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  1. Posted this in an another thread but from what i am seeing at least part of the rental market seems to be in trouble. Just a comment on properties coming on the market. To get into the city centre the last half mile of my drive takes in an area close to the University, I would guess around 75% of property I pass is rented. Over the last couple of weeks I have seen loads of For Sale boards appearing yesterday I counted the new ones 14 in total. Twelve of them have had To Rent boards outside for at least six months,two of these are going for auction,they are both ex corner shops at the end of roads both refurbished around a year ago and on the rental market since but no takers. The amount of property to rent has at a guess also more than tripled over the last month, to the extent that blocks of 4 to 5 houses in a row are not uncommon. Just to note most of the property is Victorian terraced and i would guess about half student lets.
  2. Just a comment on properties coming on the market to get into the city centre the last half mile of my drive takes in an area close to the University, I would guess around 75% of property I pass is rented. Over the last couple of weeks I have seen loads of For Sale boards appearing yesterday I counted the new ones 14 in total. Twelve of them have had To Rent boards outside for at least six months,two of these are going for auction,they are both ex corner shops at the end of roads both refurbished around a year ago and on the rental market since but no takers. The amount of property to rent has at a guess also more than tripled over the last month, to the extent that blocks of 4 to 5 houses are not uncommon. Just to note most of the property is Victorian terraced and i would guess about half student lets.
  3. Might this be the way forward to kick start the economy start talking up strikes by staff at major retailers. Ministers saying get down to DFS and get a spare before they run out of sofas,Argos will be shut and you will not be able to get that extra garden hammock so buy it now. I am pretty well stocked up at the moment but as my mother would say you can never be to careful and if it helps Osborne and the bankers out .......well. Not sure but as most of our oil is imported and the depleted stocks will have to be filled won't this cancel out any effect of the panic buying.
  4. This thread is driving me mad,i saw this property on a TV programme think it was used for holiday lets,but like a name or song you can't remember but is on the tip of your tongue the damn thing keeps going round in my head. Meant to add that the programme was on about the refurbishment of the property.
  5. The myth continues the truth is that those with an income over the average wage claim one third or around £50 billion from the welfare budget a few examples. 43% of Child Benefit (£4.8 billion) goes to those on above average incomes, Likewise: 25% of Incapacity Benefit (£1.5 billion) 40% of Disability Living Allowance (£4.2 billion) 13% of Tax Credits (£3 billion) Spending on the unemployed is the tenth biggest benefit, the largest being the basic state pension which also takes around a third of all spending,in fact it is nearly three times more than the next in line Housing and Council tax benefit.
  6. I think you will find most landlords will not accept direct payment of HB from the council for the simple reason that if a tenant has made a false claim the council comes after the landlord for their money back on the grounds that they have taken stolen money. Landlords would rather risk losing a few months rent in non payment and evict the tenant, than face the prospect of repaying what might be years of rental income back to the council. As for a landlord getting outstanding rent paid to them by the council, they would be told to take a long walk off a short pier.
  7. Have not seen much mention or comment on what seems to be the crucial fact that the Sunday Times hacks were quite open about the money coming from or through Liechtenstein which is illegal. As to what was offered for their money they should have checked the Tory website. A £50,000 bung gets you into "The Leader's Group", with members "invited to join David Cameron and other senior figures at dinners, post-PMQ lunches, drinks receptions, election result events and important campaign launches". In other words, exactly the same privileges as Cruddas told the Sunday Times hacks they'd be getting for five times that amount.
  8. This is a normal Gilligan article full of misinformation, exaggeration and porkies. The news is at least a week old and the article uses selected comments from a lecture given by Andrew McNaughton, who is Chief Engineer of HS2. Referring to the HS2 proposals for London, he said the city was the 'only true metropolis in Europe', and that it was necessary to be able to distribute people to all parts of the metropolitan area. This explained the plan for a major interchange station at Old Oak Common, just west of Paddington, which would enable passengers for the west and east of central London to continue their journeys with one simple change to Crossrail, while passengers heading north or south would continue to Euston, where they too could make one change to Underground, Overground or suburban National Rail services. He added that the new station at Euston, which would include housing as well as commercial and retail developments, would be the size of 17 Emirates’ football stadiums, and would be 'the biggest development of any kind ever seen in London'. In support of the Old Oak Common plans, he said that the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham was regarding the development not just as a railway interchange but as a West London equivalent of the Docklands regeneration area. He also predicted that, further north, the building of a new central station in Birmingham would trigger development of that city's East Side as a new commercial quarter, while the National Exhibition Centre area would become a new city, focused on crucial interchanges of railways and motorways. He believed the airport alongside the NEC would be able to claim the title of 'London Birmingham', because it would be closer to central London in journey times than either Stansted or Gatwick. So the Midland City development was just a prediction by one person about what might happen when the link is built.
  9. Just pointing out that John gave her her first contracts, but they were under legislation that Maggie introduced. Since then as the pseudo private sector has expanded under governments of all colours, Emma has become a master of courting those in power.
  10. Just a quick point they got their first contracts from the Major government. Emma has been a master of courting those in power ever since, both labour and tory, but the original idea of paying the private sector huge chunks of tax payers money was Thatchers Emma just jumped on the gravy train she created.
  11. Osborne saw that one coming so he lowered the 40 pence threshold by £2,500,and upped the bottom end by £1,100 so save £220 at the bottom but pay an extra £250 in the middle.Win win for Osborne.
  12. It is not 50% of your income but an extra 10 pence on earnings over £150,000 a year so if you earn an extra £350,000 giving you half a million you are in effect paying only £35.000 more than if the rate was 40 pence, doubt many people earning half a million a year would leave for that amount. A good tax lawyer and accountant would cost you more than that.
  13. Another example of absorbing political bull from the Boris camp and others of the same ilk. Automatic Train Operation (ATO) is being confused with “Automation”. These are not the same thing .Because of various factors the age of the system,the fact large parts do not run underground and station design the myth of driverless trains on almost all of the system will remain just that.
  14. Also it is not an automatic bonus of £850,because of the terms under which any extra money is paid out.I suspect very few of the staff will get the full amount when payment time comes. But as most people only read headlines and maybe the first few lines of an article,it makes spreading lies by the media alot easier.
  15. Just checked the web site of one local private halls of residence company they have three large converted office blocks and around one and a half thousand places. They have nearly filled their rooms for next September. Friends daughter and her boyfriend have booked a double studio flat that works out at £75 each. They are in a shared house at the moment rent plus utility bills ect have worked out more expensive than the all inclusive deal they will get. The house they share at the moment means they have to use the bus to get to Uni,their new digs are five minutes walk away saving around £ 20 a week between them on fares.
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