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  1. Re high rise blocks there are also the new building safety regs to take into account.
  2. They only have to do 25 hours a week when the children are in primary school. It goes up to 35 hours a week once the youngest goes to high school. 70% of wrap around care can be claimed back.
  3. Yeah but only 1. He works in merchandising for non essential retail. I know of a few recruiters who were furloughed but made redundant around September - they all seem to have found jobs pretty quickly though as apparently some areas of recruitment are doing well again.
  4. I can imagine. It’s finding the balance between not penalising those, who through no fault of their own, have fallen on hard times - one parent has died or has legitimately run off and disappeared and those that think they have a right to be a mother and that everyone else is obliged to pay for their right to be a mother. Unfortunately that second attitude seems to be pretty hardwired amongst posters on mumsnet.
  5. Bringing the 2 child limit in in 2017 was also a good idea. They don’t get extra benefits for 3rd child and above, born after April 2017, other than child benefit which is about £10 a week. Although they can demand a bigger house due to over crowding if they have lots of kids. Still lots of squealing about that from the career single mothers over on mumsnet. As you say, still lots on the old system but hopefully the message is gradually getting out. Also, EEs wanting to come here to claim benefits can no longer come but plenty moved here to milk it and we can’t get rid of them.
  6. I agree. I understand it was the Callaghan Labour government that changed our system to non contributory and then the Blair / Brown Labour government who presided over the influx of unskilled workers who need (and are entitled to under a non contributory benefits system) benefits to survive.
  7. Most of them can’t afford to be taxed more. We could stop being so generous to those who make bad choices. Food and board (in some kind of large dormitories) in exchange for work that benefits the community - litter picking, graffiti cleaning etc. Knowing that a free house and a life on benefits is no longer the result of having kids is no longer the result of having kids they can’t afford, may make the next generation make different decisions. The benefits system is pretty generous to those with kids (rightly as it’s not the kids fault that their parents had kids they couldn’t
  8. https://www.mumsnet.com/Talk/property/4136068-gutted-stamp-duty mixed views on this one.
  9. https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/dec/07/council-refusing-help-home-office-deport-rough-sleepers-homeless?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other What’s the consensus on homeless non Brits?
  10. https://www.mumsnet.com/Talk/property/4096267-House-not-selling No link unfortunately but worth a watch.
  11. https://www.mumsnet.com/Talk/property/4088928-the-forlorn-buyers-sellers-club This one is interesting.
  12. Oligarch’s daughters and French investment bankers, according to mumsnet. They are queuing up to buy ex council flats apparently.
  13. A couple of posters have mentioned the EWS1 certificate. I think that means only cash buyers unless the freeholder has an EWS1.
  14. I don’t know London so can’t comment on the area. its certainly not a nice flat though. Love the 2 balcony photos - the real one and the photoshopped one.
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