Right to Rent policy to be rolled-out

first_imgThe Home Office has announced plans to roll-out the Government’s Right to Rent policy across England, following a successful pilot in the West Midlands.From the start of February next year all private landlords letting property in England will be required to check the immigration status – or right-to-rent – of prospective tenants before agreeing to establish a new tenancy.Announcements concerning the implementation in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are expected at a later date.Richard Lambert (left), Chief Executive Officer at the NLA, said, “This policy is causing great concern among landlords so we’re pleased that those with properties in England finally have clarity over when the scheme will be rolled out.“With just over three months to go it’s vital landlords familiarise themselves with what they will need to do to properly check their tenants in order to steer clear of breaking the law come February, especially because those who fail to do so could wind up in jail.”The Home Office’s evaluation of the scheme so far seems to show that landlords’ experience of carrying out right to rent checks is not as bad as the perception of the problems they will cause, but Daniel Watney LLP, a full-service property consultancy, warns that compulsory checks by landlord and agents on the immigration status of new tenants could cost tenants an extra £70 million.Data from Home Office trials found lettings fees could go up by as much as £120. Research by the Joint Council for the Welfare for Immigrants found similar increases.Stephen Birtwistle, Associate Partner at Daniel Watney LLP, said, “Even the Home Office recognises forcing landlords and agents to check the immigration status of prospective tenants will lead to higher fees, at a time when many renters are already struggling financially.“The fact is landlords and agents do not have the necessary knowledge or resources to act as effective border guards. If the government is serious about tackling illegal immigration, it needs to take an integrated approach, encouraging the different departments and agencies to communicate better and share information more efficiently.”The Association of Independent Inventory Clerks (AIIC) has described the results of the Right to Rent pilot scheme as disappointing and largely unhelpful, after only a small sample of results from the West Midlands pilot project were published.Patricia Barber (right), Chair of the AIIC, commented, “The government has acted extremely quickly after last week’s second reading of the Immigration Bill and while it is pleasing that the results have finally been publicised, it is disappointing to see the input and experiences from so few landlords and letting agents.”immigration status of tenants new policy Right to Rent Right to Rent policy 2015-11-02The Negotiator Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 Lawyer leading RICS governance probe asks members to help with evidence30th April 2021What’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. Home » News » Regulation & Law » Right to Rent policy to be rolled-out Right to Rent policy to be rolled-out2nd November 20150494 Viewslast_img read more

Old Stagers

first_imgThe ‘fourth wall’ refers to the invisible divide between actors and audience in realistic theatre, sealing the acting space off from the auditorium. The convention of the illusion of reality is upheld by this transparent ‘wall.’ ‘Breaking the 4th wall’ is the term used when actors on stage speak directly to the audience, or break the illusion of reality, by commenting on the fact that they are in a play. For hundreds of years the 4th wall has been an unspoken assumption underlying almost all forms of theatre. So imagine what would happen if one man treated this mighty barrier with all the respect accorded to a cockney in a rural French village, poorly enunciating the phrase ‘Parlez-vous l’Anglais?’Of course, we’re accustomed to the 4th wall being broken in prologues, epilogues and the like, but playwright Brecht’s systematic destruction of it, in his Epic Theatre, is downright shocking. There is a world of difference between being asked for ‘the help of your good hands’ by Prospero and being aggressively questioned, ‘What do YOU think’ at the end of Brecht’s Good Woman of Setzuan. Whereas Shakespeare’s epilogue to The Tempest neatly wraps things up, and keeps the drama very firmly on stage, Brecht’s epilogue causes the drama to encroach uncomfortably on our own reality. On one memorable occasion, I was nudged in the ribs and told ‘Cor, what a bastard!’ by one actor during the monologue of another. This discomfort is just what Brecht strove for; his theatre was politically motivated and he aimed to force the issues in his plays into the audience’s world-view – sending the plays into the world beyond the theatre.To equate the universe of the play with the real world, he invited the audience through the 4th wall. His actors took on the role of storytellers, rather than actually pretending to be their characters. In that sense, Brecht closed the distance between actor and audience. In real life there is no audience that sits outside the action, waiting to be addressed (unless you are mad, a tabloid celebrity, or both), so breaking the 4th wall distances the audience from the action, as they acknowledge that the drama is not real. Brecht actively encouraged this with what he called the Verfremdungseffekt (I like the translation ‘making strange effect’, because Epic Theatre is very, very strange): familiar events portrayed in an unfamiliar way. Brecht saw this distance as necessary to the audience’s ability to take in the political messages of his plays. So, Brecht establishes a new demarcation between actor and audience, even as he destroys the old one. In a Brechtian fashion, I shall leave you to draw your own conclusions on this: What do YOU think?By Ryan Hockinglast_img read more

Congressman Bucshon Prefers Washington to Indiana’s 8th District

first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare Dr. Richard Moss Criticizes Bucshon’s Move To DC Dr. Richard Moss, candidate for Congress, wonders if anyone knows the whereabouts of Congressman Larry Bucshon?“Where’s Larry?” Dr. Moss asked Republicans recently in Clay County.  “Has anyone seen Larry?”“It didn’t take Larry long to become a typical DC politician.  He’s even taken a page out of the Evan Baye, Richard Lugar playbook by moving his family to Washington.  He doesn’t even live in the area he represents.  Larry prefers to be with Washington insiders then do what the voters of Indiana sent him to do.  Hoosiers voted Baye and Lugar out for becoming typical Beltway politicians and they ought to do the same to Larry.  We have to help President Trump drain the swamp beginning right here in Indiana’s 8th district.”“When a politician moves to Washington it says something about his priorities.  It means he sees the world through the prism of DC, through the eyes of the lobbyists, consultants, and special interests that inhabit DC.  In other words, through the eyes of the swamp creatures that run the nation’s capitol.  Larry doesn’t want to drain the swamp, he’s part of the swamp.”“Every year Washington DC spends $4 trillion or roughly the equivalent of the economy of Japan, the third largest economy in the world.   With all that money being spent in one place, it’s no wonder Washington is so corrupt and filled with lobbyists.  We need to break the power of Washington and give it back to the states, to communities, and to the people.  When a politician moves to that corrupt city instead of staying in his home district, he is saying that he supports the corrupt ways of Washington and wants to become part of it.  It’s not a good sign, and it’s not what we need for Indiana.”“We want a leader who will stand up and do what’s right for Indiana and the country every time even if it means going against his own party.  We need someone who will help drain the swamp not become part of it.”Dr. Richard Moss is a board certified head and neck cancer surgeon and was a candidate for Congress in 2016. He graduated from the Indiana University School of Medicine and has been in practice in Jasper and Washington, IN for over 20 years. He is married with four children.  FOOTnote: For more information visit RMoss4Congress.com. Contact us at [email protected] Find Moss For Congress on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.last_img read more


first_imgCCO TO LAUNCH A TUESDAY AND THURSDAY READERS FORUMAFTER MUCH DISCUSSION THE EDITORIAL STAFF OF THE CITY COUNTY OBSERVER HAVE DECIDED TO BRING BACK THE “READERS FORUM” ON A LIMITED BASIS.STARTING TODAY THE CITY COUNTY OBSERVER WILL LAUNCH A TUESDAY AND THURSDAY “READERS FORUM”.ON MONDAY, WEDNESDAY AND FRIDAY WE SHALL CONTINUE PUBLISHING OUR MOST POPULAR “IS IT TRUE” ARTICLES.HERE WE GO. TELL US WHATS ON YOUR MIND CONCERNING FEDERAL, STATE AND LOCAL ISSUES THAT CONCERN YOU.PLEASE KEEP YOUR COMMENT RESPECTFUL!EDITORS FOOTNOTE: We are asking our readers to “like us” on Facebook and encourage friends and family to do so, as well?If you would like to advertise in the CCO please contact us City-County [email protected] “Readers Poll” question is: Do you feel that “Keep Evansville Beautiful” should take a more active role in keeping political signs off the public right a way?Copyright 2015 City County Observer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributedFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Family is key for Ocean City Dad Scott Halliday

first_imgScott and Janie Halliday (center) with their children and spouses, Patrick and Kelly, Christopher and Shannon, Scott Jr. and Regina and Colleen and Deryck Pham, at the Seaview Hotel in Galloway for a wedding. (Courtesy Scott and Janie Halliday) By Maddy VitaleScott Halliday somehow does the impossible.The married father of four, grandfather to 11, of Ocean City, is devoted to his wife of 40 years and their kids and hosts weekly family gatherings. Professionally, he owns a successful general contracting business, Halliday Leonard, with former college roommate, Keith Leonard.Despite all of that, he still manages to volunteer in the community.And the 62-year-old, soft-spoken, affable man, who is quick with a smile, appears to do it all with ease. He learned through his dad and grandfather, both named Albert Halliday, what he should hold highest in importance in life.“My father and great grandfather were my role models,” he said in an interview from his beautiful home overlooking the bay. “Family is key. Focus is family. Support each other and the community.”He admitted he couldn’t juggle it all without the help of his wife, Janie, by his side.The couple, who met through mutual friends, hugged and laughed, as they seemed to finish each other’s sentences. They said they are fortunate three of their children, Patrick and his wife Kelly, Chris and his wife Shannon and Scott Jr. and his wife Regina, live in Ocean City. Their daughter Colleen and her husband Deryck, also live nearby, in Linwood.“Everyone comes over for dinner every Thursday night. We really look forward to that,” Scott said “We fish together. We ski together. We do lot of things together.”Janie, a retired teacher in Upper Township, watches some of her grandchildren, who range in age from 10 to 1.“It is going to get crazy around here,” Scott said with a chuckle, of school letting out. “The kids enjoy the bay. Any given afternoon you could have more than 11 kids swimming around.”Janie called her husband a very positive influence on the family.“Scott always sees the glass as half full, not empty. He is just a happy, positive person. Family is so important to him,” she said.Scott and Janie Halliday say they are so fortunate their children and grandchildren live nearby.Scott said he doesn’t plan on retiring anytime soon. Luckily for him, he said, three of his kids are in the business, from real estate to architecture.“I am enjoying it too much. I like the day-to-day, the particulars of the business and the interaction with the clients,” he said. “I like seeing a job complete and being able to appreciate it.”He added, “We are in the construction business, so it is hands-on. Fortunately, we have our kids working with us.”As a parent, Scott managed to give his family his all. He never missed their games. He was there for every important event, son Patrick Halliday, a realtor at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach in Ocean City, said.He said growing up in Ocean City, his father worked six days a week beginning at 6 a.m. and ending at 6:30 p.m.“That is still his daily schedule. But being self-employed allowed him flexibility over the years. He never missed a soccer game. He never missed a ball game or a swimming event. No matter what we did as children, both my parents were always supportive. My dad was always involved, whether coaching or as a fundraiser. He was a father 100 percent.”Somehow, Scott also has dedicated time to bettering the community, Patrick noted.“He has always been looking to better the community for us and the next generation,” Patrick said. “He raised us on his morals and his parents’ morals. He raised us to put family first. He is very selfless and is always willing to help any way he can and volunteer.”His involvement in the community includes serving on the board of commissioners of the Ocean City Housing Authority. He is also active with the Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce and is a former president of the organization.The younger generations are taking cues from their grandfather.Patrick and his wife Kelly see it in their daughter, Kippin, 5, and their four-year-old son, Keegan.He added, “The way he raised us to remember family comes first, you can already see in his grandchildren.”For Father’s Day, OCNJDaily.com is celebrating a father who has the values we applaud. In recognizing Scott Halliday, OCNJDAILY.com will donate to the charity of his choice, which is the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation www.cff.org/newjersey.last_img read more

Chef headlines Scottish event

first_imgMarks & Spencer’s bakery technologist Jim Hawkridge and top baker and chef Nick Nairn aim to inspire delegates at the Scottish Bakers’ 120th anniversary conference from 14-15 May.As the two key speakers at the event, Nairn will discuss how to build relationships and sell more, while Hawkridge will talk about what the future holds for the bakery sector. They will join other speakers, including Paul McLaughlin, chief executive of Scotland Food and Drink, and Peter Ford, director of the Premium Roll Company, at the MacDonald Cardrona Hotel in Peebles.Scottish Bakers president Alan Stuart said: “As well as the conference programme, it gives us the opportunity to meet up with and learn from other bakers.”The cost is £80 per person, which includes the president’s banquet and dinner. The AGM is on Sunday morning. For details email [email protected]last_img read more

English shoppers to be charged for carrier bags

first_imgShoppers will be charged 5p for every plastic carrier bag they use in supermarkets from October 2015, under plans to bring England into line with Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland.The government believes the move will cut plastic bag use by 76%, and help to reduce litter.Supermarkets will be expected to give the proceeds to charity under a voluntary code. Smaller businesses will be exempt.Wales implemented a 5p charge which was imposed on all retailers, regardless of size, in 2011. The number of bags used there fell dramatically too – from 130 per person each year to just 22. Northern Ireland has also introduced a 5p levy and Scotland will do the same next year. In 2011, Prime Minister David Cameron gave big stores an ultimatum, telling them to drastically reduce the number of plastic bags, or be forced to by law.last_img read more

Patisserie Holdings winding up order dismissed

first_imgA winding-up petition against Patisserie Holdings’ trading subsidiary Stonebeach Limited has been dismissed by the courts.Earlier this month, the businesses announced serious accounting irregularities and the urgent need for a £20m capital injection to save the business.The Patisserie Holdings’ board also became aware of a winding-up petition filed at the High Court, advertised in the London Gazette on 5 October 2018, related to £1.14m owed to HMRC by Stonebeach.The company has today (24 October) said the winding-up order has been dismissed by the High Court of Justice, Business and Property Courts. Winding-up orders are typically dismissed when a business pays what is owed, or has reached an agreement to pay back what is owed.Patisserie Holdings resolved its short-term crisis with a share offer that raised £15.7m, while company chairman Luke Johnson has loaned the business £10m under a three-year term on an interest-free/fee-free basis, and is providing a bridging loan of up to £10m to be paid back from the share offer.This means the company, which operates more than 150 Patisserie Valerie sites and around 50 sites under other brands (see below), can continue trading in its current form for the foreseeable future on completion of the fundraising.Finance director Chris Marsh was suspended from his role this month, and has since been arrested and bailed.The company’s shares remain suspended from trading on AIM and this is expected to continue until the financial position is clearer.Patisserie HoldingsTotal number of sites: 206 *Brands: Patisserie Valerie (153 sites), Philpotts (22), Druckers (20), Baker and Spice (4), Flour Power City Bakery (1)Employees: 3,200Food/drink split (2017): 57/43Eat in/takeaway split (2017): 65/35Turnover: £60.5m (six months to 31 March 2018)EBITDA: £13.6m (six months to 31 March 2018)HQ location: BirminghamKey management: Paul May, CEO; Luke Johnson, chairmanPatisserie Holdings has a vertical supply chain, producing goods in-house at seven bakeries and delivering them to stores. Products are also sold online.Since acquiring the Patisserie Valerie business in 2006, the business has expanded rapidly through acquisitions and openings to more than 200 sites. In its current financial year, the business has been aiming to open 20 stores.Timeline1926: First Patisserie Valerie café opened in Frith Street in London’s Soho by Madame Valerie to introduce Continental-style patisserie to the English1939-1945: Café destroyed by bombing in Second World War, and Madame Valerie opens new Patisserie Valerie on nearby Old Compton Street1945-2005: Patisserie Valerie grows to eight sites in central London2006: Luke Johnson’s private equity firm Risk Capital Partners backs acquisition of Patisserie Valerie by Patisserie Holdings2007: Acquires Druckers – Vienna Patisserie2009: Acquires Baker & Spice, which operates sites in London and Oxford2013: Acquires London-based organic bakery Flour Power City Bakery2014: Acquires the Philpotts food supply and café chain2014: Patisserie Holdings listed on Alternative Investment Market2016: Annual sales exceed £100m for the first time2017: Launches trial partnership with Sainsbury’s, selling branded products on 12 supermarket counters. Partnership is a success and has since been expanded to 70 stores.201810 October (AM): Share trading suspended as company launches investigation into serious accounting irregularities. Chief financial officer Chris Marsh suspended.10 October (PM): Winding-up petition filed at the High Court relating to £1.14m owed to HMRC by Stonebeach Limited, the company’s principal trading subsidiary.11 October: Patisserie Holdings reports it cannot continue to trade in its current form without immediate cash injection.12 October: Chris Marsh arrested by police and released on bail.15 October: Share offer raises £15.7m to help Patisserie Holdings continue trading, while chairman Luke Johnson provides £20m in loans.24 October: Stonebeach winding-up order is dismissed.last_img read more

‘No licensing relationship will be a success unless you’ve agreed on a joint measure of success from the outset.’

first_imgDaryl Newlands, marketing manager at Finsbury Food Group, on the growth of the licensed cake market – and what makes a successful licensing partnership.Food-specific licensing has seen an upsurge recently, and the explosion of gaming in popular culture has opened up exciting new areas of growth for licensed cakes.As a category that is completely trend-led, we are being presented with a new market and type of consumer to target, as well as new partners to work with.However, no matter who we are working with, the same principles for creating a successful long-standing relationship always apply.In our 25 years of experience, Finsbury has learnt that the relationship is just as important as the products you are developing. No licensing relationship will be a success unless you’ve agreed from the outset on a joint measure of success. You have to be able to clearly demonstrate to a licence partner that you are passionate about their brand and will work to maximise its potential within the marketplace.You also need to build trust, and sometimes that means not being afraid to be honest. It can’t always be plain sailing in such a fast-moving category and when there are differing business objectives to take into account, setting up an honest and open relationship from the beginning is vital. You can’t rush the relationship either. Despite the fact the category is trend-led – and in our fast-moving world trends are changing from day to day – you have to be wary of rushing a product to market too quickly.For example, we spent two years developing our Mary Berry range, knowing it had a great chance of success but that we only had one opportunity to get it right and could not compromise the reputation of the brand owner – Mary herself.Finsbury was the first to bring licensed celebration cake to the UK market over 25 years ago. Since then it has grown to become one of the largest categories in cake, worth £44m. Licensed cakes are a 365-days-a-year opportunity, being purchased constantly to cater to a wide range of occasions.Yet despite its size, success and the opportunities it offers, it is still classed as a secondary opportunity by businesses, which are putting a focus on traditional categories such as toys and clothing first when looking for a licensing partner.We would hope that as we move into new areas of popular culture, and as products continue to delight and amaze, businesses will consider food licensing to be as important as some of the other categories.last_img read more

Faculty Council meeting held Sept. 14

first_imgAt its first meeting of the year on Sept. 14, the Faculty Council welcomed new members, reviewed history and policies, elected subcommittees for 2011-12, and discussed the work of the council in the new academic year.The council next meets on Sept. 28. The preliminary deadline for the Oct. 4 meeting of the faculty is Sept. 20 at noon.last_img