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  1. 7 minutes ago, Riedquat said:

    The same's true, for, well, just about everything. I always put it down to them being the people with the time to do so, so most of the time that's probably always been the case. The question isn't why young people aren't joining such things, it's why recently retired aren't (and they're still the ones who have been able to retire, the pensions issue hasn't filtered up to that point yet).

    I don't think it's that they are retired and have time. I think it's something people used to do a lot more. Join in, be part of something. Some of them have been doing these things for years and years. 

    The recently retired who joined our allotment site has very little time - he already has a full range of hobbies and now his elderly parent needs much attention. 

  2. 50 minutes ago, crashmonitor said:

    Not actually my experience, these are the typical folk running village halls, chapels and WI...it would take a brave chap or lass under sixty to joing such a gathering.

    It's a problem not just restricted to village halls. Bee clubs are often run by old people. Many allotment sites are too. 
    And that would be fine if they weren't stuck in their ways, resistant to change etc.

  3. https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/jan/01/universal-basic-income-trials-being-considered-in-scotland

    Two councils, Fife and Glasgow, are investigating idea of offering everyone a fixed income regardless of earnings


    At the heart of any experiment with basic income is money: how much should people get and where will it come from? Kerr says his instinct is to base the amount on similar calculations to those made for the living wage.

    “It’s about having more than just enough to pay the bills. But part of the idea of doing a pilot is to make mistakes and also find out what is acceptable to the public. There will be a lot of resistance to this. We shouldn’t kid ourselves. Part of the problem is we’re working against a whole discourse of deserving and undeserving poor.”


  4. Whether it's the homeless families who are priced out of the housing market that only works for the few.
    This Christmas 120,000 children didn't have a home to call their own. That is scandalous and it's damaging to those young people's very formative years.

    But does he support bedroom tax (and extend it to OAPs)? That would have freed up plenty of family homes if labour council's weren't supporting people to stay in properties that are too big for them. 

    I am a firm believer that council housing should be appropriate to need. And for me that means families in family homes. It all requires there being more properties built for social housing. And if one council's data is right then there's huge demand for 2 bedroom bungalows (Is that cos OAPs can have 2 bedrooms as they are exempt from Bedroom tax?) 
    Until more homes are built, I think it makes sense to make best use of the 750,000 empty bedrooms  by allowing people to live in them. 


  5. http://www.campaignseries.co.uk/news/14990299.Council_suffering_from_lack_of_homes/

    The information also highlights that bungalows are the type of property most in demand, with 1,481 eligible for a two-bed bungalow while 1,207 are also eligible for a one-bedroom flat and 1,202 for a two-bedroom flat.

    “When you consider that in September there was just two two-bedroom bungalow available, one one-bed flat and six two-beds. That suggests meeting the demand from applicants for their properties will take a long time without a sizeable increase in social housing building. It is vital to increase the number of smaller properties available.’’

    So should only bungalows be built?

  6. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-38418877

    A new "ring of steel" costing £5m has been proposed to protect the skyscrapers in London's "Square Mile" from terrorist attack.

    Manned checkpoints, rising street bollards and crash-proof barricades are among the measures proposed.

    It follows advice from MI5 and counter-terrorism police.

    A Corporation of London report said they "had identified that the area was highly sensitive to... a hostile vehicle-borne security threat".




  7. 9 minutes ago, Saving For a Space Ship said:

    MPs poised to investigate VAT fraud on Amazon and eBay

    Public accounts committee expected to examine overseas traders evading hundreds of millions in tax on online sales


    Parliament’s public accounts committee has previously played a central role in shining a spotlight on other tax scandals involving the likes of Starbucks, Google and Amazon. 

    So have the tax issues relating to Starbucks, google and amazon all been solved now?

    My fav bit:
    Two months later, the Treasury announced new powers for HMRC to make large marketplace websites liable – in some circumstances – for VAT revenues lost to fraudulent overseas sellers.

  8. Didn't they introduce energy standards for rental properties here?

    Oh yes.

    As from the 1st April 2018 there will be a requirement for any properties rented out in the private rented sector to normally have a minimum energy performance rating of E on an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). The regulations will come into force for new lets and renewals of tenancies with effect from 1st April 2018 and for all existing tenancies on 1st April 2020.  https://www.rla.org.uk/landlord/guides/minimum-energy-efficiency-standards.shtml

  9. 3 hours ago, Ash4781 said:

    If the charge goes to 11k a year in mid next century and then as in the op a stonking 367mm a year it was always going to be expensive to buy out. It doesn't seem reasonable but I'd expect the solicitor to advise a buyer on this and all the other related issues. Surely those buyers like in the OP got decent legal advice and the facts presented? They then made a decision to proceed and not walk (or run) away

    If solicitors representing buyers all thought it was ok, then is it mis-selling? Or are conveyancers in need of new guidelines?

  10. http://www.worcesternews.co.uk/news/14971990.They_re_building_on_THIS__Anger_as_council_agrees_new_homes_on_Worcester_flood_zone/?ref=fbpg


    The fields will feature three attenuation ponds, wetlands and an orchard to soak in water, and one bungalow on the site will be raised to a higher level.

    The firm also promised to make 40 per cent of the scheme social housing.

    Cllr Jo Hodges said: "The word that makes me a bit shaky is 'probability', because that's just a forecast - and against that we've got people actually seeing flooding with their own eyes, seeing is believing.

    "Seeing the photos, there must be real concern it could flood. But it's difficult to argue with the expert evidence."


  11. 2 hours ago, Saving For a Space Ship said:

    There's more... from Jan  2016 


    WElink Energy agrees £1bn deal to build 8,000 green homes

    Renewable energy specialist teams up with Chinese group to construct zero-carbon dwellings

    Glad they called in the Chinese experts ...

    Why a Chinese Real Estate Bubble Could Bring Down the Global Economy  http://www.fortune.com/2016/11/02/china-housing-bubble/

    so how much is that per house?

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