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  1. Nearer to home, there is the Isle of Man... ‘Isle of Man Relationship with the European Union’: https://www.gov.im/media/624101/protocol3relationshipwiththeeu.pdf ‘Who needs a work permit?’: https://www.gov.im/categories/working-in-the-isle-of-man/work-permits/who-needs-a-work-permit/
  2. Irish Rent Allowance has been reduced in response to falling rents (not the other way round). Different market to the UK; even at the height of the bubble 1 in 15 Irish properties were empty.
  3. "A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away." - Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. "[the design process] is about designing and prototyping and making. When you separate those, I think the final result suffers." - Sir Jonathan Ive.
  4. Indeed; UK fish consumption has decreased over the last 50 years. Our waters have been plundered by foreign boats. 'Fifty years of nutrition': http://www.food.gov.uk/multimedia/webpage/66549/samverdict
  5. It's risen since the launch of the iPad... 'Apple's 2009 ad budget: Half a billion' [October 2009]: http://tech.fortune....half-a-billion/ 'Apple's 2010 ad budget increases by $190 million, but still outpaced by new sales growth' [October 2010]: http://www.appleinsi...les_growth.html
  6. Excellent article which is remarkably accurate and well balanced. One minor criticism is that forcing landlords to register would deter some people from renting empty properties out (e.g. when working away for a year). Much better to empower tenants and increase the supply.
  7. Just a heads up for what looks like an interesting TV programme. Attribution: 'Why our food is making us fat': http://www.guardian....s-making-us-fat
  8. It's the OP who called it a mall. Its official name is the 'Spring Gardens Shopping Centre': http://www.springgar....co.uk/about/39
  9. 'Apple's iPad plays crucial role in Greece's debt restructuring': http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/12/05/22/apples_ipad_plays_crucial_role_in_greeces_debt_restructuring.html
  10. It varies with circumstances, but in general Tax Credits are more effective than tax cuts in helping people in low-paid work... 'Can tax cuts alone make people better off?': http://www.litrg.org...s/2012/tax-cuts
  11. Each government that comes in seems to want to reformulate and rebrand. 'Working tax credit': http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Working_tax_credit
  12. It would be a poorly constructed study (and unworthy of publication) if it didn't at least attempt to eliminate such confounding variables. The usual methodology for such studies is to compare with a control group that are as near identical to the group under study apart from the one variable being examined.
  13. 'Jacobs falls into administration': http://www.techradar.com/news/photography-video-capture/cameras/jacobs-falls-into-administration-1083836
  14. As is usual with your posts, that tells us more about your prejudices (and apparent unwillingness to do even the most basic research) than it does anything about reality. 'The economic position of large families: A report of research carried out by the Institute for Social and Economic Research on behalf of the Department for Work and Pensions' [2006]: http://research.dwp.gov.uk/asd/asd5/rports2005-2006/rrep358.pdf
  15. The properties are described as "modern" so most likely the asking rent (and mortgage payments) are well above the applicable LHA rate. In any case, ownership of these properties will prevent him claiming means tested benefits for his own living costs.
  16. They may be able to get contribution based ESA for a period; after that, as you say, they would not be able to get ESA while owning property they don't live in.
  17. If it's reducing as a percentage of GDP then by definition it's not "rising by a huge amount". I think your judgement is poor.
  18. I think it's safe to assume that a journalist for a national newspaper knows the correct use of quotation marks.
  19. I've not looked at the figures, but I expect that broad money supply wasn't contracting as it is today. In this recession, QE is needed to replace the money that's being destroyed as the private sector pays down debts (e.g. net mortgage repayments).
  20. Perhaps it's because he's married to a white German rather than, say, a black British woman? Whatever, it's a libellous post and the mods would be well advised to remove it. It tells us much more about the Little Professor than it does anything about Nigel Farage.
  21. It isn't going to work like that (if it works at all). Housing Benefit will be calculated as now and limited to a maximum of the actual rent paid. It's the claim process and payments which are being brought into one system. The idea that you describe where claimants were incentivised to shop around and negotiate cheaper rents is how Housing Benefit used to work from when the Local Housing Allowance (LHA) was introduced in April 2008. Claimants were allowed to keep up to £15 a week of any saving. The Clueless Coalition stopped that. Claimants no longer have any incentive to look for rents below the LHA rate. Having read the proposals my prediction is that Universal Credit will be a huge debacle. Many more people will be dragged into the benefits system, even more will find that they are no better off working, and it will cost far more than the government expect due to a reduction in the non-take up rate. 'Tax warning for self-employed Cumbrians' [February 2011]: http://www.cumberlan...erPath=business 'Welfare Reform Bill: Public Bill Committees, 29 March 2011, 6:00 pm': http://www.theyworkf...011-03-29a.4.17
  22. Did it have a happy ending? Massages often do.
  23. Boys and girls may have separate bedrooms (not necessarily on their own) only once one of them is aged 10. In all other cases children are expected to share two to a bedroom until they are aged 16.
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