Labour launches radical housing policy push including rent controls and ‘locals first’ new homes

first_imgHome » News » Housing Market » Labour launches radical housing policy push including rent controls and ‘locals first’ new homes previous nextHousing MarketLabour launches radical housing policy push including rent controls and ‘locals first’ new homesCorbyn has launched an assault on the property market including banning Right to Rent checks, greater tenant rights and a huge council building programme.Nigel Lewis22nd November 20190801 Views Labour has published its ‘radical’ manifesto including new policies on home building, a promise to reform Help to Buy, a plan to tax overseas companies that buy UK property and giving locals ‘first dibs’ on new homes built in their neighbourhoods.This includes creating a separate Department for Housing and an English Sovereign Land Trust to acquire public land for house building.“This is what the industry needs, far more than housebuilding pledges that lack any real roadmap for how they will be delivered, which is what we’ve seen from parties in the past,” says Joseph Daniels (left), founder of modular developer Project Etopia.“Talk is often cheap and the industry is crying out for meaningful change to allow developers to unlock land and bring it forward for development. “If this is achieved the country could see a real turning point in public policy to help solve the housing crisis.”Right to rentIn the private rental market, Labour proposes to end Right to Rent checks, bring in local rent controls, mandate open-ended tenancies and create minimum legal standards for rented properties.Like Boris Johnson, Jeremy Corbyn also wants to ban Section 21 ‘no fault’ notice evictions but unlike the Conservatives would bring in a national licensing scheme for landlords enforced by ‘tougher’ penalties.“Labour will stop runaway rents by capping them with inflation, and give cities powers to cap rents further,” the manifesto says.And in a surprise move, Labour says it would directly fund the dozen or so Renters Unions that operate around the UK to help tenants ‘organise and defend their rights’, and says landlords should be prevented by law from excluding benefit claimants.“Everyone knows of someone affected by the housing crisis: younger people unable to buy a first home, renters trapped in damp flats, families stuck on council waiting lists, leasehold home-owners hit by unfair fees, people who are homeless living and dying on our streets,” says Corbyn.“The gap between the housing haves and have-nots is at the heart of the injustice in our country today.”Read the manifesto in full.project etopia Labour Joseph Daniels section 21 evictions Right to Rent Etopia November 22, 2019Nigel 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

Brookes students to be Union members

first_imgA student at Oxford Brookes is putting forward a proposal to allow students at the university to become life members of the Oxford Union if they have made a contribution to the society as temporary members.

Kay Thomas was invited to the Union’s weekly Standing Committee meeting on Monday by Claire Handel, an elected member of the committee, to discuss her plans.Thomas, a third year undergraduate, says she was inspired by her grandmother, who graduated from Oxford Brookes last year at the age of 74 and who despite being a passionate supporter of the Union cannot become a life member and enjoy the benefits of the society as an Oxford resident.

“It’s not the case that we want life membership for everyone,” said Ms Thomas.
”We want Brookes students who have participated to have the opportunity after three years [of temporary membership] to submit a request for Life Membership.”

The scheme has been suggested in the past but never gone beyond the planning stage. A detailed proposal will be made next week at Standing Committee and a vote taken by its members, before being passed to the chamber.

Despite widespread approval for the plan, Thomas asserted the need to be scrupulous in her proposal, and set out clear specifications for the Life Memberships. “We’re going to set down specific rules for the procedure so that everyone knows what they’re voting on,” she said.

The Senior Treasurer, Stephen Dixon, agreed with the principle of giving Life Memberships to certain students at Brookes, so long as they had made a commitment to the Union, but expressed some doubts, “it is in our agreement with OLDUT [the charitable governing body of the Union] that their charitable purpose is for the benefit of Oxford University.”

Both Thomas and Handel expressed their conviction that the proposed Life Memberships would be beneficial for the Society and its reputation – among Oxford Students as well as those at Oxford Brookes. Handel said, “If this goes through it will hopefully encourage more Oxford Brookes students to come down and enjoy what the Union has to offer. There is no reason why Brookes students should not be offered the opportunity to apply for life membership, the Union wants to be acknowledged as an inclusive society and this is one way in which it can start working towards this.”The Oxford Union is rarely publicised within the Oxford Brookes campus, something that Thomas wants to change. She has cited lack of awareness as a key factor in the fact that it has taken so long to set the ball rolling.

Another student at the forefront of this proposal is Penny Sainsbury, who has submitted a passionate written statement to the Union’s Standing Committee.

“My membership of the Oxford Union has been the most rewarding element of my time spent living and studying in Oxford,” she writes. “Attending debates and speeches has given me a valuable avenue into my intended future career. After a talk [at the Union] last year I had the opportunity to speak to a Managing Director of a leading PR firm in the city; from this conversation I was able to formally apply and then go on to secure a month’s placement at the firm. 

“The Oxford Union has therefore presented me with my first opportunity to experience my intended career as well as enabling me to listen to and often meet the people shaping society – its impact has been invaluable!”last_img read more

One person injured in shooting at Linden & O’Brien Streets in South Bend

first_img By Jon Zimney – July 23, 2020 1 418 Pinterest (Photo supplied/ABC 57) One person was taken to Memorial Hospital after a shooting in South Bend.Police were called to the area of Linden and O’Brien Streets around 8:10 p.m. on Wednesday, July 22.There was no immediate word of any suspects, arrests, or the circumstances that led to the shooting.The victim was last listed in critical but stable condition. IndianaLocalNews One person injured in shooting at Linden & O’Brien Streets in South Bend Google+ WhatsApp Facebook Pinterest Facebook Twitter Previous articleMore details on Indianapolis 500 COVID-19 safety rulesNext articleSouth Bend police warn of real estate scam Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. WhatsApp Google+ Twitterlast_img read more

The favorite Thanksgiving side dishes in Indiana, Michigan are…

first_img Facebook The favorite Thanksgiving side dishes in Indiana, Michigan are… By 95.3 MNC – November 10, 2020 0 410 IndianaLocalMichiganNews (“Wild Turkey” by David Slater, CC BY 2.0) The folks at Zippia.com used Google Trends to find out each state’s favorite side dish. Overall, people are piling their plates high with bread, casseroles, and other carbs.In Indiana, it’s deviled eggs. In Michigan and Ohio, the most popular side-dish is green bean casserole. Illinois residents love mashed potatoes and in Kentucky, it’s broccoli casserole.(Photo supplied/Zippia.com)Maybe instead of Turkey Day, it should be called Mashed Potato Day, or Mac ‘n Cheese Day:https://www.zippia.com/advice/popular-thanksgiving-sides/ Google+ Twitter Twitter WhatsApp Google+ Previous articleAll Indiana BMV branches closed on Wednesday for Veterans DayNext articleElkhart woman with terrorist ties sentenced to federal prison 95.3 MNCNews/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel is your breaking news and weather station for northern Indiana and southwestern Michigan. Pinterest Pinterest WhatsApp Facebooklast_img read more

One win against weapons could fuel another

first_img Related With U.S. and Russia modernizing their arsenals, tensions are rising, reporter says Stirrings of a new nuclear arms race When the movement began in 1992, the International Campaign to Ban Landmines was considered quixotic, its proponents unrealistically idealistic, its efforts doomed to fail. Twenty-five years and one Nobel Peace Prize later, more than 180 countries have signed its 1997 treaty, agreeing not only to avoid using the weapons but to help remove them from areas where they have been abandoned and remain a danger to life, limbs, and livelihoods. Nuclear weapons, now a reality of our modern world, could go the same way, say the activists behind the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. Indeed, humanitarian rights activists say, they must. On Monday at Harvard Law School’s Austin Hall, the anti-nuclear campaign’s executive director, Beatrice Fihn, joined Steve Goose, co-founder of the landmines-ban group and executive director of Human Rights Watch’s arms division, to discuss the origin and evolution of the mine campaign, and how the tactics of the first can be applied to the next.“Everybody said it was impossible to do,” said Goose, looking back at the long road to the 1997 landmine treaty. “After we finally did it, people said, ‘Oh, that wasn’t that hard. It was a one-off. Circumstances allowed that to happen.’” They also, he reported, said its success could not be replicated.Monday’s discussion was designed to prove that false. Indeed, this first public event of Humanitarian Disarmament: The Way Ahead (moderated by Bonnie Docherty, associate director of Armed Conflict and Civilian Protection at Harvard Law School’s International Human Rights Clinic) started off by outlining the similarities — and the successes — of other recent campaigns.“Ten years later, we had a treaty banning cluster munitions,” noted Goose. “We used the same approach, a coalition of progressive governments and the ICRC [International Committee of the Red Cross] and various U.N. agencies. By focusing on a catchphrase, ‘Let’s ban cluster munitions that cause unacceptable harm to civilians,’ using much the same approach and methodology, we got a ban in 2008.”That methodology began with a grassroots approach. “First and foremost, you see civil society driving the process,” Goose said. In the case of landmines, he noted, society said, “No, we can’t have more than 20,000 people killed or injured by these each year.”,In the next step, activist citizens sought out allies, including progressive governments and international organizations (UNICEF was deeply involved in the landmine cause). Goose described creating a partnership between non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and a core group of governments that “spoke every day, conspiring to make the ban on landmines come about.”The nuclear ban group is making similar moves, said Fihn. Although there is no lack of NGOs working for nuclear disarmament, she said, the movement tends to be spread out, with much of the effort working to coordinate into “one big push.”The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons succeeded in getting a treaty banning nuclear weapons moving last July, and 122 states adopted it in the United Nations. The group won the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize for its work.Thus far, some nations, including the U.S., Russia, and China, have refused to sign onto the ban. However, she said, her group is going forward. “Maybe that’s the way,” she said. “Not to wait for the worst states to start leading but mobilize the other states to make sure there is a clear rejection of these weapons.”Following the model set by the landmines initiative, Fihn said the nuclear disarmament group is focusing on societal forces, specifically on people affected by nuclear armaments, including nuclear testing.“If there is nuclear war, there will be survivors,” she said. And while that ought to be hopeful, she noted that it also makes for complicated and often painful repercussions. To illustrate, Fihn talked about sharing the stories of survivors of the Nagasaki bombing. “Trying to get water, trying to find out where their parents are,” she said, listing some of the very human struggles that can be overlooked. She also discussed the high rates of miscarriage and infertility among women affected by radiation, and how survivors carried a stigma. Such stories, about civilians and, in particular, about women, tend not to be heard at the level of international diplomacy. It is the goal of her group to change that.“The human stories get people to understand what these weapons are,” said Fihn, “while also providing some hope as to what we can do about it.”“It’s not heads of states or celebrities,” said Goose. “It’s just regular people who got together and organized. That is what is changing the world — people demanding change.”Humanitarian Disarmament: The Way Ahead launched the Armed Conflict and Civilian Protection Initiative, housed in the Law School’s International Human Rights Clinic. The conference was organized by the clinic, the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, and the Kennedy School’s Carr Center for Human Rights Policy.last_img read more

Paris: Driver rams stolen van into pedestrians, killing 1

first_imgPARIS (AP) — A homeless man has been detained on suspicion of ramming a van into two pedestrians in Paris’ La Defense business and shopping district, killing one and injuring the other. Police and the prosecutors’ office said the man was detained after he fled on foot following Wednesday’s incident with a stolen cleaning  van. The prosecutors’ office said there was no immediate evidence of any terrorist motive.last_img

Mayor Sundquist Remains Cautious About COVID-19 Impacts

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) MGN Online / WNY News Now Stock Image.JAMESTOWN — While Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist says public safety is the top concern in dealing with the COVID-19 virus, the economic impacts are always a concern.“The economic reality of this is always a concern,” Sundquist told WNYNewsNow in a recent interview. “Whenever we have to close down a business or change someone’s livelihood it is a concern.”Nothing, the Mayor stressed, comes before protecting human life. Admitting there is a fine line, there don’t seem to be any right or wrong answers because this is new to this generation.“We haven’t seen something like this since 1918,” he said. A recent meeting of the New York Conference of Mayors Executive Committee has caused several mayors who attended to isolate after there were some positive COVID-19 test results. Sundquist, not being a member of the executive committee, but a member of NYSCOM, did not attend the recent meeting.Asked what he does to personally avoid possible viral infection, the Mayor said he always wears a mask in public, practices social distancing and avoids shaking hands.“It’s a hard habit to break but not shaking people’s hands, not out of disrespect to them,” but for safety, he said.“There are people in the city who have contract COVID-19, we’ve been very open about that,” he said. “We continue to do the things we need to do. The city itself has a city opening plan that we’ve been following since the beginning.”While many officials have called for a county-by-county plan instead of the regional approach, Sundquist supports being linked in the Western New York Zone.“The question has been asked many times. The reality is we’ve been put in with Western New York,” Sundquist said. “The numbers we’ve posted with COVID-19 have shown it makes a lot more sense to be in the Western New York region.”He said the grouping addresses hospital utilization and how many city residents travel to work out of the county.With Flu season approaching, Sundquist urged residents to get a flu vaccine.“We have a vaccine people should be getting, but don’t,’ he said. “Even right now, during COVID-19, the chances of the flu coming through actually heightens your chances of getting COVID.”last_img read more

Colombian Navy Battles Childhood Malnutrition in La Guajira

first_imgEvery 40 or 45 days, the Navy holds a Development Support Outreach event in La Guajira as an Armed Forces initiative to bring together the efforts of government and private institutions to promote the health and welfare of Colombians in places farthest from urban centers. The outreach events have been held since the 1970s, and continue to be held nationwide. However, the Navy’s efforts have focused on Alta Guajira during the last year. La Guajira’s predominant culture is the Wayúu indigenous community, which speaks Wayuunaiki – one of the department’s official languages since 1992. According to the 2005 demographic census, La Guajira was home to 619,135 residents, 45 percent of whom are indigenous, representing 20 percent of the indigenous population nationwide. The Navy manages fair trade channels in favor of the artisans, who are primarily women, to ensure DreamWeavers’ sustainability. Rear Admiral Andrés Vásquez, stated that DreamWeavers will create a logistical cycle of economic prosperity because the families will organize into artisanal cooperatives, which will facilitate the filling of orders efficiently. By Dialogo April 05, 2016 Navy supports region’s production projects A year in Alta Guajira The San Andrés Navy Social Action group, made up of volunteers who are spouses of active-duty and retired officers from the Navy, started an organization called DreamWeavers to help alleviate poverty in the area by creating entrepreneurial opportunities. “Traditionally, the Wayúu communities have made artisanal products, such as backpacks and hammocks woven from woolen thread,” said Clarena Hernández, president of the Navy Social Action group. “Through DreamWeavers, we want to incentivize this valuable tradition […] and establish it as a production project.” In 2010, the infant mortality rate for La Guajira’s indigenous communities was approximately 42 deaths for every 1,000 live births, according to a study on the sociodemographic profile of La Guajira published by the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (CEPAL). “A comparison of the nationwide totals [of infant mortality] reveals that this department’s rates are systematically higher, and the differences are greater compared to childhood mortality. This means that there is a greater probability of early death among the children of La Guajira,” the study reported. “Since September 2015, the Navy has concentrated its efforts in Alta Guajira, whose communities are among those most difficult to reach and where water transportation is the best option,” Rear Adm. Ramírez said. “This region does not have a permanent government presence, there are adverse geographical conditions, the zone is a desert, the municipalities are remote, there are limited means of access, and the emergency has become more severe because of this. Additionally, the population is mostly indigenous.” On September 16th, the Navy held the first Development Support Outreach event in the Alta Guajira sectors of Castillete and Puerto López. It provided 1,425 persons with 200 kilograms of Bienestarina, a nutritional supplement produced by the Colombian Family Welfare Institute (ICBF) that contains nutrients from cow’s milk and flours from numerous grains. The Navy also transported 37,000 liters of water to a town where it has not rained for over two years. El Niño impact center_img The Development Support Outreach events last three or four days. In each event, authorities provide medical treatments, dentistry, pediatrics, psychology, and ophthalmology, among other health services provided by volunteers. Furthermore, the outreach programs include masonry and carpentry work, as well as work by other professionals who can quickly build or repair basic structures like wells, parks, and schools. The Colombian Navy has activated a humanitarian aid plan to help communities in Alta Guajira in the department of La Guajira, where childhood malnutrition has climbed to alarming levels. In 2015, 30 of every 100,000 children under the age of 5 died from causes related to the condition. The Navy has provided aid such as potable water, which is very scarce in the region, along with food, medical treatment, and raw materials for establishing sustainable production projects in those communities as part of government-issued Development Support Outreach events. Rear Admiral Evelio Ramírez, commanding officer of the Naval Force in the Caribbean, told Diálogo that the Armed Forces’ duties include a social assistance component. The Military provides aid to the most vulnerable populations, especially during high-risk situations like the current crisis. The Navy has performed a total of five Development Support Outreach events to date that have benefited approximately 6,000 persons, providing comprehensive medical treatment, 400,000 liters of water, 66 tons of food and school materials, and a ton of clothes and shoes. The number of residents receiving assistance is especially high because of the difficulties in accessing the region’s remote towns. Alta Guajira’s geography has become more arid due to the absence of rainfall for more than a year. The area’s water reservoirs and food production have also been impacted by the El Niño phenomenon. Colombia guarantees the right to healthcare and has special provisions for providing services to indigenous communities, according to CEPAL. The Development Support Outreach events are part of the services the government provides to indigenous communities. “To help the residents of La Guajira effectively, we gather food, donations, tanker trucks of water, medical personnel, and everything else in Cartagena,” Rear Adm. Ramírez said. ”We departed with the 200-ton cargo-capacity ship fully loaded and headed to Puerto López-Guajira, where we conducted the outreach event all along the peninsula’s coastline. Though there are adverse conditions on these waters with winds over 30 knots and two-meter high waves during 98 percent of the time, it is all worth it, because ground access to these communities is even more difficult due to no or very deteriorated roadways.” “The idea is to help communities continue their traditional artisanal process with clients who will purchase a final product at a fair price. This will reinvigorate the trade cycle, since they should not be dependent on donations for sustenance.” Acute malnutrition has played a role in La Guajira’s infant mortality rate, according to the Ministry of Health. In 2015, preliminary figures indicated acute malnutrition led to 30 deaths per 100,000 children under the age of 5, two fewer than in 2013, and 10 more than in 2011. So far in 2016, there have been 10 deaths in this age demographic, with the majority of cases occurring within the Wayúu community. last_img read more

Theodore Roosevelt’s Sagamore Hill Home Reopening After $10M Renovations

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Sagamore Hill, the Oyster Bay home of Theodore Roosevelt, is slated to reopen July 12 following a four-year, $10-million renovation of the 26th president’s home that served as his “Summer White House.”The extensive restoration of the historic landmark included replacing the roof, repairing the mansion’s foundation and rewiring the electric system, officials said. In addition, all of TR’s 12,000 belongings were individually removed, repaired and cleaned before being put back where they once were.“We’re really happy about [the reopening],” said Philip Blocklyn, executive director of the Oyster Bay Historical Society. “Its being closed for over three years was kind of a temporary loss for Oyster Bay, not just in American history, but on the local stage.”Special events planned for the reopening Sunday include speeches from Roosevelt family members, children’s activities, a cavalry demonstration and performances from the Sagamore Hill Band. Visitors will also be able to use an interactive photo booth and view historic carriages and antique cars at the famous mansion.Kathleen Bart, the author or A Tale of Two Teddies, will be signing copies of her book and says she is proud to be a part of the day.“This event will be a terrific tribute to all things teddy!” Bart said. “Most of my research was done [at] Sagamore Hill, home of the teddy bear’s namesake, Teddy Roosevelt.”RELATED STORY: Long Island’s Teddy Roosevelt: King of the HillSagamore Hill was the setting for countless historical events such as visits from foreign dignitaries, talks that would eventually help end the Russian-Japanese War and the death of TR himself. The mansion is the only home that Roosevelt actually owned, and he often spoke of how he enjoyed Sagamore Hill more than the White House. He and his wife are buried about a mile away from the estate.Among those most excited to see the renovations is James Foote, a Theodore Roosevelt re-enactor who will make a speech in character following a ribbon-cutting ceremony. He said that the renovations were meant to look like nothing had changed at all.“They installed better lighting in the house, so you’ll be able to see everything a little better,” Foote said.In addition to the physical improvements made to the home, visitors can expect some alterations to the park’s rules and policies. Visitors older than 16 will now have to pay a $10 entrance fee, while children 15 and younger will have free entrance to the park.“After carefully considering the impact of a fee increase on visitors and community members, we came to the conclusion that this is the right course of action to improve facilities and services important to visitors” said Kelly Fuhrmann, superintendent of the Sagamore Hill National Historic Site. “Even with this small fee increase, a tour of the Theodore Roosevelt House is still one of the best recreational values on Long Island.”Visitors can use Sagamore Hill’s new online reservation system to purchase up to eight tickets in advance. Most individual tour tickets, as well as unreserved online tickets, will still be available to walk-up visitors, according to the National Park Service. More information about the reopening of Sagamore Hill can be found here.Sagamore Hill after the North Room was added in 1905 (photo courtesy the National Park Servicelast_img read more

Thousands laid off, forced to take unpaid leave in Jakarta as companies hit hard by COVID-19

first_imgThe number of workers that have been laid off and forced to take unpaid leave has reached 162,416 in the capital as more than 18,000 companies in the city grapple with the impact of the novel coronavirus outbreak, the Jakarta administration has said.Data compiled by the Jakarta Manpower, Transmigration and Energy Agency showed that as of Sunday, a total of 30,137 workers had been terminated by 3,348 companies, while another 132,279 employees had been sent home without pay.A total of 18,045 companies in Jakarta have been affected by the coronavirus outbreak. “[The Jakarta administration] is collecting data on the number of workers who have been laid off and forced to take unpaid leave to be reported later to the Office of the Coordinating Economic Minister and the Manpower Ministry,” the agency wrote on its official Instagram account.The Jakarta administration, through the agency, had issued a policy to accelerate the preemployment card program to offer subsidized job training courses and incentives to workers affected by layoffs and unpaid leave to cushion the economy during the COVID-19 pandemic.Confederation of Indonesian Trade Unions (KSPI) president Said Iqbal has called on the government to prepare more measures to anticipate more layoffs. “The government needs to give funds to workers, app-based ride-hailing drivers, and small businesses. It would ease the burden of companies as part of the payment is subsidized by the government,” Said Iqbal said in a statement on Monday. Read also: Airline employees worried about job security as COVID-19 takes its tollHe also suggested the government give incentives to tourism businesses by terminating bank loan interests or reducing tourism-related tax to keep the industry alive.Said Iqbal also called on companies to reduce production costs by giving more days off to workers with a rotational policy to ensure production kept ongoing.”It would reduce electrical costs, catering costs and others for companies” he said, adding that companies should still pay workers in full.At the time of the writing, Andi Yansyah, the head of Jakarta’s Manpower, Transmigration and Energy Agency, was not immediately available when reached for comment by The Jakarta Post.As of Sunday, the novel coronavirus disease has sickened 2,273 people and killed 198 across the archipelago. Jakarta remains the hardest-hit by the contagious disease as the capital has reported nearly half of nationwide cases, or 1,143 infections, with 111 fatalities.Topics :last_img read more