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Get ready for an evictions ‘avalanche’ after May 31st, warns expert

first_imgHome » News » Get ready for an evictions ‘avalanche’ after May 31st, warns expert previous nextRegulation & LawGet ready for an evictions ‘avalanche’ after May 31st, warns expertPaul Shamplina of Landlord Action says courts will struggle to clear backlog of 20,000 old cases and new ones when ban ends.Nigel Lewis31st March 20210678 Views Leading evictions expert Paul Shamplina has warned letting agents and landlords to expect a ‘concerning’ and potentially chaotic situation once the ban on bailiff evictions is lifted on May 31st.The Landlord Action founder says the County Court system will be unable to cope with the avalanche of 20,000 evictions cases that are either waiting to be given the green light or for warrants to be executed.On May 31st the courts will face the daunting task of processing and enforcing the backlog, in addition to fresh cases that will be coming to court.Each year in England and Wales some 28,000 evictions are processed but last year just 500 went through the courts after the March lockdown.Shamplina (pictured) says all these unprocessed evictions will not go away and that: “Unfortunately, we now have a situation where cases are backed up, new cases are arising all the time and the scale of the issue is impossible to predict because so many are still being cushioned by support such as furlough, business grants and/or mortgage holidays.“When this package of measures comes to an end, and without government support to help tenants pay back accumulated arrears, I fear we could be heading for an eviction avalanche.”Also, the government’s six-months arrears requirement won’t help – Landlord Action says 60% of its cases are those where tenants are more than half a year behind in rent.Before Covid, the company says, such cases were rare.The courts will also have to deal with a deluge of landlords who have court orders outstanding from a year ago and warrants due to expire, and who must now re-apply to refresh their claims.“We don’t yet know if these landlords will be at the front or the back of the queue” says Shamplina.bailiff evictions Paul Shamplina of Landlord Action March 31, 2021Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

Oxford Student newspaper to close

first_imgThe Oxford Student newspaper is set to close by popular demand. The decision was announced in the OxStu itself last month, but it appears no one had seen the announcement until this morning.The OxStu editorial team released a short statement, which read: “It is with regret that we terminate this publication with immediate effect. OUSU have generously supported our publishing for some years, but we feel now is the right time to put the money to better use.“We are sorry to disappoint our mothers, who have read what we print every week. If students want to stay informed next term we would encourage them to turn to our more experienced colleagues at Cherwell.”The OxStu is well known as a source of combustible material for log fires, and as a provider of lavatory paper. Copies have also proved useful for drying wet shoes, and for papier mâché.Previous editors of the paper have included Viv Richards (cricketer) and Paul Chuckle (CBBC). Distribution began in 1992 and its famous exclusives included the “St Hilda’s yogurt scandal” and “OUCA: Bunch of Wankers”.The Cherwell tried to interview people disappointed with the announcement, but no one was available. One student commented, “The OxWho?”Those confused by the news were referred to today’s date.last_img read more

Dorchester bakery sells bread by candlelight

first_imgA recently opened Dorchester bakery was forced to sell bread by candlelight after the energy supplier to the shop’s previous tenant cut off the shop’s electricity.Owner Clive Cobb, told British Baker that npower had turned off the electricity at The Town Mill Bakery’s shop in Tudor Arcade, South Street, on Tuesday 15 December, as the previous tenant had an unpaid bill outstanding, before reinstating it on Friday 18 December. “Npower asked us to take out a contract with them and pay a £4,000 deposit,” said Cobb. “And along with all the local coverage including the BBC news, they then came and switched us back on again.”The majority of the organic bakery’s products are baked at Town Mill’s Exeter bakery in Topsham, so the shop was still able to sell fresh bread. “We didn’t have any tills and everyone had to dress up, as it was really cold,” explained Cobb. “We may not yet have power here in Dorchester…but we do have candles, fresh bread and scrummy cakes!,” read a post on its Twitter site on the morning of 18 December. The shop opened in the second week of November 2009, and a contract had been taken out with a different energy supplier. Cobb said that as npower had addressed its correspondence to the previous tenants, he had no idea what the situation was until a representative from npower walked through the door with a summons.“We’re waiting for compensation now, which npower has said it is going to give us,” said Cobb, who estimates the shop lost approximately £3,200 in takings for the time it had no electricity. “Our sales weren’t dramatically down. Where we’d normally take around £1,000 a day, we took around £400, so it wasn’t a complete disaster,” said Cobb. “And we got more publicity from being closed than we would have done from being open.”Town Mill Bakery is based in Lyme Regis, Dorset and has shops in Sherbourne and Dorchester. In September 2009, it moved it bread production to Topsham, in Devon and its Lyme Regis site was transformed into a restaurant and the hub of its cake-baking business.last_img read more

Speech: Defence Secretary keynote speech at the Land Warfare Conference 2019

first_imgD-DAYIn a few days’ time the nation will pay tribute to those who fought on D-Day. From Portsmouth’s Southsea Common to Bayeaux Cathedral…we will stand in silence recalling the incredible operations off the coast, in the air and on the beaches of Normandy.When we commemorate those events this week what will be in our thoughts?Will it be the landing craft, or the reconnaissance planes, or the supply ships. No.Our focus will be on the veterans, and all who made that immense endeavour possible.From the civilians who came together at a moment’s notice to build the Mulberry Harbours… wrap up small arms components and sew ID badges……to the merchant sailors that swelled our naval force…and enabled the critical transport of men and supplies….…to the mighty endeavour of that 62,000-strong British element of the 21st Army Group who charged up the beaches…and those who made the ultimate sacrifice in those dark days.It was, according to Churchill, “the most difficult and complicated operation that has ever taken place”. It was so called ordinary people doing extraordinary things. It is the testimony of those who were there that will captivate us in the coming days. People like Bill Fitzgerald, just eighteen years old, as he along with his comrades stormed those beaches. Then as now it is the people who made the difference. And in defence, if we do not put our people first we will fail to generate and maintain the capability that we need. And we will have broken that covenant between the state and our communities and those who step up to protect them.As I speak the men and women of our armed forces are working across the globe…combatting terrorism …working with allies and partners to build up the resilience of fragile states……delivering humanitarian aid to those most in need……standing up for our values of democracy, tolerance and justice and achieving great things.I want to put on record my congratulations to Brigadier Celia Harvey who was selected today to be the Deputy Commander Field Army as a Major General. The third Female Army Major General 2* and the first female reserve 2*. My congratulations to her.LIVING WAGE FOR OUR ARMED FORCESWe often say what an amazing job they do, because they continually provide us with opportunities to say so. We must take care of them. While they are serving and after they have served.That is why we will shortly consult on protecting against repeated investigations and litigations against our veterans and AF personnel into historic operations outside the UK. Actions which are not motivated or serve justice, and also consult on paying higher levels of compensation for those injured on combat operations, or to the families for those who have been killed.Nor should any solider, sailor, airman or women be asked to serve our country and not be sufficiently rewarded. The armed forces are exempt from the living wage, as they are in effect, on call 365 days a year, but I am determined to ensure the lowest paid members of the armed forces are lifted to ensure that none of them are below an acceptable salary to live well on. We are undertaking work to determine what a living wage looks like for those who can be called on day or night.They should get a living wage.That is what I will be arguing for in the decisions on this year’s pay review, and it will be a spending priority for me.It is the right thing to do, but I also recognise that the decision to serve is not motivated by money.People are motivated by what they will be doing and what that achieves in the world and the values that underpin it: protecting, serving, doing your duty for your country.Central to that is to understand what the Army is for.That sounds a simple question, but it is one that I am often asked, including by members of the British Army themselves. How can we build connections with our communities, how can we have a strong narrative to recruit if we cannot say what our purpose is.The reality is, the world is changing and the threats increasing from a diverse range of sources. As earlier speakers have said, Cyber attack is now the new normal. Between 2016 and 2017 NATO saw such attacks on its infrastructure increasing by 60 percent. Whether the origin is Russia, China or North Korea…or from hacktivists, criminals or extremists…the cyber threat can bring down our national infrastructure and undermine our democracy.All the while, we’re having to deal with the hybrid dangers as nations increasingly employ proxy actors to carry out aggression and intimidation at arms-length but now below the threshold of armed combat.Whatever the correct response to these new forms of aggression, in many cases their deterrence relies on a credible threat of hard power. And the reality is wars are still won or lost on land. We need to seize and hold territory endures and yes, the future may look very different in years to come, but meantime, while armour is relevant it must be capable, and we must be competitive.We have not been.Challenger 2, has been in service without a major upgrade since 1998. During this time the United States, Germany and Denmark have completed two major upgrades, whilst Russia has fielded five new variants with a sixth pending.Warrior, is even more obsolete, and is twenty years older than those operated by our key allies. Since Warrior’s introduction in 1988 the United States and Germany have conducted four major upgrades and Russia has invested in three new variants.So we must invest in our warfighting division, and it is critical we honour the commitments we made in the SDSR 2015 to maintain a world-class divisional war fighting capability, through upgrades and new vehicles, equipped to win wars in the information age…with advanced sensors and automated search, tracking and detection systems.At the same time, I am keen that we shouldn’t overlook the advantages of more joint ways of working. Look at the successes of the Joint Helicopter Force which brings all battlefield helicopters under a single command.Why can’t we do something similar with robotics and unmanned vehicles across all the services…by building a hub overseen by Joint Force Command? Not only will we be able to work better with industry and have a more integrated approach, but we will also be able to plug into what the rest of government is doing too.At DFID in my previous job I did a huge amount of work on drones, new designs able to lift heavy payloads, and get medicine and supplies into conflict zones and solve many headaches that humanitarians were facing. We boosted creativity through challenge funds and setting up an innovation hub. I think we should be doing more of this in Defence and supporting growth.In that way to we can create a common mission with the country that is wider than defence: The security and prosperity of the UK, that is what we are for.That is how we will serve our country. And those who put themselves forward to serve are special people.MAKING THE MOST OF TALENTThere is more that we need to do to avoid people dropping out of the recruitment and training pipeline. Currently, for every eight applicants one soldier enters training. Just last year that figure was 12 applicants for every soldier. So we’ve made some good progress but we must do better.I am challenging the army to reduce that ratio to six to one. It’s also worth reflecting that, once a candidate passes the assessment centre we still lose up to seven per cent of applicants before they commence training. I want us to re-engage with these individuals that have dropped out. Individuals who felt a call to serve. Why did they leave? Was the army not for them? Have they considered another service? Have they considered a career on the civilian side?If we are serious about bringing up all our forces to the required strength then we must pursue every register of interest.And we also need to do more to encourage our people to remain in the forces –when they’re thinking of leaving or have reached the end of their current contracts. We already allow people to transfer between different services…offering quicker recruitment and rapid promotion to those with unique talents. But to say we haven’t really sold this is an understatement. We need to make sure that is not just feasible but positively encouraged.It makes sense when the British taxpayer has invested so heavily in a person that we make best use of that person in the service of their country.FULL VALUE OF DEFENCEWe have to maximise every efficiency.But in making our pitch to the treasury we also need to talk about the full value of Defence. And that’s not just about jobs in industry, supply chain and services , or export sales, or inventions, or defence engagement which we often mention. It’s also about social mobility, and the fabric of our society.The Army is a place of great opportunity. You take people from all walks of life. You give them a sense of purpose, belonging and family. Indeed, you give them a home away from home and imbue them with those precious values of courage, discipline, integrity, respect for others, loyalty and selfless commitment. As Army Gunner and drummer Hussein Sadiq put it: “I ended up finding that the Army’s core values reflected my own.”But the Army does something even more than that. It fires ambition. The British Army has a long and proud history of discovering exceptional character and talent in people which nobody else could see or be bothered to look for.Rebecca Smith from Grimsby was at rock bottom and sleeping rough. She took a decision to walk into an Army careers office. She became a vehicle mechanic within the (REME) and rose rapidly through the ranks to corporal as a Challenger 2 expert. Having been recognised for her exceptional leadership talent she was recently commissioned from Sandhurst and is now on her young officers’ training course…returning to the REME as a second lieutenant. Her previous hard times are now a distant memory.The British Army has taught many to read and write, academic and practical skills, enabling huge numbers of people to have the tools they need to be active citizens.And just as I want defence to do more on the UK prosperity agenda I want us to do more on social mobility agenda too. At a time of rising knife crime and prevalent gang culture in some parts of the UK, the Army’s ethos can make a real difference to young people. It can offer hope.Defence has so much to offer, in our armed forces and our cadet units, but also in the fantastic organisations that sit in our communities alongside us. I have been so struck in particular how Military Preparation colleges have enthused those who other education establishments fail to inspire. They have encouraged study and physical fitness, self-confidence and self-worth, a sense of duty and service. And they have given some youngsters options where they had none.I believe it is time to use the skills and lesson learned at these colleges and elsewhere in the Army to address this national blight of gangs and weapons on our streets.Today I wish to announce, in support of the Ministerial Taskforce on Serious Violence, that my Department will be holding a summit involving Military Preparation Colleges and those working to divert young people away from gangs and violence. We will bring all that we have to offer to this issue.Courage is inspirational.We will never forget what the Army accomplished on D-Day seventy-five years ago. It still inspires us still today.An achievement which founded not on having the most powerful weapons but on having people equipped with extraordinary courage, ingenuity and determination.Today’s Army shares those qualities and our people are going out of their way across to globe to make a difference…protecting innocents…lifting people out of poverty…and providing hope for others from Estonia to Afghanistan, from Iraq to South Sudan.Yet, as we look into the future, an age in which the dangers are changing and growing, we will depend on our people more than ever.So we must look after them, like never before.That is my priority.last_img read more

Biscuits see value growth in 2013

first_imgSales of biscuits defied tough economic conditions last year to grow by 3.6% in value.According to a report by the HGCA, based on Kantar Worldpanel data, growth in the UK biscuit market was driven by the key trends of health and convenience, with pack sales increasing by 2% last year compared to 2012.‘Healthier biscuits’ made the largest percentage gains – up around 30% in terms of number of pack sold – while children’s biscuits and ‘everyday treats’ also made gains.Growth in breakfast biscuits was also particularly strong, tapping into consumer demand for convenience and portability, said the report.“Biscuits appear to have weathered the storms that affected some other categories in the face of tight consumer budgets,” said the report.“However, with consumer confidence increasing once more and a potential rise in budgets available for snacking, biscuits will need to maintain the market share they have accrued when faced with greater competition from other snacking options.”The HGCA is part of the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board – a levy-based organisation focused on making agriculture and horticulture industries more competitive.last_img read more

Chautauqua County Reduces On Site Staff

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) MAYVILLE – Chautauqua County Executive PJ Wendel says County Government is currently working on a plan to reduce its on-site staff by 50 percent in an effort to prevent the spread of the novel Coronavirus-19.These actions are a result of New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo’s March 16 Executive Order to local governments to reduce their overall on-site staff by 50 percent and to allow nonessential employees to work from home.“I am working with department heads on our plan to reduce Chautauqua County Government’s onsite-staff by 50 percent in order to meet the Governor’s order,” said Wendel. “We are currently evaluating our services and seeing where we can have employees work remotely from home and what offices may be closed or have limited services and staffing.”The County Executive stressed that this reduction in staffing will not impact essential COVID-19 response personnel or public safety personnel. “We anticipate having a plan in place by the end of the day on March 18,” said Wendel. “Once the plan is finalized, we will provide the public with more details on how this staff reduction will impact county government services and office availability.”last_img read more

U.S.: House of Representatives Renews ATPDEA

first_imgBy Dialogo December 17, 2010 On 15 December, the U.S. House of Representatives approved the renewal for eighteen months of the Andean tariff preferences that benefit Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru, but the Senate still needs to ratify them, with two weeks left before their expiration. The Andean Trade Promotion and Drug Eradication Act (ATPDEA) is included in the Omnibus Trade Act of 2010, approved by the House on a voice vote, its sponsor Rep. Sander Levin, a Michigan Democrat, announced. The Omnibus Trade Act “is vital for expanding American jobs and helping hundreds of thousands of workers who lost their employment,” Levin said in a statement. “I urge my Senate colleagues to act without delay to pass this important legislation,” the congressman indicated. The House extended ATPDEA, which expires on 31 December, until 30 June 2012. The law, in force since 1991 in its original form (Andean Trade Preferences Act), provides tariff exemptions to products from Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru (Bolivia is suspended) in recognition of their fight against drugs. In the Senate, ATPDEA is being blocked by the refusal of Sen. Jeff Sessions, a Republican from Alabama, to permit the renewal of a more generalized system of preferences, which in his judgment is causing losses to a firm in his state due to the import of sleeping bags from Bangladesh. Colombia’s ambassador in Washington, Gabriel Silva, was delighted by the House action but expressed his wish that the obstacles in the Senate be overcome. “The overwhelming vote in favor of the extension (…) demonstrates clear bipartisan support for this program and for Colombia. We hope that the difficulties in the Senate will be overcome,” Silva indicated in a statement. The approval of ATPDEA in the House also caused rejoicing in the U.S. textile industry, which views the Andean region as “key” for its exports. The vote “is one step forward in restoring certainty to the many industries, including the U.S. apparel and footwear industry, that count on trade preference programs and tariff suspensions to support jobs in the United States,” said the president of the American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA), Kevin Burke. “The Senate should vote to approve this legislation as soon as possible to ensure American competitiveness and support U.S. jobs,” Burke added.last_img read more

FEMA publishes strategy on mitigating natural disasters

first_img The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) earlier this month released the National Mitigation Investment Strategy (NMIS).  FEMA describes it as “a single national strategy for advancing mitigation investment to reduce risks posed by natural hazards (for example, sea level rise, droughts, floods, hurricanes, tornados, wildfires, earthquakes) and increasing the nation’s resilience to natural hazards.”The investment strategy is part of the second edition of the National Mitigation Framework, which focuses on a culture of preparedness based on risk and resilience.“The Investment Strategy encourages the whole community— including individuals—to invest in mitigation, pre- and post-disaster, by adopting the Investment Strategy’s three shared goals,” wrote FEMA. “Supporting recommendations focus specifically on how the Federal Government and nonfederal partners can identify, support, influence, and align whole community mitigation investments.” continue reading » Hurricane Michaelcenter_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Ashley Benson, G-Eazy Are ‘Super Serious’ After 6 Months Together

first_imgThe pair, who first sparked romance speculation in May weeks after Benson, 30, split from Cara Delevingne, have grown together over the past few months, thanks in part due to the coronavirus pandemic.Ashley Benson and G-Eazy Are Super Serious After Bonding During COVID-19 1Ashley Benson and G-Eazy Laurent Vu/SIPA/Shutterstock; MediaPunch/Shutterstock“They’re definitely having fun and doing well,” the insider says. “They’re super comfortable with each other and have bonded a ton during the quarantine.”The 31-year-old rapper — whose real name is Gerald Earl Gillum — and the Pretty Little Liars alum became Instagram official earlier this month.- Advertisement – “She’s an exceptionally talented person in so many different spaces,” he told Entertainment Tonight in October. “She’s a special one. It just blew me away that you can have such a hidden, special talent that the world doesn’t get to see as often.”The pair sparked engagement rumors two months prior when the Pixels actress was spotted in August wearing a diamond ring while out at a Los Angeles grocery store.Ashley Benson and G-Eazy Are Super Serious After Bonding During COVID-19Ashley Benson and G-Eazy Marksmen/MEGAThe couple have been photographed many times out and about in L.A. since becoming an item in May. The duo spent Memorial Day together in Malibu weeks after they were seen kissing in a video posted earlier that month.A source told Us at the time that the pair were “hanging out and seeing each other” but explained that it wasn’t serious at the time.G-Eazy previously dated Halsey from 2017 to October 2018.Benson, for her part, split from Delevingne, 28, in May after nearly two years of dating.Listen to Us Weekly’s Hot Hollywood as each week the editors of Us break down the hottest entertainment news stories! “I MISS HALLOWEEN ALREADY 😢😢😢 🦇🦇🦇,” G-Eazy captioned a series of photos on Instagram in November of the couple dressed as Batman and Catwoman for Halloween.The Spring Breakers actress shared photos of the pair’s couple costumes on her account, writing, “🖤🖤🖤.”Last month, the “Everything Will Be OK” singer gushed about his girlfriend when commenting on the duo’s musical collaboration on his album, Everything’s Strange Here.- Advertisement – Heating up! Ashley Benson and G-Eazy’s relationship is going strong, six months after the two began seeing each other.“Ashley and G-Eazy have become super serious,” a source exclusively tells Us Weekly. “But not in terms of an engagement, marriage or a baby yet.”- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

Martin Keown predicts three ways Unai Emery will cope without Aaron Ramsey

first_imgMartin Keown predicts three ways Unai Emery will cope without Aaron Ramsey Metro Sport ReporterThursday 18 Apr 2019 11:36 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Advertisement Unai Emery must decide how best to cope without the injured Aaron Ramsey (Picture: Getty)Martin Keown admits Unai Emery faces an unenviable task as the Arsenal manager attempts to find a solution to Aaron Ramsey’s potentially season-ending injury.The Wales international, who is set to join Juventus on a free transfer this summer, strained his hamstring just past the half hour mark in his side’s Europa League quarter final second leg win over Napoli on Thursday.Ramsey has been in sublime form over the course of the last month, intent of finishing his 11-year Arsenal career on a high but could now be robbed of a fairy tail ending, depending on the severity of the injury.AdvertisementAdvertisementAfter he was forced off at the San Paolo Stadium, Emery opted to introduce Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who was named the club’s player of the month for March, opting to keep Mesut Ozil on the bench ahead of Sunday’s Premier League clash with Crystal Palace.ADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Keown is unsure Emery will be able to rely on two of his most creative, and inconsistent, players during the run-in as Arsenal look to secure Champions League qualification and could be forced into a change of system.He said: ‘Now the dust settles that’s a huge loss because there’s the top four to aim for, there’s a final to get to, to try and go one better than they did last year.‘But it’s going to be tough without him [Ramsey] they have to find the right solution to playing without him.‘Is it going to be Ozil, is it going to be Mkhitaryan, or does he change the system?‘There’s a lot to think about for the manager on a night when he can be really pleased with his team’s work.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenalcenter_img Comment Advertisement Mesut Ozil was an unused substitute in the win against Napoli (Picture: Getty)Great job team 👍🏼😉❤ Last 4 of the UEL 🔥🔥 Well deserved 👍🏼 #WeAreTheArsenal #YaGunnersYa #M1Ö @Arsenal— Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) April 18, 2019last_img read more