John Hart, Leader DCC on Spotlight this evening saying he has written “six or seven letters” asking the Government if the Heart of the Southwest Local Enterprise Partnership devolution bid must include a Mayor for Devon and Somerset and, if so, “what extra benefits would it bring, if any?”
Daily Archives: 1 May 2016
Housing – how they do it in Vienna
“In the Austrian capital, 25% of housing stock is social housing and a further 35% is limited-profit housing-association stock. Housing is seen as a human right. For social housing, you need a lower income initially but then secure tenancy for life, so there is no stigma attached, and one result is socially mixed communities.
High-profile architects such as Norman Foster are enlisted for projects, and good design is nurtured. Subsidised rents are funded by taxes included a land tax; unused sites are taxed higher; and there’s strong protection of tenants’ rights.”
Wealth brings its own rewards
… [Sir Philip] Green, the Monaco-based finance expert couldn’t get over public sector waste. “The process is shocking. There’s no reporting. There’s no accountability.” He assured Robert Peston: “You could not be in business if you operated like this.”
In fairness, this was years before Green sold BHS for £1, to a twice-bankrupted entrepreneur with no retail experience, Green’s family having previously extracted £580m in dividends, etc, pre-departure. And the BHS pension fund having somehow acquired a deficit of £571m.
Any minute now, one of those [celebrity] people on Green’s speed dial is sure to come along and explain, to the financially illiterate, how utterly irrelevant are these two unrelated numbers. …”
EDDC has no idea how much S106 money is owed to them
“How much revenue for s106 agreements in total is now owing to EDDC
(regardless of what year the agreement was made) because payment has not
This information is not held”