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  1. https://www.buzzfeed.com/emilydugan/what-its-like-to-raise-a-family-in-a-single-room?utm_term=.ernAQwRJP#.imramVXBR
  2. She'll have spent it all in 2 years. " She said she was still shocked she had spent £500 on a personalised bracelet with five charms "
  3. Oh it's not all bad. Apart from the dinosaur attitudes of a lot of the old men, the awful tribalism that affects areas of Oldham (Kids won't go to other areas), and the nasty women from Newton Heath who do things in cars with men for money.
  4. Two claimants, Abdul Majid and Shabana Javed, are British citizens who have partners who are Pakistani nationals. The third is a Lebanese refugee who cannot find suitable work in the UK despite his postgraduate qualifications. He says his similarly-qualified wife has high earning potential and speaks fluent English. A final case concerns another recognised refugee from the Democratic Republic of Congo whose wife has been barred from settling.
  5. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-39050664 Income rules which stop thousands of British citizens bringing their foreign spouse to the UK are lawful "in principle" the Supreme Court has ruled. Judges rejected an appeal by families who argued that the rules breached their human right to a family life. As of 2012, Britons must earn more than £18,600 before a husband or wife from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) can settle in the UK. Judges criticised this threshold as "defective" and a cause of "hardship". The seven justices sitting on the case found those rules did not take sufficient account of the welfare of the children involved, or of alternative sources of income. -- What's a cause of hardship? What alternative sources of income?
  6. Manchester throws up new flats at every visit. Vile towers of horrors, that much be empty ... how many have they built over the last 10 years? 250k flats?
  7. Ah someone'll have to explain to all the shared ownership that they're on a leasehold too.
  8. Oh this is due to tax credirs being stopped for new migrant workers http://www.itv.com/news/2016-02-03/what-benefits-can-eu-migrants-claim/ Is it easy for EU migrants to claim benefits in the UK? No. Tougher rules came into force in March 2015 stating new EU migrants who arrive in the UK cannot claim any benefits until they have started work here. They must also have lived in the UK for three months before putting in any benefit claims. What benefits are they currently entitled to claim? Once they have been living in the country for three months they are entitled to claim: Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance Child Benefit Child Tax Credits They used to be allowed to claim Housing Benefit but this has now been scrapped. How much is the government paying out in EU migrant benefits now? Figures from the Department of Work and Pensions, obtained by The Times (£), reveal the government paid out: £30 million in child benefit in 2014 to families with children living abroad - of these, two third of claimants were Polish As of February 2015, DWP figures show there were 113,960 EU nationals claiming benefits - an increase of 21,870 since 2010. Of these: 21,460 were claiming Jobseeker's allowance 17,000 were claiming employment and support and incapacity benefits 6,000 were claiming carer's allowance 4,000 were claiming lone parent allowance 3,900 were claiming disability allowance
  9. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-38564137 Name: Mark Hepburn, age 23. A debt collector on £18,500 a year Lives with: Partner Laura Starkie, age 25. An accountant on £20,000 a year Location: Oldham, Greater Manchester House price: £125,000 for a three bedroom semi-detached house Deposit: £6,250 (5%) with the Help to Buy mortgage scheme (which ended in December) Name: Ruby Willard, age 22. A recruitment consultant on £19,000 a year plus commission Lives with: Partner Sam Bardell, age 22. An engineer on £24,000 a year plus overtime Location: Havant, Hampshire House price: £182,200 for a two-bedroom terraced house Deposit: £18,220 (10%) with the Help to Buy Isa
  10. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-38893452 Premium Bond prizes will be cut from May The estimated number of tax-free £100,000 prizes each month will fall from three to two, and there will also be two fewer £25,000 prizes. The reduction is part of a wider cut in interest rates across a range of NS&I's savings products. Cuts of up to 0.25 percentage points "reflect market conditions" it said. But please save for your old age care.
  11. They will all be built for either shared ownership, rent to buy, or specialist affordable rent. New council housing to be built. http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/new-council-houses-set-built-12557458#ICID=FB-MEN-main
  12. The guardian reports it as: ” They added that the government did not want to scare people off from renting out homes, but offer incentives to encourage best practice and isolate the worst landlords. By emphasising the rights of renters, as well as trying to boost house building, the white paper will mark a turning point for a party that since the 1980s, and the first council house sales, has promoted home ownership as a badge of success, while neglecting the interests of renters.
  13. https://houseprices.io/?q=Simmondley+Village Not shown up yet?
  14. Yes. something like 750,000 spare rooms. All those stories of people being homeless might not have to exist.
  15. No tax payers paying for huge chunks of it still. http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/how-much-bedroom-tax-costing-12437382
  16. They do bags of moss killer stuff at the allotment store .. about 80p a lb I think. Ammonium sulphate .. Lovely stuff. Sprinkle it on and the moss disappears.
  17. More than a quarter of live births were to mothers born outside the UK, an increase to 26.5% compared with 25.9% the previous year.
  18. The one next to my mum in rural midlands will maybe take his new wife and three children with them. He doesn't work. She is trained as a doctor in her home country but hasn't worked here as one as she has had two children in fairly short succession and hasn't finished whatever the conversion course is. She was doing cleaning work. Three less kids in overcrowded primary school. 5 less people registered at doctors 1 gravid female less in maternity. Less translation services for NHS. One empty council house. Less tax credits and CB, HB paid out.
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