents is even more madness. Cap their pension to the absolutely minimum pay grade.
  10. ^^ What he says.
  11. Something local where money will make a direct difference. Scouts/guides.
  12. "The blacklist, however, will only be accessible to local and central government – not to members of the public using letting agents, and not to employers or recruitment companies in the sector." So pointless.
  13. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/10391238/Benefits-in-Europe-country-by-country.html AUSTRIA Health care Available immediately, but only if you pay “social insurance” Child benefit Immediate payment of £89 per month Unemployment benefit Only available to people who have paid social insurance Housing benefit No equivalent scheme BELGIUM Health care Available after a year Child benefit £115 a month, available immediately Unemployment benefit Have to have previously worked in Belgium Housing benefit No national scheme; amounts vary regionally. BULGARIA Health care Free emergency care immediately; other treatments only available if you pay social insurance Child benefit Targeted schemes restricted to Bulgarian citizens Unemployment benefit Minimum of nine months of working in the country required to qualify Housing benefit Immediate monthly allowance buzt only if you have a local authority home already CYPRUS Health care Free, available immediately Child benefit Immediate yearly payment of £444 Unemployment benefit Six months of work in Cyprus required to qualify Housing benefit Immediately available, limited to £506 a month CZECH REPUBLIC Health care Available immediately but cash charges apply Child benefit £23 a month available immediately Unemployment benefit 12-month minimum qualifying period Housing benefit Available immediately DENMARK Health care Free, available immediately Child benefit Up to £161 a month available after 12 months Unemployment benefit Minimum of one year’s work required to qualify Housing benefit No equivalent scheme ESTONIA Health care Available immediately but cash payments required for some treatments Child benefit £16 per month available immediately Unemployment benefit £12.50 per week available immediately Housing benefit No equivalent scheme FINLAND Health care Public health service charging flat-rate fees. Available immediately Child benefit £88 per month available immediately Unemployment benefit Basic weekly unemployment allowance available after two months Housing benefit Up to 80 per cent of housing costs available immediately but system varies regionally FRANCE Health care Only available with a card proving entitlement, issued to residents Child benefit Immediate payment, but only for parents with more than one child Unemployment benefit Four-month qualifying period Housing benefit Immediate; scheme based on house size and local factors GERMANY Health care Only available with a health insurance card Child benefit £155 per month available immediately Unemployment benefit Immediate means-tested allowance for jobseekers who have made "intensive efforts" to find work Housing benefit Full amount of housing costs available immediately GREECE Health care 100 days of work required to qualify Child benefit No equivalent scheme Unemployment benefit Minimum of six months of work required to qualify Housing benefit No equivalent scheme HUNGARY Health care Not immediately available Child benefit £40.60 per month available immediately Unemployment benefit Minimum qualifying period of 360 days Housing benefit No equivalent scheme IRELAND Health care Free after living in Ireland for three consecutive years, but free immediately to UK citizens Child benefit £110 per month available immediately Unemployment benefit £160 per week available immediately Housing benefit Immediate rent supplement providing short-term support ITALY Health care Free, available immediately Child benefit No equivalent scheme Unemployment benefit Qualifying period of three months Housing benefit No national scheme; varies according to region LATVIA Health care Public health service with fees for GP and hospital visits, available immediately Child benefit Immediate monthly payment of £9.30 Unemployment benefit One-year qualifying period Housing benefit Varies locally LITHUANIA Health care Three months qualifying period but “urgent care” free immediately Child benefit Immediate monthly payment of £24 Unemployment benefit 18-month qualifying period Housing benefit No equivalent scheme LUXEMBOURG Health care Not available immediately, as insurance-based Child benefit £157.10 per month available immediately Unemployment benefit Minimum of six months of work required to qualify Housing benefit Immediate rent allowance of up to £104.90 MALTA Health care Free, available immediately Child benefit Immediate payment; up to £81.55 a month Unemployment benefit Immediate means-tested benefit of up to £16 per day Housing benefit No equivalent scheme POLAND Health care Free, available immediately Child benefit Immediate payment of up to £54 per month Unemployment benefit Qualifying period of one year Housing benefit No equivalent scheme PORTUGAL Health care Free, available immediately Child benefit Monthly payment of up to £40 Unemployment benefit Qualifying period of 180 days Housing benefit No equivalent scheme ROMANIA Health care six-month qualifying period, except for emergencies Child benefit monthly payment of up to £20 Unemployment benefit minimum qualifying period of 12 months Housing benefit no equivalent scheme SLOVAKIA Health care immediately available; nominal cash payment for treatments Child benefit immediate monthly payment of £19 Unemployment benefit minimum two-year qualifying period Housing benefit No equivalent scheme SLOVENIA Health care Available immediately but required to pay minimum of 10 per cent of some treatment costs Child benefit Immediate payment of up to £97 per month Unemployment benefit Minimum contribution of nine months Housing benefit Only available if you already have social housing SPAIN Health care Only available with a card proving entitlement Child benefit Immediate payment of up to £20 per month Unemployment benefit Immediate payment available based on a variable proportion of average wages Housing benefit No equivalent scheme SWEDEN Health care Available immediately; basic fees for care Child benefit Immediate monthly payment of £101 Unemployment benefit Six-month qualifying period Housing benefit Immediate monthly allowance of up to £125 HOLLAND Health care only available with a certificate proving entitlement Child benefit Immediate payment of £943 per year Unemployment benefit Six-month qualifying period Housing benefit Means tested, available immediately UNITED KINGDOM Health care Available immediately and free of charge under the National Health Service Child benefit Paid immediately if the child is under 16, or 16 to 19 and in education or training, and the claimant has an individual income of less than £50,000. Amount is £20.30 a week for the eldest or only child, £13.40 per additional child Unemployment benefit Immediate payment of £71.70 a week in Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) after proving you are actively seeking work. EU migrants have to pass the “right-to-reside” test to show they are “economically active”. The European Commission wants to abolish this test. There is also contribution-based additional JSA which is only available after working for at least two years. Housing benefit Available immediately if you are on a low income, whether you are working or unemployed. How much depends on individual circumstances, but amount cannot normally exceed £250 per week for a one-bedroom property, or up to £400 a week for four bedrooms or more
  14. In November of last year, the government announced it would re-examine its policy on transgender prisoners So their own wing?